Sport Wayne Rooney

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

Zanetti, Inter's captain and gentleman, joins the 1,000 matches club

When Roy Hodgson became Internazionale coach 16 years ago he inherited two young Argentines who had been spotted by ambitious new president Massimo Moratti.

Sam Wallace: Ferguson's resolve ensures the chasing pack face epic struggle to shift United from their perch

Talking Football: With hindsight, the notion that Arsenal might represent the single biggest threat to United's hegemony seems ludicrous

Rush calls upon Wales to revive the spirit of '84

"In Rush they are armed with the most dangerous marksman in Britain." The Times was confident of the threat facing England when they visited Wales for their final meeting in the British Home Championship on 2 May 1984. After all, Ian Rush was that season's First Division top-scorer with 32 goals for the champions Liverpool. Yet Wales's last win over their old foe came via the head of a 20-year-old debutant called Mark Hughes.

Beckham favours Spurs switch while Birmingham chase Keane

Midfielder has received offers from across Europe but believes Premier League return will impress Fabio Capello

Beckham refuses to give up on his England career

David Beckham intends to earn himself an England recall, despite the manager Fabio Capello having announced his international career was over four months ago.

Keeping England's future in safe hands

Goalkeeper guru Dave Watson made Joe Hart a loan star and is working his magic on Birmingham's Ben Foster.

Shilton's England face Germany again

English amateur football team Old Robsonians, managed by England legend Peter Shilton, took part in a 5–a–side game against a rival German side managed by Horst Hrubesch. The match - England vs Germany: The Rematch - was won by the German side.

Ray Clemence: 'Rob didn't let us down before that goal – and he can be our No 1 again'

The England goalkeeping coach is welcoming Rob Green back into the fold

Miss Widdecombe, 'third-age fatty', takes to the floor

Former minister waltzes her way into the audience's affections on her 'Strictly' debut

Sports stars and reality TV

Gavin Henson and Peter Shilton are the latest sports personalities to enter the world of reality television with their participation in the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing series.

Diary: I'm a Gleek, admits Mulligan

Taking a leaf out of the Kate Winslet Book of Self-Deprecation for English Roses, Carey Mulligan has told US Vogue she would love to appear in an episode of Glee but has been told she is "not famous enough". This assertion, I should reiterate, comes in an interview for the world's most influential fashion magazine, the cover of which Ms Mulligan adorns.

Ann Widdecombe and Michelle Williams to appear on Strictly Come Dancing

Former Destiny's Child star Michelle Williams will share the dancefloor with ex-MP Ann Widdecombe in the new series of Strictly Come Dancing.

David Beckham dismisses retirement talk

David Beckham's agent last night promised the 35-year-old "will always be available for his country", despite Fabio Capello calling time on the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder's England career.

Banks of England: Hart to start as Capello must ring changes

World Cup-winning legend pulls no punches
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