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England’s Marcus Rashford has a shot at goal during their Nations League meeting with Spain at Wembley. Photo: Toby Melville/Reuters

Gareth Southgate must have feared the homecoming might turn out this way, with a slap in the face to shrug the nation out of all the giddiness of the (...)

Former Republic of Ireland manager Mick McCarthy is announced  as a new panellist for Virgin Media Sport. Photograph: Brian McEvoy

You tell Mick McCarthy that the man in the flowery shirt sitting across the way is a judge from Dancing With The Stars. Would he ever be tempted to gi(...)

Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates his hat-trick goal against Huddersfield. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Manchester City 6 Huddersfield Town 1 Kevin De Bruyne’s convalescence from his serious knee injury began with him witnessing another mesmeric Manches(...)

Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling opens the scoring at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph: PA

Arsenal 0 Manchester City 2 If nothing else, at least Unai Emery can console himself with the thought that not every opponent will be as daunting as (...)

England manager Gareth Southgate  thanks the fans. Photograph: Getty Images

‘We lived the dream’, ‘Thank you’, ‘You did us proud’, ‘Pride of lions’. The English newspapers avoided going down the usual heroes to villains route (...)

 Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic celebrates scoring the winning goal in their World Cup semi-final against England having earlier been dragged off in agony. Photograph: Carl Recine/Reuters

Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. England’s plan was working perfectly until the 65th minute here in Moscow, when that fateful(...)

Harry Kane leads England’s celebrations after their win over Sweden. Photograph: Getty Images

England are in the World Cup semi-finals and the question remains: how did they get there? Gareth Southgate’s men have undoubtedly benefited from good(...)

Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane train ahead of England’s World Cup semi-final clash with Croatia. Photograph: Lee Smith/Reuters

THE MATCHES Semi-finals: Croatia v England (7.0, Luzhniki Stadium, ITV/RTÉ2) Betting: Croatia 13-5, England 27-20, Draw 21-10 ONE TO WATCH England’(...)

England’s Harry Kane and Phil Jones play with a toy rooster during training ahead of their  World Cup semi-final  against Croatia. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/Getty Images

Four years ago, as England prepared to face Uruguay in a decisive World Cup match in São Paulo, the England captain Steven Gerrard gathered his player(...)

 England’s Dele Alli  scores his side’s second goal during  the 2-0 victory over Sweden in the World Cup quarter-final in Samara. Photograph: Felipe Trueba/EPA

England 2 Sweden 0 The increasingly excited/anxious debate about this England side’s progress through the World Cup can be broadly summed up in a co(...)

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