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England U21 v Austria U21 live from Amex Stadium

LIVE: England U21 v Austria… follow all the action from the Amex Stadium

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

19:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:44 GMT, 25 March 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of England U21's clash with Austria at Brighton's Amex Stadium, with kick-off at 7.45.

Having wrapped up a record eighth win on the bounce – every one a clean sheet – with a comfortable 3-0 win over Romania on Thursday night, Stuart Pearce's men are going for cloud nine tonight.

It's the final chance for England's young lions to impress in a bid to make this summer's European championships in Israel.

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19:43 …and here's God Save the Queen.

19:41 Kick-off is in about five minutes, we're just hearing the Austrian national anthem…

19:39 Stuart Pearce just spoke to ESPN before the game about the side's lead-up to the match and the make-up of tonight's team:

'We've had a brilliant week,' said Pearce.

'After Thursday, the way the players have been in training has been outstanding.

'We need to top off the week with a good result and a good performance here.'

On not selecting usual captain Jordan Henderson for tonight's starting line-up:

'I know what Jordan can do. He's an outstanding player and leader of men at this level and I'm not sure how much I would learn from playing him here.

'It was more important to keep Nathaniel Chalobah in the side after what he did on Thursday.'

That seems like Henderson is a certainty to be part of a growing Liverpool contingent in Pearce's squad.

19:26 And let's not forget – victory here will be Stuart Pearce's side's ninth on the spin. Friday's triumph over Romania sealed a record eighth win, and the young Lions have achieved that without conceding a single goal. More of the same tonight, please…

19:25 The action for England U21s this summer in Israel kicks off on June 5 when they face Italy, before playing Norway on June 8 and facing the hosts June 11. Performances in this game will be key to making up the squad that travels to the tournament.

19:18 So Wilfried Zaha is not in the squad tonight – but he's a dead cert for the European Championships squad. He's returned to Crystal Palace for dental work. This gives a chance for the more borderline players to make an impact before Stuart Pearce names his squad for the summer tournament in Israel.

19.15 Evening everyone, and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of England U21s clash with Austria.

Kick-off is in about half an hour, but let's start with tonight's line-up:

England Jason Steele, Andre Wisdom, Danny Rose, Jason Lowe, Tom Lees, Craig Dawson (capt), Andros Townsend, Nathaniel Chalobah, Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling.

Subs Adam Smith, Jack Butland, Jack Robinson, Nathaniel Clyne, Michael Keane, Jordan Henderson, Josh McEachran, Nathan Delfouneso, Marvin Sordell, Tom Carroll.

Romania Richard Strebinger, Florian Neuhold, Kevin Wimmer, Tobias Kainz, Michael Sabitzer, Raphael Holzhauser (capt) Robert Zulj, Patrick Farkas, Simon Piesinger, Lukas Spendlhofer

Subs Christoph Riegler, Christian Schilling, Martin Ziegl, Daniel Offenbacher, Michael Grogoritsch, Mattias Maak, Dominik Starkl.

Young gun: Nathaniel Chalobah is making his second start for the U21s

Young gun: Nathaniel Chalobah is making his second start for the U21s

Chelsea to sign Taison from Metalist Kharkiv

Chelsea set to add midfielder Taison to growing Brazilian contingent

By
Simon Jones

PUBLISHED:

09:25 GMT, 2 January 2013

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UPDATED:

12:07 GMT, 2 January 2013

Metalist Kharkiv attacking midfielder Taison has revealed he has spoken to Chelsea after being linked with a January move and would welcome a reunion with former team-mate Oscar.

The Brazilian is closing on a move to Stamford Bridge after impressing for Metalist, who will play Newcastle United in the Europa League last 32, since his move there two-and-a-half years ago.

*Scroll down to see Taison's knockout Champions League goal

London bound: Taison (right) looks set to join Chelsea

London bound: Taison (right) looks set to join Chelsea

He joined the Ukrainian club from Internacional, where he played alongside Chelsea’s Oscar.

Taison says he recently visited Stamford Bridge and has spoken to owner Roman Abramovich over a potential move.

