QPR conceded a goal seconds before half-time to undo an otherwise excellent 45 minutes at a rain-soaked Villa Park.Jermaine Jenas gave Rangers a deserved lead midway through the half, slotting home after Bobby Zamora’s shot had been saved by keeper Brad Guzan.But Villa pulled level with virtually the last kick of the half, Gabriel Agbonlahor rising above the visiting to defence to power home a header from Matthew Lowton’s cross.QPR, chasing a rare away win, largely dominated proceedings.Guzan made two outstanding stops in the space of a couple of minutes to deny Chris Samba, using his fingertips to turn a header over the bar and later flying to his left to keep out the defender’s driven effort.After Jenas’s goal, Rangers came close to doubling their lead on three occasions.Zamora saw a free-kick whistle inches over the crossbar, Guzan produced another fine stop to deny Loic Remy and Jose Bosingwa’s free-kick hit the post.Villa enjoyed spells of concerted possession but keeper Julio Cesar – back in at the expense of the injured Rob Green – was untroubled until Agbonlahor pounced.QPR: Cesar, Bosingwa, Samba, Hill, Fabio, Park, Mbia, Jenas, Remy, Zamora, Townsend.Subs: Murphy, Taarabt, Wright-Phillips, Mackie, Granero, Onuoha, Hoilett.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
“Winning may not be everything, but I guarantee you that losing is nothing.”Those were the only notes I took that day 39 years ago as guest lecturer Frank Cheek captivated the Humboldt State PE class. We were there to learn about umpiring, and he taught that with the addition of large doses of coaching wisdom.I have had the privilege of listening to that wisdom ever since as Cheek’s employee, co-worker and friend.Coach Cheek, 81, called me recently after he had a long stay in the hospital, …
Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), the first feature film by Madoda Ncayiyana, won two awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain in May, including the Best Actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase.Telling the story of two children who travel from the countryside to the city after their mother’s death, Izulu Lami features a cast of mainly young children who had never acted professionally before, discovered through extensive casting from the townships and informal settlements of Durban to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.The film received standing ovations at recent screenings in Japan and Zanzibar, and was a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France. Its had its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July before opening at cinemas countrywide on 17 August.Click arrow to view trailer.
A 117-year-old orphanage turned school in Shillong has virtually swept the Class 12 science and commerce results declared by the Meghalaya Board of School Education (MBoSE) on Thursday.The success rate in Class 12 science exam dropped 2.18% from the 76.76% in 2017 while that in commerce increased by 7.97% from the 71.87% last year. While educationists feel the results could have been better, one school – St. Anthony’s Higher Secondary School, Shillong – is not complaining.Of the 12 students who made it bagged the top 10 ranks in the science stream, 11 are from St. Anthony’s. Seven of a dozen figuring in the commerce top 10 list are from this school too.Rishav Das topped the science stream with 480 marks, six more than second-placed Yash Agarwal and 14 more than third-placed Anuj Kundu – all from St. Anthony’s. Nishtha Barman Hajong from Don Bosco College in Tura, who secured the seventh position in the science stream, is the the lone student outside the school in the order-of-merit list.“The results speak for the quality of teaching and the dedication of our teachers, as well as the desire of our students to do well from an iconic school that educates young minds to be honest citizens besides successful,” Fr Surjit Tigga, the school’s principal, said.The Society of Divine Saviour or Savatorians had in 1901 established St. Anthony’s as an orphanage and a primary school. The Salesians of Don Bosco took over the school in 1922 and had it upgraded to a high school in 1931.St. Edmund’s Higher Secondary School, the other iconic school in Shillong 13 years younger than St. Anthony’s, was the next best educational institute with three of its students figuring in the Class 12 commerce top 10.St. Edmund’s Chongdeinem Guite secured the first position with 443 marks out of a total 500 followed by Yomiki Darryl Nongkynrih of St. Anthony’s with 436 and Uttam Sharma of BBS College, Shillong with 434.T.K. Laloo, MBoSE’s controller of examinations, said schools in Shillong are the reason why East Khasi Hills district has performed the best in science stream with a success rate of 82.78%. But some districts, such as South Garo Hills with a success rate of only 16.67% have a lot of catching up to do.In the commerce stream though, East Garo Hills district (93.75%) has fared much better than the East Khasi Hills district that scored 83.50%.
