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Former Southampton and Everton striker James Beattie enjoying fresh start at Accrington

EXCLUSIVE: Former Southampton and Everton striker Beattie enjoying fresh start at Accrington

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UPDATED:

01:21 GMT, 16 November 2012

'Two boys talking in the famous Milk Marketing Board TV advert of 1989:
‘Milk Urrrggh!’
‘It’s what Ian Rush drinks. He says if I don’t drink lots of milk, when I grow up I’ll only be good enough to play for Accrington Stanley.’
‘Accrington Stanley Who are they’
‘Exactly!’

There are many reasons why James Beattie finds himself in the unlikely surroundings of Accrington Stanley at the moment, but forgetting to drink his milk is not one of them.

A bust-up with Tony Pulis at Stoke, an injury at Rangers, the death of his father while Beattie was on loan at Blackpool and an ill-timed red card at Sheffield United have all contributed to a player who once commanded more than 15million in transfer fees pitching up at the 5,000-capacity Crown Ground, just a few miles from where he was brought up in East Lancashire.

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New start: Beattie (right) with Accrington boss Leam Richardson

New start: Beattie (right) with Accrington boss Leam Richardson

When he was asked by his old Blackburn Rovers team-mate Leam Richardson to help out as player-coach at the League Two club last week, 34-year-old Beattie was only too happy to oblige.

He is one of a number of ex-Premier League players forced to drop down the divisions just to get a game these days.

Tonight the former England striker is in line to make his debut against Edgar Davids at Barnet. Just along the road from Accrington at Fleetwood Town, Barry Ferguson has also popped up in English football's fourth tier.

Beattie recently offered to join Swindon on a pay-as-you-play basis. They said no.

'No offence, but Swindon!' he says. 'The market is dead at the moment. There are so many pros out of a job.

'I know that even people within football say I don't want to play any more. They can think what they want, that's totally wrong. I won't stop because I've been knocked back by a few clubs. As long as I've got that spark to get out of bed in the morning and play football, I will pursue it.

'You're just waiting for somebody to give you a chance. It's a little bit like starting again.

'Realistically, I know I could hold my own at Championship level. The Premier League is probably gone but you never know – I'm a proven goalscorer at that level.

'It's just the match sharpness, which is exactly why I've gone to Accrington.'

Fresh start: James Beattie

Beattie has signed a contract until January 9 and will also help Richardson, even though he previously had few plans to go into coaching.

He remembers the slope on Accrington's pitch from schoolboy cup finals he played there as a teenager. The club have moved on, though, no longer known simply for that TV advert and the two little boys from Liverpool who had never heard of Accrington Stanley.

These days most of the players are from Merseyside and support Everton, as Beattie found out en route to his first training session.

'We were training at my old school,' says the former 6m Everton signing. 'I was following a car full of our lads up the M65 but they missed the turn-off, came off at the next junction and got back on.

'It was only later when they were laughing their heads off at training that they explained it was because the driver had Googled me on his iPhone and was watching my goals for Everton!

'They're saying, “We can't believe Beattie's here”. It's given them a bit of a lift as well. But I've told Leam I want to fight for my place, otherwise it's not fair on the other lads.

'There were a few raised eyebrows when I came in for the game on Saturday. We used to play cup finals at Accy Stanley when I was 14 or 15, and a couple of the older guys have said it's nice to see me. I'm on hardly anything but I'll give the lads my time and put everything I've got into it.

Target man: Beattie has scored goals

Target man: Beattie has scored more than 100 goals

'I was driving over the other morning for my first session and I was excited. That tells me it's the right thing to do. A football club is a unique environment.Many ex-pros miss going in and having the banter. There are a lot of ex-footballers around where I live in Cheshire. I see people like Graeme Souness and they say, “Keep playing as long as you can because you're a long time retired”.

'I'm sure Edgar Davids doesn't need to play football. Why would he be playing for Barnet Because he loves football. Barry Ferguson's another. When it's in your blood, it's in your blood.'

Beattie has been largely out of the spotlight since he left Stoke just over two years ago.

Legal reasons prevent him from talking about the well-publicised dressing-room clash with Pulis in December 2009 which hastened his departure, and a fresh start in Scotland was cut short by injury.

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National service: Beattie played five times for England

Just when Beattie looked to be finding his feet at Sheffield United last season, a sending-off against Exeter City cost him a place in the League One play-offs and, he believes, the chance of a contract.

