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Matt Le Tissier makes Guernsey debut but he can"t stop them losing 4-2

Le Tissier makes Guernsey debut as legend returns to playing days… but 44-year-old can't can't stop them losing 4-2

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

22:52 GMT, 24 April 2013

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UPDATED:

11:05 GMT, 25 April 2013

Matt Le Tissier made a return to his playing days by turning out for Guernsey, but was unable to stop his side losing 4-2 at Colliers Wood.

The Southampton legend, 44, came off the bench in the second half after signing playing forms at the club where he is honorary president, to help with their incredible fixture list which sees the club in the middle of 20 games in 36 days.

Matt Le Tissier

Fit for purpose: Matt Le Tissier

Fit for purpose: Matt Le Tissier was unable to prevent Guernsey FC losing at Colliers Wood on his debut

Still got it: Le Tissier was back in action at the tender age of 44 years old

Still got it: Le Tissier was back in action at the tender age of 44 years old

Still got it: Le Tissier

Still got it: Le Tissier

Rusty Le Tissier tries a trademark volley after chesting the ball down

It's the first time Le Tissier has played in an official game since 2002, when he retired after playing his entire career for the Saints.

Le Tissier made over 500 appearances in all competitions for the south-coast club, and won eight England caps.

Many fans feel he should have represented his country more times, having watched his incredible skills, passing and long-range screamers in the 1990s.

He is currently juggling turning out for Guernsey with being a pundit and co-commentator for Sky Sports.

Different class: Le Tissier wowed fans with his technique for Southampton throughout his 14 years at the club

Different class: Le Tissier wowed fans with his technique for Southampton throughout his 14 years at the club

Le Tissier

VIDEO Matt Le Tissier's finest Southampton moments

Wojciech Szczesny plays for Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Szczesny starts for Arsenal but can't prevent U21s defeat to Liverpool

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

22:19 GMT, 8 April 2013

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UPDATED:

06:03 GMT, 9 April 2013

Wojciech Szczesny started for Arsenal’s Under 21 side but could not prevent the visitors falling to defeat against an impressive crop of Liverpool youngsters at Anfield.

The Poland international has not been given a senior appearance by Arsene Wenger for over a month, with Lukas Fabianski being preferred over his error-prone countryman.

Szczesny's dad recently launched a furious attack at Wenger, accusing the Frenchman of making his son the scapegoat for the Gunners' poor.

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

Back in the game: Wojciech Szczesny played for the Arsenal Under 21s at Anfield

The 22-year-old defended his manager however, claiming his dad was wrong to criticise his boss.

But Wenger did not even name Szczesny on the bench for Arsenal's 2-1 win at West Brom on Saturday.

'I rotate the goalkeepers on the bench because when they are two games on the bench then they work for two games, because when they sit always on the bench they lose fitness,' he said.

Last night at Anfield, Adam Morgan beat the Pole to draw first blood for Liverpool before Chuba Akpom equalised for the Gunners.

Krisztian Adorjan put the Reds back in the lead after half-time, but Serge Gnabry kept his cool to level things up once again.

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

Struggles: Szczesny was dropped by Arsene Wenger and has had to make do with a seat on the bench

There was no response, however, after Morgan snatched his second at the Kop End to clinch victory for the hosts.

England
Under 21 international Jonjo Shelvey also turned out for the Liverpool
side, but it was Adjoran and Morgan who ensured the hosts ran out
winners.

Adorjan burst down the right flank before drilling an accurate cross into the area for Morgan.

The 18-year-old made no mistake, knocking the ball past the stranded Szczesny from inside the six-yard box.

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

No cigar: Jonjo Shelvey tries an effort with his left foot as Arsenal's defenders can only watch

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Tussle: Gedion Zelalem of Arsenal takes on Stephen Sama (left) of Liverpool

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

Spotted: Jose Enrique watches form the stands as Liverpool edged out Arsenal at Anfield

Bolivia 0 Brazil 4 – match report: Neymar scores two goals in friendly

Bolivia 0 Brazil 4: Scolari off the mark as Neymar double leads rout in friendly

By
Lee Bryan

PUBLISHED:

23:19 GMT, 6 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:19 GMT, 6 April 2013

Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolovia 4-0 in a friendly to give Luiz Felipe Scolari his first win since returning as national team manager.

Brazil fielded a strong team captained by Ronaldinho and Bolivia were no match for them in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

Leandro Damio opened the scoring as early as the third minute after getting on the end of a cross from Jean.

