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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.

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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Reports of stabbing spark police response in Southport

The pub has been cordoned off after reports of a stabbing. Credit: Google Maps

A major police response has been sparked after reports of a stabbing in Southport.

A cordon is in place around The Coronation pub on King Street.

The victim is believed to have tried to escape into the Subway branch on the corner of King Street and Eastbank Street. Credit: Google Maps

Forensic officers have been seen inside the Subway branch on the corner of King Street and Eastbank Street after reports the victim tried to escape inside.

At least one person is believed to have been taken to hospital.

A police helicopter has been seen above the area. It is not known if the perpetrator has been caught.

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