'I went to England (some weeks ago) just to take a look. I talked to the president,' he told Diario Popular.

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style

Join our club: Oscar, Lucas Piazon and Ramires are already strutting their stuff at Stamford Bridge, while David Luiz is another one bringing samba-style to west London

Taison added of Brazil international
Oscar: 'I see Oscar, who I played alongside at Internacional, and I want
to play with him again.'

The 24-year-old’s agent, Diego Dornelles, is not ruling out the midfielder leaving Metalist in January.

He said: 'The club want him to stay, but there are many things coming.'

Sky Sports set to broadcast England"s tour of India from London

Sky's commentary team set to stay home after Board of Control for Cricket in India ask for extra 500K

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 25 October 2012

The Sky Sports commentary team look set to cover England's four-Test series from their studios in west London after the Board of Control for Cricket in India asked them for an extra 500,000 to broadcast from inside their grounds.

The BCCI's request is said to be unprecedented and Sky have turned it down, with one insider describing the Indian board's demands as 'not the done thing'.

Unless a compromise can be reached, the likes of Nasser Hussain, David Lloyd and Ian Botham will provide their ball-by-ball commentary from the Sky studio instead, using footage sent by Star TV, the host broadcaster.

Staying put Nasser Hussain (right) and the rest of Sky's commentary team could be forced to broadcast from west London

Staying put Nasser Hussain (right) and the rest of Sky's commentary team could be forced to broadcast from west London

Sky viewers who want to listen to the Indian commentary live from the venues will be able to do so via the red button.

England and India are the only Test nations which habitually send their own commentators on overseas trips.

Some of the English contingent have been critical in the past of BCCI decision-making, particularly their stance on the decision review system, which the board continue to veto.

Live commentary from BBC radio's Test Match Special team could also be under threat.

Ricky Burns beats Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow

Feel the Burns: Rampant Ricky blasts through Mitchell to win 'Battle of Britain' and retain world belt

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UPDATED:

23:23 GMT, 22 September 2012

Burns stunned Kevin Mitchell in front
of a raucous crowd in Glasgow to retain his world lightweight title in
breathtaking fashion.

The Scot, defending his WBO belt for
the second time, took the fight to his opponent from the first bell and
never relented in a staggering display.

Mitchell was floored twice in the
fourth round before yet another unanswered flurry of punches forced the
referee to call a halt to the bout.

Impressive: Ricky Burns aims a punch at Kevin Mitchell during his convincing victory

Impressive: Ricky Burns aims a punch at Kevin Mitchell during his convincing victory

Billed as a 'Battle of Britain', Burns turned the fight into a procession, beating the Englishman to the punch time and time again before pinning him to the ropes and unloading.

Controlling the fight with his jab and always looking to land the right to head and body, Burns edged the opening exchanges of the first round.

Mitchell looked to respond where he could but the bout burst into life when the pair went toe-to-toe with neither giving an inch.

Down and out: Ricky Burns knocks Kevin Mitchell down

Down and out: Ricky Burns knocks Kevin Mitchell down

The home favourite continued to dominate in the second stanza as the pace of the bout refused to relent.

Mitchell served the champion with some timely reminders of his punching power but it was he who was taking some hefty punishment.

Mitchell showed he was not fazed by the Scot's flying start in the third round when, pinned to the ropes, he beat his own chest in a mocking show of defiance.

Punishing: Ricky Burns goes on the attack

Punishing: Ricky Burns goes on the attack

But if that was an indication that he was forcing his way into the contest, the sizeable English contingent in the crowd were silenced minutes later.

Burns' pressure fighting paid off as he floored Mitchell twice in quick succession and although he rose on both occassions, Burns' victory was inevitable and 10,000 fans rose as one to salute their hero.

Burns is set to defend his title again in December with countryman Scott Harrison a possible opponent.

Nemanja Vidic will be on Manchester United summer tour, confirms Sir Alex Ferguson

Vidic will travel on United tour – Ferguson confirms defender very much on his way back

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UPDATED:

23:12 GMT, 2 August 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed skipper Nemanja Vidic will be part of Manchester United's tour of Scandinavia.

