Lunchtime Report: February 5

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England Under-21s boss Stuart Pearce believes that Chelsea star Ashley Cole is the best left-back to ever play for the Three Lions.

Cole is set to make his 100th international cap in the friendly with Brazil at Wembley on Wednesday,

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has insisted he is not giving up on an international recall.

Ferdinand has been in outstanding form recently and claimed he would jump at the chance and “pack his bags” if England manager Roy Hodgson were to call.

Arsenal’s pursuit of Barcelona striker David Villa could be threatened by La Liga club Atletico Madrid.

Reports today have suggested the Spain international could opt for a move to Diego Simeone’s side if the Gunners are not able to secure Champions League football next season.

Manchester City have been warned by UEFA that they will not allow Financial Fair Play rules be “cheated” with massive sponsorship deals from companies closely associated with their owners.

City’s £400million deal with Etihad Airways could come under closer scrutiny due to links with the Citizens’ Abu Dhabi owners.

Tottenham Hotspur striker Emmanuel Adebayor has admitted he feels exhausted after Togo’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign came to an end at the quarter-final stage.

Adebayor is unlikely to get any respite upon his return to Spurs as he is now the only fit senior centre-forward following Jermain Defoe picking up an injury against West Brom.

Brazil star Ronaldinho has claimed his only regret is not playing more seasons with Lionel Messi at Barcelona.

The Atletico Mineiro man left the Camp Nou in 2008 to join AC Milan, just as Messi was beginning to establish himself for Barcelona.

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