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FA 150th anniversary: Fabrice Muamba, Olly Murs and Fabio Capello join in celebrations

Stars come out to play as FA celebrates 150th anniversary with glitzy bash in London

caused by the John Terry racism case.

He said: 'One hundred and fifty years ago a group of people met on this site and they changed the world by producing the first laws of the game.

'Throughout that extraordinary journey the FA continued to sit at its heart.

Positive sign: Former England manager Fabio Capello stops for a few autographs

Positive sign: Former England manager Fabio Capello stops for a few autographs

'Despite occasional frustrations we have always and will continue to our play our full part in influencing the development of football in UEFA and FIFA.

'Even after 150 years there remains a simple beauty to the universality of football – from Wembley to parks football a single unbreakable thread runs through.

'The bedrock of English football are the more than 2million people who play football every week.

'Women's football is third biggest participation sport in the country, disability football is the seventh biggest.

Game for a laugh: Terry Venables (centre), Lawrie McMenemy (right) and Peter Reid share a joke

Game for a laugh: Terry Venables (centre), Lawrie McMenemy (right) and Peter Reid share a joke

'We have experienced terrible tragedies including Hillsborough and Valley Parade and these events, their victims and their lessons must never be forgotten. They are an indelible part of our story.

'We are also committed to equality and inclusion.'

Earlier in the day, John Barnes was one of the first stars to arrive, signing autographs for young fans and asking if they've done their homework.

Sir Trevor Brooking was one of many wearing a 150th gold badge and former England manager Fabio Capello, looking dapper, accidentally walked into the press room! That was quite amusing, maybe he has some points to make!

VIDEO: History of FA in 150 seconds narrated by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

President Prince William was not there but in a video message he said: 'Football part of very fabric of our society.

'Hope 150th year shines light on
incredible grass roots, especially 400,000 coaches, refs and
administrators up and down the country.'

Hodgson was joined on stage by Michael Owen and blind footballer Dave Clarke.

Owen's stunning goal against Argentina
at the 1998 World Cup was shown and the Stoke striker said: 'When you get
older, you realise how good a time that was.'

Three Lions tamers: (l-r) Roy Hodgson, Fabio Capello, Sven Goran Eriksson, Terry Venables and Graham Taylor

Three Lions tamers: (l-r) Roy Hodgson, Fabio Capello, Sven Goran Eriksson, Terry Venables and Graham Taylor

England skipper Steven Gerrard said it is a 'huge honour to be captain of country' in his video message. The Liverpool midfielder apologises twice for not being there.

Barnes and Mark Chamberlain are up. Barnes' goal against Brazil in 1984 is shown and the former Liverpool star says: 'I was looking for someone to pass to.'

David Beckham – who is on a pre-planned visit to hospital patients and is also appearing on video – recalls getting up early at weekends to go to football practice in London then Manchester.

'I owe my family a great deal for taking me to matches,' said the former England captain, who represented his country 115 times.

He says stepping out a England captain is 'the proudest moment an Englishman can have.'

Singer Olly Murs was also on stage, not performing but he will be at Wembley later in the year, apparently.

FACTS ON THE FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION
Formed in 1863, it is the oldest football association in the world.It is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the amateur and professional game in England.The FA oversees the England national teams at all levels for men and women.Its competition, the FA Cup, began in 1872 and is the longest-running association football competition in the world.Aristocrats and Royals have dominated the list of past FA presidents – the current president is Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge.The longest-serving FA secretary or chief executive was Stanley Rous, from 1934-62. He then became FIFA president and was later knighted.The FA's current headquarters is at Wembley Stadium. For 71 years, until 2000, its offices were at Lancaster Gate before it moved to Soho Square for only nine years until the move to the new national stadium took place.The current FA independent chairman is David Bernstein, and the general secretary is Alex Horne.The FA board is split between the professional game and the national (amateur) game. Since last year there are also two extra independent members including Heather Rabbatts, its first female board member.

Star of the screen: David Beckham sent a message as the FA launched the 150th anniversary celebrations

Star of the screen: David Beckham sent a message as the FA launched the 150th anniversary celebrations

FIVE PEOPLE WHO MADE THE FA WHAT IT IS TODAY

1 Sir Stanley Rous
Unquestionably, the man who has had the biggest influence over English football.
Rous was FA secretary from 1934-1961, he re-wrote the laws of the game in 1938, and championed England's entry into FIFA in 1946. He left in 1961 – to become FIFA president.

