Sport Good shout: Foster is back in the frame for an England call-up

Goalkeeper is now back in action and hoping to reassert his World Cup claims

Roy wonder: Hodgson considers the worst-case scenario draw of Manaus

England manager Roy Hodgson describes injury to Arsenal forward Theo Walcott as a 'blow'

The 24-year-old is not expected to be ready for the tournament in Brazil

Theo Walcott is to miss his second World Cup in a row

Comment: Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has the personality and ability to bounce back from six-month lay-off

He has always accepted the pressure with good humour and no bitterness. He is still young and there is a World Cup in him yet

Malky Mackay remonstrates on the sidelines during Cardiff's 3-0 loss to Southampton

Malky Mackay sacked: The contenders to become the next manager at Cardiff City

A look at who could take over the reins at the Cardiff City Stadium following Mackay's departure

Brendan Rodgers has given his support to Malky Mackay as he faces the sack from Cardiff City owner Vincent Tan

Malky Mackay: I will not resign

Cardiff City farce develops into a stand-off as manager tells owner he is staying put

Steve McClaren has taken 19 points from 24 at Derby

Derby County manager Steve McClaren admits England scars

Pain of national team failure still hurts high-flying Derby manager but, he tells Richard Rae, it was part of a learning process

Sir Alex Ferguson autobiography: Ryan Giggs? Jaap Stam? Wayne Rooney? Roy Keane? The best of the 45 inaccuracies

Multiple errors found by eagle-eye readers in the best-selling book

Clean strike: Ethan Ebanks-Landell volleys the winning goal for Wolves

Notts County 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 match report: County spirit gives latest manager hope

Wolves victory takes them top but Shaun Derry sees reasons for optimism with bottom team

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney

Phone hacking trial: Kate Middleton and Boris Johnson on 'list of targets' and receptionist told Wayne Rooney to leave massage parlour 'before his career was destroyed'

The England striker Wayne Rooney was told by the receptionist of a Liverpool massage parlour to cover his face and get out “before he was destroyed and his career was over,” the phone-hacking trial heard yesterday.

Finger-pointing: Greg Dyke had his chance and blew it. The self-styled radical has set up a talking shop, not an instrument of change

The Last Word: Here's the bold commission Greg Dyke should have chosen...

Greg Dyke had his chance and blew it. Instead of innovation and imagination, he chose conservatism and conciliation. The Football Association's self-styled radical was excessively respectful to the dysfunctional system he supposedly seeks to dismantle.

Adnan Januzaj

Bringing Adnan Januzaj into England fold would be a 'quick fix' says FA commission member Danny Mills

The Manchester United youngster has sparked a debate about eligibility

Mykhailo Fomenko keeps his answers short and silences long
Wayne Rooney

James Lawton: To cast Wayne Rooney as a victim is to insult the real professionals

The solution to all of Rooney’s problems lies at his own feet

Steve McClaren joins QPR with eye still on England Under-21 job

Steve McClaren has returned to English football, as a coach at Queen’s Park Rangers, for the first time since he left Nottingham Forest in October 2011, with his long-term aim being the England Under-21s manager’s job.

Phil Neville alongside David Moyes

Terry Venables was brilliant. Kevin Keegan believed in me... and Sven Goran Eriksson never shouted: Phil Neville lifts the lid on the managers he played for

Retiring Everton man on those that guided his career - and what he learned from Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes

David Beckham has retired from professional football

David Beckham retires: football world reacts and pays tribute

The former England captain has called time on his career

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Photographer Richard Young has been snapping celebrities at play for 40 years. As his latest book is released, he reveals that it wasn’t all fun and games
Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

US children have started an online protest against Michelle Obama’s drive for healthy school meals by posting photos of their lunches
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Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

Paloma Faith, Lana del Ray... Romeo Beckham. Ed Harcourt has proved that he can write for them all. But it took a personal crisis to turn him from indie star to writer-for-hire
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Festive treats: 10 best stocking fillers for foodies

From boozy milk to wasabi, give the food-lover in your life some extra-special, unusual treats to wake up to on Christmas morning
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'I am a paedophile'

Is our approach to sex offenders helping to create more victims?
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How bad do you have to be to lose a Home Office contract?

Serco given Yarl’s Wood immigration contract despite ‘vast failings’
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Green Party on the march in Bristol
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London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital
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