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Follow Sportsmail's coverage of England v Holland from Wembley Stadium, where under caretaker boss Stuart Pearce, the Three Lions begin their Euro 2012 preparations. Pearce's side is set to feature a host of young lions pushing for a place in Poland and Ukraine this summer and will be put to the test by a strong Dutch outfit. Email me your thoughts on the action at [email protected] or contact me on Twitter @Ripinho.

England v Holland (8pm)

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England: Hart, Richards, Cahill,
Smalling, Baines, Gerrard, Parker, Barry, Johnson, Welbeck, Young.
Subs:
Green, Cole, Jones, Lescott, Milner, Walcott, Downing, Campbell,
Sturridge, Carson.

Holland: Stekelenburg, Boulahrouz,
Heitinga, Mathijsen, Pieters, Van Bommel, De Jong, Robben, Sneijder,
Kuyt, Van Persie.
Subs: Krul, Emanuelson, Vlaar, Strootman, Schaars,
Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, de Jong, Bruma, John, Narsingh.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

19.45: And the team news from the rest of the home nations and Republic of Ireland:

Slovenia v Scotland
Slovenia: Samir Handanovic, Brecko, Suler, Cesar, Jokic, Radosavljevic, Krhin, Kirm, Birsa, Ilicic, Dedic. Subs: Jasmin Handanovic, Kelhar, Pecnik, Volas, Ljubijankic, Vuckic, Vrsic, Matic, Mavric, Belec.

Scotland: McGregor, Martin, Berra, Caldwell, Mulgrew, McArthur, Adam, Morrison, Forrest, Mackie, Mackail-Smith. Subs: Gilks, Dorrans, Bannan, Robson, Cowie, Goodwillie, Miller, Snodgrass, Hanley, Foster, Gordon.

Referee: Aleksandar Stavrev (FYR Macedonia)

Northern Ireland v Norway
Northern Ireland: Camp, McAuley, Hughes, Jonathan Evans, McGivern, Corry Evans, Clingan, Davis, Ferguson, Shiels, Paterson. Subs: Mannus, Hodson, McGinn, Healy, McCann, Duff, McQuoid, McCourt, Carson, McGovern.

Norway: Jarstein, Hogli, Rogne, Demidov, Riise, Henriksen, Nordtveit, Grindheim, Pedersen, Abdellaoui, Huseklepp. Subs: Pettersen, Reginiussen, Elyounoussi, Ruud, Jenssen, Braaten, Berisha.

Rep of Ireland v Czech Republic
Rep of Ireland: Given, O'Shea, O'Dea, St. Ledger, Ward, Duff, Andrews, Whelan, McGeady, Keane, Long. Subs: Forde, Hunt, Foley, Duffy, Walters, Coleman, McCarthy, Cox, Green, McClean,
Henderson.

Czech Republic: Cech, Gebre Selassie, Limbersky, Sivok, Kadlec, Petrzela, Rezek, Stajner, Plasil, Baros, Jiracek. Subs: Drobny, Rajnoch, Pekhart, Pudil, Rajtoral, Pilar, Hubschman, Kolar, Lafata.

Referee: Manuel de Sousa (Portugal)

19.42: At the Cardiff City Stadium for the Gary Speed memorial match:

Wales v Costa Rica
Wales: Price, Gunter, Blake, Williams, Matthews, Robson-Kanu, Allen, Crofts, Vaughan, Bellamy, Morison. Subs: Brown, Vokes, Taylor, Ricketts, Gabbidon, Ledley, Earnshaw, Collison.

Costa Rica: Navas, Umana, Salvatierra, Miller, Cunningham, Barrantes, Azofeifa, Wallace, Oviedo, Ruiz, Campbell. Subs: Cambronero, Mora, Brenes, Diaz, Tejeda, Gabas, Cubero, McDonald.

Referee: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire)

19.40: Full line-ups from Wembley Stadium:

England v Holland
England: Hart, Richards, Cahill, Smalling, Baines, Gerrard, Parker, Barry, Johnson, Welbeck, Young. Subs: Green, Cole, Jones, Lescott, Milner, Walcott, Downing, Campbell, Sturridge, Carson.

