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Tyson Fury wins WBC world heavyweight title eliminator

Fury eyes Klitschko world title shot after points decision over Johnson in Belfast

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UPDATED:

23:37 GMT, 1 December 2012

Tyson Fury moved a step closer to a shot at Vitali Klitschko with a patient victory over American Kevin Johnson in Belfast.

The 24-year-old won the WBC world heavyweight title eliminator by a unanimous points decision, stretching his unbeaten record to 20 fights.

The first five rounds were largely uninspiring, although Fury was rarely troubled by his durable 33-year-old opponent, whose 2009 defeat to Klitschko was one of only two defeats prior to this bout.

Fists of Fury: Tyson Fury (left) lands a left on Kevin Johnson

Fists of Fury: Tyson Fury (left) lands a left on Kevin Johnson

Fury looked more convincing in the
sixth round but he had a point docked in the seventh and was not making a
notable impact on a slow-paced bout.

He made more of an impression with a combination in the eighth which saw the Wythenshawe-born fighter raise both arms aloft.

Although he was rarely troubled in
tonight's contest, Fury's cautious approach was in stark contrast to
several of his previous bouts.

Points decision: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the WBC heavyweight title eliminator

Points decision: Tyson Fury celebrates winning the WBC heavyweight title eliminator

Afterwards, Fury revealed the tactics
were planned as he said: 'Credit Kevin Johnson, he's a slippery,
slippery guy and I never went in to knock him out.

'He's not a guy to go and smash up.
He's a world class fighter. I boxed to a game plan and vowed not to let
my heart get the better of me.'

Johnson added on Channel 5: 'They
stuck to a very smart game plan. Not one time did he come out with that
anger and aggression and towards the end it got very boring.'

Cower at the Fury: Kevin Johnson covers up

Cower at the Fury: Kevin Johnson covers up

Jack Wilshere urges Arsene Wenger to play him against Norwich

Wilshere tells Wenger: 'I'm ready to play this weekend against Norwich'

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 17 October 2012

Jack Wilshere has told Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger he is ready to end his 15 month injury nightmare.

The 20-year-old played 90 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly defeat to Chelsea at the Gunners’ London Colney HQ on Wednesday.

It was Wilshere’s third match this month after two outings for the club’s Under 21 side and the England international is now convinced he is ready to make his long-awaited return to the Arsenal first-team set up.

Getting a run: Jack Wilshere played 90 minutes for Arsenal in a friendly defeat to Chelsea

Getting a run: Jack Wilshere played 90 minutes for Arsenal in a friendly defeat to Chelsea

Wilshere, who has suffered from a
string of ankle, foot and knee problems, has told Wenger he can make his
comeback in the weekend visit to Norwich.

Whether the Frenchman – who has taken
an ultra cautious approach to Wilshere’s comeback – decides to name the
youngster in his squad remains to be seen but the midfielder’s now looks
set to return in a matter of days rather than weeks.

In more good news, Bacary Sagna also
played 90 minutes in yesterday’s 2-0 defeat after his five month spell
on the sidelines with a broken leg.

Target: Midfielder Wilshere could be back in the Arsenal first team by the end of October

Target: Midfielder Wilshere could be back in the Arsenal first team by the end of October

Chelsea skipper John Terry and Cesar Azpilicueta both played for the Blues XI.

Arsenal’s positive news was countered
though by fears reserve goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianksi could face another
three months out with ruptured ankle ligaments.

The Poland goalkeeper was hoping for a
recall to the squad after being out since February with shoulder
injuries but he damaged his ankle during training on Tuesday.

Cautious: Arsene Wenger will be relishing the chance to name Wilshere in his starting XI once again

Cautious: Arsene Wenger will be relishing the chance to name Wilshere in his starting XI once again

The latest setback for the 27-year-old
means Vito Mannone, who began the season as third choice, will continue
in goal with Argentinian Damian Martinez, 20, and James Shea, 21, as
back-up. First choice Wojciech Szczesny is still three weeks off
recovery from his ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Arsenal, who are watching
Boca Juniors' 18-year-old striker Leandro Paredes, may consider sending
defender Johan Djourou out on loan in January.