He tried his luck across town at Sheffield Wednesday but a few weeks' training came to nothing. 'They said it was probably to do with the budget but a couple of days later they went and signed Jay Bothroyd and subsidised 25,000-a-week wages!' he says. 'I thought, “I'm a big boy, if you don't want to sign me just tell me”.'

Beattie doesn't need the money. The former Southampton striker has bought a house in Poole and is about to move back to the south coast with wife Sarah and their three children, sons James and George and baby daughter Halle.

One of his other business interests is to act as mentor to young players represented by his agent James Featherstone.

'They don't always get the right advice,' he says. ' “Don't be dazzled by the lights” is one of my favourites because a lot of them do. They don't know how lucky they are to be in that position. You can't abuse the fact you're earning good money.

'Your career earnings should go up and then tail off a bit, but when you retire it's a cliff face. Your salary from football doesn't just slow down, it stops.

'I've been lucky with the people I've had around me. I've got other things in place that can sustain my lifestyle for the rest of my life. I'm not going to say I didn't have fun, but I could retire if I wanted to – I just don't want to.'

VIDEO: Accrington Stanley, who are they EXACTLY!

James Beattie in Accrington Stanley talks

Beattie in talks with Accrington Stanley over player-coach role

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22:18 GMT, 7 November 2012

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UPDATED:

22:18 GMT, 7 November 2012

Former England striker James Beattie is in talks over a player-coach role at League Two Accrington Stanley.

Free agent Beattie, 34, could link up with his former Blackburn team-mate Leam Richardson who is Accrington's manager.

On the ball: Beattie is in talks with the League Two outfit

On the ball: Beattie is in talks with the League Two outfit

Southampton"s Rickie Lambert eyes shot at Premier League Golden Boot

Lambert eyes shot at Golden Boot after Southampton striker's Premier League goal rush

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21:00 GMT, 23 September 2012

Honest journeyman Rickie Lambert has clawed his way into the Premier League at the age of 30 after a long career in lower divisions and now plans to fight for the Premier League’s Golden Boot.

The last Englishman to win the Premier League’s accolade for the most goals in a season was Kevin Phillips, who hit 30 in 1999-2000 for Sunderland.

Now, 12 years on, Southampton’s talismanic Liverpudlian believes he can be the next in line after scoring four in his first five top-flight appearances.

Red hot: Rickie Lambert has hit four goals in five Premier League games

Red hot: Rickie Lambert has hit four goals in five Premier League games

Lambert, who used to work in a beetroot factory, said: ‘I want to be in the race for the Golden Boot. It is a massive achievement to win it. I will give it a good go and try my best. There are so many good strikers out there now but who knows It could be my year.

Golden boys: The 20+ crew

Since Kevin Phillips hit 30 in 1999-2000, six Englishmen have scored 20+ Premier League goals in a season.

2001-02 Alan Shearer (23); 02-03 James Beattie (23); 03-04 Shearer (22); 04-05 Andy Johnson (21);
09-10 Wayne Rooney (26), Darren Bent (24), Frank Lampard (22); 11/12 Rooney (27)

‘If you can say I am up there with Robin van Persie at the end of the season in terms of goals I will be very happy.

‘I am very proud to be up there now but it is only five games into the season. Hopefully I will be scoring more and more, helping us win more games.’

Lambert got Southampton’s first and last goals after Darren Bent’s opener, Nathaniel Clyne gave the home side the lead and Jason Puncheon got the third via a deflection off Ciaran Clark.

Striking success: Lambert has netted in all four English leagues

Striking success: Lambert has netted in all four English leagues

Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert was impressed with the strike partnership of Bent and Christian Benteke, despite the scoreline.

He said: ‘I was impressed with our two strikers. I believe they will be a good partnership. Darren’s goal was him to a tee, that is how he has made a living out of the game.

‘I am glad he scored but I would rather win. The game is about winning.’

Rangers hopeful of Mike Ashley investment

Cash-strapped Rangers keen on Ashley investment as Green confirms Toon chief's interest

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11:31 GMT, 10 August 2012

Rangers chief executive Charles Green is hopeful Mike Ashley will become one of three billionaire investors in newco Rangers.

Newcastle owner Ashley is interested in buying a stake in the Irn-Bru Third Division Club along with two other significant investors.

And when asked whether the Sports Direct magnate will invest in the club, Green told Sky Sports News: 'Hopefully, yes.'

