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Rio Ferdinand: I"m not losing any sleep over England snub

I'm not losing any sleep over England snub! Ferdinand focused on Man United's title challenge

qualifying match with Switzerland at Wembley.

Return Rio Ferdinand (left) has been offered a bizarre lifeline by England

Return Rio Ferdinand (left) has been offered a bizarre lifeline by England

That came under Fabio Capello, but
with the race row between John Terry and his brother Anton still
unresolved at the time Roy Hodgson took over, Ferdinand has remained
unselected by the current boss.

Hodgson insists the 81-cap man's
omission is for football reasons alone, while the player himself refuses
to even think about anything beyond his achievements at club level.

'I'm not sitting there thinking about trying to get back into the England team,' he told the Manchester Evening News.

'I'm just playing football for Manchester United. That's what I love doing and that is what's at the forefront of my mind.

'If that, in time, it ends up in me
getting a call-up for England, then great and fantastic. If it doesn't, I
won't really lose any sleep over it,' he added.

Commanding: Ferdinand has had a solid season at the back for Manchester United

Commanding: Ferdinand has had a solid season at the back for Manchester United

Inconclusive: England manager Roy Hodgson said England have 'moved on' from the centre-back pairing of Ferdinand and John Terry

Inconclusive: England manager Roy Hodgson said England have 'moved on' from the centre-back pairing of Ferdinand and John Terry

Ferdinand appeared to have been
thrown a bizarre international lifeline after the FA insisted he could
still return to Roy Hodgson's England squad.

Ferdinand,
who has not played for his country since a 2-2 draw with Switzerland in
June 2011, insists he will always be available to play international
football.

The 34-year-old has started 19 games in the Barclays Premier League for Manchester United this season and Sportsmail's Neil Ashton wrote this week about how England should recall the defender.

Although England sealed an impressive
2-1 win over Brazil on Wednesday, Ferdinand's absence from England duty
was highlighted at Wembley when Gary Cahill's mistake allowed Fred to
equalise.

After the game Hodgson seemed to
claim England had moved on from the Ferdinand era and were looking to
younger players for the 2014 World Cup.

Blunder: Gary Cahill's error led to Brazil's equaliser on Wednesday night

Blunder: Gary Cahill's error led to Brazil's equaliser on Wednesday night

'For
years England had a centre-back pairing (John Terry and Ferdinand)
everyone was satisfied with and they were two very good players,'
England's manager said.

'For
various reasons we've moved on from that and we have to try to solve
the problem. I'm not going to talk about Rio. It seems that every other
day I have to answer questions about Rio.

'We've just beaten Brazil for the first time in God knows how many years, the first time I've played against Brazil.

'We're
talking international football, England against Brazil and some of the
so-called very, very best players in the world. I think that whoever you
would play at centre back would have problems against that quality of
opposition.'

However,
despite Hodgson's comments the FA attempted to clarify the situation
yesterday and insisted the door will never be closed on any player.

India v England: India must improve – David Lloyd

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: A billion reasons why India must improve… (and leave Samit alone)

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England were a bit frenetic on the final morning but the bottom line is that India got a good hiding. The home side now need to show 1.1 billion people that they actually care.

We are talking about players who earn more money than Rooney, Balotelli and Lampard (via endorsements and sponsors) and their fans deserve more. I want to see a major reaction from their players but can't see them beating England unless they improve their skill levels and attitude infinitely.

Well beaten: India must improve to please their fans

Well beaten: India must improve to please their fans

PICTURE DISPUTE

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Zaheer today, gone tomorrow

We now have back-to-back Tests and India had no real time to consider their defeat but they have still reacted and made several changes. But I am certain they have not picked better players.

Zaheer Khan may be a surprise omission to some but he looks out of condition. He's just one who showed no life or intensity in the field.

Jimmy back to his best

Nagpur is the venue for the final Test and the last three matches there have produced resounding results. India should produce a spinning pitch but they must bat better.

For England, they just pick the same team. It was absolutely right for Steven Finn to play in front of Stuart Broad and it was noticeable that Jimmy Anderson had more spark about him because the team had been freshened up.

Leave Samit alone

Get off Samit Patel's back. There is all sorts of Twitter and internet criticism over his ability and place in the team but just leave the lad alone.

He needs to do more, he'll know that, but he produced an attractive little innings in this Test and he'd also be a star fielder in this India team!

