Chelsea's results and performances this season have been erratic to say the least, and it remains a mystery as to why some members of the squad have barely seen the light of day. Ruben Loftus-Cheek's absence from first-team action in particular has been conspicuous, particularly given that Chelsea's midfield was exposed as a problem area even after the summer signing of N'Golo Kante.

Gordon Strachan will hope facing Italy provides a test that can be a springboard for Scotland success, writes Liam McLeod.

However, there was better news for Sergio Aguero, who declared himself fit to play for Argentina on Tuesday despite coming out of last week's game...

Craig Burley wonders how much playing time Timothy Fosu-Mensah will see with Man United after signing a new contract.

In the run-up to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, BBC Sport looked back at 100 of the greatest World Cup moments.

Sagna was substituted after pulling up in the first half of France's 4-1 win over Bulgaria on Friday.

A big personality, a rich pedigree, iron discipline and mind games - Phil McNulty examines Chelsea's new manager Antonio Conte.

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Italy have not won in seven games but England will dismiss their threat at its peril, warns James Horncastle.

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Manchester City full-back Bacary Sagna has been ruled out for three weeks after suffering a hamstring injury with France.

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Manchester United fans overwhelmingly wanted him to be benched after a long and steady decline in form. They didn't really get on his back at games, where he still gets more applause than jeers, but he receives significant abuse online.

BBC Sport profiles all 32 teams ahead of the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.

Italy send striker Graziano Pelle home after he refused to shake the coach's hand after being brought off against Spain.

It's a similar story for England. A few jeers and a few boos at Wembley pale by comparison with the online torrent...

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It's taken some time, but Jordan Henderson is finally coming of age. At 26 he is already Liverpool captain and is likely to take the armband for England. It reflects his growing influence on the pitch and his development as a player. Indeed, he's now thriving under Jurgen Klopp; the Liverpool manager's high-paced, pressing tactics perfectly suited to Henderson's style of play.

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During his time with various development squads at the club and in younger England international age groups, Loftus-Cheek...

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Who is playing? How can you watch the games? Who does our expert think will win? All the information you need on World Cup day three.

And the Premier League club confirmed that the defender had suffered a hamstring pull and is likely to return in early November.

"To play at the World Cup is the most beautiful thing that can happen" - Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo gets ready for Brazil.

A complete guide to World Cup Group D, which features Uruguay, Costa Rica, Italy and England.

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Who is playing? How can you watch? Who does our expert think will win? Everything you need on day 13 of the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Italy legend Salvatore 'Toto' Schillaci recalls riots, wild eyes and magic nights of the 1990 World Cup.

Now is not a good time for Wayne Rooney. Dropped by his club last month, he's now been dropped by his country and few disagree with either decision.

Yet it was not always like this. When he arrived at Anfield from Sunderland in the summer of 2011, in a deal worth around...

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BBC Sport looks at the 12 stadiums which will host World Cup matches in Brazil next summer

France were not at their best but, in Paul Pogba, had the game's best player. Against a Netherlands side lacking top-level experience, Didier Deschamps' men took control of Group A by doing just enough to win. Miguel Delaney »