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Callum Hudson-Odoi: England striker can play at highest level, says Harry Kane

Callum Hudson-Odoi takes on Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson during England training on Tuesday Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi can play “at the highest level”, according to England captain Harry Kane. Hudson-Odoi, 18, is in the England squad for the 2020 European Championship qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro, despite not starting a Premier League match. “He has been great over the last couple of days,” said Kane. “We’re excited to have him. Everyone is fighting for places and he sees this as an opportunity for himself.” The teenager has played…

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Climate change: Water shortages in England ‘within 25 years’

Image copyright PA Image caption Low water levels at Wayoh Reservoir near Bolton in the UK heatwave in July 2018 Within 25 years England will not have enough water to meet demand, the head of the Environment Agency is warning. The impact of climate change, combined with population growth, means the country is facing an “existential threat”, Sir James Bevan told the Waterwise Conference in London. He wants to see wasting water become “as socially unacceptable as blowing smoke in the face of a baby”. “We all need to use…

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Christchurch mosque shootings: England to pay tribute to New Zealand victims

There was a minute’s silence for the victims of the Christchurch mosque shootings before the weekend’s Six Nations games, but not at Premier League or FA Cup matches A tribute will be paid to the victims of the Christchurch shootings before England’s match against the Czech Republic at Wembley on 22 March. Fifty people died in an attack on two mosques in New Zealand on Friday. The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association were accused of “double standards” for not marking the attack over the weekend. But a…

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England women beat Sri Lanka to win ODI series

Jones hit seven fours and three sixes in her 54 from 39 balls Second women’s one-day international, Hambantota: Sri Lanka 187-9 (50 overs): Samarawickrama 42, Hartley 3-36, Shrubsole 2-21, Marsh 2-42 England 188-4 (33.3 overs): Jones 54, Beaumont 43, Winfield 44, Priyadharshani 3-45 England women win by six wickets Scorecard England’s women claimed the one-day series in Sri Lanka by winning the second match of the three-game contest to take an unassailable 2-0 lead. Sri Lanka were restricted to 187-9 in their 50 overs, with left-armer Alex Hartley taking 3-36.…

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James Ward-Prowse gets England squad call-up after trio pull out

James Ward-Prowse scores with a 25-yard free-kick for the winner in a recent 2-1 victory over Tottenham Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been called up to the England squad for the Euro 2020 qualifiers against the Czech Republic and Montenegro. The 24-year-old will join up with the squad on Monday after defender John Stones withdrew, along with midfielders Fabian Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. Ward-Prowse, 24, won his only senior cap for England in March 2017. England host the Czechs on 22 March and are away in Montenegro on 25 March.…

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England v Sri Lanka: Natalie Sciver hits 93 as tourists win first ODI

Sciver was among Wisden’s five Cricketers of the Year in 2018 First women’s one-day international, Hambantota: England 331-7 (50 overs): Sciver 93, Jones 79, Knight 61 Sri Lanka 159-8 (40 overs): Ranasinghe 51no, De Silva 45, Brunt 3-24, Cross 2-33 England women win by 154 runs (DLS Method) Scorecard Natalie Sciver just missed out on a century as she helped England thrash hosts Sri Lanka by 154 runs in the first of three one-day internationals. Sciver scored 93 from 73 balls, while Amy Jones (79) and Heather Knight (61) also…

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Dan Robson: Wasps & England scrum-half suffers blood clots

Dan Robson came off the bench to score a try in England’s 57-14 win over Italy last week England and Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson is facing a spell out of action after suffering with blood clots. The 27-year-old, who won his second cap in last weekend’s Six Nations victory over Italy, was set to be named on the bench for the match against Scotland. His club Wasps have said “it is too early” to confirm when he will return, casting doubt over his World Cup hopes. “Dan Robson suffered blood…

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Prisoners in England to be taught code

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Reoffending costs the UK government billions of pounds each year The government is to fund a scheme that will see “carefully vetted” prisoners taught to code in order to better prepare them for the world of work. The project is part of a £1.2m effort to increase the digital skills of people from disadvantaged groups. The courses will be led by volunteers and industry experts and prisoners will work on real-world projects with external clients. They will start with basic coding before moving to…

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Paul Merson: Former England midfielder thanks fans after revealing gambling addiction

As well as Arsenal, Merson also played for Aston Villa, Middlesbrough, Portsmouth and Walsall Former England midfielder Paul Merson says he is “taking one day at a time” after revealing he is again struggling with gambling addiction. Merson, 50, who is a regular TV pundit, said his life has “fallen apart” due to gambling on upcoming ITV documentary Harry’s Heroes: The Full English. In the past Merson has admitted drink, cocaine and gambling addictions. “Thank you for the supportive tweets, means the world to me,” he tweeted on Thursday. “Taking…

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Callum Hudson-Odoi: Chelsea winger named in England U21 squad

Callum Hudson-Odoi has made 16 Chelsea appearances this season but is yet to start a Premier League game Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi has been named in the England Under-21 squad for the first time, for March’s games against Poland and Germany. The 18-year-old has impressed for the Blues this season, having made 16 appearances and scoring four goals. Hudson-Odoi, who has played for England Under-19s this season, is yet to start a Premier League game for his club. England will host Poland at Bristol City on 21 March and European…

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