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Haroon Khan wins his debut fight

Younger Khan follows in Amir's footsteps by winning debut fight on points over Fidoe

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Martin Domin

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21:10 GMT, 27 April 2013

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08:49 GMT, 28 April 2013

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Haroon Khan's bid to follow in the footsteps of big brother Amir began seamlessly on Saturday night with a points victory over Brett Fidoe in Sheffield.

The 21-year-old made his professional debut just hours before his elder sibling's clash with Julio Diaz and never looked in serious trouble at the Motorpoint Arena.

Boxing at super flyweight, Khan was however too eager to impress at times – an accusation levelled at his brother throughout his career – but came through unscathed.

Beating: Haroon Khan, left, throws a left hook against Brett Fidoe

Beating: Haroon Khan, left, throws a left hook against Brett Fidoe

Representing Pakistan, Khan won bronze at the Commonwealth Games in 2010 and is now working under Salford-based trainer Oliver Harrison who guided Amir to a 17-fight undefeated professional career before their sudden split in 2008.

Fidoe, meanwhile, began his career with successive defeats at the tail end of last year before halting the slide with his sole victory to date in February.

Such was the ease with which he was expected to be deposed, the 22-year-old already had his next assignment lined up – against an unbeaten prospect in Manchester in just 13 days time.

Eyeing him up: Although Fidoe boxed well in the last round, Khan was a runaway winner

Eyeing him up: Although Fidoe boxed well in the last round, Khan was a runaway winner

Making his debut six months after turning professional, Khan was afforded a warm welcome by the simmering crowd and he looked determined to give them something to cheer about from the first bell.

Abandoning his jab, he repeatedly attempted to land the overhand right, only for Fidoe to slip it with ease.

The few punches that did land came from Khan however and that pattern continued into the second session.

Intent: Khan throws a punch but Fidoe manages to duck in time

Intent: Khan throws a punch but Fidoe manages to duck in time

At the start of the third stanza, Khan threw an eye-catching three-punch combination and although the first two missed the target, the third, a left, landed flush.

He had further success when he switched downstairs to the body and had by this time built up a commanding lead.

To Fidoe's credit, he came out swinging for the final three minutes and deserved the consolation of winning the round only to be forced to share the spoils as the referee awarded Khan victory by 40 points to 37.

Timmy Weah, son of George, is on trial at Chelsea

Which former world player of the year's son is on trial at Chelsea

By
Rik Sharma

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23:06 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

00:24 GMT, 29 March 2013

Chelsea are giving a trial to the son of legendary Liberian hitman George Weah.

Timmy, 13, wanted to play in London for the same team his father signed for in January 2000.

Weah joined on loan from AC Milan and scored against rivals Tottenham on his debut. He was only too happy to bring his son to London for a trial.

Tribute: Weah, pictured with the FA Cup in 2000, had a message for his baby son on his shirt

Tribute: Weah, pictured with the FA Cup in 2000, had a message for his baby son on his shirt

'He is talented,' Weah told Talksport.
'We just wanted to give him the opportunity and we also want him to
enjoy the game he has passion for.

'I brought him to Chelsea just for a trial and for a different experience.'

He
added: 'When I left London, I kept ties with Chelsea and when my son
wanted to come to England to play, the first person I called was my
daddy, Gary Staker [the club's liaison officer].

On target: Weah only played for a short while at Chelsea but showed his nose for goal

On target: Weah only played for a short while at Chelsea but showed his nose for goal

'Gary made it happen and Timothy is enjoying it. He has started training already and he is happy.'

Timmy wants to make his own way in the football world and not purely rely on his father's name.

He told Tropigol: 'My dad was one of the greatest players and I want to follow in his footsteps.

'But I also want to make a name for myself. I want to be Timothy Weah, be myself, play my game and still follow in his footsteps while I’m doing that.'

Weah, who played for Monaco, PSG and Man City among other sides, won FIFA World Player of the Year in 1995, and was voted African Player of the Century.

