Rooney happy with utility role

Wayne Rooney insists he has no problem with being employed as a left winger for England, stating he will play wherever manager Roy Hodgson wants him to. Rooney has largely been fielded as a centre forward during his 12-year professional career, although he has found himself playing in midfield more and

Gerrard hails Sterling reaction

England captain Steven Gerrard has praised the reaction of Raheem Sterling following his red card in the clash with Ecuador on Wednesday. The 19-year-old came on as a second-half substitute but was only on the pitch for 14 minutes as a strong challenge on Manchester United's Antonio Valencia saw him receive

Armband empowers Gerrard

England captain Steven Gerrard says he is relishing the opportunity to properly lead his country during the World Cup finals. The 34-year-old will skipper his country at the tournament in Brazil, which gets under way next Thursday, with England's first group game against Italy two days later. Before then, he will wear

United close to van Gaal deal

Manchester United could make Louis van Gaal their new manager as early as today. United are thought to be close to a deal with the Dutchman, whose job as Netherlands boss ends after next month's World Cup. Ryan Giggs, who took charge temporarily following David Moyes' sacking, met van Gaal this week

Shaw ‘still can’t believe it’

England left-back Luke Shaw admits he is still reeling from being named in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad. The Southampton defender beat the legendary Ashley Cole on to the plane for Brazil 2014 - joining club-mates Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana - and is still struggling to come to terms with

Rooney wants England success

Wayne Rooney insists that earning 100 caps for England will mean little without any success to go with it. The Manchester United star is likely to hit the landmark later this year, with his current tally being 89, however, he admits that winning something for his country is still the biggest

Defoe shock at England snub

Jermain Defoe says he is "devastated" to have been left out of the England squad for the World Cup in Brazil. The striker is not one of the 23 players named by Roy Hodgson for the tournament, although he was selected for the standby list of seven the England manager will

England go with youth

England manager Roy Hodgson has picked a youthful squad for the upcoming World Cup in Brazil. Veterans Ashley Cole and Michael Carrick were the big names to miss out, with teenager Luke Shaw and 20-year-old Ross Barkley getting the nod ahead of the pair. Shaw and Barkley are two of half a

Cole retires from England duty

Chelsea defender Ashley Cole has retired from international football after being left out of England's World Cup squad. England manager Roy Hodgson will announce his 23-man squad on Monday, but Cole revealed on Sunday night that he had been informed that he would not be part of the touring party. As a

It’s Belgium over the rest for Januzaj – Wilmots

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has announced on his official Twitter account that Adnan Januzaj has committed his international future to the country. Januzaj, 19, is also eligible for Kosovo and Albania. He was linked with England although he would have had to wait until he qualified through residence. Any possible eligibility

Chamberlain hails Gary Neville

Arsenal attacker, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has taken time out to hail the impact of Manchester United legend, Gary Neville on him. The youngster, who's being touted as one of the stars for England at this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil told RFD Football: Gaz is brilliant to work with; I could

Van Persie ‘happy’ at United

Robin van Persie has insisted he is 'very happy' at Manchester United and has no problems with manager David Moyes. Dutch striker Van Persie was instrumental in United's Premier League title success last season after arriving from Arsenal in what proved to be Sir Alex Ferguson's final campaign in charge. He has

Wenger backs Wilshere for WC

Arsene Wenger is confident that injured star Jack Wilshere can make a full recovery and play an important role in England's World Cup campaign. The midfielder is facing a six week spell on the sidelines after suffering a hairline fracture to the navicular bone in his foot as a result of