Under pressure: Patel has both Jonny Bairstow and Eoin Morgan waiting in the wings

Under pressure: Patel has both Bairstow and Morgan waiting in the wings

Get it done in four

It was terrific to hear captain Alastair Cook say that when you win, you go and have a good night. Just one personal wish though. I hope England wrap the next Test up in four days, these early-morning starts are killing me!

When it became obvious on Saturday that we'd have be back in for just an hour's work at 3am yesterday, Mike Atherton (who is in India) was quick to text and say 'good luck!'. So come on Jimmy, come on Swanny, pull your fingers out!

Bailed out

Finally, in all my years of watching cricket, I have never seen a bail fall from its groove as it did when Jimmy Anderson bowled Pragyan Ojha. The ball just clipped the bail which took an eternity to move but finally dropped…it was as though someone had wind!

How have England turned it around so successfully after opening Test defeat in Ahmedabad?

How have England turned it around so successfully after opening Test defeat in Ahmedabad

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Outplayed in the opening Test, England will be dreaming of a first series win in India for 27 years if they can finish things off in Kolkata today. Here’s how they have made it happen…

Key omission: Monty Panesar (FILE PHOTO)

Key omission: Monty Panesar (FILE PHOTO)

Picking the right team

The decision to play just one frontline spinner — Graeme Swann — in the first Test in Ahmedabad proved costly. The recall of Monty Panesar might be the single biggest factor in England turning around the series. He took 11 wickets in Mumbai and has five so far in Kolkata.

Preying on ageing stars

A team full of ageing greats such as Sachin Tendulkar (right) unravelled in the second Test. That more focus was lavished on the pitch than England ahead of Mumbai laid bare India’s lack of faith in their own abilities, which the tourists ruthlessly exploited.

Bowling well

Poor team selection in the first Test was compounded by the performance of England’s seamers. Tim Bresnan was axed immediately and Stuart Broad after Mumbai. James Anderson, poor in Ahmedabad, has been superb, while Steven Finn totally eclipsed Broad.

Finally getting big runs

Alastair Cook’s 176 in Ahmedabad, the first of three centuries, kick-started a phenomenal run from the captain and showed his team-mates big runs could be scored. Kevin Pietersen followed in Mumbai as England found the knack of amassing large totals.

Working out the spinners

The figures of Ravi Ashwin in England’s second innings in the first Test told their own story as he leaked 111 runs in 43 overs for the solitary wicket of Swann. He was quickly worked out and has since had more impact with the bat. Pragyan Ojha has been India’s best spinner, but he is no Saeed Ajmal.

John Terry no longer automatic Chelsea pick, says Roberto Di Matteo

Terry is no longer an automatic pick, insists Di Matteo ahead of Chelsea skipper's return

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18:08 GMT, 9 November 2012

Roberto Di Matteo has insisted John Terry was still Chelsea's 'captain and leader' but warned that did not make the defender immune from his squad rotation policy.

Di Matteo sprang a huge surprise on Wednesday night by leaving Terry on the bench for the Blues' Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk, arguably the first truly big game their skipper had missed when fit and available for almost a decade.

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Back in action: Terry trains at Cobham on Friday ahead of his expected return against Liverpool on Sunday

Back in action: Terry trains at Cobham on Friday ahead of his expected return against Liverpool on Sunday

The official explanation was a lack of
match fitness after the 31-year-old was limited to only one competitive
outing in a month due to his domestic four-match racism ban.

Yet Terry had been thrown back into the deep end after returning from injury and suspension on plenty of occasions in the past, leading some to suggest his omission against Shakhtar might have marked the beginning of the end of his time at the club.

But Di Matteo said on Friday: 'He's certainly a fantastic player for us and he will continue to be so and continue to be our captain and our leader when he plays.'

However, it is precisely how often that is which is now far from a certainty.

Under pressure: Gary Cahill and David Luiz have played at centre back in Terry's absence

Under pressure: Gary Cahill and David Luiz have played at centre back in Terry's absence

'I don't think anybody's guaranteed a starting place,' Di Matteo said.

'They all have to work and be fighting for their place in the team.'

He added: 'We've got a lot of competition in the team and they're all internationals. We've got an England international playing or a Brazil international, or a Serbia international.

'So, all of them are international players that have a lot of quality and they are at a very high level.'