Double: Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0

Double: Neymar scored two goals as Brazil beat Bolivia 4-0

Off the mark: Luiz Felipe Scolari earned his first win since returning to manage the national team

Off the mark: Luiz Felipe Scolari earned his first win since returning to manage the national team

Neymar then got in on the act as he found the target twice to extend Brazil's lead to 3-0 before half-time.

Former Milan striker Alexandre Pato came off the bench in the second half and Brazil competed their rout when Leandro scored his second goal in injury time.

Brazil's last round of fixtures saw them draw 2-2 against Italy before being held to a 1-1 draw by Russia at Stamford Bridge.

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Leader: Ronaldinho captained a strong Brazilian team for the friendly in Santa Cruz de la Sierra

Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings gives tickets to skint fan

Every little helps: Ipswich youngster Mings helps 'skint' fan out with tickets

By
Angus Paterson

PUBLISHED:

10:40 GMT, 17 March 2013

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UPDATED:

11:55 GMT, 17 March 2013

Footballers get a lot of bad press but Ipswich defender Tyrone Mings is being hailed left, right and centre for his act of generosity on Saturday.

He had been wished good luck before the game by a supporter on Twitter, who said he wasn't able to make it because he was 'skint'.

Mings asked him if he could get to the game and upon receiving a positive response, told the fan that he was setting aside two tickets for him.

New ground: Tyrone Mings made the step up to Ipswich from non-league Yate Town

New ground: Tyrone Mings made the step up to Ipswich from non-league Yate Town

The twitter conversation

Although Mings, 19, was just an unused substitute for the game, the fan will have enjoyed his day out as Ipswich beat Bolton 1-0.

Carlos Edwards scored his first goal in two years to boost the club's bid to beat the npower Championship drop and dent Bolton's play-off charge.

The veteran winger struck with just two minutes to go as Bolton's five-match winning streak shuddered to a halt.

The twitter conversation

Good job you went: Carlos Edwards (left) scored the winner as Ipswich won, but Mings stayed on the bench

Good job you went: Carlos Edwards (left) scored the winner as Ipswich won, but Mings stayed on the bench

Six Nations 2013: Tom Croft and Joe Launchbury named in England XV for Wales game

Launchbury passed fit and Croft returns for England's Grand Slam decider with Wales

By
Rob Wildman

PUBLISHED:

10:16 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:12 GMT, 14 March 2013

England today named key forward Joe Launchbury to start against Wales on Saturday despite the lock sustaining an elbow injury last Sunday against Italy.

The inform Wasps lock has had treatment all week on an elbow injury raising concern that he would miss out on England’s attempt at winning a first Grand Slam 2003.

But Launchbury was given the all-clear
this morning for a Cardiff showdown which will see England field a team
showing four changes to the one which started out in the disappointing
18-11 win over Italy.

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Back in action: Tom Croft is set to start for England for the first time since breaking his neck

Back in action: Tom Croft is set to start for England for the first time since breaking his neck

As predicted by Sportsmail, fly half
Owen Farrell, scrum-half Ben Youngs and flanker Tom Croft all return
while prop Joe Marler has won the vote ahead of Mako Vunipola at loose
head.

The four players who miss out – fly
half Toby Flood, scrum-half Danny Care, flanker James Haskell and
Vunipola – are all included on the England bench.

England's head coach coach Stuart
Lancaster said: ‘We want to finish well on what will be a fantastic
occasion in Cardiff. It will be a great experience for our English team.

'Every single player, whether they are
in the 23 or not this Saturday, has contributed to getting us in this
position and they should be proud of that.

'The support of the country has been great throughout the tournament and I am sure they will be right behind us come 5-o-clock.'

He added: 'Tom's extra lineout
presence will hopefully give us an advantage. He is clearly a quality
player and he has had a great impact since he has come back into the
team.

Ready for battle: Croft will try and help England win the Grand Slam

Ready for battle: Croft will try and help England win the Grand Slam

Ready to go: Launchbury has been passed fit to face Wales

Ready to go: Launchbury has been passed fit to face Wales

England team

'I see it as an 80-minute game. James Haskell's impact coming off the bench will serve us better.'

Lancaster took the same approach to his decision to start with Marler and use Mako Vunipola as a high-impact replacement.

