Shearer still a giant for England with starring role in Korea

World Cup Diary

* There is at least one person on this earth who refuses to accept that Alan Shearer's World Cup days are over. A Seoul artist, commissioned to paint a 20-foot high mural to commemorate the World Cup, was left to pick three players to star in his artwork. Perhaps David Beckham, Paolo Maldini, Ronaldo or Gabriel Batistuta? Well, no. He chose the former England captain, plus Jürgen Klinsmann and Carlos Valderrama.

* Nigeria are planning a quick exit after playing England. The Super Eagles are booked into Osaka's Ana Gate Hotel, a stone's throw from the main runway at Kansai International Airport.

* Failure does not always lead to condemnation. Around 200 fans crowded Ecuador's training session Tuesday to salute coach Hernan Gomez and thank him for leading the team to their first finals. Gomez bounded up into the stands to sign autographs and was swarmed by admirers as he boarded the team bus.

* Swedish football experts are no better at predicting World Cup success than anyone else, a study at Stockholm's School of Economics has shown. 278 so-called experts, and ordinary Swedes, took part, predicting who would come out on top in South Korea and Japan. Most participants picked France, Argentina, Brazil and Italy to make the final, but the Swedish pundits were particularly caught out by all the big-name defeats and exits in the first 10 days.

* The chances of a typhoon threatening the World Cup have receded, according to meteorologists.

* Mexico have been the cleanest team so far, picking up one yellow card in their first two games. Before yesterday's matches, the dirtiest side was Japan, with 60 fouls – but also the most sinned-against, with 59 fouls on them.

* Dozens of Bangladeshi fans of Brazil and Argentina fought each other yesterday with stones and iron rods over hoisting flags in their village. At least 20 fans were injured in the fighting in Badanpur, 75 miles northwest of Dhaka. The clash occurred after the rival factions tried to hoist the flags of Brazil and Argentina on the same coconut tree.

Life and Style
A monstrous idea? Body transplants might no longer be science fiction
Science An Italian neurosurgeon believes so - and it's not quite as implausible as it sounds, says Steve Connor
Sport
Demba Ba (right) celebrates after Besiktas win on penalties
footballThere was no happy return to the Ataturk Stadium, where the Reds famously won Champions League
Arts and Entertainment
Natural beauty: Aidan Turner stars in the new series of Poldark
arts + ents
News
Mia Freedman, editorial director of the Mamamia website, reads out a tweet she was sent.
arts + ents
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
people
Arts and Entertainment
The write stuff: masters of story-telling James Joyce, left, and Thomas Hardy
arts + ents...begging to differ, John Walsh can't even begin to number the ways
Sport
Jose Mourinho on Sky Sports
footballEXCLUSIVE COLUMN Paul Scholes: It was not a leg-breaking tackle, as the Chelsea manager had claimed
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?
How we must adjust our lifestyles to nature: Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch

Time to play God

Welcome to the 'Anthropocene', the human epoch where we may need to redefine nature itself
MacGyver returns, but with a difference: Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman

MacGyver returns, but with a difference

Handyman hero of classic 1980s TV series to be recast as a woman
Tunnel renaissance: Why cities are hiding roads down in the ground

Tunnel renaissance

Why cities are hiding roads underground
'Backstreet Boys - Show 'Em What You're Made Of': An affectionate look at five middle-aged men

Boys to men

The Backstreet Boys might be middle-aged, married and have dodgy knees, but a heartfelt documentary reveals they’re not going gently into pop’s good night
Crufts 2015: Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?

Crufts 2015

Should foreign dogs be allowed to compete?
10 best projectors

How to make your home cinema more cinematic: 10 best projectors

Want to recreate the big-screen experience in your sitting room? IndyBest sizes up gadgets to form your film-watching
Manchester City 1 Barcelona 2 player ratings: Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man?

Manchester City vs Barcelona player ratings

Luis Suarez? Lionel Messi? Joe Hart? Who was the star man at the Etihad?
Arsenal vs Monaco: Monaco - the making of Gunners' manager Arsene Wenger

Monaco: the making of Wenger

Jack Pitt-Brooke speaks to former players and learns the Frenchman’s man-management has always been one of his best skills
Cricket World Cup 2015: Chris Gayle - the West Indies' enigma lives up to his reputation

Chris Gayle: The West Indies' enigma

Some said the game's eternal rebel was washed up. As ever, he proved he writes the scripts by producing a blistering World Cup innings
In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare and murky loyalties prevails

In Ukraine a dark world of hybrid warfare

This war in the shadows has been going on since the fall of Mr Yanukovych
'Birdman' and 'Bullets Over Broadway': Homage or plagiarism?

Homage or plagiarism?

'Birdman' shares much DNA with Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
Broadchurch ends as damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

A damp squib not even David Tennant can revive

Broadchurch, Series 2 finale, review
A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower: inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

Inside the mansion of Germany's 'Bishop of Bling'

A Koi carp breeding pond, wall-mounted iPads and a bathroom with a 'wellness' shower