Holland: Stekelenburg, Boulahrouz, Heitinga, Mathijsen, Pieters, Van Bommel, De Jong, Robben, Sneijder, Kuyt, Van Persie. Subs: Krul, Emanuelson, Vlaar, Strootman, Schaars, Huntelaar, Wijnaldum, de Jong, Bruma, John, Narsingh.

Referee: Felix Brych (Germany)

19.35: And I still remain convinced if I keep watching the semi-final against Germany, Paul Gascoigne will connect with Alan Shearer's cross one day.

19.32: For more joyful times (from an England perspective anyway) how about the Three Lions' 4-1 win against Holland at Euro 96

Teedy Sheringham and Alan Shearer destroyed Guus Hiddink's side on that glorious afternoon which booked Terry Venables' team a place in the quarter-final.

I always find it is impossible to look back on Euro 96 without smiling at some point.

19.27: Right time for a trip down memory lane.

First up Sportsmail's Matt Barlow and Neil Moxley gloss over that 2-0 defeat to the Dutch on February 9 1977.

And that was a kind score to England who were ripped to shreds by total football.

Though if it is any consolation pretty much everyone was falling victim to the classy Dutch at the time.

19.22: Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere on Twitter:

Waiting for the England game…..looking forward to it! Come on England!

I wonder if we will see him this summer Let's hope so.

Captain fantastic: Scott Parker (left) will lead England out against Holland at Wembley

Captain fantastic: Scott Parker (left) will lead England out against Holland at Wembley

19.19: Micah Richards is handed his first England start since November 2007 tonight as interim boss Stuart Pearce sends his team into action against World Cup runners-up Holland at Wembley.

A regular under Steve McClaren, Richards earned a single cap under Fabio Capello.

However, following the withdrawals of Glen Johnson and Kyle Walker, Richards has become one of four Manchester City players in a team that also contains three from title rivals United.

As had been reported earlier in the day, Scott Parker is named as skipper.

However, the fact Steven Gerrard is also in the starting line-up, the first time the pair have been on the pitch at the same time in an England game, gives even more significance to Pearce's decision to give the armband to Parker.

In total there are six changes to the team that defeated Sweden, in what turned out to be Capello's last match in charge last November.

Surprisingly, Everton full-back Leighton Baines is one of those who keeps his place.

Danny Welbeck is given his full debut as the lone striker and Adam Johnson is handed his first start since October 2010 as he wins his 10th cap.

19.14: So what do we want from tonight's game Entertainment, a positive result, a clean sheet

Personally I will be happy just to see a confident England performance that sees them create a few chances and gives this unfamiliar team something to build on.

It really does look a raw starting XI.

19.11: So within two years Scott Parker has gone from a World Cup reject to England captain.

Something like that needs more than a summary, so luckily Sportsmail's Matt Lawton has produced this excellent piece of pre-match reading for you.

19.06: A slight tweak to the squad folks. Joe Hart will start instead of Rob Green in goal:

England starting XI:

Hart, Richards, Cahill, Smalling, Baines, Parker, Barry, Gerrard, A Johnson, Young, Welbeck.

19.03: Before we start with today though, I want to take you back to 1993.

England had failed to qualify for the following year's World Cup, but how many of you watching this advert thought that boy would be England captain going into Euro 2012…go on be honest.

19.00: It's been three months since England last played so you would have thought it's just a case of fine tuning the strings to make sure everything is set before Euro 2012.

Wrong. In that time frame England have lost a manager (and are still looking for a new one), lost a captain (just appointed one), are without arguably their two best strikers for the start of this summer and have been hit by a whole selection of injuries for this fixture…I do hope we have some positives tonight.

The team news is already in for England which you can find out by clicking here.

Winning streak: England will hope to build on 1-0 wins against Spain (above) and Sweden last November

Winning streak: England will hope to build on 1-0 wins against Spain (above) and Sweden last November

Dereck Chisora ban from WBC cranks up pressure on BBBC

Pressure rises on British board to take hard line over Chisora and Haye after WBC ban

The WBC ban on Dereck Chisora is not as Draconian as it might seem but it does crank up the pressure on the British Boxing Board of Control to take exemplary action against Del Boy and David Haye following the madness in Munich.