Di Matteo also admitted he was wary of the threat posed by 'magnificent' striker Luis Suarez ahead of Liverpool's trip to Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Pole star: Luis Suarez has been described as 'magnificent' by Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo ahead of Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

Pole star: Luis Suarez has been described as 'magnificent' by Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo ahead of Liverpool's visit to Stamford Bridge on Sunday

The controversial striker, who has been the standout performer for Liverpool this season scoring 10 goals in 15 games, is sure for a hostile reception.

But the Chelsea manager said: 'He’s a magnificent player, and very dangerous. They don’t have many other strikers but they have some young talented players and some experienced players, Glen Johnson, (Martin) Skrtel, (Daniel) Agger, (Steven) Gerrard, (Jose) Enrique are all Premier League players with a lot of games in their legs.'

VIDEO: Di Matteo considers the opposition ahead of this weekend's game

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Carl Jenkinson in England squad pending FIFA clearance

Arsenal's Jenkinson rewarded with England nod… pending FIFA clearance

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15:49 GMT, 8 November 2012

England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Arsenal defender Carl Jenkinson will be drafted into his squad for the friendly with Sweden, providing FIFA clearance is received on time.

Jenkinson was a surprise omission from Hodgson's 23-man squad when it was unveiled this morning as previously the England boss had stated his intention to call on the 20-year-old defender, who has impressed during early-season performances for the Gunners.

However it transpired the move relates to red-tape wrangling given the player's previous appearance at youth level for Finland, and Hodgson hopes to rectify that prior to the Stokholm visit.

Expects: Carl Jenkinson will join Roy Hodgson's squad for the Sweden friendly

Expects: Carl Jenkinson will join Roy Hodgson's squad for the Sweden friendly

Hodgson told FATV: 'The reason I
didn't include Carl from the start is because we haven't, at this moment
in time, got clearance from FIFA but we do believe that they are going
to grant that clearance within a day or two.

'So by next Wednesday, he will be
clear to play. He wants to play for England and has made that clear so
we applied for permission to FIFA, as one is allowed to do, immediately
after he left us and before we set off for Poland.

'That was a month ago, but I didn't
want to put his name down in a squad until such time as I've got FIFA
clearance saying he's available to play for us in my hand.

'If the clearance comes through, we
will put him in the squad. He was with us for training just before we
left for Poland and I made it clear to him then that if he did want to
play for England, I would include him in this squad and I intend to keep
that promise.'

Hodgson's comments at least clarify Jenkinson's position, although the fact he has already chosen Glen Johnson, Kyle Walker, Leighton Baines and Ryan Bertrand for the full-back slots means there will be plenty of competition should the Arsenal man link up, as hoped, in Manchester on Sunday evening.

Juan Mata says Chelsea need to fight over upcoming weeks

It's a Mata of staying positive in Blues test of ambition over upcoming weeks

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Eden Hazard started with a bang and Oscar scored one of the most beautiful goals Stamford Bridge has seen, but it is Juan Mata who has re-emerged as Chelsea’s true creative force.

Mata has looked fresh in body and mind since his two-week break at the start of last month and took his goal tally to six in five games in the 4-2 win at Tottenham on Saturday.

Of the players who started for Chelsea at White Hart Lane he was the only one who did not go away on international duty, having been dropped by Spain.

Top team: Juan Mata (right) with Eden Hazard

Top team: Juan Mata (right) with Eden Hazard

His omission was interpreted as a warning from manager Vicente del Bosque that anyone asking to be ‘rested’, as Mata did last month, was taking a risk. It is a point of principle more easily made with the embarrassment of riches at Del Bosque’s disposal, but not one likely to bother Roberto Di Matteo.

Mata took a few more days off, trained with the youth team and dazzled at Spurs, the first in a series of fixtures which seem set to define Chelsea’s season and with it the development of Di Matteo’s exciting team.

‘The next two months will decide if this is a genuine title challenge,’ said Mata. ‘It’s always like that in November and December. There are a lot of games and you have to keep fighting for the title in those two months. For me it’s the most important part of the season.’

Di Matteo’s team are clear at the top of the Barclays Premier League and well placed in Europe but the autumn is when promising campaigns often start to sour at Stamford Bridge.

Shakhtar Donetsk will provide a stern test in Ukraine on Tuesday, followed by two dates with Manchester United, in the Premier League and the Capital One Cup. Manchester City visit Chelsea next month. The fixture crush will examine a squad which still appears thin in places — and December includes a trip to Japan for the FIFA Club World Cup.

