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Hodgson calls for calm over Spurs striker Kane

Harry Kane will start against Italy, one would think. Credit: PA

England boss Roy Hodgson has moved to calm the hopes of fans when it comes to Harry Kane.

The Spurs striker scored on his England debut against Lithuania, but Hodgson has called for patience when it comes to the 21-year-old.

If I was just a fan I would be shouting the same things, but you have to understand that you have a responsibility as a coach - not just to Harry Kane but to lots of other players as well - that you have to think what is best for everybody.

What is best for the team, what is best for everybody, what is going to make it work? We are not going to hold him back, but on the other hand I hope I have got Harry Kane for a long period to come and I don't be the one who throws him in and he flies too close to the sun.

– Roy Hodgson

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Liverpool forward departs England squad

Raheem Sterling played against Lithuania. Credit: PA

Raheem Sterling has left the England camp after having an injection in his toe, but the Liverpool winger expects to be fit for next weekend's crucial Premier League match with Arsenal.

The 20-year-old impressed in Friday's 4-0 victory against Lithuania, netting his first senior goal for the Three Lions in a one-sided Euro 2016 qualifier.

Italy boss receives death threats over midfielder injury

Italy head coach Antonio Conte has received death threats after Juventus midfielder Claudio Marchisio suffered a season-ending injury on international duty.

Marchisio ruptured knee ligaments during a warm-up ahead of their Euro 2016 qualifier against Bulgaria.

Antonio Conte isn't happy. Credit: PA

“I saw him (Conte) shaken this morning,” the Italian football federation (FIGC) president, Carlo Tavecchio, told Radio Rai on Saturday. “After yesterday’s controversy, he received death threats on the internet.

“I met with Conte for a long time and he is not calm. All these things have been said on social networks and he feels vilified for something that is not his fault. The FIGC stands by him.”

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