Frank Warren, Chisora's promoter, is angered by the presumptive nature of the WBC's 'indefinite suspension' of his man but in reality this is an interim ban pending a full hearing.

Chisora had already been alerted to the probability of a fine for his various actions – slapping Vitali Klitschko and spitting water at his brother Wladimir in addition to the post-fight brawl with Haye – by the withholding of $100,000 from his purse.

Night of shame: Dereck Chisora (left) and David Haye brawled in Munich

Night of shame: Dereck Chisora (left) and David Haye brawled in Munich

The WBC has no jurisdiction over Haye as he is officially retired at the moment and not listed in their rankings, from which they have also removed Chisora.

However, their statement implicitly encourages the British Board and the German Federation to deal firmly with both men.

The Germans have indicated that they will not license either of them to box again in Germany, where police are still seeking to question Haye.

Punishment: Chisora has been given an indefinite suspension by the WBC

Punishment: Chisora has been given an indefinite suspension by the WBC

Our domestic Board meets on March 14 to consider banning Chisora as well as declaring their position in the now less likely event that Haye is offered a comeback fight with Vitali Klitschko and applies for a new license.

The WBC suspension is largely symbolic. It is also lacking in consistency since president Jose Sulaimain had to blame his faulty English for apparently downplaying Floyd Mayweather's conviction – and pending prison term – for assaulting the mother of his children.

His defence against irony, of course, will be that the forces of law and order in the US dealt with Mayweather, while Chisora and Haye damaged boxing.

Tiger Woods considered quitting golf and joining Navy SEALS

Tiger wanted to be a SEAL! Woods thought about quitting golf for military, claims Haney

Tiger Woods was considering abandoning golf and joining the Navy SEALS, former coach Hank Haney has claimed.

The 36-year-old has won 14 majors, four short of Jack Nicklaus' record, but Haney insists Woods would have turned his back on the sport to join the military.

Haney even claims Woods had told him the Navy SEALs would 'make a special age exception' for him given their upper age limit is 28.

On the course: Tiger Woods at PGA National on Wednesday ahead of the Honda Classic

On the course: Tiger Woods at PGA National on Wednesday ahead of the Honda Classic

Writing in his book, 'The Big Miss',
excerpts from which appear in the April edition of Golf Digest, Haney
said: 'Wow! Here is Tiger Woods, the greatest athlete on the planet,
maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime,
basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.'

Woods' father Earl had been in the Army Special Forces and served in Vietnam.

Military man: Former world No 1 Woods in 2004 arriving at a golf clinic in Fort Bragg on a humvee

Military man: Former world No 1 Woods in 2004 arriving at a golf clinic in Fort Bragg on a humvee

In 2004, Woods took part in four
days of special-operations training in Fort Bragg which included
hand-to-hand combat exercises, four-mile runs wearing combat boots,
parachute jumps and drills in a wind tunnel.

His attendance at these camps
increased and shortly before the 2006 US Open Haney revealed he had sent
Woods an email saying: 'You need to get that whole SEALs thing out of
your system and stick to playing Navy SEAL on the video games.

One of the greats: Woods

Tiger's former coach: Hank Haney

Career change: Woods was ready to leave golf for the Navy SEALS, according to former coach Haney (right)

'You have history to make in golf and
people to influence and help. Focus on your destiny and that isn't
flushing bad guys out of buildings in Iraq.

'Just play those games some more. That Navy SEAL stuff is serious business. They use real bullets.'

In action: Tiger Woods hits from the sand during a pro-am before the Honda Classic on Wednesday

In action: Tiger Woods hits from the sand during a pro-am before the Honda Classic on Wednesday

However, Woods attended such camps more frequently, although Haney claimed the extent of his visits were hushed up in the belief there would be a media frenzy.

Haney added: 'When I later learned the full truth about the dangerous exercises that Tiger engaged in with the SEALs, it caused me to question whether the greatest golfer the game has ever seen severely hampered his chance at surpassing one of the most revered marks in all of sports – Jack Nicklaus' record – because of his fascination with the military.'

Lotus hopeful of end to chassis problems that led to test debacle

Lotus hopeful of end to problems that led to testing debacle in Barcelona

Lotus technical director James Allison is confident the team have cured the ills that blighted last week's second pre-season test.

