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Joe Hart fails to stop James Morrison’s shot at Wembley on Wednesday

England 3 Scotland 2: Roy Hodgson resists changing for change's sake after Joe Hart's howler at Wembley

England manager will put his goalkeeper under scrutiny as competition increases for No 1 jersey

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Danny Welbeck takes the applause after heading in England’s second goal

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Rangers' boss wants to bring his former players to Loftus Road and has said they will be crucial if the club are to return to the Premier League

Nathan Redmond beats Jordan Archer to score the first of England Under-21s’ six goals against Scotland at Bramall Lane

England Under-21s 6 Scotland Under-21s 0 match report: Record-breaking kids cut loose under Roy Hodgson

Italy, Norway, Israel, Iraq, Chile and Egypt. The combined might of England's Under-21 and Under-20 teams failed to muster a single victory against that cluster of teams on the European and world stage this summer, but it seems they can always rely on Scotland.

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England v Scotland: Pressure is on visitors to perform at Wembley says Gordon Strachan

The sides meet for the first time in 14 years

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Carragher: block foreign imports to our academy sides

Andre Wisdom: Defender said U21s still have not got over their poor showing at the Euro finals

England Under-21s eager to shake off flops tag against Scotland

After a summer that raised some awkward questions about the health of the young English footballer, the Under-21s are back in action tonight against Scotland in a friendly at Bramall Lane.

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Transfer news: Nemanja Vidic questions why Wayne Rooney would want to leave Manchester United

United captain has backed up his manager David Moyes after he reiterated the England striker would not be sold

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney wants to stay at Manchester United, claims Robin van Persie

Manchester United striker Robin van Persie thinks that “deep down” Wayne Rooney wants to remain with the Barclays Premier League champions.

Greg Dyke has given the thumbs down to a summer World Cup in Qatar

Greg Dyke shifts FA’s stance to urge winter World Cup in Qatar

New chairman claims summer event in 2022 is impossible – and opposes Premier League position

Roy Hodgson talks to Wayne Rooney

Roy Hodgson still has faith in me, says Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney was conspicuous by his absence from Rio Ferdinand’s testimonial at Old Trafford last night after issuing a statement which transparently looked like a dig at the Manchester United manager, David Moyes.

Raheem Sterling has not completed 90 minutes since December

Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling arrested on charge of assault

18-year-old has denied the charge after appearing in court earlier today having spent the night in a police cell

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