Zinedine Zidane

England 4 Moldova 0: Midfield axis Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere

In rugby the saying is “forwards win matches, backs decide by how many”. Football, being less based on territory and lower scoring, cannot be reduced to such a simple tenet, but while goalscorers are the most prized players, international matches tend to be won and lost in the midfield engine room.

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Manchester International Festival: Mogwai, Performing live to Zidane,

One of the triumphs of this year’s Manchester International Festival was its capacity to create a sense of place in an unexpected space. The 5,000 who communed on the Tarmac of a city centre car park to see a relay of Kenneth Branagh and Rob Ashford’s Macbeth on Saturday night can vouch for that.