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Brendan Rodgers given boost in pursuit of Ukraine international winger

Harry Redknapp gestures on the sidelines during a Queens Park Rangers match

David Bernstein defends selection policy after Harry Redknapp criticises FA over choosing the England manager

Redknapp has been the favourite for the role before Roy Hodgson was handed the reins

Stevan Jovetic (left) holds off Steven Gerrard during March’s 1-1 draw in Podgorica

Stevan Jovetic interview: Manchester City striker ready and willing to carry Montenegro hopes against England if Mirko Vucinic is out

The £22m Manchester City striker tells Ian Herbert how important Friday's game is to his small country

The England manager made an appearance on Saturday night's Match of the Day

Fifa announce decision to seed European play-off matches for the World Cup

England could find themselves forced into a two-legged tie if results over the next seven days do not go as planned

The Sport Matrix: Tuesday 8 October 2013

Blow for Hodgson as Cole ruled out of crucial qualifiers

Harry Redknapp gestures on the sidelines during a Queens Park Rangers match

England would have already qualified for the 2014 World Cup if Harry Redknapp was in charge claims Neil Warnock

Warnock believes that Roy Hodgson was the safe option for the Three Lions and that the QPR boss would have brought an appetite for victory to the national side

Harry Redknapp faces a challenge in getting QPR back to the Premier League

Harry Redknapp blasts FA, saying that they have not got a clue after he was overlooked for England job

So sure he would get the position he asked Brendan Rodgers to be his  No 2

Wayne Rooney should return for England in next week's qualifier against Montenegro after missing the last two games against Moldova and Ukraine

Wayne Rooney insists 'we're going to get to the World Cup' but warns England against complacency

Striker is set to return to Roy Hodgson's squad after missing the last two international matches

Wilfried Zaha

Transfer news: Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha to be sent out on loan in January - reports

The £15m signing is yet to make his debut in the Premier League

Joe Hart doesn't face stiff enough competition for his place in the team

Joe Hart warned he could be axed by Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini

The goalkeeper is told his place in the side is not assured

Joe Hart holds his head in his hands after the 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich

Exclusive: Peter Shilton says Joe Hart is 'not the invincible keeper we thought he was'

In conjunction with BT Sport's Life's A Pitch, we puts questions from reader of The Independent to former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton

Andros Townsend has apologised for a deliberate dive in the London derby against Chelsea

Tottenham winger Andros Townsend apologises for deliberate dive in London derby against Chelsea and vows to 'kick it out of his game'

The Spurs youngster admits he was rightly booked by referee Mike Dean in 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane

Personal touch: Robin van Persie says he and Wayne Rooney 'are similar players in the way we are both all-round'

Manchester United v West Brom: Robin van Persie available after recovering from groin injury

The striker was badly missed in last weekend's humbling by Manchester City

19-year-old Ross Barkley was the latest youngster to make his England debut on Friday against Moldova

Ross Barkley admits Steven Gerrard has advised him to stay with Everton despite Merseyside rivalry

19-year-old made his debut for England earlier this month and hopes to push on with his club to earn a place in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad

Neither Emmanuel Adebayor or Jermaine Defoe have started a Premier League game this season for Tottenham

Jermain Defoe criticises decision by Andre Villas-Boas to banish striker Emmanuel Adebayor from the first-team squad

The Togo international has been instructed to train with the development team since his return from compassionate leave after the death of his brother Peter

Roy Hodgson, right, and Gary Neville before the 0-0 draw in Kiev

Comment: Why does it take several foreigners like Rafa Benitez and Mauricio Pochettino to speak up for England's ability?

The Way I See It: It fell to the foreign legion to remind us that the source material is there

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