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Joe Root has backed Alex Hales and Nick Compton to answer their critics when England take on Sri Lanka next week. Both batsmen are in a 12-man squad for the first Test at Headingley despite speculation they could miss out in the wake of up-and-down winter performances in South Africa.Neither scored a hundred during a four-match Test series, with opener Hales averaging just 17 and No 3 Compton under 31. But the only change to the batting personnel has seen Hampshire captain James Vince come in for James Taylor, whose sudden retirement left a place in the squad up for grabs.And Root told Sky Sports News HQ: We see these guys play a lot, we spend a lot of time together as a squad and we know what theyre capable of doing. Selectors kept the faith with Alex Hales (left) and Nick Compton Ive got every confidence in those guys ahead of me to go in and make big scores. Theyll want to prove a lot of people wrong whove been doubting them, and its a very exciting time for them.Vince, who is capped at one-day international and T20 level, is likely to make a first Test appearance after a decent start to the County Championship season including a century against Roots Yorkshire.James played extremely well against Yorkshire a few weeks ago, Root said. Hes been one of the guys over the past couple of years who have kept proving themselves.Englands other uncapped call-up, Nottinghamshire seam bowler Jake Ball, has also enjoyed success against Yorkshire this season and twice dismissed Root during a Division One game at Trent Bridge. Who is Jake Ball? A look at Englands new seamer He did for me, Root said. He was far too good for me, and hes a very talented cricketer.England will face tourists who have had to deal with the retirements of Test greats Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara since they won a two-match series on their last visit in 2014. Jake Ball twice dismissed Joe Root during Nottinghamshires Championship match against Yorkshire But Root said: It would be silly to be arrogant and think were going to wipe the floor with them. They have a lot of guys with a lot of talent who could do some special things in Test cricket.Roots team-mate Stuart Broad added: There is a bit of revenge to be had.I played in the Test matches at the start of 2014 and that was a tough time to play. It was quite an emotional series, it really hurt us as a team to lose in our own conditions.We know when we play Sri Lanka they play with a lot of pride and passion. Theyre always in the battle and they beat us in that battle last time.Vitality is partnering with England cricketer Joe Root who will take on the role of Ambassador. Joe will use his passion for healthy living to inspire everyone to be active and make positive changes to their lifestyle. Please visit www.vitality.co.uk for further information. 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A few months later, Manning was the No. 1 overall draft pick and Woodson was fourth.We both have a great deal of respect for what each other has done in this game, Woodson said Wednesday. And for both of us to still be playing 17 years later says a lot about both players and what the game means to us. Hes done some incredible things. Hes still doing incredible things in this league. ... Its fun to watch him from afar.Up close, added Woodson, not so much.Manning also praised Woodsons longevity and current level of play.Charles, to be playing as well as he is as a defensive/secondary guy is pretty impressive, Manning said. Hes making plays with his cover skills and kind of his ranging/roving skills, but I see him sticking his nose and shoulders in there and making tackles like he did when he was 23, 24 years old.The only other survivor from the class of 98 is sixth-rounder Matt Hasselbeck.Son of a gun, Woodson said. Where is Matt Hasselbeck?Backing up Andrew Luck in Indianapolis.Theres only three of us, huh? Well, you know what, its a blessing to have played this long and to be one of only three from the 98 class, Woodson said. Im proud of that.So is Manning, who nearly teamed up with Woodson in 2013. Woodson, however, choose Oakland over Denver following his departure from Green Bay.Since then, the Raiders are 4-20 and the Broncos 21-6.Still, Woodson swears he has no regrets.You cant think like that, he said. My decision was made to come back and play for the Oakland Raiders and all of my energy and focus have been on trying to make this team better and trying to help turn this organization around.Woodson said despite their 0-8 record, the Raiders remain optimistic.Were noot allowing our record to dictate how we come in and approach the game, he said.ddddddddddddNeither are the Broncos (6-2).What I see is how we played last week, which is not our best, tight end Jacob Tamme said of Denvers surprisingly decisive loss at New England. We take a long, hard look at it. We all know that we need to be better and thats what were focused on.The Oakland Raiders, I get tired of saying it, but the records dont matter, Tamme added. You look at their front seven on defence, theyre as good as anybody.Tight end Julius Thomas, who leads the league with 10 TD catches, said the Broncos are a resilient bunch and were not going to let one night of things not going our way set us off of what weve been working toward.The Broncos have typically bounced back from disheartening losses. They havent lost consecutive games with Manning around since his second and third games in a Broncos uniform in 2012.Can it be a good thing? Yeah, if you respond, Manning said. Youd like not to get slapped in the face to get refocused. You would like to be focused every single week. If it happens, its about trying not to repeat it, trying to improve. And thats what were trying to do. Were trying to learn from it and be better for it.The Raiders task isnt just bouncing back from one bad game but a seasons worth of blown opportunities.Woodson knows just the tonic.A signature moment, he said.A win over the heavily favoured Broncos this weekend would certainly qualify.Notes: RB Montee Ball said hes lost 12 pounds and is down to 212 as he works his way back from a strained groin thats sidelined him for a month. He said he realizes hes lost his starting job to Ronnie Hillman but vowed hell fight to win it back and the weight loss will help him hit the holes more decisively.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton ' ' '