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Brendan Rodgers given boost in pursuit of Ukraine international winger

Hopefully Tomlinson will do better than during his last match

One Direction star Louis Tomlinson was 'out of his comfort zone' - Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert defends Gabriel Agbonlahor over tackle

Agbonlahor apologised for the barge after death threats were made towards him but Lambert has claimed Tomlinson was 'out of his comfort zone'

Phil Jones

Manchester United defender Phil Jones rejects criticism from Stuart Pearce

The former England U21 manager claimed some players weren't interested in playing for the Young Lions

Kyle Walker and Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas

Kyle Walker let himself down in laughing gas incident says Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas

Pictures emerged of the England full-back inhaling nitrous oxide

England manager Roy Hodgson (L) and former striker Gary Lineker (R)

Gary Lineker responds to the furore that has surrounded his Twitter comments during England draw with Ukraine

The former Three Lions' striker called their performance 'awful' but received a strong response from current manager Roy Hodgson

Return of Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney will fire England to World Cup predicts Steven Gerrard

Captain confident return of injured strikers will make the difference

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 12 September 2013

Croft ruled out for rest of the season

Lineker would like to see Michael Carrick in the side

Gary Lineker moves to defuse row with Roy Hodgson after labelling England performance 'awful'

The former captain was critical of the poor passing on show in the World Cup qualifier

RICKIE LAMBERT: Failed to hold the ball up with sufficient regularity and looked overawed by the big occasion. 5/10

Rickie Lambert concedes he faces battle to retain England place despite fine start to international career

Despite fine start to international career, returning strikers will make keeping place difficult

England manager Roy Hodgson feels the pressure last night

Comment: England again suffer from Sunday league ball retention in World Cup qualifier against Ukraine

Old problems continue to plague Roy Hodgson's side

Rickie Lambert has scored in each of his two England games

People misjudged England striker Rickie Lambert – including me admits Roy Hodgson

The Southampton player has scored twice in two appearances for the Three Lions

England defender Kyle Walker apologises for "hippy crack" photographs - but will not face disciplinary action for inhaling nitrous oxide on night out

Tottenham right-back was out in Sheffield and has promised not to do it again after learning of the health risks that come with taking the legal high

Hold-up man: Michael Carrick’s ball-retention skills may earn him the nod

Michael Carrick can be midfield key to England mastery

Roy Hodgson faces tricky choices for Tuesday's vital game against Ukraine

Steven Gerrard jumps for joy after opening the scoring last night

England 4 Moldova 0: Midfield axis Steven Gerrard and Jack Wilshere grow into a sorcerer and apprentice act

In rugby the saying is “forwards win matches, backs decide by how many”. Football, being less based on territory and lower scoring, cannot be reduced to such a simple tenet, but while goalscorers are the most prized players, international matches tend to be won and lost in the midfield engine room.

Gary Cahill kept the defence tight with Joe Hart and Phil Jagielka

England 4 Moldova 0: Four things Roy Hodgson got right and one Wembley got wrong

1. Lambert can deliver forward passes that Carroll cannot

England v Moldova World Cup qualifier preview: Hosts behind only Germany and Spain in pass completion

England went into their World Cup qualifier against Moldova tonight with the third best passing record in the Uefa part of qualifying, behind only Germany and Spain.

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