Sport In a stew: Downing is counting on a Cup win to build confidence

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.

Greenhoff seeks new chapter in Stokelore – but he can't turn page

Blond who bombed down the wing endured four Cup semi-final defeats but believes the Potters can finally lift the trophy this time, writes Phil Shaw

1966? I remember it as though it were yesterday

Whether or not the 2018 bid succeeds, Rupert Cornwell will have his memories of the year that football came home

And then there were three... Nobby Stiles to sell 1966 winner's medal

Midfielder becomes eighth World Cup winner to part with memento

Beckenbauer calls for goal-line technology

Franz Beckenbauer has expressed sympathy for the controversial manner in which England bowed out of the World Cup and called for the introduction of technology to prevent such injustices in future.

Sir Geoff Hurst: 'They paid £80,000 to get '66 match ball back off Germans'

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Alex James: The rape of England

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Lampard the survivor is ready to step up for fallen friend Ferdinand

Not just any old Iron as ex-Hammer looks to match heroes of '66

Theo: From the shock inclusion, to the shock exclusion

Once again, Walcott makes headlines as Fabio Capello chooses World Cup squad

Flashback: No 8 - England 1966: Hurst rises from the ranks to become a legend

Geoff Hurst rises unchallenged to score England's winner from Martin Peters' cross in the quarter-final against Argentina at Wembley.

World first as new-born baby is given xenon gas

A British hospital has become the first in the world to give xenon gas to a stricken new-born baby to prevent it suffering brain injury.

David Beckham: England legend – or a vain failure?

His international career may be at an end but the debate over the football icon's impact for his country will rage on and on, writes Sam Wallace

James Lawton: England rugby may soon have to face hard truth that Johnson is not fit to rule

Wilkinson has to try to mask the reality that England have become an object of contempt

Capello to unveil Ramsey tribute

England coach Fabio Capello will unveil a sculpture of World Cup-winning boss Sir Alf Ramsey at Wembley on Friday.

Following in the footsteps of Sir Alf...

George Cohen is the latest World Cup winner to draw flattering parallels between Fabio Capello and Sir Alf Ramsey. James Lawton, a cub reporter in 1966, assesses their management styles and notes how much can change with six months to go

'Capello is starting to remind me of Sir Alf'

Sir Bobby Charlton tells James Lawton why England's current manager brings back memories of 1966, and why he may even measure up to the man who masterminded World Cup triumph
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