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The Manchester United defender could be handed another chance to impress in Friday's international friendly at Wembley

Mark Hughes has admitted that his love for the Premier League never wavered during his time away from management

Stoke manager Mark Hughes admits his love for the Premier League never wavered following sacking at QPR

Hughes returned to management with the Potters in the summer after Tony Pulis was sacked by owner Peter Coates

Transfer news: Robert Lewandowski rejects talk of having agreed to join Bayern Munich and admits he wants to play in England

His current club could look to sell the Polish striker in January although the current Champions League holders remain favourites to sign the 25-year-old

Roy Hodgson has received backing from Graham Taylor and Graeme Le Saux

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He is uniquely ill-suited to one of Britain's most high-profile, high stress jobs - and we should wish him all the best

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Ipswich’s Carlos Edwards is closed down by Craig Forsyth of Derby

Championship round-up: Steve McClaren sees Derby County rescue a point as Burnley hit the top

Steve McClaren was unveiled as the Derby manager and must have wondered what he had let himself in for as his new side trailed Ipswich 4-1 after just 34 minutes. However, after a second-half fightback Derby clinched a 4-4 draw in an amazing game at Pride Park.

Charlie Austin converted from the spot for QPR

Championship round-up: QPR remain three points clear of the rest thanks to win over Middlesbrough

Burnley lead the charge alongside Leicester after wins against Charlton and Barnsley respectively

Hopefully Tomlinson will do better than during his last match

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson pulls out of Doncaster Rovers debut due to injury picked up in Gabriel Agbonlahor tackle

The singer will still be on the bench for the match and has apologised to fans who were going to the reserves match against Scunthorpe tomorrow

Samir Nasri shoots for Manchester City against Stoke

Stoke 0 Manchester City 0 match report: Mark Hughes’s success more than a passing phase

City drop more points away from home as Potters continue unbeaten start to season

Championship: Wins for Blackpool, QPR and Nottingham Forest while Watford held to a draw at Charlton

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Louis Tomlinson lies injured during Stilyan Petrov's charity match

Video: One Direction star Louis Tomlinson left hobbling and vomiting by Aston Villa striker Gabriel Agbonlahor

21-year-old received a robust shoulder from Agbonlahor that sent him crashing to the ground, and forced him off the pitch where he was said to vomit due to the pain in his knee

19-year-old Ross Barkley was the latest youngster to make his England debut on Friday against Moldova

FA launch new Under-21 cup in effort to further develop youth football but Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham opt out

51 clubs will contest the new competition in the wake of FA chairman Greg Dyke's concerns over a lack of young English footballers reaching their potential

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