HEADLINES

Stuart Pearce has named his provisional England squad ahead of next Wednesday's international friendly against Holland at Wembley.

Tom Cleverley, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck have all been selected, while Sunderland's Frazier Campbell earned a surprise call up.

Micah Richard also returned to the squad, but there was no place for Frank Lampard, Rio Ferdinand or Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Sir Alex Ferguson has denied English clubs are suffering a decline ahead of Manchester United's clash with Ajax at Old Trafford tonight.

There has been an English quarter-finalist in the Champions League every season since 1996, a tradition unlikely to continue this year.

TRANSFER NEWS

Arsenal are reportedly lining up bids for Bundesliga stars Mario Gotze and Lukas Podolski, who could cost upwards of £55m. (talkSPORT)

Liverpool have been linked with a move for Barcelona youngster Cristian Tello, who has impressed in recent months. (Daily Mail)

And finally, Rafael Benitez's agent has rejected speculation Chelsea have talked to his client about replacing Andre Villas-Boas. (The Guardian)

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