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Rams manager is regarded more as a messiah of the East Midlands than the 'wally with a brolly' of his England days

Glenn Hoddle

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Down and out Craig Dawson scores from the spot
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England manager Roy Hodgson

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Defeat for England tonight would seriously dent aspirations of reaching the 2014 World Cup

Steven Taylor first called his dad and told him he was in the England squad

Recalled Newcastle defender Steven Taylor 'would run through brick walls' for England

Newcastle defender rewarded for best spell of career with return to the national squad

Steve Cotterill

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Former Nottingham Forest manager agrees short term deal

Lionel Messi (centre) celebrates breaking Gerd Müller’s record

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Argentine magician strikes twice to reach total of 86 for 2012 and smash 40-year-old mark while Falcao hits five in La Liga for first time in 10 years

Substitute David Villa, back after a broken leg, struck Barça’s winner

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Barcelona went four points clear at the top of La Liga and remained unbeaten after coming from behind to edge out 10-man Seville 3-2 with two late goals.

Steve Cotterill: Forest's new Kuwaiti owners said the manager did not fit with 'their vision'

Ferguson Jnr in frame as Nottingham Forest sack Steve Cotterill

Darren Ferguson is the early favourite to be the next Nottingham Forest manager after Steve Cotterill was sacked yesterday.

Slaven Bilic has an earring, a rock band and a law degree

The Last Word: Magnificent Bilic shows it is still a macho man's game

It is all about the dude within.

Simon Kelner: If Roy thinks it's all over, he can always read a book

I don't know whether we are supposed to find it more remarkable that Roy Hodgson is a devotee of the novels of Martin Amis, or that Amis is a keen follower of football, but even in our flattened-out, pick-and-mix culture, it did seem a little peculiar to hear the man regarded as Britain's greatest novelist discussing Hodgson's predilection for the long-ball game.

Sport on TV: We are in alien territory if the England manager is successful

As the comedian Al Murray said on How To Be England Manager (BBC4, Wednesday): "The Americans must have an alien in a warehouse somewhere who could manage the England team." Given that winning a tournament is about as likely as the discovery of extra-terrestrial life, it could turn out a happy coincidence.

Roy Hodgson (left) and Gary Neville (centre) speak to Glen Johnson during an England training session atthe Etihad Stadium yesterday

Hodgson makes a sunny start – with Neville's assistance

England in bright mood under their new manager as coach puts his boots back on

Slaven Bilic

Slaven Bilic appointed as coach of Lokomotiv Moscow

Slaven Bilic has been appointed coach of Lokomotiv Moscow from next season after they beat off competition from the Premier League for his signature.

Fabio Capello at his first England press conference

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