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Germany’s coach Joachim Löw: “I’ve told the players, the most important things are energy and body language, and that was lacking in our match against Mexico.” Photograph: Getty Images

Germany vs Sweden Fisht Stadium, Sochi - Saturday, 7pm Joachim Löw is sick of hearing about the Champions Curse. When a Russian reporter started tal(...)

  Joe Hart: he has had  an indifferent spell on loan at West Ham this season, losing his place towards the end of November to Adrián.  Photograph: Reuters/David Klein

Jack Wilshere and Joe Hart have been omitted from England’s squad for this summer’s World Cup, but there is a place in Gareth Southgate’s selection fo(...)

Gareth Southgate during an England press conference on the eve of their international friendly against Italy at Tottenham Hotspur Training Centre. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Gareth Southgate believes England will find their cutting edge as they grow more accustomed to the fluid style of play being encouraged by the coachi(...)

Italy manager Conor O’Shea: ““I am happy we are seeing progress but I am desperate to win because that is what you are judged on.” Photograph: Morgan Treacy/Inpho

Wales v Italy Principality Stadium, Sunday, 3.0pm, TV3, BBC 1 Conor O’Shea is one of rugby’s glass-half-full characters, but even his ebullience in (...)

 Jonathan Sexton and Conor Murray celebrate Dan Leavy’s try against Wales at the Aviva. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

After a momentous and riotous day of springtime Six Nations rugby, with the Celts very much to the fore, the table makes for unexpectedly pleasant une(...)

“Carbery is a wonderfully talented player – possibly the most talented in the Irish squad – but...?” Photograph: Billy Stickland/INPHO

It’s not evident on TV but had Joey Carbery passed the ball on 65:07 instead of kicking it, what might have happened? Carbery did kick and found green(...)

Kick the ball into touch; steal Italian lineout and transition from same to score. Or get a clean off-the-top lineout 40 metres out and score out wide(...)

Referee Romain Poite explains to James Hakell and England captain Dylan Hartley that Italy’s “Fox” tactic at Twickenham in 2017 is legal.  Photograph: Henry Browne/Reuters

England have adopted Cold War military tactics to guard against the kind of embarrassment suffered as a result of Italy’s approach to the rules of eng(...)

Manager Martin O’Neill said performance on  par with that against Italy at Euro 2016 needed if Ireland  are to beat  Wales. Photograph:   Lorraine O’Sullivan/PA Wire

Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill suggested yesterday that it might take a performance on a par with the one against Italy at Euro 2016 if th(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon: “I blew €20m, it went up in smoke but I safeguarded the livelihoods of 1,200 families.”  Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Al(...)

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