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Mancini can bring stability to Middle Eastlands

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Ashton urged not to sue as career ends

PFA ask retiring striker not to sue Wright-Phillips over tackle that broke ankle

PFA fear Ashton could take legal action against Wright-Phillips

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City widen net to catch talent of tomorrow

Club follow Wenger's model to sign best youngsters from outside academy system

Hughes expecting tight Premier League battle

Mark Hughes expects the battle for Premier League honours to be more keenly contested than ever this season.

Prolific Crouch stakes his claim

England 3 Belarus 0

Barry backs Agbonlahor to shine

England midfielder Gareth Barry is confident Gabriel Agbonlahor has the ability to seize his chance if selected against Belarus in tomorrow's final World Cup qualifier.

Walcott ready to soar after flying the nest

Winger targets World Cup trip after leaving home and growing up fast at Arsenal

I am dreaming of playing Italy in the final, says Capello

Coach's toughest job will be keeping players' feet on ground

James Lawton: Beckham is still a puzzling piece in England's jigsaw

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Lennon back in the running to claim No 7 shirt

Sparkling display against Croatia was based on the Spurs man's new-found guile

Capello insists English spirit will silence Bilic

Coach will use Croatian counterpart's barbs in bid to seal World Cup place tonight

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