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Tottenham midfielder Sandro sings and plays guitar – video

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Tottenham midfielder as you've never seen him before… Sandro sings for Sportsmail



12:57 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sandro is 23. He's played 16 times for Brazil and is quickly becoming the fulcrum around which Andre Villas-Boas is building his resurgent Tottenham side. And away from the training ground, he fancies himself as a budding guitar hero.

In an exclusive commission, to promote a big interview in Saturday's Daily Mail, Sportsmail chief photographer Andy Hooper has captured Sandro demonstrating his rockstar credentials at his Chigwell home.

His love of British pop music shines through as he belts out numbers from Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas at the recording studio he has had built in his Essex house.



Poland v England big match dossier

Poland v England big match dossier: Keepers are Poles apart… but one is out in the cold



22:01 GMT, 15 October 2012

The Poles are concerned about a goalkeeping department which was once the pride of Europe. Indeed, Arsenal sent a delegation to Poland to see how they produced such talent.

But they are without the injured Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski for Tuesday's game.


Artur Boruc, the former Celtic goalkeeper, has not been playing and is well out of contention for the Poland side.

The 32-year-old started the season without a club after leaving Fiorentina and has since joined Southampton but is not yet in the first team.

In safe hands: Poland are missing their first choice goalkeepers through injury

In safe hands: Poland are missing their first choice goalkeepers through injury


Another forgotten man of Polish goalkeeping is Tomasz Kusczcak. Some Poles think the former Manchester United man should start on Tuesday because of his Premier League knowhow but it is nearly 18 months since he played in the top flight. He is now plying his trade with Brighton.


Poland admit the surface at the new national stadium in Warsaw is not the best. A new pitch was rolled out at the start of the month after a Coldplay gig in the stadium and has not settled well.

‘There may be unpredictable situations,’ said Polish coach Waldemar Fornalik. ‘The ball can bounce off differently.’

Call-up: Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson

Call-up: Arsenal's Carl Jenkinson


Carl Jenkinson has committed his future to England ahead of Finland after speaking to Roy Hodgson.

‘He didn’t take a lot of convincing,’ said Hodgson. ‘We had a problem with Kyle Walker, so we called Carl up. I invited him to train knowing he couldn’t take part in this game, and that gave me the chance to ask him the question.

‘He had to make a decision. We’re very interested in him even if the competition is tougher to get him into the England team rather than the Finland team. He made it clear he wanted to play for England.’


Roy Hodgson admits Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was his ‘joker’ when England made their Euro 2012 base camp in Poland but the 19-year-old has returned as a serious international footballer.

‘He came in as the joker in the pack, a young one, but he’s certainly cemented his position,’ said Hodgson.

QPR consider ground share for new stadium

QPR consider ground share as they explore new stadium options



16:22 GMT, 6 June 2012

QPR hope to make their potential new stadium available for other events, and have not ruled out the possibility of a ground share.

Multi-millionaire Tony Fernandes bought QPR last summer and ordered the club to start planning for a move from their current Loftus Road home, which holds just over 18,000.

Having the smallest ground in the Barclays Premier League is inhibiting the London club's growth and Beard wants to build a new stadium which brings in extra revenue from as many sources as possible.

Plans: Owner Tony Fernandes wants the club to find a new home

Plans: Owner Tony Fernandes wants the club to find a new home

'To have a stand-alone football stadium that only hosts 19 home domestic matches a season would probably not make the numbers work,' chief executive Phil Beard told the London Evening Standard.

'What is important is that it is the home of QPR but it will need to have facilities to do other things as well.

'A full-on ground-share is more challenging, but I am hoping to emulate an entertainment destination model where you roll the pitch away and use it for other things.

'Look at (Arsenal's) Emirates Stadium. They hosted Coldplay for three nights – that is the sort of activity you need to host to generate the revenues to make the club sustainable and ultimately invest in the team going forward.'

Finding a large space to build a stadium of up to 45,000 will not be easy, but Beard was quick to allay fears the club would be moving far away from their west London roots.

Switch: Loftus Road would be traded for a much larger ground

Switch: Loftus Road would be traded for a much larger ground

'The criteria is that we need to find somewhere that hopefully isn't too far from Loftus Road,' he said.

'Our fanbase is a very passionate, loyal and local one. We need to stay in the area if we can. That is almost a must.'

Meanwhile, Rangers announced that defender Bruno Perone has left the club after his contract expired.

The 24-year-old joined from Brazilian side Tombense last summer but only made two appearances for QPR.