The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 4 June 2014


Hodgson may play Rooney out wide

England coach Roy Hodgson is considering playing Wayne Rooney on the left wing against Ecuador tonight as he fine-tunes preparations for the World Cup. James Milner may start at right-back, with Ross Barkley, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rickie Lambert also featuring. MORE

Hangeland hits out at Fulham exit

Defender Brede Hangeland criticised Fulham last night after being released by the club following six years of service. “I received notification by e-mail, with no representative from the club,” the Norwegian said. “I am disappointed beyond words about this course of action.”

Sri Lanka win to take ODI series 3-2

Sri Lanka held their nerve to beat England by six wickets at Edgbaston last night to take the One-Day series 3-2. England’s innings of 219 was hit by controversy as Jos Buttler was run out at the non-striker’s end by Sachithra Senanayake, having twice been warned by the umpire. MORE

Murray pleased to reach peak form

Andy Murray is pleased with the way his game is peaking at an important part of the season. “Hopefully between now and the end of the year, I can feel like this,” he said ahead of today’s French Open quarter-final. “When I do I’ll be able to play good tennis.” MORE

Van Gaal sings of Dutch harmony

Louis van Gaal says his Netherlands camp will be more harmonised at this World Cup after previous discord. “In my first episode there was [disruption] but I have understood now,” he said. “They like me now. I feel there are not any problems.” MORE

Jose not keen on making Cesc move

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho favours Atletico Madrid’s Koke and Juventus’s former Manchester United forward Paul Pogba ahead of a possible move for Barcelona’s Cesc Fabregas, who has been linked with a Premier League return. MORE

England axe hard to take, says Giles

Ashley Giles has revealed he struggled to get over his sacking by England earlier this year. “It was disappointing,” the former limited overs coach said. “I still have bad days, where it’s difficult to watch, but I still want England to do well.” MORE

Sky keep Wiggins and Froome apart

Team Sky colleagues Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins are to compete in different warm-up events as part of their Tour de France preparations. Froome will take part in the Critérium du Dauphiné, while Wiggins goes in the Tour de Suisse. MORE

Plunkett performs

Liam Plunkett inspired Yorkshire to complete a heavy defeat of Northamptonshire at Wantage Road. The bowler took four for 42 as the hosts were all out for just 160, to complete a 217-run defeat. MORE