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Steven Gerrard playing for England last year

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A relaxed Sir Alex Ferguson watches Manchester United this season

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England v Poland: Steven Gerrard desperate to avoid repeat of Croatia heartbreak at Wembley

The captain was part of the side that lost 3-2 and failed to reach Euro 2008

England striker Danny Welbeck (C) does stretching exercises during a training session at London Colney

England v Poland: Fully-fit squad available to Roy Hodgson ahead of crucial World Cup qualifier

Victory at Wembley on Tuesday will see England on their way to the World Cup in Brazil

Helmet-cam captures moment thief steals Brazilian man's motorbike - and is immediately shot by undercover police

Unconfirmed reports suggest the motorbike-jacker later died of his wounds

England fans can expect a lot of noise for England match against Poland

England score a ticket own goal for vital World Cup qualifier against Poland

FA's decision to boost away allocation means almost one in three supporters at Wembley will be Polish

Roy Hodgson comes out fighting after being put in strong position

England's victory over Montenegro had manager bursting with pride and ready to hit back at critics who had doubted his team's belief and passion
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Our nerve will not fail us says fired-up Frank Lampard

Veteran is savouring the anticipation of a final World Cup appearance

England players celebrate after Andros Townsend scored on his debut

England 4 Montenegro 1: Wayne Rooney praises 'incredible' Andros Townsend after man-of-the-match debut

The Spurs winger scored on his first appearance for the Three Lions to edge England closer to next year's World Cup

Roy Hodgson says he would make no excuses in the event of failure

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Roy Hodgson backed his England team to complete automatic qualification for next summer’s World Cup by beating Poland on Tuesday night.

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