John Boye of Ghana scored an own goal against Portugal while no doubt  ‘doggedly focused on that suitcase filled with moolah waiting back in the hotel.’  Photograph: EPA

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England manager Roy Hodgson after the World Cup, Group D match at the Estadio Mineirao, Belo Horizonte. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Impromptu survey on the prospects for Roy Hodgson’s team draws strong reactions

Algeria’s Abdelmoumene Djabou celebrates scoring his team’s third goal against South Korea. Photograph: Marko Djurica/Reuters

Barry Murphy is continuing his football education as Algeria stick it to, eh, old rivals South Korea

Spain’s head coach Vicente del Bosque reacts during his side’s  group B preliminary round match against Chile at the Estadio do Maracana in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: EPA/JUANJO MARTIN

‘I always had Eamon down as a considerate and tender husband, not some portaloo-mouthed swearmonger’

Dutch striker Robin van Persie (centre) high-fives his dad in the parents’ enclosure  after scoring against Spain at the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Brazil, 13 June 2014.  Photograph: EPA

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