Vidic remained in Manchester when United headed off to South Africa and China last month.

However, the Serbian has now completed his recovery from a cruciate operation and will be around to bolster Ferguson's defensive options at a time when both Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling are on the sidelines.

Coming back: Nemanja Vidic in training last month

Coming back: Nemanja Vidic in training last month

In addition, Brazilian full-back Rafael is still on international duty, meaning Ferguson only has four first-choice defenders available following the return of his Euro 2012 contingent.

'Chris Smalling is out for 10 weeks with his metatarsal operation and Jonny Evans is still just in light training,' Ferguson told United's official website.

'They are big losses and they will miss the start of the season.

'Rafael is away but we do have Phil Jones, Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra. That will be the back four on tour.

Injury: Vidic has been out of action since the fateful encounter with Basel last December

Injury: Vidic has been out of action since the fateful encounter with Basel last December

'Hopefully we don't get any more injuries as it would leave me a bit short.'

United face Norwegian outfit Valerenga on Sunday, then Barcelona in Gothenburg on Wednesday before concluding their pre-season programme away to Bundesliga side Hannover on August 11.

It is anticipated goalkeeper David de Gea will also join the United party earlier than anticipated following Spain's shock group stage Olympic exit.

London 2012 archery: The British struggle

Off target Archers now rank outsiders after Brits struggle on opening day

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UPDATED:

10:00 GMT, 28 July 2012

Olympics 2012

Great Britain's chances of a medal in the women’s archery were hit by a faulty bow during a disappointing ranking round at Lord’s.

Naomi Folkard was Britain’s highest-ranked participant in 42nd place as the archers earned their seedings for the individual and team events.

The Kidderminster-based 28-year-old scored 637 from a maximum of 720, with six-time Olympian Alison Williamson 47th on 629 and Amy Oliver 57th with 608.

Best of British: Naomi Folkard fared best on what was a poor day overall for the home contingent

Best of British: Naomi Folkard fared best on what was a poor day overall for the home contingent

Great Britain finished seeded 11th out of 12 nations in the team event, which takes place on Sunday, leaving them to face Russia in the round of 16 and, potentially, third seeds Chinese Taipei in the quarter-finals.

South Korea’s Bo Bae Ki and Ya-Ting Tan of Chinese Taipei led the rankings, tied on 671 points.

Rotherham-born Oliver, the world No 37, claimed that a technical fault with her bow contributed to her lowly position.

‘Halfway through the round I found that my bow wasn’t working correctly,’ she said. ‘I had to change it and then after that I felt better and they were going where I was aiming them. After that I shot really well so at least I know it isn’t me.

‘It was a little bit distracting because I didn’t know why I wasn’t shooting as well as I have been all week. I was feeling strong but the arrows weren’t going where they were meant to.’

Williamson, who became the third British Olympian to appear in six Games, insisted the home trio could still make it on to the podium.

Add them up: Great Britain's Alison Williamson checks her arrows during the ranking round

Add them up: Great Britain's Alison Williamson checks her arrows during the ranking round

Williamson, 40, and Folkard, along with Charlotte Burgess, just missed out on a medal in Beijing four years ago, losing by two points to France in the bronze medal match.

Williamson’s bronze medal in Athens eight years ago was the last British archery medal. Despite their poor showing on Friday, she has clearly not discounted the prospect of winning another.

‘We’ve done it now. We can’t change the results,’ said Williamson. ‘Most people, when they look at their score at the end, will think, “I could have done this or that” but that’s archery.

‘If we reach the level we can then we’re more than capable of a medal. If we’re all shooting our best on the day we can do it.’

Folkard confessed to also being left frustrated at the home of cricket, having not shot to her best. But, like Williamson, she insisted there was still every reason to be positive.

Better luck next time: Amy Oliver suffered a fault in her bow

Better luck next time: Amy Oliver suffered a fault in her bow

As well as meeting the Russians in the team event, Folkard will line up against Russia’s Kristina Timofeeva in the singles and is content with her frame of mind ahead of those matches.

‘The score wasn’t ideal, so I’m a bit disappointed, but I kept going through the right mental processes and I’m pleased with the way I shot,’ she said.

