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Chelsea have been stunned to discover that Didier Drogba has been suffering from malaria for at least a month.

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Ian Holloway: I enjoy chess match with Moyes, who must be next United manager

I looked a right wally during our game with Everton yesterday. It was 2-2 going into stoppage time and Marlon Harewood poked the ball past Tim Howard and scored a "winner".

Ivanovic holds patched-up Chelsea together

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England qualify for under-21s Championship

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Terry takes the knocks to keep physical Stoke at bay

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Spanish juniors shocked by late France winner

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