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Diego Maradona leaves England players trailing during Argentina's 2-1 quarter-final victory at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City in 1986.

Ferdinand backs Gerrard and Lampard in central role

Rio Ferdinand would be happy to place his trust in Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to get their central midfield axis right for England at the World Cup.

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Shilton is backing Hart to go straight in at No 1

Peter Shilton was the first England footballer to learn how ruthless Fabio Capello could be. Now the country's most-capped player believes the Italian must be similarly decisive over which of his three goalkeepers starts the World Cup against the United States in less than three weeks' time.

Beckham expects November return

David Beckham admitted yesterday that he will not play football again until November, meaning that his earliest potential return for England would be in ten months' time in next year's February friendly – if he does return to international football.

'Let England do well – we'll still beat them,' says Brown

It was from a comforting place, of deep certainties and contentment, that Craig Brown suddenly re-emerged in the competitive heart of Scottish football. Five years had passed since his previous management job when Motherwell appointed him in charge of a team last December that was reduced to a state of anxiety. He was 69, his knees were a little more troublesome and his hair was a little greyer around the temples, but then Brown has always been most adept at confounding assumptions made about him.

Pandora: Labour wants you (to design its posters)

After, we assume, several long hours in the Downing Street bunker discussing the Conservatives' latest less-than-flattering M&C Saatchi designed campaign advert, Labour party officials appear to have found a new strategy. Namely, DIY.

Business as usual for Terry

The Chelsea captain tried to deflect attention from allegations of an affair by getting back to his day job yesterday. And he scored

Old head James relishes a return to No 1

The 'keeper's new-found sangfroid during and after Saturday's game contrasted with Green's mad moment, says Ian Herbert

New boys' senior keeper happy to play on at 46

When Kevin Poole made his League debut, Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, the IRA had just tried to blow up the British cabinet in Brighton, Clive Lloyd's West Indies had thrashed David Gower's England 5-0 and Bob Geldof was recording Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?"

Robson helps lift Toon gloom

Newcastle pay tribute to former manager with no end to crisis in sight

Slimline Beckham eyes up Shilton's record

David Beckham said today that his move to AC Milan has improved his fitness and that he hads not ruled out matching goalkeeper Peter Shilton's record of 125 caps for England.

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