Robin Scott-Elliot

Robin Scott-Elliot is a Sports News Correspondent for The Independent.

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England’s Chris Jordan in action during the Sri Lanka first innings yesterday

England v Sri Lanka: Jordan looks the part from the off but Plunkett made to wait

The field was set back, three men stationed deep on the leg side, the ball was banged in short and England’s batsmen tumbled into the trap. One by one they fell.

Cameroon’s Idrissou Mohammadou (left) in action in a friendly against Paraguay last month

World Cup 2014: Whatever happened to Africa’s winners?

It’s 14 years since Pele’s prediction of a side from the continent lifting the World Cup was supposed to come true

The President of Uefa Michael Platini (left) is marshalling European federations against his former ally Sepp Blatter

Michel Platini says Fifa president Sepp Blatter is 'not good for football'

Michel Platini, one of football’s most powerful men, chose the opening day of the World Cup to publicly withdraw his support from Fifa president Sepp Blatter, declaring that the sport’s troubled governing body required a “breath of fresh air”.

Head coach Vicente Del Bosque of Spain gives instructions to his players GET

World Cup 2014: Spain ready to beat history of holders' failure

Italy were bottom of their group in 2010, France did not score in 2002 but, writes Robin Scott-Elliot, Vicente Del Bosque’s side are capable of bucking that trend

Bradley Wiggins (pictured) says he wants to take some of the pressure off Chris Froome in this year’s Tour de France

Commonwealth Games 2014: Sir Bradley Wiggins among strong English cycling team

The multiple Olympic gold medallist is not expected to ride in this year's Tour de France

Ryan Giggs said he had trouble sleeping during his brief spell in charge at Old Trafford

Ryan Giggs admits he broke down in tears at end of short spell as Manchester United manager

The Welshman said he had trouble sleeping during his brief spell in charge at Old Trafford
John Terry would have shored up England’s ‘lightweight’ defence, argues Gary Lineker

World Cup 2014: England should have brought Chelsea defender John Terry back, says Gary Lineker

The former England captain was worthy of a call-up says the BBC presenter

Leicester City celebrate winning the Championship - and with it promotion to the Premier League

Deloitte report: Clubs crossing a 'dangerous line' in race to the Premier League

The desperation to reach the Premier League, and enjoy the unprecedented financial rewards that accompany membership of English football's top flight, is forcing a number of Championship clubs to cross a "dangerous line" in paying out more in wages than they earn in revenue.

Roy Keane has been linked with working with Louis van Gaal

Roy Keane to Aston Villa: Former Manchester United walks out on another World Cup to link up with Paul Lambert

Keane asked not to be considered for the vacant Celtic manager role and could be on his way to Villa Park to assist Lambert

The Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, and his wife, Sheikha Mozah bint Nasser Al Missned, are presented with the World Cup trophy by Fifa President Sep Blatter after winning the bid for the 2022 World Cup in Zurich in December 2010

Qatar 2022: Fifa investigation into World Cup vote 'ignoring the new evidence', critics claim

Fifa was accused on Monday night of conducting a selective investigation into allegations of widespread corruption surrounding Qatar’s successful bid to stage the 2022 World Cup – after it emerged that the official inquiry will be completed within days.

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