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The Football Association will apply to FIFA for clearance to pick Carl Jenkinson in the England squad for next month's friendly with Sweden.

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Roy Hodgson is using Germany's example as proof England fans should not feel too negative about the future of the national side.

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Manchester United were poor, with the talismanic Wayne Rooney failing to rise to the big occasion, instead spending most of his time complaining to whoever would listen.

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Former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has launched a passionate defence of Sir Alex Ferguson's team selection at the Etihad Stadium last night.

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LOSER: Rio Ferdinand
You're captain of your country and one of the most respected defenders in the Premier League. Now you're not. Injuries caught up with Rio Ferdinand this year, and his lack of games were enough for Fabio Capello to unceremoniously strip him of the three lions armband and hand it back to disgraced John Terry. The England manager failed to speak to Ferdinand before the news was leaked, making for a humiliating episode for the former Leeds defender. And on top of that, the arrival of Phil Jones at United during the summer has put Ferdinand's place as a sure starter for United in doubt. Merked.

Rio Ferdinand sparks fitness scare at Manchester United

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has sparked a fitness scare ahead of the Red Devils' Premier League encounter with Bolton on Saturday by hinting he has been struck down by a stomach virus.

Referee Chris Foy sends off Vincent Kompany (right)

United hang on to win lively Manchester derby

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Wayne Rooney cuts a disconsolate figure as the Basle players celebrate at the final whistle last night

Fergie in spat with Keane as awful United crash out

Sir Alex Ferguson's raw emotion at his club's first Champions League group-stage exit in six years led him to round on his former captain Roy Keane last night, as Manchester United's hopes of finally eclipsing Barcelona collapsed into the grim prospect of Thursday-night football in the Europa League.

Player to watch: Jack Wilshere

Ten steps to England winning their Euro group

Learning from the mistakes of the 2010 World Cup will go a long way to ensuring a fit, motivated and properly rested squad

Smalling: So exciting &ndash; and the journey's only just begun

Chris Smalling, one of the young Manchester United players who shone in Monday's 3-0 defeat of Tottenham Hotspur, summed up the vibrant mood at Old Trafford: "There is an excitement here because of the endless potential," he said. "We have nowhere near reached it and we are just looking how far we can go."

FA to follow police advice over England game

Police to have final say on whether tomorrow night's friendly with Dutch can go ahead

Dimitar Berbatov injured on Manchester United pre-season tour

Dimitar Berbatov has been ruled out of the second match of Manchester United's US Tour.

Jonny Evans relaxed about Phil Jones arrival at Manchester United

Manchester United defender Jonny Evans believes he would not deserve to be at the club if he was not prepared to accept fresh competition for his place in Sir Alex Ferguson's plans.

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