Jack Wilshere to make Arsenal return

Wilshere lined up for Arsenal return in U21 clash with West Brom next week

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 25 September 2012

Arsenal plan to give Jack Wilshere his first taste of competitive football in more than a year on Monday.

The midfielder has missed the last 14 months with foot, ankle and knee injuries.

But Wilshere is closing in on a first-team comeback, having returned to full training last Thursday.

Back in action: Jack Wilshere (right) in training for Arsenal

Back in action: Jack Wilshere (right) in training for Arsenal

And manager Arsene Wenger has pinpointed Monday’s Under 21 clash against West Brom for the England international to take his next step on the road to full recovery.

Wenger and his backroom team will keep a close eye on Wilshere during training and if they don’t feel he is ready for next week’s game, Wilshere will focus on playing in the U21 clash with Reading on October 8.

Further behind-closed-doors friendlies could also be arranged to give the midfielder more game time before his eagerly awaited first-team return.

Wenger has been pleasantly surprised by Wilshere’s fitness and performance levels since his return to full training.

Nevertheless, the Arsenal boss will resist any temptation to include Wilshere in his plans for Wednesday’s Capital One Cup clash against Coventry as he takes a cautious approach to his influential star’s return.

Wenger will make a host of changes from the side that started against Manchester City on Sunday, with Olivier Giroud, Andrey Arshavin and Andre Santos all set to feature. Long-term absentee Emmanuel Frimpong is set for a place on the bench.

Welcome: Wilshere has been out of action for 14 months

Welcome: Wilshere has been out of action for 14 months

Welcome: Wilshere has been out of action for 14 months

Talented youngsters including highly-rated Serge Gnabry are also likely to face the League One side.

‘We want to put out a talented side that has a good chance to win the game,’ said Wenger. ‘We will give a chance to players who have not played. The players that did not play on Sunday will get a chance and it’s an opportunity to show what they can do.’

Jack Wilshere returns to training with Arsenal

At last! Wilshere returns to full Arsenal training after 14 months on sidelines

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UPDATED:

14:22 GMT, 20 September 2012

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere has handed Arsene Wenger a massive boost by joining his team-mates for training.

The 20-year-old has been plagued by ankle, foot and knee problems and has not played since July 2011.

But, as revealed by Sportsmail earlier this week, the England player has now stepped up his recovery by taking a full part in training.

All smiles: Jack Wilshere (centre) joins Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arsenal

All smiles: Jack Wilshere (centre) joins Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Arsenal

Wilshere's agent tweeted: 'Delighted to say that Jack Wilshere was back in full 1st team training today.

'Understandably he is a very excited young man today.'

Wenger told the official Arsenal website: 'We are so pleased that Jack is back in full training. It’s been 14 months and that’s a long time for someone at his age. It’s an eternity, but it’s great news.

'We have to give him a few training sessions to see how he copes and responds to it. That’s the delicate, sensitive stage – to choose when to bring him in and out. We’ll have to handle that day-by-day.

'We also have Emmanuel Frimpong who has returned to full training this week, which is great news as well. Emmanuel has also been out a long time, but is progressing well.'

Wenger could now play Wilshere in either a specially arranged, training ground
friendly or the Gunners Under 21 side's fixture against West Bromwich
on October 1 or Reading seven days later as the club look to give him
much-needed game time.

On the ball: Wilshere has been sidelined since July 2011 with a serious of injuries

On the ball: Wilshere has been sidelined since July 2011 with a serious of injuries

Despite Wilshere's promising progress, his manager will continue to take a cautious approach towards the return of his influential midfielder.

The youngster has been pencilled in for a return to first-team action towards the end of next month and the club seem determined to resist any temptation to rush Wilshere back before then.

Even though Alex Song left for Barcelona, Wenger still has an abundance of central-midfield options with Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin all vying for first-team starts.

