Winners and losers of the last seven days
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with the emergence of the Dutch as true sons of their national game at Anfield on Wednesday.

Leicester City FC

who went a full week without losing a manager (if only because they haven't got one).

Mark Ilott

for responding to the "he's mediocre" criticisms of one TV critic after another with three wickets in two overs in the Durban Test.

Paul Grayson

who was the one bright spot of England's dull afternoon at Twickenham.

Glenn Hoddle

who at last seems to be turning his Chelsea side into a serious passing attraction.


Darren Gough

injured and left out of the third Test, and seemingly incapable of recovering his infectious and successful ebullience.

Oxford University

who were denied a famous Varsity match win by a contentious refereeing decision and an injury-time try at Twickenham.

Murray Walker

the Formula One commentator who turned on his car radio to discover that the BBC had lost the contract to cover grand prix races from May 1997.

Les Ferdinand

who was substituted against Portugal and seems destined never to be a first choice for England.

Jack Rowell

yet more talk of dynamic England followed by yet another leaden-footed (and handed) display.

Alan Hansen

whose "hard man of the pundits" image was shattered by his wide-eyed salivating at the Dutch display on Wednesday.