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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Zidane takes new role at Bernabeu

Zinedine Zidane will start working as Real Madrid's Director of Football from next week, the former France great said yesterday. The 39-year-old, who was voted World Player of the Year on three occasions, has been working at the Spanish club as president Florentino Perez's special adviser.