Sport Theo Walcott is to miss his second World Cup in a row

He has always accepted the pressure with good humour and no bitterness. He is still young and there is a World Cup in him yet

Hodgson: Contract runs out at the end of the season

England capable of reaching semi-finals, with or without Roy Hodgson claims Geoff Hurst

World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst has claimed England are capable of reaching the Euro 2012 semi-finals with or without Roy Hodgson as their new manager.

Harry Redknapp failed with a bold move to bring in Carlos Tevez

Harry Redknapp has 'no problem' with Roy Hodgson approach

Harry Redknapp insists he holds no grudges against Roy Hodgson, even though the West Brom boss is set to inherit the England role he craved.

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark was axed after a brief phone call

Surprise sacking leaves Clark 'perplexed'

Huddersfield manager axed after brief phone call despite superb record... but supporters not shocked

Hard but fair: Tarrant as Inspector Monroe in a 2000 episode of 'The Bill'

Colin Tarrant: Actor best known as Inspector Monroe in 'The Bill'

The actor Colin Tarrant was a permanent fixture on television for 12 years as the by-the-book, disciplinarian Inspector Andrew Monroe in The Bill. He took the role of Sun Hill police station's third most senior officer at the height of the programme's success, joining itin 1990, six years after it had been launched on ITV.

Welbeck celebrates his winner at The Emirates

Five asides: What we learnt at the weekend

1 Danny Welbeck should start for England at Euro 2012

Martin O'Neill would dearly love to taste success in the FA Cup with Sunderland

O'Neill set for a tilt at his final frontier

Martin O'Neill, the Sunderland manager, will do all he can to address the one glaring absence on his CV as he heads into his latest FA Cup campaign.

Boston Red Sox 'messiah' Bobby Valentine is all smiles at Fenway Park
Brian Clough was just 32 when he took over at Derby in 1967

James Lawton: Same old faces due to a lack of a Clough or Revie

Sunderland's enthusiasm for either Martin O'Neill or Mark Hughes is hardly a surprise. Whoever emerges victorious from the hand-to-hand battle, if indeed it is one that they care to pursue after establishing the terms of engagement being offered by owner Ellis Short, is likely to create an immediate sense of well-being at the Stadium of Light.

Brian Clough was just 32 when he took over at Derby in 1967

James Lawton: Same old faces on radar due to lack of a Clough or Revie

Sunderland owner Ellis Short invested in a young Roy Keane who refused to take his calls when things got tricky

Something From The Weekend: Huddersfield Town; Issac Luke; Friends reunited

The Good, The Bad and The Odd

Hodge: 'I have no idea if Maradona has still got my shirt'

Twenty-five years after World Cup heartache, Steve Hodge talks about that goal, that game and that jersey

My Under-21 team are not tired, says Pearce

Stuart Pearce has insisted he will never accept tiredness as an excuse from his England side ahead of their European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain.



Cannes star prize 'up for grabs'

The ultimate prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival is "up for grabs", according to Robert De Niro.

Youngs vows not to gloat if he wins battle of the No 9s

Phillips duel awaits England scrum-half on his first Six Nations start

Paul Newman: Davies' revival of Forest gets bogged down in committee

The Football League Column: If the club's refusal to pay over the odds for players is admirable, the manager's frustrations are clear
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General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions