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England v South Africa: First ODI live score

LIVE: England v South Africa – Follow the score from the first ODI in Cardiff



09:26 GMT, 24 August 2012

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England face South Africa in the first one-day international after losing the three-match Test series and their world No 1 ranking to the Proteas.

Warwickshire's Chris Woakes was recalled to the side in place of the rested Stuart Broad in Cardiff.

With Broad given the series off Woakes edged out all-rounder Samit Patel and fellow seamer Jade Dernbach for a place in Alastair Cook's starting XI.

Woakes, 23, last featured for England on August 25 last year against Ireland but has enjoyed an impressive county season with bat and ball.

South Africa made sweeping changes to the side which won the Test series 2-0, with lead seamer Dale Steyn not selected and a handful of limited-overs specialists, including Dean Elgar, Robin Petersen, Wayne Parnell, Ryan McLaren and Lonwabo Tsotsobe all included.

Proteas skipper AB de Villiers won the toss and elected to field.

Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers

Ready for battle: Alastair Cook (left) and South Africa captain AB de Villiers

Andre Villas-Boas admits to Chelsea mistakes

I tinkered too quickly, admits AVB as Tottenham boss prepares for return



21:30 GMT, 16 August 2012

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Andre Villas-Boas has admitted for the first time that he was wrong to make sweeping changes when trying to implement his Chelsea revolution.

The Tottenham manager will return to English football against Newcastle on Saturday, six months after he was sacked by the Blues.

Villas-Boas was handed the remit of bringing entertaining, winning football to Stamford Bridge — a task the Portuguese so often termed his ‘project’.

Raring to go: Andre Villas-Boas makes his Premier League return on Saturday

Raring to go: Andre Villas-Boas makes his Premier League return on Saturday

But changing a playing style that for years had been characterised by the pace, strength and power of the likes of Didier Drogba was easier said than done.

And Villas-Boas admitted he tried to make changes too quickly at Stamford Bridge, saying: ‘There are changes that have to be done here at Tottenham but I won’t promote change as aggressively as at Chelsea.

‘When you promote so much change and things are going along smoothly, everybody is happy and you are able to progress. But when you are faced with a setback, it’s the ability to bounce back that will keep you right on track.

All change: Tottenham will be looking to break into the top four

All change: Tottenham will be looking to break into the top four

‘Our setbacks last year had a tremendous impact when we wanted to correct things. But it was always like we were putting out fires and never establishing what we were before. So I think change will become progressive at Tottenham.’

Villas-Boas says he will not choose his full-time captain until after the transfer window.

Ledley King’s retirement means the armband is up for grabs. Last season’s vice-captain Michael Dawson will be handed the role for the openers. Scott Parker is a contender, but Villas-Boas said: ‘We will decide towards the end of the transfer window.’

Andriy Shevchenko set for return to Chelsea as coach

EXCLUSIVE: Shevchenko lined up for shock Chelsea return… as a coach



21:37 GMT, 21 May 2012

Andriy Shevchenko is being lined up for a coaching role at Chelsea as part of owner Roman Abramovich’s sweeping changes.

The 30million Chelsea flop is taking his coaching badges and can accept a role at the club when he decides to quit playing.

Shevchenko, 35, is still a member of the Dynamo Kiev squad, but he has been a regular visitor to Chelsea’s training ground this season.

Shock return: Andriy Shevchenko is being lined up for a return to Chelsea as a coach

Shock return: Andriy Shevchenko is being lined up for a return to Chelsea as a coach

He has been watching the team train and monitoring methods on a frequent basis as he recovers from injury.

Despite his disastrous spell at Chelsea, when the striker scored just nine goals in 48 games after signing from Milan in 2006, he remains close friends with Abramovich.

Shevchenko will captain Ukraine — for whom he has more than 100 caps and has scored 46 times — at this summer’s European Championship before deciding whether to quit playing at the end of the tournament.

Flop: Shevchenko had a disappointing time as a player at Chelsea

Flop: Shevchenko had a disappointing time as a player at Chelsea

He still has a house in Wentworth, Surrey, from his time at Chelsea, which ended in 2009.

He has confided in his former club’s stars that he can take up a coaching role at Stamford Bridge if he decides to call time on his illustrious playing career, during which he won the Champions League, Super Cup, Scudetto and Italian Cup and became European Footballer of the Year in 2004 while at Milan.

Roy Hodgson has plenty to offer England

Why Woy England manager-in-waiting Hodgson has plenty to offer



22:17 GMT, 30 April 2012

Why Woy It is the question sweeping the nation but the answers differ from West Bromwich to Liverpool and from Fulham to Blackburn.

At the Hawthorns and Craven Cottage, they will testify to Roy Hodgson’s ability to organise and maximise the talent at his disposal and deliver a balanced and efficient team with his vast coaching experience.

These skills are highly relevant in international football, regardless of what they might be saying around Anfield and Ewood Park, where his spells in charge of wealthier clubs with loftier ambitions did not go well.

All smiles: Roy Hodgson leaves Wembley after his meeting with the FA

All smiles: Roy Hodgson leaves Wembley after his meeting with the FA

Through critical eyes, England could be accused of accepting their fate as a mid-ranking European nation with limited natural resources, seeking a manager to make the whole more than the sum of its parts.

But there are layers to Hodgson not always appreciated in the land of his birth because, out of 35 years in coaching, he has only spent around a quarter of that time working in England.

The 64-year-old has been successful at club level in Scandinavia and managed three different countries, Switzerland, Finland and the United Arab Emirates and, beneath the genial and well-mannered surface, is a coach with total faith in his methods.

