England manager Roy Hodgson said there were signs of progress in this World Cup but it still led to an early exit. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

It is strange to look back and consider that most of the important things were said before the Uruguay game. Roy Hodgson teased Luis Suarez to prov(...)

Luis Suarez in relaxed mood during Uruguay’s final practice session before tonight’s match against England in Sao Paulo. Photograph: Ddamir Sogolj/Reuters

You wonder if the task is quite tough enough for Uruguayan tastes; medium or well done. It is also hard to measure whether their pedigree for beating (...)

Belgium’s national team head coach Marc Wilmots:  has emerged as an intriguing figure in their rise and will be a key influence.

The Dutch like to joke about Belgian waiters, and among the fancied teams, Marc Wilmots’s side are this tournament’s most eminent waiters, their first(...)

Iran’s Jalal Hosseini and Nigeria’s Shola Ameobi in action during the  World Cup Group F clash  at the Baixada arena in Curitiba. Photo: Henry Romero/Reuters

Nigeria 0 Iran 0It was a game that lived up to expectations – no goals, stodgy football, sadly matching the reputations of a defensive Iranian side a(...)