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England went into their World Cup qualifier against Moldova tonight with the third best passing record in the Uefa part of qualifying, behind only Germany and Spain.

Ferdinand's form gives cause for concern

It was the win in San Siro which Manchester United had been striving for since 1958 but there was so nearly a sense of deja vu about the club's fifth meeting with Milan in the stadium.

Final defeat made me stronger says Rooney

Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney will be spurred on against AC Milan tonight by the pain of losing last season's Champions League final to Barcelona - and the joy of winning the previous one against Chelsea.

Beckham ready for emotional day

David Beckham is fully focused on helping AC Milan beat Manchester United tomorrow night, even though he admits it will not be easy to put his own emotions to one side.

Leonardo lauds Beckham versatility

AC Milan coach Leonardo was full of praise for David Beckham after the England midfielder made a successful second debut for the Serie A club in last night's 5-2 win over Genoa.

Udinese sack Pasquale Marino

Udinese have sacked coach Pasquale Marino and reacted immediately by appointing former Torino coach Gianni Di Biasi in his place.

Irish hopes hang in balance after late show

Republic of Ireland 2 Italy 2: Italian equaliser in added time secures holders' berth at World Cup while Ireland are left with tricky play-off route

World Cup round-up: Henry pounces to save face for Domenech's 10-man France

Barcelona striker earns a draw in Serbia despite early red card for goalkeeper

Blues in crisis – why Kenyon will come off worst of all

After Fifa banned Chelsea from buying players until 2011, Sam Wallace explains who has most to lose and why it may work out for Abramovich

Mikel may pay high price as Ancelotti polishes diamond

Sunderland will be the venue for Chelsea to shuffle pack in struggling midfield

Transfer talk: Australian looks north

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Pirlo will not join Chelsea insists Berlusconi

Andrea Pirlo will spend the rest of his career at AC Milan and will not join former boss Carlo Ancelotti at Chelsea, the Serie A club's owner Silvio Berlusconi said today.

Arnesen is defiant over sorry record

Chelsea chief unmoved by club's expensive failure to produce young players

Chelsea step up bid to retain Terry

As Chelsea look to safeguard the future of captain John Terry, "buzzing" midfielder Michael Essien cannot wait to get back into action with the Blues.

Terry will stay insists Kenyon

Peter Kenyon, the Chelsea chief executive, claimed yesterday that he had received a personal assurance from John Terry that he would not be tempted by Manchester City's astronomical pay offer.

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