Sport The Maracana can be seen behind the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro
Now the football is over, Ian Herbert pays tribute to the hosts for the warmth of their welcome to the world, their unexpected success in staging the tournament, and senses a new national belief that can begin to tackle the numerous social problems that blight the country
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GALLERY From Messi and Muller, who has impressed us enough to make the top 50 players of this year's World Cup? And there's even room for an England player...
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VIDEO As football fans across the world come to terms with the end of arguably one of the greatest World Cups ever, a German pen maker created its own souvenir to remember Brazil 2014
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Mario Gotze kisses the World Cup, Angela Merkel poses with Lukas Podolski, and Lionel Messi walks off the stage after Argentina's defeat
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Steven Gerrard celebrates his goal in the 5-1 win over Germany, one of his England highlights

Steven Gerrard retires: Captain calls time on England career of frustrated ambition

A player with Gerrard’s gifts could have expected more of England

Steven Gerrard has admitted he would be willing to help Roy Hodgson pick out the next England captain if he seeked his advice

Steven Gerrard retires: Former England skipper ready and willing to help Roy Hodgson pick his next captain if the Three Lions manager comes calling

Gerrard announced his retirement from international football after a 14 years career with England

1 September 2001: Gerrard scores his first England goal- the second in a historic 5-1 win over Germany in Munich. In an all-Liverpool affair, the other goals came from Emile Heskey and a Michael Owen hat-trick

Steven Gerrard retires: The Liverpool player's best games for England

A look back on his greatest games from among his 114 caps

Steven Gerrard speaks to the media alongside Roy Hodgson

Steven Gerrard retires: Who will be the next England captain?

Roy Hodgson must pick a replacement following Gerrard's announcement

Steven Gerrard announces retirement: England captain retires from international football after World Cup failure

Gerrard brings the curtain down on an international career that saw him amass 114 caps for the Three Lions

Robin van Persie's brilliant header has been transformed into a piece of street art in a Brazilian favela

Robin van Persie's diving header against Spain turned into street art in a Brazilian favela

Brilliant header has been painted onto the walls as a reminder

Vicente del Bosque was not willing to be bold enough when it came to dropping declining players

World Cup 2014: Pepe Reina admits his 'delight' after Vicente del Bosque announces he will remain in charge of Spain national team

The World Cup winner will stay on as Spain coach despite their dismal showing in Brazil that saw them eliminated in the group stages

Andre Schurrle enjoys a water jet-pack while on a post-World Cup holiday

Andre Schurrle proves he can 'walk on water' as he enjoys post-World Cup holiday

Chelsea midfielder takes to the sky on a water jet-pack as he enjoys holiday with his girlfriend

Philipp Lahm alights the plane with the World Cup

Philipp Lahm retires from international football: Germany captain steps down from national duty less than a week after winning the World Cup

Lahm, only 30, has retired from Germany, according to reports in Germany

Christoph Kramer went off on 31 minutes of the final after a collision with Ezequiel Garay

Disoriented Christoph Kramer had to ask ref: Is it the World Cup final?

German continued playing for 14 minutes after collision with Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay
Roy Hodgson arrives at Luton airport

World Cup 2014: England plummet down to 20th in Fifa rankings as World Cup winners Germany replace Spain at the top

Costa Rica, the United States and Bosnia-Herzegovina are all ranked above England, who are only seven places ahead of Scotland

World Cup 2014: Relive the best goals from the World Cup in one amazing flip book

Video: The German pen maker Stabilo has celebrated the 2014 World Cup by creating a flip book of the best goals from the tournament

Nico Rosberg has had to change the planned design of his F1 helmet because it previously featured an image of the World Cup trophy

F1: Nico Rosberg forced to change the design of his new helmet because it featured an image of the World Cup Trophy

Mercedes driver unveiled a new livery for the German Grand Prix this weekend

Mesut Özil posted this picture on his Facebook account

Mesut Ozil denies giving bonus to children of Gaza but Arsenal star confirms he is funding surgeries for sick Brazilian children

Ozil had reportedly pledged to give his money to young children in Gaza but the World Cup winner took to his Facebook page to clarify the situation

The Maracana can be seen behind the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue that overlooks Rio de Janeiro

Hosts with the most: Thanks Brazil, you were a World Cup winner too

Now the football is over, Ian Herbert pays tribute to the hosts for the warmth of their welcome to the world, their unexpected success in staging the tournament, and senses a new national belief that can begin to tackle the numerous social problems that blight the country

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Frank Lampard will captain England against Ecuador
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Steven Gerrard celebrates his goal in the 5-1 win over Germany, one of his England highlights
COMMENT It is wrong to say that Gerrard did not do all he might for England after the Three Lions' captain calls time on his 14-year international career, writes Ian Herbert
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Steven Gerrard speaks to the media alongside Roy Hodgson
ANALYSISA look at the contenders to replace Gerrard
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Andre Santos has revealed he was punched and kicked by his own fans
The former Arsenal defender is targeted by fans after a poor performance for Brazilian side Flamengo
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Yoan Gouffran of Newcastle United is congratulated on his goal by Emmanuel Riviere and Vurnon Anita
MATCH REPORTSydney FC 0 Newcastle 4: Impressive pre-season performance
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Newcastle manager Alan Pardew signs a Newcastle fans' shirt on the pre-season tour in New Zealand
Club hold tribute outside St James' Park to two supporters who died in plane crash
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Mohamed Salah will not have to serve military service in Egypt
Midfielder's future at Chelsea was up in the air after he faced military service back in Egypt, but Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab has intervened to resolve the issue
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Mesut Özil posted this picture on his Facebook account
World Cup 2014: German confirms that he is funding surgery for 23 sick children in Brazil
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Milan Gajic can't celebrate scoring one of the best goals ever...because it was into his own net
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