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England players take the train from Birmingham to London – PICTURES

Now this is what you call an England training session! Rooney and Co on track to tackle Brazil with first-class delivery to Wembley

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All aboard: Wayne Rooney chats to Everton duo Leon Osman and Leighton Baines

All aboard: Wayne Rooney chats to Everton duo Leon Osman and Leighton Baines

Paolo Di Canio furious after Swindon lose to Macceslfield

I want to fine my players! Di Canio fumes after Swindon crash to Macclesfield

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UPDATED:

21:34 GMT, 3 November 2012

Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio wants to dock the wages of his players after they slumped to a home defeat by Blue Square Bet Premier side Macclesfield.

Di Canio, furious at the way his team were defeated by second-half goals from Tony Diagne and Swindon substitute Louis Thompson, who put into his own net, will also have his squad in for Sunday morning training — starting at 7.30am.

Di Canio could hardly believe it was the same set of players who, four days before, had only just lost to Aston Villa in the Capital One Cup.

Fury: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio was frustrated after his side's defeat

Fury: Swindon manager Paolo Di Canio was frustrated after his side's defeat

Swindon had defender Aden Flint sent off for a two-footed lunge in the 63rd minute soon after dogged Macclesfield had taken the lead.

Di Canio said: ‘I would like to fine my players, but it may not be possible because they have too much protection.

‘When I tell players they are average they get angry, but that was the case here. Now the club has to say sorry to everybody because they have damaged themselves.

‘For three days after Villa I was happy. Now I am angry. On Sunday at 7.30am we will be training at Liddington and Di Canio will be the first to arrive.

‘I know how to manage my players. Sometimes they think they are Barcelona players, but they are not.’

It is not the first time Di Canio has lost his cool during his colourful 18-month reign at the County Ground.

He had a bust-up with his own striker Leon Clarke on the pitch and in the tunnel after a League Cup defeat by Southampton last season. And this term he launched an astonishing rant at keeper Wes Foderingham after hauling him off just 21 minutes into a 4-1 defeat by Preston.

Swindon, who knocked Stoke out of the Capital One Cup, made six changes from the team beaten by Villa, but were hardly recognisable.

Off and running: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne scores his sides first goal

Off and running: Macclesfield's Tony Diagne scores his sides first goal

Macclesfield goalkeeper Lance Cronin made good saves from Raffa de Vita, Andy Williams and Gary Roberts, but Swindon paid for their wastefulness. Diagne put Macclesfield ahead with a 35-yard free-kick into the top corner after 63 minutes.

And victory was sealed when Swindon’s debutant substitute Thompson scored an own goal, his 30-yard back pass under pressure eluding goalkeeper Foderingham.

Macclesfield boss Steve King said: ‘This is massive for us and our fans. Look at the gulf between the clubs.

‘Last year we were in the same division but now they are looking to get into the Championship. Days like this you can only dream about and we will all savour it while we can. I am proud of the team and my players because they gave me everything.

‘We came under a lot of early pressure but held out and, once we went ahead, I felt we were the better team and I had no doubts we would go on and win.

‘We can think about getting to the third round and perhaps Manchester United away, but just to get to the second round is an achievement.’

Jimmy White meets Everton squad

Snooker ace White gets stuck in at Toffees training ground ahead of Ronnie showdown

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UPDATED:

13:05 GMT, 18 October 2012

Pot the reds then screw back for the yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and Jags.

Everton went all snooker loopy on Thursday as legend Jimmy White dropped by their training complex at Finch Farm.

Right on cue: White poses for a picture with Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka on Thursday

Right on cue: White poses for a picture with Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka on Thursday

Pictured with Leon Osman and Phil
Jagielka (see what we've done with the intro, there), Chelsea-supporter White switched his allegiances for the day
ahead of next week's exhibition clash with Ronnie O'Sullivan.

The 50-year old will face four-time world champion O'Sullivan at the BT Convention Centre in Liverpool on Thursday.

Paul Wood loses testicle after Grand Final defeat with Warrington

Warrington prop Wood loses testicle after playing through pain in Grand Final defeat

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12:32 GMT, 7 October 2012

Paul Wood lost so much more than the Super League Grand Final on Saturday after confirming he had to have a testicle removed.

Warrington prop Wood ruptured the testicle early in the second half as his side crashed 26-18 to Leeds.

Ouch: Paul Wood (left) ruptured and testicle and had to have it removed

Ouch: Paul Wood (left) ruptured and testicle and had to have it removed

Wood managed to play on and made no reference to the horrific injury in post-match interviews.

But confirmed the news on Sunday and tweeted Leon Pryce, the Catalan Dragons stand-off and former Great Britain team-mate, to say: 'No Mad Monday, gutted. 'Need to wear a box.'

Great Britain to face Russia in Davis Cup

Great Britain face Russia in Davis Cup after receiving bye into first round

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UPDATED:

12:53 GMT, 19 September 2012

Great Britain will play Russia in a Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I promotion clash next April after being handed a bye in the first round of the 2013 competition.

Leon Smith's side were the only one of the seven unseeded nations to be given a first-round bye when the draw was held in London but their reward was a tie against the top seeds.