At home: A few pictures of Weah at his home in west London that he occupied whilst with the Blues

At home: A few pictures of Weah at his home in west London that he occupied whilst with the Blues

Sofa king

Weah looking out of his window and on to the Thames

Ricky Burns leaves Frank Warren

Burns continues Warren exodus as world champion 'quits' following Vazquez delay

By
Martin Domin

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09:54 GMT, 7 March 2013

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UPDATED:

10:14 GMT, 7 March 2013

Ricky Burns has reportedly become the latest boxer to leave promoter Frank Warren.

The Scottish world lightweight champion has become increasingly frustrated after his unification fight with Miguel Vazquez was rescheduled for April 20.

Burns, 29, had been due to face the Mexican on March 16 at Wembley Arena but Warren released a doctor's certificate which claimed Vazquez was suffering from food poisoning.

Quit: World champion Ricky Burns has left promoter Frank Warren

Quit: World champion Ricky Burns has left promoter Frank Warren

Alex Morrison, Burns' manager, said: 'I regret it has come to this because I have known Frank for nearly 40 years, but it has to be for Ricky's sake.

'I felt we had to do something to stop Ricky stagnating. Two fights have been called off after he has trained hard for them and it was not even certain that the bout with Vazquez would have gone ahead on April 20.

'In fact, I now doubt very much that fight was ever going to happen. Vazquez was supposed to be sick but five days later I'm told he was seen sparring in the States.

Split: Burns with Warren

Split: Burns with Warren

'There were also a lot of issues I wanted settled before Ricky fought again and these were not concluded satisfactorily. I'm quite sorry this has happened, but I have to safeguard Ricky's future and he feels himself that he now wants to move in another direction.'

Burns has not fought since he stopped Kevin Mitchell in Glasgow in September and was left disappointed when first Liam Walsh and then Jose Ocampo pulled out of a proposed bout in December.

Should his departure be confirmed, Burns will follow in the footsteps of George Groves who defected to Matchroom earlier this week after pulling out his European super-middleweight title fight with Mohamed Ali Ndiaye.

Kell Brook, Tony Bellew and James Degale have also left Warren's stable in recent years.

A spokesman for the promoter declined to comment when contacted by MailOnline this morning.

David Moyes pleased to see Rickie Lambert thriving at Southampton

It's great to see likes of Lambert reach the top level, says Moyes

By
Eleanor Crooks, Press Association

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08:40 GMT, 21 January 2013

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 21 January 2013

David Moyes hopes Rickie Lambert does not score his 11th goal of the season when Everton visit Southampton tonight but the Toffees boss is encouraged to see the striker doing so well.

Lambert has spent most of his career in the lower leagues with the likes of Macclesfield, Stockport, Rochdale and Bristol Rovers but has had no trouble adjusting to the top level.

The 30-year-old's 10 goals make him the joint leading English goalscorer in the Barclays Premier League along with Tottenham's Jermain Defoe, leading to talk of a possible England call-up.

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Progress: Rickie Lambert has worked his way through the divisions

Moyes said: 'Like a lot of the Southampton players who have moved up through the leagues, he's done very well.

'Some of them have gone the distance with them, some of them have joined in as they've gone along but I think they've tended to keep the soul of the club.

'Rickie Lambert's been a great goalscorer through his career and he continues to do so.'

Players working their way up to the top flight through the leagues have become increasingly rare, but Lambert is not the only one.

Norwich's Grant Holt and Adam Le Fondre of Reading have both made their mark at Premier League level, and Moyes hopes there will be others following in their footsteps.

He said: 'I think it's something we have to try to embrace because if not we're going to be going abroad trying to buy all the players, or maybe clubs such as Everton and Southampton have got them all in their academy systems now.

'I'm now quite sure that's true and I do think it would be great if we were still able to bring in players from the lower leagues.

'We went and got Tim Cahill, Andy Johnson and Joleon Lescott and I think people got the message that we're trying to pick up players from lower down if we can.'

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Building blocks: David Moyes appreciates the hard work it takes for players to make it in the Premier League

Tonight's match will be the first for new Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino, who replaced Nigel Adkins on Friday following his surprise sacking.

Adkins was hugely popular and the decision will have shocked fans and players alike, but Moyes does not think it will make his side's task easier.

The Scot said: 'It's a really difficult one to judge because I actually think Southampton have been playing quite well. I'm not quite sure what effect it will have on the players but when you get a new manager you get on with it.

