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England U21s -- Strength in depth

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Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers defends Raheem Sterling over night out

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has branded criticism of Raheem Sterling for allegedly pulling out of England's game with Estonia due to tiredness as unfair.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has defended midfielder Raheem Sterling, saying he was entitled to have a night out after coming back from international duty with England.

Sterling was roundly criticised in the media for going to a nightclub the day after being left out of England's game against Estonia in Tallinn for being too tired.

However, Rodgers insisted after Liverpool's 3-0 defeat to Real Madrid that Sterling had every right to go out, and that the incident is "not a story."

"I think for...

2 days ago

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne to leave post in 2015

Alex Horne took up his current post in 2010.

Football Association general secretary Alex Horne has announced he is to leave the organisation at the end of January.

Horne joined the FA in 2004 as finance director and, in 2006, was appointed Wembley Stadium's managing director.

He became the FA's chief operating officer in July 2008 and was a leading figure in the St George's Park National Football Centre development. Horne took up his current post in 2010.

"After 11 fantastic years I have decided to look for a change of direction and I will...

3 days ago

Romelu Lukaku: Ross Barkley will take Wayne Rooney's place for England

Ross Barkley has been tipped to become the future for his country.

Romelu Lukaku says Ross Barkley is the perfect player to eventually replace Wayne Rooney as England's No.10, because the Everton midfielder has an ability unknown to other players.

Barkley made his first start of the season in Everton's 3-0 Premier League win against Aston Villa last Saturday, having returned from a knee injury he suffered days before the new campaign kicked off.

His shining return, which included an assist for Lukaku's third goal of the season, inspired his teammates to an impressive...

5 days ago

Roy Hodgson says Wayne Rooney would make a good manager

Check out the brilliant free kick Wayne Rooney scored in training for England ahead of his game-winning free kick he scored against Estonia.

Roy Hodgson would love to see Wayne Rooney go into management after he hangs up his boots.

Providing he avoids injury, Rooney will become the ninth player in history to win 100 England caps next month when he leads the Three Lions out against Slovenia at Wembley. Given that he is just 28 years old, Rooney looks almost certain to then go on and surpass Peter Shilton's all-time 125-cap record by the time he retires.

After Rooney hangs up his boots, Hodgson is convinced the striker would be a successful...

5 days ago

Louis van Gaal happy Luke Shaw has returned to England under-21s

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal says his side are not "in balance" ahead of their Premier League trip to West Bromwich Albion.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is pleased defender Luke Shaw is back playing with England's under-21 squad.

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Van Gaal believes that level of international football is the right one for the youngster's development, even though he tasted senior action at last summer's World Cup.

Such an attitude is at odds with that of some other managers in the Premier League, notably Arsenal's Arsene Wenger and Roberto Martinez of Everton.

Both Wenger and Martinez expressed reluctance recently when asked...