Steven Caulker had set his sights on making his breakthrough with the Three Lions before his 21st birthday

Tottenham defender Steven Caulker achieves personal milestone with England debut

Steven Caulker achieved a personal milestone with less than two months to spare when making his England debut in last night's friendly international against Sweden in Stockholm.

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his astonishing overhead kick goal against England hours too late to be named best goal in 2012 in a Fifa contest.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo admits he has 'bad image'

Cristiano Ronaldo concedes he has a “bad image” but remains hopeful of being voted as this year's Ballon d'Or winner.

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Wigan Athletic's Argentinian striker Franco Di Santo celebrates scoring their second goal

Argentina call up Wigan striker Franco Di Santo

The Wigan Athletic striker Franco Di Santo has been called up by Argentina for the first time for the friendly away to Saudi Arabia on 14 November.

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Aston Villa announce appointment of Simone Farina as community coach

Simone Farina, who played a key role in helping to stop a match-fixing attempt in Italy last year, has joined Aston Villa as a community coach.

Cristiano Ronaldo pictured during the Super Cup

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Real Madrid 2 Barcelona 1 (4-4 on aggregate; Real Madrid win on away goals)

Oscar and Neymar in action

Favourites Brazil face South Korea in Olympic semi-finals

One by one, they were all knocked out. Uruguay, Spain and Team GB.

Javier Mascherano has been the driving force behind Barcelona's recent run

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Javier Mascherano is on the verge of extending his contract with Barcelona until 2016.

<b>11. LIONEL MESSI </b><br/>
<b>Total earnings: </b>£24.9 million <br/>
<b>Salary/winnings: </b>£12.7 million <br/>
<b>Endorsements: </b>£12.2 million <br/>
Lionel Messi is now regarded as the best footballer in the World, slightly above Christiano Ronaldo. Messi broke the 39 year record for most goals in a European club season in 2012 when he finished the season having netted 73 times. He won FIFA player of the year three times and his biggest endorsement is from Adidas.

Bangor City striker Les Davies stunned by Uefa's best player in Europe nomination

Semi-professional Bangor City striker Les Davies admits his inclusion on the list for a top Uefa honour is “crazy but a great surprise”.

Bangor's Les Davies voted among Europe's best

Les Davies, a 27-year-old winger who is a cult hero for his club Bangor City, has made it on to the 32-man list of players nominated for Uefa's best player in Europe award.

Andrea Pirlo chips his penalty against England

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo says chipped penalty was key to beating England

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo believes his cheeky penalty changed the course of Sunday's Euro 2012 quarter-final with England.

FIFA 13 Ultimate Edition details and release date confirmed

Premium package set to supply fans with ultimate team of football superstars.

Way to get ahead: Lescott rises to score against France

On me 'ead son: Why are so many headers being scored at Euro 2012?

A 'true' ball, certain sides – not just England – defending deep and fifth officials watching for blocking has revived an old art

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Sir Alex Ferguson has set out his stall over the London 2012 Olympic football tournament and told the FA none of Manchester United's over-age players apart from Ryan Giggs can be selected.

John Terry cannot believe he has been sent off - but he had to go

'That special spirit is part of the DNA of these Chelsea players', says Roberto di Matteo

Roberto di Matteo, the Chelsea interim manager, last night hailed the never-say-die spirit of his players that took them past Barcelona and into their second Champions League final in five seasons.

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