England’s Daniel Sturridge (right) scores a goal during their international friendly soccer match against Peru at Wembley Stadium in London. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

England 3 Peru 0 As send-offs go, England’s final appearance at Wembley before the World Cup should at least encourage the belief Roy Hodgson’s team a(...)

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli (right) speaks to his players during a training session in Coverciano, Florence, Italy. Photograph: Maurizio Degl’Innocenti / EPA

Italian coach Cesare Prandelli is totally concentrated on Italy’s opening World Cup Group D game against England in Manaus on June 14th. So much so t(...)

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says England must play like Liverpool in Brazil  Photograph:  Ian Walton/Getty Images

Paul Scholes has called for England to “adopt Liverpool’s attacking mentality” at the World Cup and has encouraged Roy Hodgson to include up to five o(...)

England manager Roy Hodgson  during his England World Cup Squad announcement yesterday. Photograph: Scott Heavey/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney’s eagerness to make a positive impact at the World Cup in Brazil has prompted him to take two fitness trainers to Portugal this week to e(...)

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge (right) scores against Newcastle United during their English Premier League soccer match at Anfield. Photograph:  Phil Noble/Reuters

Liverpool 2 Newcastle United 1: Liverpool rounded off their season with a narrow victory over nine-man Newcastle, but it was not enough to end the Anf(...)

 Liverpool’s Manager Brendan Rodgers: “We thought we could play Roy of the Rovers football to make the goal difference up but tonight was about winning the game,” said Rodgers in the aftermath of Liverpool’s still scarcely believable 3-3 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday.

Roy Race had no choice but to end a 40-year playing career that had defied earthquakes, assassination attempts and the ageing process. His left foot w(...)

Liverpool’s Steven Gerrard:  “There’s not many players who can do what he can do – be one of the best attacking midfield players in Europe and then switch to be arguably the best controlling player,” says Brendan Rodgers. Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Brendan Rodgers believes Steven Gerrard’s leadership skills have taken the focus from his outstanding form du(...)

 Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers (right) and  his assistant Colin Pascoe watch Wednesday’s  Crystal Palace win over Everton at   Goodison Park. Photograph:  Chris Brunskill/Getty Images

Brendan Rodgers insists there is no extra pressure on Liverpool despite their status as clear Premier League title favourites. Last weekend’s 3(...)

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge may face Norwich City at Carrow Road on Sunday. Photograph: Peter Powell / EPA

Daniel Sturridge has a chance of playing in Liverpool’s visit to Norwich City on Sunday after scans revealed he suffered a small hamstring strain a(...)

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard releases all of the emotion on a day of high drama and tributes at Anfield on Sunday after his side had beaten Manchester City 3-2.

Steven Gerrard has told Liverpool to treat the visit to Norwich City like the 2005 Champions League final against Milan and wa(...)