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Gerrard discovers new tension in Mersey rivalry

England footballers Glen Johnson (L) and Wayne Rooney (R) share a light moment as they arrive for a training session at Arsenal's training ground

England v Chile: Alexis Sanchez backs defenders to deal with Wayne Rooney at Wembley

The Barcelona forward hopes repeat of historic night in 1998

England coach Roy Hodgson has picked Jay Rodriguez

World Cup 2014: Brazil tournament will favour African teams, predicts Roy Hodgson

The climate is more suitable than that found in Europe says the England manager

Football in Brief: Carrick injury; Arsenal and Birmingham women's football; Italian match abandoned; Milan’s winless run; Brazil finals

Michael Carrick looks likely to miss England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany

Danny Welbeck

Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck likely to miss England friendlies

The 22-year-old has been sidelined with fluid on his knee

Jay Rodriguez will join Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert in the England squad

Jay Rodriguez becomes the latest Southampton Saint to state his case on the road to 2014 World Cup

Son of Spanish ex-professional given chance to audition for World Cup

Roy Hodgson was rewarded with a man of the match performance after giving Andros Townsend his England debut

England v Poland: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling called up as Roy Hodgson sticks with youngsters

Sterling will provide cover to Friday night's hero Andros Townsend and Danny Welbeck on the flanks

Two-goal hero Adnan Januzaj is subbed off

Adnan Januzaj: Player analysis of the latest bright talent at Manchester United

A brief look at what the 18-year-old has already achieved

Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge

England squad announcement: Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge included for crucial World Cup qualifiers

Roy Hodgson vows to stand by Joe Hart when the Three Lions play Montenegro and Poland at Wembley

Rooney suffered the shin injury in training

Wayne Rooney will be fit for England insists David Moyes, despite missing Champions League draw with Shakhtar Donetsk

The striker will be available for the crucial World Cup qualifiers

Sir Alex Ferguson: Told in-house TV station that Halsey claims were 'a little bit Walter Mitty'

Sir Alex Ferguson helps Manchester United in efforts to keep Wayne Rooney

Conciliatory former manager hails striker as 'back to his best' but denies claims by former referee Mark Halsey

Neither Emmanuel Adebayor or Jermaine Defoe have started a Premier League game this season for Tottenham

Jermain Defoe criticises decision by Andre Villas-Boas to banish striker Emmanuel Adebayor from the first-team squad

The Togo international has been instructed to train with the development team since his return from compassionate leave after the death of his brother Peter

Ashley Young has been warned about diving in future by manager David Moyes

Exclusive: Red carded Kagisho Dikgacoi joins calls for divers to be banned following warning from David Moyes to Ashley Young

Palace midfielder who clashed with Young agrees that hard line is needed over act of simulation

Manchester United v Bayer Leverkusen: Shinji Kagawa in contention to play in Champions League meeting

The Japan international has hardly featured this season

Premier League: Wayne Rooney starts for Manchester United as David Moyes leaves £27.5m signing Marouane Fellaini on the bench

Rooney returns from the head injury he suffered over two weeks ago while there is no place among the substitutes for Shinji Kagawa

Roy Hodgson was disappointed that a former England captain, such as Gary Lineker, could be so critical

England boss Roy Hodgson accepts side did not attack as well as they could following Gary Lineker criticism

Hodgson also says he has 'no problem at all' with the former England striker after pair exchanged words regarding goalless draw in Ukraine

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War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
Alexander McQueen: The catwalk was a stage for the designer's astonishing and troubling vision

Alexander McQueen's astonishing vision

Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

Dinner through the decades

A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
Philippa Perry interview: The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course

Philippa Perry interview

The psychotherapist on McDonald's, fancy specs and meeting Grayson Perry on an evening course
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef recreates the exoticism of the Indonesian stir-fry

Bill Granger's Indonesian stir-fry recipes

Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
Chelsea vs Tottenham: Harry Kane was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope

Harry Kane interview

The striker was at Wembley to see Spurs beat the Blues and win the Capital One Cup - now he's their great hope
The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

Michael Calvin's Last Word

For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?
HIV pill: Scientists hail discovery of 'game-changer' that cuts the risk of infection among gay men by 86%

Scientists hail daily pill that protects against HIV infection

Breakthrough in battle against global scourge – but will the NHS pay for it?