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Tariq Jahan, centre, father of Haroon Jahan, who was hit and killed by a car with two other Asian men

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Rafa Benitez: I'm a big Rooney fan... but don't tell Liverpool!

You will understand why I was not able to discuss publicly the technical qualities of Wayne Rooney while I was with Liverpool! But now is the time to examine the aspects of his play which we can look out for and enjoy against Ukraine tonight. They make him an even better player than the one he was a few years ago.

England manager Roy Hodgson with (from left) Andy Carroll, Wayne Rooney and Steve Gerrard

Hodgson to start with Walcott but Carroll is left out

Roy Hodgson was last night considering unleashing Theo Walcott upon Ukraine in England's final Euro 2012 group game, after the Arsenal winger was passed fit.

The England striker ‘knows how to deal with the pressure’ and ‘lack of match fitness is not a worry’

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Man-for-man marking from the Euro 2012 match at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev

Roy Hodgson in jovial mood during yesterday’s press conference

Hodgson tells his players to seize the moment

The England manager Roy Hodgson declared last night that his side could not have been more prepared for tonight's opening European Championship match with France, despite his mere 40 days in charge, and said his own belief in the players has surprised him.

A loser's pain: Kenny Dalglish sees his Liverpool side enjoy little luck as a second-half revival proves insufficient

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Liverpool's disappointing league campaign is almost at an end but manager Kenny Dalglish has seen a number of positives to take forward into next season.

Leading article: Stop the disputes and let the technology decide

With each new disputed "goal" in a major match, the football authorities' tardiness in instituting the technology that would settle matters conclusively becomes all the more regrettable.

Suarez has struggled for goals this season

Awful conversion rate means Suarez must go to finishing school

There is no denying he is supremely gifted, but a top striker must net more than five out of 76 goal attempts

The most memorable transfer deadline day deals

Since the implementation of a transfer window during the 2002/03 season, 'deadline day' has become something of a highlight during the football season.

Papiss Cissé has joined Newcastle

Alan Shearer offers advice to new Newcastle number nine Papiss Demba Cisse

Alan Shearer has told Newcastle new boy Papiss Demba Cisse all he has to do to be worthy of the number nine shirt is score goals.

Paris-St Germain's Turkey striker Mevlut Erding

Newcastle in for £7m Erding

Newcastle will try to sign Paris-St Germain's Turkey striker Mevlut Erding in this transfer window.

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