Harry Kane, Eric Dier, Jordan Henderson, Danny Rose, Kieran Trippier, Jesse Lingard,Jamie Vardy, Harry Maguire and John Stones of England look on at the penalty shoot out during their 2018 World Cup last 16 clash with Colombia. Photo: Dan Mullan/Getty Images

All the numbers were against England going into the penalty shootout against Colombia. England: three defeats from three World Cup shootouts; six defe(...)

France’s Ngolo Kante and Denmark’s Martin Braithwaite battle for the ball during their Group C clash in Moscow.  Photo: Victor R. Caivano/AP Photo

France 0 Denmark 0 It was with a certain wistfulness that Irish supporters saw Denmark drawn in Group C of the 2018 World Cup along with France, Peru(...)

England’s Harry Kane celebrates with team-mates after scoring their first goal in the World Cup Group G  game against Tunisia at the   Volgograd Arena. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

When the BBC opened their coverage with that little video imagining what the reaction would be in Blighty if England won the World Cup, you could only(...)

Ocean’s 8: one of the big summer movies

The Graham Norton Show Friday, BBC One, 10.45pm Tonight it’s all about the all-female Ocean’s 8 crime caper. On the sofa are Hollywood star Sandra Bul(...)

Italy’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon reacts during their 2018 World Cup playoff second leg with Sweden. Photo: Marco Bertorello/Getty Images

Gianluigi Buffon was born in Carrara, the Tuscan city where they quarried the marble for Michelangelo’s David 500 years ago. Maybe even now there is a(...)

Beijing Guoan: Workers’ Stadium, the club’s ground. Photograph: Sino/Getty

In the elegant Chao Hotel on the hippest side of Beijing’s Sanlitun district, decorated with the bleached woods and downlighting of a contemporary art(...)

The Northern Ireland team celebrate after a 0-0 draw with England at Wembley Stadium had ensured their qualification for the 1986 World Cup. Photograph: Bob Thomas/Getty Images

Iceland have become the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup after a 2-0 win over Kosovo on Monday. The northern European country, who k(...)

Clarence Seedorf has been interviewed by Oldham for their vacant manager’s job. Photo: Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images

Four-time Champions League winner Clarence Seedorf has been interviewed for the managerial vacancy at Oldham. Ex-Ajax, Real Madrid and AC Milan midfi(...)

Martin O’Neill says the Serbs are technically better than Ireland but that his players will put their “heart and soul” into it. Photograph:  David Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

We’ve all seen enough by now to know that Martin O’Neill doesn’t like having to do post-match interviews with RTÉ’s Tony O’Donoghue, but the Ireland m(...)

Leicester City vice-chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, manager Claudio Ranieri, captain Wes Morgan and chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha with the Premier League trophy. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Ciao Claudio, says sausage-maker After Claudio Ranieri’s sacking the consensus was that there’s no loyalty in football any more – to which more a few(...)

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