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Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove football freestyle skills

Flicking hell! Is this the best football freestyle video on the internet

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Gerard Brand

PUBLISHED:

15:14 GMT, 28 February 2013

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UPDATED:

15:17 GMT, 28 February 2013

Never mind Cristiano Ronaldo's endless stepovers, Ronaldinho's dummy pass or even the Cruyff turn… England have finally produced the sort of skill that can rival Rory Delap's long throw.

Billy Wingrove and former Britain's Got Talent finalist Jeremy Lynch have teamed up as 'The F2' to showcase their finest footy skills, and the world has taken notice.

Choreographed: Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their sublime freestyle skills

Choreographed: Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their sublime freestyle skills

The F2 freestyle

The pair opened the show at last year's Ballon d'Or ceremony, showing more creativity than your average boy in his garden with his mate filming on a mobile phone.

As well as packing videos full of mesmerizing skills, flicks and even a few first-time volleys, the tricksters are looking to teach young players the skills they have developed over time.

After being inspired by watching a Nike commercial in 2000 with Edgar Davids and Denilson, Lynch won the hearts of a nation by reaching the final showdown of the popular reality TV show in 2008.

Lynch has also filmed videos with the likes of Christiano Ronaldo, Robinho, while Wingrove has been a professional freestyler for a decade.

And after South Korean freestyler Mr Woo toured the world showing off his skills for nearly two decades, there will definitely be a market for the pair to break into.

The pair's DVD 'Learn Football Freestyle' is for sale through their website for 9.99.

VIDEO: Freestyle duo Jeremy Lynch and Billy Wingrove show off their skills

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Southampton sign Jay Rodriguez for 6m

Saints finally seal deal for 6m Burnley striker Rodriguez

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16:49 GMT, 10 June 2012

Southampton have begun preparations for life back in the Premier League by breaking their transfer record to sign Burnley's Jay Rodriguez.

The 22-year-old has long been linked with a move to the south coast and Saints reportedly failed with bids last summer and in January.

However, Nigel Adkins now has his man as Rodriguez has signed a four-year deal at St Mary's after leaving the Clarets for an undisclosed fee.

Transfer record: Jay Rodriguez in action against his new employers

Transfer record: Jay Rodriguez in action against his new employers

The deal is worth around 6million, which breaks Southampton's long-standing transfer record, set when they signed Derby's Rory Delap for 4million in 2001.

'I'm really relieved that we've got it sorted now, and it's done,' Rodriguez told the club's official website.

'I really can't wait for the start of the season, and the start of pre-season.

'This is a great club, a massive club, and they're where they belong. It's a squad I want to be a part of, and it's really exciting.

'As an outsider, you look at the club from where it started, and the drive they have to move up the leagues in quick succession is amazing.

'The sky is the limit. You see how good the players are at the club.

'They want to push on even higher, and carry on the way they're going.'

Rodriguez, who was named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year last season, formally agreed the move during a holiday in Mexico and put pen to paper on a four-year deal today, much to the delight of Adkins.

'Jay is an exciting young English prospect, so I am really happy he is our first signing of the summer,' the Southampton manager said.

Excited: Rodriguez can't wait for the season to get underway

Excited: Rodriguez can't wait for the season to get underway

'There has been a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes on several fronts and we are delighted Jay has signed for us as we get ready for our pre-season schedule.

'He is an exciting forward thinking player who has already scored a lot of goals at a young age over the past couple of years.

'His characteristics are what we have been looking for.

'He has demonstrated a superb attitude and when we have met him it has only confirmed what our research has told us.

'He has a hungry and enthusiastic attitude with a desire to work hard in the positive environment that we have at Southampton where will be able to develop his talent.'

Rory Delap signs Stoke extension

Seventh heaven for Delap after midfielder pens one-year Stoke extension

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17:47 GMT, 1 May 2012

Rory Delap has agreed a one-year contract extension with Stoke.

The deal will see the 35-year-old long-throw specialist feature in a seventh season at the Britannia Stadium.

Delap signed for the Potters in a 500,000 move from Sunderland, was part of the 2007/08 promotion-winning side and has gone on to play over 200 matches for the club.

Here to stay: Rory Delap (right) has extended his contract at Stoke

Here to stay: Rory Delap (right) has extended his contract at Stoke

Manager Tony Pulis told the club's official website: 'Rory deserves this deal. It is important we look after those players who have been here since the start of this journey.

'It's not just what he does on the field; he's been an inspiration off the pitch as well.

'He has played close to 600 games during his playing career, and the vast majority of those have been in the top-flight and so he has offers so much more than just a long throw.

