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Peter Moores 'set for return' as England head coach

Peter Moores is set for a dramatic return as England head coach and will be unveiled on Saturday morning, according to Press Association Sport.

Lancashire head coach Peter Moores. Credit: PA

Andy Flower's replacement will be announced by Paul Downton, managing director of England cricket, at Lord's and it is understood that Moores is the chosen candidate.

The 51-year-old Lancashire coach previously held the job between 2007 and 2009, but was dismissed after disappointing on-field results and a damaging personality clash with then captain Kevin Pietersen, who was also deposed.

PM: Parents 'shouldn't be taken advantage of' on £90 kit

David Cameron said parents of children who like football should not be "taken advantage of" when buying replica England shirts ahead of this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

England players modelling the new World Cup shirt. Credit: Nike

Read: PM backs 'rethink' of England shirt price

The Prime Minister's comments come after a row erupted over whether £90 is a fair amount to charge for copies of the Nike shirt with sports minister Helen Grant saying the price was "not right".

Asked about the shirts on BBC1's Breakfast, Mr Cameron said: "It's very expensive. I've got an eight-year-old boy, he's a massive football fan.

"Parents are under enormous pressure to buy the latest kit and we shouldn't be taken advantage of."

A Nike spokesman said: "Nike would like to reiterate that the new England replica shirt is available to fans at £60 RRP. There is also a limited number of shirts at £90 RRP which represents less than 1% of the stock available."

Read: Fans outraged at £90 cost of the new England shirt


Stokes to miss World Twenty20 after punching locker

England all-rounder Ben Stokes will miss the ICC World Twenty20 due to a hand injury. Credit: PA

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been ruled out of this month's World Twenty20 in Bangladesh with a fractured hand, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Friday.

Chris Woakes has been added to the 15-man squad to replace Stokes, who suffered the injury when he struck a locker in the dressing-room following his dismissal in the Twenty20 international against West Indies in Barbados on Thursday.

"I am really disappointed to be missing out on going to a World T20 with England - it was a huge error in judgement following a frustrating tour for me and I deeply regret my behaviour," Stokes said in an ECB statement.

"I would like to wish the team all the very best in Bangladesh."

Hodgson may use psychologist to avoid penalty pain

Roy Hodgson said he may use a psychologist to prevent England experiencing more penalty heartache at this summer's World Cup in Brazil.

England have lost six out of their seven shoot-outs at major tournaments, with Hodgson's side losing on penalties against Italy at Euro 2012.

Roy Hodgson has said he is considering using a psychologist to help England avoid more penalty heartbreak. Credit: PA Wire

"I'm not averse to using a psychologist," Hodgson told Sky Sports.

"We are considering, with Adrian's [Bevington] help, the possibility of inviting someone with us but I think it's very important they're someone who is part of the group. I'm not sure just suddenly shipping someone in to give the players a lecture would work.

"We have some confident penalty-takers, but others less confident and it's how we get to them," the England manager added.

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Walcott likely to miss World Cup with knee injury

Theo Walcott is stretchered off the pitch against Tottenham on Saturday. Credit: Empics

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has been ruled out of football for at least six months with a knee injury, his club has announced.

His ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) means that an appearance at the World Cup in Brazil in June is unlikely.

The injury requires reconstructive surgery and a long period of physiotherapy to rehabilitate the knee.

Former England Michael Owen striker ruptured his ACL while playing for his country at the 2006 World Cup against Sweden.


England face tough task as Australia close in on Ashes

Australia look set to win the Ashes tomorrow despite some last-ditch defiance from England that will take the third Test into the final day.

England's Ben Stokes managed to get his maiden half century for England. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

England are chasing a world-record 504 to win and their chances of even taking the Test into a final day looked slim after captain Alastair Cook was out for a golden duck and Kevin Pietersen lost his wicket in a reckless manner.

However, a 99 stand between Ben Stokes (72 not out) and Ian Bell (60) left the tourists on 251 for five at the end of the day, giving England a small chance of keeping the series alive.

Australia are currently 2-0 up in the series and look certain to win the Ashes back from England.

Ofsted wants crackdown on classroom misbehaviour

Schools in England are suffering from a culture of "casual acceptance" of classroom misbehaviour, the Ofsted chief inspector has warned.

Ofsted's chief inspector wants a crackdown on classroom misbehaviour. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

Read: Numbers to replace grades in GCSE exams overhaul

Poor attitudes to education and low-level disruption in lessons are stopping pupils from learning and preventing the nation from moving up international league tables, according to Sir Michael Wilshaw.

In a speech today, Sir Michael is due to say that disruption and inattention has been tolerated for too long and that Ofsted will be cracking down on misbehaviour in schools.

Around 700,000 children are currently being taught in schools where behaviour is not at an acceptable level, figures suggest.

Sir Michael will say there is a "poverty expectation" in many schools that needs to be dealt with and the "poor attitudes to learning" in England are "a million miles away from the sort of cultures we see in some of the high-performing Asian countries".

More: UK schools out of top 20 in all subjects

England to find out World Cup opponents

England are to discover this afternoon who they are to face in the group stage of the World Cup in Brazil.

There are four pots:

  • Pot 1: Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Colombia, Germany, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay
  • Pot 2: Algeria, Cameroon, Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria
  • Pot 3: Australia, Costa Rica, Honduras, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Mexico, USA
  • Pot 4: Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Russia

One side from Pot 4 will be drawn as a Pot 2 side.

Watch: Roy Hodgson 'excited' about draw

Hodgson: Where in Rio is there not a favela up the road?

Roy Hodgson has dismissed safety fears surrounding next year's World Cup in Brazil.

Hodgson shrugged off concerns over the proximity of England's training camp to a favela saying: "Where in Rio is there not a favela up the road?".

The England manager said he had every "faith" that Fifa and the Brazilian government would ensure the safety of players and fans.

Read: Hodgson wants to keep players in 'family environment'

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