Opportunity: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants a piece of the Rangers pie

Opportunity: Newcastle owner Mike Ashley wants a piece of the Rangers pie

Staying positive: Ally McCoist continues to fight against the tide at Rangers

Staying positive: Ally McCoist continues to fight against the tide at Rangers

Meanwhile, Craig Beattie has denied his wage demands were responsible for a proposed move to Rangers falling through.

The former Celtic and Hearts striker held talks with McCoist and Green over a move to the Irn-Bru Third Division club.

But Rangers signed forwards Francisco Sandaza and Kevin Kyle and Beattie's move did not materialise, with the Scotland international claiming Green did not share McCoist's enthusiasm for a deal to be done.

Beattie told the Daily Record: 'There seems to be a perception the deal fell through because I was holding out for more money – and that could not be further from the truth.

'I was prepared to drop down the divisions not to make a fast buck but because I wanted to be a part of something big.

'I wanted to play my part in getting Rangers back to the top of the Scottish game.'

Beattie added: 'I spoke to Ally and was under the impression he really wanted me on board and that excited me. But in the end, it became obvious he and Green were not on the same wavelength. I don't want to say any more than that.'

Ally McCoist targets more new faces after 38,000 fans watch Rangers cup win

McCoist targets more new faces after 38,000 fans watch Rangers cup win

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UPDATED:

22:50 GMT, 7 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Rangers manager Ally McCoist
celebrated the triple-signing of Fran Sandaza, Kevin Kyle and Emilson
Cribari, then vowed to step up his bid to land new recruits starting
with Craig Beattie.

After watching his side beat East
Fife 4-0 in the first round of the Scottish Communities League Cup, the
Ibrox boss admits he would feel his squad was ‘depleted’ if he did not
land any new players ahead of the transfer window closing, with Rangers
due to be hit with a one-year transfer embargo for past sins.

Flying start: Lee McCulloch settled Rangers' nerves with the opener after quarter of an hour

Flying start: Lee McCulloch settled Rangers' nerves with the opener after quarter of an hour

And on a night which saw a huge crowd delay kick off by 20 minutes as 38,000 fans crammed through the pay gates at Ibrox to support their fallen club, McCoist admitted he would be unhappy if his triple signing swoop was his last ahead of the transfer window closing.

Former Celtic and Hearts striker Beattie tops his list but McCoist hopes for a flood of recruits ahead of assaults on the Third then Second Division.

McCoist said: ‘I’m delighted at the quality players Sandaza, Kyle and Emilson we brought in today, but I would feel our squad was depleted if we could not get more in before the window closes. Simple maths tells you we need more players in because some will be going out and the embargo kicks in at the start of September.

‘I’m delighted to get in the three new guys but I would not be confident of getting through the next two years with these numbers, due to the prospect of injuries and suspensions.

‘I’ll have a chat with Charles Green about Craig Beattie and see if we can push that on — but there’s a good number of players on my radar.’

McCoist also paid tribute to the Rangers fans for backing their club in numbers on Tuesday night.

‘They were absolutely amazing. I thought there would be 22,000 but I was hopeful we might reach 30,000. The shining light in this situation (since administration) has been our supporters.

‘This game at Ibrox meant so much to them
and I was really nervous beforehand because I wanted to win and give
them something they would be pleased to see. I’m always nervous before
games and I’ll be the same at Peterhead at the weekend.’

Meanwhile,
former St Johnstone striker Sandaza was celebrating realising a dream
by his Ibrox debut after his move to Govan fell through in January.

One up: Lee McCulloch (right) celebrates his opener with Rangers team-mate Andrew Little

One up: Lee McCulloch (right) celebrates his opener with Rangers team-mate Andrew Little

‘I’m delighted to finally come here and to play for this great club,’
said the Spaniard, who made his debut as a second half substitute
alongside Kyle.

‘When I arrived in Scotland four years ago, I didn’t speak any English
but I knew I wanted to play for a big club like this, at Ibrox in front
of a full stadium. I wanted to come in January but that didn’t happen.
But it seems it was my destiny.’

Meanwhile, 32-year-old former Lazio and Napoli defender Emilson admitted the lure of the Ibrox giant was too big to turn down.

He said: ‘I am very happy to be here. I got a very good impression when I
spoke with the manager and the stadium and the training facilities are
excellent.

‘The club is famous in my country because it has such a strong history,
so it was an easy decision for me to make when I had the chance to
sign.’

And after signing a one-year deal, former Hearts striker Kyle insisted
that the prospect of playing in the Third Division had not put him off
joining Rangers.