'He is the ultimate professional and it is important we look after certain players at the football club who started all this off.'

Praise: Tony Pulis hailed Delap after he pledged his future to Stoke

Praise: Tony Pulis hailed Delap after he pledged his future to Stoke

Delap was also delighted to agree new terms.

'I'm chuffed to be honest,' he said. 'I wasn't sure what was going to happen this summer, so to get it all sorted out now, with the rest of the season to come, is fantastic for me.

'I've made no secret about the fact that I love it here at Stoke, and to have been part of the success we have enjoyed over the past couple of years has been unbelievable.

'I still feel there is more to come though, and hopefully I can play my part in ensuring that proves to be the case.'

Stoke 1 Manchester City 1: Blues stutter to drab draw but regain top spot from United

Stoke 1 Manchester City 1: Blues stutter to draw but regain top spot from United

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UPDATED:

19:54 GMT, 24 March 2012

Yaya Toure struck a fine equaliser as Manchester City regained top spot but dropped two valuable Barclays Premier League points at Stoke.

Toure cancelled out a stunning long-range volley from Peter Crouch with his own powerful strike but the frustrated visitors could not find a winner in a hard-fought encounter.

City might argue Stoke could have had a man sent off when Dean Whitehead caught David Silva with his arm but they had a let-off when Pablo Zabaleta cleared off the line.

Bullet: Yaya Toure fires Manchester City level in the second half against Stoke

Bullet: Yaya Toure fires Manchester City level in the second half against Stoke

MATCH FACTS

Stoke: Begovic, Wilkinson, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson, Jerome (Pennant 51), Whelan, Whitehead, Etherington (Palacios 81), Walters, Crouch (Jones 90).

Subs Not Used: Sorensen, Upson, Delap, Shotton.

Booked: Wilson.

Goals: Crouch 59.

Man City: Hart,Zabaleta (Milner 84), Richards, Toure, Clichy, Toure Yaya, Barry (Tevez 74), Silva (Johnson 62), Balotelli, Nasri,
Dzeko.

Subs Not Used: Pantilimon, Kolarov, Savic, De Jong.

Booked: Barry, Toure Yaya.

Goals: Toure Yaya 76.

Att: 27,535

Ref: Howard Webb (S Yorkshire).

The result was enough to take City back above Manchester United on goal difference but their rivals could now move further clear when they play their game in hand against Fulham on Monday.

City have not won at Stoke since the Potters were promoted back to the top flight in 2008 and the arena, at its most atmospheric and intimidating, again proved their undoing.

City boss Roberto Mancini had expected a physical game and he got just that in a niggly, scrappy 90 minutes in which referee Howard Webb showed considerable restraint in his use of cards.

City, without top scorer Sergio Aguero due to a foot injury, controlled the early possession but Stoke showed their muscularity from early on and ensured the visitors could not impose themselves.

Stoke had the first serious opening when Crouch headed down a cross for Cameron Jerome but the former Birmingham striker, operating as a midfielder, could not connect with his acrobatic effort.

Jonathan Walters was again partnered with Crouch up front and he took aim after Glenn Whelan cut inside but screwed his shot well wide.

City were unable to get a clear sight at goal as Silva and Zabaleta both had efforts deflected wide and Toure shot over from distance. Zabaleta also spurned a chance by choosing to pass instead of shoot.

Controversy broke out when Whitehead caught Silva in the face with his arm challenging for a high ball.

Brothers in arms: Yaya and Kolo Toure celebrate City's leveller against Stoke

Brothers in arms: Yaya and Kolo Toure celebrate City's leveller against Stoke

Silva's discomfort was obvious as he required lengthy treatment and eventually returned to the action wearing a bandage, although even that did not seem to convince the Stoke fans booing him.

Whitehead escaped with a talking to from Webb, who also spoke to City captain Micah Richards in an effort to calm the situation.

In front: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring Stoke's goal at the Britannia Stadium

In front: Peter Crouch celebrates scoring Stoke's goal at the Britannia Stadium

There were further problems moment
later when Mario Balotelli was hauled back by an arm around the head
from Ryan Shawcross but, despite the protestations of Mancini, a
free-kick was the only outcome.

Edin Dzeko headed a fine chance for
City over soon after and the visitors suffered further frustration when
Gareth Barry was booked after losing possession and pulling back Jerome.

Anything you can do: Stoke fans celebrate the opening goal by doing the Poznan celebration

Anything you can do: Stoke fans celebrate the opening goal by doing the Poznan celebration

Stoke thought they were about to take the lead in the 41st minute when a Matthew Etherington corner was met by a deft glancing header from Shawcross but Zabaleta cleared off the line.

