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Houllier finds the humour in Villa's relegation battle

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Gary Cahill hails improvement of Ashley Young

Gary Cahill believes his one-time Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young "can play on any stage" after fully realising his potential at international level during the past month.

Ashley Young keen to retain England place

Ashley Young wants to be part of Fabio Capello's new-look England after making another favourable impression during last night's friendly international with Ghana at Wembley.

Bent and Lampard snuff out Wales fire

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Poor start cost us, says Wales captain Ramsey

Wales captain Aaron Ramsey admitted that his side had been unable to recover from an awful start in their 2-0 defeat to England in their Euro 2012 Group G qualifier at the Millennium Stadium.

Bolton late show is another blow for under-fire Houllier

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Bolton snatch stunning late win over Villa

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Downing's dazzling switch stakes England claim

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Battle for England starting places turns less than friendly

The term "meaningless friendly" has long been a cliche but with England's game in Copenhagen last Wednesday it was finally exposed for what some of us have always held it to be: an oxymoron. Poor indeed would be the manager/coach who could derive no meaning from 90 minutes of international football, let alone the preparation and training sessions preceding the match itself.

Wayne Rooney impressed with Jack Wilshere and Ashley Young

Wayne Rooney believes England now have strength in depth after witnessing the likes of Jack Wilshere and Ashley Young grab their chance with both hands against Denmark.

Bent seizes chance to show he is the very model of a modern target man

English strikers are in danger of making a comeback. The January transfer window saw two of that rarest of breeds switch clubs for monstrous sums of money, with Darren Bent moving to Aston Villa for £24m and then Andy Carroll topping that with his £35m transfer to Liverpool. Neither Gérard Houllier nor Kenny Dalglish subscribes to the opinion that England is suffering a dearth of talent in the attacking department, judging by the money they spent on home-grown players.

Aston Villa hope Ashley Young will remain at club

Aston Villa are hoping the signings made during the January transfer window will help convince winger Ashley Young his long-term future is with the midlands club.

Aston Villa close to Bradley loan deal

Aston Villa boss Gerard Houllier today revealed that United States international Michael Bradley is poised to complete a loan deal with Aston Villa, with a view to a permanent move.

Chelsea will pay £50m for Torres

Abramovich willing to part with British record fee to land Liverpool striker ahead of tonight's transfer deadline

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