England’s Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring against Scotland during an 1996 European championships group stage match  at Wembley. Photograph:  Stu Forster/Allsport/Getty Images

David Beckham has assumed the role as the people’s prince of England, gliding through his middle years as a pleasantly handsome and immaculately turne(...)

Richie Ryan in action for Shamrock Rovers in 2013. Photograph: Ryan Byrne/Inpho

After a close season comfortably chaotic enough to remind him of what life might have been had he stayed and played his football back at home, Richie (...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

Croatia midfielder Luka Modric challenges  Finland forward Simon Skrabb during the qualifier in Rijeka at the start of October. Photograph: Antonio Bat/EPA

Croatia: Vedran Buble of Index.hr “After the win in Ukraine, everyone believes that Croatia will qualify for the World Cup, although the emotions are(...)

James White of the New England Patriots scores the game winning touchdown in overtime against the Atlanta Falcons during Super Bowl 51 at NRG Stadium. Photograph: Getty Images

The New England Patriots pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in sporting history last night - reversing a 25-point deficit to beat the Atlanta F(...)

Matteo Darmian is introduced as a recent signing with Manchester United in Bellevue, Wash. Photograph: Ted S. Warren/AP

The Italian reporters in Manaus were quick to poke fun at English ignorance. After watching Matteo Darmian play a starring role in Italy’s World Cup-o(...)

AC Milan have sacked Clarence Seedorf and appointed Inzaghi as the club’s new manager. Photograph: EPA

AC Milan have fired coach Clarence Seedorf after less than five months in charge and replaced him with youth team boss Filippo Inzaghi, a move that ha(...)