Roy Hodgson not to beg for his England job

Roy Hodgson not to beg for his England job

Johannesburg, June 27 : Ahead of England's Euro 2016 clash against underdogs Iceland, embattled manager Roy Hodgson has insisted that he would not beg for his job as the achievements in his four-year tenure speak for themselves.

The 68-year-old's job came under scrutiny after England finished second behind Wales in Group B and failed to secure a place in the quarter-finals of the European Championship.

Although defeat in the next match could end Hodgson's career as the England manager, the 68-year-old has made no secret of his desire to continue in the role.

Smith lauds `outstanding` Marsh post Caribbean tri-series triumph

Smith lauds `outstanding` Marsh post Caribbean tri-series triumph

Melbourne, June 27 : Australian skipper Steve Smith has lavished praise on his team-mate Mitchell Marsh after the latter's match-winning performance guided the side to a 58-run win against hosts West Indies in the ODI tri- series final at Kensington Oval.

Marsh finished with the figures of 3-32 in 10 overs and also contributed significant 32 runs in his side's innings of 270-9.

Describing Marsh as `outstanding`, Smith admitted that he was quite impressed with the way the all-rounder used his bowling variation in the match.

Messi bids adieu to international football post Copa America drubbing

Messi bids adieu to international football post Copa America drubbing

Washington, D. C, June 27 : Barcelona star striker Lionel Messi on Monday announced his retirement from international football after missing a penalty in Argentina's 2-4 defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Following the defeat, Messi informed that he had made the decision not to appear for the national team once again.

"The national team is over for me. That's four finals (lost,) it's not for me. It's a made decision, I think," the 29-year-old was quoted as saying by goal. com.

Hazard brands Belgium win over Hungary as his `best` performance

Hazard brands Belgium win over Hungary as his `best` performance

Paris, June 27 : After guiding Belgium to the quarter-finals of the Euro 2016, skipper Eden Hazard has dubbed his performance in the side's 4-0 win over Hungary as 'best' in his international career.

Belgium remained in possession throughout the match, with defender Toby Alderweireld putting his side ahead by scoring a header in the 10th minute.

Striker Michy Batshuayi doubled his side lead in the 78th minute before Hazard struck a brilliant solo goal to put Belgium in a driver's seat.

Messi retires from international football

Messi retires from international football

London, June 27 : Argentina and Barcelona forward Lionel Messi retired from international duty after missing in a penalty shootout as Chile won the Copa America final.

"For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," Messi said on Sunday night.

The 29-year-old was making his 112th appearance for Argentina since making his debut in 2005.

After the match finished 0-0 in 120 minutes on Sunday, Chile won 4-2 on penalties for their second consecutive Copa title. IANS

Chile stun Argentina again on penalties to win second-straight Copa America title

Chile stun Argentina again on penalties to win second-straight Copa America titl

London, June 27 : Star striker Lionel Messi missed a penalty as Chile defeated Argentina 4-2 in a dramatic shootout to lift the second consecutive Copa America Centenario title at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Monday.

After both sides failed to score goal in regulation time and extra time, Chile and Argentina were again taken to penalties to decide the winner.

Chile striker Nicolas Castillo was the first to break the deadlock as he firmly struck the crucial spot-kick. Castillo's goal came after his teammate Arturo Vidal and Argentina's Messi missed their respective vital penalties.

`Under pressure' Domingo not to blame for tri-series exit: De Villiers

`Under pressure' Domingo not to blame for tri-series exit: De Villiers

Johannesburg, June 26 : South African skipper AB de Villiers has backed embattled coach Russell Domingo, saying he has put the side through their paces 'like never before'.

Domingo has come under huge pressure following South Africa's exit from the ongoing Caribbean tri-nation series.

The De Villiers-led side were bundled out for 185 against hosts West Indies to lose the crucial ninth match by 100 runs and surrender their hopes of making it to the tournament final.

Morgan hails England openers after `absolutely remarkable` chase

Morgan hails England openers after `absolutely remarkable` chase

London, June. 25 : England skipper Eoin Morgan has showered praise on his side's openers, describing their performance as 'absolutely remarkable' after the hosts thrashed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the second one-day international at Edgbaston.

Chasing a modest target of 255, England openers Jason Roy (112 not out) and Alex Hales (133 not out) were hardly bothered by Sri Lankan bowlers as the duo plundered runs and notched up their individual centuries to steer the hosts to victory in just 34.1 overs.

Darren Bravo credits Brian Lara's inspiration for match-winning knock against Proteas

Darren Bravo credits Brian Lara's inspiration for match-winning knock against Pr

Melbourne, June. 25 : West Indies batting mainstay Darren Bravo has revealed that his match-winning knock against South Africa in the ongoing one-day international triangular series was inspired by Caribbean legend and his first cousin Brian Lara.

Bravo produced one of his best ODI performances till date, scoring a run-a-ball 102 that helped the West Indies progress into the tri-series final where the hosts will play against Australia on Sunday.

Buttler calls on England batsmen to maintain aggressive approach

Buttler calls on England batsmen to maintain aggressive approach

Johannesburg, June 24 : England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler has called on his teammates to not abandon their attacking approach with the bat despite the hosts endured a top-order collapse in the opening ODI against Sri Lanka.

Chasing a target of 288, England made a stuttering start and were reeling at 82-6 before Buttler (93) and Chris Woakes (95 not out) combined to steady the ship.

Subsequently, tailender Liam Plunkett smacked a six in the last ball of the match to ensure the first of the five-match series ended in a thrilling tie at Trent Bridge.

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