England’s Wayne Rooney celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal against Slovenia in their Uefa Euro 2016 qualifying Group E match at the Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Photograph: Reuters

Wayne Rooney considers the spirit within the squad to be the best he has experienced during his 12 years with England as the players of a new generati(...)

England’s Jos Butler (right) and James Anderson stand dejected after losing the 2nd test to New Zealand, during day five of the Investec Second Test at Headingley. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

England descended with barely a whimper to a 199-run defeat at Headingley as New Zealand bowled them out on the final day of the second Test to earn a(...)

Daryl Murphy: “I was delighted to get back in the squad after being out so long.” Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

After the season he’s had, there’s been talk of interest from bigger-budget Championship outfits and even a suggestion that he might have earned himse(...)

Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish: “At this young age, he’s showing the qualities that will make him a very good future international player,” said England manager Roy Hodgson. . Photo:  Nick Potts/PA

Roy Hodgson has confirmed that Gareth Southgate and other members of his association’s technical staff have been in close contact with Jack Grealish a(...)

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill: his side face England in a friendly international at the Aviva Stadium on June 7th. Photograph: Inpho

The first of the “general sale” tickets for the Republic of Ireland’s friendly international against England at the Aviva Stadium on June 7th will go (...)

The first half was lively. The second? Well, usually some of us would have enjoyed yesterday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final a bit more than your average rugby half, but, okay, yes, it was a bit good. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Have you ever seen the like? Of course you haven’t. Were you stretched by the end of it? Of course you were. But come the weekend’s conclusion, if you(...)

Flanker Seán O’Brien’s outstretched arm proves just about long enough to score Ireland’s crucial fourth try against Scotland. Photograph: Lee smith/Reuters. 9:27

The old championship’s 121st edition will not go down in history as its best, not when so much of the ‘samey’ first four weeks was so forgettable. But(...)

Dylan Hartley believes England’s Six Nations championship win of 2011 was an anticlimax as they comprehensively lost to Ireland in Dublin in their last game. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images.

Trust an eclipse to come along just when English rugby is hoping to see the light. The big shadow over Twickenham in recent times has been a shortage(...)

Geoff Parling will start in the second row for England against France. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England have promoted Geoff Parling to the second row and recalled Nick Easter to the bench for Saturday’s decisive RBS Six Nations clash with France (...)

England’s Jonathan Joseph dives over for a try during their Six Nations match against Scotland at  Twickenham, London.

England 25 Scotland 13 By Saturday night England could well be Six Nations champions after three successive years as frustrated bridesmaids. They (...)