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Wayne and Coleen at Aintree in April

Lampard injury opens up midfield for Rooney

Frank Lampard is Roy Hodgson's only injury doubt for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino tomorrow at Wembley as the England manager ponders using Wayne Rooney in the midfield role he has played for Manchester United of late.

Frank Lampard meets the Duchess of Cambridge earlier this week

Frank Lampard absence for San Marino match confirmed as Ryan Bertrand also pulls out

Chelsea duo Frank Lampard and Ryan Bertrand today withdrew from the England squad ahead of tomorrow night's World Cup qualifier against San Marino. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge greet England footballers as they soak in the hot-tub at St George's Park

My hot-tub half-second with the England team

When the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited St George's Park this week, I had a flashback. It wasn't that the FA's new cutting-edge training facility in Staffordshire reminded me of my school sports hall – there were far too many bits of hi-tech kit for that, plus everyone who appeared in the photos looked thrilled to be there, unlike the glum faces of the grammar-school girls forced to play badminton at my alma mater.

Dire opponents cannot stop Wembley sell-out for England v San Marino

It was marketed as "the one you can't afford to miss" and 90,000 have taken the Football Association at its word; tomorrow night's World Cup qualifier against the worst team in the world is a sell-out.

Roy Hodgson keeps a close eye on Wayne Rooney during training yesterday

Frank Lampard's injury opens up midfield chance for Wayne Rooney

Frank Lampard is Roy Hodgson's only injury doubt for the World Cup qualifier against San Marino tomorrow at Wembley as the England manager ponders using Wayne Rooney in the midfield role he has played for Manchester United of late.

A view of the facilities at St George's Park

An Oxbridge of football, for coaches rather than players

Over £100m has been spent on St George's Park but, Sam Wallace finds, the academy is about developing coaches, not players

Ashley Cole takes instructions from Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson has no doubt over Ashley Cole's commitment to England

Roy Hodgson does not believe anyone can question Ashley Cole's commitment to England.

Jonjo Shelvey came off the bench to win the game for Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey called up to England squad after Kieran Gibbs pulls out

Roy Hodgson has handed Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey his first England call-up.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool can be 'real force' if defensive problems are addressed says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes his team can be a “real force” if they address their defensive problems, with the Northern Irishman's sights still firmly set on a top-four Barclays Premier League finish.

Andy Carroll in action against QPR

England manager Roy Hodgson explains selections and plays down Andy Carroll injury fears

England boss Roy Hodgson has no worries about the fitness of striker Andy Carroll.

Face-off: Gerrard says the rivalry will still be intense between the two sides today

Steven Gerrard confident of producing more inspirational displays for Liverpool

Captain Steven Gerrard is confident he can go on producing inspirational displays for Liverpool for some time to come.

Liverpool midfielder Nuri Sahin

Brendan Rodgers uncertain over Nuri Sahin's Liverpool future

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admits he does not yet know whether he will be able to buy - or even afford - on-loan midfielder Nuri Sahin.

Luis Suarez takes a tumble against Manchester United

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers concerned by Luis Suarez's reputation with referees

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers fears Luis Suarez has acquired a reputation for diving that will haunt him for the rest of his career.

Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard

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Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley determined to make up for lost time

If Tom Cleverley needed a reminder of how an international career can slip away from even a technically gifted midfielder at the country's most successful football club, he need look no further than the Manchester United team-mate who walked out on to the England training pitch alongside him yesterday.

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