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Saido Berahino strikes a penalty

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The Premier League side beat Newport County to progress

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 28 August 2013

Rooney accepts stay at United as tension remains

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The goalkeeper has made some uncharacteristic errors already this term

The Sport Matrix: Friday 23 August 2013

Lehmann fined for radio rant as Smith celebrates century

Nathan Redmond beats Jordan Archer to score the first of England Under-21s’ six goals against Scotland at Bramall Lane

England Under-21s 6 Scotland Under-21s 0 match report: Record-breaking kids cut loose under Roy Hodgson

Italy, Norway, Israel, Iraq, Chile and Egypt. The combined might of England's Under-21 and Under-20 teams failed to muster a single victory against that cluster of teams on the European and world stage this summer, but it seems they can always rely on Scotland.

Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate emerges as early favourite to replace Stuart Pearce as England Under-21 manager

The former Middlesbrough manager has a long-standing interest in youth football

Stuart Pearce says it's time for the players to accept their share of responsibility

Stuart Pearce's reign as England Under-21 manager brought to an end

Gareth Southgate and Peter Taylor favourites to take over

Stuart Pearce in contemplative mood

Stuart Pearce’s final act is to give next batch of England Under-21 kids tournament experience against Israel

Coach of eliminated Under-21 side to play youngsters available for next tournament

Hartlepool appoint Colin Cooper as new manager

Pools were relegated to npower League Two last season

Roy Keane stamps on Gareth Southgate

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Gareth Southgate turned down a long-term opportunity with the FA

Gareth Southgate: 'England suffer as the big clubs hold all the power'

Former FA director Gareth Southgate tells Jack Pitt-Brooke he walked away as youth development is so hard to control

<b>Mesut Özil: </b> Linked play well with the likes of Müller, Gomez and Schweinsteiger but was not as dangerous as we have come to expect from him in recent games for club and country. 7

England have improved, says Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil refused to be drawn today on whether England's European Championship defeat to Italy simply spared them another thrashing by his Germany side.

Best foot forward: Steven Gerrard's leadership has given England a credibility and a belief that they can eclipse previous achievements at the Euros

England no longer a national joke

Euro 2012 has seen a return to old values after years of chronic failure

Matt Chorley: Whatever it is, the over-enthusiast is right behind it

It is a bumper season for over-enthusiasts. Their deckchair-pocked buttocks have barely recovered from sleeping out on The Mall when along comes another jamboree of flags, snacks and trivia.

England celebrate Welbeck's goal against Belgium

England cannot outplay elite teams, warns Gareth Southgate

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