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A friendly against old rivals England will give forward Lukas Podolski a perfect farewell from the German football team. After three World Cups and four European Championship participations, the 31-year-old will appear in a German shirt for the 130th and last time in Dortmund on Wednesday evening.

Poland-born Podolski might not have been one of Germany's top stars but was basically ever-present since first being called up for international duty in June 2004. In his 13-year career, Podolski has won the third most caps for his country and his 48 goals put him third in the goal-scoring list behind Miroslav Klose (71) and Gerd Mueller (68).

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Andrew Strauss has stressed to the 26 players selected for the new North-South Series that begins in Dubai tomorrow (Friday) that they have the perfect platform to stake a claim for a place in the 2019 World Cup.

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Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford might profit from growing concerns over the fitness of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane's absence due to damaged ankle ligaments as England football team's manager Gareth Southgate is likely to name him on Thursday for the upcoming games against Germany and Lithuania.

According to ESPNFC sources, after Kane joined Daniel Sturridge on the sidelines with injury and captain Rooney was once again ruled out of action at United, England manager Southgate has opted to select the youngster for the friendly against the Germans on March 22 and a World Cup qualifier versus Lithuania on March 26.

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The Federation of International Cricketers’ Associations (FICA) today announced the appointment of former England international, Vikram Solanki as FICA President. Solanki represented England on more than 50 occasions between 2000 and 2007 and amassed almost 30,000 first class and List A runs during his professional career. He holds a law degree, is a current assistant coach of Surrey County Cricket Club and is a former Chairman of the Professional Cricketers’ Association (UK). Solanki replaces Jimmy Adams as FICA President.

Commenting on his appointment, Solanki said, “I am privileged to accept the position as FICA President and look forward to having a hands on contribution to the organisation and to the player cause around the world. It is an important time for cricket, for FICA and for the players it represents.” 

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Canada’s Men’s Sevens Team finished seventh at the HSBC Canada Sevens after defeat to Argentina in the fifth place semi-final on Sunday at BC Place.

With wins against Scotland and Russia on Day one, Canada advanced to their third cup quarter in their past four HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament but were beaten by South Africa earlier in the day. This weekend was Canada’s third Cup round appearance in the last four tournaments, moving them to 10th place on the World Series through six tournaments.

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West Indies suffered a 186-run defeat against England in the third One-day International in Bridgetown, Barbados on Thursday. This was the Caribbean side's heaviest loss against England in an ODI in terms of runs, while it also marked the first occasion since 1991 that England had swept an ODI series against the West Indies 3-0.

Chasing 329 for victory, the Windies were bowled out for 142 in 39.2 overs, as Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett collected three wickets apiece to undermine their batting on a hard, true Kensington Oval pitch.

Left-hander Jonathan Carter, playing on home soil, led the way with 46 and rookie Alzarri Joseph, batting at 11, made 22 – but no other West Indies batsman reached 20.

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The Indian women's cricket team will begin their World Cup campaign by taking on hosts England in the opener on June 24 in Derby while powerhouse New Zealand will take on qualifier Sri Lanka in Bristol on the same day.

India will feature in four games in Derby, including the much-anticipated clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on July 2. The other games at the venue include the tie against Sri Lanka on July 5 and against New Zealand on July 15, said an International Cricket Council press release here.

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