The Royal is below par today because of bad luck and bad decisionsIt should have been like old times. When two of India’s top golfers, Arjun Atwal and Smriti Mehra, returned home on a winter break in January they planned to meet up and play a few rounds on their,The Royal is below par today because of bad luck and bad decisionsIt should have been like old times. When two of India’s top golfers, Arjun Atwal and Smriti Mehra, returned home on a winter break in January they planned to meet up and play a few rounds on their home course, the Royal Calcutta Golf Club (RCGC). On the appointed day, when they arrived at the club, they were shocked.As Mehra, India’s only professional female golfer, put it: “The game was a disaster. The course was in such a terrible shape, we just wanted to get off it. There was so much sand, it was like walking on a beach.” Atwal and Mehra left after playing seven holes. Two days later, Atwal who now plays on the European tour packed his bags and left for Delhi.”Arjun realised there was just no way he could improve his game at Royal, so he decided to shift,” says brother Govind. The RCGC is not just any other golf club: established in 1829, it is the historical home of Indian golf. In fact the RCGC is recognised as the second oldest golf club in the world, after the legendary St Andrews in Scotland.Some of India’s best golfers consider the RCGC their sporting home. Instead of cashing in on the ongoing boom in Indian golf and promoting itself as the alma mater of top Indian players, the RCGC and its shabby grounds are in danger of becoming an embarrassing relic from the past.advertisementBANNED”There was so much sand the last time I played there that it was like walking on a beach.”Smriti Mehra, India’s only female professional golferMehra made a prediction. “It’s sad, Kolkata will never produce another world-class player,” she said to a local daily and was banned from the grounds by the club managing committee. Today, members of the venerable “Royal” are still not sure which side of the fence they’re on.Many agree with Mehra, but prefer not to stick their necks out. Others are willing to make allowances for the poor shape of the greens. “We have had some problems, it’s true,” says former RCGC captain Lakshman Singh. “But the course has never played better.” When professional Indian golf grew in the last decade, Royal could have been on top of the heap of Indian courses. But that never happened.This despite the fact that the club had everything on its side: heritage and heroes. The RCGC has produced an exceptional assembly line of top Indian pros: Atwal and Mehra, Asiancircuit regulars like Indrajit Bhalotia, Uttam Singh Mundy, Indian Tour pros Basad Ali, S.S.P. Chowrasia, Firoz Ali, his brother Rafiq Ali, and old timer caddy-turned-pro and Arjuna Award winner Jamshed Ali. “In 1990-91, 10 of the top Indian pros came from Royal,” says a golfer. “Last year, there were only three.”RCGC, it appears, is losing out to newer contenders – not just in terms of who plays on its course but what is played on the old links. This year’s Royal Challenge Indian Open winner Vijay Kumar honed his skills in Lucknow.Clubs like the Delhi Golf Club, DLF and Classic Golf Resort, Noida’s Jaypee Greens, Golden Greens in Gurgaon, courses in Chandigarh and Bangalore with their top-class maintenance plans and state-of-the-art technology, seem to have replaced the hallowed grounds of the Royal on the list of pro golfers’ favourite courses.Almost symbolically, the RCGC has not even been able to hold onto the Indian Open, the country’s oldest traditional professional tournament, shared between Delhi and Kolkata since 1964. The RCGC hosted the Indian Open 20 times between then and now. Under the sponsorship of Shaw Wallace, the Open has now moved to the Delhi Golf Club for the next three years.The Royal is below par today because of bad luck and bad decisions. The course could have got by with minimum maintenance but in 1997 the authorities chose to remodel it following a design set down by Australian course designer Peter Thompson, an Indian Open winner in 1964 and 1966.FUN DFETTERED”When the RCGC decided to hike the membership fees, the proposal was shouted down.”Neeraj Bhalla, CEO, Royal Calcutta Golf Club”That was the first mistake, forcing the course into a supposedly more challenging shape,” says Brandon D’Souza of Tiger Sports Marketing. “They followed the design so blindly, they ended up ruining many of the holes.” Bhalotia says, “If the idea was to make the course more difficult, it hasn’t worked. It