Sport Schalke's midfielder Julian Draxler celebrates after scoring

A look at the 20-year-old Schalke midfielder as he edges towards a move to the Premier League

Hleb tries to take back criticism of Wenger

Alexander Hleb yesterday tried to play down suggestions of a rift with Arsène Wenger and his team-mate Cesc Fabregas but still made no secret of his desire to leave Arsenal.

The right kind of headache for van Basten

The Netherlands' manager Marco van Basten has a serious problem: how to select only 11 players to start Saturday's quarter-final in Basle against Russia when he has 23 fit and raring to go. Unlike Germany, Italy and others, the Dutch not only cruised through their group with a 100 per cent record but avoided picking up any injuries or suspensions along the way. Indeed, players not fully fit for the opening two games, like Robin van Persie, Arjen Robben and Mario Melchiot, all demonstrated in the 2-0 win against Romania on Tuesday that they are back in contention.

Netherlands 2 Romania 0: Van Persie strikes to underline extent of Dutch dominance

Forget any talk of a carve-up. Nine Dutch reserves keen to emphasise their credentials for the challenges ahead proved much too good here last night for Romania, who were never close to the victory they needed once Italy took command of the other Group C game against France. The Romanians, whistled by their own supporters at times for such a nerve-ridden performance, were left to rue more than ever the penalty missed by Adrian Mutu near the end of their previous game against Italy.

Ibrahimovic strikes twice to keep Inter flying high

Internazionale maintained their seven-point lead at the top of Serie A after Zlatan Ibrahimovic's double helped the champions to a 3-2 win at lowly Siena yesterday.

Bent claims winner for new-look England

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