The World Cup was good to Socceroos and new West Brom defender Jason Davidson, but the fruits of his labour in Brazil may yet impact on his Asian Cup chances …
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“Back to life, back to reality” tinkled the jazz-inflected tones from the video screens as the glittering Mercedes dealership prepared to greet Joachim Löw. The Germany team that Löw took to the World Cup is not quite ready to face reality just yet. There is still a bit more to be squeezed from their golden, Brazilian summer.
When Wayne Rooney was asked what he made of the Norway defender Vegard Forren calling him “chubby”, he smiled and said he was “not too interested”.
New England captain Wayne Rooney admitted that it will be “a special moment” for him when he leads his team for the first team at Wembley against Norway on Wednesday
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.
Wayne Rooney, the new England captain, who will lead his side out at a half-full Wembley on Wednesday night for a friendly against Norway, said the players had to win the fans back.
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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.
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.
Alan Pardew is fighting for his future as Newcastle United manager, just four games into the new season. The Independent understands there has been a change of mood within the club towards Pardew.
New captain warns he will be harsh on his team-mates while striker could have midfield role for United following Falcao signing