Dzeko had a chance to break the deadlock in the opening minute of the second half as he controlled a lofted pass from Barry but he could not get it down quick enough to round Asmir Begovic.

Out of luck: Not even the introduction of Carlos Tevez could rescue Manchester City

Out of luck: Not even the introduction of Carlos Tevez could rescue Manchester City

City had a moment of alarm as the ball was lofted into the their box but Hart blocked an effort from Walters at point-blank range.

Stoke claimed the lead with Crouch's sensational strike just before the hour.

Battle: Dean Whitehead of Stoke is challenged by Samir Nasri of Manchester City

Battle: Dean Whitehead of Stoke is challenged by Samir Nasri of Manchester City

It came via route one as a long clearance from Begovic was headed on by Crouch but there was nothing crude about the finish.

The striker brilliantly flicked up a return header from Pennant and twisted to volley into the top corner from 30 yards.

Dejected: Manchester City players react to dropping two points at Stoke

Dejected: Manchester City players react to dropping two points at Stoke

Mancini reacted quickly by sending on Adam Johnson for Silva in the hope of gaining more width.
The game was continually punctuated by fouls and City became increasingly frustrated as they sought a way back in.

Mancini finally turned to Carlos Tevez with 16 minutes remaining, the controversial Argentinian entering the fray to loud booing – all from home fans.

Frustrated: Roberto Mancini laments his side's performance as City draw at Stoke

Frustrated: Roberto Mancini laments his side's performance as City draw at Stoke

Tevez was not involved, but the game changed moments later as Toure, with seemingly nothing on, unleashed a ferocious shot from 30 yards.

It took a crucial deflection off the head of Shawcross and Begovic could do nothing but palm it into the back of the net.

Tumble and fall: Andy Wilkinson (right) tackles Manchester City's Mario Balotelli

Tumble and fall: Andy Wilkinson (right) tackles Manchester City's Mario Balotelli

City threw men forward in search of a winner but Stoke held out and went close themselves when Johnson deflected a shot narrowly wide of his own goal.

Shawcross even turned the ball in but Webb disallowed the goal for an infringement.
Toure tried his luck again from the edge of the area but shot over.

Liverpool 2 Stoke 1: Suarez and Downing fire Reds to Wembley semi-final

Liverpool 2 Stoke 1: Suarez and Downing fire Reds to Wembley semi-final

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UPDATED:

17:56 GMT, 18 March 2012

Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing were the heroes for Liverpool as Kenny Dalglish's side booked another date at Wembley after beating Stoke 2-1 at Anfield.

The Uruguay forward opened the scoring in the 23rd minutes of this FA Cup quarter-final, but Liverpool old boy Peter Crouch brought the two sides level three minutes later.

And Downing applied the winning touch with his second goal for the club in the 53rd minute as Liverpool prepare to head back to Wembley just weeks after lifting the Carling Cup.

More to follow…

Stew beauty! Downing celebrates as Dalglish cheers Liverpool's winning goal

Stew beauty! Downing celebrates as Dalglish cheers Liverpool's winning goal

Match facts

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Carragher, Skrtel, Jose Enrique, Maxi, Gerrard, Spearing, Downing, Suarez, Carroll.

Subs: Doni, Henderson, Coates, Kuyt, Adam, Flanagan, Shelvey.

Stoke: Sorensen, Wilkinson, Huth, Shawcross, Wilson, Shotton, Whitehead, Whelan, Etherington, Walters, Crouch.

Subs: Nash, Jones, Pennant, Upson, Delap, Jerome, Palacios.

Referee: Kevin Friend (Leicestershire)

Hail Luis: Suarez bagged the hosts' first goal of the afternoon

Hail Luis: Suarez bagged the hosts' first goal of the afternoon

Heads I win: Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch brought Stoke level

Heads I win: Former Liverpool striker Peter Crouch brought Stoke level

Crawley 0 Stoke 2: Potters through to FA Cup quarter-finals

Crawley 0 Stoke 2: 10-man Potters through to last eight after seeing off minnows

Stoke City are through to the last eight of the FA Cup after beating League Two Crawley Town 2-0 on Sunday.

The Barclays Premier League side had to play the majority of the tie with 10 men after Rory Delap was shown a straight red card with just 17 minutes gone.

But Stoke weren't thrown off their stride scoring either side of half-time to earn their place in the hat for the quarter-finals.

