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Chelsea attacking midfielder Willian has drawn praise from his teammate Petr Cech who claims he is only going to get better

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Dave Nugent scores from the spot in the days early kick-off between Leicester and Burnley
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Isaiah Osbourne headed Blackpool ahead early on but that was as good as it got for Paul Ince's side as ill-discipline continued to set the tone in away defeat

Mike Phelan in frame to replace Owen Coyle at Wigan

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Will Hughes has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United boss David Moyes

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Rams boss Steve McClaren has accepted that it will be difficult to hold onto the 18-year-old with interest coming from Premier League clubs

Steven Gerrard wants England to beat Montenegro and Poland to secure their qualification for the 2014 World Cup

World Cup qualifiers: Steven Gerrard targets two victories to avoid repeating failure to qualify for Euro 2008

The Three Lions failed to qualify for the tournament five years ago after suffering defeat to Croatia

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Manchester City defender Micah Richards vows he will not beg to play for England

The 25-year-old refused to be a standby player during Euro 2012

Danny Ings scored to keep Burnley at the top of the Championship

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Leicester slip up at Doncaster to lose ground while Watford recover to beat Huddersfield

Gareth Southgate at Boro

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Young English coaches deserve not to be written off so early in their careers - including the former Middlesbrough manager

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.

England drop to lowest Fifa world rankings position since Steve McClaren era

The Three Lions are now 15th in the world

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Terry Venables was brilliant. Kevin Keegan believed in me... and Sven Goran Eriksson never shouted: Phil Neville lifts the lid on the managers he played for

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