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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.

No offers for Pirlo claim Milan

AC Milan insist they have not received any offers for Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo and insist the player is not for sale.

Pirlo plays down Chelsea link

AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has denied expressing an interest in moving to Chelsea this summer.

Pirlo Chelsea transfer no problem says Lippi

AC Milan midfielder Andrea Pirlo has received Italy coach Marcello Lippi's blessing to move to Chelsea this summer.

Robinho defends his City record

Brazilian insists he is 'playing well' despite lack of goals this calendar year

Beckham makes Milan debut

David Beckham made his long-awaited AC Milan debut today as the Serie A giants beat Hamburg 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Dubai.

Growing injury list adds to Real's problems

The cream is rising. Three weeks ago the leaders of the main European leagues were Valencia, Udinese and Hoffenheim. Now it is Barcelona, Juventus and, in Germany, Bayern Munich have closed from 11th to within a point of leaders Bayer Leverkusen.

Galliani delighted with Beckham deal

AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliani claims David Beckham's arrival in January is a dream come true for the Italian giants.

Cayetano Ros: We should unite our football teams into just one EU squad

It is a surprising and novel idea but a nice one. I am a Europhile and I like the concept of football bringing countries together. An EU team would be a good way of showcasing the best players in Europe – as long as their countries were in the EU – and making them aware of their identity as Europeans.

Today at Euro 2008: Vieira 'in tunnel row' with Van Nistelrooy

Patrick Vieira did not play a part in France's elimination from Euro 2008 but the former Arsenal captain was alleged to be involved in a tunnel row with one of his oldest adversaries, the Netherlands striker Ruud van Nistelrooy. The two men are understood to have traded insults after France's 4-1 defeat to the Dutch in Berne last Friday after Van Nistelrooy purposely waited for Vieira after the game.

James Lawton: Italy redeem their soul with moral bravery and technical bravura

Pirlo fashioned the decisive action with a sensational little pass to Grosso

Scientists query discovery of 'Hobbits' in Indonesia

A row has broken out about the scientific evidence purporting to show that a species of "hobbits" lived on a remote Indonesian island about 18,000 years ago.

Gerrard displays value to Liverpool

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Football: The shadow of history haunts making of Inter's new dynasty

United must beware of the uncertainty over Ronaldo's fitness being used as a psychological weapon

Football: Wales left short as Oster is off again

EVERTON'S JOHN OSTER was sent off in his second successive international as the Welsh Under-21 side suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Italy at Wrexham last night.
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