Sport Shining example: Dan Carter sports the cap he received for making his 100th Test appearance

His eye an egg, Chris Robshaw convinced as the vanquished captain, but looking around the pitch at the close, having briefly led the best team in the world, there was vindication as well as the scars.

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'We wuz robbed . . . England were cheated out of the World Cup.' The Sun (Thursday)

How much does he earn?: No 1: Graham Taylor - Manager of the England football team

Annual salary: pounds 160,000 (Sir Alf Ramsey, who steered England to the World Cup in 1966, received a pounds 4,500 salary that year, with a winner's bonus of pounds 6,000).

The Christchburch By-Election: Tories target Fowler as scapegoat for defeat: Victorious Liberal Democrats say Conservative drubbing was a 'shout of rage' as calls for U-turn on VAT on fuel are rejected by Major

CONSERVATIVE MPs were gunning yesterday for Sir Norman Fowler, the party chairman, as the scapegoat for the defeat at Christchurch on Thursday, the most disastrous at any by-election since the Second World War.

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AN ENGLISHMAN posed this question at tea: who will be the first to lose office? John Major, Graham Taylor or Ted Dexter?

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THE Football Association was deeply divided last night over how to respond to the growing clamour for Graham Taylor's resignation as England manager after the embarrassing defeat by the United States in Foxborough on Wednesday.

Football: It's the way we make 'em: The system, as much as Graham Taylor, should be blamed. Norman Fox reports

SO ACCORDING to Graham Taylor it was only passion that England lacked in Oslo last Wednesday night. He must have been choking on his words when he put up that asinine smokescreen after a performance of almost unmitigated ineptitude against the competent but less than outstanding Norwegians. Passion and aggression are advantageous. They are also the last resorts of the outclassed and badly organised, and they are certainly not the foremost requirements.

Football: Taylor hints at Gascoigne's problems

A DISPIRITED England party left for the United States yesterday without Paul Gascoigne, whose international and club future with Lazio is in doubt, writes Norman Fox. Following euphemistic remarks by the England manager, Graham Taylor, about Gascoigne's 'refuelling' between matches, the Lazio manager, Dino Zoff, said he was satisfied with the player's condition and did not believe there was a problem over beer consumption. However, speculation in Italy yesterday suggested that Zoff was simply attempting to ensure that the club's capital investment in Gascoigne ( pounds 5.5m) was not being eroded by Taylor's criticism.

Letter: When resignation is the honourable course

Sir: There is an attitude which has been increasingly adopted that I believe to be fundamental to the general decline we are experiencing - and appear to be resigned to - in this country. That is the attitude of accepting responsibility for failure but refusing to act upon this - because one did what one thought was best.

England flop 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

ENGLAND'S football team were beaten 2-0 by Norway in a World Cup qualifying game in Oslo last night, a result that jeopardises their chances of reaching the World Cup finals in the United States next year.

Football / World Cup: 'I'm shocked by that kind of performance'

GRAHAM TAYLOR offered no excuses, only disappointment, after the match. 'I am shocked by that kind of performance for what was an important game for English football. The performance was way, way below what is expected from an England team in any football game. It's a performance that will make people back home very angry. I feel exactly the same way as them.'

It hurts, but Goochie must go: The England cricket captain risks ending up as a tabloid turnip, says Jim White

ON SUNDAY, during the final Texaco one-day international at Lord's, Graham Gooch took a dolly of a catch. Nothing remarkable about that, you might think, for a man whose catching ability was such that he was once widely assumed to have a pair of buckets attached to his wrists. But his reaction to it was instructive. He collapsed into the arms of a colleague in relief.

Football: Taylor banishes any tiresome complaints: England expect nothing but energy and enthusiasm from battle-weary troops in summer push. Joe Lovejoy reports

ENGLAND'S battle-weary troops came straggling in from north London and south Yorkshire last night, postponing much needed R and R to renew their World Cup campaign with a summer push which takes them from Poland to Norway and back in the next 10 days.

Football: Taylor warns clubs

HAVING already lost Paul Gascoigne, John Barnes, David Seaman and probably Tony Adams from his squad for next month's trip to the United States, Graham Taylor has warned clubs that any other England players being withdrawn by their clubs will have to be examined by a Football Association doctor, writes Norman Fox.

Football / FA Cup Final: 'If Lee Dixon can play for England so can I': Sheffield Wednesday's Footballer of the Year, to the bewilderment of his many admirers, cannot find a place in Graham Taylor's affections. Joe Lovejoy reports

George V requested 'Abide With Me', Graham Taylor prefers 'Pomp and Circumstance'. Why not 'The Enigma Variations' when the Cup finalists trot out at Wembley this afternoon? There could be no more appropriate greeting for the man of the moment.

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