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Jack Butland likely to miss Euro 2016 with fractured ankle

Jack Butland covers his face, distraught as injury ended his evening in Berlin. Credit: PA

England goalkeeper Jack Butland has been left "absolutely devastated" after his Euro 2016 hopes looked to have been ended by a fractured ankle.

The Football Association announced the extent of the injury Butland suffered in Saturday's 3-2 victory over Germany, confirming in the process that the 23-year-old has left the England squad.

Such injuries usually require months of recovery time, and with the tournament in France just 10 weeks away it seems inevitable Butland will be spending the summer at home.

The FA said in a statement on Sunday evening: "Goalkeeper Jack Butland will miss Tuesday night's fixture against the Netherlands at Wembley Stadium after fracturing his ankle.

"The Stoke City man sustained the injury in the first half of Saturday's 3-2 victory over Germany in Berlin and has now returned home."

Butland had earlier been optimistic about his prospects, vowing he would "work hard to get back fit".

But the results of a scan delivered news he was dreading, and Butland wrote on Twitter: " Today's scan revealed I've fractured my ankle, absolutely devasted (sic)! I'll be doing everything I can to get back fit as soon as I can!"

Danny Rose to make England debut against Germany

Danny Rose is enjoying his best season at Spurs. Credit: PA

Tottenham full-back Danny Rose will make his England debut in Saturday's clash with Germany (watch live on ITV).

Stoke keeper Jack Butland will start in goal as first choice Joe Hart is missing through injury, while Gary Cahill will captain the side in Berlin.

England XI v Germany: Jack Butland (Stoke), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Chris Smalling (Man Utd), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Danny Rose (Tottenham), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Aston Villa star Grealish can't play for England until 2016

Jack Grealish will have to wait until the new year before being considered for England. Credit: PA

Jack Grealish will have to wait until the new year before he is considered for his first England cap after FIFA confirmed the Aston Villa midfielder has still not been cleared to play for the Three Lions.

Grealish represented the Republic of Ireland at youth level, but decided to switch his allegiance to England, the country of his birth, five weeks ago.

The Aston Villa midfielder and the Football Association submitted the relevant documents to FIFA at the end of September, but world football's governing body confirmed on Wednesday that clearance had still not been granted.

A FIFA spokesperson said: ''We can confirm having been contacted by the Football Association with a request for change of association of the player Jack Grealish.

''The matter is pending and being investigated by our services and as a result, we are not in a position to comment on it any further nor to give an estimation as to the relevant time line.''

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Rooney hails 'huge moment' in England dressing room speech

Dressing room footage shows Wayne Rooney thanking England players and staff after becoming the country's all-time leading goalscorer.

Rooney, whose penalty rounded off a 2-0 win against Switzerland in qualifying for the European Championships, said the honour "means the world to me".

"Coaches, players, staff who I have worked with for such a long time - this is such a huge moment for myself and my family and my career.

"Hopefully for myself and the team there's a lot more to come," he added - before pointing to young stars Harry Kane, Ross Barkley and Raheem Sterling as players who could "come close and even pass me in the future".

Hodgson pushes back England squad announcement

Roy Hodgson has postponed the announcement of his squad for the Euro 2016 qualifiers with San Marino and Switzerland due to the number of decisions which still need to be made.

Hodgson will wait until Sunday to name his next squad. Credit: Reuters

The announcement had been scheduled to take place on Tuesday afternoon, but Hodgson will instead reveal his chosen players on August 30.

Hodgson said:

After meeting with my coaching staff today we have decided to wait until this Sunday before announcing the squad to face San Marino and Switzerland.

We have a large of number of players that still need confirming regarding availability and fitness so rather than selecting a larger squad now, we will wait for the games at the weekend before choosing around 23 players who are definitely available.

– England manager Roy Hodgson

England play in San Marino on September 5 and face Switzerland at Wembley on September 8, with both matches shown live on ITV.

Monk sets sights on England job

Garry Monk wants the England job one day. Credit: PA

Swansea boss Garry Monk has set his sights on managing England, describing it as the "ultimate job".

Monk has impressed in his role at the Liberty Stadium after he succeeded Michael Laudrup in February of last year.

The 36-year-old guided Swansea to a record 56 points and an eighth-placed finish last season and was rewarded with a three-year deal at the start of the summer.

Monk says taking charge of England is his ultimate goal: "I have always been patriotic, a massive supporter of England and grew up watching all of it," said Monk.

"To manage or play for your country, whichever way round it is, has to be the ultimate job doesn't it?

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