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GALLERY From Messi and Muller, who has impressed us enough to make the top 50 players of this year's World Cup? And there's even room for an England player...
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Lukas Podolski in action for Germany against Argentina last night

Lukas Podolski expects Scotland to play 'dirty' against the world champions Germany

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England core at Arsenal can benefit Three Lions, says Danny Welbeck

The former Manchester United striker has added to an array of English talent under Arsene Wenger

Nicklas Bendtner and that miss against Turkey

Must watch: Nicklas Bendtner offers early candidate for miss of the season

The flick did not come off as he would have hoped

England vs Norway audience figures well beaten by Great British Bake-Off

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James Milner in action for England against Norway

James Milner pass: Is this the worst pass ever by an England international?

Manchester City midfielder embarrasses himself at Wembley

Shay Given

Republic of Ireland 2 Oman 0: Martin O'Neill gives no assurances to Shay Given that his place in starting line-up is a guarantee

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill is remaining coy over Shay Given's chances of starting the opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp

England vs Norway: Harry Redknapp slams 'massive letdown' as he claims England team produce 'disappointment after disappointment'

QPR manager is scathing in his analysis of England's performance on Wednesday night as a record low attendance turns out at Wembley

Wayne Rooney gives the orders during England's 1-0 win over Norway

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

England vs Norway analysis: Five things we learnt, including Wayne Rooney trying too hard and Jack Wilshere brightness

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Roy Hodgson speaks to his players during a water break

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

England vs Norway comment: Another false dawn as young guns fail to fire England

England are left still trying to escape the shadow of the World Cup

Argentina celebrate during their win over Germany
Wayne Rooney at Wembley

England vs Norway player ratings: Was Raheem Sterling or Wayne Rooney the best player on the pitch?

A look at the individual performances at Wembley

Raheem Sterling in action at Wembley
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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Chesea say any potential move will be dependent upon them buying the freehold for Stamford Bridge
COMMENTThe current size of Chelsea's current home is simply not big enough
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Alan Pardew at the match between Newcastle and Stoke
VIDEOPardew under pressure as honours even in the derbies
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Newcastle midfielder used her 'like a mop'
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Cristiano Ronaldo in action for Real Madrid
TRANSFER TALKReturn to Manchester United not happening soon, claims Spanish journalist
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VIDEOA plane towing a banner flew over Real Madrid's match
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Roy Keane ignored the Chelsea manager entirely
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Bayern Munich players are evacuated from hotel
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Chelsea striker makes history as she becomes first female Match of the Day analyst - and takes aim at Wayne Rooney
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Connor Brown and Billy Quarmsby go head-to-head in a quiz in the Oldham Athletic program
Football and groundsman embarrassed by quiz
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Greg Dyke insists he will not resign as Football Association chairman after receiving a watch worth more than £16,000 but has called for an end to the culture of gifts being given to football officials
COMMENTIan Herbert: £16,000 would pay for the installation of a decent sewerage system

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