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Lady Gaga loves Rio Ferdiand: Pop siren shows her support for Manchester United star as Roy Hodgson omits defender from England squad

Going Gaga for Rio: He's been left out again by England boss Roy Hodgson, but is Lady G singing his praises on her latest tour

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UPDATED:

11:49 GMT, 9 November 2012

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England boss Roy Hodgson may not be a fan but Rio Ferdinand seems to have Lady Gaga on his side.

The Manchester United defender, 34, was left out of Hodgson's squad for Euro 2012 due to 'footballing reasons' and hasn't got near an England squad since.

But pop siren, real name Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has been pictured in Brazil going Gaga (geddit) for football and has been pictured showing her love for United's gifted centre half.

Gaga, 26, has been photogrphed waving from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony above a banner which read: 'I Love Rio'. There's a chance she may not have been referring to the 'Pele of Peckham', but Sportsmail would like to think she regularly tunes into Match Of The Day to catch Ferdinand in action for United.

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Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

Rio's biggest fan Lady Gaga waves to her fans, while standing next to a banner that says 'I Love Rio' on the day Rio Ferdinand was omitted from another England squad

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Lady Gaga has some fun in Rio de Janeiro as she waves hello to her fans and blows them kisses from her hotel balcony, while standing next to a banner that says

Rio Ferdinand of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Stamford Bridge on October 28, 2012

Getting shirty: Gaga (left) shows off her Brazil strip. The popstar yesterday displayed her love for Rio on the day Ferdinand (right) was left out of England' squad to play Sweden next week

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Kiss match: Gaga blows a smacker from her Rio de Janeiro hotel balcony

Many of her music fans claim she was actually professing her love for the city of Rio, but all became clear later when she put in a shift in the centre of defence during a street football match as she visited a slum.

Obviously modelling herself on Ferdinand, Gaga was pictured stroking the ball out of defence.

The singer, who is in Brazil to perform as part of her 'Born This Way Ball' world tour, let her hair down, showing off her new pale pink hairdo, even blowing kisses to former West Ham and Leeds defender Ferdinand.

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Playing out of defence: Singer Lady Gaga plays football with local children at a slum in Rio de Janeiro yesterday

Hodgson yesterday named his England squad for next week's friendly against Sweden. And again there was no place for Ferdinand.

The England manager, 65, instead selected Gary Cahill, Steven Caulker, Phil Jagielka, Ryan Shawcross as his four central defenders.

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No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons

No Rio fan: Hodgson (right) left Ferdinand outof his Euro 2012 squad for footballing reasons

London Paralympics 2012: Murderball – told by GB captain Steve Brown

Get ready for MURDERBALL! GB wheelchair rugby captain Steve Brown explains all

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 4 September 2012

Back in 2009 in a wheelchair rugby game in Germany, my chair was hit by two players at the same time and I flew out of it and landed across their knees, broke my sternum – my breastbone – some ribs and had other complications.

I didn’t realise how badly hurt I was at first and drove back home. But the next day my chest was black and blue and I ended up in intensive care for three days, hospital for six weeks and then couldn’t play for four months so missed some big competitions.

It put my training and career back somewhat. But that’s the reality of wheelchair rugby. That’s why it was originally called Murderball.

Ready for action: Steve Brown will lead Paralympics GB wheelchair rugby

Ready for action: Steve Brown will lead Paralympics GB wheelchair rugby

SAME DIFFERENCE

The jaw-dropping physicality may seem familiar – but wheelchair rugby shares little else with its mother game.

You can pass the round ball in any direction within 10 seconds of receiving the ball.

There is a ‘key’ area in front of the goal-line – only three defenders are allowed in it at one time.

A point is scored when a player crosses an opponent’s goal-line with the ball in possession.

There are 12 players on each team but only four can be on court at once.

Tip-off: 2pm Basketball Arena.

After I broke my neck falling from a balcony while on holiday in Germany, paralysing me from the chest down, I was recommended to go and watch a wheelchair rugby match by my physio.