was better earlier. Now it’s only good for a long game.”The RCGC is now battling on many more fronts like inclement weather and intractable neighbours. The 183 acre club is hemmed in by seven slums and has a road running through it. On a good day, cyclists pedal through the fairway, people squat on the driving range and bathe in any one of the club’s 50 odd tanks.On a bad day, picnickers roll out their plastic sheets and tuck in. With the boundary wall collapsing at places, encroachers use the club grounds as a thoroughfare. “On several occasions, we found the greens strewn with bottles and garbage after a night of revelry by the local dadas,” says former committee member Joydip Moitra.Besieged by problems within, the Royal’s managing committee is too hard-pressed to tackle these issues as it suffers from a cash crunch. “When we wanted to hike our membership fees, the proposal was shouted down,” says CEO Neeraj Bhalla.advertisementMembers who pride themselves on playing the cheapest golf at RCGC Rs 150 as opposed to Rs 800-900 a pop at Delhi courses for cart and caddy – dug their heels in when asked to pay regular green fees. The club’s 3,000 members contribute Rs 1.2 crore every year in fees, while course maintenance costs alone soar to about Rs 1.1 crore. There’s little left over for other things.”Since golf is their main business, the RCGC should invest more in improving the sport,” says Atwal. All but forgotten, too, is a Rs 32.68 lakh grant from the Tourism Ministry. With its 175th anniversary coming up in 2004, Bhalla says the club has big plans to upgrade its greens. ABOVE PARSense of tradition. The RCGC was set up in 1829.Has produced an exceptional assembly line of top Indian pros.BELOW PARShabby greens, minimal maintenance.Club fees too little to repair the course.Much as some members may hate the idea, Thompson may be recalled for another overhaul. With a better course, the Royal hopes to wean back many of the money-spinning tournaments it has “lost”. The Indian Open, for one, which could bring in a cool Rs 50-60 lakh per hosting.Consider this: golf in India is a Rs 12-15 crore business annually. The 25 tournaments on the Indian professional tour put out a prize money of about Rs 2.3 crore. The two biggest Asian Professional Tour dollar-events in the country at the moment the Royal Challenge Indian Open and the Hero Honda Masters together offer $600,000 (Rs 2.88 crore) in prize money. The organisational costs of running Asian Tour events is an additional $200,000 each per event alone.The equipment industry pulls in close to Rs 6 crore a year, while the business of managing and maintaining golf courses is anywhere between Rs 45 crore. “If you don’t count endorsements, golf is much bigger than any other sport in India,” says Bhalotia.If even a fraction of those crores of rupees were to come Royal’s way, the country’s oldest golf club might just be rich enough to live up to its name.advertisement
PV Sindhu vs Chen Yu Fei Semi-final HIGHLIGHTS, World Badminton Championships: Sindhu Beats Chen 21-7 21-14
PV Sindhu vs Chen Yu Fei match is a repeat of the 2017 World Championships semi-final. In fact, in Sindhu’s six World Championships appearances so far, She has not lost against a player from China yet.Chen, who is seeded 4th and ranked 3 in the world, when she won China Open 2018, her first major triumph, where she defeated Sindhu on course to the title. Chen has also won the All England in 2019, Swiss Open, Indonesia Open and Australian Open titles.She also has a win-loss record of 39/5 this year, as compared to Sindhu’s 19/9.Though, PV Sindhu and Chen Yu Fei last met at the Indonesia Open in July, when the Indian ace got the better of her Chinese opponent. In fact, Sindhu has a 5-3 head-to-head record against Chen.”I need to focus and get back for the next game. I am not happy with this win, there is still the semifinal to play for and I hope to give my best,” Sindhu said after her win over Tai Tzu.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hailed Saikhom Mirabai Chanu’s gold-medal winning effort at the Weightlifting World Championship in Anaheim, USA.Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record and becoming the first Indian in over two decades to claim gold in the tournament.”India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours,” PM Modi wrote on his twitter handle.India is proud of Mirabai Chanu, who has won a gold at the World Weightlifting Championship. Congratulations and best wishes for her future endeavours.