‘There were just a couple of ends where I wasn’t good enough. I have a day to work on it then we go again in the team event.

‘You have to be confident going into the head to heads and if you’re feeling good that’s going to give you more confidence.

‘Feeling good about my game, for me, gives more confidence than just a good score. I know I’m shooting really well, I just have to put it all together.’

Euro 2012: Spain fans celebrate victory

Spain fans in fiesta mood after sealing Euro 2012 with emphatic 4-0 win over Italy

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UPDATED:

21:58 GMT, 1 July 2012

Fans across Spain gathered to celebrate in their thousands as they watched their side thrash Italy 4-0 to retain their European Championship crown in Kiev.

The Spanish fans, dressed head to toe in the red and yellow – colours synonymous with their team – are in fiesta mood as they out-passed and outclassed their opponents.

Two goals in the first half set the tone early on and late goals from Chelsea stars Fernando Torres and Juan Mata with just minutes to spare confirmed the victory.

Winners: Spanish fans celebrate during the Euro 2012 final as their side win in style

Winners: Spanish fans celebrate during the Euro 2012 final as their side win in style

Stylish: Spain's soccer fans cheer during their emphatic 4-0 win

Stylish: Spain's soccer fans cheer during their emphatic 4-0 win

Fiesta time: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere in Kiev after getting in their teams colours

Fiesta time: Spain fans enjoy the atmosphere in Kiev after getting in their teams colours

Champions: Spain's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the final of Euro 2012

Champions: Spain's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the final of Euro 2012

Celebrations: The Spain squad celebrate after the final whistle confirms them as European Champions again

Celebrations: The Spain squad celebrate after the final whistle confirms them as European Champions again

Celebrating wildly in the stands Spain's
contingent of support had to wait just 14 minutes for their side to
take the lead as David Silva, who ply's his trade with English side
Manchester City, put his team ahead.

And just before the close of the first half they had doubled their lead thanks to a Jordi Alba strike.

After
the break the game appeared to go from bad to worse for the Italians as
substitute Thiago Motta limped off after just minutes after coming on.

Champions! Spain fans party hard in Madrid (above ) and Barcelona (below)

Champions! Spain fans party hard in Madrid (above ) and Barcelona (below)

Champions! Spain fans party hard in Madrid (above ) and Barcelona (below)

As the last of Italy's allocated substitutes it meant that they had to finish the game a player short, with just 10.

With
Spain comfortable in possession and by now cutting through their
opponents with ease there were late goals for Torres and Mata to secure
the stylish win.

All smiles: The fans in Madrid savoured the atmosphere as the goals went in

All smiles: The fans in Madrid savoured the atmosphere as the goals went in

All smiles: The fans in Madrid savoured the atmosphere as the goals went in

There appeared to be extra incentive
for the Spanish side in tonight's all or nothing tie as the victory saw them make football history.

The win helped them to become the first team ever to win three consecutive major titles on
the international stage.Having
won the World Cup in South Africa two years ago and the previous
European Championships the win created history.

Back in Rome: Italian supporters cheer for their team before watching the final of the UEFA EURO 2012 between Spain and Italy in the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium 'Circo Massimo'

Back in Rome: Italian supporters cheer for their team before watching the final of the UEFA EURO 2012 between Spain and Italy in the ancient Roman chariot racing stadium 'Circo Massimo'

Gladiator:A fan of Italy hopes for a gladiatorial effort from his team as they take on defending champions Spain

Gladiator:A fan of Italy hopes for a gladiatorial effort from his team as they take on defending champions Spain

United: A Spanish and Italian go to great lengths to show support for their respective side but are happy to sit together at the showpiece final

United: A Spanish and Italian go to great lengths to show support for their respective side but are happy to sit together at the showpiece final

Pockets of Spanish fans turned the
60,000 seater stadium in to sea of red and yellow while many Italian
fans came dressed as Gladiators and even Super Mario as they hoped their side could stage an upset.

The pair met earlier on in the
tournament, playing out a 1-1 draw in the group stage, but many tipped
the Spanish to conquer on the big stage, prior to the big game.