'I don't think players mope around too long about the manager, and I mean that with real respect for Nigel, but I think players just get on with their job. I would expect them to do that and it will be difficult.

'I don't know what the atmosphere will be like, I would have expected the supporters to have probably been in Nigel's camp because of the work he'd done there.'

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Unknown quantity: Leighton Baines and Co will be the first team to play Mauricio Pochettino's Southampton

Rafael Benitez under pressure at Chelsea as Roman Abramovich ponders his options again

Stick with Rafa Call for Avram Or go all out for Guardiola Just 12 days into the Benitez era, Abramovich is at the crossroads again…

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11:58 GMT, 3 December 2012

Just two weeks ago, Roman Abramovich thought he had chosen the right man and the right path.

Sure, the appointment of Rafael Benitez as manager came with the caveat of the word ‘interim’ but, the Russian believed, that would do nicely for now.

However, just a few footsteps along that new path and Abramovich finds himself confronted with yet another crossroads. He is standing there scratching his head in disbelief, trying to solve another colossal dilemma.

Much to ponder: Following a poor start to the Rafael Benitez era, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich finds himself facing another dilemma

Much to ponder: Following a poor start to the Rafael Benitez era, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich finds himself facing another dilemma

Slow start: Chelsea have collected just two points from nine since Benitez took charge and were beaten 3-1 by West Ham United at the weekend

Slow start: Chelsea have collected just two points from nine since Benitez took charge and were beaten 3-1 by West Ham United at the weekend

He has three routes to select from. The first is to break habit and show faith in his appointment, to overlook the two points gained from nine thus far, to have patience and give time and money so Benitez can gradually impose his ways and whims on the club and its players. This route looks long and winding.

The second is to give Benitez a helping hand – to bring back former manager Avram Grant as an adviser in the hope his familiarity with the club’s inner workings will help to arrest a slump in form that has had some pundits already handing the Premier League title to Manchester. This route looks shorter and straighter, but is not without its perils.

Third is to radically shake things up again, to thrown every conceivable ruble, incentive and sweetener in the direction of Pep Guardiola, the man Abramovich surely sees as the proper long-term choice. This route looks particularly arduous but it could lead to a pot of gold at the end.

It’s almost like the dilemma of a contestant stuck on a question on Who Wants to be a Millionaire Does he phone a friend in Avram for a 50:50 It’s probably best not to ask the audience right now.

Helping hand: Avram Grant (right), who was in charge of Chelsea when they beat Benitez's Liverpool in the 2008 Champions League semi-final, could return in an advisory role

Helping hand: Avram Grant (right), who was in charge of Chelsea when they beat Benitez's Liverpool in the 2008 Champions League semi-final, could return in an advisory role

CHELSEA'S BUSY DECEMBER

December 5 – Nordsjaelland (H) Champions League
December 8 – Sunderland (A)
December 13 – Club World Cup semi-final in Yokohama
December 16 – Club World Cup final or third place play-off in Yokohama
December 19 – Leeds United (A) League Cup quarter-final
December 23 – Aston Villa (H)
December 26 – Norwich City (A)
December 30 – Everton (A)

And as he stands at the crossroads pondering his options once again, Abramovich can hear the dissent of the fans – the jeers and the pointed vitriol at Benitez, the choruses of ‘Roberto Di Matteo’ – and above even that clamour, he can hear a clock ticking.

Whatever his choice, he needs to make it quickly. Chelsea are now entering a frenetic and unforgiving month of eight matches in 26 days. /12/03/article-2242179-16260C1D000005DC-645_306x431.jpg” width=”306″ height=”431″ alt=”Victor Moses of Chelsea” class=”blkBorder” />

John Obi Mikel of Chelsea

Absentees: Victor Moses (left) and John Obi Mikel will be playing in the African Cup of Nations early next year

Rafa's records panel

This is where the second path looks less appealing. Avram Grant isn’t going to suddenly reinvigorate the faltering energy levels of an apparently ‘small’ group of players – and his appointment could prove more trouble than it’s worth.

Benitez and Grant have a cordial relationship but how quickly this will sour under the pressure of chasing results. There will be uncertainty and conflicting ideas on who to field and how to play.

