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Michael Carrick looks likely to miss England’s friendlies against Chile and Germany

Steven Gerrard playing for England last year

Roy Hodgson urges Steven Gerrard not to reject call of duty

Manager wants his captain to continue playing for England beyond next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez has emerged as a potential transfer target for Arsenal

Transfer news: Arsenal could turn to Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez to provide cover for Olivier Giroud

The Mexican is unsettled at Old Trafford after finding his first team chances limited with Arsene Wenger keen to add a new striker to his squad

Riot police and protesters face-off near the Maracana Stadium during the Confederations Cup

2014 World Cup: Security issues in Brazil has England 'very concerned'

Recent protests have on occasion turned violent and Hodgson admits it will be a main concern of the Three Lions's security team

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Justin Bieber investigated by Brazilian police over graffiti in Rio de Janeiro

Police said they were looking into whether the pop star had broken Brazilian laws against the destruction of property

Sadler's Wells reveals plans for new contemporary dance venue in London

A new 500-seat performance space is set to open as early as 2018

Michael Carrick looks set to start in place of Frank Lampard when England face Poland

England v Poland: Michael Carrick expected to start in place of Frank Lampard while Chris Smalling also gets the nod - reports

Manchester United midfielder is reportedly set to be handed a recall after training alongside captain Steven Gerrard

A relaxed Sir Alex Ferguson watches Manchester United this season

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson tipped to return to management - as coach of Australia for the 2014 World Cup

Ferguson has been urged to come out of retirement by former United goalkeeper Mark Bosnich to lead the manager-less Soccaroos after leaving the game at the end of last 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

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