Headmaster: David Silva heads Spain into the lead in the 14th minute

Headmaster: David Silva heads Spain into the lead in the 14th minute

Two-nil: Spain's Jordi Alba, a recent buy for football giants Barcelona celebrates after scoring the second goal against Italy

Two-nil: Spain's Jordi Alba, a recent buy for football giants Barcelona celebrates after scoring the second goal against Italy

Creating history: Chelsea star Fernando Torres confirms the win with a third goal for Spain

Creating history: Chelsea star Fernando Torres confirms the win with a third goal for Spain

It's all over: Another Chelsea star, Juan Mata, puts the icing on the cake as he slots home to win the game 4-0

It's all over: Another Chelsea star, Juan Mata, puts the icing on the cake as he slots home to win the game 4-0

Spain
made it through to the final following wins against France in the
quarter finals and a tense penalty win against Portugal in the semi's.

Italy,
who sent England packing in the quarter finals, made it through to the
showpiece finale after a surprise win against Germany.

Ready to go: Fans from both sides prepare for the game inside the ground

Ready to go: Fans from both sides prepare for the game inside the ground

Ready to go: Fans from both sides prepare for the game inside the ground

Banter: Fans from both sides share a joke as they prepare for a tense final

Banter: Fans from both sides share a joke as they prepare for a tense final

Felling lucky: An Italian fan seems in a positive mood ahead of his sides game against Spain

Felling lucky: An Italian fan seems in a positive mood ahead of his sides game against Spain

Familiar faces: Fans dressed as Super Mario pose with a Balotelli lookalike, The Italian striker who plays club football for Manchester City

Familiar faces: Fans dressed as Super Mario pose with a Balotelli lookalike, The Italian striker who plays club football for Manchester City

Back in Spain fans were out in
Barcelona and Madrid to watch the game on big screens in the city
centres, cheering wildly as the first two goals went in, giving them a
commanding lead.

Back in
Rome spirits were high before the game but a difficult first half meant
it was always going to be hard for them to get back into the game.

That's entertainment: Dancers perform for the Euro 2012 closing ceremony

That's entertainment: Dancers perform for the Euro 2012 closing ceremony

Coming to an end: As the tournament nears its end a spectacular show is put on to mark the final

Coming to an end: As the tournament nears its end a spectacular show is put on to mark the final

Orchestrating support: Spain fans bang the drum and take to the megaphone to get behind their team

Orchestrating support: Spain fans bang the drum and take to the megaphone to get behind their team

Not to be left out: Italian fans show their support before the start of the game

Not to be left out: Italian fans show their support before the start of the game

Euro 2012 diary: Daniel Agger delight for Andy Carroll

Ian Ladyman's Euro 2012 diary: Daniel delight for Kop pal Carroll

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UPDATED:

21:42 GMT, 18 June 2012

Daniel Agger was disappointed to be on his way home after Denmark failed to make it out of the Group of Death. But the Liverpool defender's eyes lit up when mention was made of Andy Carroll's goal for England. 'I am so pleased for him, it was a great goal,' said Agger. He clearly meant it, too.

Going home: But Agger was quick to laud team-mate Carroll's goal against Sweden

Going home: But Agger was quick to laud team-mate Carroll's goal against Sweden

Thumbs up for…

Roy Keane. Many may not agree with his views on the performance of the Irish team out here, but at least he has an opinion and is prepared to voice it. That is, after all, what he is paid for.

Thumbs down for…

The usually affable Germany captain Philipp Lahm, who refused my request for an interview after the game in Lviv. 'Sorry, I don't speak very good English,' he said… in perfectly good English. He was smiling, so we will let him off.

Nein danke: Lahm snubbed an interview with Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman

Nein danke: Lahm snubbed an interview with Sportsmail's Ian Ladyman

Quote of the day

'Please try and come home with a tan. You are not attractive when you are pale.' My better half continues to believe I am on holiday. She has a point, though.