Tired already Wilshere will be eased back into the Arsenal team gently after his injuries

Tired already Wilshere will be eased back into the Arsenal team gently after his injuries

The club's once lengthy injury list is now starting to clear up, with Tomas Rosicky, Emmanuel Frimpong and Bacary Sagna – in addition to Wilshere – all close to first-team returns.

Frimpong, who has been sidelined since February with a cruciate ligament injury sustained while on loan to Wolves, has also returned to training.

Back in the game: Emmanuel Frimpong (left) also returned to training after a cruciate ligament injury

Back in the game: Emmanuel Frimpong (left) also returned to training after a cruciate ligament injury

Jack Wilshere training for Arsenal this week

EXCLUSIVE: Wilshere boost as crocked star returns to training

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UPDATED:

21:32 GMT, 16 September 2012

Boost: Wilshere hasn't played in over 12 months

Boost: Wilshere hasn't played in over 12 months

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere is set to hand Arsene Wenger a massive lift by returning to full training this week.

The 20-year-old has been plagued by ankle, foot and knee problems and has not played since August 2011.

But the England player is now close to putting his injury problems behind him by taking this significant step on his road to recovery.

As exclusively revealed by Sportsmail on
September 4, Wilshere has started ball work again and the Gunners
academy graduate is expected to jump the next hurdle in his
rehabilitation by rejoining his first-team colleagues for training at
the club's London Colney HQ by the end of the week.

Agony: The England international will return to training at the end of this week

Agony: The England international will return to training at the end of this week

Wilshere could now play in either a specially arranged, training ground
friendly or the Gunners Under-21 side's fixture against West Bromwich
on October 1 or Reading seven days later as the club look to give him
much-needed game time.

Despite Wilshere's promising progress, manager Wenger will continue to take a cautious approach towards the return of his influential midfielder.

The youngster has been pencilled in for a return to first-team action towards the end of next month and the club seem determined to resist any temptation to rush Wilshere back before then.

Even though Alex Song left for Barcelona, Wenger still has an abundance of central-midfield options with Santi Cazorla, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin all vying for first-team starts.

The club's once lengthy injury list is now starting to clear up, with Tomas Rosicky, Emmanuel Frimpong and Bacary Sagna – in addition to Wilshere – all close to first-team returns.

Diaby, who missed Saturday's win over Southampton with a hip injury, will be available for Tuesday's Champions League clash in Montpellier.

Euro 2012: Italy v Spain previous meetings

History is on Italy's side but Spain will take heart from 2008 shootout win

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UPDATED:

12:24 GMT, 29 June 2012

So now we know that it will be Italy and Spain who will contest the 14th final of the European Championships in Kiev this Sunday.

They have already met in this tournament, of course, with their opening Group C match finishing 1-1.

Here, Sportsmail looks back through the history books at previous meetings between the two nations at international tournaments.

European Championships 2008: Quarter-final – Spain 0 Italy 0 (aet, Spain won 4-2 on penalties)

Billed as a meeting of two European heavyweights, this last-eight game in Vienna was a dour affair with both sides adopting a cautious approach.

Lightning does strike twice: Fabregas scored the winning penalty in 2008

Lightning does strike twice: Fabregas scored the winning penalty in 2008

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Spain, en route to their first tournament victory since 1964, prevailed on penalties after 120 minutes of stalemate.

Iker Casillas was the hero, saving penalties from Daniele De Rossi and Antonio Di Natale, as an all-conquering Spanish team began to flourish.

World Cup 1994: Quarter-final – Italy 2 Spain 1

This World Cup will always be remembered for Roberto Baggio blazing over his penalty in the Final, but he was on stellar form in this quarter-final, scoring the winner with two minutes to play.

His namesake and Juventus teammate Dino put Italy ahead with a stunner from 25 yards, only for Jose Luis Caminero to equalise in the second half.

Extra time loomed in a game which offered more entertainment than most in this tournament, before a brilliant Italian goal.

In four passes, they swept the ball from left-back to Baggio up front and he rounded Andoni Zubizarreta to score.

There was still time for controversy – Mauro Tassotti’s vicious elbow on Jose Enrique in the penalty area went unseen and Spain went out. Enrique reportedly lost a pint of blood from his face and Tassotti was later banned for eight games.

