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England’s unconvincing display against France in the World Cup quarter-finals on Saturday did nothing to enhance their hopes of winning the tournament on home soil.

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Salford toast survival but face long road

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Hock ready to say adieu with victory over France before joining exodus Down Under

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Boyfriend guilty of beating two-year-old to death

A man was found guilty today of beating a two-year-old child to death in a “wicked attack”.

James Graham: His ban will rule him out of England's autumn internationals

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James Graham will miss England's autumn internationals after being banned for 12 matches for ear-biting.

Jimmy Bullard was called up to the England squad during his time at Fulham

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