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Roy Hodgson is eager for his side to test themselves against Central and South American opposition

Colin Cooper encouraging his Hartlepool players from the sideline

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Steve Clarke

West Brom planning contract talks with head coach Steve Clarke

The former Chelsea and Liverpool assistant has enjoyed a strong spell since taking his first top job

Carl Jenkinson scored in England Under-21s record victory

'We wanted double figures!' says Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson after England Under-21s thrash San Marino 9-0

Gareth Southgate's side secure record victory in Shrewsbury

The hotel reception at St Georges Park - A suspected stomach virus at St George's Park has resulted in some last-minute changes to arrangements for the England team and their under-21 counterparts

England squad forced to move from St George's Park after stomach bug scare

The squad were due at the National Football Centre before the upcoming friendlies with Chile and Germany

Jay Rodriguez will join Southampton team-mate Rickie Lambert in the England squad

Jay Rodriguez becomes the latest Southampton Saint to state his case on the road to 2014 World Cup

Son of Spanish ex-professional given chance to audition for World Cup

Roy Hodgson was rewarded with a man of the match performance after giving Andros Townsend his England debut

England v Poland: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling called up as Roy Hodgson sticks with youngsters

Sterling will provide cover to Friday night's hero Andros Townsend and Danny Welbeck on the flanks

Raheem Sterling has been called up to the England squad for their final World Cup qualifier against Poland

England v Poland: Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling called up by Roy Hodgson after Tom Cleverley injury and Kyle Walker suspension

Either Phil Jones or Chris Smalling is likely to deputise for Walker, while Sterling has not featured for England since his debut last Novemenber

Will Hughes has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United boss David Moyes

Transfer news: Manchester United to launch January bid for Derby County midfielder Will Hughes - reports

Rams boss Steve McClaren has accepted that it will be difficult to hold onto the 18-year-old with interest coming from Premier League clubs

Carl Jenkinson made his debut for England in the international friendly against Sweden in November 2012

Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson set to become one of few players to have represented different nations at under-21 level

The Arsenal right-back had played for Finland until switching allegiance to England last year, and having already made his senior debut, he should make his first appearance for Gareth Southgate's side against San Marino

Harry Redknapp faces a challenge in getting QPR back to the Premier League

Harry Redknapp blasts FA, saying that they have not got a clue after he was overlooked for England job

So sure he would get the position he asked Brendan Rodgers to be his  No 2

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Saido Berahino strikes again to save England U21s

Gareth Southgate's side draw 1-1 with Finland

Ward-Prowse made his England Under-21s debut on Thursday night

World Cup 2022 can be ours, says England Under-21 star James Ward-Prowse

The Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse believes England can win the World Cup in 2022, with the current crop of young players able to “reach the stars”.

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