I was embarrassed and worried what people might think. Then I went into the hall and saw these people playing the game — and they were completely the opposite.

I was nervous of falling out of my chair, but they were doing everything to knock each other out of theirs.

It was a real turning point for me because there I was wondering how my life was going to pan out, and here were these people who were well past that stage of their lives. They were instant inspiration for me.

I was very nervous, depressed and scared of the future. I had every negative emotion you could think of after I was injured.

I went and watched this game and there
were people smashing into each other, arguing and shouting, full of
testosterone and excitement — exactly the other end of the scale from
where I was.

Rough and tumble: Wheelchair rugby has the nickname 'murderball' for its ferocity

Rough and tumble: Wheelchair rugby has the nickname 'murderball' for its ferocity

The Paralympics are special because the athletes have gone through so much and often have a lot of other challenges to overcome. They have had to cope with a lot more in their lives than just the sport, the training and dedication.

When life gives you a bad hand it is very easy to give up, so you have to admire the athletes involved for carrying on.

I didn’t make it to the Beijing Paralympics, I was the last member of the wheelchair rugby squad to be cut. It is these knockbacks that make it worth carrying on and believing in yourself enough to try again.

If it was easy to be the best in your sport where would the satisfaction come from when you make it

It’s only worth winning if it is hard to win.

Manchester United will keep spending on players, says David Gill

We'll keeping splashing the cash on stars, vows Gill despite Man United's lacklustre start on New York Stock Exchange

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UPDATED:

08:10 GMT, 11 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

David Gill has promised Manchester United will continue to invest in top-class players despite a disappointing start to the club's bid to raise money in America.

The Glazer family banked 75million from Manchester United’s controversial flotation on the New York Stock Exchange on Friday — but that was up to 30m less than expected.

Avram and Joel Glazer rang the opening bell on Wall Street as 16.6 million shares, equal to 10 per cent of the club, were publicly traded.

However, the opening share price of 9 was lower than the 10-13 initially proposed by the Glazers’ advisers.

At the top end, that would have allowed the American owners and United to split profits of 210m. Instead, the flotation is expected to raise a total of around 150m, with half going to the Glazers.

It gives United an overall market value of 1.5billion, which falls short of the 1.8bn the owners were believed to have quoted Qatar Holdings when they enquired about buying the club last year.

Historic day: David Gill at the New York Stock Exchange on Friday

Money men: Joel and Avram Glazer ring the opening bell

Historic day: David Gill (left) arrives at the New York Stock Exchange where Joel and Avram Glazer rang the opening bell as Manchester United's shares went on sale in a bid to raise more cash for the club

Manchester United Executives David Gill (R), Joel Glazer (C, R) and Avram Glazer (C) prepare to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Money matters: United Executives David Gill (right), Joel Glazer (centre right) and Avram Glazer (centre) prepare to ring the Opening Bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Chief executive Gill joined the Glazer
brothers in applauding from a balcony at the New York Stock Exchange as
shares in United were publicly traded for the first time in seven years
while traders wore the team’s red kit.

And Gill believes Manchester United will continue to grow despite a disappointing share price when the club was listed.

'We fully understand and the owners
fully understand that what happens on the pitch is crucial to us and we
will make sure there are sufficient funds to invest in the team going
forward,' said Gill.

He claimed the arrival of the Glazers
and the debt the club subsequently incurred had not hampered the success
Sir Alex Ferguson's men had enjoyed on the pitch. And he pinpointed the
example of their shirt sponsorship deal with Chevrolet as proof that
their growth revenue remained as strong as ever.

How you doing Joel Glazer (left) meets traders who dressed in Manchester United shirts

How you doing Joel Glazer (left) meets traders who dressed in Manchester United shirts

Nice doing business: Joel (left) and Avram Glazer (right)

Nice doing business: Joel (left) and Avram Glazer (right)

'The level of debt that we've had at the club since they've taken over hasn't impacted on what we've done as a team.