While both know the way to the Champions League final – Grant’s Chelsea beat Benitez’s Liverpool, of course, in the 2008 semi-finals – it’s doubtful they can work well together in such an environment, with the axe swinging above their heads.

The bottom line is that the arrival of Grant would fatally undermine Benitez and hasten his exit. It would not be possible for him to be more ‘Interim.’

The Spaniard’s credibility, already running on empty in the eyes of most Chelsea fans, would hit rock bottom. While Grant is more popular among the Stamford Bridge faithful, he’s hardly the charismatic ‘fixer’ that is required and not a great deal better than Benitez.

Not wanted: Chelsea fans have been quick to make their frustrations known over the appointment of Benitez

Not wanted: Chelsea fans have been quick to make their frustrations known over the appointment of Benitez

If Abramovich stands by Benitez, he will feel obliged to ask his manager for a list of players to chase in the transfer window. If Benitez is saying now – and he made this very clear to the owner within days of his arrival – that his squad isn’t big enough, then by the end of December, after another eight games and a trip round the world have taken their toll, he’ll be practically hammering on the door calling for reinforcements.

The question is whether Abramovich will be willing to spend having paid the best part of 50m in the summer and over 90m last season on exciting players intended to deliver the attractive, attacking brand of football he demands. The kind of attractive, attacking football they were playing earlier in the season under Di Matteo.

Benitez has identified a left-back, a central midfielder and a striker as priorities, but there’s every chance the Russian will turn around and say ‘chequebook closed’ and order his stopgap boss to make the best of the expensive bunch he has.

He will expect Benitez – as the manager who knows him best – to get the best out of 50m Fernando Torres and, if the faith he has shown in the Spanish striker so far despite his patchy form is anything to go by, will be reluctant to bring in a front man who could usurp him.

Out of sorts: The sight of Fernando Torres looking dejected has become one of the defining images of the season

Out of sorts: The sight of Fernando Torres looking dejected has become one of the defining images of the season

Or Abramovich may see the third way as a more worthwhile outlay. Approaching Guardiola would be costly, involve difficult negotiations and destroy the reputation of Benitez, but that may be a small price to pay for accelerating his desired long-term appointment of someone who would deliver not only wins but a way of playing that matches his vision.

Pep would be an elixir for Chelsea but persuading him to cut short a sabbatical from the game he seems to be really enjoying will be tricky – remember, Abramovich failed to convince him to make a comeback after Di Matteo went last month.

And, frankly, he may decide, with other top clubs including Manchester City after him, it isn’t worth the bother.

Benitez is 12 days in to his reign at Chelsea and it’s already looking ominous for him. If the 12 Days of Christmas prove similarly unkind, then Abramovich will once again be choosing a different path.

Gareth Bale welcome to move to Europe as he seeks Champions League football

Bale bombshell! Welsh winger admits he fancies move abroad as he seeks Champions League

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22:46 GMT, 2 December 2012

Gareth Bale would like to play abroad in the future.

His former Tottenham team-mate Luka Modric has called for the 23-year-old winger to follow in his footsteps and move to Real Madrid to play in the Champions League.

Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas told Modric to focus on his own club but Bale, who will be out for one to two weeks after suffering a hamstring injury in a 3-0 win at Fulham, would one day welcome a new challenge.

Wing wizard: Gareth Bale says he has no fear about playing football abroad

Wing wizard: Gareth Bale says he has no fear about playing football abroad

The 23-year-old said: 'It would be nice to experience other leagues and other cultures. I've always said I’m not afraid to go abroad. If the times comes and a team that’s right comes and in for me, then I’ll look at it seriously. I’ll see what happens.

'Everybody wants to be playing in the Champions League. Obviously we were unfortunate not to get in there last season but the UEFA Europa League is the next best thing.

'We’ve all put 100 per cent in every game we have played, we’ve taken the competition seriously and hopefully we can win this one.'

Tottenham's win at Fulham was their third in a row in the Premier League, and moved them up into the top four.

The visitors took their time to get going, but were lethal once they did, scoring three times in the second half.

Mark Schwarzer will know he should have done better with Sandro's speculative 35-yard strike on 55 minutes, but he could do little to prevent Jermain Defoe adding two in five minutes.

