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Aston Villa forward Ashley Young has vowed to focus fully on England's Euro 2012 qualifier against Switzerland on Saturday despite uncertainty over his future and that of his club.

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Manager claims there is no need for crackdown on indiscipline and says break has done club good

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Jack Wilshere has played down fears of him suffering footballing burn-out if plays for England's Under-21s in this summer's European Championships.

Fabio Capello team selection proves overhaul promise says James Milner

James Milner has claimed Fabio Capello's team selection for England's 1-1 draw with Ghana proves he is keeping his promise to overhaul his squad in the wake of their World Cup debacle.

Carroll's emphatic finish masks a hesitant display

Andy Carroll is learning to live with the pressure of expectation, following his £35m transfer from Newcastle United to Liverpool in January. His well-taken goal in the 43rd minute was his first since December, and completed what will be seen as a promising second cap for the young Geordie.

Bent and Lampard snuff out Wales fire

Wales 0 England 2: Raucous home support quickly silenced as early goals make it easy for England
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