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Adam Johnson to continue playing for Sunderland, despite being charged with sexual offences involving child under 16 and 'grooming'

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Phillips the last Englishman to be Premier League top goalscorer

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Alan Pardew: Hat-trick hero Yannick Bolasie can get amongst the goals more often for Crystal Palace

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