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Six players from Calendar region named in final England squad

Six players from the Calendar region have been selected in the England squad for the upcoming European Championships.

Jamie Vardy and Kyle Walker are two of the six players from our region named in the England squad. Credit: Press Association

Sheffield pair Jamie Vardy and Kyle Walker are joined in the 23-man squad by Doncaster's Danny Rose, James Milner from Leeds, Gary Cahill - who was born in Dronfield and Barnsley's John Stones.

None of them play for clubs in our region at this moment in time.

  • Jamie Vardy - Leicester
  • Kyle Walker - Tottenham
  • Danny Rose - Tottenham
  • James Milner - Liverpool
  • Gary Cahill - Chelsea
  • John Stones - Everton

Leeds' James Milner to captain England

Footballer James Milner will lead England out for the first time when captaining the side against Holland on Tuesday.

James Milner Credit: Adam Davy/EMPICS Sport

The 30 year old, who started his career at Leeds United, will lead the team out for tomorrow's friendly against Holland at Wembley.

Milner takes over from Dronfield's Gary Cahill - who was the skipper in Saturday's 3-2 win over Germany.

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Yorkshire duo make England World Cup squad

Yorkshire's Gary Ballance and Joe Root have both been named in England's ICC 2015 World Cup squad.

Gary Ballance (centre) and Joe Root (right) have both been included in England's World Cup squad Credit: Press Association

Ballance replaces Alistair Cook in the 15-man squad, who has been dropped as captain in favour of Eoin Morgan.

Ballance is one of three changes to the squad that suffered a recent 5-2 series defeat in Sri Lanka.

Yorkshire's Jack Brooks, Liam Plunkett, Tim Bresnan, Adil Rashid and Jonny Bairstow, who were all named in England's preliminary 30-man squad, have not been selected.

Former Leeds and Bradford star Chris Kamara on England's chances

Former Leeds United player and Bradford City manager Chris Kamara told Good Morning Britain that Wayne Rooney is expected to play through the middle against Uruguay tonight.

Roy Hodgson's men need to draw at least to keep their World Cup hopes alive.

Speaking to Ben Shephard, Kamara says he expects Luis Suarez to start for the South Americans after the Liverpool star missed their opening game loss to Costa Rica:

Suits you - England

When Roy Hodgson's England squad were getting kitted out for the World Cup in Brazil they had to factor in the heat.

And helping to keep the current England side cool off the pitch is one of our oldest textile mills because their suits are made with fabric from Yorkshire. Jon Hill has been finding out more.

McNamara heading Down Under ?

England RL coach Steve McNamara Credit: ITV Yorkshire

England Rugby League coach Steve McNamara appears to be set for a move to Australia's NRL with the Sydney Roosters.

The 42-year-old's contract with the Rugby Football League ended after the recent World Cup and although he said in the aftermath it was a position he did not want to relinquish easily, he was quickly linked with a cross-code move to Bath.

Gary Gold's departure as Bath's director of rugby this week lent weight to that story, but reports in Australia now suggest he is poised to join the NRL champions and serve as an assistant to Trent Robinson.

Neither the RFL or Sydney have confirmed the switch, but a tweet from McNamara's media officer appeared to suggest he had opted to head Down Under and stay in the 13-a-side code.

"Absolutely delighted that Steve McNamara will be staying in Rugby League. A great bloke and one of the most underrated coaches in the game," tweeted Danny Reuben, who was a key member of McNamara's support staff with England.

If McNamara is leaving the job, the likes of Leeds Rhino's Brian McDermott and Wigan's Shaun Wane can expect to be highlighted as possible replacements.

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Yorkshire's Lees to join England cricketers in Australia

Yorkshire cricket's latest young star has told Calendar he hopes to follow in the footsteps of teammates Joe Root, Gary Ballance, Tim Bresnan and Jonny Bairstow into the full England squad in the near future

Alex Lees will fly out to Australia with the England development squad tomorrow. His call-up came on the back of an impressive breakthrough season with Yorkshire which included a magnificent double century against Derbyshire in July.

Ferres happy not to be on holiday

Brett Ferres Credit: Press Association

Brett Ferres is relieved he did not go ahead with plans to book a family holiday in November as he prepares to make his second England appearance on his home ground.

The Huddersfield Giants second rower was forced to cancel one holiday earlier this year after he was called into England coach Steve McNamara's squad for the mid-season clash with the Exiles.

Ferres was tempted to take his family away at the end of the domestic season but held off just in case he got the call for the World Cup, which duly came for him to make his England debut last Saturday against Australia and he looks certain to keep his spot for Saturday's game with Ireland.

"Luckily I didn't book one this time. I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time this time," said 27-year-old Ferres.

The former Bradford, Wakefield and Castleford player was well down the pecking order at the start of the year, missing out on a place in McNamara's elite training squad, and his World Cup hopes looked to have been dashed when he was left out of the 24-man squad at the start of the month.

But McNamara asked Ferres to go on the training camp in South Africa and act as first reserve in case of injury and, although he did not think twice, he admits it was an awkward situation.

"I wasn't wishing for anybody to get hurt. We're all striving for the same goal. I was no different, even though I wasn't part of the squad as such, " he said.

"It was difficult, being so close and yet so far away. I think the ruling has changed and you can change the squad throughout the World Cup.

"I was there as a bit of a safety net and I saw it as an opportunity to remain in the frame and to get some valuable training. It was a bit of perseverance and a case of working hard and keeping my head down and it paid off."

Hall keen to make World Cup impact

Ryan Hall Credit: Press Association

Leeds Rhinos' Ryan Hall knows he cannot rely solely on past glory but he will be aiming to consolidate his reputation as the world's best winger when he goes up against Australia on Saturday.

England's World Cup opener against the Kangaroos at the Millennium Stadium will bring the memories flooding back of Hall's finest hour, his superbly-executed two-try display against them in the Four Nations Series at Wembley two years ago.

It elevated him onto the world stage and he confirmed his status shortly afterwards with a 95-metre try against Australian champions Manly Sea Eagles to help Leeds become world club champions.

Hall, who has scored 13 tries in 15 appearances for his country, is hoping once more to be in the spotlight and was ready for the obvious question at an England media session at Loughborough University.

"A lot of people have mentioned the tries I scored in 2011 at Wembley," he said. "Obviously that was a great stepping stone in my life. It kind of set the ball rolling for a lot of things happened quickly after that with my profile being lifted.

"So obviously there are fond memories from a personal aspect but the objective was to win the game and obviously we didn't do that. Hopefully there is no better stage to put that right this year."

Ex-Leeds star Clarke recalls England's previous World Cup clash against Poland

On the eve of England's final qualifier for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, tonight's match against Poland brings back memories of the same fixture almost exactly 40 years ago to the day.

Memories especially of a notorious Polish goalkeeper.

For one man - the Leeds United and England striker Allan Clarke - that night is etched in his brain. He's been talking to Calendar's John Shires.

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