Sport Wayne Rooney

The Manchester United striker insists playing for the national team is still a huge privilege that makes him proud

Rachel Yankey will head into the Women’s Euro 2013 finals as the country’s record caps holder

Rachel Yankey eyes her chance for Euro glory

The 33-year-old winger heads to the Women's Euro 2013 finals aiming to lift the trophy

England v Republic of Ireland: Past meetings

England take on the Republic of Ireland for the 15th time tomorrow.

David Beckham next to Luis Figo at the world player of the year awards in 2001

James Lawton: David Beckham has taken more credit for himself than anyone else could give

There was never a time when he was among the world top 10, let alone the top two

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Football games: How you wasted your life - in 35 short minutes

Some people measure their lives in pets they’ve owned, books they’ve read or records they’ve bought. Fair enough.

Ashley Cole

Ashley Cole: 99 caps but not a single England goal to his name...

...Chelsea left-back has one final chance to find the back of the net to avoid joining a very exclusive club

Steven Gerrard insists there are 'still a few more chapters to be written' in his England career

Steven Gerrard insists there are “still a few more chapters to be written” with England as he prepares to win his 100th cap in tomorrow's encounter with Sweden in Stockholm.

Steven Gerrard to undergo precautionary scan on knee injury

Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard will undergo a precautionary scan on a knee injury this afternoon, the Football Association has confirmed.

Steven Gerrard: A career in pictures ahead of 100th England cap

A look at some of the player’s finest moments for club and country

Rooney captained England once before, against Brazil in 2009

Sam Wallace: Giving the England captaincy to Wayne Rooney is not ideal – it's pragmatic

The simple answer is it was more trouble not to give him the captaincy

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Gordon Banks concerned by lack of competition for England number one jersey

World Cup-winning goalkeeper Gordon Banks believes complacency is England number one Joe Hart's only barrier to becoming the best in the world.

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Roy Hodgson pays tribute to Ashley Cole ahead of landmark match

England boss Roy Hodgson will never take Ashley Cole for granted.

Ian Holloway: I know Rooney is banned but he's still right captain

There is only one man who should lead England into the European Championship and it isn't Steve Gerrard. It is the bloke who isn't allowed to play in the first two games. Think that sounds daft? I don't. If England are to make a fresh start, and to have a chance of being successful, they need to make Wayne Rooney skipper.

Wigan Athletic goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi kisses the turf as his team earn an unlikely point at Stoke

Spot-on Watson rescues point for 10-man Wigan

Stoke City 2 Wigan Athletic 2: Substitute holds nerve to score penalty with first touch and frustrate Stoke

The Last Word: Land of hype and inglory

Don't be fooled by that victory in Sofia. England's footballers will go on to disappoint

Old Robsonians' six-a-side heroes are still going strong after 15 years

The Independent charity auction winners have lifted 11 titles in seven years, had Shilton as their coach and even represented England. Sam Cunningham finds out how they do it
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The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
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Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
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Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
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You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
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