If he takes the England job, it will be his 20th in football, and he has coached in Italy, taking charge of Inter Milan and Udinese. He remains a close confidante of Inter’s owner Massimo Moratti and knows his way around the corridors of power at UEFA.

On this basis, there is logic to the appointment and an acknowledgement from the FA that, these days, the international job is a very different animal to its club equivalent.

Chosen one: Hodgson (left) is the FA's preferred option over Harry Redknapp

Chosen one: Hodgson (left) is the FA's preferred option over Harry Redknapp

There is no transfer market and, although an eye for players is a valuable asset, there really is nothing to be gained by approaching someone with an unrivalled global scouting network or a knack of unearthing hidden gems in central America for a bargain price.

Even Fabio Capello, with arguably the finest cv in European football, could not convert England into a successful team, so why chase another man with a glittering cabinet of club medals

Why demand Champions League experience when England don’t play in the Champions League Why not appoint someone who has witnessed the peculiarities of tournament football, appreciates the vagueries of the ruling bodies and understands the value of international release.

'I don’t think any job is impossible,' said Hodgson, on the subject last month. 'England have won a major tournament – only one, but they’ve still won one – and we’re working in a league where football of a very high quality is played and we’re producing players who most people would regard as top European standard. So, impossible, no.'

Harry Redknapp’s charisma and charm has made him the preferred choice of the players and many in the media. In the age of megastar players, it is important. The manager has to be a master of motivation and manipulating egos.

Not everyone's cup of tea: Liverpool fans did not rate Hodgson

Not everyone's cup of tea: Liverpool fans did not rate Hodgson

Redknapp scores highly in this area but, equally, Hodgson’s discretion and diplomacy will appeal to the FA. He is 'safer' and, most probably, cheaper than the Tottenham manager and out of contract this summer, so he does not have to be unlocked from a 4million-a-year contract.

Daniel Levy’s reputation for long and tedious negotiation must be one more thing tipping the balance in Hodgson’s favour.

The appointment bears inspection, especially if it is taken as the vanguard of a broader plan to nurture more English coaches at the new National Football Centre in Burton and a new generation of footballers, released by their clubs upon request for international youth football and developed for international success as well as club success.

It is good enough for France, Germany and Spain – countries who have proved far more successful than England at all levels – but it cannot work if the plan is abandoned at the first glimpse of crisis, as a similar one was when Steve McClaren failed to qualify for Euro 2008.

If the World Cup qualifying campaign stutters and Hodgson is swiftly jettisoned and replaced with Jose Mourinho, England might as well resign itself to a boom-and-bust football future, lurching drunkenly between two distinct philosophies as the team sinks to its knees as rivals progress.

Andre Villas-Boas kicks out Chelsea reserves from main training centre

AVB blueprint for glory leaves little in reserve after losing patience with youth players

Andre Villas-Boas has been given the green light to make a series of sweeping changes at Chelsea after kicking out the reserve team from the main training centre.

Staff are braced for a major backroom shake-up after Villas-Boas turfed out the reserves on Wednesday because of their failure to make an impact with the first team.

Reserve-team coach Dermot Drummy is now under huge pressure to start bringing on young players good enough for first-team selection.

Guiding hand: Andre Villas-Boas monitors Michael Essien's progress but missed his comeback

Guiding hand: Andre Villas-Boas monitors Michael Essien's progress but missed his comeback

The likes of Rohan Ince, George Saville, Patrick van Aanholt, Jacob Mellis, Conor Clifford and Milan Lalkovic have been tipped to have great futures at Chelsea. But Villas-Boas is understood to be frustrated with their lack of progress and is demanding improvements.

Reserve-team players and staff must now use the academy centre to change and use a different canteen from the first team.

Anyone without a squad number has been packed off to the academy centre as part of Villas-Boas’s new strategy for success.

Bright future Conor Clifford

Bright future Van Aanholt

Bright futures Conor Clifford (left) and Patrick van Aanholt

Chelsea’s second string were told on Wednesday that the main building at their Cobham training centre is off limits.

Club insiders claim that Villas-Boas is furious that the reserve squad has failed to provide him with a single player good enough for the first team.

Captain John Terry, who signed a professional contract in 1997, is the last player to come through the academy and become a first-team regular.

Despite the club spending millions on expensive academy prospects, Chelsea have yet to produce a player good enough to break through under a succession of managers.

Pressure: Reserves boss Dermot Drummy

Pressure: Reserves boss Dermot Drummy

Although Chelsea emphasised at the start of last season that they would be turning to youth, Villas-Boas has yet to be convinced.

He did not even watch the reserves play West Bromwich at the training ground on Monday, even though Michael Essien was making his comeback from injury.

Although Essien has not played for the first team since rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament during pre-season, Villas-Boas had other commitments. The Chelsea manager, who took his coaching badges in Scotland, was north of the border for the Scottish Cup draw with Marcello Lippi.

Chelsea sources are warning of ‘massive changes’ behind the scenes in the summer if Villas-Boas keeps his job.

Under previous Chelsea managers the
reserves have always changed in a separate dressing room but mixed with
the first team in the canteen after training. But Villas-Boas has
changed that in an attempt to create an environment to get the best out
of his squad.

The decision has shades of the ban he enforced on Nicolas Anelka and Alex from using first-team facilities in December.

The players had their lockers cleared out and were told they could no longer use the players’ car park. They were forced to use the community car park and change with the academy graduates in a separate building away from the main facility, which houses the fully equipped pre-hab and rehab centre for injured players, along with swimming pool and sauna.

Although the academy also has top-class facilities, young players believe they are being alienated by the new manager.