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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

Italy v Brazil match preview: Two teams in transition meet for glamour fixture in Geneva

The two sides meet amid uncertainty over their respective credentials

Chelsea on brink after Di Matteo's gamble with Torres backfires

It was only six months since the miracle of Munich, but after the tumult of Turin last night that magical day in the history of Chelsea must feel like a very long time ago for Roberto Di Matteo.

Wayne Rooney made little impact in possession and his goal had a touch of luck

Glenn Moore: Wayne Rooney looked hungry and ran hard but he failed the challenge of reinvention

Striker was asked to adapt and improve but, like his team-mates, he was not up to the task

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

Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo make up Uefa's Best Player in Europe short list

Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have been named on the short list for UEFA's Best Player in Europe award.

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

Steven Gerrard is England's sole representative in Uefa's 23-man squad of Euro 2012. Spain's Andres Iniesta has been named the player of the tournament.

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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A new American serial killer?

Police fear man arrested for murder of teen prostitute could be responsible for killing spree dating back 20 years
Sweetie, the fake 10-year-old girl designed to catch online predators, claims her first scalp

Sting to trap paedophiles may not carry weight in UK courts

Computer image of ‘Sweetie’ represented entrapment, experts say
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Return to Fukushima – a land they will never call home again

Evacuees still stuck in cramped emergency housing three years on from nuclear disaster
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Intimate image of resting lions claims top prize
Online petitions: Sign here to change the world

Want to change the world? Just sign here

The proliferation of online petitions allows us to register our protests at the touch of a button. But do they change anything?
Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals

'You need me, I don’t need you'

Ed Sheeran hits back after being labelled too boring to headline festivals
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How to Get Away with Murder

Shonda Rhimes reinvents the legal drama
A cup of tea is every worker's right

Hard to swallow

Three hospitals in Leicester have banned their staff from drinking tea and coffee in public areas. Christopher Hirst explains why he thinks that a cuppa is every worker's right
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Which animals are nearly extinct?

Conservationists in Kenya are in mourning after the death of a white northern rhino, which has left the species with a single male. These are the other species on the brink
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Perfect for leaf-kicking: 12 best children's shoes

Find footwear perfect to keep kids' feet protected this autumn
Anderlecht vs Arsenal: Gunners' ray of light Aaron Ramsey shines again

Arsenal’s ray of light ready to shine again

Aaron Ramsey’s injury record has prompted a club investigation. For now, the midfielder is just happy to be fit to face Anderlecht in the Champions League
Comment: David Moyes' show of sensitivity thrown back in his face by former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Moyes’ show of sensitivity thrown back in his face... by Ferguson

Manchester United legend tramples on successor who resisted criticising his inheritance
Two super-sized ships have cruised into British waters, but how big can these behemoths get?

Super-sized ships: How big can they get?

Two of the largest vessels in the world cruised into UK waters last week
British doctors on brink of 'cure' for paralysis with spinal cord treatment

British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
Ranked seventh in world’s best tourist cities - not London, or Edinburgh, but Salisbury

Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2015

UK city beats Vienna, Paris and New York to be ranked seventh in world’s best tourist destinations - but it's not London