Since 2012 Argentina have built pace and creativity into their game plan. Photograph: Matteo Ciambelli/Inpho

When all is said and done at this World Cup, the All Blacks will say a little thank you to Ireland for beating France in their final Pool D clash. (...)

‘I don’t think I ever once opened a gear bag in a dressing-room that didn’t have everything I needed perfectly packed inside.’

One night last week, I tried to figure out how many matches my mother saw me play as a child. I know it was less than 10. It may even have been few(...)

 Danny Ings looks on during the England Under-21 Training Session on Monday in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Photograph: 	Michael Regan/Getty Images

Danny Ings is wary of taking a historically significant Liverpool shirt number and insists he must earn the right to wear one of those worn by Anfield(...)

Newcastle fans vent their frustration as the club battles relegation having lost eight league games in a row under caretaker manager John Carver. Photograph: Nigel French/PA Wire.

In the corner shops of Tyneside, Thursday’s Newcastle Evening Chronicle brought a story from the vaults. It concerned May 7th, 1955, and Jackie Milbur(...)

Gerrard is also only ever going to find himself suffering a crick in the neck gazing up at the Olympian pedigree of those who had the good fortune to play in the glory years. Photograph: Peter Byrne/PA Wire.

Farewell then, Steven Gerrard. It has been emotional – not to mention glorious, thrilling and, by the end of a 16-year Liverpool career of operatic hi(...)

The bank received £15.3 billion of bailouts during the financial crisis via its parent Royal Bank of Scotland.  Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ulster Bank has agreed a two-year pay deal for staff which will see workers get their first pay rise in over three years.The bank, which returned to p(...)

Bulletproof self-confidence:  Frank Lampard responds to fans after yesterday’s   match between Manchester City and Chelsea. Photograph: Peter Powell/EPA

As Frank Lampard stood on the sideline waiting to come on with 15 minutes left at the Etihad Stadium yesterday, you looked at Manuel Pellegrini and wo(...)

A Newcastle United fan campaign have organised a protest to encourage the club to sack manager Alan Pardew during the Premier League match against Hull City at St James’ Park. Photograph: Chris Ison/PA

Monday night, St James’ Park: in the glass foyer opposite the Milburn entrance a handful of Newcastle United fans are gathered. There is a reserve tea(...)

Amelia Deane (10), Co Meath (left) and Ashleigh Kiernan (11),  Lucan, Co Dublin, at the launch of Make-A-Wish Ireland’s first annual report. The charity granted a record 210 wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses in 2013, an average of four wishes a week. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A lack of public trust in the charity sector must be re-established for charities such as the Make-A-Wish foundation to continue their work, the orga(...)

Richard Dunne: In the beginning, he must have looked an outside bet to become what he eventually did: a crowd favourite, brave to a fault and a player who carried the best of the qualities of the old era with him into the new. Photo: Mike Egerton/PA

It is one of the great football images: Richard Dunne and Thierry Henry sitting together on the grass in Paris minutes after France and Ireland finish(...)