“Both props will play a big contribution. We believe Joe will give us the solidity in the scrum and then as the game wears on Mako will come on and do his thing.”

Although Flood kicked all of England's points against Italy and did little wrong, Farrell has reclaimed the fly-half jersey after shaking the thigh injury he sustained against France.

The Saracens fly-half did not enjoy his best day against Les Bleus but he will bring control and defensive ferocity which England will need in the cauldron of the Millennium Stadium.

“Clearly Wales will target that area and they will be coming down that channel and I am sure Owen will be ready for some work. We have got a big challenge coming our way but we will be ready for it,' Lancaster said.

Farrell and Youngs managed the game expertly against Ireland in Dublin earlier in the tournament and Lancaster will want them to replicate that performance.

England are chasing their first Grand Slam in a decade but Saturday's clash is a genuine title decider, with Wales capable of retaining their crown.

Inside Line: Season 3, Episode 9

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Lancaster is yet to lose an away game in the Six Nations and he believes those experiences and the memory of beating New Zealand at home in December will stand his men in good stead.

'When you look at this Welsh side, there are not many weaknesses,' Lancaster said.

'It will take an outstanding effort but we have done it before, we have been to away games and won. We have played the best side in the world at home and won.

'We have to deal with the occasion and play with composure and accuracy. There is a quiet self-belief.'

Fernando Torres needs to leave Chelsea, says Stan Collymore

Torres hates putting on the blue of Chelsea and needs to leave, claims Collymore

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

15:44 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

16:07 GMT, 3 March 2013

Stan Collymore has urged Fernando Torres to leave Chelsea for his own good.

The former Liverpool and Aston Villa striker believes the Spaniard is finding his time at Stamford Bridge dark, desperate and lonely.

Torres, who cost 50million, failed to flourish under Carlo Ancelotti, Andre Villas-Boas and Roberto Di Matteo.

Now interim manager Rafa Benitez, who helped Torres find the best form of his career at Liverpool, cannot help his compatriot to get back among the goals.

Torres and Benitez

Torres and Benitez

Substitute: Fernando Torres came on to replace Chelsea's match-winner Demba Ba

'It’s all over for the striker now. His confidence is beyond shot,' wrote Collymore in his Sunday People column.

'He will put on the blue of Chelsea every day and he will hate it, as he will the daily drive to Cobham for training.'

Collymore continued: 'I have said this before and I have to say it again: It’s time to go, Fernando. For your sake, and yours alone.'

Old boy: Stan Collymore also knew the way to goal in a Liverpool shirt

Old boy: Stan Collymore also knew the way to goal in a Liverpool shirt

Torres was dropped to the bench against West Brom on Saturday, coming on as a substitute for 10 minutes.

January signing Demba Ba played in his stead and scored the winning goal.

Torres is expected to start for Chelsea on Thursday night when they take on Steaua Bucharest in the Europa League because Ba is cup tied.

Jack Rodwell: I was surprised Manchester City bid for me

I was surprised City signed me, admits Rodwell as he reveals injury hell

through injury, but the youngster’s concerns were not limited
to his hamstrings after City made their move last summer.

Familiar face: Rodwell contests with future team-mate David Silva last season

Familiar face: Rodwell contests with future team-mate David Silva last season

Manager Roberto Mancini warned that
he had to improve while England boss Roy Hodgson expressed a fear that
he would spend much of the season on the bench at his new club. It did
not help when Rodwell’s misplaced passes led to City conceding goals
against Southampton and Borussia Dortmund in his first few games.

Asked if he was surprised at the
transfer, he said: ‘I was a little bit, yes, because of the injuries –
it was a good surprise though.

‘I’d seen the German doctor
Muller-Wohlfahrt a couple of months before City came in so I felt I was
fit at the time but I obviously wasn’t. I probably didn’t do enough work
after getting treated by him which I know now.

‘I don’t really think about the price
tag or anything like that. When you’re on the pitch you can’t think
about what the fans are thinking. It’s natural when you’ve spent that
much money and you’ve won the league last year, you do expect a little
bit of something in return.

‘I feel as though the fans saw a little bit more of me (against Chelsea) but there’s still a lot more to come in my opinion.’

Arsene Wenger rages after FA Cup defeat: "Don"t insult my players"

Wenger on the warpath: Raging Arsenal boss comes out fighting and tells critics 'don't insult my players' despite FA Cup humiliation

PUBLISHED:

12:41 GMT, 18 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:55 GMT, 18 February 2013

Arsene Wenger has launched an impassioned defence of his team and tactics in the wake of Arsenal's humiliating FA Cup defeat by Blackburn Rovers.

