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Sol Campbell says England caps are handed out too easily

Easy caps are costing England: Former defender Campbell says players are not earning their international call-ups

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UPDATED:

12:58 GMT, 22 December 2012

Former England defender Sol Campbell believes the country are failing at international level because too many players are being capped too young.

Campbell, who won 73 England caps, says that too many players receive an international call up before they have established themselves at club level.

Campbell completed three full seasons at Tottenham before earning his first cap in 1996.

Earning his caps: Sol Campbell played for three seasons at Spurs before getting his first England cap and says players get them too easily today

Earning his caps: Sol Campbell played for three seasons at Spurs before getting his first England cap and says players get them too easily today

Speaking on Football Focus, Campbell said: 'Some of the young players have got their England careers far too early.

'It's far too easy for players who have not done much in the game to play for their country, it all connects and that's why results aren't going so well.

'When I started, I had to play top football for 18 months before I could get a look-in.

Earning his place: Campbell trained with the England squad before he was capped in 1996

Earning his place: Campbell trained with the England squad before he was capped in 1996

'Yes, I was in with the England side earlier than that but just training with the team and then I'd go back with the Under 21s.

'Now it seems like if you've played a
few games, scored a few goals, cleared a few balls off the line and
threaded a couple of really good balls in, all of a sudden you're in the
England side.'

Wilfried Zaha

Jonjo Shelvey

Too much, too young Wilfried Zaha and Jonjo Shelvey have been capped by England this year

ENGLAND'S 2012 DEBUTANTS
Fraizer Campbell (Sunderland, age 25)Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal, 19)Martin Kelly (Liverpool, 22)Jack Butland (Birmingham, 19)Tom Cleverley (Manchester United, 23)John Ruddy (Norwich, 26)Jake Livermore (Tottenham, 23)Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea, 23)Jonjo Shelvey (Liverpool, 20)Steven Caulker (Tottenham, 21)Raheem Sterling (Liverpool, 18)Leon Osman (Everton, 31)Ryan Shawcross (Stoke, 25)Carl Jenkinson (Arsenal, 20)Wilfried Zaha (Crystal Palace, 20)

Campbell was
part of the squad that reached the Euro 96 semi-finals and also played
at the 1998, 2002 and 2006 World Cups, as well as the Euros in 2000 and
2004.

And in the year Campbell made his England debut, seven other players – Robbie Fowler, Jason Wilcox, Ian Walker, Phil Neville, Ugo Ehiogu, David Beckham and Andy Hinchcliffe – also won their first caps.

This year saw debuts handed to 15 players, most of whom had little – and some no – Premier League experience.

'I still feel playing for your country is the number one,’ said Campbell, who won two Premier League titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal, and also scored in the 2006 Champions League final.

'When players get to England they need to be playing at the top of their game, but some have been getting in the England squad when they're not even in their club side, and that is not right.

'You're believing you're at the top because you play for England, but you're not. Then obviously the results [follow] from there.'

Sweden v England: Wilfried Zaha WILL be unleashed off the bench to win first cap as Roy Hodgson hands Raheem Sterling his debut aged 17

Zaha WILL be unleashed off the bench to win first England cap as Hodgson hands Sterling his debut aged just 17

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UPDATED:

11:45 GMT, 14 November 2012

England team v Sweden

(4-2-3-1): Hart; Johnson, Caulker, Cahill, Baines; Gerrard, Cleverley; Sterling, Osman, Young; Welbeck.

KO: 7.30pm. TV: LIVE on ITV1 from 7.15pm.

Wilfried Zaha will come off the bench tonight to make his England debut, Sportsmail has learnt.

Roy Hodgson will hand the 20-year-old Crystal Palace winger his first cap providing no significant injuries derail his plan.

The England starting XI will feature three debutants before Zaha is unleashed on the Swedes in Stockholm.

Tottenham’s Steven Caulker, 20, will make his debut alongside Gary Cahill in the heart of Hodgson’s defence with Leon Osman and Raheem Sterling marking their first starts their own unique milestones.

