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The first three days of this Ashes series so far has produced some outstanding, at times unpredictable cricket and several momentum swingers. From Australia removing England for a measly 215 inside the first day, to a superb spell of bowling that saw Australia fall from 75-4 at the close of the first day’s play to 117-9 – trailing at that stage by 95 – to the incredible record breaking innings by debutant Ashton Agar who played brilliantly for his 98 batting at number 11 which helped Australia to 280 all out and a lead of 65.

England were wobbling too until Ian Bell and Stuart Broad (day three controversy aside when he should have been given out on 37 by umpire Aleem Dar) came to the crease hitting 109 and 65 respectively to guide England to 375 all out just before lunch on day four, setting Australia 311 to claim victory at Trent Bridge.

The hosts had resumed this morning on 326-6 – a lead of 261 – and it was first Stuart Broad who raised his bat aloft with a streaky four through the slip region that could of easily have been taken – that brought up his 10th fifty in Test Cricket.

It did not take Ian Bell much longer to add five to his overnight score as he became the first man in series to reach three-figures – and surely one of his best in an England shirt. Timely runs for a man who averaged only 18 against New Zealand in the spring, and someone who only made 25 in the first innings here .

Broad was removed shortly after however with a loose shot off the bowling of James Pattinson that carried through to Brad Haddin. Bell was then removed with a delivery by Mitchell Starc (3-81) that swung away at the last moment as he too was caught behind by wicket-keeper Haddin.

Graeme Swann’s eyes must have lit up at the prospect of bowling later on in the match on such a dry surface, but his time at the crease with the bat was to prove to be a brief one as he came and went for 9 having been caught by captain Michael Clarke off of the bowling of Peter Siddle.

James Anderson – who took a five wicket haul with a devastating spell of bowling on Thursday – then chipped one to mid-wicket off Peter Siddle who took 3-85 to leave England all out for 375.

The Australians undoubtedly will be aware that victory – despite the fact there is still a lot of time left in the game – will require something very very special. In fact the record scored successfully chased down at Trent Bridge was by England against New Zealand when they successfully chased down 284 to win back in 2004.

Australia have made a positive start to the run chase with both Shane Watson (18) and Chris Rogers (10) surviving before lunch as Australia reached 28-0 at the interval, requiring a further 283 to go 1-0 up in the five match series.

More to follow….

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For England cricket fans, this has truly been the Winter of Discontent. Whatever hope and gaiety surrounded England’s 3-0 win against Australia in the home Ashes series of 2013 had all but evaporated by the end of the Adelaide Test. Now with the series done and dusted, and the urn returned to Oz in another 5-0 whitewash, it’s clear to everyone that serious changes are in order if England are to turn things around in time for the next home series in 2015.

Everyone has their own ideas about what went wrong. We picked the wrong bowlers. We picked the right bowlers and didn’t play them. Our batsmen were out of nick. There weren’t enough warm-up games. Jonathan Trott going home for medial reasons unsettled us. Graeme Swann’s sudden retirement left us without a proper spinner (sorry Monty, but it’s true). The backroom staff were to blame. The players were jaded and tired from playing back-to-back Ashes series. Maybe – just maybe – Australia were just too good: too fast, too confident, too frightening.

In 18 months the Ashes will be contested again, and I will still be supporting England regardless of what happens in between. Like many England fans, I prize the Ashes above any other series, and am reconciled to the fact that most of our problems won’t be fixed in a few short months. Nevertheless, I have come up with 10 ways in which the Ashes could be got back. Some of them are practical suggestions, some of them are more fanciful, but at your lowest point one should be willing to give anything a try.

Here then, in no particular order, are my recommendations for the ECB…

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With England’s place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil confirmed national coach Roy Hodgson can now begin to assess his options. There were few surprises in the squad announced to face Chile and Germany in Wembley friendlies.