Taking a tumble: Bale was booked for a second successive match for diving

Taking a tumble: Bale was booked for a second successive match for diving

Double tops: Jermain Defoe struck twice in five minutes to wrap up the win

Double tops: Jermain Defoe struck twice in five minutes to wrap up the win

Spurs joy, though, was tempered by another Bale yellow card for diving – his second in two games.

The Welshman was furious with referee Chris Foy and afterwards boss Villas-Boas defended his star man.

The 35-year-old said: 'You can’t do anything. If he has a reputation it is a little bit unfair. These last two have been unfairly given.

'It's very difficult to judge players at this pace. They are so quick that it’s not easy for them. I think he uses it as a precaution.

'There are different type of challenges. I'm not saying that all the players who challenge with Gareth are malicious. Sometimes it’s just that the action is so quick sometimes it might look like it’s not a foul when it is so it’s difficult to judge.'

Ruud van Nistelrooy hopes Robin van Persie can match his Manchester United goal tally

Man United legend Van Nistelrooy hoping compatriot RVP can match his goal tally

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00:40 GMT, 28 November 2012

Ruud van Nistelrooy would be delighted if Robin van Persie went on to match his amazing goalscoring feats for Manchester United.

Van Nistelrooy returned to Old Trafford on Friday for the unveiling of Sir Alex Ferguson's statue.

It ended a feud with the Manchester United boss that had rumbled on since 2006, when Ferguson turfed Van Nistelrooy out, believing the striker had become a negative influence in the dressing room.

Go for it! Ruud van Nistelrooy wants Robin van Persie to follow in his footsteps

Go for it! Ruud van Nistelrooy wants Robin van Persie to follow in his footsteps

However, such treatment should not be allowed to obscure the staggering number of goals Van Nistelrooy scored for United.

In five full seasons with the Red Devils, Van Nistelrooy scored an incredible 150 goals, including 44 in the 2002-03 Premier League title-winning season, a figure even Cristiano Ronaldo was unable to match.

Although he has now slipped to 11th on the all-time United scoring charts, amongst the leading scorers only Tommy Taylor had a better goals per game ratio.

Little wonder he is still regarded with such affection by the United faithful and the template for which any new striker is judged by.

But Van Nistelrooy is not one of those who wants their achievements to last forever.

And he would be delighted if Van Persie was the player to improve them.

'I hope he gets as many as me,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'That would be a good thing.

'I had my time. That has gone now and others have taken over. I really hope he does it.'

And whilst it is early days, Van Persie is presently ahead of schedule.

The former Arsenal man has 11 goals from his first 17 appearances, two fewer than it took Van Nistelrooy to reach the same figure, and that is despite a three-game barren streak, the longest of his United career so far, since his well-taken effort in Braga at the beginning of the month.

Good start: Van Persie has already begun to pay back his 24m fee

Good start: Van Persie has already begun to pay back his 24m fee

'Robin's style fits United so well,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'The way he wants to play, the way he likes to play.

'He has been a great success and he will continue for a good while.'

Though Ferguson has dismissed similarities over their playing style, there is one thing Van Nistelrooy and his former international team-mate have in common.

The settling-in process at Old Trafford has taken no time.

Van Nistelrooy already knew how keenly Ferguson wanted him at United by the manner in which he kept in touch when the forward's initial move from PSV Eindhoven was scrapped due to a knee injury.

Reap the benefit: Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to rely on the goal machines

Reap the benefit: Sir Alex Ferguson has been able to rely on the goal machines

And this summer, once it became obvious Van Persie was serious about his desire to leave Arsenal, Ferguson made it clear he saw the 29-year-old as an essential member of his squad.

'It is amazing to have a start like Robin has done,' said Van Nistelrooy. 'It is like he has always played for the club.

'He didn't need any time to settle in. He was straight on his level, scoring important goals and winning games for the team. I spoke to him before. He feels very good at United.

'But that is the feeling you get when you come here. You feel part of something. You feel part of the family and of a tradition.

'I felt like that. It sounds crazy now I know more about the club but that is what the manager does.

'He makes you feel strong and gets the best out of people. You just want to go out and perform. Robin is doing that now.'

