Russian coach Fabio Capello claims that laser pen blinded his goalkeeper in the build-up to Algeria’s goal. He voiced his complaint to the match officials. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

The next hosts of the World Cup, Russia, crashed out of the tournament amid controversy last night with their coach, Fabio Capello, blaming a laser be(...)

Day 14 and it was all Luis and Lionel, their fortunes in the last 24 hours somewhat contrasting, the Vampire and the Virtuoso, kind of.It was a toss-u(...)

 Luke Shaw is being pursued by Manchester United. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Luke Shaw became the youngest player to feature at this World Cup by starting England’s draw with Costa Rica — an experience he described as “unbelie(...)

Frank Lampard  acknowledges the England fans after their 0-0 draw with Costa Rica. Photo: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

It was one of those days when the photographers look to get someone walking out under an exit sign; the manager is usually the most obvious target but(...)

England’s coach Roy Hodgson talks to his players during a training session in Belo Horizonte ahead of the final Group D game against Costa Rica on Tuesday. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

England manager Roy Hodgson will offer a glimpse of the future in Tuesday’s World Cup clash against Costa Rica. With their elimination already confirm(...)

Cesc  Fabregas: “I considered all the other offers very carefully and I firmly believe that Chelsea is the best choice. They match my footballing ambitions with their hunger and desire to win trophies.” Photo:  Nigel French/PA

Cesc Fabregas has joined Chelsea where he will be expected to become a cornerstone of Jose Mourinho’s reconstructed team next season. The Spain midfi(...)

Wayne Rooney reflects on England’s defeat at the hands of Germany in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The first international tournament I covered was the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea. I followed the Irish team and I didn’t see any England games. (...)

Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas would ideally like his future to be determined before they begin their World Cup defence against the Netherlands on June 13th.

Chelsea have opened formal negotiations with Barcelona over the potential signing of Cesc Fábregas, and, while no fee has as yet been agreed for the S(...)

Atletico Madrid’s striker Diego Costa next to Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard  during their  Uefa Champions League semi-final first leg soccer match at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid, Spain.

Diego Costa has completed a medical examination at Chelsea and is poised to seal his £32m (€40m) transfer from Atletico Madrid. The Brazil-born str(...)

England’s Steven Gerrard (right) consoles teammate Raheem Sterling (left) after he was shown a red card against Ecuador  at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami, USA. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire

England 2 Ecuador 2 Perhaps Roy Hodgson was correct and it was always a risk placing too much trust in a player of 19. Raheem Sterling is a pla(...)