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James Rodriguez strike voted best goal of World Cup

Colombian striker James Rodriguez's stunning volley against Uruguay has been voted the best goal of the World Cup, Fifa has announced.

The Monaco midfielder, who is rumoured to be on the verge of a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid, also won the Golden Boot after netting five times at the tournament in Brazil.

James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his spectacular goal against Uruguay.
James Rodriguez celebrates after scoring his spectacular goal against Uruguay. Credit: EMPICS Sport/EMPICS Sport

He beat off competition from the Netherlands' Robin van Persie, whose impressive header against Spain was voted the second best goal.

Read: James Rodriguez wins Golden Boot as top scorer

1D's LouisTomlinson's Doncaster Rovers 'takeover off'

One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson will not be taking over Doncaster Rovers, ITV News has learned.

Last month it was reported that the 22-year-old had completed a takeover deal of the League One club with his business partner cosmetic surgery magnate John Ryan.

But Ryan told ITV News that the "takeover was off" and that the duo had not passed the Football League's "fit and proper person's test".

1D's Louis Tomlinson had asked fans to help him raise funds to buy Doncaster Rovers.
1D's Louis Tomlinson had asked fans to help him raise funds to buy Doncaster Rovers. Credit: PA

Fans were asked to pledge money to the club in exchange for membership, branded clothes and collectors' items, with an aim to bump funds to £2million, but less than half the money was raised.

However, Ryan said the takeover was "not dependent on the crowdfunding project", adding that he was now "finished with football."

Read: Tomlinson's crowd sourcing fundraiser failure throws takeover into 'serious doubt'

Fans who pledged cash will not lose any money, according to the football club's website.

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England slip 10 places to 20th in Fifa world rankings

Roy Hodgson's England lost to Italy and Uruguay and drew with Costa Rica.
Roy Hodgson's England lost to Italy and Uruguay and drew with Costa Rica, who move up to 16th. Credit: PA

England have slipped 10 places to 20th in Fifa's world rankings after a disastrous World Cup campaign.

Roy Hodgson's side managed only one point from their three group games in Brazil.

World champions Germany rise one place to the top of the rankings while Netherlands move up 12 places to third.

Spain fall from top spot to eighth and hosts Brazil fall four places to seventh.

France striker Loic Remy banned from driving

French World Cup footballer Loic Remy has been banned from driving and fined after admitting to being over the drink-drive limit.

Loic remy was banned for 14 months and fined £3,750. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

The 27-year-old QPR striker, who was on loan at Newcastle last season, was stopped by police in March, with a test showing he had 56mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - 20mg over the limit.

A judge at Newcastle Magistrates' Court banned Remy for 14 months and fined him £3,750 plus £200 costs and a victim impact surcharge of £120.

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Germany's World Cup stars dance on stage in Berlin

A clutch of Germany's World Cup stars - including Arsenal's Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and Mezut Ozil - danced on stage to the cheers of thousands of fans in Berlin this afternoon.

The celebrations marked Germany's fourth World Cup victory - the first since the re-unification of Germany in the early 1990s.

Germany stars parade through Berlin with World Cup

Germany's World Cup stars are currently on parade through the capital Berlin after returning home with the Jules Rimet trophy.

Arsenal's Lukas Podolski is pictured with the trophy alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger on the bus.

Masses of fans have lined the streets to welcome the side - who beat France, Brazil and Argentina on their way to victory.

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Pilots given 'golden opportunity' to hold World Cup

The German national team has tweeted a picture of head coach Joachim Loew with the pilots of the team's flight back to Germany - who are given a "golden opportunity" to hold the World Cup trophy.

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