Arsenal attacker sticks to his guns about Capello but tells Sam Wallace he wants a central striking role for club and country

Sven Goran Eriksson: The hits and the missus

Sven Goran Eriksson's career as a football manager has, lest we forget, produced a string of successes - the sort of trophy haul that made England fans delighted when he was appointed manager.

Gay Icons, National Portrait Gallery, London

An exhibition of icons chosen by 10 famous gay curators shows that one person's hero is another's turnip head

Gunman kills football coach at US high school

A gunman killed a football coach at a high school early today in front of students and was taken into police custody shortly afterward, authorities said. No one else was injured.

Football coach stalker jailed for life

A children's football coach who attacked and stalked women over 23 years was today jailed for life.

State of Play, Kevin Macdonald, 127 Mins, 12A

This remake of the TV conspiracy series is a hymn to the newspaper, and to old-fashioned thrillers

The Independent Film Forum: 11. In the Loop

Our film forum is your chance to pass judgement on a recent release. Here's a selection of your views on Armando Iannucci's political satire

Caine gives BBC one of the best

After 'In The Loop' and 'The Damned United', BBC Films hopes for more hit movies. Ian Burrell reports

Clough family 'was consulted' for film

The makers of a film about legendary football manager Brian Clough have said they did their best to involve his family in the production.

Not only a comic genius ...

... but also the founder of a Soho venue where subversive humour flourished in the 1960s. And yesterday a plaque was finally unveiled in honour of Peter Cook and the Establishment Club. Andy McSmith reports

Leading article: Theo strikes back

It is not easy scoring a hat trick in a competitive football international. And doing it against the well-drilled Croatians in their fortress of a stadium in Zagreb is even more difficult. Yet that is precisely what the young England striker Theo Walcott achieved on Wednesday.

David Prosser's Outlook: M&S climbs the £1bn summit, only to be faced by a rather nasty bout of vertigo

As both Avram Grant and Sir Alex Ferguson will no doubt be reminded today, football managers are only as good as their next match. It's a lesson that Sir Stuart Rose, the chief executive of Marks & Spencer, is also about to learn – the latest stage of the M&S recovery yesterday failed to impress the market, which is more concerned about the extent to which the retailer can ride out a consumer spending slowdown.

Leading Article: Brown: the case for the defence

The time has come to make the case for Gordon Brown. This may seem counterintuitive. After all, so everybody is agreed, Mr Brown has been a disaster as a Prime Minister. He has no story to tell; he is indecisive, a ditherer in Conservative Central Office's lexicon; and he is painfully slow on his feet. In short, he is a busted flush. Just look at the local elections and the opinion polls.

How waving a stick promotes orchestral harmony

Conductors settle the score after violinist Kennedy's dig at strutters on the podium

Brian Viner: Masterclasses in sporting life from the old school

My old school – King George V Grammar School for Boys, Southport – has been much on my mind this week. On Monday I received my copy of The Red Rose, the magazine of the Old Georgians' Association, and it contained the sad and unexpected news that my old Latin master, T B L Davies, passed away a couple of months ago.

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Part of Joseph Beuys' 1982 sculpture 'Fettecke' used to distil schnapps
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BBC takes viewers back down memory lane

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Nicolas Cage shines in low-budget drama Joe

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Fiesta is UK's most popular car of all-time

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Five things we’ve learned so far about United under Van Gaal

It’s impossible to avoid the impression that the Dutch manager is playing to the gallery a little
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Will the young Britons fighting in Syria be allowed to return home and resume their lives?

Will Britons fighting in Syria be able to resume their lives?

Tony Blair's Terrorism Act 2006 has made it an offence to take part in military action abroad with a "political, ideological, religious or racial motive"
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Beyoncé poses as Rosie the Riveter

The wartime poster girl became the ultimate American symbol of female empowerment
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Lt-Col Steven Cole is the man Hollywood calls when it wants to borrow a tank or check a military uniform