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Injury Zone: Who would be the biggest loss for England?

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England aren't the favourites to win the World Cup not by a long shot. Anyone taking advantage of completebetting.com's 2014 World Cup bets is far more likely to back the likes of Brazil, Germany, Spain, Argentina or even Italy and Uruguay England's rival teams at the group stages ahead of betting on [.

Is Raheem Sterling the best young player in Europe?

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Is Raheem Sterling the best young player in Europe? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Of course his club manager wants to give him lavish praise, and why shouldn't he? Brendan Rodgers has handled the young phenomenon of Raheem Sterling with accomplished skill, and the Liverpool manager will be astute enough to recognise a player who will respond positively to such public accolade, but with the 19 year old yet to take part in any European fixture, and just a couple of international caps to his name, is Rodgers' claim a little too ‘out there' certainly for the moment at least.

Football’s Coming To Its Second Home: An England Fan’s Guide

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It'll seem a little odd the dulcet tones of Vindaloo being belted out amidst the carnival atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro. Me and me Mum and me Dad and me Gran chanted to an orchestra of drums, violas, and the iconic Apito de Samba. But England fans have already snapped up their 51,000 ticket allocation for the summer, and what is guaranteed is that Brazil 2014 is going to be a bit of a cracker.

World Cup 2014: Who should make the England squad this summer?

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World Cup 2014: Who should make the England squad this summer? - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

It's getting very close! With just over 57 days left to wait until the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, talk has now centred around the possible England squad for the tournament, with a host of dark horses now being mentioned alongside the nailed-on candidates.

England Tickets Now On Sale For Miami Friendlies Against Ecuador and Honduras

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It's been 9 long years since the England national team played a game in the United States, but soccer fans in the States will get a chance to see two England games this summer when the Three Lions play Ecuador and Honduras in World Cup warmup matches in Miami in early June.

Just as England will be using the matches to prepare for the 2014 World Cup, so too will opponents Ecuador and Honduras, who have also qualified for the tournament.

Going to the World Cup? Get a retro football shirt

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Going to the World Cup? Get a retro football shirt - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Even David Cameron thinks Nike are charging too much for a new England World Cup shirt. The 90-pound price tag has turned off many England fans, and the Prime Minister is among them: A spokesman for Cameron said, "Does he agree with Helen Grant that £90 is a great deal of money for a replica shirt?

England can win World Cup thanks to United

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Now our hands have been mathematically and begrudgingly prized off the Premier League trophy some United fans might turn their attention to rooting for England in this summer's World Cup Finals!

Hope remains success at club level might yet come in the form of a European Cup win, but some United players could be eyeing more likely success at international level and the INCLUDES players playing their way into Roy Hodgson's final 23-man squad.

Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez out of the World Cup with knee injury sustained at Man City

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Southampton forward Jay Rodriguez has been ruled out of the World Cup with a knee injury. He was stretchered off during Saints' 4-1 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday and has now been ruled out for six months with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Southampton director Les Reed said: "Everything will be done to deliver [.

England Unveil Official World Cup Home and Away Kits For Brazil 2014 [PHOTOS]

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The FA and Nike today unveiled England's home and away kits for World Cup 2014.

According to The FA, the new home shirt is a pure and brilliant white with an engineered pinstripe in the fabric. White satin tape on the shoulders gives the jersey a distinctive shine. The Three Lions crest, meanwhile, has a metallic weave to create another shimmering effect, most noticeable when the crest catches the light.

World Cup 2014: ‘Adam Lallana good enough to play for Spain’

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World Cup 2014: 'Adam Lallana good enough to play for Spain' - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

As far as World Cup 2014 predictions go, Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana's inclusion in the England squad for this summer seems certain, with his manager Mauricio Pochettino nowclaiming that the 25-year-old would be good enough to get into the Spain side!

Classic Clásico - AFR Voice Ep. 33 As things hot up in title...

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Classic Clásico - AFR Voice Ep. 33

As things hot up in title races across the continent, things are getting especially spicy at the top of La Liga. This week we'll be taking a look at what is being hailed as possibly the finest clásico of the century between Real Madrid and Barcelona, and why despite the result neither team are currently top of the league.

Three Lions In Brazil: Your Guide

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Three Lions In Brazil: Your Guide - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Sun, sea, sand. It sounds almost idyllic without the mention of football. But throw in a month of world-class action and Rio de Janeiro is pretty much the only place to be this summer.

The countdown to the World Cup is well underway, with less than 80 days until Brazil take on Croatia in the opening fixture.