2 Ebenezer Morley
A solicitor and who was first inspired with the belief that football should have a set of rules in the same way the MCC had for cricket.

It was his initiative that led to the formation of the Football Association in 1963 and the became the FA's first secretary and later its president.

He also drafted modern football's first rules.

3 Sir Denis Follows
Although some commentators have suggested Follows' era as FA secretary between 1962 and 1973 was uninspired, he did oversee two significant events – though with much influence from his predecessor Rous, who was the FIFA president.

The first was England hosting and winning the 1966 World Cup; the second was in 1971 rescinding the ban on women's football being played at Football League grounds, a rule which had stood since 1921.

4 Ted Croker
FA secretary between 1973 and 1989, he transformed the finances of an organisation via sponsorship and realised the potential of TV income.

He has the misfortune to be in charge during an era when the game was bedevilled by hooliganism, and with three terrible disasters: Bradford, Heysel and Hillsborough.

He defended football in the face of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's attempts to sideline it, telling her famously: “These people are society's problems and we don't want your hooligans in our sport.”

5 David Bernstein
He has only been FA chairman for two years, but has done much to restore it from an all-time low point after the humiliation of the 2018 World Cup bid defeat in 2010.

He persuaded the FA council to agree to reforms to modernise the organisation, including independent board members and the first woman on the board.

He also confronted some painful issues, apologising for the FA's role in the 1989 Hillsborough disaster and the organisation's approach to racism following the John Terry abuse case.

Brazilliant: John Barnes scored a famous goal against the Samba superstars in 1984

Brazilliant: John Barnes scored a famous goal against the Samba superstars in 1984

FA TIMELINE

1863 – First meeting of the Football Association at the Freemason's Tavern on October 26 to agree common rules.
– Ebenezer Cobb Morley appointed first FA secretary and was responsible for drafting the first set of rules.
– First game with the new rules played at Mortlake on December 19 between Barnes and Richmond. It finished 0-0.

1872 – The first FA Cup tournament, involving 15 teams, concludes when Wanderers and Royal Engineers meet at The Oval on March 16. In front of 2,000 spectators, Morton Betts scores the only goal for Wanderers.

– England play their first full international match, against Scotland at Partick. Game finishes 0-0.

1873 – England play first home game at The Oval, beating Scotland 4-2.
William Kenyon-Slaney (2), Alexander Bonsor and Charles Chenery get the goals.

1877 – The three different sets of rules – Sheffield Rules, London Rules and Mixed Rules – are amalgamated.

1886 – First meeting of the International Football Association Board held in Holborn.

1908 – England play first match overseas. Beat Austria 6-1.

1923 – Wembley Stadium opens. Becomes the permanent home for the England team and the FA Cup final. Bolton beat West Ham 2-0 in the first final. The attendance is recorded as 126,047, although it is thought many more were present.

1924 – England play at Wembley for first time. Draw 1-1 with Scotland.

1930 – The FA decline FIFA's invitation to enter the first World Cup, also snubbing the 1934 and 1938 tournaments.

1934 – Stanley Rous named secretary. Remains in position for a record 28 years.

1947 – Join FIFA and agree to share a permanent vice-presidency position with Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

1950 – England compete in a World Cup for the first time, losing 1-0 to the USA in the process.

1953 – First home defeat to overseas opposition – other than Ireland – as England are beaten 6-3 by Hungary with Nandor Hidegkuti getting a hat-trick and Ferenc Puskas getting two more.

1954 – England lose 7-1 to Hungary in Budapest, their heaviest defeat.

1955 – Duke of Edinburgh named president.

1959 – Billy Wright captains England for a record 90th time. Is equalled by Bobby Moore in 1973.

1966 – England hosts World Cup, beating opposition from West Germany and Spain to hold the event.

– England win tournament, beating West Germany 4-2 after extra-time at Wembley.

1981 – Bert Millichip becomes chairman, a post he holds for 15 years.