Gary Speed"s son Ed represents Wales schoolboys near first anniversary of his death

Speed's legacy: A year since his father's tragic death, son Ed follows in his footsteps by playing for Wales… alongside Craig Bellamy's kid

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UPDATED:

11:25 GMT, 27 November 2012

It is a year to the day since the world of football was stunned by the death of Gary Speed – a versatile and tireless midfielder, gentleman of the game and consummate professional.

And the Welshman's legacy is continuing through his 14-year-old son Ed, who started out following in his father's footsteps by being called up to the Wales under 16 squad for the first time last week.

Midfielder Ed was on the teamsheet for the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland in Ballymena on Friday evening but didn't come off the bench in a 1-1 draw.

Father's footsteps: Ed Speed, the 14-year-old son of the late Gary Speed, received his first Wales under 16 call-up last week in the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland

Father's footsteps: Ed Speed, the 14-year-old son of the late Gary Speed, received his first Wales under 16 call-up last week in the Victory Shield match with Northern Ireland

Future star: Ed has already drawn praise from coaches for his maturity and professionalism, as well as his ability in midfield

Future star: Ed has already drawn praise from coaches for his maturity and professionalism, as well as his ability in midfield

Tragic: Gary Speed in action for Wales in a Euro 2004 qualifying win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium. He died on November 27, 2011 at the age of 42

Tragic: Gary Speed in action for Wales in a Euro 2004 qualifying win over Italy at the Millennium Stadium. He died on November 27, 2011 at the age of 42

But Speed Jr is already being tipped to emulate his father's achievements, with clear likenesses both in appearance and their style of play.

It came days before football united to pay tribute to Speed on the first anniversary of his death.

Wales under 16 boss Osian Roberts, who was Speed's assistant when he was in charge of the senior squad, said about him: 'As everyone now knows Ed is a phenomenal kid and he reminds me so much of Gary as a player.

'He's a centre-midfielder who reads the game very well and does the easy things – he makes the game look simple at times.

'His decision-making and preparation is spot on. You can imagine the influence his father had on him. He's probably more professional than full-time players now.

'There is no rule, but you'd like to think there is something in the genes. I've got great hopes for Ed.'

Keep on running: Ed warms up during the 1-1 draw in Ballymena. He didn't manage to get off the bench to make his Wales schoolboy debut

Keep on running: Ed warms up during the 1-1 draw in Ballymena. He didn't manage to get off the bench to make his Wales schoolboy debut

Quickstep: Ed during a training drill before the match at Ballymena Showgrounds. His likeness to his father extends beyond his looks to his ability in midfield

Quickstep: Ed during a training drill before the match at Ballymena Showgrounds. His likeness to his father extends beyond his looks to his ability in midfield

Next generation: Ed Speed (number 16) and Ellis Bellamy (number 14) on the Wales teamsheet

Next generation: Ed Speed (number 16) and Ellis Bellamy (number 14) on the Wales teamsheet

Ed and his brother Tom led out the Wales side before the match with Costa Rica dedicated to the memory of Speed in February.

And Wales manager Chris Coleman revealed afterwards that Ed addressed the players after the 1-0 defeat in Cardiff.

He said at the time: 'Ed and Tom, what a credit to Gary they are. Ed has come into the dressing room after the game and he gave a speech which anybody would have been proud of.

'There was not a tear in his eyes, he was strong as an ox.

'He came in and he said, 'My dad always said to me that if you do your best it's enough, and I think you lot did your best tonight.'

Emotional: Gary Speed's sons Ed (nearest to camera) and Tommy walk out alongside Wales captain Craig Bellamy in the tribute match with Costa Rica in February

Emotional: Gary Speed's sons Ed (nearest to camera) and Tommy walk out alongside Wales captain Craig Bellamy in the tribute match with Costa Rica in February

Brave: Speed's sons and Bellamy proudly sing the national anthem before the game

Brave: Speed's sons and Bellamy proudly sing the national anthem before the game

'What do you say to that from a 14-year-old who has just lost his dad That's bravery, isn't it'

When Ed makes his debut for the under 16 side, it will be the first step towards emulating the 85 caps his father won for Wales over a 14-year international career.

But one player who is already on his way is Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales and Cardiff City forward Craig.

Ellis, who plays in midfield, came on as a late second half substitute at the Ballymena Showgrounds.