'We've won four Premier Leagues, we've been to the Champions League final three times, we've had ongoing success on the pitch.

'We're comfortable with the leverage
we've had and we believe that given the growth opportunity we've got
ahead of us – for example we've signed Chevrolet to a seven-year shirt
sponsorship commencing in 2014, which is over twice what our current
shirt sponsors make – we've got a lot of interesting and good
opportunities to improve our cash flow going forward.'

The lower flotation price comes after
the Glazer family, which also owns the Tampa Bay Buccaneers American
football team, previously failed to garner sufficient support to sell
shares on exchanges in Hong Kong and Singapore.

Taking over: Manchester United put on a big show outside the New York Stock Exchange

Taking over: Manchester United put on a big show outside the New York Stock Exchange

Red is the colour: Children watch Manchester United performers outside the New York Stock Exchange

Red is the colour: Children watch Manchester United performers outside the New York Stock Exchange

However, United, which claims to have a
global fan base of about 660million and has won a record 19 league
titles, is still one of the world's most valuable sports teams.

Although the listing has been planned
for some time, the Glazer family originally claimed all the proceeds
would go towards United's debt, angering fans.

A successful initial public offering
would reportedly result in investors owning 42% of the shares available
but only carrying voting rights of 1.3%.

Trading under the stock market ticker Manu, shares rose but then pulled back to stand still at the 14 US dollar mark.

Shavaz Dhalla, financial trader at
Spreadex, said: 'After opening positively, possibly caused by smaller
retail investors looking to pick up a token share, the club's share
price slowly began to retrace and drop early gains. Clearly, investors
who are actually looking for a return as well as a shareholder voting
right are steering clear.'

Say what Manchester United shares will go for less than first planned

Say what Manchester United shares will go for less than first planned

Issue: Some Man United fans have long disliked the Glazer ownership of the club

Issue: Some Man United fans have long disliked the Glazer ownership of the club

Paul Newman: No 1 priority for Strauss must be his own future

No 1 priority for Strauss must be his own future

PUBLISHED:

22:00 GMT, 8 August 2012

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 8 August 2012

It is eight years since Andrew Strauss
sat on the England dressing room balcony at Lord’s, long after the
crowds had gone, and excitedly talked to his family on the phone after a
Test debut that was the stuff of dreams.

That image, after he had scored a
century and come close to another against New Zealand, was so striking
it convinced Nasser Hussain that Strauss was the man for the here and
now and promptly retired.

I wonder if Strauss will remember that
when he turns up at Lord’s next week for his 100th Test. He has gone on
since that debut in 2004 to enjoy a distinguished career, not least in
captaining England to Ashes success home and away. But it remains far
from certain that he will end his time by leading them in two more
series against the old enemy.

Debut success: Andrew Strauss

Debut success: Andrew Strauss

The furore involving Kevin
Pietersen may well be playing heavily on Strauss’s mind but at least it
prevents him thinking too much about the uncomfortable truth that South
Africa have been the better side in this series and Graeme Smith has, in
the main, outfought and out-thought his opposite number.

Two
centuries against West Indies earlier this summer eased the pressure
on Strauss but he has yet to reach 50 against South Africa and his
conservative captaincy, based on building pressure until opponents
implode, has looked worryingly ineffective when faced with proper
application and discipline.

That is not to say that Strauss
approaches his significant landmark under particular threat but the fact
that there is still even the remotest question mark over his position
emphasises what a difficult year England have had since they arrived at
the top of the Test world.

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It
was wishful thinking in the extreme for Strauss to say at Leeds that he
hoped the Pietersen saga would not become a distraction in the build-up
to Lord’s. It is going to dominate the next week whether the captain
likes it or not but that should not necessarily be a problem.

At least that will allow the rest of the England players to concentrate on building on their last-day performance at Headingley, when they finally looked more like the best team in the world, without the spotlight focusing on their shortcomings in the bulk of the last two Tests.