Southampton pair Adam Lallana and Jay Rodriguez, 25 and 24 respectively, earned deserved call-ups as the Saints continue to fly high under Argentine coach Mauricio Pochettino. The Three Lions roster is getting an increasingly younger flavour through regular inclusions of defenders Kyle Walker, Chris Smalling and Phil Jones among others.

Everton starlet Ross Barkley and Spurs winger Andros Townsend have also broken into the squad this season. They join a recalled Jordan Henderson and forwards Danny Welbeck and Daniel Sturridge – all being well – on international duty over the next couple of weeks.

Hodgson has already shown he is prepared to place his faith in youth, but the usual suspects still remain. Only time and the teamsheet will tell how much he is prepared to experiment in the coming months.

As luck would have it, we have got some suggestions for you Roy. WhatCulture looks at five English youngsters playing regular Premier League football that Hodgson may want to look at between now and the summer.

5. James Ward-Prowse

If Southampton teammates Rickie Lambert, Lallana and Rodriguez can all get senior international recognition then why not teenager Ward-Prowse?

The 19-year-old Saints midfielder has made three Premier League assists so far this term from a right wing berth at St Marys. Pochettino is prepared to play Ward-Prowse plenty and often despite possessing more senior options. He is keeping the likes of Northern Ireland skipper Steven Davis and Uruguay international Gaston Ramirez on the bench.

Graduating from Southampton’s academy is follow to in some big footsteps. Gareth Bale, Wayne Bridge and Theo Walcott are some of the best of British to come before Ward-Prowse. Given Lallana’s second call-up the South Coast hotbed is definitely at the forefront of England thinking.

You could also make a case for young Luke Shaw too. Hodgson has named three left backs already in his squad, however. The strength in depth in that position is remarkable given only a few years ago Ashley Cole was totally unchallenged as first choice.

Now Shaw has Leighton Baines and Kieran Gibbs to contend with. Nobody questions the prodigious talent of the Saints teenager, but experienced and consistent heads will get the nod in England’s fullback berths.

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Phase one is complete for England. An eventual dismantling of a poor Montenegro side leaves the Three Lions one win away from the World Cup, barring any miracles from San Marino against second placed Ukraine.

It turned out to be a breath of fresh air from a normally conservative England side. Roy Hodgson’s decision to go more attacking worked and Andros Townsend skipped and slithered his way down the touchline in an impressive debut.

Next up is Poland who will have 18,000 fans cheering them on at Wembley and possess Robert Lewandowski, one of Europe’s most feared strikers after his four goal haul against Real Madrid in the Champions League last term.

Though the Polish side remain a potent threat, the media should be careful to overhype this outfit. They remain overmatched in many areas of the park and don’t exactly have a stunning record in thus far, even becoming the only team to concede to San Marino.

So here are five reasons why England can look forward to facing Poland instead of fear and nerves being the overriding emotion.

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The World Cup qualifying stage reaches its dramatic conclusion tomorrow evening, and though nine countries in total have secured their tickets for the flight to Brazil, many more are still sweating over their places.

Least of all England, who must defeat arch-enemy Poland on Tuesday night or face the ignominy of scrapping it out in a two-legged play-off.

Group H is finely balanced as things stand with the Three Lions guaranteed at least second spot, but in danger of being leapfrogged by Ukraine should they slip up at Wembley Stadium.

With Ukraine playing pointless San Marino, a guaranteed three-pointer, anything less than victory for Roy Hodgson’s side tomorrow will be viewed as a disaster.

Already, the British tabloids have been digging up stories this week of one of England’s most heartbreaking of group stage eliminations.

This weekend marks the 40th anniversary since Sir Alf Ramsey’s England were knocked out of the qualifying stage of the 1974 World Cup by none other than Poland, which is perhaps just a little bit too coincidental for many’s liking.

And, as one country holds its collective breath, so too do many more of the world’s best footballing nations.