Delightful: Mata's form in recent weeks has been a joy to behold

Delightful: Mata's form in recent weeks has been a joy to behold

EURO WATCH

Strikes from Brazilian midfielder Ilsinho and defender Dmytro Chygrynskiy earned Shakhtar Donetsk, who play host to Chelsea in the Champions League on Tuesday night, a 2-1 comeback win against Illichivets. That made it 12 wins from 12 as Shakhtar extended their lead at the top of the Ukrainian league to 12 points.

Chelsea have flair and fluency. They are not watertight in defence but rose to the challenge of going behind at Tottenham by proving that their will to win, the chief characteristic of their years of success since Roman Abramovich took over, has not been entirely lost amid the desire to thrill.

It is a careful balance for Di Matteo but helped by the talent of the potent attacking trio of Hazard, Oscar and Mata who operate in support of Fernando Torres.

‘The three behind the striker always try to play with movement, swapping positions and trying to assist,’ said Mata. ‘We have to work at it in training but we are players who play like this naturally.

‘As I understand football, I always want to play with the ball. If you can win and also play really well, it is the perfect way. We have to keep going and try to translate this momentum into the whole season.’

Battle: Mata tussles with Clint Dempsey for the ball

Battle: Mata tussles with Clint Dempsey for the ball

For it to work, the trio of flair must also be committed to defend. ‘They do have responsibilities to cover,’ insisted Di Matteo. ‘They have a degree of freedom, but they do have responsibilities.

‘We had different players last season and we had to play differently to get the best out of our team.

‘I liked my team last year and I enjoy watching them this season. What has changed is our attitude. We go away and play with the same attitude we have at home. We take the initiative. The players have bought into this change and who knows where it will take us’

The cloud of the John Terry case has started to clear, not that it ever seemed to hurt the team. Terry, banned against Spurs, is expected to return as captain in Donetsk with the support of his team-mates, judging by Mata’s opinion.

Mata said: ‘I am really happy to train and play with him. He’s a really good guy. It will help us now it is finished. He is a very important player. As team-mates you have to be together and we are.’

After eight

After eight

Grant Holt gives up on England

Holt gives up on England and blasts Hodgson for lack of opportunities

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19:31 GMT, 4 October 2012

Norwich striker Grant Holt has given up hope of playing for England, labelling his omission from the pre-Euro 2012 friendlies against Norway and Belgium as 'ridiculous'.

The 31-year-old netted 15 Barclays Premier League goals last season to finish as the second highest-scoring Englishman behind Manchester United's Wayne Rooney.

He was nevertheless overlooked by Hodgson in the build-up to the Three Lions' campaign in Poland and Ukraine, and is not holding his breath for a future call-up.

Not happening: Grant Holt said his omission from the squad for the friendlies was ridiculous

Not happening: Grant Holt said his omission from the squad for the friendlies was ridiculous

'I gave up on that,' Holt told BBC Radio Norfolk. 'I think I'll never be in it. Roy's come in and picking his players.

'When two friendlies came up and I wasn't included, it was ridiculous to be honest.

'He hasn't given anyone opportunities – people like Nathan Dyer and Danny Graham from Swansea didn't even get a look in, but that's life.'

And Holt believes he is not the only player not being given a fair crack of the whip, picking out former Rochdale team-mate Rickie Lambert – who has scored four league goals for Southampton this term – as a prime example.

'He's scoring the goals,' the Carlisle-born player added. 'He's done well. But I think any neutral looking at that list (the latest England squad) could have written it down beforehand and not been far off.

'Unless Rickie Lambert scores 25 goals or bags 10 in the next two months I don't think he'll get close.'

Rough time: Roy Hodgson was blasted by Holt

Rough time: Roy Hodgson was blasted by Holt

Mario Balotelli latest: Roberto Mancini has "endless" patience with striker

My patience with Balotelli is endless! Mancini admits he has soft spot for Mario

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21:30 GMT, 21 September 2012

Roberto Mancini insists his patience with volatile Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli is 'endless'.

Balotelli is expected to return to the squad for Sunday's visit of Arsenal after he was left out for the Champions League defeat at Real Madrid in midweek.

When City last met the Gunners in April a 1-0 defeat looked to have killed off their title hopes, Balotelli was sent off on 90 minutes and made a studs-up challenge on Alex Song that was missed by referee Martin Atkinson.

