Jack Wilshere of Arsenal given ‘brutal reminder of how far he still has to go, as Arsenal were flattened by a supposedly understrength but actually superb Borussia Dortmund.’ Photograph:  Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images

Jack Wilshere has had a big 10 days. Last week he played as a holding midfielder for England, but his selection in that position drew some complaints (...)

 Dutch legend Johan Cruyff  during the annual Open Day of the Johan Cruyff Foundation at the Olympic Stadium in AmsterdamPhotograph: Koen van Weel / EPA

Johan Cruyff has come home to Amsterdam and, on a cloudy day in the old city where he was born, grew up and made his professional debut for Ajax 50 ye(...)

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling (left) scores  against Tottenham Hotspur   at White Hart Lane. Photograph: Gerry Penny / EPA

Brendan Rodgers has said he will safeguard Raheem Sterling’s long-term career and avoid a repeat of Michael Owen’s misfortunes despite the growing imp(...)

England’s Daniel Sturridge during a training session at St George’s Park, Burton Upon Trent. Sturridge returned to Liverpool injured  Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has criticised England’s handling of Daniel Sturridge after the striker returned to Merseyside injured. The 25-year-(...)

Roy Hodgson with England and Liverpool prodigy Raheem Sterling: “We did some good things but . . . we have to be a lot better.” Photograph: PA

In the next couple of weeks a delegation from the Football Association will set off on a tour of some of the picture-postcard settings of the Cote (...)

England’s Danny Welbeck scores his first goal against Switzerland. Photograph: EPA

Switzerland 0 England 2 The only disappointment for Roy Hodgson, perhaps, is that England could not conjure up this kind of football more often(...)

 England manager Roy Hodgson leads a training session at the St Jakob-Park stadium in Basel, Switzerland, yesterday. Photograph: Walter Bieri/EPA

England manager Roy Hodgson said yesterday he would have liked today’s opening European Championship Group E fixture away to Switzerland – the team he(...)

England captain Wayne Rooney: “We have to put the summer behind us. We were all disappointed.”  Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters.

England v Norway, Wembley, 8.0pm: Wayne Rooney has promised that England will start a new chapter when they play Norway at Wembley as they warm-up for(...)

Republic of Ireland goalkeeper returns to the national squad after two-year absence. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho.

Senior Republic of Ireland international John O’Shea has called on West Ham midfielder Mark Noble to make a swift decision on his international futur(...)

West Ham United’s Mark Noble. He is a decent Premier League midfielder who played 20 times for England U21s but never made the senior squad

‘I know these players. Sure, a new manager will not change three, four or five. A new manager will continue the same way.” A year on, Giovanni Trapatt(...)