He said: ‘This is Rangers, it doesn’t get any bigger than this. It’s a massive opportunity.’

Doubling up: Dean Shiels chips home Rangers' second of the night

Doubling up: Dean Shiels chips home Rangers' second of the night

Robbie Savage tells Rangers he"ll play for free

Savage dream! I'll come out of retirement to play for Rangers for free, says Robbie

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22:36 GMT, 25 July 2012

Robbie Savage has offered to come out of retirement and play for Rangers for free as the Ibrox club plans for life in the Third Division.

The controversial former Welsh international, now working as a television and radio pundit, insisted his offer should be treated seriously and said he had contacted Ibrox chief executive Charles Green ‘to ask Ally if he needs help’.

Savage, 37, began his career playing in the Manchester United youth set-up alongside the golden generation of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. He ended his playing days last year after a spell with Derby in the English Championship but insisted fitness would not be a problem.

An offer they can't refuse Robbie Savage says he'll play for Rangers for free

An offer they can't refuse Robbie Savage says he'll play for Rangers for free

Speaking on Twitter, Savage said: ‘On a serious note, if Rangers are struggling for players I would come out of retirement and play for nothing … could do a job in scot div 3! It would be a privilege to play for a great club … only retired a year ago.

‘Sometimes you need to give back, it’s a great club, still only 37. Holding midfielder still a piece of p***. Is it worth me ringing Ally

‘I might be mad thinking I can but if their desperate for players, I’ll go up there and play for nothing!

‘You think I’m joking, I’m serious ! I’ve sent a text to Charles Green already to ask Ally if he needs any help!! The offer is there we will wait and see !!’

Whether manager Ally McCoist is prepared to take Savage up on his offer is another matter. The Ibrox boss is desperately looking to strengthen his depleted squad ahead of a transfer embargo which begins on Saturday, September 1.

Retired: Savage has taken up new roles as broadcaster and ballroom dancer

Retired: Savage has taken up new roles as broadcaster and ballroom dancer

Retired: Savage has taken up new roles as broadcaster and ballroom dancer

Already, former Hearts players Ian Black and Craig Beattie have been training at Murray Park ahead of their prospective signings with Dean Shiels — on loan at Kilmarnock last season — and Steve Jennings — at Motherwell last term — also on the McCoist wish-list as he prepares to offer lucrative contracts stretching to in the region of 7,000 a week.

Former Scotland international striker Kevin Kyle remains another who could feature among the new arrivals.

No transfer dealings can be completed, however, until the club is handed membership of the Scottish Football Association.

Green had spoken confidently of that deal being signed and sealed yesterday but negotiations with the football authorities dragged on and a decision with the SFA may now not be reached until the end of the week.

The Ibrox club, meanwhile, intend to pursue English Championship side Hull City for cash after they signed Sone Aluko on a two-year deal.

The 23-year-old former Aberdeen midfielder joined Rangers last November on an initial deal until the end of the season and was a goalscoring revelation but refused to allow his contract to transfer to the newco.

Rangers, however, feel they have a similar case to that which saw them receive 800,000 from Southampton for captain Steven Davis.

Shane Williams braced for fond farewell to rugby for Barbarians against his beloved Wales

Williams braced for fond farewell to rugby for Barbarians against his beloved Wales

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UPDATED:

18:00 GMT, 31 May 2012

Shane Williams will make his rugby farewell for the Barbarians against Wales on Saturday.

Ospreys star Williams, Wales' record Test try-scorer with 58 touchdowns, retires from the sport this weekend.

Farewell: Williams

Farewell: Williams

Barbarians team

M Muliaina; I Nacewa, C Laulala, M Tindall, S Williams; S Donald, R
Rees; D Jones, B August, J Smit (capt), M O'Driscoll, M Chisholm, F
Louw, M Gorgodze, J Beattie.

Replacements: A de Malmanche, N Tialata, A van Zyl, A Qera, R Lawson, S Tagicakibau, C

He is among three Wales internationals named in the Baa-baas team, being joined by scrum-half Richie Rees and prop Duncan Jones.

Former South Africa captain John Smit will skipper the invitational side from tighthead prop, while Mike Tindall and Casey Laulala are again paired together in midfield with 35-year-old Williams forging a powerful back-three alongside Mils Muliaina and Isa Nacewa.

