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England manager Roy Hodgson looks on from the dugout

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Fraser Forster. Celtic stopper slow to get down for Sanchez’ cute header. Strong hands to keep out Beausejour effort soon after but often hesitant to leave his line.6/10

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Man for man marking from the friendly at Wembley

Fraser Forster. Celtic stopper slow to get down for Sanchez’ cute header. Strong hands to keep out Beausejour effort soon after but often hesitant to leave his line.6/10

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Mother calls for ban on suicide sites after death of son Ayden Keenan-Olson

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England v Chile: Ashley Cole not an automatic choice for England now, says Roy Hodgson, with Leighton Baines pushing for place

Chelsea defender under pressure from Leighton Baines for left-back spot

Colchester General Hospital placed in special measures over cancer waiting time claims

Decision taken after staff were forced to change cancer waiting times data

Ella Hysom: Missing schoolgirl found safe and well after parents make emotional appeal

Police had said they were 'extremely concerned' about the welfare of the 15-year-old who was being treated for depression when she vanished

Chris Robshaw: ‘We had our backs against the wall [last year] and we went out swinging’

England v New Zealand: Chris Robshaw delighted for chance to measure up with majestic Richie McCaw

'He's probably the guy who epitomises what it is to be an international open-side flanker,' says England captain

Liverpool manager Steven Gerrard has admitted that Steven Gerrard could retire from international football following England's 2014 World Cup campaign

England v Chile: Steven Gerrard and Kyle Walker become latest players to withdraw through injury

The pair will miss the game on Friday but are in contention to play Germany next Tuesday

England women: Katy McLean seeks World Cup boost against Canada

The England women's captain, Katy McLean, is determined to lay down a marker against Canada this evening ahead of next year's World Cup.

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Three of Sir Ranulph’s forebear’s took up arms in the service of Henry V, while another, Robert Fiennes, was the constable of France

Leighton Baines is tackled by Jake Livermore

Everton v Liverpool: Leighton Baines delighted to skip Merseyside derby fever while on England duty

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England head coach Gary Street has called on experienced players to take on the Canadians

Women's Rugby: Gary Street rings changes for visit of Canadians

After England Women’s dismantling of France at Twickenham on Saturday, their head coach, Gary Street, has made 11 changes for tomorrow’s meeting with Canada as they prepare to return for the first time to the venue where they lost the 2010 World Cup final.The Stoop has unhappy memories for England’s players after their 13-10 defeat to New Zealand three years ago but, having already avenged February’s loss to France with a 40-20 win on Saturday, they now have the Canucks on their hit list.

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