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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.

Football Nation, By Andrew Ward & John Williams<br />Englischer Fussball, By Raphael Honigstein

Football and Englishness are intimately connected, with a corpus of books now devoted to the history of the national game and what it tells us about this relationship. England fans have been made to confront unfortunate truths: the head-in-the-sand belief that we were still best in the world, which led to decades of underachievement, 1966 notwithstanding; a mistrust of pure talent allied to misplaced faith in workhorses; the rise of the thug; the process that began with the end of the maximum wage and was jet-fuelled by the Sky-based big bang which saw footballers mutate from lads-next-door to lads-in-mansions, and the Premiership become the world's most sought-after sporting brand.

I'd be happy if Rooney beat my record, says Charlton

Hero of 1966 believes there are 'a lot of goals' to come from England striker

Charlton happy for Rooney to surpass record

Sir Bobby Charlton would have no problem if Wayne Rooney overtook his record of 49 goals for England.

'If Capello leaves me out, I'll accept it' says Beckham

Will David Beckham make it to his fourth World Cup finals? Sam Wallace hears his plans to keep busy if he&rsquo;s forced to call time on his international career (and they don&rsquo;t involve a reunion with Sven)

To play Germany is just massive, says Noble

The Under-21 captain hopes to join a select band of men to have lifted a cup wearing the colours of England, writes Steve Tongue

Mark Cueto: 'There is more to my England career than <i>that</i> try'

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Between Ourselves: 'Geoff Hurst's historic moment is so gripping I missed the dancing'

You see them at the side of the road, and generally you just speed past. They are the modern form of remembrance, bunches of dead flowers, taped to lamp-posts where the cars go too fast to see what is written on the fading cards in the yellowing cellophane, and too fast, it seems, to stop when an unwary pedestrian steps into the road.

West Ham retire Moore's number six shirt

West Ham United will retire the number six shirt worn by former Upton Park and England great Bobby Moore, the Premier League club said on their website (www.whu.co.uk) today.

Deborah Orr: It is undeniably cruel to force 'cold turkey' on prisoners, but this legal action is wrong

It won't puncture the arrogance and self-pity that assist addicts in justifying their behaviour

Should we allow England captains to bend the rules like Beckham?

James Lawton: No... this is final straw in faltering leadership of the publicity king

Sharp-shooter Owen takes aim at the Swiss

Michael Owen is not the player he was. Discuss. People have done just that for several years now, whenever the one-time Boy Wonder suffers a dip in form or a particularly lingering injury. They frequently conclude this assertion to be true.

Conference: Howie restores Shrewsbury's status

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