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The eyes have it: Jack Wilshere, England’s key midfielder, shields the ball from Chile’s Marcelo Diaz at Wembley on Friday

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San Marino’s Michele Cervellini, a full-time student, tangles with England’s Danny Welbeck at Wembley last year

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The Italian republic have failed to score a goal in qualifying and are joint bottom of global rankings

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Do I not like that! It's Euro '92 all over again

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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.

Can Hodgson negotiate the England managers' graveyard that is Norway in his first match in charge?

Hodgson will take loss on the chin: Will the nation?

New man says he is prepared for difficulties in Norway, a country where previous England managers have come very publicly to grief, as he gears up for his first match at the helm

Neil Warnock kicks every ball during the draw with Portsmouth

Warnock is revved up to follow Revie

Portsmouth 0 Leeds United 0

Information Commissioner confesses: Motorman case is too big for us to handle

Christopher Graham tells Leveson Inquiry that tackling case of private eye Whittamore is 'impractical'

James Lawton: Perhaps Graham Taylor was right – this really is mission impossible

England have pretty much reached breaking point. This is the latest excruciating evidence that their international decline may not have hit rock bottom

Graham Taylor 'told to make false FIFA claims'

Former England manager Graham Taylor revealed today that he was encouraged by FIFA officials to make false expenses claims.

Graham Taylor 'surprised' by Fabio Capello approach to Jack Wilshere

Former England manager Graham Taylor admits he is "surprised" by Fabio Capello's handling of Jack Wilshere ahead of the Arsenal teenager's full debut against Denmark tonight.

'Arrogant' England had no chance says Graham Taylor

Graham Taylor believes a perception of England as "arrogant" and "know-alls" ended their hopes of winning the 2018 World Cup but thinks their dismal showing in the voting could prompt investigations into the running of FIFA.

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