Jon Walters converted a penalty with 42 minutes gone before Peter Crouch doubled Stoke's advantage shortly after the interval.

More to follow…

Gentle giant: Crouch scored Stoke's second goal of the tie to put the game out of Crawley's reach

Gentle giant: Crouch scored Stoke's second goal of the tie to put the game out of Crawley's reach

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Marching orders: Delap was shown a straight red card with just 17 minutes gone at the Broadfield Stadium

Marching orders: Delap was shown a straight red card with just 17 minutes gone at the Broadfield Stadium

Rory Delap issues Crawley warning

Delap issues Crawley warning: Potters must be wary, but we're favourites

Rory Delap hopes the 'devastation' of
last season's FA Cup final defeat by Manchester City can spur Stoke on
to going one better this year, but first they must negotiate Sunday's
fifth-round clash at Crawley.

Delap said: 'People will have us down as favourites, and rightly so. It's going to be a really tough game down there.

Warning: Rory Delap (right) fearful of Crawley Town

Warning: Rory Delap (right) fearful of Crawley Town

'Their confidence is high, they are doing well in the league, it's an opportunity in the cup again, it is opening up.

'But if we start thinking about the next round we will end up out of this round.'

Tony Pulis rates Stoke"s chances in clash with Valencia

Pulis stokes home fires ahead for Europa League visit of Valencia

Rafa Benitez will be on hand to offer moral support, but there will be few other home comforts for Valencia when they step out at the Britannia Stadium.

The Spanish giants' Europa League visit to the Potteries was described by Tony Pulis as the most glamorous and eagerly awaited fixture in Stoke City's 149-year history.

The Stoke manager also aims to make it one of their most memorable by subjecting Valencia to the sort of physical test they will seldom have encountered in La Liga.

For Pete's sake: Pulis believes Valencia could struggle to match the aerial threat

For Pete's sake: Pulis believes Valencia could struggle to match the aerial threat

A bombardment led by wingers Matthew Etherington and Jermaine Pennant, and long-throw specialist Rory Delap, looks assured after Pulis admitted he intends to exploit the aerial threat of Peter Crouch.

Stoke's 10million summer signing from Tottenham boasts an impressive record of 24 goals from 52 European appearances, and the 31-year-old can have an unsettling effect on Valencia, according to Pulis.

'They won't fancy playing against Pete,' said the Stoke boss, who has invited former Valencia and Liverpool boss Benitez to the game.

Quietly confident: The Spaniards won't have faced the type of threat posed by Stoke

Quietly confident: The Spaniards won't have faced the type of threat posed by Stoke

'We need big performances from our
forwards, and there's no doubt he is hard to play against. That is why
he causes problems for defenders on the Continent, even though they know
everything about him.

'On his day, he's as good as anybody in the country. Even in the games when we haven't scored, he has always created chances and opportunities. He is also a fantastic person, who has been brilliant for this club from the moment he joined us.

Stoke v Valencia: How the teams line-up

'I don't care whether people give him
credit or not – he is better technically than people think and his goal
record is phenomenal.

'This will be one of the biggest nights in the club's history, and it is due reward for the way we have taken the competition so seriously.

'I saw Valencia win on Sunday (4-0 at home against Sporting Gijon), and if I was asked who impressed me, I'd end up going through the entire team from one to 11.'

Crouch echoed his manager's warning that Valencia could be in for a culture shock.

'I don't know how they are going to handle a cold February night at the Britannia and a team who play like we do,' said the 6ft 7in England striker.

'I don't think they will have seen much of that in La Liga, and we will use it to our advantage. It is important we play to our strengths.

'They probably won't have played against someone like me, either. I have been playing in Europe quite a long time now, for club and country, and you would think teams might get used to it.

'But it always seems to go well for me, and long may that continue.'

Gillingham 1 Stoke 3: Jon Walters, Cameron Jerome and Robert Huth ensure Tony Pulis enjoys winning return

Gillingham 1 Stoke 3: Walters, Jerome and Huth ensure Pulis enjoys winning return to the Priestfield

Tony Pulis enjoyed a victorious return to the Priestfield Stadium as Stoke hit back from a goal down to open their FA Cup campaign with a comfortable win against Gillingham.

Last season's runners-up, Stoke responded to Danny Kedwell's 16th-minute strike with goals from Jon Walters, Cameron Jerome and Robert Huth to reach the fourth round.

Pulis managed Gillingham between 1995 and 1999, guiding the club to the brink of the Championship before leaving in acrimonious circumstances, which ended in a court case.

