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Rio Ferdinand: is Rio’s recall Roy Hodgson righting a wrong?

It’s one of the most frequently debated questions in English football over the last year. While matches pass and refereeing decisions are quickly forgotten by all but those on the wrong end of them, the matter of the status of Rio Ferdinand’s England career has been there or thereabouts all along.

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Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney: potential unfulfilled?

Daniel Taylor, a football journalist for The Guardian, was one of a quite remarkable number of writers to put fingers to keyboard this week to write about Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney.

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Chelsea’s Ashley Cole: 100 England caps and counting

England’s 2-1 win over Brazil this week was an historical match not just because it represented England’s fourth ever win over Brazil and our first since 1990, but because it marked the 100th cap of Chelsea defender Ashley Cole. He joins Billy Wright, Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton, David Beckham and Steven Gerrard in the 100 club.

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Will Hughes: Derby County midfielder is January’s hottest property

Fulham manager Martin Jol has been effusive in his praise for one particular target as the January transfer window approaches. The Dutchman may well be attempting to steal a march on his rivals for the signature of Derby County’s Will Hughes simply because he knows there are so many of them, and some have more pulling power than the West London club.

The baby-faced midfielder is considered one of England’s best teenage prospects, and, as he continues to make a name for himself in the Championship, the clubs looking to snare him know that playing the waiting game is likely to prove fruitless.

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David Beckham: from MLS to Monaco for a glamorous swansong?

David Beckham has a unique position in the football world. Through masterful marketing and almost flawless exploitation of his carefully managed image, Beckham has elevated himself above mere football. Even at the age of 37, the former England captain remains by some criteria the biggest star in the game. Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo are recognised globally for their own reasons, Messi’s almost exclusively relating to the game itself while Ronaldo’s more closely approximate to the building of Brand Beckham.

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