Sport Clarence Seedorf (centre) is mobbed as he arrives at Linate Airport in Milan

Milan’s decision to appoint as coach a former player with no experience has raised many eyebrows. Glenn Moore reports on Berlusconi’s latest bombshell

Roy Hodgson and Wayne Rooney at the final whistle against Ukraine

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England manager Roy Hodgson has dismissed predecessor Fabio Capello's comments about Wayne Rooney as "cheap".

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Manager talks of bringing in new faces for start of 2014 World Cup qualifying but talent is not in plentiful supply, writes Sam Wallace

Roy Hodgson, with Steven Gerrard behind him, waves as England leave Poland

Sam Wallace: It's revolution time for England – but where are the new recruits?

Hodgson talks of bringing in new faces to the England side for World Cup qualifying but talent is not in plentiful supply

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This Germany team is just like a family, says Hummels

No more muscular Matthaüs – these young ones are different, defender tells Tim Rich

Mats Hummels on the German team: 'We grew up together. up together. It feels more like a family. We don't have so many senior players'

Germany defender Mats Hummels knows history fuels great expectations at Euro 2012

Defender tells Tim Rich Germany's young squad expect a difficult match against Greece tonight

Mario Balotelli is silenced by his Italian team-mate Leonardo Bonucci after scoring

Mario Balotelli should start against England says Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini

Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini has advised Italy coach Cesare Prandelli to play Mario Balotelli from the start against England.

Carroll Zinger: Andy Carroll celebrates his goal against the Swedes

James Lawton: Hodgson's choices are paying off

Manager has got to grips with a team formerly run like a celebrity club

Antonio Cassano

Graeme Le Saux puts Antonio Cassano's homophobic remarks down to ignorance

Graeme Le Saux believes that Antonio Cassano's ill-advised remarks about gay footballers are more likely to be because of a lack of understanding rather than a deliberate attempt to be offensive.

Rafael Benitez: 'Everyone will be talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the impact he has already had in these championships for his country'

Rafa Benitez: Gerrard can recall how we blocked out Ibrahimovic

England have a very clear obstacle tonight in Kiev. Everyone will be talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the impact he has already had in these championships for Sweden but I think that there is a way of dealing with him.

Germany's Joachim Löw reacts to his side's win over the Netherlands in which Mario Gomez scored twice

James Lawton: Maturity, planning, unity... Germany are miles ahead

It is not encouraging that England, heroic, pragmatic, new inhabitants of the real football world – by all means take your pick – were too drained to train two days before tonight's pivotal group game against the Sweden they have never beaten in a competitive game.

Fabio Capello expects England to progress from group stage

Fabio Capello has revealed England are still "part of my heart" and has backed them to qualify for the Euro 2012 knockout stages.

Roy Hodgson has called up Martin Kelly to replace the injured Gary Cahill

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle backs Roy Hodgson to deal with Wayne Rooney suspension

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle believes current boss Roy Hodgson has had enough time to prepare for Wayne Rooney's absence from the first two matches at Euro 2012.

City's confident keeper could play for England at several tournaments

Roy Hodgson knows England's future is in safe hands with Joe Hart

Joe Hart has solved the goalkeeping conundrum and could go on to pick up more than 100 caps

Sport on TV: We are in alien territory if the England manager is successful

As the comedian Al Murray said on How To Be England Manager (BBC4, Wednesday): "The Americans must have an alien in a warehouse somewhere who could manage the England team." Given that winning a tournament is about as likely as the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, it could turn out a happy coincidence.

Kevin Keegan and his assistant Derek Fazackerley at Euro 2000

'Teams that handle the downtime best have a greater chance of success'

Dealing with boredom at a tournament is a problem that has foxed England in the past

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