Ferdinand backs Gerrard and Lampard in central role

Rio Ferdinand would be happy to place his trust in Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to get their central midfield axis right for England at the World Cup.

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Fabio Capello is not a man who likes to leave things to chance, but England go into their final significant pre-World Cup warm-up against Japan in Graz tomorrow with too many questions unanswered for comfort. The England manager will be hoping to resolve several pressing issues, and to avoid further injuries.

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Carrick and King let chances slip as hopeful Wembley bids farewell

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Zola furious over West Ham transfer dealings

West Ham manager Gianfranco Zola has hit out at joint-owners David Sullivan and David Gold for undermining his position after he discovered about the club's transfer dealings in the newspapers.

West Ham admit Zola may leave

West Ham co-owner David Gold admits there is a very real possibility that his efforts to persuade Gianfranco Zola to stay on as manager may ultimately prove to be in vain.

West Ham ready for clear-out, except Parker

West Ham co-owner David Sullivan has warned that Scott Parker is the only player the club would not consider selling if the price is right during a summer shake-up at Upton Park.

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