No reaction to Chernobyl Tours

Ukrainian tour operators have been disappointed that trips to places like Chernobyl have not interested visiting fans. 'They would rather raid the supermarkets for beer,' complained the Kiev Today newspaper. Well, whoever would have thought it

Bedtime television

Euro 2012 email button

The ITV contingent here were a little shocked when they checked in to their Soviet-style hotel on the outskirts of Donetsk to discover they had to make up their own beds before they could get in them. Breakfast, meanwhile, was a boiled egg wrapped in a piece of foil. Yum.

Sign of the times

Well done to the UEFA officials who threw two accredited 'writers' out of the player interview area in Lviv on Sunday night. It seemed they were only there to collect autographs that will no doubt be on eBay already. Tsk-tsk.

FBI not concerned with London 2012 security

FBI are not worried by London 2012 security, insists NYPD chief

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UPDATED:

16:41 GMT, 23 May 2012

New York's police chief says he is impressed with security planning for this summer's London Olympics, rejecting suggestions that US officials were concerned about arrangements for the Games.

Commissioner Raymond Kelly said London's police and security planning was far more comprehensive and organised than had been the case for the Atlanta games in 1996, when he was personally involved in a federal government role.

'It seems they really have a handle on just about any contingency that might take place,' Kelly said in London during a trip to meet Olympic security chiefs, senior London police and officials at MI5 domestic security agency.

'We've been universally very much impressed with everything we've seen. As far as I can see they have done an excellent job preparing all of their forces.'

No concerns: Raymond Kelly has dismissed security fears

No concerns: Raymond Kelly has dismissed security fears

Last November, the United States denied that there had been a diplomatic row over the Olympic security planning, following a newspaper claim that 1,000 agents including some 500 from the FBI, would be sent to protect US athletes and officials.

Chris Allison, Britain's national Olympic security coordinator, said the claim was 'rubbish' and that the reported FBI contingent had been grossly exaggerated.

'I think the FBI role is a supportive one. I don't think they're here with specific concerns,' Kelly said, dismissing the idea that the London police needed their assistance.

He added than rather than lecturing the British, his visit had been a learning one.

'We were takers rather than givers, put it that way,' he commented.

Allison and other senior British security figures have said protests and public order issues rather than al-Qaeda and international terrorism were the most likely threats to the Games.

Last year, Britain suffered its worst rioting in decades and there have been high-profile anti-capitalist protests in London, some inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street moment.

Kelly said he had discussed the riots with his London counterparts and it was an issue that they had factored in, with plans for a rapid mobilisation to deal with any unexpected events.

'Will there be demonstrations, will there be protests of some sort Sure. That's a given in this day and age. It's something that happens in New York and London literally everyday,' Kelly said.

'But the Met is well experienced. They're well prepared to handle it.'

London 2012 Olympics: Chiefs not sure which athletes will attend opening ceremony

Olympic chiefs yet to decide which athletes will attend London's opening ceremony

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 2 May 2012

British Olympic chiefs insist it is too early to predict how many of the 550 Team GB athletes will take part in the parade at the London 2012 opening ceremony.

The ceremony is not due to finish until after midnight and sports such as swimming, cycling and athletics have already said most of their athletes will not be taking part.

It has been suggested that only 40 per cent of Team GB will attend the parade but the British Olympic Association claimed such a figure was premature.

Star of the show: Jessica Ennis will be one of Britain's biggest hopes

Star of the show: Jessica Ennis will be one of Britain's biggest hopes

BOA communications director Darryl Seibel said: 'It's too early to say how many athletes will participate. Right now, we are working with our team leaders to determine which sports will march.

'We are confident there will be a strong contingent of Team GB athletes participating in the opening ceremony, but we won't know the exact number until much closer to the Games.'

Organisers are trying to restrict the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony to one and a half hours to reduce the demands on competitors by limiting the number of officials who can take part.

Plenty to live up to: London will hope to put on a show for the opening ceremony

Plenty to live up to: London will hope to put on a show for the opening ceremony

London 2012 chief executive Paul Deighton said last month: 'The athletes' parade at the ceremony is what it is all about but it just can't go on and on and on.

'We have to keep it to a sensible period because we want to make it as easy for the athletes as possible, and for as many as possible to take part.'