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In Roy Hodgson, England have someone who seems to know what he’s doing, what he has to work with and what can be achieved.

The ‘only time I’d support England is if they were playing Cork’ has kind of been the maxim of how I have lived my soccer life. England were th(...)

 England’s Wayne Rooney takes a free kick during the friendly match against Honduras last week in Florida. Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Just as most people believe they are above-average drivers, so most football fans are irrationally optimistic about their team’s chances at the start (...)

England’s  Manu Tuilagi: moves to the wing for the Second Test against New Zealand. Photo: David Rogers/Getty  Images

Next year’s World Cup is undoubtedly the underlying subtext of the second Test between New Zealand and England, although both sides have immediate poi(...)

England’s Ross Barkley during the training session at Urca Military Training Ground in Rio de Janeiro.  Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Paul Scholes has urged England manager Roy Hodgson to put his faith in Ross Barkley at the World Cup and believes he can have a similar impact to Way(...)

Midfield playmaker  Andrea Pirlo l arrives for a news conference at the Casa Azzurri in Mangaratiba ahead of Italy’s World Cup opening game against England on Saturday. Alessandro Garofalo/Reuters

England’s best hope of making a winning start to their World Cup campaign is to expose Italy’s vulnerability to counter-attacks, believes Luc Holtz, t(...)

Picture taken from a smartphone of one of the goal areas at the Amazonia Arena in  Manaus on Wednesday, three days before England meet Italy at the stadium. Photograph:  Colin Droniou/AFP/Getty Images

England will send a member of their backroom staff to inspect the pitch at the Arena Amazonia in Manaus on Thursday after pictures emerged showing the(...)

 England’s head coach Roy Hodgson addresses a  press conference at the military fort in Urca,  Rio yesterday. Photograph; Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA

Who will best capture Roy Hodgson’s forbearing expression coming through the side door? It is well past the appointed time when the England manager(...)

Danny Care: scrumhalf in line to replace Leicester’s Ben Youngs in Dunedin.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Care has been passed fit for England in Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand. The Harlequins scrumhalf suffered a shoulder injury last wee(...)

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli must choose between Mario Balotelli (left) and Ciro Immobile to lead the Italian front line against England in their opening World Cup game. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Will he be selected to face England? Will he be on song? Will becoming engaged just three days before the World Cup starts distract Mario Balotelli?Se(...)

 Steven Gerrard trains with a member of the England coaching staff  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

England coach Roy Hodgson has allayed fitness concerns over captain Steven Gerrard ahead of the start of the World Cup. England begin their Group D ca(...)

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