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Heskey admits Ferdinand was injured by his fall

The England striker Emile Heskey said yesterday that he still felt guilty for his part in the challenge that ended Rio Ferdinand's World Cup finals despite being forgiven by the England captain.

Lampard the survivor is ready to step up for fallen friend Ferdinand

Not just any old Iron as ex-Hammer looks to match heroes of '66

Carrick freezes and could be left out in the cold

For some members of the England squad, it has been a comfortable enough few days at Irdning, up in the Austrian Alps. Half a dozen – Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney – know that not only will they be among the 23 names that Fabio Capello finally reveals as his definitive World Cup squad this week, but that, fitness permitting, they are in the starting XI.

Tried and trusted or in form – the choice is yours Fabio

Huddlestone in pole position and Joe Cole likely to edge out Johnson as Capello makes cruellest cuts

England refuse to take Gerrard risk

Steven Gerrard may miss England's final significant World Cup warm-up match against Japan tomorrow, as manager Fabio Capello provides him with maximum recovery time from a calf twinge which put paid to his training on Thursday.

Carrick and King let chances slip as hopeful Wembley bids farewell

No one could say that the Football Association did not do its best to nurture the kind of national unity reserved for times of impending war. They even had some troops on the pitch to support the effort. The vast sea of white formed by the commemorative "Road to South Africa" T-shirts given to every England supporter made Wembley seem like the home to some kind of spiritual choir with Fabio Capello, whose vast image towered above those who walked up Olympic Way in the sunshine, the leader.

England fringe players aim to impress

Given the turbulence they have left behind, England's players are probably quite relieved to begin their World Cup preparations high up in the mountains, where the air is somewhat clearer.

Capello names provisional World Cup squad

Jamie Carragher and Ledley King have been handed the chance to win a ticket to the World Cup by Fabio Capello.

Hargreaves set for remarkable return as Barry fails to recover

It has been a long time out for Owen Hargreaves, the forgotten man of English football, but after 18 months of painful surgery, rehabilitation and more setbacks than he would care to remember he is on the brink of a remarkable comeback to the England World Cup finals squad.

Barry's injury fate confirmed

Fabio Capello will be left to decide Gareth Barry's World Cup fate after the Manchester City midfielder was sidelined for four weeks by an ankle injury.

Carrick ready to put Tottenham affinity to one side

Michael Carrick has been solidly behind former club Tottenham over the past week - but the old pals act comes to an abrupt end at Old Trafford on Saturday.

Dawson gets Capello's attention after England regulars struggle

Fabio Capello is at last considering the Tottenham defender Michael Dawson for selection for the England World Cup squad as his injury worries in the centre of defence have got worse.

Carrick wants Beckham on board with England

Michael Carrick believes David Beckham's presence as a non-playing member of England's World Cup party would be welcomed throughout Fabio Capello's squad.

Rooney returns to Manchester United training

Wayne Rooney has provided Manchester United with a timely Champions League boost by taking part in training ahead of tomorrow's encounter with AC Milan.

San Siro strike my 'worst ever' admits Scholes

Paul Scholes has admitted his match-changing equaliser against AC Milan three weeks ago is probably the worst goal he has ever scored.

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