England are by no means alone when it comes to doubt over World Cup aspirations, and as we explain here, there could be one or two other surprise absentees on that plane to Rio…

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With Euro 2020 set to be staged among 13 cities across Europe, UEFA have announced 32 of its members are hoping to host a game in their home nation – most notably, with the United Kingdom & Ireland telling UEFA of their desire to stage a number of games in each home nation respectively.

England (London), Scotland (Glasgow) Wales (Cardiff) Republic of Ireland (Dublin) are the city choices that have been sent in to UEFA. An official decision on the 13 cities to be chosen will be made on the 25th of September next year.

The England Football Association are hoping to host the semi-finals and final of Euro 2020 at Wembley, however UEFA president Michel Platini has previously revealed his desire for Istanbul to host the finals if the Turkish city were to miss out on hosting the 2020 Olympics games – which they did.

The format will change for Euro 2020, with 16 teams expanding to 24, to mark 60 years since the European body was formed.

‘We’re extremely proud to see more than half of our member associations willing to host matches at Euro 2020. The finals will be a great celebration of football across the European continent, and the 60th anniversary edition will be truly special to all football fans.’ – Michel Platini.

source – bbc sport

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  • Date: Wednesday, 6th February
  • Venue: Wembley Stadium
  • K/o: 19:30

Team News

England manager Roy Hodgson will be without a trio of players ahead of tonight’s international friendly against 5 time World Cup Winners Brazil.

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick (hip), Tottenham’s Jermain Defoe (ankle) and Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge (thigh) have dropped out, and Hodgson has opted not to call up any replacements.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will start in defence, gaining his 100th England cap in doing so, becoming only one of seven internationals to achieve such a feat for the Three Lions.

Brazil have included former Barcelona and AC Milan midfielder Ronaldinho in their 23-man squad tonight. Julio Cesar will likely start in goal following his impressive performances for Queens Park Rangers recently, while Luiz Felipe Scolari’s team boats three current Chelsea players in the form of David Luiz, Ramires and Oscar.

Luis has been announced as the club’s captain and it is hoped he will overcome a calf complaint in time to play.

Prodigious Santos striker Neymar is likely to spearhead the attack alongside Zenit St. Petersburg’s Hulk.

Match Preview

Five-time FIFA World Cup winners Brazil will kick-off The Football Association’s 150th anniversary year when they visit Wembley Stadium tonight, a warm up for Roy Hodgson’s men ahead of next month’s World Cup Qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.

Chelsea left-back Ashley Cole will definitely start tonight, according to the England manager, who has been shorn of attacking options following the late omissions of Daniel Sturridge and Jermain Defoe through injury.

Wayne Rooney is likely to get the nod up front tonight alongside fellow Manchester United teammate Danny Welbeck, though Arsenal’s Theo Walcott is also being considered as an attacking option.

This will be the 24th meeting between the pair, and it has usually been a one-sided encounter. Of the 23 meetings so far, Brazil have prevailed in 11 of them, compared to England’s 3 wins and 9 draws. Brazil have also outscored England since their first encounter in 1956, scoring 31 to England’s 19 strikes.

That, coupled with the fact that Brazil are the most successful team in World Cup history, will make this one as stern a test as any for England.

It will hardly be made any easier with the inclusion of Santos striker Neymar, who last year banged in 43 goals in 47 appearances and has already scored five in five appearances in 2013, too.

The word “prodigious” was tailor-made for players such as this.

This encounter could serve as a barometer as to where England stand in terms of facing world class opposition, and may provide us with some indication as to their chances at the 2014 World Cup, hosted by tonight’s visitors.

Likely Line-Ups

Hart, Cole, Cahill, Jagielka, Johnson, Lennon, Lampard, Gerrard, Walcott, Rooney, Welbeck

Cesar, Alves, Luiz, Miranda, Adriano, Oscar, Ramires, Ronaldinho, Moura, Neymar, Hulk

Source: Sky Sports

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