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Football: Sturridge must accept new role, says Hodgson

England manager Roy Hodgson has told striker Daniel Sturridge that he must be prepared to adapt his game if he wants to play an important role at the World Cup. Sturridge scored the only goal of the game as England beat Denmark 1-0 at Wembley Stadium earlier this week in their final friendly match before Hodgson names his 23-man squad for the tournament in Brazil. It took his tally of goals to 12 in his last 13 matches for club and country, but the 24-year-old found himself deployed in a slightly different position to the one he usually adopts with Liverpool.

Chelsea extend Spurs' misery at Stamford Bridge

By Mike Collett LONDON (Reuters) - Chelsea have not lost at home to London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for 24 years and that amazing record never looked in any danger on Saturday as a woeful defensive performance by the visitors saw them thrashed 4-0. Chelsea jumped a provisional seven points clear at the top of the Premier League after Spurs imploded by conceding all four goals in the last 34 minutes at Stamford Bridge with defensive mistakes playing a part in every one.

Football: QPR back on track, while Derby stumble

QPR got their Championship promotion campaign back on track with a 2-0 win at Birmingham, while Derby's bid to reach the Premier League was rocked by a 1-0 defeat against Millwall on Saturday. Harry Redknapp's team moved within six points of second placed Burnley, who face local rivals Blackburn on Sunday, thanks to a double from on-loan West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison at St Andrews.

Football: Saints defeat leaves Palace in deep trouble

Crystal Palace remained mired in the relegation battle after Southampton beat them 1-0 at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Jay Rodriguez' first-half goal was enough to give Southampton only their fifth win in their last 18 Premier League matches and extended their unbeaten record with Palace in Premier League meetings to 10. The result also left the Eagles just two points above the relegation places following a run of one point from the last nine on offer.

Football: QPR back on track, while Derby stumble

QPR got their Championship promotion campaign back on track with a 2-0 win at Birmingham, while Derby's bid to reach the Premier League was rocked by a 1-0 defeat against Millwall on Saturday. Harry Redknapp's team moved within six points of second placed Burnley, who face local rivals Blackburn on Sunday, thanks to a double from on-loan West Ham midfielder Ravel Morrison at St Andrews.

Football: English Premier League result

English Premier League result on Saturday: West Brom 0 Manchester United 3 (Jones 34, Rooney 65, Welbeck 82) Playing later (1500GMT unless stated) Cardiff v Fulham, Chelsea v Tottenham (1730GMT), Crystal Palace v Southampton, Norwich v Stoke afp

Football: Pellegrini key to City's FA Cup revenge mission

Sergio Aguero hailed Manuel Pellegrini as the perfect manager to lead Manchester City's trophy charge as his side set their sights on FA Cup revenge against Wigan. Pellegrini has made a big impact at City since arriving from Malaga last year and he celebrated his first silverware in English football last weekend when Sunderland were beaten in the League Cup final.

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.
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