1990 – England record their best World Cup performance overseas, reaching the semi-finals in Italy where they are beaten on penalties by West Germany.

– Peter Shilton wins a record 125th cap in the third-place play-off defeat to Italy.

1992 – The Football Association takes control of the newly-created Premier League.

1996 – Hosts Euro 96.

2000 – Wembley Stadium closed for rebuilding work, done at a cost of 798 million by Australian firm Multiplex.

2000 – Loses to Germany in the contest to stage the 2006 World Cup.

2001 – England gets its first foreign manager as Sven-Goran Eriksson is appointed as successor to Kevin Keegan.

2003 – Mark Palios named chief executive. His brief tenure includes banning Rio Ferdinand from playing in a Euro 2004 qualifier with Turkey after the Manchester United defender fails to take a drugs test. Resigns in 2004 after media revelations of an alleged affair with Faria Alam.

2006 – Prince William named president.

2007 – Wembley re-opened in time for FA Cup final.

2008 – Signs a record 425 million deal with ITV and Setanta for England and FA Cup games. Setanta goes into administration during the 2008-09 campaign.

2010 – Chairman Lord Triesman forced to resign after alleging Spain and Russia had tried to bribe referees during 2010 World Cup.

– FA embarrassingly receives only two votes – including its own – in voting to host 2018 World Cup, which Russia wins.

2012 – National Football Centre at St George's Park opens.

2013 – Launches 150th anniversary celebrations at Connaught Rooms in central London.

Ryan Shawcross agrees new Stoke deal

Shawcross resists lure of Manchester City as Stoke captain agrees new contract

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:57 GMT, 3 January 2013

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UPDATED:

18:07 GMT, 3 January 2013

Ryan Shawcross has committed his future to Stoke by agreeing a new five-and-a-half-year contract.

Manager Tony Pulis was desperate to tie his captain to a new deal with Manchester City known admirers of the 25-year-old.

Pulis said: 'It's fantastic for us as a football club. We're really, really pleased to have him.

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

Deal me in: Ryan Shawcross (left) has agreed a new contract to stay at Stoke

'He's been the bedrock of what we've been trying to do over the past five or six years and we're really pleased that he's finally agreed.'

The two parties have been in talks for a number of weeks, with Shawcross indicating he was ready to sign a long-term deal in November.

He joined Stoke from Manchester United, initially on loan, in 2007 and has gone from strength to strength, making his England debut against Sweden earlier this season.

Shawcross brought his family to the Potters' Clayton Wood training ground for the signing of the contract, and the defender's three-year-old son Freddie accompanied Pulis to the press conference.

The manager said: 'It's a long
contract, Ryan has to get it right, the football club has to get it
right and they've managed to come to an agreement, which is great news
for everybody.

'I think the
world of Ryan. I think he's a great lad. We've just seen little Freddie
in here. They're a great family and they're part of this football club.

'We've signed Asmir (Begovic), we've
signed Marc Wilson and now Ryan, Steven Nzonzi's on a long-term
contract, so that's four top young players.

'And
that's what we want to do – keep improving it, keep getting younger
players and players who will grow together at the football club.

'We're
not going to do what Manchester City have done, we're not going to do a
Chelsea, we have to build gradually and steadily, and that's what we've
done over the last five years.

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

Delighted: Stoke boss Tony Pulis was desperate to tie Shawcross down

'We'll do it our way, in our fashion. A lot of people don't like it but who cares.'

Shawcross revealed the influence of Pulis and the ambition shown by the club were the key reasons behind his decision to sign such a long-term deal.

'I wouldn't have signed the contract if I didn't think the club was moving forward,' he told the club's official website.

'Throughout the talks with the manager and (chief executive) Tony Scholes over the past few months, they were very positive about what the club is aiming to achieve in the future.

'Hopefully, we can build on what has been achieved over the past five years. From what I've heard from them, I am confident we can keep on improving.

'The manager is probably the main reason why I'm where I am today. I've been here for five years now and he's been great throughout that time.

'I came here because I felt the manager could get the best out of me, and I just want to continue what I've been doing so far – keep on improving.'

