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Brendan Rodgers given boost in pursuit of Ukraine international winger

Greg Dyke has set out to temper optimism

Comment: England expects? No it doesn't. The FA chairman, Greg Dyke, delivers a refreshing dose of realism

Thank God for Greg Dyke advising us to put away all thoughts of lifting the World Cup before 2022

Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Chelsea

Michael Carrick defends Wayne Rooney's absence from England squad due to head wound

The Manchester United striker has a deep gash on his forehead

Theo Walcott is not too concerned ahead of England's games against Moldova and Ukraine despite both Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge missing training today

Jack Wilshere sees bright future for England despite concerns over lack of talent

Roy Hodgson has complained about the small pool of players he has to call on

Wayne Rooney's head injury described as 'something out of a horror film' by England winger Theo Walcott

Walcott has seen the three-inch cut in Rooney's forehead and admits it's not a nice sight.

Theo Walcott said he now feels like one of England's oldest players

World Cup qualifiers: Arsenal forward Theo Walcott says he now feels he belongs in England set-up

Forward admits need for more England goals as Hodgson's striking options are reduced

Theo Walcott in training for England

Theo Walcott calms fears over missing England stars after Jack Wilshere and Daniel Sturridge absent from training

Arsenal forward is hopeful his national team-mates will recover in time to face Moldova on Friday but admits any youngster could provide more than adequate cover for regulars

Jack Wilshere leaves the field during the derby against Tottenham

Daniel Sturridge and Jack Wilshere miss England training ahead of crucial World Cup qualifiers

Roy Hodgson is preparing his squad for games against Moldova and Ukraine

Liverpool 1 Manchester United 0 match report: Daniel Sturridge scores again as Liverpool go top of the league

The problem with remembering Bill Shankly – as Liverpool did yesterday ahead of today's centenary of his birth – is the sense it creates of how far they have fallen from the years when he ruled with enough impunity to laughingly dish out toilet rolls to the opposition and telephone Don Revie with a warning on nights before Leeds United were in town.

The Sport Matrix: Monday 2 September 2013

Injury headache adds to frustrating day for Hodgson

Roy Hodgson: The England manager has re-jigged his squad after several injuries

Roy Hodgson snubbed on Anfield return as Wayne Rooney heads growing injury problems for World Cup qualifiers

England manager was infuriated to find that he had only been allocated a pass for a guest lounge at Anfield

Marouane Fellaini could have played his last game for Everton
Andros Townsend and Ross Barkley

Andre Villas-Boas admits surprise at Andros Townsend call-up to England squad

Roy Hodgson selected the Tottenham midfielder for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 28 August 2013

Rooney accepts stay at United as tension remains

Daniel Pablo Osvaldo narrowly avoided a red card

Four things we learned from the weekend: Olivier Giroud’s capital gains; Ben Foster’s injury; Pablo Osvaldo’s no saint; St James’ Park misery for Newcastle

Giroud’s capital gains made easy by Fulham free spirits

One of the weekend’s most striking statistics was that all of Olivier Giroud’s 13 Premier League goals for Arsenal have come in London.

Danny Welbeck celebrates a goal against Swansea

Danny Welbeck desperate for goals says Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand

The England striker netted twice on the opening day of the season

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