Evening Report: September 11

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Roy Hodgson reserved special praise for his defence and goalkeeper following England's goalless draw with Ukraine on Tuesday night.

England came under intense pressure in the second half, and Hodgson was impressed by how Joe Hart and the back four managed to stand firm.

Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed his delight at being honoured by Trafford Council.

The former Manchester United manager has been given the freedom of the borough, and will have a street named after him.

Andre Villas-Boas has played down Tottenham's title chances.

Spurs have been identified by some as contenders to win the Premier League after a busy summer in the transfer market, but Villas-Boas is not prepared to get carried away.

Branislav Ivanovic has praised Kevin de Bruyne for 'refreshing' Chelsea's attacking options this season.

De Bruyne has impressed under Jose Mourinho so far, and Ivanovic believes the young Belgian is a star in the making.

Santi Cazorla has described new Arsenal teammate Mesut Ozil as a 'spectacular' acquisition by the club.

Ozil is set to make his Arsenal debut on Saturday, and Cazorla is excited by the prospect of linking-up with the German.

Too much has been made of Gerard Pique's assertion that Barcelona were 'slaves' to tiki-taka under Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova, according to Jonathan dos Santos.

Pique's comments have been seized upon by the Spanish press, but Dos Santos believes his teammate has been 'misinterpreted'.

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