Liverpool"s Martin Skrtel tells Anzhi Makhachkala to forget about bid

Skrtel warns Anzhi to forget about trying to prise him away from Liverpool

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11:38 GMT, 6 November 2012

Martin Skrtel insists he will not quit Liverpool for super-rich Russians Anzhi Makhachkala.

The Slovakia centre-back put pen to paper on a new long-term contract last summer but has attracted interest from a host of suitors, including Manchester City and Fiorentina.

Skrtel, 27, joined the Reds from Zenit St Petersburg for 6million in 2008 and is also wanted back in Russia at big-spending Anzhi, who clash with Liverpool in Europa League Group A on Thursday.

Loyal: Martin Skrtel says he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Russia

Loyal: Martin Skrtel says he has no desire to leave Liverpool for Russia

But Skrtel's defensive partnership with Daniel Agger has been the bedrock of Brendan Rodgers' foundations this season, and Skrtel says he has no interest in joining Guus Hiddink's men, despite the huge salary he could command at the club.

'I just extended my Liverpool contract and I’m very satisfied, so let’s leave it at that,' he told The Sun.

Liverpool lead their Europa League group following a 1-0 victory over Anzhi at Anfield last month and victory in Moscow’s Lokomotiv Stadium this week would virtually secure knockout qualification.

The game has been switched to the Russia capital because of security issues in Anzhi’s home region of Dagestan.

Phil Jagielka wants England starting spot after John Terry retirement

Jagielka ready to stake his claim for the centre ground after Terry exit clears path

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21:00 GMT, 14 October 2012

For Phil Jagielka, the path is suddenly clear. A golden cluster of English central defenders has dispersed and the future can be his.

Jagielka has waited patiently as John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Jamie Carragher and Ledley King dominated the heart of England’s back four.

Grounded: Phil Jagielka knows England's trip to Poland will provide a real test for his team

Grounded: Phil Jagielka knows England's trip to Poland will provide a real test for his team

case for defence

Then there was Jonathan Woodgate,
Jagielka’s central defensive partner on his international debut in a
friendly in Trinidad, four years ago.

But as Roy Hodgson looks to build his World Cup team upon the bedrock of Joe Hart and two solid centre-halves, the Everton defender with Polish grandparents is pleased he did not pursue the option of playing for England’s opponents on Tuesday.

‘John decided to retire and there’s a few of us competing for the two spots,’ said Jagielka. ‘You’ll have to wait to see who takes the mantle of leading the back four but I’ll be chucking my name in the hat.

‘Gary Cahill had a great game the other night and Joleon Lescott had a fantastic European Championship. The lads coming in like Ryan Shawcross are going to keep us on our toes.

‘John and Rio seemed to play together for England forever, didn’t they They had a great partnership and there were a couple of others behind them.

‘You’re down a long list of players,
but time passes and you get your opportunities. I’ve just turned 30 and
I’m not exactly a young lad any more. I’d like to play on a more
consistent basis.’

Terry’s
retirement changed the landscape. For Hodgson, the Chelsea captain was
his senior centre-half and it was a matter of choosing a partner.

When
Cahill was injured before Euro 2012, he paired Terry and Lescott, who
gelled, but Jagielka has started all three games this season when Terry
has been unavailable.

‘As an England fan I was gutted to
hear John had retired,’ said Jagielka. ‘He’s been a fantastic player for
England and he’s put his body on the line for many years, but he had
his reasons. From a personal point of view it’s one less person to
compete with. As much as I was gutted, it was also an opportunity for me
to try and go higher up the pecking order.’

An
understanding with Lescott helped. Born a day apart in August 1982,
they developed through England’s youth ranks, though not always as
defensive partners.

Both were versatile. Jagielka started
in midfield, sometimes played right back and, later, when Everton
team-mates, Lescott might play left back.

Old pals: Joleon Lescott (back) is expected to line up alongside Jagielka in Poland

Old pals: Joleon Lescott (back) is expected to line up alongside Jagielka in Poland

Big shoes to fill: Terry's retirement has created a space to fill in England's defence

Big shoes to fill: Terry has created a space to fill

But when they have played together in central defence they have shown chemistry.

‘It just works,’ said Jagielka. ‘The communication, the way we play, one left-footed, one right-footed. It’s just one of those things when you play with someone and it clicks.