On top: Cameron Jerome (left) celebrates with fellow scorers Robert Huth and Jonathan Walters after putting Stoke into the lead

On top: Cameron Jerome (left) celebrates with fellow scorers Robert Huth and Jonathan Walters after putting Stoke into the lead

MATCH FACTS

Gillingham: Flitney, Lee, Richards, Lawrence (Rooney 65), Frampton, Jack Payne, Whelpdale, Weston, Montrose (Stefan Payne 75), Jackman, Kedwell (Oli 63). Subs not used: Gazzaniga, Fish, Davies, Rance.

Booked: Lee.

Scorer: Kedwell 16.

Stoke: Begovic, Woodgate, Shawcross, Huth, Upson, Shotton (Whelan 52), Palacios (Whitehead 60), Delap, Jerome, Jones (Fuller 73), Walters. Subs not used: Nash, Higginbotham, Diao, Pennant.

Booked: Delap.

Scorers: Walters 34, Jerome 43, Huth 49.

Referee: Mark Halsey.

Attendance: 9,872.

Gillingham owner Paul Scally banned
Pulis from all areas of the ground except the dug-out and the changing
room and wrote in the match programme that he could never forgive the
Stoke boss.

But the Gillingham support gave Pulis
a standing ovation, which he returned with a wave and applause to all
corners of the ground before taking his place in the technical area.

On the field, Stoke arrived with six
changes from their victory over Blackburn and last year's FA Cup
finalists took time to assert their control.

Gillingham took advantage and earned
their reward for a bright start when Kedwell latched on to a loose ball
in the box and lashed his shot past Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.

After a suspicion of handball, Danny
Jackman cut inside from the left, Stoke failed to deal with the cross
towards Lewis Montrose and Kedwell pounced to score his 11th of the
season.

Heading through: Robert Huth nods Stoke's third

Heading through: Robert Huth nods Stoke's third

Stoke were standing off Gillingham.
Matthew Upson left Jackman clear to swing in another cross and Kedwell
just strayed offside before rifling a shot into the side netting.

Rory Delap was booked after hacking
Curtis Weston down from behind, having been beaten to the ball in
midfield as Gillingham continued to show the greater urgency.

But Stoke turned things around with two goals in quick succession to reach half-time ahead.

Perfect start: Gillingham's Danny Kedwell prods home to put the home side up in the 16th minute

Perfect start: Gillingham's Danny Kedwell prods home to put the home side up in the 16th minute

Walters played the ball up to Jerome
and then continued his run before scuffing a low finish under Ross
Flitney, who should have done better in the Gillingham goal.

With Stoke back on level terms, Huth
flighted a long ball over Jerome to Walters who picked out Kenwyne Jones
at the far post but the striker somehow guided the ball over the bar
from point-blank range.

But two minutes before the interval,
Ryan Shawcross' near-post flick to Ryan Shotton's long throw deflected
off the bar and Jerome was on hand at the far post to tap into an open
net.

Celebration time: The Priestfield rocks after Kedwell's strike

Celebration time: The Priestfield rocks after Kedwell's strike

Stoke came out of the blocks quickly
after the interval, with Jones and Shotton combining down the right
before Jonathan Woodgate's cross forced Flitney into action.

Jones held the ball up well to feed Shotton, whose strike was turned behind for a corner.

Wilson Palacios picked out Huth in
the box and the centre-back rose to plant a commanding header past
Flitney to extend Stoke's lead.

Feud: Paul Scally

Feud: Tony Pulis

Feud: Relations between Gillingham chairman Paul Scally (left) and Tony Pulis are still frosty

Stoke were in control now and almost
worked a fourth after a goal-mouth scramble but Flitney produced a
brilliant reaction save at the near post to deny Jerome.

Ricardo Fuller was sent on for Jones
and lifted the pace, working his way into the Gillingham box but, with
Jerome and Walters waiting in the middle, his cross was blocked at the
near post.

Walters slipped the ball through to
Jerome, who advanced on the keeper but the ball appeared to bobble and
the striker's shot flew high over the bar.

Atmospheric occasion: The Priestfield was brimming with anticipation before Pulis's return

Atmospheric occasion: The Priestfield was brimming with anticipation before Pulis's return

Gillingham kept playing with spirit
and substitute Luke Rooney forced Begovic into a strong reaction save,
with the Stoke keeper turning the ball around the near post.

Referee Mark Halsey waved away
Gillingham's penalty appeals when Rooney went down in the box and
captain Andy Frampton missed a golden chance to score the Gills' second.

Stoke should have made it four
through Fuller, who won his side a corner and was then unmarked in the
box but directed his volley over the top.