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(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck appealing for a penalty at the Emirates Stadium, London. Photograph: PA

Danny Welbeck was widely accused of diving to win a penalty as he scored a brace in Arsenal’s Europa League win over AC Milan — but manager Arsene Wen(...)

Arsenal’s Danny Welbeck is fouled and wins a penalty during the  Europa League round of 16 second-leg match against AC Milan at the Emirates Stadium. Photograph:  Nigel French/PA Wire

Arsenal 3 AC Milan 1 (Arsenal win 5-1 on agg) Danny Welbeck thought about it. He had felt the slightest touch from the Milan left back, Ricardo Rodrí(...)

Northern Ireland’s Chris Brunt at the end of their World Cup play-off second leg match at St Jakob-Park Stadium in Basel. Photograph: Getty Images

Northern Ireland’s Aaron Hughes, Gareth McAuley, Chris Brunt and Jamie Ward, all starters in Basel, could now contemplate international retirement, p(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill looks dejected after the match. Photograph: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

Michael O’Neill refused to discuss his future as Northern Ireland manager after his side agonisingly missed out on a place in next year’s World Cup af(...)

Northern Ireland’s Jordan Jones  and his team-mates look dejected after the  World Cup playoff second leg match against Switzerland  at St Jakob-Park in Basel. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Switzerland 0 Northern Ireland 0 (Switzerland win 1-0 on agg) Michael O’Neill resembled a mourner at a funeral as he walked across a mud-splattered p(...)

Granit Xhaka and Northern Ireland’s Conor Washington during Switzerland’s 1-0 win in Belfast. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

Granit Xhaka has told Northern Ireland to move on from the penalty call that has left Switzerland in charge of their World Cup play-off. The Northern(...)

Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill and  Jonny Evans after the final whistle of the World Cup playoff first leg against Switzerland at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  William Cherry/Inpho/Presseye/

Michael O’Neill described the penalty that condemned Northern Ireland to defeat against Switzerland as the worst decision he has seen at international(...)

Switzerland players celebrate after Ricardo Rodriguez  scored from the penalty spot during the World Cup playoff first leg at Windsor Park in Belfast. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Northern Ireland 0 Switzerland 1 The road to Russia for Northern Ireland has been pot-holed by a potentially fatal blunder. “Dare to Dream” is their (...)

Leonardo Bonucci is set to make a surprise move from Serie A champions Juventus to AC Milan. Photo: Getty Images

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci appears poised to complete a shock switch to the champions’ ambitious Serie A rivals AC Milan. The 30-year-old, pr(...)

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