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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.

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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

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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.

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