Liverpool and England captain Steven Gerrard won’t be taking his family to the World Cup

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Steven Gerrard has revealed he won't be taking his wife and children to the World Cup in Brazil. Although England manager Roy Hodgson has given permission for partners and children to travel to the tournament, skipper Gerrard says he will be refusing the opportunity to do so. The Liverpool midfielder believes his game will benefit [.

England World Cup Home and Away Shirts From Nike: New Leaked [PHOTOS]

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New photographs of England's home and away shirts that the Three Lions will wear in Brazil at the World Cup this summer have been leaked on the Internet.

England's home shirt for World Cup 2014 is a beautifully designed white shirt that combines modern touches with a retro look that you could imagine England footballers wearing in the late 60s or early 70s.

A Monument to Losing: The Importance of World Cup...

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A Monument to Losing: The Importance of World Cup Heartbreak

ByZack Goldman

No feeling is more coveted in football than World Cup triumph.

But, is there any one more fascinating—or important—as World Cup heartbreak?

WATCH Behind the Scenes Footage of England’s Official World Cup Song [VIDEO]

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Earlier this month, singer Gary Barlow joined several England stars for the recording of the official England World Cup song. While we haven't heard the song yet, The FA released behind-the-scenes footage today featuring interviews with several of the players and musicians involved.

Former England captain Gary Lineker formed a 20-strong all star band to record the England World Cup song on behalf of Sport Relief.

Predicting the future, one match at a time Clairvoyants have...

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Predicting the future, one match at a time

Clairvoyants have been trying to predict the future with tarot cards for centuries, but this might be the first deck specifically created with football in mind. Want to know if your team will win a match?

Daniel Sturridge: My mate Suarez could light up the World Cup

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Daniel Sturridge: My mate Suarez could light up the World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

The World Cup trophy was triumphantly unveiled to the English press on Thursday in London, with England striker Daniel Sturridge warning that his Liverpool teammate Luis Suarez could be the one to watch in Brazil this summer.

Arsenal

Arsenal midfielder to be World Cup surprise!

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Arsenal fans are getting extremely used to having most of their top players injured for a large part of the season, and young Jack Wilshere seems to miss out more than most, but it now seems that Arsene Wenger is confident that the England international will be fit and ready to go to Brazil for [...]

PHOTO: Jack Wilshere back in training for Arsenal

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PHOTO: Jack Wilshere back in training for Arsenal - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Good news for the Arsenal and England fans Jack Wilshere is back in training.

The 22-year-old England midfieldersuffered a hairline foot fracture in England's friendly against Denmark last monthand fears were rife the England international could be forced to miss the rest of the season as also the World Cup in Brazil.

Americans Abroad

On days I feel like an alien...

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This is the angle that people (who I can only assume have conscious or unconscious leanings at play) are repeatedly offering, with a strange certainty this proves the Jozy Altidore call from yesterday was wrong - if not additionally an outright dive. Now setting aside the delightful fact that this camera view is about 80° and further in distance away than the linesman who called it, I do not

To answer your questions...

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Yes, Jozy Altidore is back in the traveling squad for the to trip to Manchester City tonight. Does he make the 18? We shall see. You already know what I think they should do, but Gus Poyet even got some stick for it in England when he entirely left the US striker out of the cup final loss to Citeh. Yeah, that was weird.

FYI

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I can confirm that Jozy Altidore is out today with an unspecified knock. However, it is minor and he should be available this coming week.- Greg Seltzer

Cue Rod Serling

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So far, this is the full extent of comments I have seen from Sunderland manager Gus Poyet following a 5-1 loss at Tottenham for which Jozy Altidore had been deemed as superfluous (he went 90 in a 3-0 reserve win, no goals for him). Here are a couple of select Poyet remarks that really make me wonder what the hell is going on over there:"I think the desire is there.

No LIVE tonight

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Wanna know why? Look carefully at this team sheet for tonight. Sunderland is a total clown car, on so many levels. - Greg Seltzer

JGTV

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You may have heard that the shoulder knock Julian Green took late in the US friendly draw with Mexico will keep him out for a time. I can tell you he is having his exam right now, so hopefully I will have the details up at MLSS before long. By the way... if Jozy Altidore starts tonight at Spurs, then I will do an NSC LIVE for all those stuck at work during the game.

Oh Danny Boooy....

