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Alan Pardew hopes the fans will think he acted with 'dignity and respect'

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The Magpies have not won at Old Trafford since 1972

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The defender has angled for a move in the past

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini has claimed he is happy at St James's Park

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini expresses his commitment to the Magpies after latest exit rumours

Coloccini has pushed for a move back to his native Argentina last year but has since admitted he is happy living with life in Newcastle

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

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Such a switch would likely result in a tougher draw for the Three Lions

(L-R) Brazilian Cafu, Frenchman Zinedine Zidane, German Lothar Matthaus, Argentinian Mario Kempes and Englishman Sir Geoff Hurst will assist the real Group Stage draw

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South Korea and Ivory Coast complete Group E with Brazil, France, Italy and Australia making up the 'Group of Death'

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England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014 draw: Possible scenarios for England

The draw takes place on Friday

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Adidas consults with top players over 2014 football to avoid repeat of South Africa issues

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England ready to name two spinners for second Test

England manager Roy Hodgson admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup 2014: England confirmed to be in unseeded pot for Friday's draw

England will be among an unseeded pot of European countries for Friday's draw for the 2014 World Cup finals, organisers have confirmed.

Christian Wade leaves the pitch after his injury for Wasps

Christian Wade injury is kick in the guts for England

This is getting silly. England's chances of piecing together something resembling a first-choice back division for the Six Nations opener against France in Paris at the beginning of February took another heavy blow when the Wasps wing Christian Wade was ruled off-limits for six months. The most elusive attacking runner in the country will miss the forthcoming tournament in its entirety and must be rated extremely doubtful for the three-Test tour of New Zealand in June.

England manager Roy Hodgson has admitted that he is more concerned about the location of the World Cup fixtures rather than the opposition

World Cup Draw: England manager Roy Hodgson more concerned with location of group matches rather than opposition

England will find out who they will face in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup in Friday's draw

Bath's Ross Batty charges past Exeter's Dean Mumm

Bath 21 Exeter 16: Hosts rely on George Ford for win over west-country rivals as his 100% kicking record boots Bath to victory

Six penalties and a drop goal maintains Bath's winning record against the Chiefs since their 2010 promotion

Gary Neville and Paul Scholes have admitted that the failures with England still haunts them

Class of 92: Manchester United duo Paul Scholes and Gary Neville admit England failure still haunts them beyond retirement

Scholes also gives the current national squad 'no chance' of success at Brazil 2014 despite sitting alongside the current assistant coach Neville

Market Report: Speedy Hire shares take a dive

Speedy Hire shares collapsed on Friday following Thursday night’s revelation that chief executive Steve Corcoran was out the door after accounting irregularities were revealed.

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