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Dan Greaves strikes Commonwealth gold for England

Dan Greaves struck Commonwealth gold for England with victory in the F42/44 discus.

The 31-year-old, who took silver at the London Olympics, came out on top of his domestic duel with Wales' Aled Davies, winning with a throw of 59.21 metres.

That converted to 1023 points in the mixed-classification event, with Davies (at 46.83 metres and 1012 points) taking the silver

England slip 10 places to 20th in Fifa world rankings

Roy Hodgson's England lost to Italy and Uruguay and drew with Costa Rica.
Roy Hodgson's England lost to Italy and Uruguay and drew with Costa Rica, who move up to 16th. Credit: PA

England have slipped 10 places to 20th in Fifa's world rankings after a disastrous World Cup campaign.

Roy Hodgson's side managed only one point from their three group games in Brazil.

World champions Germany rise one place to the top of the rankings while Netherlands move up 12 places to third.

Spain fall from top spot to eighth and hosts Brazil fall four places to seventh.

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Eyewitness: England fan ear bite thug was 'disgraceful'

The blogger who filmed a thug biting off the ear of an England fan said the attack was 'disgraceful' and did not represent what following the national team was all about.

Video blogger Billy Grant told ITV News: "All the England fans said that's absolutely disgraceful. This is my eleventh tournament. I've been everywhere with England and I've never seen anything like that."

Read: Foreign Office 'aware' of England fan ear biting incident

Foreign Office 'aware' of England fan ear biting incident

A Foreign Office is aware of the incident during an England World Cup match in which an England fan had his ear bitten off, and has provided "consular assistance," a spokesperson said.

We are aware of an incident in Sao Paulo on the June 19 involving a British national, and we provided consular assistance.

– FCO spokesperson

England fan 'racially abused' after ear bite attack

An England fan who had his ear bitten off after the national side's World Cup loss to Uruguay claimed he was racially abused by his attacker.

England fans in the stands during the World Cup game against Uruguay. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive

Read: Leaders demand answers over World Cup exits

Video footage obtained by the Sunday People showed several men on the top tier of the Arena Corinthians in a melee before one is led away by stewards.

When asked what happened, the victim appears to tell the camera: "He bit off my ear and called me a black ****."

The victim is seen laughing and smiling after the attack despite blood dripping down his neck.

Fan Billy Grant, who the newspaper claims shot the video, can be heard remarking about the assailant: "He's been giving it a large, he's an idiot."

Read: Venezuelan president weighs in on Suarez bite row

England fan had ear bitten off in Brazil

An England fan had his ear bitten off by another after the World Cup game against Uruguay.

The man was left with half his left ear ripped off and bloodied in the incident in Sao Paulo, the Association of Chief Police Officers confirmed. Details of the attack have only just emerged.

England fans celebrate in Brazil. Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber said: "We were made aware during the England vs Uruguay match in Sao Paulo that an incident had taken place which resulted in an England fan having a portion of his ear bitten off by another England fan.

He added: "In the immediate aftermath, we managed to make contact with the victim and offered advice and support. The day after the attack, the victim chose to make a formal complaint to the local police and they opened an investigation."

Read: Leaders demand answers over World Cup exits

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England to make nine changes for Costa Rica game

England's final match against Costa Rica will see nine changes to the side with some of the younger players starting their first World Cup game.

Roy Hodgson said there will be nine changes to the England team. Credit: PA

England manager Roy Hodgson has named his starting eleven for the final Group D match in Belo Horizonte and said he was "desperate" to win despite the team's early exit from the competition.

Midfield duo Ross Barkley and Jack Wilshere will play their first World Cup games, while Luke Shaw will become the youngest player to start this World Cup and is set to play left-back.

Ben Foster will replace Joe Hart in goal, while defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling and midfielders James Milner, Frank Lampard and Adam Lallana will also come onto the pitch.

Defenders Phil Jagielka, Glen Johnson and Leighton Baines, midfielders Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson and attackers Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling will all be dropped after losing to Uruguay.

Read: Prince Harry joins fans to watch World Cup match

Hodgson announces England lineup for Costa Rica

Ross Barkley will make his first major championship start for England. Credit: PA

Roy Hodgson has announced the England starting 11 for the World Cup group game against Costa Rica tomorrow.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart, defenders Phil Jagielka, Glenn Johnson and Leighton Baines, midfielders Steven Gerrard and Jordan Henderson and attackers Wayne Rooney and Raheem Sterling are all dropped from the side that lost to Uruguay.

The team in full: Foster; Shaw, Cahill, Smalling, Jones; Wilshere, Lampard, Milner; Barkley, Lallana, Sturridge.

Graham Taylor: Players dodging England 'nothing new'

Players trying to avoid England duty is "nothing particularly new", according to the former manager of the national team, Graham Taylor.

The issue has come under the spotlight after Harry Redknapp claimed "two or three" of his former players at Tottenham had asked him to help them get out of playing international games.

Graham Taylor said managers sometimes urged players not to turn out for their national sides. Credit: PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images

But Taylor, who also managed club sides Watford and Aston Villa, said players were sometimes pressurised by their managers to avoid playing in international fixtures.

He told BBC Radio 5 Live: "There are certain games and certain players who don't want to be involved in games like that. As much as we blame the players, they are put under pressure, sometimes by their club managers."

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