Martin Kelly

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.

Spearing urges Liverpool to stay focused in effort to catch Spurs

Liverpool midfielder Jay Spearing insists the players will not allow their focus to be distracted by the lure of catching fifth-placed Tottenham. Last weekend's 5-0 home win over Birmingham, coupled with a draw for Spurs, cut the gap to three points and although Harry Redknapp's side have a match in hand they still have to go to Anfield on the penultimate weekend of the season.

Johnson 're-energised' on the left, says Clarke

Liverpool coach Steve Clarke believes England right-back Glen Johnson has been revitalised by a switch to the left of defence. Johnson had a disappointing start to the season and looked well short of form.

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Liverpool look to Wilson to fill Carragher void

Liverpool's 18-year-old Scotland international defender Danny Wilson will be given an immediate chance to demonstrate to Roy Hodgson that he can help fill the gap created by Jamie Carragher's three-month absence, when he starts tomorrow's Europa League match against Steaua Bucharest.