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News Dmytro Bulatov,a Ukrainian opposition activist, says he was kidnapped and tortured

He led AutoMaidan protest movement that organised motorcades outside the houses of politicians and oligarchs

James Milner and Leighton Baines train with England

James Milner to benefit from Danny Welbeck suspension

He may not get fans on the edge of their seats but Roy Hodgson is acutely aware James Milner could be the ideal man to give England a hefty shove towards the World Cup.

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England 4 Moldova 0: Midfield axis Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere grow into a sorcerer and apprentice act

In rugby the saying is “forwards win matches, backs decide by how many”. Football, being less based on territory and lower scoring, cannot be reduced to such a simple tenet, but while goalscorers are the most prized players, international matches tend to be won and lost in the midfield engine room.

Daniel Sturridge and Rickie Lambert

We've not exactly been lucky have we? Roy Hodgson confirms Rickie Lambert will start against Moldova after Daniel Sturridge is ruled out of World Cup qualifier

The Liverpool forward has been the in-form player in the Premier League but Roy Hodgson has confirmed he will miss the match at Wembley with a thigh injury but could feature in Tuesday's clash in Ukraine

Hodgson praised Spurs, Everton and Liverpool for giving opportunities to youngsters

'Let's not kid ourselves': Greg Dyke plays down England's chances of success at 2014 World Cup

The FA chairman has set the target of winning the 2022 tournament in Qatar

Gary Cahill insists Chelsea team-mate John Terry will not make return to England set-up

The former captain retired amid the fall-out from his race trial

Roy Hodgson: The England manager has re-jigged his squad after several injuries

Roy Hodgson happy to see England plans undisrupted by transfer deadline day

Some England players had been linked with late moves but none came to fruition

Police ‘planted gun’ during raid on Ukrainian feminist group Femen

The Ukrainian feminist group Femen, whose members are known for staging topless protests, have accused police of planting explosives and a gun during a raid on their headquarters in Kiev today in an attempt to close down the organisation.

Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley

Uncapped duo Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley called up to England squad for World Cup qualifiers

The midfield pair will be available for the matches against Moldova and Ukraine

Joe Hart: The England goalkeeper has made high-profile errors

Joe Hart given vote of confidence by England manager Roy Hodgson, despite mistakes for Manchester City

The goalkeeper has made some uncharacteristic errors already this term

Bassist Jared Hasselhoff of the American rock group Bloodhound Gang is seen pushing the Russian white-blue-red tricolour flag into the front of his pants during a concert in the city of Odessa July 31, 2013

Bloodhound Gang: Last week they were barred from Russia, today they face 'hooliganism' charges in Ukraine

The American rock group face potential criminal action after 'Evil' Jared Hasselhoff allegedly urinates on Ukrainian flag

The Last Word: From film star to director, Pirlo is the legend with a living legacy

He is unlikely to match Zanetti for longevity but his look implies virility

Viktor Kulikov, right, is congratulated by then Russian acting President Vladimir Putin at a ceremony marking Defender of the Fatherland Day, at the Kremlin in 2000

Marshal Viktor: Kulikov Soldier and key figure in the Warsaw Pact

Viktor Kulikov was among the very last survivors of the old Soviet military establishment, a Second World War veteran unswerving in his lifelong communism and suspicion of the West, who rose to be the top commander of the Warsaw Pact and a key figure in the crisis that led to the imposition of martial law in Poland in 1981.

England and Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker

Scott Parker rediscovers England hunger ahead of World Cup qualifiers

The Tottenham midfielder returned from Euro 2012 needing surgery

Ukrainian defence lawyer is stripped of seat

The top lawyer for jailed former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been stripped of parliamentary immunity and his seat in the Ukrainian legislature.

Album review: Alice Sara Ott, Pictures (Deutsche Grammophon)

Alice Sara Ott's 2010 recording of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No 1 in B flat minor demonstrated how capably she could handle the Russian temperament; but even so, recording Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition live in Saint Petersburg must have taken great courage and self-belief. Which was not misplaced: she negotiates the various pictures' stylistic twists and turns with confidence and expressive brio, from the mesmerically melancholy, mist-shrouded depiction of "The Old Castle" to the coyly tiptoeing chatter of the "Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks" and the more frantic, tempestuous hubbub of "The Market at Limoges" – before arriving with due gravitas at "The Heroic Gate (in the Old Capital of Kiev)".

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