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Being known as a "Cup team" is a mixed compliment, implying the ability to raise your game for one-off occasions, but never to sustain it. If Wigan Athletic, FA Cup winners relegated within a week, are newcomers to the genre, West Ham United have been at it rather longer.

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Perfect evening. His run down the right made the first goal before his brilliant strike made the game safe.

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Rio Ferdinand bleeds during Sunday’s Manchester derby

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An Oxbridge of football, for coaches rather than players

Over £100m has been spent on St George's Park but, Sam Wallace finds, the academy is about developing coaches, not players

David Cameron was just bluffing on Letterman's show, says Boris. And what would he know?

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Lord of The Rings: Great Olympians, such as Lord Coe, are human too

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We should not be surprised if the former 1,500m world record holder now defends official high-handedness on the podium

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson in England talks - the reaction

Following the news that West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is in talks with the FA to take over as manager of England, players and pundits throughout the country have had their say on the decision.

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