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Gareth Southgate

Gareth Southgate appointed successor to Stuart Pearce as England Under-21s manager

The FA confirm the former Middlesbrough manager as their man

Roy Hodgson talks to the Under 21s

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Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling arrested on charge of assault

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The former Middlesbrough manager is the favourite to replace Stuart Pearce

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Hoddle believes the FA need to allow best players to go to major tournaments if he is to have any interest should Stuart Pearce leave

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