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Cole goes from busted wunderkind to happy wanderer with Lille move

Unjustly maligned midfielder should be applauded for seeking a change of fortune in France

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Fabio Capello last night picked Sir Alex Ferguson’s emergent young Manchester United defender Phil Jones in his first senior England squad for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Bulgaria on Friday and Wales four days afterwards.

United slam eight past shell-shocked Gunners

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