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

Gareth Southgate deserves credit for pushing the vote through

FA votes for changes to youth game that could end era of kick and rush

Green light for scheme that aims to prioritise skill and fun and bans league tables for under-11s

The FA expects Hodgson to split his time between St George's and Wembley once he takes up the post

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Roy Hodgson yesterday made his first visit to St George's Park, the future home of England, as he continues to juggle the last few days of his tenure at West Bromwich with his looming duties as the national manager.

The FA expects Hodgson to split his time between St George's and Wembley once he takes up the post

Roy Hodgson takes tour of new England home at St George's

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Southgate hopes new coaching plan will raise English game

Watching England's Under-17s, in whom such hope had suddenly been vested, lose to their German counterparts in the Under-17 World Cup in Mexico late Monday night, Gareth Southgate's mind went back 11 years to another Anglo-German encounter.

Wigan chairman calls for grass-roots changes

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan believes the strength of the Barclays Premier League is having a detrimental effect on the national side and has joined the calls supporting a shake-up of football at grass-roots level.

Aston Villa can cope without Ashley Young, says Bent

Striker Darren Bent insists Aston Villa will be able to compensate for the loss of Ashley Young.

Will Hawkes: Pointy shoes and song of Solomon restore final glamour

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Gerard Houllier team selection questioned by Gareth Southgate

Former Aston Villa skipper Gareth Southgate believes manager Gerard Houllier "runs the risk of a lot of criticism" after fielding a much-changed side for the FA Cup clash at Manchester City.

Crawley, the town that's so easy to leave

Ahead of his home town's historic clash with Man Utd, Simon Calder offers a guided tour

FA confident Capello will reject any Inter approach

Sir Trevor Brooking last night said the Football Association is confident that Fabio Capello will remain England manager even if he receives overtures from Internazionale. The Italian club appears to be on the brink of sacking Rafael Benitez after the Spaniard issued what seemed an old-fashioned "back-me-or-sack-me" ultimatum to club president Massimo Moratti at the weekend. Capello, despite a long association with city rivals Milan, would be high on the list of possible replacements and may be becoming disaffected enough with life as England manager to accept.

Robin Scott-Elliot: Does Crooks know the final score – or is this the end?

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Strachan parts company with Middlesbrough

Gordon Strachan's reign as Middlesbrough manager is over.

Strachan faces a 'no' vote as the ex-factor comes to haunt Boro

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Richard Madeley returns to This Morning

Richard Madeley has turned back the clock to host ITV1's This Morning, nine years after quitting - after presenter Eamonn Holmes was late for work.

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