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Gary Neville believes not even Sir Alex Ferguson would have helped England win last year's World Cup.

Fabio Capello says England play better away from Wembley

England coach Fabio Capello believes playing away from Wembley can have its advantages.

The last-minute transfer scramble

Arsenal seal £10m Arteta, Bellamy returns to Liverpool, Meireles leaves for Chelsea as Stoke sign Crouch

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

James Lawton: It's time to shut the transfer window anarchy and restore game's lost lustre

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Bulgarian boredom means Capello's side will play in front of empty seats

Fabio Capello's England team will play in a stadium less than half full against Bulgaria in Sofia tomorrow with the Football Association's counterparts in the East European country admitting they are struggling to sell tickets for the Euro 2012 qualifier.

Pearce: I enjoy this job too much to quit

Stuart Pearce yesterday insisted the thought of quitting as England Under-21 manager never crossed his mind after this summer's European Championship failure.

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Guardiola's side on Monday had no strikers but they still put five past Villarreal. Are they better than last year?

Familiarity breeds content for Ferguson's new generation

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United slam eight past shell-shocked Gunners

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Ian Holloway: If you want to play for your country, clean the toilets first

It's time our young players learned they aren't so special – discipline would help them on the pitch

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