It seems certain England will stick to their four-bowler policy and bring back Graeme Swann for either Steven Finn or Tim Bresnan, based on the fact that they have won six of their last seven Tests at Lord’s that way.

Yet there are signs they really should start to look at other options, not least because of long-term question marks over the fitness of Swann, who is integral to the success of England’s Plan A.

Dominating: The focus is on Kevin Pietersen

Dominating: The focus is on Kevin Pietersen

They cannot bank on a result pitch at Lord’s, where groundsman Mick Hunt is not the type to take instructions from the home side kindly, and will be hoping for the cloud cover that can make a difference at headquarters.

I would consider playing five bowlers and batting Matt Prior at six but I advocated that ahead of the Ashes in Australia and England coped perfectly well there with just the four. The 2009 Headingley disaster, when they last went down the five specialist bowlers route, still plays heavily on their minds.

What England need more than anything is for Strauss to reassert himself, lead from the front in a winning cause and then sort out Pietersen’s future one way or the other so England can move on to the hugely difficult series against India this winter.

If that does not happen and South Africa triumph at Lord’s to replace England as No 1, it is not inconceivable that Strauss will become the third England captain to fall on his sword after a home defeat by a side led here by Smith. Maybe he will look at James Taylor, as Hussain did at him, and decide that someone else’s turn has come. It is not just Pietersen’s future that will be on the agenda at Lord’s.

Not a family stand

I really don’t get the Western Terrace — or Western Stand as it is now officially called — at Headingley.

Looking on, thankfully from afar, at the most boisterous stretch of terracing in English cricket, when the high jinks were at their peak last Saturday afternoon, all I could think was how lucky I was not to be in the middle of it.

Usually I envy crowds during Test matches for genuinely being able to enjoy the atmosphere instead of being stuck behind glass, as the media are. But not in Leeds.

I wouldn’t take my family to watch a Test on the Western Terrace if you paid me. Apparently they are going to put a roof on it. Hopefully that will put a lid on the excesses, too.

Boisterous: Jonathan Trott fields in front of the Western Terrace

Boisterous: Jonathan Trott fields in front of the Western Terrace

Will KP pass happiness test

‘I’m going to make some decisions
that make me happy.’ Perhaps that was the most striking thing Kevin
Pietersen said in his dramatic press conference at Headingley.

I really
hope he does. I really hope he doesn’t look back in a year’s time, if he
is not playing for England during the Ashes, and regrets not being more
careful about what he wished for.

He could and should be playing Test
cricket for England, recording 30 centuries and reaching 10,000 runs,
for another four years. Does he really want to turn his back on that
Will that make him happy We will see.

Bumble's final word

This fake Kevin Pietersen Twitter account is clearly an issue with him, but it is so obviously a spoof that he should be able to laugh at it. It’s a compliment and I think it’s hilarious! There’s no malice in it.

As a Twitter veteran I could take somebody to court over what they say to me every day but you have to shrug off that sort of thing. What Kevin should do now is end every interview by saying ‘KP genius’, smiling and walking off.

It would turn it massively to his advantage if he could be seen to be joining in the joke and poking fun at himself. It would get people on his side.

Dereck Chisora KO: My image of the week by Graham Chadwick

Graham Chadwick: My favourite image of the week… Chisora's KO by Haye summed up in a single frame

Every
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, Sportsmail's top snappers Andy Hooper,
Graham Chadwick and Kevin Quigley will be showcasing their favourite
image of the week.

This week's picture works for me because, finally, we have an outcome. After all the trash talking, all the tripod throwing, and that brawl during the press conference in Munich, we have a resolution.

Hopefully now that David Haye has beaten him, we won't have to see Dereck Chisora in the ring for a long time. This picture was taken from a balcony position and tells the story of the night in just one frame.

Nikon d3
Lens 500mm
ISO 2000
F/4 @ 1000's

David Haye knocks down Dereck Chisora