At the double: Baggio was Italy's match-winner in 1994

At the double: Baggio was Italy's match-winner in 1994

European Championships 1988: Group stage – Italy 1 Spain 0

OVERALL RECORD

Italy wins 10;
Spain wins 8; Draws 12; Italy goals 39; Spain goals 30.

*including non-competitive matches

These two young and talented sides, who had met in the 1986 European Under-21 Championship final, found themselves in a nightmarish group with hosts West Germany and Denmark.

Something had to give and Italy, anchored by a 19-year-old Paolo Maldini, had the better of the game in which chances were at a premium.

In the end, one goal was enough – from Carlo Ancelotti’s pass, Sampdoria striker Gianluca Vialli scored with a cross-shot. Italy were beaten by the Soviet Union in the semi-final.

European Championships 1980: Group stage – Italy 0 Spain 0

In the days before 16-team European tournaments, our protagonists found themselves in a tough group also featuring England and Belgium with only the group winner reaching the final.

Expectations were high for hosts Italy but the two teams cancelled each other out in the San Siro. Juventus defender Claudio Gentile had the best chance for Italy, but was denied by Luis Arconada at his near post.

Spain were more expressive after half-time and Jess Satrstegui had a goal disallowed and Juanito struck the crossbar. Spain lost to Belgium and England and finished bottom of the group, while Italy lost on penalties to Czechoslovakia in the third place play-off.

World Cup 1934: Quarter-final replay – Italy 1 Spain 0

It was the first time both nations had competed in the World Cup and Italy were on home soil. The tournament was a straight knockout but with penalty shoot-outs still 40 years away, the teams had to replay the day after their 1-1 draw.

Grudge match: The two sides played in Group C's opening match

Grudge match: The two sides played in Group C's opening match

In the original game, a goal from Real Madrid player Luis Reguiro – a defender with an enviable scoring record – was equalised by Italy’s Giovanni Ferrari.

The replay, 24 hours later, was an aggressive affair with the Spaniards left battered, bruised and beaten when Giuseppe Meazza scored the only goal after 11 minutes. Italy would win the tournament, the first of their four triumphs.

Olympic Games 1928: Quarter-final replay – Italy 7 Spain 1

Previous competitive meetings between the two nations had come in the Olympic Games football tournament.

At the 1920 Antwerp Games, they had met in what was titled the ‘Consolation Round’ after both being eliminated in the quarter-finals, with Spain winning 2-0 courtesy of two goals from Felix Sesumaga. Four years on in Paris, Italy had prevailed 1-0 thanks to a late own goal from Jesus Larazza.

But the most resounding result of the teams’ long history came in Amsterdam in 1928. Following a 1-1 draw in the quarter-final, they returned three days later, with Italy winning 7-1. This remains Spain’s biggest international defeat, matched only by a thrashing by England three years later.

Euro 2012: England"s Danny Welbeck to start against France

It's Danny joy! Welbeck to lead the line against France… but Chamberlain misses out

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22:04 GMT, 8 June 2012

Danny Welbeck looks to have won the race to be England’s centre forward when their Euro 2012 campaign begins against France on Monday.

The Manchester United striker’s instinctive finish in last week’s 1-0 friendly win over Belgium has convinced manager Roy Hodgson to pick him ahead of Andy Carroll as the replacement for Wayne Rooney, who is suspended.

Welbeck, 21, impressed again in training yesterday as Hodgson looked to settle on the right man to lead the line in front of Ashley Young.

Signed up: Danny Welbeck looks set to lead the line against France on Monday

Signed up: Danny Welbeck looks set to lead the line against France on Monday

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But it was the quality of the deft lob over Belgium goalkeeper Simon Mignolet which made the biggest impact on the head coach before a tournament where he knows chances will be at a premium and clinical finishing is essential.

When he took the striker off after less than an hour it was to protect the ankle injury he collected in the Manchester derby close to the end of the season.

England’s medical staff are happy that the youngster will be capable of 90 minutes of competitive action now, though, and his running off the ball and pace on it has won him the vote.