Wenger couldn't hide his anger during a press conference on Monday morning, but is coming under increasing pressure as the club face an eighth successive year without silverware.

The Arsenal manager has defended his team selection and laughed at the suggestion he isn't taking the world's oldest club knockout competition seriously.

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Anger: Arsene Wenger attacked his critics at a press conference yesterday

Anger: Arsene Wenger attacked his critics at a press conference yesterday

Wenger press conference

Wenger press conference

Wenger said: 'I've been accused of not taking the FA Cup seriously. I've won it four times. Tell me who has won it more than me. Tell me, one name.

'I've been accused of not putting out a strong enough team – this is an insult to those who started the game, 11 internationals.'

Arsenal face a huge task to progress
into the quarter-finals of Europe's elite competition with last year's
beaten finalists standing in their way.

The players looked downcast as they arrived for training on Monday morning at the club's London Colney base, knowing that anything other than victory in the Champions League on Tuesday night against Bayern Munich would effectively end their season.

Under fire: Wenger has defended his record in the competition - despite leaving some key stars on the bench

Under fire: Wenger has defended his record in the competition - despite leaving some key stars on the bench

Under fire: Wenger has defended his record in the competition – despite leaving some key stars on the bench

Cheer up! Mikel Arteta leads a group of players onto the training pitch including Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Cheer up! Mikel Arteta leads a group of players onto the training pitch including Olivier Giroud, Francis Coquelin and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

But Wenger has impressed on his players that they must put the defeat by Rovers behind them, and has also denied reports that the club are about to hand him a new two-year deal.

He said: 'That is the wrong information and I work for 16 years in England and I think I deserve a bit more credit than wrong information that has only one intention: to harm,' the Arsenal boss said.

'If it is good information which comes from nowhere it is all right, but this is wrong information that comes from nowhere and it is completely wrong.'

Wenger then became involved in a heated exchange with a journalist, adding: 'I look at you not because you give information, I do not know if it is you, I do not know where the information comes from. Why do you look at me I just thought you had given this information out.

Double trouble: Wenger with Jack Wilshere

Double trouble: Wenger with Jack Wilshere

'Here this is a pre-match conference
for the Champions League, if you want to talk about Saturday, that press
conference has been made after the game.

'Can we get some questions about tomorrow's game, that would be very nice.'

Wenger also confirmed Per Mertesacker is back in the matchday squad but Laurent Koscielny is unlikely to return for the clash at the Emirates.

Meanwhile, Mikael Silvestre, whom Wenger
signed from Manchester United in 2008 and made 43 appearances in the
Gunners’ defence, tweeted a tongue-in-cheek picture of an empty Arsenal
trophy cabinet, calling on Patrick Vieira to return to the club to help
his former manager.

Isolated: Wenger is under fire as Arsenal look to go another season without silverware

Isolated: Wenger is under fire as Arsenal look to go another season without silverware

All in it together: Arsenal's players train on Monday

All in it together: Arsenal's players train on Monday

Vieira, who played 406 games for the club over nine seasons, is rumoured to be the favourite to replace Arsenal’s head of youth development Liam Brady.

Silvestre said: '@OfficialVieira go back to London and give Arsene a hand bro ! #rolemodele #legend #AFC #mcfc'

Silvestre, 35, who will play for either the Portland Timbers or Seattle Sounders in the upcoming MLS season, pointed to the fact that Arsenal have not won a trophy since moving to the Emirates Stadium from Highbury in 2006.

Rovers revenge: Blackburn dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup - 12 months after they were beaten 7-1 at the Emirates

Rovers revenge: Blackburn dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup – 12 months after they were beaten 7-1 at the Emirates

Rovers revenge: Blackburn dumped Arsenal out of the FA Cup - 12 months after they were beaten 7-1 at the Emirates

Fans replied angrily to the
defender’s message, with one Twitter user posting: 'Thanks for all your
help in addressing that during your time at the club Mikael, one of our
worst signings ever.'

Another wrote: 'For someone who was
so bad when playing for Arsenal, you've really got some nerve posting
that. Disrespectful fool.'

Vieira is currently in a football development role at Manchester City, where he ended his career in 2011.