The Barbarians lost 57-26 to England at Twickenham last weekend, but they recovered to beat Ireland by a point in Gloucester two days ago and they will arrive at the Millennium Stadium after defeating Wales in last year's corresponding fixture.

Ched Evans released by Sheffield United after being jailed for rape

Shamed Evans released by Sheffield United after being jailed for rape

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12:43 GMT, 30 May 2012

Jailed: Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years

Jailed: Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years

Shamed Ched Evans has been shown the door by Sheffield United just a month after he was found guilty of rape.

The 23-year-old striker, who scored 35 goals last season and was named in the League One Team of the Year, was among 11 players released by the Blades.

Evans missed the last three games of the regular season after being jailed for five years for raping the then 19-year-old who was 'too drunk to consent' following a night out in Rhyl, north Wales, last May. He has indicated he will appeal.

The Blades paid 3million to Manchester City for Evans in the summer of 2009 and the 23-year-old, who signed a three-year contract, made 113 appearances, scoring a total of 48 goals.

Penalty heartache goalkeeper Steve Simonsen, 33, has also been released from their defeat in the League One play-off final.

Simonsen made a series of oustanding
saves in Saturday's penalty shoot-out defeat to Huddersfield before
missing the decisive spot-kick in their agonising 8-7 defeat.

The former Everton and Stoke goalkeeper, a free signing after an initial
loan spell in July 2010, made 103 starts for the Blades and two
substitute appearances.

Controversy: Evans was named in the League One Team of the Year

Controversy: Evans was named in the League One Team of the Year

Fellow first-team players James Beattie, Johnny Ertl and Andy Taylor,
who hit a post in the shoot-out, have also been released along with
reserve-team players Jack Adams, Connor Brown, Seamus Conneely, Corey
Gregory, Shane Murray and Marc Warren.

New deals have been offered to midfield pair Kevin McDonald and Lee Williamson plus striker Chris Porter.

England 57 Barbarians 26: Ashton returns to form with Twickenham treble

England 57 Barbarians 26: Ashton returns to form with Twickenham treble

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UPDATED:

15:51 GMT, 27 May 2012

Chris Ashton rediscovered his scoring touch with a Twickenham hat-trick as England warmed up for their tour of South Africa with a comfortable victory over the Barbarians.

Ashton, the joint-leading try-scorer at the World Cup, had drawn a blank in each of his last six Test matches but he roamed menacingly and touched down twice before the interval and once after.

Although this was not a capped international, a third hat-trick in England colours was a timely confidence boost for Ashton before next month's three-Test series against the Springboks.

Hat-trick hero: Chris Ashton of England evades Paul Sackey to score a try

Hat-trick hero: Chris Ashton of England evades Paul Sackey to score a try

MATCH FACTS

England: Tries: Ashton 3, Hartley, Wade, Wigglesworth,
Joseph 2. Cons: Farrell 7. Pens: Farrell.

England: Foden, Ashton, Barritt, Farrell, Wade, Hodgson,
Dickson, Stevens, Hartley, Doran-Jones, Botha, Palmer, Johnson,
Fearns, Dowson.

Replacements: Goode for Foden (50), Joseph for Hodgson (50),
Wigglesworth for Dickson (61), Mullan for Stevens (41),
Launchbury for Botha (56), Gibson for Fearns (56),
Mears for Dowson (60).

Barbarians: Tries: Muliaina 2, Tindall, Taele.

Cons: Donald 2, Contepomi.

Barbarians: Muliaina, Sackey, Laulala, Tindall, Balshaw,
Donald, Lawson, Tialata, Smit, Afoa, Chisholm, A. van Zyl,
Joubert, Qera, Beattie.

Replacements: Tagicakibau for Sackey (44), Contepomi for Tindall (68), Fillol for Lawson (57), Jones for Tialata (60), August for Smit (60), Lakafia for Qera (60), Taele for Beattie (68).

Att: 42,269

Ref: John Lacey (Ireland).

The tries were taken soberly too. There was no sign of the elaborate and controversial 'Ash Splash' dive he pledged to shelve as 'the end of an era'.

England hooker Dylan Hartley accepted his own opportunity to make a fresh start with both hands, scoring a try and organising England's forward effort effectively on his return from an eight-week biting ban.

Christian Wade capped a busy afternoon on his senior debut with a try just before the hour and England's win was rounded off by a try from Richard Wigglesworth and two from Jonathan Joseph.

Of those who caught the eye without making the scoresheet, Mouritz Botha produced a barnstorming second row performance and Tom Johnson delivered a strong display on the blindside flank.

