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England training at St George"s Park: Joe Hart and Roy Hodgson ahead of San Marino

I've not been brilliant, says England keeper Hart… but U17s disagree as Sportsmail joins juniors to beat lockdown and take sneak peak at Hodgson's training sessionWatch video of youngsters at the senior squad's trainingPlus watch Scott Parker's and Joe Hart's press conferences

, as Ben Foster returned to the England fold to challenge for the No 1 jersey.

And although he welcomes the return of West Brom’s Foster after a two-year break from international football, Hart is determined to try and keep hold of the goalkeeping jersey.

'Is Foster good enough to push me Yes, but I’ve felt that every time I’ve come away with England,’ said Hart. 'My job when I was first involved was to really push hard. We all train like we are going to play and push each other and it’s really good.

Senior moment: England's U17s watch Roy Hodgson's squad train ahead of their qualifier against San Marino on Friday

Senior moment: England's U17s watch Roy Hodgson's squad train ahead of their qualifier against San Marino on Friday

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NextGen: England U17s squad members

NextGen: England U17s squad members from left – Connor Ogilvie (Tottenham), Alex Gilliead (Newcastle), Alex Kiwomya (Chelsea), George Green (Everton), Bryn Morris (Middlesbrough)

VIDEO: England U17s watch Roy Hodgson's behind-closed-doors session…

How the stand: England's group

How the stand: England's group

'If anyone of the three played, then we’d be in a strong position.'

However, Hart will not give up his position easily.

He said: 'I’m in that privileged spot at the moment. I didn’t dream of this spot because I didn’t think it would happen.

'I’m doing what I’ve always wanted to do, I love it, I’ll keep working and training hard if there are no keepers or 1,000 keepers.

Group H: Fixtures

Group H: Fixtures

'That No 1 spot is one I want to keep and last summer (Euro 2012) was a real high point in my career.
“It was one of the best footballing things I’ve done. To play in a tournament like that is a dream.'

Hart concedes himself and City have struggled to maintain last season’s standards, but he still refuses to give up the title to Manchester United.

He said: 'My season has not been brilliant. It’s had its good times but it’s football. It’s what I love doing.

'I’ve enjoyed it, it’s been tough, things haven’t always gone my way. I’m enjoying the fight and getting back in there.

'Sometimes you take knocks, that’s football, you take opinions, but you’ve got to be strong.

'I feel strong, good, that I’m doing the right things and hopefully I can have a good end to the season.

'I understand you have your great nights and sometimes things don’t go the way you want. That’s the way it is.

Playing for keeps: England's goalkeepers (from left) Joe Hart, Fraser Forster and Ben Foster during a training session in Burton Upon Trent

Playing for keeps: England's goalkeepers (from left) Joe Hart, Fraser Forster and Ben Foster during a training session in Burton Upon Trent

'I’m my strongest critic but I would never bury myself. It’s pretty obvious when you make a mistake as a keeper, you don’t need to dwell on it too long. It’s out there.'

Hart added: 'With City, it’s not been last year that’s for sure. It’s been tough. We are not in the position we want to be in.

'We remain focused and hard on the case of what we need to do. We are still in one cup, a little further away than we would like to be in terms of the league.

'But we need to nail down that second spot and in doing that it will push us to really go for the title as well.

'You can’t not go for it. It’s a long way off but we’ve got an awful lot to fight for and it’s a big couple of months for us.'

Meanwhile, the World Cup fires are burning brightly for Scott Parker now he has finally recovered from the achilles injury that threatened his international future.

The Tottenham man returned from Euro 2012 requiring surgery on a long-term problem.

Joe Hart on Rio Ferdinand's England absence and the return of Ben…

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VIDEO: Scott Parker on his delight to be back fit and firing…


Great Scott: Parker (second right), Tom Cleverley (right), Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole (left) warm u

Great Scott: Parker (second right), Tom Cleverley (right), Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole (left) warm up at St George's Park ahead of the World Cup qualification double-header

The boss: England's manager Roy Hodgson

The boss: England's manager Roy Hodgson

The operation kept him out until December, but after making 13 successive starts for Spurs, Parker is feeling good again.

And he is starting to train his sights on the greatest show on earth in Brazil next year.

'Now I am amongst it again, the fire rumbles in my belly to get there for Brazil,' said Parker.

'I have not had many massive injuries in my career but the ones you do have give you that hunger again.

'I need to take things one step at a time but, now I am in the squad, if I get my chance I need to take it.'

Midway through his first major tournament last summer, Parker did outline a theory that it could be his last.

Still only 32, it seemed an extreme assessment given his status as England’s most natural defensive midfielder.

Yet part of Parker’s thinking may have been formulated by the knowledge his troublesome Achilles injury, which flared up towards the end of last season, was going to need sorting out.

And, as the former West Ham man is acutely aware, nothing can be taken for granted in the recovery stages from such significant surgery.

'I didn’t really have any pain during Euro 2012 but there was a slight problem with my Achilles during the summer and in the end I needed to have an operation,' said Parker. 'And if you ask any player when they have been out for some time, doubts do cross your mind about when you are going to come back.

