England v Norway: Wayne Rooney admits England must ‘put on a show’ to regain faith

It is more than 11 years since Wayne Rooney made his England debut at Upton Park as a substitute in an England team that lost 3-1 to Australia, one more unsightly dent to the rusting bodywork of the national team’s reputation. Since then he has seen so many minor catastrophes, fresh dawns, old problems and declarations of new eras that one more will make little difference either way.

‘We knew he was something special:’ Radamel Falcao’s journey from teenage debutant to Manchester United’s star signing

In the Colombian city of Santa Marta on the Caribbean coast, a statue towers by the entrance of the Eduardo Santos stadium. Wild coils of yellow hair, arms flailing and eyes fixed on the ball, the 22-foot bronze work portrays one of the country’s most recognizable faces: that of Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama, the languid genius and heartbeat of Colombia’s golden team of the 1990s.

Ian Herbert: Frantic deadline-day transfer business by Arsenal and Manchester United shows value of a technical director

A lot of names popped up in that frantic finale to the transfer window, including one who went on national radio claiming to be Danny Welbeck’s agent. The player says he has never heard of him. But it was two quiet men who showed the way at Manchester City and Chelsea – the clubs whose summer business demonstrated to Manchester United and Arsenal that deadline-day chaos is not the only way of doing things.