The Enstone-based marque were forced to abandon running for the week at Barcelona's Circuit de Catalunya after just a handful of laps on the opening day of the four-day programme.

Initially explained away as a problem with the chassis, Lotus have now confirmed the specific issue surrounded the mounting of the upper-front wishbone rear arm.

Teething problems: Lotus had to abandon testing in Barcelona

Teething problems: Lotus had to abandon testing in Barcelona

Lotus had planned to fly out from their factory the chassis that had completed significant mileage in the first test in Jerez.

However, further investigations revealed 'a possibility of the same problem reoccurring', according to Allison.

That forced Lotus to pull out of the second test altogether and instead focus on solutions for correcting the problem to ensure the final test that begins in Barcelona on Thursday will hopefully pass without a hitch.

'It's been an intense few days, but I have to say everybody has completed their tasks in tremendous fashion,' Allison told the team's official website.

Technical Director: James Allison of Lotus

Technical Director: James Allison of Lotus

'On the first day back at the factory I spoke to the entire Enstone personnel and clearly explained what happened.

'Everybody understood the situation was unfortunate, but under control.

'We designed the new parts, manufactured them, and fitted them to the chassis. We then completed the necessary tests satisfactorily and the chassis left for Spain.'

Although expressing his confidence regarding the repair, which adds one kilogram onto the chassis, Allison appreciates the time lost last week cannot be regained.

'Of course, missing four days of testing is not ideal,' added Allison. 'We need mileage at this stage of the year, as does any other team. That said, there are reasons to remain optimistic.

'First of all we completed many trouble-free laps in Jerez and gained a good understanding of the car.

'Also, some of the small issues we identified in Jerez needed to be fixed, and the parts were not available last week.

'So tomorrow the car will run with all the required redesigned parts. We're looking forward to being back on track.'

Eleven of the 12 teams will be in Barcelona, with the exception of Marussia, who this week confirmed their absence after failing the last of 18 FIA crash tests which they are to now re-take.

Pepe Reina in race row over Spanish TV advert

Liverpool keeper Reina caught up in race storm after offensive Spanish TV ad is pulled

A Spanish company has been forced to pull an advert featuring Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina following complaints from a racial equality group.

The commercial, for insurance company Groupama, depicts black people as 'stupid, backward, animalistic homosexuals', according to Operation Black Vote.

Reina's name translates into English as 'queen' and in the ad shown on Spanish television the Reds stopper is introduced to a tribal chief who chooses him as his partner.

OBV director Simon Woolley said in a statement: 'I'm shocked on so many levels.

'Firstly, how would the Spanish feel
if the English stereotyped Spanish people as backward, stupid, and
animalistic homosexuals

'Secondly, what does this say about
Pepe Reina The Liverpool goalkeeper has lived and worked in the UK for
nearly a decade, does he think it's ok to characterise black people this
way

'Does he think his black team mates will laugh at his joke'

Controversial: Pepe Reina in the Spanish advert

Controversial: Pepe Reina in the Spanish advert

Liverpool have already been at the
centre of a race row this season after striker Luis Suarez was banned
for eight matches for abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra
during a match in October.

The Uruguayan then refused to shake Evra's hand when the teams met again at Old Trafford and later issued an apology.

OBV, referring to Reina, said it was a
'shame' that another Liverpool player had caused offence.

Groupama
claim they do not consider the advert to contain 'either offensive nor
any discriminatory content'.

Australian Grand Prix faces axe, warns Bernie Ecclestone

You're on borrowed time! Bernie warns that Australia could lose its grand prix after 2015 race

Bernie Ecclestone has warned that the Australian Grand Prix faces being axed from the Formula One calendar.

Melbourne’s Albert Park, which is set to host this season’s curtain raiser in a fortnight's time, has a contract until 2015.

But Ecclestone says the sport is prepared to end its 30-year association with Australia, calling it the 'least viable' race on the calendar.

A lovely sight: Melbourne's Albert Park will stage the first race of the new season

A lovely sight: Melbourne's Albert Park will stage the first race of the new season

'We have a contract which we will
respect – so up until 2015 we are in good shape,' Ecclestone, 81, told
Melbourne newspaper The Age.