‘If you’re telling a person something and he’s listening, you’re on the same page. If sometimes you’re saying something and they’re not hearing it or decide to do something else, it puts you on the back foot.’

Hodgson is expected to revert to this partnership on Tuesday even though the pair were not at their best against Ukraine last month.

‘We were a little bit open,’ said Jagielka. ‘It was a difficult game with us conceding first. We weren’t particularly in control and their game plan worked really well. We looked back at the videos and saw what we could have done better and we move on.’

Euro 2012: Which Mario Baloteill will turn up against England?

Barmy Balotelli or Super Mario… who will turn up on Sunday

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21:30 GMT, 20 June 2012

England's Manchester City players know there are two versions of Mario Balotelli and their chances of reaching the last four of Euro 2012 may hinge on which one shows up in Kiev.

Will it be Super Mario, capable of conjuring a goal from nowhere and transforming the pattern of a game with a single flash of inspiration

Or will it be Stupid Mario, the disinterested bystander cum total liability, bickering with team-mates and flashing his studs into tackles like a red card trying to happen

Belt up: Balotelli gets some sound advice from team-mate Bonucci after scoring against Ireland

Belt up: Balotelli gets some sound advice from team-mate Bonucci after scoring against Ireland

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'There are two Marios,' said James Milner. 'The one who turns up sometimes in training and it's a bit cold and he's not interested. The other time, he really wants it and he is a special talent.

'He is a top player. He has a strong shot, he is tricky and a clever player, we know all that. But we've been brilliant at the back so far.'

Joleon Lescott's emergence as a reliable central defensive partner for John Terry has been a key part of this reliability which supplies the bedrock of Roy Hodgson's team.

The Manchester City defender would probably not have started had Gary Cahill not broken his jaw in the final warm-up friendly against Belgium.

All smiles: Balotelli is expected to start against England in Kiev on Sunday

All smiles: Balotelli is expected to start against England in Kiev on Sunday

Yet Lescott scored England's first goal of the tournament against France and has grown in confidence and stature ever since.

Lescott – good in the air, strong in the tackle and swift across the ground – seems to be maturing into a genuine international defender.

Hug life: Balotelli consoling Ireland's Shay Given

Hug life: Balotelli consoling Ireland's Shay Given

'Joleon has been playing like that all season for City,' said Milner.

'He knows Mario well. He trains with him every day and I'm sure he will keep him quiet.'

Inside information is sure to help but Lescott vowed not to be lured into any pre-match distractions by the Italian.

'There won't be any texts,' he said. 'We're here for different teams. We play together at club level but at international level it is totally different.

'I know the quality he possesses. He is quick and strong and, at any time, he can create something out of nothing, similar to other world-class strikers in the competition. I watched Italy when he came on and changed the game against Ireland with his goal. He looked sharp but the team is not made up of one player.'

In that final Group B game, Balotelli set off in search of controversy by ranting after his goal.

Italian job: The Manchester City striker has enjoyed a mixed tournament

Italian job: The Manchester City striker has enjoyed a mixed tournament

Leonardo Bonucci covered his team-mate's mouth with his hand just in case.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli rated the cameo against Ireland as Balotelli's 'best 20 minutes' of the tournament.

Balotelli is expected to be paired up front with Antonio Cassano in Kiev on Sunday.

It is an explosive strike force, in every sense. Cassano, at 29 back after heart surgery in November, has his own well-established reputation for impulsive and erratic behaviour, admitting: 'I was 10 times crazier than Mario at his age.'

Making an impact: Substitute Balotelli strikes against Ireland

Making an impact: Substitute Balotelli strikes against Ireland

Only this week, Cassano exploded in fury at an Italian reporter he suspected of checking into the Italian WAGs hotel to spy on his family.It later transpired that the families and friends of the players had actually checked into the Italian media hotel in Krakow.

The 21-year-old Balotelli may well be the great hope for the future of Italian football but he remains an enigma. Talk about split strikers. These are strikers with split personalities.

John Terry: Don"t write off Premier League teams

Don't write off English football just yet, says Terry after Chelsea's dramatic win over Napoli

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UPDATED:

10:01 GMT, 15 March 2012

John Terry declared Chelsea's historic Champions League comeback against Napoli proved English football is 'still going strong'.

