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England vs Norway: Phil Jones delighted with win despite poor team showing and believes Wayne Rooney will be a 'great captain'

Manchester United defender believes victory was crucial after World Cup woe

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England vs Norway: Roy Hodgson claims his side's performance was 'quite good' - despite registering just two shots on target

Manager says his team is ready to make life difficult for Switzerland in the European Championships qualifier on Monday

Jack Wilshere tumbles in the box during England's 1-0 win over Norway

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Argentina celebrate during their win over Germany
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England fans cheer during the International friendly match between England and Norway at Wembley Stadium

England vs Norway: Wembley Stadium attracts a record low attendance

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All-conquering Spain were swept aside in Brazil and now must decide at what pace they bring in their young players

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Jan Vertonghen

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England vs Norway: Five reasons you SHOULD watch the international friendly

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45,000 fans turned out for open training and a glimpse of the World Cup trophy, held by Germany coach Joachim Löw, ahead of his side’s sell-out friendly match against Argentina – a repeat of the final in Brazil this summer

Germany v Argentina: World Cup winners struggling to come back down to earth

Joachim Löw reveals Bastian Schweinsteiger will replace the retired Philipp Lahm as captain ahead of rematch with beaten finalists

Norway defender Vegard Forren has fired an early volley before tonight’s friendly

England v Norway: Not even a jibe at ‘chubby’ Wayne Rooney will bring this Norwegian team recognition

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Craig Cathcart celebrates scoring for Watford
Watford 1 Bournemouth 1: Defender strikes late to salvage a point as Martinez confirms Garcia is on the mend
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Fighting Kit Fulham caretaker manager Kit Symons urges his players
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Kenny Jackett
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FA chairman Greg Dyke
COMMENTJust when the state-of-the-art, behind-the-times Fifa Watch(™) was to be unveiled
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Staff at Manchester Dogs' Home are convinced that Liverpool striker made an anonymous five-figure donation after tragic fire
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A section of Partizan fans display an anti-semitic banner during the club's Europa League match between Partizan and Tottenham Hotspur
Partizan Belgrade 0 Tottenham 0: Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino described the banner as 'unacceptable' and Partizan have already apologised for it
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Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher
Former England team-mates have aimed digs at each others accents, but does anyone know what they're on about?
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Clint Dempsey
VIDEO USA captain helps launch league's new logo and FIFA 15
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Gutierrez and Sagna battle for the ball
The Newcastle defender revealed this week that he has undergone treatment for testicular cancer
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Joel jumps over the board...and into a giant hole
VIDEO...and falls into a giant hole

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