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Video: The Independent looks ahead to this weekend's Premier League games

Hodgson will be happy with captain Wayne Rooney who scored two goals

Tom Cleverley backs Manchester United team-mate Wayne Rooney for England captaincy

Tom Cleverley has backed Wayne Rooney's England captaincy claims.

Jonjo Shelvey came off the bench to win the game for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey called up to England squad after Kieran Gibbs pulls out

Roy Hodgson has handed Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey his first England call-up.

Demba Ba scores a fantastic goal against Manchester United

Manchester United defender Patrice Evra hopeful another 'wake-up call' will not be needed after Newcastle match

Patrice Evra is determined to avoid another Manchester United inquest after Sunday's trip to Newcastle.

Darren Fletcher brought physicality into the midfield

Manchester United in the Champions League: Five things we learned last night...

1. United's defence is not what it used to be...

Michael Carrick scored the only goal of the game against Galatasaray

Champions League: CFR Cluj v Manchester United match preview

A look ahead to this tonight’s Champions League fixture at the Dr Constantin Radulescu Stadium

Sir Alex Ferguson is expecting an emotional day at Anfield

Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson wary of Cluj counter-attacks

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has instructed his defenders to be on their guard after highlighting the growing counter-attacking influence in the Champions League.

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Evans had a calf injury in December 2011 which put him in the treatment room for two weeks. He was forced off at half-time in the 5-0 win over Wigan upon his return, leaving United without a fit centre-back.

Jonny Evans provides Manchester United with injury boost

Manchester United received some welcome good news this morning when Jonny Evans was able to train ahead of his side's Champions League encounter with CFR Cluj.

Everton v Manchester United player ratings

Man-for-man marking from Goodison Park

Robin van Persie with United’s manager, Sir Alex Ferguson

Ferguson expects more up front but lacks in defence

Van Persie set to start on bench for debut as Ferdinand injury leaves United thin at the back

England manager Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson guarded over England starting line-up for Italy friendly

England boss Roy Hodgson is keeping his cards close to his chest over his starting XI for the friendly clash against Italy tomorrow.

Tom Cleverley: Midfielder has played only 15 times for United after a cruel run of injuries

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley determined to make up for lost time

If Tom Cleverley needed a reminder of how an international career can slip away from even a technically gifted midfielder at the country's most successful football club, he need look no further than the Manchester United team-mate who walked out on to the England training pitch alongside him yesterday.

Manchester United will bounce back, says Gary Neville

Gary Neville sees no reason for Manchester United to approach the new campaign with pessimism.

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley 'buzzing' ahead of Olympics

Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley hopes this summer's Olympics can give an early kick-start to his season.

Jordan Henderson replaced Scott Parker against France

Jordan Henderson ready to start for England against Sweden

Jordan Henderson today declared himself ready to be thrust into the thick of England's European Championship campaign if Roy Hodgson's worst fears about his central midfield are realised.

Midfield state of play: Who’s out?
Injured: Barry, Wilshere, Rodwell,
Huddlestone, Lampard (right)
Retired: Carrick, Scholes
And that leaves...
Henderson, Jones, Gerrard, Milner,
Oxlade-Chamberlain and Parker,
who is carrying an injury

Lampard ruled out ... and doubts grow over Parker

England are still harbouring doubts about Scott Parker's fitness for the European Championship and face entering the tournament with only one fully fit first-choice central midfielder, after Frank Lampard's withdrawal from the squad last night.

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