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<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <links plcontinue="1|0|Under-18_Premier_League_Cup" />
      <page pageid="1" ns="0" title="Main Page">
          <pl ns="0" title="EFL Trophy" />
          <pl ns="0" title="England" />
          <pl ns="0" title="FA Youth Cup" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Premier League 2" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Premier League Cup" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Premier League International Cup" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Professional Development League 2" />
          <pl ns="0" title="UEFA Youth League" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Under-18 League 2" />
          <pl ns="0" title="Under-18 Premier League" />