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.
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.
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Full-back Sam Byram's 52nd-minute goal looked to have earned Leeds their first away win since 1 December to add more credibility to their late run for a play-off place in the Championship. Deep into stoppage time, however, a headed goal from centre-back Michael Keane spoiled Neil Warnock's night.
Roberto Mancini, the Manchester City manager, may find himself leading the club on an end-of-season tour with his tenure all but over, as City's relentless drive to boost revenues takes them overseas as soon as their attempt to defend their Premier League title is concluded.
Before he announced that England have the players and the spirit and the method to overturn 46 years of more or less unbroken futility and become European champions, it was fair to ask Wayne Rooney if he really was going to deliver something special. It is, after all, eight years ago in Portugal in this tournament that he last did anything on an international field in that category. Now another question clamours for answer. Would he recognise football reality if it landed on his head and was written on a large stone?
England boss Roy Hodgson will never take Ashley Cole for granted.
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Piers Morgan has responded to the claim that he told Jeremy Paxman how to access people's voicemail messages, branding him an "ungrateful little wretch".
Harry Redknapp's innocence was no surprise to his legal team, who had been saying for months the charges should never have been brought.
Fabio Capello walked away from the England job last night, bringing an end to four years that started with such optimism, only for it to prove yet another false dawn.
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