'There are long days when you are feeling unfit and everything seems a struggle. Then negative thoughts do set in.

'But once you are out of pain and on the road back towards playing again, your focus changes.'

Although Parker has not featured for his country since that disappointing penalty shoot-out defeat by Italy in Kiev last June, the experience of being in Poland and Ukraine has fuelled a passion to be part of another major tournament with England.

'I had a fantastic time at the Euros,' he said. 'It was a great experience for me and it did explode at quite a late age but I would love to be involved in a World Cup squad.

'A lot can happen between now and then. If I can stay fit and maintain my form hopefully I will have a chance.'

Liverpool"s Raheem Sterling barracked by Brendan Rodgers

Is this training ground barracking from Rodgers behind Sterling's stunning start to season at Liverpool

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10:21 GMT, 28 August 2012

He first caught the eye with a man-of-the-match
performance in Liverpool’s Europa League tie with Hearts last week and then
took it a level further by terrorising the Manchester City defence on Sunday.

But could a pre-season dressing down from boss Brendan
Rodgers be behind Raheem Sterling’s outstanding start to the season

A sneak preview of a behind-the-scenes documentary about
Liverpool filmed by American broadcaster Fox shows the 17-year-old on the
receiving end of a barracking from the new Liverpool manager on the club’s
pre-season tour to America.

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Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City's Kolo Toure a torrid time at Anfield on Sunday

Raheem Sterling gave Manchester City's Kolo Toure a torrid time at Anfield on Sunday

Rodgers singles Sterling out during a training debrief
after the winger interrupts his team talk and tells him he’ll be on the ‘next
plane home’ if he doesn’t listen.

The manager says: 'Your attitude you need to improve and your work. You need to improve your attitude.'

Sterling clearly disagrees and says 'steady' to which Rodgers replies: 'You say 'steady' to me again when I say something to you and you'll be on the first plane back.'

Sterling's protestations of innocence aren't picked up by the microphone, but Rodgers continues: 'You know what you said, I know what you said. You'll be on the first plane back.'

Pointing to some of the senior first teamers, he says: 'You should be like sponges here, learning off these guys here. You're very very fortunate to be here.'

Rodgers then singles out the Academy striker Adam Morgan for praise, adding: 'Make sure when you're here you show the attitude of this kid here who works his socks off, who listens, who learns, and will get his rewards.'

And as the players walk back to the changing rooms
following the session in Boston a month ago, Rodgers makes a bee-line to Sterling
to get an apology.

The fly-on-the-wall footage offers an insight into the
strict Rodgers regime as he tries to bring a new brand of attractive, attacking
football to Anfield.

And the manager was quick to recognise how far Sterling
has progressed after the 2-2 draw with City on Sunday, in which the youngster gave
Kolo Toure a nightmare afternoon.

The documentary is an insight into the authoritarian regime of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield

The documentary is an insight into the authoritarian regime of Brendan Rodgers at Anfield

In an indication of how things have turned full circle,
Rodgers said: ‘I have seen a lot of development in him in a short time. He takes
on a lot of the concepts and he is very good with instructions.

‘Normally wingers want to do their own thing but he is
tactically improving every day. I said when I first came in, I wouldn’t judge
people on their status, on what they are or what they have done, but on what I
see in front of me.

‘He is a young player who has just improved every single
day since I came in here. For a 17-year-old playing against the champions, I
thought his performance was fantastic.’

Liverpool are still searching for their first win of the
Premier League season after losing 3-0 at West Bromwich on the opening day, but
the breakthrough performances of Sterling present Rodgers with a very pleasant selection
dilemma.

The Fox documentary, called ‘Being Liverpool’, will air in
six parts this autumn and promises viewers unique and ‘unprecedented access to
the club, the players and the management team.’ It will be shown by Channel
Five in the UK.

Now watch the video of Sterling's training ground barracking

Roberto Mancini rides bike in Manchester City colours

That's wheel passion, Roberto! City boss starts title bid with new bike in club colours

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10:01 GMT, 8 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

If there are any lingering skeptics when it comes to Roberto Mancini's future at Manchester City, it's time for them to get on their bike.

The Italian has long been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium despite the huge success he has delivered with the whopping budget.

A number of big Italian clubs have
been keen to take him home, while Russia were interested before they
eventually appointed Fabio Capello.

But
Mancini has given another indication of his commitment to the club – by
riding into training on his new custom-made City bicycle!

Sneak preview: Man City posted this picture on their Twitter account of Roberto Mancini's bike

Sneak preview: Man City posted this picture on their Twitter account of Roberto Mancini's bike

The sky blue bike is emblazoned with the club's badge and City were happy to show it off in pictures posted on their Twitter account.

Mancini has regularly cycled into their Carrington training HQ from his home to keep himself trim.

The manager is often seen arriving through the front gates ahead of putting the players through their paces.

Hands up if you're champions: Mancini watched Brazil v South Korea on Tuesday night

Hands up if you're champions: Mancini watched Brazil v South Korea on Tuesday night

Mancini is masterminding City's bid to retain the Barclays Premier League title after pipping rivals United to it in the dying minutes of last season.

They face FA Cup winners Chelsea in the Community Shield final on Sunday.