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Rush always knew Woodburn would stick with Wales

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London (AFP) – Former Liverpool and Wales striker Ian Rush has said he never had any doubts that Anfield prodigy Ben Woodburn would resist the lure of playing for England.

The 17-year-old came off the bench to score a superb winner for Wales in their 1-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Austria in Cardiff on Saturday just four minutes into his senior international debut.

Wayne Rooney charged with drink-driving

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London (AFP) – Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been charged with drink-driving, British police said Friday.

Rooney, England’s all-time record goalscorer and former captain, was stopped by police near his home in Cheshire, northwest England, in the early hours of Friday.

“The man was arrested shortly after 2.

Allardyce admits ‘judgement’ error in England farce

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London (AFP) Sam Allardyce admitted an "error of judgement" on Wednesday after his one-game career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters.

"Entrapment has won on this occasion and Ihave to accept that," Allardyce told reporters outside his home in Bolton, northwest England.

Ex-England manager Allardyce admits ‘error of judgment’

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Bolton (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sam Allardyce admitted an "error of judgment" on Wednesday after his career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters.

"Entrapment has won on this occasion and Ihave to accept that," Allardyce told reporters outside his home in Bolton, northwest England.

Ex-England manager Allardyce admits ‘error of judgment’

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Bolton (United Kingdom) (AFP) Sam Allardyce admitted an "error of judgment" on Wednesday after his career as England manager came to a humiliating end following controversial comments made to undercover reporters.

"Entrapment has won on this occasion and Ihave to accept that," Allardyce told reporters outside his home in Bolton, northwest England.

English Premier League

Wayne Rooney arrested on suspicion of drink-driving – reports

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London (AFP) – Everton striker Wayne Rooney has been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, the BBC and Sky Sports reported Friday.

The BBC said Rooney was stopped by police near his home in Cheshire, northwest England, on Thursday night.

England’s all-time record goal-scorer, the 31-year-old Rooney announced his retirement from international football last week, having scored 53 goals in 119 appearances for his country.

Police extend English soccer sex abuse inquiries

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London (AFP) Police said Friday they were widening the scope of their investigations into sexual abuse within English football as England captain Wayne Rooney praised victims for speaking out.

Jason Dunford, once a youth player with Premier League giants Manchester City, added to the growing tide of abuse accusations that have rocked the English game by alleging that a football paedophile ring was covered up.

Police extend English soccer sex abuse inquiries

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London (AFP) Police said Friday they were widening the scope of their investigations into sexual abuse within English football as England captain Wayne Rooney praised victims for speaking out.

Jason Dunford, once a youth player with Premier League giants Manchester City, added to the growing tide of abuse accusations that have rocked the English game by alleging that a football paedophile ring was covered up.

UK football sex abuse claims rise as Rooney lauds victims

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London (AFP) A former youth player with Premier League giants Manchester City alleged Friday that a football paedophile ring was covered up as England captain Wayne Rooney praised victims for speaking out.

Jason Dunford added to the growing tide of abuse accusations that have rocked English football.

UK football sex abuse claims rise as Rooney lauds victims

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London (AFP) A former youth player with Premier League giants Manchester City alleged Friday that a football paedophile ring was covered up as England captain Wayne Rooney praised victims for speaking out.

Jason Dunford added to the growing tide of abuse accusations that have rocked English football.

What MLS Fans Can Expect From New Houston Dynamo Coach Owen Coyle

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Former Burnley, Bolton and Wigan manager Owen Coyle was named Head Coach of the Houston Dynamo earlier this month. Coyle replaces Dom Kinnear who is the only manager the Major League Soccer outfit has had since relocating from San Jose after the 2005 MLS season.

Long considered one of the friendliest managers to reporters in the Northwest of England, Coyle's reputation has largely been built out of conducting himself with shrewdness publicly.

What MLS Fans Can Expect From New Houston Dynamo Coach Owen Coyle

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Former Burnley, Bolton and Wigan manager Owen Coyle was named Head Coach of the Houston Dynamo earlier this month. Coyle replaces Dom Kinnear who is the only manager the Major League Soccer outfit has had since relocating from San Jose after the 2005 MLS season.

Long considered one of the friendliest managers to reporters in the Northwest of England, Coyle's reputation has largely been built out of conducting himself with shrewdness publicly.

Joey Barton to train with Fleetwood Town prior to being shipped out by QPR

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I was reading the online version of my hometown newspaper yesterday when I noticed a breaking news article referring to QPR bad boy Joey Barton possibly training over the next few months with League Two newcomers Fleetwood Town. I found it strange that they would want to embark on such a publicity roller-coaster but having read about Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley's tremendous ambitions for his club, it really should come as no surprise to any of us.

Joey Barton to train with Fleetwood Town prior to being shipped out by QPR

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I was reading the online version of my hometown newspaper yesterday when I noticed a breaking news article referring to QPR bad boy Joey Barton possibly training over the next few months with League Two newcomers Fleetwood Town. I found it strange that they would want to embark on such a publicity roller-coaster but having read about Fleetwood owner Andy Pilley's tremendous ambitions for his club, it really should come as no surprise to any of us.

The fall out from Manchester

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Most likely, fans around the world who don't have any connection with Manchester either football wise or any other wise, are sick and tired of all the talk and banter surrounding the surprising exits of both Man Utd and Man City from the knockout stages of this year's UEFA Champions League tournament.

Why I can’t get excited about Women’s soccer

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Today in Frankfurt, Germany, the USA WNT faces Japan in the Final of the 2011 Women's World Cup in an attempt to win the trophy for the second time in 12 years. I think it's fair to say that 95% of soccer fans around the world, especially, of course, in the US and Japan, will either be watching the match live, or be monitoring the score via whatever.

Manchester United Families: Out & About In Cheshire

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There must have been something in the air in Cheshire yesterday, because several Manchester United players and their families were spotted out walking, talking and doing stuff.

Let's take a look:

The Best Dressed Family award goes to the Van der Sars.

Former English star Lofthouse dies at 85

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LONDON, England Former Bolton and England striker Nat Lofthouse has died. He was 85. The Premier League club said Saturday that Lofthouse, who scored 30 goals in 33 appearances for England, died in his sleep Saturday night at a nursing home in Bolton, northwest England. Lofthouse spent his entire career with Bolton, scoring 255 [.

The Rest

Style Off: WAGs At Philip Armstrong’s Fashion Show

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This is a style off for the ages, Kickettes.

Perhaps not, but we're just trying to pass the time before Friday Happy Hour commences and what better way to do so than to check in with some of Northwest England's finest and their favourite designer?

Onwards.

Philip Armstrong, who has become the go-to designer for custom made dresses for WAGs in and around Liverpool, hosted a fashion show at Harvey Nichols in Manchester to showcase their latest collection.

The night the Busby Babes finally got their trophy

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Tonight at Old Trafford, Manchester, the latest Group game in the 2011 UEFA Champions League competition kicks off with United facing old enemy Benfica from Portugal. This particular match, as I'm sure it does for many other fans across the globe, evokes memories from a summer evening back in 1968 where all of the lost dreams of those immortal Busby Babes finally came to fruition.