Sport Steven Gerrard on England duty in a friendly against Germany in November 2013

Gerrard could call time on his England career but new deeper midfield role might convince him otherwise

Wayne Rooney remains the first name on the team sheet for England
England manager Roy Hodgson
Michael Clarke claims he has put aside thoughts of the Ashes series

Michael Clarke weighs in on phoney Ashes war

Captain says focus is on Champions Trophy campaign rather than biggest event of summer

Thousands suffer in 'non-decent' homes

Nearly 460,000 families and more than 100,000 pensioners are living in potentially dangerous or seriously sub-standard rented homes, Labour said last night.

Alastair Cook prepares to sweep watched by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum

Indyplus update: Cook claims 25th century

England captain Alastair Cook scored his 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand at Headingley.

Alastair Cook prepares to sweep watched by wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum

Alastair Cook eases to 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand

England captain Alastair Cook scored his 25th Test century on the fourth morning against New Zealand at Headingley.

A dejected Hartley leaves the pitch

Dylan Hartley faces anxious wait on Lions ban

Northampton Saints captain sent off after 'cheat' jibe in showpiece final defeat to Leicester Tigers

Pair of aces: Joe Root (left) is congratulated by Jonny Bairstow after hitting a four to bring up his maiden Test century against New Zealand yesterday

Local hero leaves Nick Compton with plenty to think about

Try to avoid thinking about pink elephants and you can be sure of the image that will pop into your mind. The more you seek to escape a train of thought, the more closely you follow it.

England v New Zealand second Test - Day Two report from Headingley

Joe Root’s maiden Test century was the highlight for England on an intriguing second day at Headingley.

England captain Alastair Cook speaks with groundsman as rain delays play on day one of 2nd Investec Test match between England and New Zealand at Headingley

England v New Zealand 2nd Test: First day washed out

The latest report from the second Test at Headingley

Joe Lydon

Joe Lydon appointed as England's new head of international player development

Lydon switches from his role as head of rugby at the Welsh Rugby Union

Alastair Cook feared England’s lead was insufficient

England v New Zealand: Hard work on beating left-handers should keep paying dividends

A day that began with victory a possibility for both sides ended up being as short as it was Broad's.

Live: England vs New Zealand

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Cutting edge: Joe Root slashes the ball through the off side to the dismay of wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum at Lord’s

England v New Zealand (First Test, day three) report: Joe Root grows in stature to sow seeds of revival

England 232 & 180-6 v New Zealand 207: Yorkshire batsman brings England back into the first Test with gutsy innings but late flurry of wickets also offers Kiwis hope of victory, writes Stephen Brenkley at Lord’s

James Lawton: 301 proves to be magic number for James Anderson

Jimmy Anderson brushed against history again when he took his 300th Test wicket but it was the one which followed that was most crucial to England’s embattled cause.

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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee