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Man United star Di Maria will come good - Rooney

Angel Di Maria, left, has received support from his captain, Wayne Rooney, right. Credit: PA

Wayne Rooney has defended Angel Di Maria after the Argentine was withdrawn at half-time in Manchester United's 2-0 win over Sunderland at the weekend.

British record-signing Di Maria has scored three times in 19 appearances from Real Madrid in the summer and hasn't even provided an assist since November.

It (Saturday) was just one of those days that every footballer has.

He is a great player, he has shown that and you don't lose your talent overnight. Hopefully, he will get back to his best and start giving some great performances for us.

He has got a lot of experience and I think he will figure it out, we all have to do that sometimes. There is nothing worse than when everyone keeps going on at you.

You have to come to it in your own way and I am sure he will be a big player for us between now and the end of the season.

– Wayne Rooney speaking to Manutd.com

Spurs striker describes Chelsea loss as 'worst feeling'

Harry Kane says losing the League Cup final was the "worst feeling in the world" but he is sure it will drive Spurs on to win silverware of their own.

Kane was distraught after the Wembley defeat. Credit: PA

Tottenham missed an opportunity to end their seven-year trophy drought on Sunday as Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners at Wembley.

For Kane, a Spurs youth product, losing to one of the club's biggest rivals on the biggest stage hurt badly.

I'm gutted for the players, for my team-mates, for the staff, for the club itself.

It's the worst feeling in the world - losing, and losing in a final on the big stage is even worse.

When you see Chelsea lifting that trophy it makes the fire in your belly burn that you want to be back and you want to be lifting that trophy and that's what we've got to do with the squad we have.

– Spurs striker Harry Kane

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Chelsea captain admits to feeling emotional during English national anthem

John Terry's emotions were stirred on hearing the national anthem at Wembley but the Chelsea captain has no plans to reconsider his retirement from England duty.

Chelsea skipper Terry was emotional on his return to Wembley. Credit: Reuters

The 34-year-old scored his first major final goal in a 2-0 defeat over Spurs before lifting the League Cup on Sunday.

"I have missed it, playing in these big stadiums and in these competitions and I'm delighted to get back to Wembley," Terry said.

"They started playing the national anthem before the game and I was going then."

Asked if he was considering an England return, Terry, who earned 78 caps, added: "No. It's the simple answer, I don't want to go into it right now.

"Being back at Wembley, the atmosphere, the stadium, it's one of the best I have played in, but it's never crossed my mind.

"I have drawn a line under it and the England squad can move on now."

Pietersen wants to work towards England return

Kevin Pietersen is looking for a way back. Credit: PA

Batsman Kevin Pietersen says he will try to work out a way in which he can make a return to the England side.

The South African-born batsman tweeted after hearing the words of incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves, who said Pietersen would need to be playing county cricket to give him hope of coming back to the international set-up.

QPR announce £10m loss as player costs go down

QPR have made efforts to reduce costs. Credit: PA

Premier League strugglers QPR have announced a loss of £9.8million for the leading to May 2014.

The club also stated it had reduced it's expenditure by £22million, helped by lower player costs, which a statement said is 'a trend that will continue'.

Shareholders have written off £60million in loans to help the club who sit 17th in the league.

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Liverpool hoping to learn from past failures - Allen

Joe Allen is eyeing the top four. Credit: PA

Joe Allen believes Liverpool can learn from last season's second place finish in order to secure a place in the top four.

The Welsh midfielder thinks falling short in their title chase thanks to a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace will only make them stronger.

We learned a lot from last season and hopefully that will help us between now and the end of the season.

The disappointment of those games against Chelsea (2-0 defeat) and Palace (3-3) during the run-in hurt us but sometimes you forget how good that run was.

We won 12 of our last 14 games. In the last couple of seasons we've finished really strongly and hopefully we can do something similar again.

Our target is the top four - there's no secret in that.

– Joe Allen
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