Young Lion: Raheem Sterling (centre) in training at the 'Friends Arena' in Stockholm on Tuesday night

Young Lion: Raheem Sterling (centre) in training at the 'Friends Arena' in Stockholm on Tuesday night

Young Lion: Raheem Sterling (centre) in training at the 'Friends Arena' in Stockholm on Tuesday night

England's Lion cubs

Raheem Sterling, at 17 years and 332 days, is set to become the third-youngest player to represent England after Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney.

Ahead of Sterling's debut in Sweden on Wednesday night, here are the 10 youngest players to have pulled on the Three Lions jersey so far…

Theo Walcott
17 years 75 days v Hungary (30 May 2006)

Wayne Rooney
17 years 111 days v Australia (12 Feb 2003)

James Prinsep
17 years 252 days v Scotland (05 Apr 1879)

Thurston Rostron
17 years 311 days v Wales (26 Feb 1881)

Clement Mitchell
18 years 23 days v Wales (15 Mar 1880)

Michael Owen
18 years 59 days v Chile (11 Feb 1998)

Micah Richards
18 years 143 days v Netherlands (15 Nov 2006)

Duncan Edwards
18 years 182 days v Scotland (02 Apr 1955)

James Brown
18 years 210 days v Wales (26 Feb 1881)

Jack Wilshere
18 years 222 days v Hungary (11 Aug 2010)

Sterling who, at 17 years and 332
days, will be the third youngest England player since the end of the
19th century. Only Theo Walcott and Wayne Rooney were younger on debut
and Sterling will take his bow in a Stockholm district where another
17-year-old made his name in 1958.

Osman, meanwhile, will be the third oldest debutant since 1954, after Kevin Davies and Steve Bould.

Pele lit up the World Cup final at the
Rasunda Stadium, the original national stadium in Solna which is about
to be demolished and has been superseded by the 50,000-seat Friends
Arena where England take on Sweden for the third time in a year.

Inside, the stadium is immaculate, although the pitch was only rolled out five days before Hodgson’s team trained on it last night.

Outside, there is plenty of work to do and the area is dominated by towering cranes, stacks of containers and hard-hatted workers.

As the construction continues, Hodgson expands his team-building programme. A sign beside the stadium indicates that controlled explosions may occur and thoughts turn again to Liverpool starlet Sterling.

Hodgson, briefly acquainted with the winger thanks to his time at Anfield, said: ‘In some of the games, he has been pretty much a star player for Liverpool and extremely dangerous with his ability to run with the ball, his pace, his directness. He has even scored one or two important goals.

‘Steven Caulker and Raheem have been playing regularly for the Under 21s and have made that transition. Leon Osman is the odd one out, he’s a bit different.

‘He has been performing regularly and well for Everton but has been passed over. I thought it was time to give him a chance because he has been one of the unsung heroes of a very good football team for many years.’

Sterling effort: Liverpool's winger will become the third-youngest footballer to have ever played for Englandplayed for England

Sterling effort: Liverpool's winger will become the third-youngest footballer to have ever played for England

As Hodgson laments the dearth of elite talent available to him in the Barclays Premier League, it proves ever more important to secure those with options.

Four uncapped players with dual nationality are in this England squad. Although this particular friendly does not have the clout to end interest from elsewhere, at least the point has been made to Sterling, Wilfried Zaha, Carl Jenkinson and Ryan Shawcross.

Hodgson claims to have assurances from FIFA that the paperwork to transfer Jenkinson’s allegiance from Finland will be ready in time for kick-off.

If so, Jenkinson could be one of a maximum six substitutes, as could Zaha, whose inclusion bewildered Sweden manager Erik Hamren. ‘I know some Saha but I don’t know if it’s the right one,’ said Hamren.

Bright futures: Steven Caulker (right) in training with Wilfried Zaha (centre) and Tom Huddlestone

Bright futures: Steven Caulker (right) in training with Wilfried Zaha (centre) and Tom Huddlestone

Debutant: Everton midfielder Leon Osman

Debutant: Everton midfielder Leon Osman

Hodgson, who has called 48 players for England duty during his six months at the helm, has resisted the temptation to start with Jack Wilshere. It looks like a change for the second half, as could be the return of Tom Huddlestone, a fine passing talent lost to injury problems over the last two years.

