Sport Steven Gerrard on England duty in a friendly against Germany in November 2013

Gerrard could call time on his England career but new deeper midfield role might convince him otherwise

Kevin Pietersen (left) consoles Yorkshire's Liam Plunkett after his dismissal for 68

Liam Plunkett denies Kevin Pietersen another knock

Yorkshire 433-9 dec & 254 Surrey 353-7dec & 4-0

Wimbledon 2013: Defending champion Roger Federer begins quest for eighth title in style

17-time major winner romped to victory in just one hour and eight minutes, beating Victor Hanescu 6-3 6-2 6-0

Jack Nowell scores the try that launched England’s dramatic second-half fightback

England juniors conquer world with win over Wales

England Under-20s became Junior World Champions on Sunday for the first time after fighting back from a 12-point half-time deficit to defeat Wales Under-20s 23-15 in Vannes, France. It was a double first for England who also became the first team from the northern hemisphere to win the tournament.

Champions Trophy: Dhoni boys have been dominant

India have dominated the seventh Champions Trophy in every aspect of play in the past fortnight, winning all four of their games. It suggests they will be a handful in any conditions.

A B De Villiers urged the ICC to look at why England get early reverse swing

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The most significant aspect of ball-tampering scares is that they do not fade away easily. Once the finger of suspicion has been pointed it tends to stay pointed, which made it inevitable that it would be raised before the first semi-final of the Champions Trophy.

Cesc Fabregas

Manchester United and Arsenal target Cesc Fabregas keen to stay at Barcelona

Barcelona midfielder Cesc Fabregas wants to prove a point to critics and fight for his place at the Nou Camp.

'It was just one of those difficult days that you have,' Button said

F1: Jenson Button lays blame on McLaren for torrid time

The former world champion finished 12th in Canada

James Faulkner hit 54 from 42 balls for Australia on Saturday

Stephen Brenkley: Without Michael Clarke, Australia are engaged in an unequal struggle

Australia are up the creek. If Michael Clarke, their captain, remains unfit they will soon be without a paddle.

Lorenzo Insigne of Italy celebrates his goal - down the television camera lens
New Zealand's Martin Guptill is bowled out by James Tredwell

England v New Zealand 3rd ODI: Home side avoid whitewash with 34-run win

England put in a much-improved performance to beat New Zealand in the final game of their three-match series at Trent Bridge today.

Christian Wade will make his England Test debut on Saturday

Christian Wade: I will make England shirt mine

Christian Wade insists he is not just keeping the England shirt warm for Chris Ashton as he prepares to make his Test debut against Argentina on Saturday.

Andros Townsend

England v New Zealand 1st ODI: England beaten comfortably by New Zealand

The hosts could only set a target of 227

Stuart Broad celebrates his seven-wicket haul after the game is won (Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

England bowlers Stuart Broad and Steven Finn to miss first two matches against New Zealand

The pace bowlers have both picked up injuries

Roy Hodgson has rejected Gary Lineker's claim that England's tactics against the Republic of Ireland were a 'step back to the dark ages'

'What are dark ages?' asks Roy Hodgson as he defends his tactics from Gary Lineker criticism

Coach surprised by criticism and says 'all that was missing against Ireland was second goal'

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