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Roy Hodgson mentions Wigan winger as proof World Cup squad is far from settled

Derby County have renamed their stadium as the iPro Stadium following a £7m agreement with the sports drink company

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The sports drink will take over the naming rights at the Rams' home ground

Josh McEachran, 20, has made just five appearances for Chelsea

Players' union ready to fight for at least three 'home-grown' players in European teams' starting XIs

English youngsters are struggling to come through

France's rugby league team warm-up before their World Cup match against Samoa

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Thge French had hoped to face Fiji in the last eight but a 22-6 defeat to Samoa means they will meet the hosts for a place in the semi-finals

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Wigan winger James McClean not dropped for poppy snub, insists 'embarrassed' Owen Coyle

Wigan manager Owen Coyle was “embarrassed” at claims that Republic of Ireland winger James McClean was dropped from the squad for the 1-0 win over Yeovil on Sunday because he refused to wear a shirt embroidered with a poppy.

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Wigan midfielder James McArthur is hoping to produce something special against Rubin Kazan in the Europa League

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