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Football: Wilshere out for six weeks with foot fracture

Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere will be sidelined for at least six weeks after sustaining a hairline fracture to his left foot, the Premier League club announced on Thursday. The 22-year-old central midfielder, who has a history of injury problems, picked up the fracture in a 50-50 challenge with Daniel Agger in the early stages of England's 1-0 friendly win over Denmark on Wednesday.

Football: Sturridge revels in rise after tough times

Daniel Sturridge admitted it was a sweet moment to score England's winner against Denmark after his troubled road to the top. Sturridge is finally fulfilling his vast potential after struggling to make an impact earlier in his career and the striker's late header to see off the Danes in a 1-0 friendly victory at Wembley on Wednesday was the latest sign of his huge improvement since joining Liverpool in January 2013.

Football: How England's fringe players fared

With time running out before England manager Roy Hodgson names his final squad for the World Cup, AFP ran the rule over five fringe players hoping to catch the eye in Wednesday's 1-0 friendly win over Denmark at Wembley: Ashley Cole While it may be hard to see the left-back as a bit-part player, in fact he has spent much of the season on the Chelsea bench after falling out of favour with boss Jose Mourinho and his World Cup berth is also under threat from in-form duo Leighton Baines and Luke Shaw.

Football: Hodgson annoyed by 'drop Cleverley' petition

England manager Roy Hodgson has spoken out against a petition signed by 10,000 people calling for him to drop Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverley from his squad. Cleverley, 24, has been the target of criticism over his performances for United this season, but he remains a mainstay of the England squad and has been selected for their friendly against Denmark later on Wednesday.

Football: England turn to psychiatrist for World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson revealed on Tuesday that his players will work with a renowned sports psychiatrist as they prepare for the World Cup finals in Brazil. Dr Steven Peters has previously worked closely with the players at Liverpool, including England captain Steven Gerrard, and Hodgson believes that he will provide vital assistance. "It is not just any psychologist," Hodgson told a press conference on Tuesday. "It is Dr Steve Peters, who is a very famous man in that area.

Football: England turn to psychiatrist for World Cup

England manager Roy Hodgson revealed on Tuesday that his players will work with a renowned sports psychiatrist as they prepare their assault on the World Cup in Brazil. Dr Steven Peters has previously worked closely with the players at Liverpool, including England captain Steven Gerrard, and Hodgson believes that he will provide vital assistance. "It is not just any psychologist," Hodgson told a press conference on Tuesday. "It is Dr Steve Peters, who is a very famous man in that area.

Football: Puncheon fined by FA over Warnock remarks

Crystal Palace winger Jason Puncheon has been fined £15,000 ($25,000, 18,200 euros) and given a warning after making allegations about his former manager Neil Warnock, the Football Association announced on Tuesday. Puncheon lashed out on Twitter after Warnock, who briefly coached him at Queens Park Rangers, questioned why he had been allowed to take a penalty that he blazed wide during a Premier League game at Tottenham Hotspur in January.

Football: England plan experiments for Denmark visit

England manager Roy Hodgson will run the rule over his players for the last time before naming his World Cup squad when they tackle Denmark in a friendly on Wednesday. Hodgson will not announce his 23-man selection and seven standby players for the World Cup until May 13, but the match at Wembley Stadium represents his final opportunity for experimentation before he does so.

Football: England hopefuls aim to pass Denmark audition

When England face Denmark in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday, several of Roy Hodgson's squad will have a point to prove as they try to book their seats on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup. Hodgson's leading stars, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, are certain to feature when England kick off their campaign against Italy on June 14, but many other spots in the team are still up for grabs. With just a handful of friendlies left before Hodgson names his final squad, AFP takes a look at five players with the most to gain against Denmark:

Football: England hopefuls aim to pass Denmark audition

When England face Denmark in a friendly at Wembley on Wednesday, several of Roy Hodgson's squad will have a point to prove as they try to book their seats on the plane to Brazil for the World Cup. Hodgson's leading stars, the likes of Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney, are certain to feature when England kick off their campaign against Italy on June 14, but many other spots in the team are still up for grabs. With just a handful of friendlies left before Hodgson names his final squad, AFP takes a look at five players with the most to gain against Denmark:
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