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Danny Care: scrumhalf in line to replace Leicester’s Ben Youngs in Dunedin.  Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

Danny Care has been passed fit for England in Saturday’s second Test against New Zealand. The Harlequins scrumhalf suffered a shoulder injury last wee(...)

Italy manager Cesare Prandelli must choose between Mario Balotelli (left) and Ciro Immobile to lead the Italian front line against England in their opening World Cup game. Photograph: Ettore Ferrari/EPA

Will he be selected to face England? Will he be on song? Will becoming engaged just three days before the World Cup starts distract Mario Balotelli?Se(...)

 Steven Gerrard trains with a member of the England coaching staff  in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Eddie Keogh/Reuters

England coach Roy Hodgson has allayed fitness concerns over captain Steven Gerrard ahead of the start of the World Cup. England begin their Group D ca(...)

“Why would we slow down a lineout . . . especially when we are chasing the game?” Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

England’s heroic effort in the first Test against New Zealand in Auckland did not please everyone with local media blaming what they viewed as an orch(...)

An aerial view of England’s training session in progress at the Urca military base near Copacabana beach yesterday.  Photograph: Wong Maye-E).

On one side it is all ocean, backed up by Guanabara Bay. On the other it is Sugarloaf Mountain. Think back to that scene in Moonraker when Jaws uses (...)

Uruguay’s national soccer team pose for the official World Cup squad photo. Photograph: Reuters

Uruguay and Liverpool striker Luis Suarez is confident he will play at the World Cup as he makes a cautious return to fitness after knee surgery.The (...)

Wayne Rooney reflects on England’s defeat at the hands of Germany in South Africa during the 2010 World Cup. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

The first international tournament I covered was the 2002 World Cup in Japan and Korea. I followed the Irish team and I didn’t see any England games. (...)

Uruguay’s Edinson Cavani scored the first goal  against Slovenia in Montevideo. Photograph:  Andres Stapff/Reuters

Striker Edinson Cavani and substitute Christian Stuani scored to fire Uruguay to a 2-0 win over Slovenia in their final World Cup warmup at the Cente(...)

 Wayne Rooney happy with his form and positioning on the pitch. Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA Wire.

Wayne Rooney could not care less about the critics who say he should be dropped from the England team.Rooney’s place in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI has(...)

England’s Daniel Sturridge (right) and Wayne Rooney will hope to strike up a profitable partnership in Brazil. Photograph: Phil Noble / Reuters

Manager: Roy Hodgson Best finish: Winners (1966) World Cup record: Played 62, Won 26, Drawn 20, Lost 16 History They(...)

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