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Despite all the pre-tournament doom and gloom, Roy Hodgson's men have managed to string together three good performances against difficult opposition which left them top of their group - meaning they avoided a quarter-final clash with Spain. A solid defensive display earned a draw against France, a courageous fight back secured three points against Sweden and a Wayne Rooney header was enough for victory in a stadium dominated by home supporters. Although England have not set the world alight with their style of play they are slowing rolling on and if they can put in another organised display against Italy people might just dare to dream.

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Golden girl Shvedova achieves perfection

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Sharapova struggles through against Hsieh Su-wei at windy Wimbledon

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Gilles Simon claims top men back him over equal pay

Gilles Simon today refused to back down from his claim that men in tennis deserve higher prize-money than women and claimed to have widespread locker-room support.

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