Jon Walters (left) celebrates scoring his second goal with Richard Keogh  during the Euro 2016 play-off second leg between the Republic of Ireland and Bosnia-Herzegovina at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

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David Meyler scores for Hull City in their Capital One Cup tie against  Swansea City at KC Stadium. Photograph: Nigel Roddis/Getty Images

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Petr Cech could leave Chelsea in search of regular football, with Arsenal potential suitors. Photograph: Reuters

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Liverpool were beaten 6-1 by Stoke City in Steven Gerrard’s final appearance. Photograph: PA

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Joshua King celebrates scoring his third and Blackburn’s fourth during their 4-1 FA Cup fifth round rout of Stoke City. (Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Images)

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Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero heads the ball towards goal  against  Stoke City at Britannia Stadium. Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

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Stoke City’s Peter Crouch celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match at St James’ Park, Newcastle. Photograph: Owen Humphreys/PA

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Asmir Begovic of Stoke City fails to stop the ball crossing the line as Alexis Sanchez (not pictured) of Arsenal scores his team’s third goal from a free-kick   at Emirates Stadium. Photograph:   Clive Rose/Getty Images

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Stoke City’s Stephen Ireland celebrates scoring against Wrexham in the   FA Cup, third round match at the Britannia Stadium. Photograph: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire.

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  Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has confirmed he is to leave Anfield at the end of the season after making the “toughest decision of his life” to leave his boyhood club.  Photograph: Phil Noble/PA Wire

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