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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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The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

The 12 ways of Christmas

We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

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Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

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From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

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A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes

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Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

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Rodgers fights for his reputation

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Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

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