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Evening Report: March 19

Tomas Rosicky says he is keen to play more regularly for Arsenal and is determined to help the club secure qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

The experienced midfielder missed the start of this season due to an Achilles injury and has been restricted to just nine appearances in all competitions.

Frank Lampard has set his sights on a century of England appearances after scoring his landmark 200th goal for Chelsea.

The Blues midfielder is fully aware that he's closing in on another football milestone, with six more appearances needed to make 100 international caps.

Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany looks set to feature for Belgium despite the concerns of his club.

Kompany has not played since January due to a calf problem but has reported for duty ahead of the World Cup qualifying double-header against Macedonia.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has admitted his disappointment at Rio Ferdinand's England withdrawal, but sees no reason why the Manchester United defender cannot represent his country again in the future.

Manager Roy Hodgson had performed a selection U-turn in welcoming Ferdinand back to his squad, but the 34-year-old was forced to pull out due to his 'pre-planned training and medical programme'.

Kyle Walker insists he knows the secret to stopping Tottenham goal machine Gareth Bale - but won't be telling anybody.

Bale has been in sensational form, scoring 21 goals for Spurs this season, but Walker admits he has discovered how to keep him quiet.

And finally, Barcelona defender Eric Abidal has played his first match since liver surgery, after coming through 65 minutes of a training ground friendly.

The 33-year-old has not played for Barca's senior side in over a year, but turned out against French second division side, Istres on Tuesday afternoon.

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