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SW19 Diary: Pippa leaves Barton and Co in the shade

The diary has noted before the lack of footballers at the Championships but Joey Barton came to the rescue yesterday by turning up on Centre Court – Barton's doing the English summer circuit, having been at Glastonbury last weekend.

Men cleared over Jack Wilshere 'fight'

Two men allegedly caught up in a fight involving footballer Jack Wilshere were cleared of affray today.

Jack Wilshere involved in 'club scuffle'

England midfielder Jack Wilshere was part of a group which hurled homophobic insults at revellers before a fight began outside a nightclub, a court heard.

Stuart Pearce bemoans tough European Under-21 draw

Stuart Pearce claimed England had been "lumped" with the worst possible draw after his side crashed out of the European Under-21 Championship with defeat to the Czech Republic last night.

Pearce: 'Maybe the performances in the first two games have really cost us'

Stuart Pearce, England's Under-21 manager, claimed his team had given their best performance in three group matches after they were beaten by the Czech Republic's two late goals last night. He insisted there were lessons to learn, but declined to elaborate on what they were.

Pearce to get two-year deal – even if the kids crash out

The Football Association is set to announce a two-year extension to Stuart Pearce's contract immediately after the European Under-21 Championship even if the England team are eliminated at the group stage on Sunday in Denmark.

Pearce faces test of loyalty to captain Mancienne

It was, Liverpool's new acquisition Jordan Henderson agreed, what Ringo Starr famously called a hard day's night. Entirely unexpectedly, Henderson and his England Under-21 colleagues stole a late equalising goal on Sunday evening after being outplayed by Spain and suddenly the second match of their European Championship campaign, against Ukraine tomorrow is something to be approached with confidence.

Brooking backs Stuart Pearce as Olympics coach

Sir Trevor Brooking thinks England Under-21 boss Stuart Pearce should be appointed as the head coach of the British football team at next year's London Olympics.

My Under-21 team are not tired, says Pearce

Stuart Pearce has insisted he will never accept tiredness as an excuse from his England side ahead of their European Under-21 Championship opener against Spain.



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

Young steps off bench to deliver cutting edge

After half-time boos Capello reverses mysterious decision to omit Villa man

Michael Carrick pulls out of England squad

Manchester United's Michael Carrick has pulled out of the England squad for Saturday's 2012 European Championship qualifier with Switzerland due to injury.

Wilshere says another season with no trophy will be 'disaster'

Arsenal midfielder also believes players need harder edge and should pressurise referees more

Highlights, heroes, lows and laughs: The football season in review

'The Independent' football team hand out the gongs at the end of another fascinating and exciting campaign

England are left feeling light up front

The domestic season is almost over but there is much football to be played – too much of it for many club managers. As well as the final European Championship game of the season against Switzerland on Saturday, England teams are preparing for the European Under-21 and Under-19 tournaments and the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico. Their respective coaches are having to come to terms with seemingly inevitable withdrawals.

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