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Aston Villa target Genk striker Christian Benteke

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert has again turned to the continent in a bid to bolster his squad with in-form Genk striker Christian Benteke a leading target, Press Association Sport understands.

Liverpool won't win title admits Carragher

Defender Jamie Carragher accepts Liverpool's best chance of silverware this season will come in cup competitions as they have too much ground to make up on the likes of title-contenders Chelsea and Manchester United.

MacDonald says 'gifted' Ireland will offer Villa more invention than

Kevin MacDonald hailed the signing of Stephen Ireland last night as a "great boost" for Aston Villa, although the £8m makeweight in James Milner's £24m move to Manchester City will not be eligible for tonight's Europa League revenge mission against Rapid Vienna in the Austrian capital.

Defoe looks set to get his moment at last

Jermain Defoe's World Cup moment seems to have arrived at last. He was bitterly disappointed to miss out in 2006 and spent the summer in philosophical mood with his great friend Shaun Wright-Phillips, whose role on the margins at Chelsea saw him miss the cut, too.

Terry first out on training ground

Contrite England defender John Terry was first out on the training ground this morning as the Three Lions tried to refocus minds ahead of their must-win World Cup clash with Slovenia.

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United call Ferdinand home for treatment

Rio Ferdinand will fly home after England's opening World Cup match against the United States on Saturday at the request of Manchester United, who want the defender to begin a rehabilitation program on the knee injury that has ruled him out the tournament in South Africa.