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England interim manager Gareth Southgate: "This is a great opportunity to show what English players can do. I keep hearing about what English player cannot do, but I have seen what they can do. I want them to show it."
Theo Walcott: "If you see something on the pitch which is not working, you need to stand up and change it.
"Having that much support at ewmbley shows hwow much faith people have behind us. We want to make people enjoy English football again and the Premier League is the best league in the world.
"We want everyone to stand up and be involved in the game. When the fans are involved, that extra percentage helps."
Arsenal forward Theo Walcott: "I don't want this time to stop. I have been working hard and I want to be better than the opposition. It is stuff people won't see, but deep down you know you are ready for the match having trained well during the week.
"I want this form to continue and you have the support of the team-mates too. It is a completely new bunch of players but we want to put the dis of the Euros right, there is no reason why we cannot do better. It is great that comes from the manager.
"When we have the freedom to express ourselves, that bodes well for the future."
England interim manager Gareth Southgate: "As a coach, you have to have agility. Showing different skills at different moments.
"I have not had to be firm in discipline this week and those who have been with me in the Under-21 side know there is a line. You have to be clear on why you are doing things."
Interim manager Gareth Southgate on taking charge of the senior side:
"I am hugely excited by the match. The sell-out crowd shows what England means to the supporters and I don't think any country in the world will have a crowd like ours.
"My pride in leading the team is echoed by the players' desire to do well. It has shone through how much they want to make the country proud. I believe over the next few years they will."
Interim manager Gareth Southgate confirms Wayne Rooney will start as England captain.
"I am sure the full team will leak out but I don't want to give the opposition advantage of knowing our team. It is the professional thing to do.
"Wayne Rooney's ability to control the game an his exp. We will have more of the ball against Malta so I expect us to control the game. We will need to show patience and stick to our princicples of playing. Maybe we can get an early go.
"I want us to be brave, prepare to take chances."
Gareth Southgate gives an injury update: "We are monitoring Gary Cahill. We have lost a few players this week and times I was thinking if this is the landscape all the time. Fortunately, I am used to dealing with that.
"We will have a look after the Malta game to see if we can bring anyone in."
Interim manager Gareth Southgate is in his seat to preview England's game against Malta on Saturday.
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Captain Darren Fletcher insists Scotland are not getting preoccupied with how many points they should get ahead of their World Cup qualifiers against Lithuania and Slovakia.
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Queens Park Rangers have been fined £7,500 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of misconduct in the west London derby at Fulham.
The R's "failed to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion" during Saturday's 2-1 win.
Referee Lee Mason stated three QPR players surrounded him after awarding Fulham a 95th-minute penalty in the Championship game, which was missed.
Rangers have also been warned about their further conduct.
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Everton forward Enner Valencia is pursued by police in Ecuador after leaving the field injured during a match against Chile, the officers wanted to speak to the striker about alleged unpaid alimony.
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Italy have sent striker Graziano Pelle home after he refused to shake the coach's hand after being brought off against Spain.
The ex-Southampton forward, who now plays in China, was substituted by Giampiero Ventura in the 1-1 draw against Spain on Thursday. But he walked past Ventura and ignored his outstretched hand as he made his way off the pitch for Ciro Immobile. Italy were 1-0 down at the time.
"Being part of the national team begins with showing respect for the staff, team-mates and fans," read an Italian Football Federation statement.
"The head coach together with the FIGC has decided to exclude Graziano Pelle due to his disrespectful behaviour."
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Michael O'Neill's main selection issue for Northern Ireland's World Cup qualifier against San Marino looks to be whether to start Kyle Lafferty.
Lafferty, 29, made little impression in the draw against the Czech Republic last month and has since remained largely out of favour at Norwich.
Manager O'Neill must decide whether to again opt for a lone central striker in Saturday's game at Windsor Park.
QPR's Conor Washington and Charlton's Josh Magennis are the other options.
Carl Froch has said retired boxers should be supported, to help them with mental health issues.
Former world featherweight champion Barry McGuigan voiced his support for a foundation for boxers with mental health issues yesterday. And Froch agreed that retired boxers can struggle to readjust after a life in "such a bravado sport".
“Retired fighters find it hard to get back into civilian life after they retire," he told Radio 5 live. "They have nothing else to do, they’ve only ever known boxing since they were kids. A lot of them get a taste of super-stardom and almost reach financial freedom, but 95% of them don’t.
“Support does need to be provided. People keep [mental health issues] under the hat. Especially boxers, where it’s such a bravado sport, you don’t want to admit you have got a weakness.”
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