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German youngster seemingly very unlikely to join the north London club this January

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England boss Roy Hodgson is keeping his cards close to his chest over his starting XI for the friendly clash against Italy tomorrow.

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Having come highly recommended by goalkeeper Jose Reina, Liverpool will step up their efforts to sign winger Cazorla according to some reports. The Spanish international has been on Liverpool's radar for a while now, but the £28m release clause in his Villareal contract has proven a stumbling block. Yet it's thought that £18m could be enough to secure the services of the 26-year-old, who has 33 international caps.

Arsenal on verge of £16m swoop for Spain winger Santi Cazorla

Arsenal have moved to tie-up the future of Laurent Koscielny, and look set to further bolster the squad with a £16million coup for Spain winger Santi Cazorla.

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England manager Roy Hodgson 'doesn't begrudge Italians' victory

Roy Hodgson conceded last night that in comparison to Italy’s cool midfield general Andrea Pirlo his England players simply lacked the nerve in the high-pressure tournament penalty shoot-outs, as they were eliminated from Euro 2012 in the quarter-finals last night

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When it comes to the never-ending debate about goalline technology and the painfully slow pace of its implementation at least England can now consider the debt to them paid in full.

Wayne Rooney is a rare example of a player with many qualities

James Lawton: England to win it, Wayne? Ukraine will be hard enough

Before he announced that England have the players and the spirit and the method to overturn 46 years of more or less unbroken futility and become European champions, it was fair to ask Wayne Rooney if he really was going to deliver something special. It is, after all, eight years ago in Portugal in this tournament that he last did anything on an international field in that category. Now another question clamours for answer. Would he recognise football reality if it landed on his head and was written on a large stone?

<b>Ashley Cole: </b>Great ball to Young to provide him with shooting chance in first half. Did come inside often and left space for Ibrahimovic to exploit behind him. 6

Roy Hodgson pays tribute to Ashley Cole ahead of landmark match

England boss Roy Hodgson will never take Ashley Cole for granted.

Karim Benzema scored two of France's four goals

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Roy Hodgson's great strength as a manager is his ability to organise a team. The question which will be answered tonight is whether a handful of training sessions are enough for him to organise a unit that can frustrate one of international football's most talented and fluid frontlines?

Roy Hodgson at training yesterday

Glenn Moore: Roy Hodgson's England wing men must track the fluid French forward line

Talking Tactics: The keys for England will be concentration, communication and decision-making

Uefa president Michel Platini warns 'Mr Balotelli' about leaving pitch over racism during Euro 2012

Players were warned today they would be yellow carded if they walked off the pitch after being racially abused at the European Championships.

The European Championship trophy

Media coverage of Euro 2012 racism 'unhelpful' says official England supporters club

The official England football supporters club today criticised media coverage of racism in Ukraine ahead of Euro 2012.

Robin van Persie will resume contract negotiations after Euro 2012

Ivan Gazidis promises Arsenal can still compete for the title

Ivan Gazidis, the Arsenal chief executive, pre-empted the grilling he is sure to receive from the Arsenal Supporters' Trust today by defending the club's transfer policy.

Less expectation at Euro 2012 could help England, says Steven Gerrard

Captain Steven Gerrard believes the lower expectations levels on England at Euro 2012 could work in their favour.

Ashley Young vies for the ball with Norway's Alexander Banor Tettey (left) and Norway's Markus Henriksen

Young gets Hodgson era off to a winning start in Oslo

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