England coach Stuart Lancaster still has issues to resolve before the Test series, not least over who should start at fly-half after a rusty performance from Owen Farrell.

England will also be disappointed to have conceded four tries to the Barbarians, one of which was scored by former red rose centre Mike Tindall.

Mils Muliaina scored the Barbarians' first two tries and Biarritz's Pelu Taele added the other late on.

The England touring squad will be boosted by the 18-strong Harlequins and Leicester contingent, who were unavailable after Saturday's sensational Aviva Premiership final.

Phil Dowson captained England in the absence of Chris Robshaw but there will be question marks over his fitness after he left the game on a stretcher.

Farrell, who started at inside centre before switching to fly-half, kicked England into an early lead before scuffing his next penalty shot.

Muted: Ashton is congratulated by Owen Farrell (left) and Charlie Hodgson

Muted: Ashton is congratulated by Owen Farrell (left) and Charlie Hodgson

England made a pragmatic start but soon came close to engineering the opening try when Farrell's grubber kick skipped into touch just ahead of Wade.

Lee Dickson then made two sniping runs, perhaps a response to Danny Care's performance on Saturday, before creating the opening try with an inside ball for Ashton to score.

England missed an opportunity when Farrell passed too early to Botha and Brad Barritt then knocked on the offload.

It was a frustrating inaccuracy from England and it cost them as the Barbarians moved up-field and Iain Balshaw's kick fell for Muliaina to touch down.

England responded immediately. Dowson instructed Farrell to kick a penalty for touch so England could exploit their dominant lineout drive, and they executed it to perfection with Hartley touching down.

Familiar face: Mike Tindall (centre) scored a try for the Barbarians

Familiar face: Mike Tindall (centre) scored a try for the Barbarians

Farrell scuffed another kick but then supplied the pass for Ashton to score a second try, after a break from Hartley, as England took control.

The complexion of the game changed in the six minutes before half-time and England were back in the try-scoring routine after the interval.
Ashton had already made one break, which was halted expertly by Muliaini, when he hacked on a loose ball to complete his hat-trick.

The Barbarians responded with Muliaina's second try after a moment of attacking quality from Casey Laulala, who drew two defenders and supplied the one-handed scoring pass.

Tom Palmer knocked on with a try at his mercy after good approach play from Botha but England kept the pressure on and worked an overlap for Wade to score.

Plucked: Barbarians' full back MilsMuliaina jumps for the ball at Twickenham

Plucked: Barbarians' full back Mils Muliaina jumps for the ball at Twickenham

England began to ring the changes and worked a delightful try for new scrum-half Richard Wigglesworth, who finished off an Ashton break after a delightful pass from Tom Johnston.

Tindall marked his Twickenham return with a try for the Barbarians after taking a quick tap penalty and England will have been disappointed to concede again, to Pelu Taele.

But Jonathan Joseph came off the bench to wrap up the victory with two tries of his own.

Ben Foden calls for focus from England

Foden calls for focus as England prepare for first tour since World Cup farce

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21:00 GMT, 23 May 2012

Rallying call: Foden is set to feature against the Barbarians on Sunday

Rallying call: Foden is set to feature against the Barbarians on Sunday

England full back Ben Foden has urged team-mates to behave themselves on the forthcoming tour of South Africa.

Foden, who is set to play in the non-cap game against the Barbarians on Sunday at Twickenham, issued his warning after photographs of his own stag party emerged on social media.

He said: ‘You have to be very careful, especially now with the internet and the new mobile phones which can take photos and videos without you even noticing.

‘A picture speaks a thousand words and some things can be taken massively out of context.

‘You have to be careful in what you are doing, especially on tour. As we saw in New Zealand, things can get out of control very quickly.’

England will face a Barbarians team including Mike Tindall, the Gloucester centre in the middle of the controversy at the World Cup last year. Tindall’s contract has finished at Gloucester and he has yet to decide if he will play elsewhere next season.

‘It will be a good way to say goodbye to Tinds and, hopefully, we will stuff them,’ Foden added.

BARBARIANS (v England, Sunday, 2.30pm):

Muliaina (NZ); Sackey (England), Laulala (NZ), Tindall (England), Balshaw (England); Donald (NZ), R Lawson (Scotland); Tialata (NZ), Smit (SA, capt), Afoa (NZ); Chisholm (Australia), Van Zyl (SA); Joubert (SA), Beattie (Scotland), Qera (Fiji).