The trip: Mario Balotelli jokes about with James Milner

The trip: Mario Balotelli jokes about with James Milner

The push: Balotelli is pushed by Milner

The push: Balotelli is pushed by Milner

The make up: Balotelli hugs Millner

The make up: Balotelli hugs Millner

‘I thought it would be a six-game ban
after that game,’ admitted Mancini. ‘Three for the red card and three
for what he did to Song.’

Asked if he had been ready to wash his hands of the player, a smiling Mancini replied: ‘My patience with him is endless.’

What row Roberto Mancini insists he is absolutely fine with Balotelli

What row Roberto Mancini insists he is absolutely fine with Balotelli

Ready to go: Balotelli trains ahead of Sunday's game with Arsenal

Ready to go: Balotelli trains ahead of Sunday's game with Arsenal

No rift: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims there are no issues with him and Balotelli

No rift: Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini claims there are no issues with him and Balotelli

Mancini confirmed the 22-year-old was upset over his omission in Madrid.

He said: ‘He was upset. It’s normal that a player who can’t play in the Bernabeu is unhappy.

Sometimes an important player like Mario or James Milner must sit in the stands.

‘It’s important the players understand this.’

It was believed that Mancini is fed
up with Balotelli's wild ways – including his smoking habit – and was
fast losing patience with the maverick 22-year-old, but Mancini played
down talk of a rift.

'There has been no argument, and no row. Absolutely not,' he said.

'Mario went in the stand only because
we started to play with Carlos Tevez in attack and we couldn't have
three strikers on the bench.'

Balotelli partied until the early
hours after Saturday's 1-1 draw at Stoke. He was pictured with boxer
Amir Khan on a night out at Circle Club in Manchester.

Mancini was said to be angry as he wanted the forward to rest ahead of their opening European match against the Spanish giants.

As a punishment, Balotelli was
ordered to travel to the Bernabeu despite reportedly being told he
wouldn't play a part before stepping on the plane.

Another growing concern for Mancini is Balotelli's smoking habit – infuriating for a club that pay him over 100,000 per week.

Bad habit: Balotelli has regularly been spotted smoking away from training and matches

Bad habit: Balotelli has regularly been spotted smoking away from training and matches

Good example: Balotelli has also been pictured smoking in his Man City gear

Good example: Balotelli has also been pictured smoking in his Man City gear

Partying: Balotelli (right) was pictured with Amir Khan at the Circle Club on Saturday

Partying: Balotelli (right) was pictured with Amir Khan at the Circle Club on Saturday

World Twenty20 2012: Team-by-team guide

Your essential team-by-team guide to the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka

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England begin the defence of their ICC World Twenty20 title in Sri Lanka later this month. Here, Sportsmail takes a look at the teams competing in the tournament…

AFGHANISTAN

The minnows have come a long way since being granted ICC membership in 2001 and earned the right to compete in their first major tournament after finishing as runners-up to Ireland in the qualifying tournament. They are unlikely to progress beyond the group stage after being drawn against two previous winners – England and India – but a lack of expectation reduces the pressure on them.

AUSTRALIA

Although Australia finished runners-up to England in 2010 in the Caribbean, they have not won a series in the shortest form since then in eight attempts, are led by George Bailey – who has just a handful of T20 caps to his name – and recently suffered the ignominy of falling below Ireland in the ICC world rankings.

Old foes: Australia captain George Bailey (right) shakes hands with his England counterpart Stuart Broad

Old foes: Australia captain George Bailey (right) shakes hands with his England counterpart Stuart Broad

BANGLADESH

The Tigers are seen as the whipping boys in Test cricket and do not fare much better in either of the shorter formats. They were eliminated in the group stages in both of the previous two World Twenty20 tournaments and are odds-on for the hat-trick having been drawn to face New Zealand and 2009 winners Pakistan in Group D.

ENGLAND

Much of the build-up to the defence of their crown will centre on the omission of Kevin Pietersen, who was named player of the tournament when they claimed their first ICC trophy and has scored over 500 runs more than any other England batsman in the Twenty20 format. Captain Stuart Broad can approach this tournament with confidence as England have had a decent record since their triumph in the West Indies two years ago.

Defending champions: England lift the World Twenty20 trophy back in 2010

Defending champions: England lift the World Twenty20 trophy back in 2010

INDIA

The champions of the inaugural 2007 tournament have a natural advantage due to their familiarity with sub-continental conditions, while the expected return of big-hitting all-rounder Yuvraj Singh will be a bonus. But they are hardly striking fear into their opponents, losing to England – whom they will face in Group A along with Afghanistan – both home and away last year.