It will be a seventh straight match at home for Britain, who had won five successive ties to go from the verge of relegation to the lowest tier of Davis Cup to within sight of a return to the World Group before losing to Belgium in April.

Russian challenge: Davis cup chief Smith now knows who his team will face

Russian challenge: Davis cup chief Smith now knows who his team will face

FIVE players after Crawley face Bradford

FIVE players sent off AFTER the game as Crawley brawl with Bradford

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UPDATED:

00:03 GMT, 28 March 2012

Five players were sensationally red-carded in the dressing rooms after an ugly post-match brawl following Crawley's 2-1 win at Bradford, whose manager Phil Parkinson promised heavy fines to any of his players who threw punches.

Three Bradford players – Andrew Davies, Luke Oliver and goalkeeper Jon McLaughlin – were sent off by referee Ian Williamson who dished out the same treatment to Crawley pair Kyle McFadzean and substitute Claude Davis.

Five Crawley players and one from Bradford were booked during the ill-tempered match. Davies is set for a five-match ban, having been sent off twice before already this season.

Just the beginning: Leon Clarke heads Crawley into the lead... but the true drama was yet to come

Just the beginning: Leon Clarke heads Crawley into the lead… but the true drama was yet to come

Parkinson said: 'The referee seems very clear in his mind what went on and that is the reason he took the action he did in the dressing rooms.

“Until I see the DVD it is difficult to comment but the sendings-off leave us with lots of problems, to say the least.

'We know what Crawley bring in terms of an intimidating approach before, during and after matches. You have to make sure you don't get involved.

'Both clubs have paid a heavy price. I can't believe this has happened. I have never been in a situation before where a ref has come into the dressing room, pulled players on one side and sent them off. He wouldn't allow me in there!

Furious: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson says he will fine any player who threw a punch

Furious: Bradford manager Phil Parkinson says he will fine any player who threw a punch

'I will look at the DVD and if any of my players are guilty of throwing punches they will pay heavy fines.'

Crawley manager Steve Evans said: 'I only saw the Bradford player Andrew Davies run towards my players and throw a punch. I think it was handbags, with a lot of pushing and shoving, but it was disappointing to see.

'If people have acted out of turn they need to be dealt with.

'The fourth official confirmed to me that the Bradford boy Davies ran and punched somebody. Then there was a mass of bodies who had initially come together to shake hands.

'It is a shame because it takes away from what was an outstanding performance.'

Gareth Bale is no diver, insists Harry Redknapp

Bale is no diver! Redknapp leaps to defence of Wales winger

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UPDATED:

23:53 GMT, 10 March 2012

Heated: Osman confronts Bale about his actions

Heated: Osman confronts Bale about his actions

Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp
defended Gareth Bale against accusations of diving after the latest
incident in which the Welshman's honesty appeared to be questioned.

Leon Osman exchanged angry words with
Bale after the Spurs man took a tumble following a fair-looking
challenge in Everton's 1-0 victory over Tottenham at Goodison Park.

He was recently accused of winning
penalties against Arsenal and Stevenage but Redknapp said: 'He runs so
quickly and when you're running at the pace he does and you change
direction, you get clipped and you go over.

'When you're that quick, it can
happen so I don't think he goes over too easily. He gets chopped down an
awful lot but that's also part of the game and he has to accept it.'

Phil Jagielka to play for Everton reserves in bid to return from knee injury

Jagielka set for reserves outing as injured Everton defender steps up return bid

Phil Jagielka will clear a significant hurdle in his comeback from a serious knee injury when he plays for Everton’s reserves today.

The England defender has been out since early January with medial ligament damage but he is poised to start in the mini-derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park.

Aside from Jagielka, other long-term absentees Leon Osman, who made a brief substitute appearance at QPR on Saturday, and Seamus Coleman will step up their rehabilitations in what will be a strong side.

Comeback: Phil Jagielka will step up his return from a knee injury in a reserves outing for Everton

Comeback: Phil Jagielka will step up his return from a knee injury in a reserves outing for Everton

Jack Rodwell and Leon Osman could play for Everton against QPR

Double boost for Everton as Rodwell and Osman push to return against QPR

Everton midfielders Leon Osman and Jack Rodwell are in contention for a return from injury in Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with QPR.

Neither man has played for the first team since the 2-1 defeat by Bolton on January 4, with Osman ruled out by a knee problem while Rodwell has been sidelined by a hamstring injury.

But both featured in Tuesday's reserve match against Bolton, with Osman playing for 45 minutes and scoring in the 2-2 draw while Rodwell managed an hour.

Jack Rodwell

Leon Osman

On the mend: Jack Rodwell (left) and Leon Osman are set to return for Everton

Reserve team manager Alan Stubbs told Everton's website: 'Ossie was very good from the off and got 45 minutes under his belt, which should put him in contention for Saturday.

'He should have scored twice and I told him that at half-time, but he was our chief instigator in the first half – he was at the heart of everything.

'He showed some fantastic first touches and is just a very, very intelligent footballer so it is great for the manager to have him back in contention. Jack also played 60 minutes and that is great for him and also is another player back for the manager.'