The Blues salvaged both their European season and some pride for the Barclays Premier League with a stunning performance to reach the quarter-finals of the game's elite club competition.

England was in danger of having no team in the last eight of the Champions League for the first time since 1996.

Captain's job: Terry scored a vital goal for the Blues

Captain's job: Terry scored a vital goal for the Blues

But Chelsea became only the fourth club to overturn a first-leg deficit of two goals or more by winning 4-1 after extra time to seal a 5-4 aggregate win.

Asked about the state of English football, which many had bemoaned following the exits of Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal, Terry said: 'It's still going strong.'

The same could be said of Chelsea's old guard judging by their contribution to last night's win, in which Terry, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard all scored.

The men sacked manager Andre Villas-Boas seemed so determined to discard – and who were accused of running the dressing room – proved just how difficult they would be to replace.

That trio – and goalkeeper Petr Cech, who was also outstanding – have been part of many great European nights.

Rolling back the years: It was the Chelsea old guard who were the bedrock of the famous win at Stamford Bridge

Rolling back the years: It was the Chelsea old guard who were the bedrock of the famous win at Stamford Bridge

Rolling back the years: It was the Chelsea old guard who were the bedrock of the famous win at Stamford Bridge

But Terry admitted Wednesday's win was as good as it got, saying: 'This could top them all, for sure.

'It was really impressive watching the lads fight to the end. First and foremost, that's what we're about – that desire, that togetherness and sticking together when it really mattered.

'We showed what Chelsea are really made of.'

Lampard was not bothered who Chelsea drew in the last eight, with Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich looking by far the toughest of the seven opponents they could face.

He said: 'We're just happy to be in the hat. If we play with that ability and desire, we can take on anybody.'

Caretaker manager Roberto Di Matteo, who has now masterminded a hat-trick of wins since succeeding Villas-Boas, could hardly contain himself after the final whistle, racing on to the pitch and hugging everyone in sight.

All smiles: Di Matteo raced onto the pitch to celebrate the famous victory

All smiles: Di Matteo raced onto the pitch to celebrate the famous victory

He said: 'We made history and knew that it would take a lot to win. Some of the players couldn't even run at the end because they had cramp but they just kept fighting. Everybody was incredible.

'You could see how much it meant to the players. Everybody was very happy, delighted at the end that we'd managed to stay in the Champions League after such a big performance.

'I've had some great nights, I have to say. But it will probably go down in the club's history to have come back from a two-goal deficit in the first leg.'

Rahul Dravid to announce retirement from cricket

India great Dravid set to announce retirement after glittering career

Rahul Dravid, one of cricket's greats, appears set to retire from the sport at international level on Friday.

The 39-year-old, a bedrock of India's star-studded batting line-up over the past 15 years, has called a press conference which will also be attended by national board president N Srinivasan.

Dravid, who marked his debut with an innings of 95 at Lord's in 1996, has made more than 13,000 Test runs and is second in his sport's all-time list of highest career run-makers behind only his long-time team-mate Sachin Tendulkar.

Bowing out: India legend Rahul Dravid looks set to retire from cricket

Bowing out: India legend Rahul Dravid looks set to retire from cricket

The former captain's contribution to an era of unprecedented Indian progress to the top of world cricket has included not only 36 Test hundreds, at an average of 52.31, but a willingness to accommodate the preferences of others by moving up and down the order.

It was as an emergency opener – after Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag's injuries – that Dravid rose above the collective failures of his team-mates, Tendulkar included for the most part, to make two of his three hundreds in India's 4-0 defeat in England last summer.

Moving on: Dravid (left) unveils the the IPL 2012 Rajsthan Royals' jersey

Moving on: Dravid (left) unveils the the IPL 2012 Rajsthan Royals' jersey

Dravid has also been a world-class one-day international batsman, with more than 10,000 runs in the book to prove it, and his abilities as a stand-in but nonetheless often regular wicketkeeper and outstanding slip fielder have also served India especially well.

He was unable, however, to raise his game one last time in India's recent defeat in Australia – their second successive by a 4-0 margin in Tests – where 'The Wall' was clean bowled in six of eight innings which mustered under 200 runs.