IRELAND

Ireland have shown in the past they are more than capable of upsetting the odds, so their Group B opponents Australia and West Indies should not be complacent. They won the ICC World Twenty20 qualifier to earn their place in Sri Lanka and have chosen an experienced 15-man squad that boasts plenty of familiar faces from the LV= County Championship.

NEW ZEALAND

Seen as the over-achievers in the World Cup having reached the semi-finals on the last two occasions, the Black Caps have been decidedly mediocre in the World Twenty20, with just one last-four appearance – in 2007. New Zealand have several big-hitters in their ranks – Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum and Jacob Oram to name but three – but their current travails with spin on the tour of India is a foreboding sign.

Stalwarts: India's MS Dhoni (left) and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum (right)

Stalwarts: India's MS Dhoni (left) and New Zealand's Brendon McCullum (right)

PAKISTAN

Mohammad Hafeez's men have played more Twenty20 matches than any other nation, although they have a decidedly patchy record, with victories over Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well as defeats to South Africa, New Zealand, West Indies and England. Yet Pakistan have an enviable record in the World Twenty20: runners-up in 2007, champions two years later and semi-finalists in the West Indies in 2010. All-rounder Shahid Afridi will once again be expected to take centre-stage.

Home advantage: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara

Home advantage: Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara

SOUTH AFRICA

The perennial under-achievers have yet to shake off their 'chokers' tag in the big tournaments but they are currently top of the Twenty20 world rankings, having lost just two of their last 13 matches. Perhaps the only thing missing from their armoury is a world-class spinner, which could prove pivotal on the sub-continent.

SRI LANKA

Playing in front of their own supporters will make Sri Lanka one of the favourites for the competition, according to Kumar Sangakkara. 'Home advantage is… about playing in your country, playing in front of the people who cheer and love you,' the veteran batsman said. They have every reason to be confident after finishing runners-up in 2009 and semi-finalists the following year.

WEST INDIES

If West Indies are to enjoy a successful tournament, they will surely need the destructive Chris Gayle to come to the fore. His return to the international fold after 18 months following a dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board has galvanised the team in all formats. They are not a one-man side, however, with Kieron Pollard equally capable of changing the course of an innings.

ZIMBABWE

The fact that Zimbabwe have not won a Twenty20 game in 10 attempts – losing 2-0 to India, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand (twice) respectively – in a run stretching back to the 2010 World Twenty20, have not progressed beyond the group stages of the competition and will face hosts Sri Lanka and South Africa in Group C this time around means they are widely expected to suffer another early exit.

Peter Crouch has to be good enough to be picked for England – Roy Hodgson

Hodgson: I'm not picking Crouch again until he's good enough to be in my squad

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22:32 GMT, 10 September 2012

Roy Hodgson will only pick Peter Crouch for England again on merit.

Eyebrows were raised when Crouch was left out of the present squad and was not called up even when Andy Carroll was ruled out through injury.

Despite scoring an impressive 22 goals in 42 caps for his country, successive managers have given the impression of not being interested in Crouch's unique style.

When you're ready: Peter Crouch will not be called up as a reserve

When you're ready: Peter Crouch will not be called up as a reserve

His last appearance – against France in November 2010 – could be a microcosm of his career, scoring after being introduced as a late substitute.

Hodgson insists there is nothing personal behind the 31-year-old's omission, revealing he tried to buy Crouch when he was manager of Fulham.

However, after confirming he had no interest in taking up a standby position ahead of Euro 2012, Hodgson will only call on Crouch if he feels he has an important role to play.

'I did try to sign him at Fulham and I selected him for the Euros as well,' said Hodgson.

'He was on a standby list but he made it clear that, unless he was in the squad, he didn't want to be considered.

'I'm not going to bring him in to fill up the bench.

Decision: Roy Hodgson has made up his mind

Decision: Roy Hodgson has made up his mind

'The day Crouch gets into an England squad is when I think he should be in the original 23.'

Hodgson has adopted a policy of drafting young players into his squad when injury strikes, as he has done on this occasion with Raheem Sterling, Jake Livermore and Adam Lallana all called up as cover.

But while it seems unlikely Crouch has any kind of future at England level, Darren Bent should not give up hope just yet after also being ignored.

'Darren was injured for the best part of last season and the new one is only two or three games old,” said Hodgson.

'He's a player we'll be following. I've not dismissed anybody.'