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 30, 2017The President’s Office said in a tweet, “Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen!”Congratulations Mirabai Chanu for winning a gold medal in the World Weightlifting Championship. India is so proud of you. And congratulations Manipur for giving the country such a wonderful series of champion sportswomen! #PresidentKovind- President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) November 30, 2017Seeing the tricolour from the podium, tears of joy rolled down her cheeks, as Chanu picked up a rare honour for an Indian at the marquee event.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore was also prompt in congratulating Chanu.advertisement”Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA. In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight. In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up.”Saikhom Mirabai Chanu wins #Gold in 2017 IWF Senior Men & Women #weightlifting championships in Anaheim, USA.In the 48 kg weight category, her total lift was 194 kg. That’s 4 times her bodyweight.In sports, and in life, ‘Will’ is everything. Never, EVER give up.#KheloIndia pic.twitter.com/sbs2crloVv- Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) November 30, 2017Olympic medallist and five-time world champion MC Mary Kom said, “Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category.”Congratulations #MirabaiChanu on lifting #Gold at #WorldWeightliftingChampionship and becoming 2nd Indian after Karnam Malleshwari 2 bring the glory 2 our country. She created a new record by lifting total of 194kgs of weight in women’s 48kg category. #OverTwoDecades #ProudMoment pic.twitter.com/xpSG4420t9- Mary Kom (@MangteC) November 30, 2017Another Olympic medallist boxer, Vijender Singh, also joined the country in congratulating the 23-year-old weightlifter.Vijender wrote, “Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India’s #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship. She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ????Another Indian women athlete creates history today. India’s #MirabaiChanu lifts 194kg at the World Weightlifting Championship.She is the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win gold. You Women Never Fail To Make India Proud !!! Salute ???? pic.twitter.com/Nh2Ge7wLLD- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) November 30, 2017The PM meanwhile, also lauded cueist Pankaj Advani for winning yet another world title.Modi said, “Congratulations @PankajAdvani247 for winning your 18th world title in the recently concluded IBSF World Snooker Championship. Your accomplishments make us very proud.”Congratulations @PankajAdvani247 for winning your 18th world title in the recently concluded IBSF World Snooker Championship. Your accomplishments make us very proud.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 30, 2017
Changwon, Sep 13 (PTI) Udhayveer Singh, all of 16, shone bright with an individual gold in the junior men’s 25m pistol event after spearheading India to the team gold in the World Shooting Championships here Thursday. Singh shot a score of 587 (291 in precision and 296 in rapid) in the individual competition to grab the gold ahead of American Henry Leverett (584) and Korean Lee Jaekyoon (582). Compatriot Vijayveer Sidhu finished fourth with a score of 581, while Rajkanwar Singh Sandhu took the 20th spot with a score of 568. The trio’s combined score of 1736 fetched the team gold for India followed by China, which totalled 1730. The bronze medal went to Team Korea, which shot a score of 1721. In the senior competition, Sheeraz Sheikh was the best-placed Indian at eighth after day one of the men’s skeet qualification with a score of 49. Angad Vir Singh was 69th after shooting 47, while Mairaj Ahmed (41) was further down at 79th. The Indian team, comprising the trio, was 16th in the overall standings with a score of 137. There were no medals for India in the 25m centre fire pistol event with Gurpreet Singh managing the 10th spot with a score of 581, followed by London Olympics silver-medallist Vijay Kumar. Kumar tallied 576 to end a disappointing 24th. A spot behind him was Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Anish Bhanwala, who shot the same score but had lesser inner-10s to his credit. The team signed off fourth with a score of 1733. India are placed fourth in the medals tally with nine gold, eight silver and seven bronze medals for a total of 24, making this their best performance in the International Shooting Sport Federation’s showpiece.advertisement The country has managed to clinch two Olympic quota places from the first qualifying event for Tokyo 2020 Games. PTI PM PM