Bellamy Jr, who plays for Cardiff's academy, has become a regular fixture in the Wales schoolboy squad in recent months.

Coming on: Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales striker Craig, prepares to take the field against Northern Ireland on Friday night

Coming on: Ellis Bellamy, son of Wales striker Craig, prepares to take the field against Northern Ireland on Friday night

One for the future: Ellis Bellamy, who came on as a late sub in the 1-1 draw

One for the future: Ellis Bellamy, who came on as a late sub in the 1-1 draw

Luke Shaw tipped for the top like Gareth Bale

Shaw tipped to follow in Bale's footsteps as next Southampton wonderkid

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23:31 GMT, 26 November 2012

Southampton youngster Luke Shaw is drawing comparisons to former Saints teenage prodigy Gareth Bale.

The 17-year-old left-back has just started three Premier League games in a row for Saints which has coincided with a three-game unbeaten run. Two wins and a draw has won them seven points that have pulled them out of the relegation zone from second-bottom.

Bale won Football League Young Player of the Year in 2007 following a season as left-back and he scored five goals in 45 appearances in total for the club.

One to watch: Southampton's Luke Shaw has been tipped for the top

One to watch: Southampton's Luke Shaw has been tipped for the top

The Welshman moved to Tottenham for 5million and has since become one of the best attacking midfield players in the world.

And the similarities between Shaw and Bale have got people saying that he could follow in his footsteps.

Team-mate Adam Lallana said: 'The calmness he possesses for a 17-year-old is astonishing. He has got a great left foot on him and he has bedded in really well. He has got to keep up his fitness and he is going to go far in the game.

'There a big similarities between him and Bale. That is what people have been saying but he knows he has got to keep his feet on the ground and has a lot to learn but he is going to improve a lot with us, I can tell.'

Shaw, who came through Southampton's academy that has produced the likes of Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and made his debut for Saints last season in an FA Cup match against Millwall, was subject to a 4m bid by Chelsea during the summer. But Southampton have always maintained he is a big part of their future.

One to watch: Southampton's Luke Shaw has been tipped for the top

International star: Adam Lallana hopes to remain in Roy Hodgson's plans

Lallana, 24, got his first England call-up in September and he hopes Roy Hodgson's interest in bringing youth into the national side means he and more of the younger players at Southampton get their chance in the future. Southampton right-back Nathaniel Clyne, 21, plays for England Under 21s and Shaw is in the Under 17 side.

Lallana added: 'I would love to get back in the England squad as any other young England player in the Premier League would. It is early stages for [Clyne and Shaw].

'Hodgson has shown he wants to bring youth in but I know they are not going to get too far ahead of themselves. If in time us improving gets some of the younger lads call-ups then that is brilliant. Clyne and Shaw have been excellent.'

Nicklas Bendtner open to Spurs move

I'd be happy to move to Spurs: Arsenal outcast Bendtner open to White Hart Lane move

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13:30 GMT, 18 November 2012

Nicklas Bendtner has opened the door to a controversial move across north London from Arsenal to bitter rivals Spurs.

The Danish striker, 24, is currently plying his trade in Italy on a season-long loan at Juventus, but has struggled to make a significant impact at the Italian champions.

And the Arsenal outcast – who spent last season on-loan at Sunderland – looks set to leave The Emirates on a permanent basis next summer and says he would have no problem in following in the footsteps of William Gallas and Emmanuel Adebayor by moving to White Hart Lane as he is keen to stay in London.

Keen to earn his Spurs: Nicklas Bendtner is playing for Juventus this season, but says he would not rule a move to Tottenham

Keen to earn his Spurs: Nicklas Bendtner is playing for Juventus this season, but says he would not rule a move to Tottenham

'History is filled with examples of players moving between rival clubs and I can't rule out clubs due to where I might have been in the past,' Bendtner said.

'It might not be the best idea but if the project matches my ambitions I would have to be interested.'

Crossing the divide: Emmanuel Adebayor has played for both Arsenal and Spurs

Crossing the divide: Emmanuel Adebayor has played for both Arsenal and Spurs

He added on bold.dk: 'I still have a great relationship with London, which is a city that I adore.

'I have a lot of friends in London and there are a lot of great clubs in London, so I wouldn't rule out a return.'