England went into their World Cup qualifier against Moldova tonight with the third best passing record in the Uefa part of qualifying, behind only Germany and Spain.

Roberto Martinez

Everton defeat Juventus on penalties in San Francisco

The sides were level at 1-1 after normal time

Mario Balotelli
Mario Balotelli
Brazilian national football team forward Hulk (up) plays with Brazilian forward Neymar

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The two sides meet amid uncertainty over their respective credentials

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Andres Iniesta: The best big-game player of his generation and arguably the most watchable too

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Hodgson will once again begin preparations for a meeting with Italy

Roy Hodgson set to unveil England squad to face Italy

A number of England's senior players are expected to be missing when coach Roy Hodgson unveils his first squad of the new season tomorrow.

Robin van Persie has one-year remaining on his contract

Paris St Germain drop out of race to sign Arsenal striker Robin van Persie

Coach of big-spending Paris St Germain, Carlo Ancelotti, has said that he will not be pursuing Arsenal’s Robin van Persie or Juventus’ Andrea Pirlo.

Steven Gerrard named in squad of Euro 2012

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Vicente del Bosque stops any Real-Barça rivalry in his squad

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no regrets over failure to eliminate Italy

Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no regrets over passing up the chance to eliminate Italy from Euro 2012 ahead of his side's meeting with Cesare Prandelli's men in Sunday's final.

Germany and Arsenal striker Lukas Podolski

Lukas Podolski calls on Germany to end Italy hoodoo in Euro 2012 semi-final

Lukas Podolski insists it is time for Germany to end their miserable record against Italy in tournament football.

Roy Hodgson issues orders to Andy Carroll before extra time last night

Rio Ferdinand critical of Roy Hodgson's management of England at Euro 2012

Rio Ferdinand has criticised Roy Hodgson's management at Euro 2012, claiming the England boss underused his younger players and was too defensive in his tactics.

The Sports Matrix: Wednesday 27 June 2012

Pirlo: England were too conservative

Mesut Ozil has been a key man for Germany

Ozil promises to step out of shadows against Italy

It is, as Arsène Wenger might say, "money time". For all the intrigue of the group stages, it is generally from the quarter-finals on that the players who define tournaments take command.

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