'After then, we really don’t know. If we
were to have a divorce from our friends in Melbourne we would probably
be walking away from Australia.

'Because
I can’t see how Adelaide could make it happen, or anywhere else, if
Melbourne can’t. The race itself, from our point of view, is probably
the least viable of all the races we have.'

End of the road: Melbourne may lose its grand prix after the current contract

End of the road: Melbourne may lose its grand prix after the current contract

Ecclestone hinted that he would be prepared to negotiate a reduced fee if the race was held under floodlights making it more suitable to European television audiences.

'We would have a look, maybe we could help subsidise that a little bit,’ he added.

'We have other races ready to take the place of Australia – which we don’t want to happen.

Ringmaster: Bernie Ecclestone has warned the Australian Grand Prix over its future

Ringmaster: Bernie Ecclestone has warned the Australian Grand Prix over its future

'But it would be wrong of me to have to report to our board, “Terribly sorry about this but we have to walk away from wherever to retain Australia”.'

Since staging its first Formula One event in 1985, the Australian Grand Prix has played host to a number of memorable races.

Unforgettable: Mansell lost the 1986 title in Adelaide

Unforgettable: Mansell lost the 1986 title in Adelaide

Adelaide Street Circuit, which ran the event prior to Melbourne, was the scene of Nigel Mansell’s unforgettable tyre blow out as he looked poised to clinch the 1986 world title.

The same track also saw Michael Schumacher and Damon Hill infamously collide, earning the former his first of seven world titles back in 1994.

England v Holland starting XI: Steven Gerrard starts

EXCLUSIVE: Gerrard starts for England despite being snubbed for captaincy behind Parker

ENGLAND STARTING XI

Green
Richards, Cahill, Smalling, Baines
Gerrard, Parker (C), Barry
Johnson, Young
Welbeck

Sportsmail can
reveal that England caretaker boss Stuart Pearce will start
Steven Gerrard against Holland tonight alongside new captain Scott Parker.

The Liverpool skipper was overlooked by Pearce for the armband – vacated by John Terry last month – with Pearce opting to hand it to the Tottenham midfielder, who leads his country for the first ever time.

Danny Welbeck will start as a lone
striker against Holland with Ashley Cole dropped to the bench for
tonight's friendly at Wembley.

Everton's Leighton Baines will join the back-four alongside Chelsea's Gary Cahill, Manchester United defender Chris Smalling and Manchester City right-back Micah Richards, who makes his first England start since Steve McClaren was in charge.

Gareth Barry joins the midfielder alongside Parker and Gerrard with Ashley Young and Adam Johnson picked to start on the wings.

LIVE: England v Holland - all the action with Dan Ripley from 7pm

LIVE: England v Holland – all the action with Dan Ripley from 7pm

Meanwhile, Robin van Persie is set to play despite a worrying injury scare.

The
Arsenal captain failed to complete Holland's training session on
Tuesday due to a groin problem and walked off the Wembley pitch for the
final 15 minutes.

Van Persie was in visible discomfort before coming off, missing an eight-a-side training match.

But it is believed he is now ready to take his place in the starting line-up for the visitors.

You can follow all the action as it happens from Wembley with Dan Ripley's live minute-by-minute coverage at 7pm HERE.

Six Nations 2012: Ireland unchanged against France

Kidney names unchanged Ireland team for rearranged France clash in Paris

Coach Declan Kidney has kept faith with the same 22 that thrashed Italy 42-10 at Aviva Stadium last weekend and that was selected for the original visit to the French capital.

Scrum-half Conor Murray has held off the challenge of Eoin Reddan, who injected pace into the game after stepping off the bench in the second half at Lansdowne Road.

Lock Donncha O'Callaghan and openside Sean O'Brien also faced fierce competition to remain in the starting XV, but Kidney has retained both.

