Italy’s Mario Balotelli (left) scores the winner against England  at the Amazonia Arena in Manaus. Photograph: Andres Stapff / Reuters

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 England’s head coach Roy Hodgson addresses a  press conference at the military fort in Urca,  Rio yesterday. Photograph; Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

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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

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England’s Wayne Rooney training at the Sun Life Stadium in Miami ahead of the friendly international against Ecuador, in which the player will start on the left wing. Photograph:  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

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Cesc Fabregas: has endured a tempestuous relationship with Jose Mourinho, with whom he would have to build bridges. Photograph:  David Ramos/Getty Images

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Arsenal’s three goalscorers (left to right) Santi Cazorla, Laurent Koscielny and Aaron Ramsey, pose with the FA Cup after their victory against Hull City in the FA Cup final at Wembley Stadium in London at the weekend. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

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A delighted Arsene Wenger after his Arsenal side ended a nine-year trophy drought against Hull with an extra-time victory in the FA Cup. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

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Arsenal players ride on an open-top bus with the FA Cup trophy this afternoon. Photograph: Andrew Winning/Reuters

In their thousands they waited, but after nine long years what was another few minutes around the red-and-white streets of Islington?“This is where I (...)

Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring the winning goal in extra-time during the FA Cup Final against Hull at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Photograph:  Peter Byrne/PA

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Arsenal’s Welsh midfielder Aaron Ramsey celebrates scoring the opener during the last week’s match against Norwich City at Carrow Road. Photograph: AFP

It is said sometimes that a player gets better when he is not on the pitch. It is said because he leaves a gap and those who stand in perform less wel(...)