Big boots to fill: Welbeck will take the place of Wayne Rooney, who is suspended

Big boots to fill: Welbeck will take the place of Wayne Rooney, who is suspended

Impressed: Welbeck has got his chance having scored against Belgium

Impressed: Welbeck has got his chance having scored against Belgium

Hodgson’s work at England’s Krakow training HQ yesterday suggested he will take a cautious approach to the wide positions, with James Milner and Stewart Downing likely to start.

He was pleased with the performance of Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at Wembley but feels the game against France, who have a 21-game unbeaten record, is more likely to require experience.

It means he’ll also plump for the big-match experience of Manchester City’s Premier League title- winning defender Joleon Lescott alongside John Terry at the heart of defence ahead of Everton’s Phil Jagielka.

Missing out: Andy Carroll and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to settle for a place on the bench in England's first Euro 2012 match against France

Missing out: Andy Carroll and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to settle for a place on the bench in England's first Euro 2012 match against France

Missing out: Andy Carroll and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will have to settle for a place on the bench in England's first Euro 2012 match against France

England v Belgium: Big Match Dossier

England v Belgium: Big Match Dossier – Hodgson's three Ts leave squad no doubt that discipline is key

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UPDATED:

21:29 GMT, 1 June 2012

Discipline has been on the agenda in the England camp with players warned about their responsibilities in regard to the three Ts: tackling, tweeting and tactics.

Former referee David Elleray addressed the squad at the team hotel on what to expect from the officials in Euro 2012.

It included a timely reminder about tackling, a few days after Steven Gerrard's challenge on Tom Hogli in Norway which the referee claimed would have been a yellow card in a competitive game.

Lucky boy: Gerrard launches into a tackle on Tom Hogli

Lucky boy: Gerrard launches into a tackle on Tom Hogli

'We have to be slightly more careful at international level,' said Gerrard.

'It has changed, though, and it's something you have to adapt to as a player, especially myself as a tackler.'

Hodgson has told the England captain he may also have to curb his attacking instincts to compensate for the loss of injured midfielders Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard.

'The manager has spoken to me and said I might have to play deeper and more disciplined,' said Gerrard.

There will be no ban on England's players using Twitter or other social media sites but they will be expected to tweet sensibly and not divulge sensitive information, such as team selection.

Inexperience starting to show
Changes: Fabio Capello

Injuries to Barry and Lampard and call-ups for Phil Jagielka and Jordan Henderson means the overall experience of the squad will be down by 130 caps.

It also means there are 14 changes to the party Fabio Capello (right) took to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.

Walcott and Ox set for impact roles in new cautious approach

Hodgson started his tenure with a satisfying clean sheet and yesterday his focus remained fixed on the defensive unit, scrutinising his back four as the strikers practised their finishing at the other end of the Wembley pitch.

It is a matter of priorities for Hodgson.

Short on time, he has worked hard on organisation to the surprise of no-one who knows him.

Our goal threats

Premier League goals in 2011-12 from
England's wide boys.

Theo Walcott 8

Ashley Young 6

James Milner 3

Alex
Oxlade-Chamberlain 2

Jordan Henderson 2

Stewart Downing 0

Making England hard to beat against the clock is bad news for flair and adventure.

Stewart Downing and James Milner, the preferred wide men against Norway last week, are more reliable in possession and offer greater defensive cover than Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

But on Friday Hodgson made it clear that Henderson was another option for him wide on the right, where the 21-year-old has experience for Sunderland and Liverpool.

Downing has not scored in the Barclays Premier League for more than a year and Milner not since January.

Despite his improved goal threat, the signs are not good for Walcott, who may have to resign himself for the time being to the role of a substitute, sent on to use his blistering pace as a weapon against a tiring team.

Out of form: Stewart Downing (right)

Out of form: Stewart Downing (right)

Needing a few goals: James Milner (left) and Stewart Downing (right)

So, even bookies don't fancy us

Ladbrokes have England priced at 16-1 to win Euro 2012, which is their longest price ever ahead of a major tournament they have already qualified for.