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Wilfried Zaha of England during the Under 21 European Championship

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Gary Neville: Wayne Rooney must adapt and improve to stay at top

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Toche caught Spurs napping with his equaliser last night

Andre Villas-Boas left to rue Tottenham's wasted chances against Panathinaikos

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