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England performed abjectly at the Under-20 World Cup in June and it will take time for new talent to emerge

Five ways we can turn Greg Dyke's passionate plea into achievable improvements

The Independent's chief football correspondent considers how the FA chairman's call for action might be realised
Hope Powell reacts to England’s 3-0 defeat to France

Hope Powell sacked as England women's manager after Euros failure

England were knocked out in the group stages in this summer's tournament and the FA have relieved Powell of her duties claiming they want 'a fresh outlook'

Incorrectly captioned Robin van Persie with Usain Bolt

Soccerball go! NBC’s $250m Premier League package kicks off with familiar line-up

US network recruits English pundits for expertise but still manages an own goal

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood in her previous comments condemning homosexuality

World Athletics Championships 2013: Yelena Isinbayeva sends Russia from the dark side of the moon to the dark ages

Pole vault champion's anti-homosexual quotes have put the country into the spotlight further that she will have thought

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva says she was misunderstood in her previous comments condemning homosexuality
Danny Welbeck takes the applause after heading in England’s second goal

Comment: It's time for England to follow the German example

An inability to retain the ball is making it extremely hard to close out matches

Arsenal manager Arsène Wenger watches referee Anthony Taylor demonstrate the Goal Decision System (GDS) at the Emirates yesterday

Premier League brings in GDS to banish ghost goals

Goal-line technology to make domestic debut on Sunday but Arsene Wenger is yet to be convinced

Lionel Messi in action against Bayern Munich's Thiago Alcantara

Lionel Messi denies playing role in appointment of Gerardo Martino as Barcelona coach

The new manager himself hinted he thought the world's best player had an influence

Gerardo 'Tata' Martino

Andres Iniesta backs appointment of Gerardo Martino at Barcelona

The former Paraguay coach replaces Tito Vilanova

Wayne Rooney, left, and Fernando Torres, right, could soon be rivals to lead the Chelsea attack if Jose Mourinho gets his man

Kevin Garside: Jose Mourinho loves teasing Manchester United - but the fuss over Wayne Rooney looks rather dated

The player at the centre of it is not the raging scimitar who arrived at United

The World Cup will be held in Middle East for the first time ever. The Doha Port stadium is pictured in this artists impression

Premier League: winter World Cup is 'not workable'

Fifa want to move the 2022 tournament in Qatar to avoid the summer heat

West Brom will be Nicolas Anelka's sixth Premier League club

Free agent Nicolas Anelka signs for West Brom on one-year deal

The former Chelsea striker joins his sixth Premier League club

Carlo Ancelotti and Laurent Blanc

The manager merry-go-round continues: Carlo Ancelotti confirmed as Real Madrid manager with PSG replacing him with Laurent Blanc

Ancelotti was the favourite to replace Jose Mourinho at the Bernabeu

South Africa's president has said Barack Obama (pictured) will still meet Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela: South Africa's president Jacob Zuma says Barack Obama will still meet 'Madiba'

Meanwhile, South African officials have confirmed that

Nelson Mandela is in a 'critical' condition, say doctors

Indyplus update: Nelson Mandela is 'at peace with himself', says daughter as he remains in 'critical condition'

South African president Jacob Zuma asks the country to pray for 'the father of democracy'

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UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power
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The price to be paid for challenging the rule of extremists

A revolution now 'consuming its own children'
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Charlotte Gainsbourg on 'Nymphomaniac'

Starring in one of the most explicit films ever
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers

Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi

The Emirates' out-of-sight migrant workers helping to build the dream projects of its rulers
Vince Cable interview: Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'

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Charging fees for employment tribunals was 'a very bad move'
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Iwan Rheon is returning to his Welsh roots

Rheon is best known for his role as the Bastard of Bolton. It's gruelling playing a sadistic torturer, he tells Craig McLean, but it hasn't stopped him recording an album of Welsh psychedelia
Russell Brand's interview with Ed Miliband has got everyone talking about The Trews

Everyone is talking about The Trews

Russell Brand's 'true news' videos attract millions of viewers. But today's 'Milibrand' interview introduced his resolutely amateurish style to a whole new crowd
Morne Hardenberg interview: Cameraman for BBC's upcoming show Shark on filming the ocean's most dangerous predator

It's time for my close-up

Meet the man who films great whites for a living
Increasing numbers of homeless people in America keep their mobile phones on the streets

Homeless people keep mobile phones

A homeless person with a smartphone is a common sight in the US. And that's creating a network where the 'hobo' community can share information - and fight stigma - like never before
'Queer saint' Peter Watson left his mark on British culture by bankrolling artworld giants

'Queer saint' who bankrolled artworld giants

British culture owes a huge debt to Peter Watson, says Michael Prodger
Pushkin Prizes: Unusual exchange programme aims to bring countries together through culture

Pushkin Prizes brings countries together

Ten Scottish schoolchildren and their Russian peers attended a creative writing workshop in the Highlands this week
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14 best kids' hoodies

Don't get caught out by that wind on the beach. Zip them up in a lightweight top to see them through summer to autumn
Robert Fisk in Abu Dhabi: The acceptable face of the Emirates

The acceptable face of the Emirates

Has Abu Dhabi found a way to blend petrodollars with principles, asks Robert Fisk