Sport Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos

English champions may have to wait to sign the German star

Ashley Young focusing on England despite uncertainty over future

Aston Villa forward Ashley Young has vowed to focus fully on England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Saturday despite uncertainty over his future and that of his club.

Tormented Berbatov in the dark over his future at United

Leading scorer left out of squad for the final after failing to make his mark in the matches that matter

Defoe's wrist injury compounds striker crisis for Capello

Fabio Capello's striker shortage for England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland a week on Saturday became more acute yesterday when Jermain Defoe became the latest player to pull out of the squad.

Aston Villa hopeful Ashley Young can be convinced to stay

Gary McAllister is hoping the arrival of several quality signings this summer will help convince Ashley Young to remain at Aston Villa.

Defeat by Villa ends Liverpool Europa hopes

Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 0

Young left hurt by 'diving' accusations

Ashley Young says he his hurt at being accused of being a "diver".

Ashley Young denies accusations he is a 'diver'

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has revealed his hurt at being accused of being a "diver".

Heskey's blow-out tells of Villa pressure

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Emile Heskey fortunate after row with referee

Aston Villa 1 Wigan 1

Aston Villa will fight to retain Ashley Young says Gary McAllister

Gary McAllister admits the lure of Champions League football may make it difficult for Aston Villa to keep hold of Ashley Young after this season.

Trevor Brooking highlights benefits of Jack Wilshere Under-21 inclusion

Sir Trevor Brooking has highlighted Spain's World Cup win last summer as an example of the possible benefits of Jack Wilshere playing for England Under-21s this summer.

Mulumbu seals 10-man West Brom win

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Ashley Young continues to delay contract talks

Aston Villa winger Ashley Young has re-iterated any talks over his future will not take place until the summer.

Agbonlahor increases anguish for Hammers

West Ham United 1 Aston Villa 2: Villa reach comfort zone but three successive defeats leave Grant on brink

Gerard Houllier praises Aston Villa team spirit

Gerard Houllier praised the "fantastic team spirit" of his Aston Villa players as James Collins' header earned a vital win over Newcastle in the battle for Barclays Premier League survival.

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