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Argentina’s  Diego Maradona gets his hand to the ball ahead of England goalkeeper to score the ’Hand of God’ goal during the World Cup quarter-final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City during the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bongarts

Brexit has divided communities, families and friends, so it should perhaps come as no surprise to find it has done the same to England’s 1986 World Cu(...)

 Wayne Rooney: “I’ll take away being the record goalscorer and representing my country 119 times and feeling immense pride at having done that.”   Photograph:  Nick Potts/PA

Wayne Rooney, almost for old time’s sake, ended up addressing pressure. This is a player who had grown used to lugging the weight of expectation du(...)

  Diego Maradona   handles the ball past Peter Shilton of England to score

High noon, one blistering Sunday in Mexico City, and a quarter-final shootout between two arch rivals who hadn’t met in a World Cup for 20 years and h(...)

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger will bid farewell to the Emirates this weekend. Photograph:  Getty Images

1) A Friday night midfield rejig for Brighton? Results elsewhere could secure Brighton’s Premier League status this weekend, but Chris Hughton’s side(...)

Gareth Barry and Jonny Evans: two of the four West Brom  players that nicked a taxi at five in the morning outside a McDonald’s in Spain. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA

Something old, something new, something random – such as four experienced West Brom players nicking a taxi in Barcelona at five in the morning at a Mc(...)

Wayne Rooney has announced his international retirement. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

Wayne Rooney, England’s all-time top scorer, has announced his immediate retirement from international football. No outfield player has won more Thre(...)

Jermain Defoe scored his first international goal since March 2013 as England beat Lithuania 2-0 at Wembley. Photograph: Glyn Kirk/Getty

England 2 Lithuania 0 The most remarkable statistic attached to this victory is that England, for all their traumas and intermittent crises, have now(...)

 Gianluigi Buffon: “I blew €20m, it went up in smoke but I safeguarded the livelihoods of 1,200 families.”  Photograph:  Claudio Villa/Getty Images

A small but significant piece of football history should unfold at the Stadio Renzo Barbera on Friday night. Italy’s World Cup qualifier against Al(...)

Paul McGrath in action for Aston Villa with Andy Cole of Newcastle in 1994. Graham Taylor, who has died aged 72, brought McGrath to the club. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

During a book signing in the summer of 2007 a stranger passed Graham Taylor a handwritten note relating to its author’s wedding, scheduled for the fol(...)

Wayne Rooney celebrates scoring Manchester United’s first goal against Reading in the FA Cup third round. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Wayne Rooney has equalled Bobby Charlton’s all-time Manchester United scoring record after notching his 249th goal in the FA Cup tie with Reading at O(...)

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