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Allardyce undecided on future of Rooney's England captaincy

Sam Allardyce during the England manager Media conference today. Credit: Press Association.

The new England manager Sam Allardyce has refused to be drawn on Wayne Rooney's future as England captain.

In his first press conference since taking up the job, the former Bolton and Blackburn boss said it was too early to reveal his choice for captain ahead of the World Cup qualifying campaign.

"It's far too early to make any predictions," he said. "I'm going to leave that until we meet all the players and get all the coaching staff together and plan for the internationals in September. It's my first day in, I'm getting my feet under the table and meeting everyone."

Rooney in action for England. Credit: Press Association.

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New police scheme means online shoppers don't have to give strangers their address

Greater Manchester Police have become the first force in the UK to launch an new scheme designed improve safety for internet shoppers.

The force has launched a ‘Internet Purchase Exchange Location’ scheme, where people who are trading goods online can meet potential buyers or sellers in a safe environment.

The concept is simple, with an ‘Internet Purchase Exchange Location’ being a designated area outside a public building or police station where people can meet to exchange money and goods following purchases on internet sites such as Ebay, Craigslist and Gumtree.

The idea is being trialled in north Manchester, and the first sign of its type is already in place outside the North Manchester police headquarters, where it will be under CCTV surveillance.

“As the number of people using online sites to do their shopping continues to rise, so does the need for such safety and crime prevention schemes."

– Chief Superintendent Wasim Chaudhry, Head of the City of Manchester Policing team
  • The location of the trial site can be found immediately outside GMP North Manchester Headquarters, Northampton Road, M40 5BP.

Denise Fergus: 'I'm James's voice because he doesn't have one of his own.'

The mother of James Bulger has told ITV she's been given a chilling reminder of the murder of her son - after a two-year-old girl was kidnapped in a shopping centre.

Denise Fergus was speaking to ITV's Good Morning Britain after two girls, aged 13 and 14, were sentenced to three years and three months in a youth detention centre when they admitted snatching a toddler in Newcastle.

James was abducted and murdered at the age of two in 1993. Credit: ITV News.

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Manchester derby in China cancelled due to weather

Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho Credit: Press Association

The hotly-anticipated reunion between Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola has been delayed after Monday's International Champions Cup game between Manchester United and City was cancelled.

United boss Mourinho and new City manager Guardiola, who were fierce rivals while coaching Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, were due to face off for the first time in almost three years when the Manchester clubs met in a friendly fixture at Beijing's Bird's Nest Stadium.

But heavy rain in the Chinese capital has rendered the pitch unplayable, with United revealing on Twitter that "tournament organisers and participating clubs have decided to cancel" the encounter.

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