Edinson Cavani, Luis Suarez and Diego Godin of Uruguay pose for a World Cup portrait in Russia. Photograph:  Getty Images

As the Uruguay team boarded their plane bound for the World Cup, elaborate thermos flasks under their arms, the cargo was loaded in the hold: boots, s(...)

 Cyrus Christie celebrates scoring the Republic of Ireland’s  second goal with Jonathan Walters, Jonny Hayes, Shane Duffy and Jeff Hendrick during the friendly international against Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Republic of Ireland 3 Uruguay 1 If this game was supposed to represent the midway point in the metamorphosis between a side set up for a post season (...)

Martin Caceres in action for Juventus. The experienced defender has won domestic titles in Italy and Spain. Photograph: Valerio Pennicino/Getty Images

Southampton are hopeful of completing the signing of former Barcelona and Juventus defender Martin Caceres, currently a free agent, over the next few (...)

Luis Suarez of Uruguay  during the  Group D match against Italy  at Estadio das Dunas on June 24th, 2014 in Natal. Photograph:  Clive Rose/Getty Images

Italy 0 Uruguay 1Uruguay knocked Italy out of the World Cup but the only thing people were talking about at Natal’s Estadio das Dunas tonight was Luis(...)

Arjen Robben slides the ball past Borussia Dortmund’s goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller during their Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium. Photograph: Phil Noble

What goes through the mind of a striker as he runs through on goal? Apparently quite a lot. Wayne Rooney says that at these moments, time seems(...)