Mikael Silvestre

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Carlos Tevez intends to leave Manchester City for Boca Juniors

Tevez tells Man City he wants to leave for Boca… now champions could sell him before contract expires next summer

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

09:25 GMT, 20 January 2013

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UPDATED:

19:29 GMT, 20 January 2013

Carlos Tevez intends to leave Manchester City after his contract expires in 18 months’ time to return to Argentina.

The Argentina international wants to see out his current deal at the Etihad before moving back to his homeland to play for his boyhood club Boca Juniors.

The 28-year-old striker played his way back into Roberto Mancini’s plans after a self-imposed exile last season, but has said it would be a dream to return to Boca.

Homeward bound: Carlos Tevez would like to leave Manchester City for Boca Juniors

Homeward bound: Carlos Tevez would like to leave Manchester City for Boca Juniors

Tevez stated that he would have preferred to be playing for Boca against River Plate rather than turning out for City's clash with Fulham yesterday.

In an interview in Argentina, Tevez said: ‘I’ve got a year left on my contract at Manchester City and they want me to sign for two more seasons.

‘I would prefer to return home, but it is very difficult because City won’t let me leave for nothing.

‘I will stay in Europe for another two years and then go back.

‘Boca’s president always says the door is open for me to rejoin them and I am dying to pull on their shirt once more.

‘I want to end my career with them. It is my dream and the dream of my family as well. I would love to be playing for them against River Plate. I’d prefer that to City’s game against Fulham.

‘But I am under contract and have to be here in England.’

The diminutive striker joined City from bitter rivals United in 2009 and instantly became a fans’ favourite.

But he put his City career on ice after a dispute on the substitutes’ bench in a Champions League group match against Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.

Tevez left Manchester for Argentina, incurring the wrath of his manager and the City fans. But now he says he has patched things up with Mancini and City's fans since the spat which resulted in him missing six months of City's title-winning season.

He added: ‘I almost retired last year. I had lost the desire to play and spent time crying alone in my room.

Off you come: Tevez was replaced by compatriot Sergio Aguero (right) during City's 2-0 win over Fulham

Off you come: Tevez was replaced by compatriot Sergio Aguero (right) during City's 2-0 win over Fulham

Digging deep: Tevez has battled to win the Manchester City fans back

Digging deep: Tevez has battled to win the Manchester City fans back

'Bad things happened one after the other. I was knocked out of the Copa America with Argentina and I had my dispute with Roberto Mancini.

'I suffered psychologically. I did not want anything more to do with football.

'I am much better now. I am winning people over because I began the new season well.

'Although my form dipped, I am on my way back. I have lost weight and I can run faster.

'I still don’t like being substituted. I am a hot-blooded individual, but at least I now understand the manager’s reasons.

'In the past I used to call him [Mancini] every name under the sun, but now I understand he does it for the good of the team.'

Class: Tevez laid off David Silva to set up the Spaniard's second of the match

Class: Tevez laid off David Silva to set up the Spaniard's second of the match

Tevez, who showe a deft touch to lay off David Silva's second goal against Fulham, has twice stated that he would like to leave the club in the past.

City rejected a transfer request from the former West Ham striker in December 2010, and Tevez handed in another one in the summer of 2011.

But Tevez has always had a soft spot for Boca, the Buenos Aires club who signed him as a youngster in 2001, and has made no secret of his desire to retire at the club in the past.

Swansea sign striker Roland Lamah from Osasuna

Swansea snap up striker Lamah from Osasuna on 18-month loan deal

By
Riath Al-samarrai

PUBLISHED:

19:58 GMT, 14 January 2013

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UPDATED:

20:05 GMT, 14 January 2013

Swansea have signed Osasuna forward Roland Lamah on an 18-month loan deal.

The 25-year-old arrived in Wales on Monday to wrap up his move from the La Liga side, with a permanent transfer earmarked for this summer.

Lamah is highly-rated in Belgium, where he has been capped at every level from Under 19s upwards, and can line up on the left of an attacking three or as a striker.

Signing: Lamah (left) will join Swansea on loan

Signing: Lamah (left) will join Swansea on loan

But despite his reputation he has struggled in La Liga this season, scoring only two goals in 15 games. Eight of his appearance came from the bench.

A clause in the deal – the paperwork of which is expected to be completed on Tuesday – states that Swansea chairman Huw Jenkins will have first refusal on a permanent move for the 2million-rated player if he impresses at the Liberty Stadium.