Sport Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos

English champions may have to wait to sign the German star

The last touch was from Vidic

'I will give it to Vidic': Alex Ferguson settles goal debate

Confusion over Manchester United's second goalscorer against Liverpool

Christian Benteke celebrates a late winner against Reading

Christian Benteke going nowhere insists Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert

£8m signing has been sensational

James Lawton: Balotelli has no place in a serious football team

Of all the calamities descending upon Manchester City at the end of their week in something resembling football hell there is no doubt about the one that could most easily have been avoided.

Stand by me: Martin O’Neill’s Sunderland have just one win in the past 17 games. He says improvement ‘will be slow’

Martin O'Neill remains confident despite Sunderland struggles

Ulsterman nearing a year in charge at the Stadium of Light

One-man show as Ibrahimovic ends hoodoo in spectacular style

The travelling support might have derided him – albeit tongue-in-cheek – as a "s*** Andy Carroll" – but when Zlatan Ibrahimovic is in the kind of goalscoring form that England found him in last night, there is no answer to this man.

Jermain Defoe celebrates scoring a sublime winner

Three Lions come from behind to beat Italy

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Mario Balotelli

Cesare Prandelli assures Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli over Italy future

Mario Balotelli has been assured he will play a major role in Italy's future although he has been ruled out of tonight's friendly international with England in Berne.

Ava Vidal: It is time for the Civil Rights Movement to hit the football pitch

So the trial is over. John Terry has been found innocent. It was agreed by all, including Terry himself, that he called Anton Ferdinand a black c**t - but the magistrate held that we couldn’t be sure how he meant it. OK then.

Theo Walcott scored one and set up one against Sweden on Friday

Theo Walcott in optimistic mood over England future

Theo Walcott insists the future is bright for England despite suffering more penalty shoot-out heartbreak during Euro 2012.

Ashley Cole and Ashley Young failed to convert their penalties

Black England players abused on Twitter

Police are investigating online racist abuse of two of England's black football stars after they missed penalty kicks in the Euro 2012 game against Italy.

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England have improved, says Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil refused to be drawn today on whether England's European Championship defeat to Italy simply spared them another thrashing by his Germany side.

Steven Gerrard was dejected after last night’s defeat to Italy

England 'must improve with the ball' admits captain Steven Gerrard

Captain Steven Gerrard admitted England had not played the best football at Euro 2012 and needed to work harder at retaining the ball following the quarter-final penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy.

England manager Roy Hodgson 'doesn't begrudge Italians' victory

Roy Hodgson conceded last night that in comparison to Italy’s cool midfield general Andrea Pirlo his England players simply lacked the nerve in the high-pressure tournament penalty shoot-outs, as they were eliminated from Euro 2012 in the quarter-finals last night

Ukraine’s Oleg Blokhin shows his emotions on the touchline

No firepower and no fortune – and now no hosts left at party

Ukraine thought only one man could save them, whatever condition he was in

No firepower and no fortune – and now no hosts left at party

Ukraine thought only one man could save them, whatever condition he was in
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