Both can play vital roles in the World Cup and have a more natural defensive instinct than Tom Cleverley and Steven Gerrard, who will be given the task of controlling Zlatan Ibrahimovic tonight when he drops deep, as he has licence to for Sweden.

Ibrahimovic excelled in this role when the teams met in Kiev in Euro 2012, a game England won 3-2 thanks to a fightback inspired by Walcott from the bench.

The inclusion of Caulker and Gary Cahill, two defenders with strength in the air, may also have been to nullify Sweden’s key assets.

They will be aware that no-one has taken possession of the places in the centre of England’s back four since John Terry’s retirement.

This is Hodgson polishing the crystal ball he claims to be no good at reading.

And all the time, thinking of Brazil.

Ryan Shawcross: I want to become England regular

I'm here to stay! Shawcross wants regular England berth… despite wait for first cap

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13:57 GMT, 13 November 2012

Ryan Shawcross was always confident he had what it took to get into the England squad, but now he hopes to prove he has what it takes to stay there.

Shawcross earned his third call-up to the national team for tomorrow’s friendly with Sweden and he will win his first cap if Roy Hodgson opts to give him a run-out in Stockholm.

Although he has yet to feature for the senior team, the Stoke defender admits he is starting to feel comfortable in the England set-up and is now looking to become a permanent feature at international level.

England hopeful: Shawcross has now been included in three squads

England hopeful: Shawcross has now been included in three squads

He told FATV: 'It’s always good to come away with the national team and now I’ve been a few times I’m starting to feel at home.

'If you're playing well, you get noticed. At Stoke last year, we played in Europe and that got us a few headlines.

'On a personal note, if I’m doing okay and being consistent, then I always felt that I had enough to hopefully break into the England squad and luckily enough I have done, so I want to stay in it.

'There’s a lot of experienced players ahead of me and it's up to me to perform well in training. Hopefully I can play well when I get a chance.'

The 25-year-old, who was handed his first call-up by Fabio Capello in 2010, could have had the opportunity to represent Wales but insisted chose England.

'When I was a schoolboy, I played for Wales because I went to school in Wales but when I turned 16, there was a rule that said I couldn’t play for Wales,' he said.

'But in recent months, that rule changed and I could play for Wales again. But I decided years ago I wanted to play for England and I spoke to Chris Coleman, and Gary Speed before that, and made it clear that I wanted to play for England, so there was never any choice really.'

Friendly fire: Gerrard will secure his 100th cap when he plays against Sweden

Friendly fire: Gerrard will secure his 100th cap when he plays against Sweden

Peter Hood hits back at Stephen Coulby over Bradford Bulls debts

It's not all my fault! Hood hits back at Coulby over Bulls' spiraling debts

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UPDATED:

14:45 GMT, 4 June 2012

Former Bradford chairman Peter Hood has responded to accusations that he left the club in a far worse state than was initially thought.

Hood departed the Bulls in May with the general consensus being that they still needed to raise 500,000 to keep the club in business, having revealed debts of 1million at the end of March.

Problems: Stephen Coulby said the club had to raise 1.25million to secure their future

Problems: Stephen Coulby said the club had to raise 1.25million to secure their future

But new director Stephen Coulby claimed on Saturday that the Bulls still needed 1.25million to make it through to the end of the year, owing in part to Hood and former director Andrew Bennett 'budgeting to lose over 1million this year'.

Coulby added that the Odsal outfit, who host Castleford on Monday evening, are losing 100,000 a month, and that despite a potential investment of 500,000 coming into the club, that extra funds are still required.

Magic: Bradford Bulls took part in the Magic Weekend in Manchester

Magic: Bradford Bulls took part in the Magic Weekend in Manchester

But, in a statement released to the Bradford Telegraph and Argus on Monday, Hood has hit back at Coulby's suggestions, saying: 'On the question of VAT, Coulby is reported as saying that Andrew Bennett and I 'failed to pay a 250,000 VAT bill on the deal which saw them sell the lease on Odsal to the Rugby Football League'.

