Nicolas Anelka

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Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema has been included in Didier Deschamps’ France squad for the upcoming Euro 2020. Photograph: EPA

The pursuit of harmony has been the cornerstone of Didier Deschamps’ reign as France manager. The 1998 World Cup-winning captain sought to become a (...)

Ireland players celebrate after qualifying for the 2002 World Cup after their playoff against Iran in Tehran. Photograph:  Atta Kenare/AFP via Getty Images

1966 World Cup Irish goalkeeper Pat Dunne can only watch as Jose Antonio Ufarte scores the only goal of the playoff for the 1966 World Cup (...)

A videograb of Thierry Henry’s handball that led to William Gallas’s goal during the World Cup playoff, second leg against the Republic of Ireland at the Stade de France in November 2009. Photograph: Sky Sports

Something was wrong. Something more than the fact that Ireland had just conceded a goal that threatened to end their hopes of making it to the World C(...)

Manchester City’s team bus is attacked before a Champions League game at Anfield in 2018. Photograph: Paul Ellis/Getty/AFP

Manchester City have sought assurances from Liverpool of a safe passage to Anfield for the potentially pivotal title match on Sunday, with the champio(...)

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will be keen to pick up another trophy on Sunday. Photograph: Inpho

The Community Shield is an octagon 58cm across, spun from 4.2kg of sterling silver. It is also whatever you want it to be. It is, as the cliche has it(...)

Manchester City’s Riyad Mahrez blazes a penalty over the bar during their 0-0 draw with Liverpool in the Premier League at Anfield. Photo: Paul Ellis/Getty Images

Liverpool 0 Manchester City 0 When the story comes to be told of the 2018-19 season it will be an oddity that the first heavyweight contest between t(...)

Chelsea’s Gael Kakuta against Wolves in 2009. Former manager Carlo Ancelotti described him as “the future of Chelsea”. Photograph: Paul Gilham/Getty Images

He is 27 now, Gael Kakuta. He has earned himself a contract with Rayo Vallecano in La Liga, and has been given the No 10 jersey. He has started each o(...)

Thierry Henry is sent off at the 2002 World Cup. Photograph: Getty Images

Four of the countries’ eight meetings have ended goalless. But their clashes have seldom been boring and often pivotal. Reputations have been made. Or(...)

France captain Patrice Evra (c) meets with teammates after a clash with coach Raymond Domenech. Photograph: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty

Thierry Henry had more pressing matters to attend to before he could lose himself in his New York dreamscape [he was joining New York Red Bulls from B(...)

Arsène Wenger: Match-going Arsenal fans,  paying  the top prices of any club in the world, have increasingly felt ripped off in recent years. Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

“To thine own self be true” is a cliché that has become a kind of universally-accepted truth, even though the character in Hamlet who actually says it(...)

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