Rishabh Pant celebrated his 21st birthday with Team India, which involved the mandatory ‘cake smash’, after the end of play on day 1 of the first Test in Rajkot.The Board of Control for Cricket in India shared a few candid shots from the celebrations, which shows Pant cutting his birthday cake before being stuffed with that very same cake.Pant also posted a video of the incident, saying that he will get revenge on his team mates.”This is how you cut your cake with your teammates. Don’t worry guys who ever is next will get the better treatment then this but thanks a lot guys for making it special and thank you everyone for wishing,” he posted.Pant will be walking out to bat on Day 2, with his captain to resume India’s first innings on 364/4. He will resume on 17, while Kohli will aim to reach his 24th hundred in Test cricket when he walks out to bat on 72.Happy Birthday @RishabPant777. Snapshots from the mandatory cake smash pic.twitter.com/fdksoFjqM6BCCI (@BCCI) October 4, 2018On Thursday, as the day drew to a close, Pant hit the first six of the game in the last over of the day, bringing back memories of the knock he played in the last Test in England.advertisementREAD – Rishabh Pant announces his arrival with maiden Test hundredHe’s the fourth Indian to reach to his maiden hundred with a six after Kapil Dev, Irfan Pathan and Harbhajan Singh.Pant will be hoping for a repeat of that against a far inferior West Indies bowling side.Even though Pant is celebrating his 21st birthday, the first day of the Test undoubtedly belonged to debutant Prithvi Shaw.India vs West Indies: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | PHOTOSThe 18-year-old scored 134 off 154 balls, hitting 19 boundaries, to became the fourth youngest debutant to score a Test cricket century.He became the second youngest Indian to score a maiden hundred after Sachin Tendulkar (17 years, 112 days) in 1990 against England. Overall, he’s the seventh youngest batsman in Test cricket to achieve this feat.READ – Prithvi Shaw slams debut Test hundred: A look at all 15 debut centurions for IndiaHe was out trying to drive leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo but only chipping straight back to the bowler.READ – For debut hundred, Prithvi Shaw did what he likes best: Dominate bowlersChesteshwar Pujara added 86 but poked at a wide ball to give fast bowler Sherman Lewis his first Test wicket.In the final session, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane added 105 runs for the fourth wicket.READ – Prithvi Shaw’s majestic debut Test hundred floors India cricket legendsKohli reached his 20th Test half-century off 100 balls. Overall, he faced 137 balls and hit only four boundaries, not the most fluent knock by the world’s No. 1-ranked Test batsman.Rahane, too, lacked the ease with which Shaw batted earlier in the day, and fell on 41 to Roston Chase in the last hour.(With inputs from AP)
Ruben Loftus-Cheek in line to start for England against Panama Share via Email Harry Kane It was the kind of question he could easily have answered with some straightforward platitudes but Southgate paused. He wondered if he could refrain, for now, from using such a term and his explanation offered a little insight into the kind of motivational tactics he is deploying with his leading striker. “I’m going to keep challenging him on that,” he said. Keep challenging him, keep pushing him to get better and avoid saying anything to make it sound as though Kane had already made it. Not yet, anyway.A lot of managers do the same when it comes to their top players but in this case it was tempting to wonder whether Southgate’s restraint was necessary. Kane does not seem the kind of player who will ever be satisfied until, in his mind, he can be safely regarded as the most lethal finisher in the business. Players do not get into that position unless they are supremely motivated.Kane has now scored in seven of his past eight England appearances, the first man to do so since Jimmy Greaves in 1960-61. He has 15 goals in 25 caps and, if there is one certainty, it is that he can see himself beating Cristiano Ronaldo, Sergio Agüero, Diego Costa, Romelu Lukaku and – not forgetting – Lionel Messi to the Golden Boot. Everything we have learned about Kane in the past few years should suggest he is obsessed by the idea. Play Video Marcus Rashford’s performance against Costa Rica in Leeds has certainly applied some pressure