Sport England will head to Brazil with an Official 2014 World Cup song

The Football Association are yet to confirm who will perform the squad, although Wayne Rooney, Steven Gerrard and the rest of Roy Hodgson's team have already been ruled out

Roy Hodgson

World Cup 2014: Roy Hodgson plans to experiment against Denmark, despite risking third successive defeat at Wembley

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Steven Gerrard (left) and Frank Lampard share a joke during training

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Newcastle's Steven Taylor is shown a straight red card last night

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The Newcastle fans had never travelled to Manchester so certain of defeat

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Steve Harper will mark 20 years at the club in the game for charity

Oscar winner: Spaniard Garcia turned down more lucrative offers because he is 'fascinated' by English football

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Titus Bramble tells Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio he 'has a lot to learn'

Defender says working under the Italian was 'strange'

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Metalist Kharkiv 0 Newcastle United 1 (Newcastle win 1-0 on aggregate)

Paul Gascoigne pictured in November last year at a Lazio match

The FA and England Footballers' Foundation donate money to help Paul Gascoigne

Former England midfielder is battlling against alcoholism

Paul Gascoigne has suffered a long battle with alcoholism

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Michael Johnson pictured in 2007

Michael Johnson and the Manchester City and England career that was never realised

Manchester City announce midfielder has been released

Newcastle United striker Demba Ba

Newcastle fans' group highlight concerns over Wonga sponsorship deal

A Newcastle fans' group has voiced its concern over the club's controversial decision to enter into a sponsorship agreement with loans company Wonga.

Shola Ameobi in pre-season action

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Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi admits matching last season's top-five finish would be the biggest achievement of his career on Tyneside.

Ex-England footballer Kevin Beattie admits making false benefits claim

A former England football defender - once dubbed the new "Bobby Moore" - has admitted falsely claiming benefits.

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