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Rodwell eyes England spot

Jack Rodwell has set his sights on securing an England place after completing his move to Sunderland, admitting that watching the World Cup left "a bit of a bitter taste in my mouth".

Watching the World Cup left a little bit of a bitter taste in my mouth. I was supporting the team 100 per cent but I also wanted to be there so I think its's time I put that right, get back playing and get back in the squad

Without doubt the last couple of seasons I have not played nearly enough football as I have wanted to play.

The regular football is the most important thing for me, to play football and get back to enjoying it, so this is a great place for me to be.

– Sunderland midfielder Jack Rodwell


Gus gets tough with Wickham

Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has told striker Connor Wickham, whose contract expires next summer, to sign a new deal or he will be sold.

For me, Connor’s situation is clear. He needs to sign a new contract or we let him go – we sell him. There is nothing in between. He is an asset to the football club and we paid a lot of money for him.

– Sunderland manager Gus Poyet


Scocco departs Black Cats

Ignacio Scocco
Ignacio Scocco failed to make an impact. Credit: PA

Sunderland striker Ignacio Scocco has completed his move back to former club Newell's Old Boys.

The 29-year-old, known as "Nacho", has returned to Argentina following a short, but disappointing spell on Wearside.

Scocco joined the club from Brazilian outfit Internacional for £3.2million in January, and is understood to have left for slightly less after failing to score in his eight appearances for the Black Cats.

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