JAGIELKA INCLUDED IN SQUAD

The English Football Association has confirmed that they have included Everton midfielder Phil Jagielka, who can also play in the defence, as a replacement for Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry, who has been ruled out for the competition after suffering an injury in the friendly against Norway recently.

HOLLOWAY HOPES FOR FINAL PLACE

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway has said that he is extremely happy following the 1-0 victory over Birmingham city in the first leg of the play-off semi-final between the two clubs.

Even though the second leg is away from home, Ian Holloway has said that he is extremely confident of making it into the finals, and hopefully postpone everyone forgetting about the seasiders and getting their England Flags out!

FERGIE RULES OUT OLYMPICS

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been relieved of some of the stress concerning Wayne Rooney after it was revealed that the England striker will not qualify for the London Olympics if he is picked up by the England national team for the Euro 2012.

Sir Alex Ferguson recently condemned the decision by team GB manager Stuart Pearce to include the 26-year-old in the preliminary squad for the London Olympics 2012.

HODDLE BACKS REDKNAPP

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has said that current Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp would be one of the best candidates for the England managerial position.

The English football Association are yet to announce a successor for Fabio Capello, who resigned from his post a few weeks ago.

COLE ENJOYING LILLE

Joe Cole said that he is enjoying his days playing for Lille.

He has played some wonderful matches in Liverpool, but has only really returned to his very best now that he is playing in France. He recently Cole scored a hatrick in the Coupe de France - the first of his career.

Cole has put in some great performances after coming to Lille, and is one of the team's most important players. He said that he is enjoying his football career in France, with his family settling in well in France too.

ROONEY WANTS REDKNAPP

Manchester United star Wayne Rooney has said that Harry Redknapp is the perfect candidate for the vacant England manager job.

Former England manager Fabio Capello quit his post in acrimonious circumstances after falling out with the English football Association and its board over the captaincy of the England national team.

NORWICH FACE WEST BROM

Norwich City will travel to The Hawthorns to face fellow English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion after the two sides were drawn to face each other in the 4th round of the prestigious FA Cup.

This means that The Canaries will face The Baggies twice in the month of January, with one match being in the English Premier League, which is scheduled to be held next Saturday.

The League match between the two sides was originally slated to be held in February but a Premier League rescheduling meant that the fixture was brought forward by a couple of weeks to January.

FA CONFIDENT THEY'LL GET IT RIGHT

The English football Association has said that it is extremely confident that the England national team's base for the Euro 2012 will be ready. There have been a few rumours that the base for the Euro 2012 championships is in tatters. There have been a few pictures released of these locations, which has certainly not served to increased confidence. However, the English football Association remains confident that it will finally be ready when the team's go out to the massive tournament held in Ukraine and Poland.

ENGLAND READY TO MOVE ON

England are getting ready for an international friendly against the World and European Champions, but will have a brave new look about them now that coach Fabio Capello has left out a few of the previously key performers out of the squad.

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