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Southgate set to play the Beckenbauer role – as an administrator

Gareth Southgate said yesterday that he wanted to be the first former England international of his generation to take on a senior executive role in the game, rather than a return to management, as he was appointed the Football Association's new head of elite development.

Beckenbauer has 'limited' faith in Fifa

Fifa Executive Committee member Franz Beckenbauer says he has "limited" faith in Fifa after the way it handled the vote for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on December 2, and the way it has acted since then.

James Lawton: Italian may now believe he can't help England

One complaint against Fabio Capello after England's undressing by France at Wembley is that his body language is losing much of its old intensity. He no longer strides into the technical area bristling with rage and indignation. He doesn't snort volcanically, as he did in Cape Town a few months ago, and say that he simply didn't recognise his team.

Sunday promises to be the hottest day of the year – and the

Rarely can the components for the perfect English summer weekend have been more exquisitely arranged in advance. The beers have been put on ice, the weather will be sizzling and the tantalising prospect of two days of sport await. What could possibly go wrong?

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Carragher: Germany remind me of Liverpool – they never give up

It was probably the biggest compliment Jamie Carragher could pay the Germany team: he compared them to Liverpool, for their unshakeable belief that, whoever they are playing and whatever the odds, they believe that they can win games through sheer force of will.