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The Real Madrid forward must continue to work hard says the three-time World Cup winner

Wayne Rooney – who missed a great early chance – nods in for England just after half-time

Referee Viktor Kassai and England striker Wayne Rooney criticised by Ukraine press

Newspapers in Ukraine have criticised referee Viktor Kassai and England striker Wayne Rooney after the co-hosts were eliminated from Euro 2012.

Pavel Pogrebnyak scoring for Fulham at QPR

Pavel Pogrebnyak refuses to look beyond the present

Fulham striker Pavel Pogrebnyak insists he is only concerned about the present and not what will happen at the end of the season.

Lionel Messi’s five goals at the Nou Camp last night - Fourth

Lionel Messi hailed as 'the best' by Pep Guardiola

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola hailed the unique talents of Lionel Messi after the Argentina forward's five goals against Bayer Leverkusen last night eased the holders into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

Mata: Torres turned down chance to take penalty

Juan Mata yesterday revealed that Fernando Torres had turned down a chance to end his long search for a Chelsea goal against Birmingham City on Tuesday because he wasn't "first on the list" to take penalties.

Blatter attempts to smooth over row with Brazil caused by 2014 World Cup concerns

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, has asked for talks with Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, as concerns grow about the collapse of the relationship between football's governing body and the 2014 World Cup hosts.

Negotiations with Robbie Fowler have stalled, says Blackpool boss Ian Holloway

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admits talks to bring former England striker Robbie Fowler to Bloomfield Road have hit a stumbling block.

Blatter was re-elected in June when rival candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam withdrew after he was charged with bribery - and in July was banned for life after being found guilty by Fifa's Ethics Committee

Committee calls for investigation into Sepp Blatter's unopposed Fifa re-election

Sepp Blatter's unopposed re-election as Fifa president last year should be the subject of an internal investigation into whether he unfairly exploited his position, according to a Council of Europe assembly committee.

Two trains collided head-on in southern Poland, killing over a dozen people

Head-on crash that killed 16 is investigated

An investigation was under way last night after two trains running on the same track crashed head-on in southern Poland, leaving 16 people dead and 58 injured in the country's worst rail disaster in more than 20 years.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gets a mouthful of Wembley grass on Wednesday

The Last Word: The Hunter proves cut above English beef

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar is still in his prime and surely must be coveted by the Premier League’s big spenders

Blatter favours goal-line tech

The Fifa president, Sepp Blatter, insists he would "die" if he witnesses another World Cup goal-line blunder such as Frank Lampard's disallowed goal for England in 2010.

Harry Redknapp: Issues between the Spurs boss and Sir Trevor Brooking are dated to 1994

Brooking rift will not stand in the way of Redknapp being appointed

Sir Trevor Brooking, a key figure in the Football Association's recruitment of the new England manager, would not allow any personal issues to affect his judgement as to whether Harry Redknapp is a suitable candidate for the role, it is understood.

A view of St Andrews, the home of Birmingham City

Transfer embargo placed on Birmingham

Birmingham have confirmed the Football League have placed them under a transfer embargo after they failed to submit their club accounts on time.

DVD: Ripping Yarns (15)

This compilation of Michael Palin and Terry Jones's absurd half-hour adventure parodies from the Seventies is worth it alone for the stupendous send-up of British public schools in Tomkinson's Schooldays, in which pupils wrestle grizzly bears, beat their headmaster and are nailed to the school walls on St Tadger's Day.

Portsmouth go into administration for a second time

Portsmouth may not be able to complete season say administrators

Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch has today revealed the club may not be able to complete the npower Championship season.

The Scarlets refused to allow Ben Morgan to stay with England

Morgan's recall for Scarlets irks England

No 8 forced to return to club rather than rest with country while Narraway chooses move to France

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