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Fabio Capello has begun his last season as England's manager by announcing that the nation's most promising young players will only displace their elders by proving they are their betters.

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Nigel De Jong, Manchester City's Dutch midfielder, has let it be known that he is "frustrated," in his negotiations with his club over the terms of his future employment.

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Midfielder Nigel de Jong has revealed that contract talks with Manchester City have broken down.

Micah Richards dismisses wages speculation

Manchester City defender Micah Richards has dismissed speculation he is holding out for £100,000 a week before signing a new contract.

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.

Pearce's boys sent home early after late goals shatter England

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Five problems for Pearce to solve if England are to make progress

After two limp draws, the underperforming Under-21s must beat the Czech Republic on Sunday to avoid an embarrassing early exit. Steve Tongue in Herning asks where they can improve

Gibbs withdraws from England Under-21 squad

Stuart Pearce's dream of fielding the strongest possible England side at the European Under-21 Championships suffered yet another blow today when Kieran Gibbs pulled out of the squad.

Pearce returns fire to Arsenal over Wilshere burnout worries

England under-21 manager Stuart Pearce has questioned why Arsène Wenger did not rest Jack Wilshere if the Arsenal manager was so concerned about supposed burnout.

Micah Richards withdraws from Under-21s

England Under-21 manager Stuart Pearce today confirmed that Manchester City defender Micah Richards has withdrawn from the England squad ahead of the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Denmark.

Balotelli's absence casts shadow over City celebrations

Manchester City's FA Cup parade was soured last night by the absence of Wembley man of the match Mario Balotelli, who ignored the club's instructions to join the open-top bus tour before fans who had waited 35 years for silverware. City manager Roberto Mancini stood accused of affording special treatment to Balotelli by granting him dispensation to miss the parade and also the club's player of the year awards on Sunday night, where he was named young player of the year. Micah Richards collected the prize for the 20-year-old striker.

Balotelli comes of age as Mancini's gamble pays off

There was a kind of mocking to the very end. It was one thing to know that Sir Alex Ferguson was jigging around the Blackburn pitch celebrating a title while Roberto Mancini led his team out, but quite another to have the Wembley Stadium announcer select "We Are The Champions" to play just before kick-off.

Mancini seeks to turn the clock back and launch new era for City

Club desperate to end wait for a major honour but Stoke have own trophy quest

Pearce defends decision to call up Wilshere for Under-21 finals

Stuart Pearce has included Jack Wilshere in his squad for next month's European Under-21 Championship, saying that excluding the Arsenal player would be "silly".

Carlos Tevez certain to miss FA Cup semi-final

Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez will miss Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Manchester United at Wembley, manager Roberto Mancini has confirmed.

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