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20-year-old Flanagan has started the last four matches on the opposite flank to his natural position but he hopes he can impress enough to stay there with Jose Enrique out injured until February

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It's flat and watery, ... unlike the books that it inspires
Rio Ferdinand, who was hit by a coin, celebrates victory over Manchester City

Ian Herbert: After years of indignities, Rio Ferdinand deserves England call-up

The absence of a call from Wembley this time really would defy any rationale

Jose Reina pictured training with Spain

Liverpool continue to monitor Jose Reina ahead of Everton clash

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will continue to monitor the condition of goalkeeper Jose Reina ahead of Sunday's Barclays Premier League derby clash with Everton at Goodison Park.

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey

Jonjo Shelvey available for Liverpool's Europa League tie against Udinese

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will be able to call on midfielder Jonjo Shelvey for tomorrow night's Europa League clash with Udinese at Anfield.

Hodgson admits team miss Rooney's spark as they prepare to face Sweden

Roy Hodgson admitted last night that the searing heat of Ukraine will have taken its toll on England's players by the time they play the co-hosts on home turf there next Tuesday.

Hodgson knows that his key men need plenty of rest between games

Entire England first team fail to train as Roy Hodgson gets heated

Manager concerned about searing temperatures in Ukraine while weary senior players sit out session

Karim Benzema scored two of France's four goals

England's lack of French spirit tells a tale of two countries

(But we do have issues in defence, admits coach Blanc)

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England manager Roy Hodgson announces his squad for Euro 2012. The newly-appointed manager made some hotly debated decisions, such as the exclusion of former captain Rio Ferdinand and the inclusion of Liverpool’s Stewart Downing.

Rio Ferdinand debate 'a smear campaign' against Roy Hodgson says Sven-Goran Eriksson

Sven-Goran Eriksson has described the row over Rio Ferdinand's omission from England's Euro 2012 squad as "a smear campaign" against manager Roy Hodgson

Lansbury helped England to a comfortable win over Belgium

Lansbury at the double as young England close in on qualification

England Under-21 4 Belgium Under-21 0

Atlantic rowers adrift after they run out of oars

Two men trying to row across the Atlantic for charity are adrift in the middle of the ocean after all their oars broke in rough seas.

Jamie Carragher hopes to feature against Chelsea

Jamie Carragher targeting Wembley debut for Liverpool

Jamie Carragher is determined to make his Wembley debut for Liverpool in the Carling Cup final.

My Fantasy Band: Sea of Bees

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson signs new deal

Liverpool defender Glen Johnson has signed a contract extension, the club have confirmed.

England Under-21s lack character and creativity

For 14 short minutes on Sunday night, England were heading for a third successive semi-final in the European Under-21 Championship; but in far less convincing fashion than on the two previous occasions. Danny Welbeck's goal in the 75th minute was only their second in three matches and when the previously impressive defence made one slip it brought a crucial equalising goal for the Czech Republic, who needed only a draw to qualify and ended up scoring again with the last kick of the match. The Czechs now meet Switzerland in one semi-final tomorrow, while the favourites Spain play Belarus.

Liverpool director Damien Comolli compares Kenny Dalglish to Arsene Wenger

Liverpool's director of football Damien Comolli has likened Kenny Dalglish to Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in terms of their philosophies on football.

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Former Dr Feelgood splits with manager after police investigate assault claims
Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands ahead of the US midterm elections

Mark Udall: The Democrat Senator with a fight on his hands

The Senator for Colorado is for gay rights, for abortion rights – and in the Republicans’ sights as they threaten to take control of the Senate next month
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New discoveries show more contact between far-flung prehistoric humans than had been thought

Evidence found of contact between Easter Islanders and South America
Cerys Matthews reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of Dylan Thomas

Cerys Matthews on Dylan Thomas

The singer reveals how her uncle taped 150 interviews for a biography of the famous Welsh poet
DIY is not fun and we've finally realised this as a nation

Homebase closures: 'DIY is not fun'

Homebase has announced the closure of one in four of its stores. Nick Harding, who never did know his awl from his elbow, is glad to see the back of DIY
The Battle of the Five Armies: Air New Zealand releases new Hobbit-inspired in-flight video

Air New Zealand's wizard in-flight video

The airline has released a new Hobbit-inspired clip dubbed "The most epic safety video ever made"
Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month - but can you stomach the sweetness?

Pumpkin spice is the flavour of the month

The combination of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg (and no actual pumpkin), now flavours everything from lattes to cream cheese in the US
11 best sonic skincare brushes

11 best sonic skincare brushes

Forget the flannel - take skincare to the next level by using your favourite cleanser with a sonic facial brush
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo

Paul Scholes column

I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Jones and Rojo
Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

Frank Warren: Boxing has its problems but in all my time I've never seen a crooked fight

While other sports are stalked by corruption, we are an easy target for the critics
Jamie Roberts exclusive interview: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Jamie Roberts: 'I'm a man of my word – I'll stay in Paris'

Wales centre says he’s not coming home but is looking to establish himself at Racing Métro
How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?

A crime that reveals London's dark heart

How could three tourists have been battered within an inch of their lives by a burglar in a plush London hotel?
Meet 'Porridge' and 'Vampire': Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker

Lost in translation: Western monikers

Chinese state TV is offering advice for citizens picking a Western moniker. Simon Usborne, who met a 'Porridge' and a 'Vampire' while in China, can see the problem
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Handy hacks that make life easier

New book reveals how to rid your email inbox of spam, protect your passwords and amplify your iPhone with a loo-roll
KidZania lets children try their hands at being a firefighter, doctor or factory worker for the day

KidZania: It's a small world

The new 'educational entertainment experience' in London's Shepherd's Bush will allow children to try out the jobs that are usually undertaken by adults, including firefighter, doctor or factory worker