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Hodgson: 'Films, plays, books, operas are not for everyone; football really is'

Roy Hodgson tips his hat to England's football 'culture'

But 'custodian' of the national team likens trophy hopes to darts – a bit hit and miss

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Managers warn of dangers trying to replicate Barcelona style

Neil Lennon, former England boss Fabio Capello, David Moyes and Brendan Rodgers among those in agreement

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Pele to present England player of the year trophy

Legend will also attend England's friendly with Brazil

Football review 2012: The story of the year

A look back at the year in football

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Chelsea to hand John Terry new contract despite year of turmoil

After standing by their captain during his race trial, the Blues are ready to begin negotiations even though his contract runs until 2014

Joey Barton

Joey Barton expects QPR to be relegated from Premier League

Midfielder currently on loan with Marseille

Forensic Benitez has vision required to be answer to all of Abramovich’s prayers

Benitez led Valencia, a side that seemed to have no right to European silverware, to win the Uefa Cup

David Beckham applauds the fans after the Los Angeles Galaxy's match against the San Jose Earthquakes earlier this month

End of his Galaxy quest: Where now for David Beckham?

As his LA Galaxy adventure draws to a close, opportunities open up in France and Australia as clubs bid for the man who is bigger than football

Harry Redknapp left Tottenham in June

Ukraine target Harry Redknapp for national job after Andriy Shevchenko rejects role

Harry Redknapp's agent has confirmed the Football Federation of Ukraine have made contact as they look to appoint a new manager.

We did not deserve Sweden defeat, insists Hodgson

Paris St Germain star Ibrahimovic grabbed his fourth goal in the 4-2 win with a wonder goal

Bafetimbi Gomis celebrates scoring France’s winner

International round-up: Republic of Ireland slump as Bafetimbi Gomis fires France

The Republic of Ireland ended a year which started with such optimism on a low note as a youthful side which featured Ciaran Clark, James McCarthy, James McClean and Robbie Brady from the start was beaten 1-0 by Greece in a friendly match at the Aviva Stadium.

Daniel Sturridge is in the squad despite not being a Chelsea regular

James Lawton: In an age of such English austerity, don't reach for the champagne too soon

Excitement at the inclusion of Zaha and Sterling in Hodgson's squad must be tempered by the realities of Premier League life

James Lawton: In an age of such English austerity, don't reach for the champagne too soon

It is quite right to celebrate early indications that Wilfried Zaha may well be launching an international career for England in Stockholm tonight instead of listening to the overtures of the Ivory Coast, the land of his birth.

Jack Wilshere looks set to make his competitive return

'It is a bit too soon': Jack Wilshere shares Arsene Wenger's concerns over England call-up

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has expressed concern over his call-up to the England squad for next week's friendly with Sweden, saying “maybe it is a bit too soon.”

England's road to Rio is littered with hazards

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