(From left to right) Kevin Pietersen, Jonathan Bairstow, Alastair Cook and Matt Prior chat during a practice session in Brisbane

Ashes 2013-14: Despite Australia's bravado, England should win a fourth consecutive Ashes

Alastair Cook's men have the experience

England manager Roy Hodgson looks on from the dugout

England 0 Germany 1: Per Mertesacker leaves Roy Hodgson frustrated by back-to-back defeats a Wembley

Three Lions booed off after 1-0 defeat to Germany at Wembley

Book Review: The Cloths of Heaven, By Sue Eckstein

Eckstein’s West-African tale of expats behaving badly has the feel not just of another place but of another era (and not just because it’s set in 1989).

Fraser Forster. Celtic stopper slow to get down for Sanchez’ cute header. Strong hands to keep out Beausejour effort soon after but often hesitant to leave his line.6/10

England v Chile: Player ratings

Man for man marking from the friendly at Wembley

Fraser Forster. Celtic stopper slow to get down for Sanchez’ cute header. Strong hands to keep out Beausejour effort soon after but often hesitant to leave his line.6/10

England v Chile: Player ratings

Man for man marking from the friendly at Wembley

Mother calls for ban on suicide sites after death of son Ayden Keenan-Olson

A mother has called for a ban on suicide websites after an inquest heard that her son researched how to take his own life on the web after suffering homophobic bullying.

Leighton Baines and Ashley Cole

England v Chile: Ashley Cole not an automatic choice for England now, says Roy Hodgson, with Leighton Baines pushing for place

Chelsea defender under pressure from Leighton Baines for left-back spot

Colchester General Hospital placed in special measures over cancer waiting time claims

Decision taken after staff were forced to change cancer waiting times data

Ella Hysom: Missing schoolgirl found safe and well after parents make emotional appeal

Police had said they were 'extremely concerned' about the welfare of the 15-year-old who was being treated for depression when she vanished

Chris Robshaw: ‘We had our backs against the wall [last year] and we went out swinging’

England v New Zealand: Chris Robshaw delighted for chance to measure up with majestic Richie McCaw

'He's probably the guy who epitomises what it is to be an international open-side flanker,' says England captain

Liverpool manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that Steven Gerrard could retire from international football following England's 2014 World Cup campaign

England v Chile: Steven Gerrard and Kyle Walker become latest players to withdraw through injury

The pair will miss the game on Friday but are in contention to play Germany next Tuesday

England women: Katy McLean seeks World Cup boost against Canada

The England women's captain, Katy McLean, is determined to lay down a marker against Canada this evening ahead of next year's World Cup.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes; King Henry V addresses his troops before the Battle of Agincourt

Once more unto the breach for Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Explorer to write book on his ancestors' roles in the Battle of Agincourt

Three of Sir Ranulph’s forebear’s took up arms in the service of Henry V, while another, Robert Fiennes, was the constable of France

Leighton Baines is tackled by Jake Livermore

Everton v Liverpool: Leighton Baines delighted to skip Merseyside derby fever while on England duty

The game at Goodison Park is hugely anticipated

England head coach Gary Street has called on experienced players to take on the Canadians

Women's Rugby: Gary Street rings changes for visit of Canadians

After England Women’s dismantling of France at Twickenham on Saturday, their head coach, Gary Street, has made 11 changes for tomorrow’s meeting with Canada as they prepare to return for the first time to the venue where they lost the 2010 World Cup final.The Stoop has unhappy memories for England’s players after their 13-10 defeat to New Zealand three years ago but, having already avenged February’s loss to France with a 40-20 win on Saturday, they now have the Canucks on their hit list.

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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