'What Coulby for some reason chooses not to mention, however, is an arrangement whereby this VAT would be paid at 50,000 per month over the five months commencing May 2012. Not quite the same as failed to pay, I suggest.'

Debt ridden: The club are struggling to stay afloat due to serious debt problems

Debt ridden: The club are struggling to stay afloat due to serious debt problems

Hood also believes that Coulby's claims over the budgeted loss are false, saying: 'There is a cashflow model that shows that, if nothing happened to generate new monies, based on a full salary cap spend and other substantial football costs, then the result would be a loss of over 1million.'

Furthermore, Hood alleges that at the time he was 'forced out' on May 9, that talks were in place with a number of 'well-funded' potential investors, as well as the club having received a written, six-figure offer from Warrington for promising forward John Bateman.

Hood goes on to accuse Coulby of 'being economical with the truth' and says that when he and Bennett left the club, he did not believe there was a shortfall of over 1million.

He added: 'Could it be, perhaps, that he (Coulby) seeks to paint a scenario to justify an imminent plunge into administration, all the while protesting this is the last thing he and his colleagues want'

Chelsea join Liverpool in race to sign Lazar Markovic

Chelsea in race with Liverpool to sign 16m-rated Markovic

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 10 May 2012

Chelsea are looking to beat Liverpool to Partizan Belgrade's 18-year-old attacking midfielder Lazar Markovic.

Former Chelsea boss Avram Grant, currently coaching Partizan, is understood to have recommended Markovic, who earned his first cap for Serbia in February.

Wanted: Markovic (left) is on Chelsea's radar

Wanted: Markovic (left) is on Chelsea's radar

Liverpool and Tottenham are also interested but Partizan want around 16million and would also like to have him back on loan.

Newcastle"s Papiss Cisse leaves barber shop

I only came here for a 6 haircut! Cisse mobbed by Newcastle fans after leaving barbers

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UPDATED:

15:36 GMT, 19 April 2012

For most of us, the majority of the time in the barbers can be spent sitting down waiting in line before the scissors and clippers do their work.

For Papiss Cisse though, it’s after he leaves where he loses most of his day.

The Newcastle striker walked into a barbers shop in Gateshead trying to go unnoticed with his baseball cap, but walked out to be met by a hoard of screaming fans asking for an autograph.

As he battled to reach his car, plenty of kids desperately tried to get the Senegal international’s signature, which to his credit, he happily obliged.

Even when the video cuts off he is still signing everything he can for the fans, for who he has become a cult hero after scoring 10 goals in just nine games for the club.

Next time Cisse might want to go for a trim when it’s safe to assume the kids have returned to school following the Easter holidays.

Mario Balotelli wanted by AC Milan and Inter

Milan giants to offer mad-cap Mario way out of Manchester with 20m bids

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UPDATED:

05:45 GMT, 11 April 2012

Mario Balotelli's controversial two-year stint at Manchester City could be coming to an end with both AC Milan and Inter keen to sign the striker.

Reports in Italy are claiming that Balotelli's former club Inter and current Serie A leaders Milan are both preparing 20million bids for the 21-year-old.

Seeing red: Balotelli is sent off at the Emirates on Sunday

Seeing red: Balotelli is sent off at the Emirates on Sunday

Balotelli somehow escaped additional punishment by the FA on Tuesday after they decided to take no further action for his horror tackle on Alex Song during Sunday's 1-0 defeat at Arsenal.

But his team-mates and manager Roberto Mancini are still keen to see the back of the Italian after he later picked up his third red card of the season at the Emirates.

Fed up: City are tired of dealing with Balotelli's controversies

Fed up: City are tired of dealing with Balotelli's controversies

Mancini met with the Balotelli's lawyer at a restaurant in Cheshire last week to discuss the player's future, and the club are prepared to take a loss on the 24m they paid for him in 2010.