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Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates refuses to give up hope of playing at the 2014 World Cup

The Uruguay international has been out for most of the season

Thierry Henry and Robert Pires are both training with Arsenal but Arsene Wenger insists he won't be making a move to bring them back to the club

Transfer news: Thierry Henry return not on the cards at Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger

Henry is currently training with the Gunners along with Robert Pires but Wenger insists that he will not be making a move to bring the striker back for a third spell with the club

Daniel Sturridge celebrates after scoring an equaliser for Liverpool against Everton

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Sturridge played all 90 minutes of England's international friendly defeat to Germany but was deemed unfit to start the Merseyside derby against Everton on the weekend

Wayne Rooney has refuted suggestions about his fitness

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Michael Calvin: England’s ’53 wake-up call still ignored

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Theo Walcott can't wait to play alongside Mesut Ozil at Arsenal

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The England winger is ready to return from injury

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Italy v Nigeria game at Craven Cottage to aid victims of Philippines typhoon

Proceeds from tonight’s game between Italy and Nigeria at Craven Cottage in London will be donated to a Unicef fund to aid victims of the typhoon in the Philippines.

Gethin Jenkins has been the centre of attention in the Wales camp this week

Wales star Gethin Jenkins relieved to join the exclusive 100 club at last

It was an inauspicious start to an international career. On a cold Friday November night in Wrexham, Gethin Jenkins pulled on a Wales jersey for the first time in a sloppy but comfortable 40-3 win over Romania.

Anything to declare? Hippo teeth, walrus horns, taxidermy alligators and potions made from rare orchids - UK border officials seize record number of endangered animal items

Officials from the Home Office have said more items were confiscated in the year up to April 2013 than in any other year

Former Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio has hit back at his predecessor Martin O'Neill for his 'charlatan' jibe

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Di Canio was sacked by the Black Cats after five games this season and has responded to O'Neill's jibes by admitting he can teach the Northern Irishman a thing or two

Film review: Don Jon - a romantic comedy in which the male lead is obsessed with porn

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The sports drink will take over the naming rights at the Rams' home ground

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