Same again: Paul O'Connell (left) will lead out an unchanged Ireland team

Same again: Paul O'Connell (left) will lead out an unchanged Ireland team

Ireland team to face France

R Kearney (Leinster), T Bowe (Ospreys),
K
Earls (Munster), G D'Arcy (Leinster),
A Trimble (Ulster), J Sexton
(Leinster),
C Murray (Munster), C Healy (Leinster), R Best (Ulster), M
Ross (Leinster), D O'Callaghan (Munster), P O'Connell (Munster, capt),
S
Ferris (Ulster), S O'Brien (Leinster), J Heaslip (Leinster)

Replacements: S Cronin (Leinster), T Court (Ulster), D Ryan (Munster), P
O'Mahony (Munster), E Reddan (Leinster), R O'Gara (Munster), F McFadden
(Leinster)

'We took a look at how we played against Italy. We have an eight-day turnaround which has given us more time to freshen up,' said Kidney.

'The errors that were made we can adjust and we'll be better for having that 80 minutes under the belt.

'The lads who came on against Italy did exceptionally well and made a hugely positive impact, but I had to weigh that up against the lads who did a lot of the unseen work earlier in the game.'

Ireland's record in Paris makes for grim reading having won in the French capital just once since 1972 and twice since 1952.

Their last victory came in 2000 in a match notable for the emergence of hat-trick hero Brian O'Driscoll, who misses this year's championship after undergoing shoulder surgery.

Perennial nemesis France have emerged triumphant from 11 of the last 12 meetings.

'We've all been to hostile environments with our provinces in the past. We must drawn on that experience,' said captain Paul O'Connell.

The match is being staged on the second of the Six Nations' break weekends after the original fixture on February 11 was postponed 10 minutes before kick-off due to a frozen pitch.

Scott Parker England captain in 1993 McDonald"s World Cup advert

From McDonald's kid to England captain… re-live Parker's 1993 advert

As a 13-year-old in 1993, Scott Parker captured the nation's imagination as he showcased his skills on the small screen to launch McDonald's World Cup '94 advertising campaign.

Now, 19 years on, the Tottenham midfielder has the chance the make the country fall in love with with his footballing talent all over again as he prepares to lead England out as captain for the first time in the friendly against Holland at Wembley.

Click on the video below to re-live the former Charlton, Chelsea and West Ham star's memorable television advert for the burger chain giants.

Blackburn fans plan protest as Venky"s defend Samba sale

Blackburn fans plan protest as Venky's defend Samba sale

A major new protest is to be staged by
Blackburn fans against the club's hierarchy ahead of Saturday's
Barclays Premier League home match against Aston Villa.

A section of Rovers supporters called
BRFC Action Group have released a statement outlining plans for three
marches that will set off simultaneously around an hour before the 3pm
kick-off and then join together at Ewood Park – described as 'the
largest and most attended demonstration in the history of our club.'

Angry: Blackburns fans will stage protest

Angry: Blackburns fans will stage protest

Throughout the season – during which the team have struggled near the bottom of the league table – Blackburn's owners, Indian-based poultry and pharmaceutical firm Venky's, have been the target of protests and manager Steve Kean has endured calls for him to be sacked.

Rovers fans have launched a new share investment scheme in a bid to buy the club from the current owners and today's statement said the marches this weekend would 'symbolise a vote of “no confidence” in Venky's…and will carry the message “Venky's sell the club”.'

Meanwhile, Venky's have dismissed reports
they are set to sell more key players following defender Christopher
Samba's move last week to Russian outfit Anzhi Makhachkala.

Sold: Defender Chris Samba

Sold: Defender Chris Samba

'There are no plans like that there, that is ridiculous,' said Venky's representative and Blackburn director Vineeth Rao, quoted in the Lancashire Telegraph.

'There are no plans to sell any more key players, why would there be Our immediate focus is on staying up in the Premier League.

'We hope Chris Samba will be the last key departure. There are no plans to sell any more key players because we want to improve the squad.'

Samba, who joined Blackburn in 2007 and had become their captain, handed in a transfer request last month.

It was initially rejected, but he eventually signed for Anzhi on Friday, having not played for Rovers since January 2.

Kean has said the 27-year-old Congo international's desire to leave played a big part in the deal, and Rao insists Venky's had wanted Samba to stay.

'It was not even our intention to sell Chris Samba,' Rao said. 'We did not want to sell him.

'We wanted him on the pitch because he has been a big player but in the end we had to respect his wishes because he wanted to leave.'