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Reading midfielder Daniel Williams celebrated his place at the top of my DM clipboard with the 73rd minute winning goal at regional rivals Charlton. It was his third of the season, all coming in his last seven outings.Clip to come later...- Greg Seltzer

Okay, this one definitely counts for us.

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Having been the goat on Aston Villa's early opener, Geoff Cameron has scored in the final minute to cap a 4-1 Stoke City win. The right back got forward to follow into the box late, just in time to slam home a cutback from the left. It was his second goal of the season, both coming on the road.Clip to come.

Extra Time: Clint Dempsey

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I acquired the quotes for the Tottenham move portion of this cool MLSS feature on the life of Clint Dempsey. You know the drill when some of the story offered (this time by Deuce's agent) has missed the editing cut, so here we are. And it is also nice when old reporting is substantiated, so you know there's no way I was keeping all this a secret.

English Premier League

£30m Manchester United & Chelsea target to decide his future before World Cup

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£30m Manchester United & Chelsea target to decide his future before World Cup - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Luke Shaw has emerged as one of the hottest properties in England this season. The highly rated Southampton left-back has been in sensational form this season andlooks a likely candidate for Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup in Brazil, after making his debut for England in February.

Player of the Year Awards: England keeper reveals his selection

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Player of the Year Awards: England keeper reveals his selection - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

West Brom and England goalkeeper Ben Foster has chosen Luis Suarez as his Premier League 'Player of the Year'.

The shot-stopper revealed his selection on Twitter, along with his pick of Luke Shaw for 'Young Player of the Year', and his 'Team of the Year' selection.

Man United vs Man City, Arsenal vs Swansea and Newcastle vs Everton: Open Thread

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One of England's biggest matches of the season kicks off today under unfamiliar circumstances with the current Premier League title-holders playing against the team that is battling to win the title, while the red half of Manchester are fighting to finish in a European qualification spot.

Today's Manchester derby gives United an ideal opportunity to smash City's title chances, while finishing the season with some pride as long as Red Devils manager David Moyes can get his team into Europe by the end of the season.

VIDEO: Chelsea legends John Terry and Didier Drogba share interview

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VIDEO: Chelsea legends John Terry and Didier Drogba share interview - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

Chelsea beat Turkish side Galatasaray 2-0 in their Champions League last 16 match on Tuesday night, with the Blues now progressing to the last quarter finals, but at the expense of club legend Didier Drogba.

Top 10 Premier League strikers of all time

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Top 10 Premier League strikers of all time - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

When stripped to its foundations, getting goals is the aim of the beautiful game, and strikers are generally charged with providing the goods. The Premier League has been graced with a plethora of some of the world's greatest forwards since its inception, with English punters perennially debating which striker takes the crown of the best ever on English soil.

Chelsea set to beat Manchester United to £21m Premier League star

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Chelsea set to beat Manchester United to £21m Premier League star - originally posted on Soccerlens.com

According to transfer gurus 'Tuttomercatoweb.com', Chelsea are inching ever closer to the capture of Southampton's young left-back Luke Shaw.

Shaw, 18, has been one of the breakthrough stars this campaign, and has earned rave reviews from fans and pundits alike.

World Cup 2014

World Cup Contenders Face Selection Headaches

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The World Cup countdown is into double figures, and for most, the last friendlies have been played before coaches across the globe announce their squads to board the plane to Rio.

But for some of the biggest sides, there may be a packet of paracetamol next to the final squad list, as managers amongst the world's elite face some difficult selection headaches.

The Official England House

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A remote corner of England the locals like to call Vancouver (Photo: The Official England House)

How did Vancouver become the headquarters of what might be the England national football team's largest independent supporters' group? OTF's Austin Fido spoke to a man who knows the story.

The Rest

Newcastle After England Center-Back

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News today that Newcastle United could make a move for 6'3″ center-back Steven Caulker if his club Cardiff City are relegated at the end of the season. Steven Caulker 22 year-old England center-back Steven is still only 22 but he has been capped once already for England and he scored on his debut against [.

World Cup Sculpture

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The following photo is of me in front of the statue of the 1966 World Cup winners, Bobby Moore Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters and Ray Wilson, when I recently went to the West Ham-Liverpool game in London.

Tide turning against Moyes

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As if being humiliated at home by one of our bitter rivals for the second time in two weeks wasn't enough, David Moyes has managed to heap even more misery on United, by claiming that the club should "aspire to be like City".Nevermind that United are still the Champions of England, nevermind that United's history and support dwarf City's and that players outside England even ignored City's existence until a couple of years ago, Moyes wants us to look up at them.