Kane will break my record, says Rooney after ‘special night’ at Wembley

England’s all-time leading goalscorer Wayne Rooney believes Harry Kane will break his record.

England sweep aside US in Rooney’s farewell match

Wayne Rooney’s farewell appearance for England ends in a comfortable friendly victory over the United States at Wembley.

Wasteful Northern Ireland draw with Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland have the better chances but have to settle for a 0-0 draw in the friendly against the Republic of Ireland in Dublin.

Rage against the cruelty of so-called austerity | Letters

Letters: Readers on the visit to the UK by Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, to examine rising levels of poverty and hardship across the UK after a decade of cuts to public services

Outrage, anger, despair, shame, impotence: the feelings aroused by Aditya Chakrabortty’s article (It took a UN envoy to hear how austerity is destroying lives, 14 November). The truths consequent on the savage, unnecessary, uncaring cuts to public services are not hidden away but confront us daily. Welfare benefits slashed, millions dependent on food banks. Libraries, museums, childcare centres, youth clubs, swimming pools consigned to the scrapheap; road repairs and park budgets cut, bus routes terminated. In Darley Dale a helpful notice tells us that the lavatory is closed and the nearest one is 2.1 miles away.

The true story is that of a government that has chosen private profit over civic services, while it wreaks an assault on the services that make towns and communities good places to live. In a 2015 Guardian article about benefits, sanctions and food banks, Ken Loach called for “public rage” and spoke about “conscious cruelty”.

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Pound falls steeply as Brexit resignations rock the government

Sterling drops to about $1.28 against the dollar and falls by 1.5% against the euro

The pound fell steeply against major international currencies on Thursday as Theresa May’s government was rocked by multiple resignations over her Brexit deal.

Sterling fell from above $1.30 to about $1.28 against the US dollar by about midday, a drop of about 1.5%. Against the euro, sterling fell by 1.5% to €1.1317.

Related: Pound falls sharply as May faces mounting pressure over Brexit plan – business live

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