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Football has been the most followed sport around the world. More often than not, a football World Cup unites the entire sporting fraternity with each superstar vouching for his favourite team. But football is not just a game to be followed for sportspersons from different fields. For some, the game offers an opportunity to warm-up before a match. England is one country where football and cricket often merge and there have been numerous cricketers to have played football. Dennis Compton played for Arsenal FC and is legend in English batting history. Ian Botham too was a professional footballer while he went to become a legend in English cricket.  (See Tennis Stars playing Cricket here)

As the football fever builds up ahead of the FIFA 2014 World Cup, CricketCountry brings some interesting images of cricketers playing football. These days, it is a common sight to see teams training with a football session ahead of match. The Indian team even played barefoot football before their semi-final match in the ICC World T20 2014.

The gallery includes Indian skipper MS Dhoni, an avid football fan, many England players, a few images of Dennis, Chris Balderstone, Leslie Compton while they actualy played for the club.

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Kings XI Punjab won by 5 wkts

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Kolkata Knight Riders won by 3 wkts

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