Date: 8th February 2013 at 10:26am
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The winger has silenced many of his critics lately.

A tough fought victory at Fulham on Saturday followed by title rivals City dropping points against Liverpool on Sunday, Manchester went into the mid-week internationals on somewhat of a high.

Nine points clear with 13 games left to play is a great position to be in, but nobody is looking beyond the next game.

Everton at Old Trafford was the fixture which really derailed in the 2011/12 campaign – and having lost 1-0 to the Toffees on the opening day of this season, revenge is surely on the agenda despite Sir Alex claiming it does not enter his thought process.

Ashley Young will return to the squad for Sunday with touch and go due to an illness.

Many were in action during the week and those who impressed were Wayne Rooney who scored for England in the 2-1 victory over Brazil; Antonio who lined up against Portuguese team-mate Nani in a thrilling 3-2 victory for Ecuador and finally Shinji Kagawa, who got two assists to his name for Japan.

It seems the one player who will not work his way back into the international set-up is experienced centre half, Rio Ferdinand.

Roy Hodgson reacted angrily at questions about Rio and banned the from mentioning him.

Rio obviously still has the ability to play at this level but it is fair to say his age does go against him.

Roy Hodgson previously picked John ahead of Ferdinand, despite Terry being in trouble for making racist remarks; somewhat of a massive Faux Pas from the England Manager.

This is probably a case of Hodgson not wanting to return to Rio with his tail between his legs.

2013 tour news has been announced which will see play fixtures in Australia, Yokohama, Osaka and Hong Kong througout July.

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