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Six sporting reasons to be happy despite England's World Cup loss

England are all but out of the World Cup after a Luis Suarez brace sent the Three Lions to the brink of elimination.

Luis Suarez's brace last night all but knocked England out of the World Cup. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire

However, it is not all doom and gloom for Britain's hopes of sporting success this year. Here are six sporting reasons to be cheerful despite the plight of Roy Hodgson's side.


England fans' best chance of an immediate cure to their sporting blues comes in the shape of a Scotsman.

Andy Murray won the 2013 Wimbledon championship. Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Andy Murray will begin his defence of the Wimbledon crown on Centre Court next Monday.

However, Britain's number one has been seeded third for this year's championship and will need to beat both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who are ranked first and second respectively.

Heather Watson is Britain's best chance of success in the women's draw, with Laura Robson not competing at SW19 due to injury.


In terms of drama, it is unlikely spectators will witness anything like the miracle at Medinah two years ago where Europe completed a remarkable comeback on the last day.

Europe's Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley. Credit: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

Despite that, Europe are favourites to hold onto the Ryder Cup which will be played at Gleneagles in Scotland.

Europe captain Paul McGinley will take on a USA team led by golfing legend Tom Watson on September 26.


The Formula One season has not even reached the halfway point yet but it seems certain that the world championship will be won by a Mercedes driver.

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Lewis Hamilton trails German teammate Nico Rosberg in the standings at the moment but the British driver has won four of the seven Grand Prix races this year.

The Silverstone race on July 6 will be a highlight for British racing fans and with the championship closely contested it could come down to the last Grand Prix of the season at Abu Dhabi on November 23.


The Commonwealth Games will be held in Glasgow this summer from July 23 to August 3 and offers all of the Home Nations a shot at glory.

England's Mo Farah is heavily tipped to win gold at the Games. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

Long distance runner and Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah will compete for England in the 5,000m and 10,000m and looks likely to win both events.

Olympic long jump champion Greg Rutherford, triple jumper Phillips Idowu and heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson are all part of a strong England squad.

Scotland could see some success in the pool with swimmer Michael Jamieson strong in he 200m breaststroke.


Team Sky's Chris Froome will be looking to defend his Tour de France crown this summer.

Chris Froome will be hoping to win the Tour de France again. Credit: Sirotti/PA Images

The world famous cycling race has a very British feel about it this year with the first three stages being held in England.

The tour starts in Leeds and Harrogate, with York and Sheffield the second stage and Cambridge and London the final stage in Britain.

The gruelling race ends, as ever, on the Champs-Elysees, Paris, where Froome will be hoping to claim the yellow jersey for the second year running.


Despite England losing out to France in the 2014 Six Nations, they still have a chance of success at the World Cup this summer.

England's Marlie Packer celebrates with her team mates after scoring a try. Credit: EMPICS Sport

New Zealand will be hotly tipped and grand slam winners and host nation France will fancy their chances.

But England are regarded as a strong side in women's rugby and will be looking to avenge their defeats to New Zealand in the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cup finals.

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