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Yeovil Town players celebrate James Hayters goal during the NPower League One play off final against Brentford
Ferdinand, who won the last of his 81 caps in June 2011, angered some England fans when he withdrew after being recalled to Roy Hodgson's squad for the match in San Marino and Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Montenegro that ended in a 1-1 draw.

Rio Ferdinand quits international football

Rio Ferdinand has quit international football, the Football Association (FA) said today.

<b>May 14 - Roberto Mancini (Man City) </b><br/>
A year to the day after delivering the Premier League title, Roberto Mancini was sacked by Manchester City. The official reasons given by the club were the Italian's failure to meet 'stated targets' and a desire for a more 'holistic approach'. The decision to part with the former Inter Milan boss came days after City's FA Cup final defeat to Wigan. That match at Wembley was the culmination of an under whelming season which had seen City's attempts to retain their title fail with a whimper and a Champions League campaign that came to an end in the group stage for the second year running. Mancini lasted three-and-a-half years at the club and as well as winning the Premier League, also delivered the 2011 FA Cup.

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The Everton manager David Moyes (right) celebrates their FA Cup semi-final win against Manchester United with his captain Phil Neville

Moyes wants fond memories to remain at Goodison Park

Manchester United-bound David Moyes hopes to be remembered fondly for the progress made while managing Everton

Stewart Downing of Liverpool celebrates after scoring against Spurs

Stewart Downing expresses desire to stay at Liverpool - but says decision is not his to make

Brendan Rodgers will have final say reveals winger

John Terry would be keen to return to the England fold

Chelsea defender John Terry staying retired from England duty, says FA chairman David Bernstein

There has been talk of a return for the former captain

Boothroyd hails goalkeeper’s heroics as Northampton reach League Two play-off final

The Northampton manager, Aidy Boothroyd, was quick to hail Lee Nicholls after the goalkeeper inspired his team to the npower League Two play-off final following a 2-0 aggregate win over Cheltenham.

Christian Jolley of Newport County celebrates scoring a goal during the Blue Square Bet Premier Conference Play-off Final

Blue Square Premier: Newport back after 25 years

Newport County will return to the Football League after a 25-year absence after two dramatic late goals gave them victory over Welsh rivals Wrexham at Wembley.

Lee Frecklington of Rotherham United scores a goal during the npower League Two match against Aldershot Town

Aldershot enter administration days after dropping out of the football league

After successive non-league promotions Town returned to the Football League in 2008 but their five-year stay came to an end last weekend

Branislav Ivanovic reacts after being bitten by Luis Suarez

Luis Suarez bite: PFA to offer Liverpool striker anger management counselling

Uruguayan bit Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic

Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud saw red for a late challenge in the game against Fulham`
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson questions the need for international friendlies

Remarks come after England manager Roy Hodgson claimed his efforts were being undermined by clubs

PSG midfielder David Beckham keen on grassroots FA role

Former captain wants to help discover next generation

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers only wants a minute’s silence for Hillsborough

Failure to qualify for Europe could be 'blessing' for Liverpool says Brendan Rodgers

The Reds are battling to qualify for the Europa League

Con Martin: Highly versatile Irish footballer

Con Martin was a leviathan of Irish football in the middle years of the 20th century, enjoying the type of colourful career usually confined to the pages of old-fashioned schoolboy comics.

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The drugs revolution starts now as MPs agree its high time for change

Commons debate highlights growing cross-party consensus on softening UK drugs legislation, unchanged for 43 years
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Hugh Grant says Richard Peppiatt's 'One Rogue Reporter' documentary will highlight issues raised by Leveson
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Ouija boards, demon dolls, evil children and clowns are all classic tropes of horror, and this year’s Halloween releases feature them all. What makes them so frightening, decade after decade?
A safari in modern Britain: Rose Rouse reveals how her four-year tour of Harlesden taught her as much about the UK as it did about NW10

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Rouse decided to walk and talk with as many different people as possible in her neighbourhood of Harlesden and her experiences have been published in a new book
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