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A photographer's delight to capture such a moment. Graeme Smith seems pretty accurate with headers © Getty Images

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.

India tour of England 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Birmingham

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 2, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Sep 4, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Harare

India tour of England 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Leeds

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Sep 5, 2014 (19:30 IST)   at Kingstown, St Vincent

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Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 31, 2014  at Harare

Zimbabwe won by 3 wkts

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Dambulla

SL won by 7 wkts (D/L method)

India tour of England 2014

Aug 30, 2014  at Nottingham

India won by 6 wkts

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 29, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 61 runs

Zimbabwe Triangular Series, 2014

Aug 27, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 7 wkts

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