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Walcott beats Johnson to England winger role

Fabio Capello is expected to bring Theo Walcott back into the England team for their Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland tomorrow as he opts for a 4-3-3 formation with Darren Bent as the centre-forward.

Berbatov makes a rare start but again he packs up early

On paper, they were strike options to thrill Wembley. The Premier League's top scorer in red and, in blue, a player of prodigious talent whom Roberto Mancini says will one day be "world class". Dimitar Berbatov and Mario Balotelli.

Mancini losing faith in Balotelli for big matches

Roberto Mancini declared yesterday that he is not sure he can rely on Mario Balotelli for a game as significant as tomorrow's Premier League tie at Stamford Bridge and admitted he is still mystified by the player on whom he has staked his reputation.

City feel the strain without Johnson

Roberto Mancini has expressed his disappointment with the absence of winger Adam Johnson. The England international injured his ankle in training last month, and has not played since the 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa on 22 January. City, despite continued progress in the FA Cup and Europa League since then, have taken just five points from their last five Premier League games and Mancini bemoaned the lack of wingers available to him.

City face player shortage after Given ruled out for three months

They may be the richest club in the world but Manchester City could have just 16 senior players available for tonight's Europa League last-32 second leg against Aris Salonika. Roberto Mancini yesterday confirmed that goalkeeper Shay Given will miss three months with a shoulder problem he sustained in the warm-up before last week's goalless draw in Greece.

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Chance for Bent to solve England's striking dilemma

Darren Bent, recently transferred from Sunderland to Aston Villa, has moved ahead of the other contenders to partner Wayne Rooney in England's attack. With Andy Carroll injured, he will start Wednesday's friendly against Denmark in Copenhagen alongside – or just in front of – the Manchester United man. United's Rio Ferdinand has withdrawn and there are call-ups for the Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale, West Ham's Scott Parker and the Aston Villa full-back Kyle Walker.

Barry expects big things from Dzeko

Gareth Barry feels Edin Dzeko's late equaliser at Notts County yesterday will prove far more valuable than merely ensuring Manchester City remain in the FA Cup.

City have enough in the tank to go the distance, insists Johnson

Adam Johnson has warned Manchester City's rivals that this is a club with plenty in reserve and one that can only get better. The England winger said that Roberto Mancini's influence was now being felt on and off the pitch and that, as the season moved into its business phase, excitement within the home dressing room at Eastlands was building.