to Sterling’s place. Rashford was impressive again after replacing him in the second half against Tunisia but it would still be a surprise if Southgate decided to bring in the Manchester United player, at the expense of the Manchester City one, for Sunday’s game against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod.More likely Southgate will persevere with Sterling in the knowledge that Panama might be obliging opponents for a player who probably needs a goal to increase his confidence inside the penalty area. Sterling does, after all, have previous when it comes to snatching at chances, lacking the clinical touch to go with all his many attributes. His file of open-goal misses is substantial and the one against Tunisia was a jaw-dropping moment, no matter that an offside flag would have ruled it out anyway.The alternative argument is that he scored 23 times for City last season and was one of the driving forces behind Pep Guardiola’s team winning the league by a country mile. Sterling needs a bit of luck, perhaps, and to remember that not everything has to be done at high speed. But he is a dangerous and incisive opponent and there are valid reasons why is he a mandatory first-team pick for Guardiola.Likewise enough is surely known about Sterling by now to realise that he will keep persevering. Even in the difficult moments he has a rare knack of getting into scoring positions, again and again. Besides, it is not solely his responsibility to make sure England are not overly reliant on Kane. It is, however, a growing issue for Southgate with all the questions about whether a few of Kane’s teammates will be needing extra shooting practice in the coming days. England are here to win the World Cup, says Marcus Rashford – video Harry Kane: ‘The challenge is to be up there with Ronaldo and Messi’ Share on LinkedIn World Cup 2018 features Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Southgate has preferred Alli and Lingard to Fabien Delph and Ruben Loftus-Cheek because of the superior number of goals they have set up or created for their clubs. Alli, however, has scored twice in 26 England appearances, the last being against Malta in October 2016. Lingard has one goal in 13 caps and, apart from Kane, there was only one player in England’s starting XI against Tunisia who had scored more than twice for the national team. That was Ashley Young, with seven goals from a 10-year international career, albeit including a long period of exclusion from September 2013 to November 2017.For now Southgate does not seem overly concerned. One of the features of England’s 2-1 win against Tunisia was the frequency with which Alli and Lingard broke into the opposition penalty area. True, England missed more chances than they would wish to remember but there was some bad luck and excellent goalkeeping along the way, too. Overall, the good far outweighed the bad.In Sterling’s case, however, there is no doubt his scoring figures for England are poor, especially now he is operating alongside Kane as a central striker. Indeed, for a player who attracts so much scrutiny, an argument could easily be made that he had got away lightly when it comes to his productivity for England on the pitch and that, until now, it has largely gone unnoticed. The bigger problem for Southgate is that England cannot always trust him to take the starring role. What if he is marked out of a game? What if a Tunisian defender had reached Kieran Trippier’s stoppage-time corner first, before Harry Maguire, and the ball had never spun towards Kane for the decisive moment of Monday’s game? Who else in this England team is ready to score the goals?The over-reliance on Kane can seem strange when, between them, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Jesse Lingard scored 61 goals for their Premier League clubs last season. Yet Sterling has not scored for England since October 2015 and has managed two goals in his 39 caps. They came against Lithuania and Estonia and it is now 984 days since the last one. Read more Share on Twitter Topics World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. 1:12 Share on Facebook There was a revealing moment in Gareth Southgate’s company, reflecting on England’s opening week in Russia, when a question was lobbed in about whether Harry Kane had now confirmed his place among a small and exclusive group of elite footballers – a player, in the modern parlance of the sport, who could truly be described as world-class. Read more World Cup England Share on Pinterest Raheem Sterling Reuse this content