Sport England will head to Brazil with an Official 2014 World Cup song

The Football Association are yet to confirm who will perform the squad, although Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and the rest of Roy Hodgson's team have already been ruled out

How a Newcastle hero missed England's least proud moment

It is the World Cup of the walking wounded. Simon Turnbull sees the parallels

Otto goal saves Birmingham

Ricky Otto's first goal since the opening day of the season gave Birmingham City a point they scarcely deserved in an ill-tempered match at Norwich City yesterday.

LIVERPOOL BEAT ASTON VILLA AT LAST

Liverpool's midweek win at Aston Villa was their first there

City break their duck

Manchester City 1

Cooper's coup

Nottingham Forest 3

Blowing the whistle on middlemen: Correction: Ken Bates and Chelsea FC: an apology

IN our article dated 2 November 1993 headed 'Blowing the whistle on middlemen' we inadvertently suggested that Chelsea Football Club Ltd and its chairman, Ken Bates, had made illegal or improper payments on a huge scale and that having been exposed Chelsea were forced to pay a huge sum to the Inland Revenue in order to avoid legal proceedings.

Today's Number: 33

The number of goals Manchester United have conceded in 33 matches this season, compared with 35 in 50 last term. In contrast, they have scored 70 goals so far, against 73 in 17 more games in 1992-93.

Mural rethink

Arsenal Football Club has asked the designers of a mural at its ground in north London to paint in some black spectators because all 8,000 fans shown were white.
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