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Pistorius ready to begin training as murder suspect visits Pretoria training base

Pistorius ready to begin training as murder suspect visits Pretoria training base

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Associated Press

PUBLISHED:

17:56 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

07:14 GMT, 4 April 2013

Oscar Pistorius wants to train again and recently went back to visit his regular track in South Africa’s capital.

There was still no decision on an exact time-frame for the multiple Paralympic champion’s return to regular running, but Pistorius told his agent Peet van Zyl and coach Ampie Louw at a Tuesday meeting that he was 'definitely keen to get back on track to resume training,' the agent said.

'When, exactly, is his choice,' Van Zyl told AP on Wednesday.

Granted: Oscar Pistorius was freed on bail after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Granted: Oscar Pistorius was freed on bail after being charged with the murder of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp

Pistorius had also revisited his practice track in Pretoria on March 24, although he didn’t train, the agent said.

Pistorius last trained on a track over two months ago, and his last competitive race was his victory in the 400m final at the London Paralympics in September last year.

Van Zyl said Pistorius wasn’t ready 'mentally' to compete yet after he was charged with murder in the February 14 shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp at his home.

'From our meeting, it was clear and evident it’s going to take some time for him (to be ready to compete),” Van Zyl said. 'He’s trying to process this whole ordeal.'

Pistorius had also told his agent and coach that he would only consider running at the world championships in Moscow in August if he was in the right shape to run at the top level again.

'He (Pistorius) stated to me clearly yesterday, for the world champs, first he needs to be in some form,' Van Zyl said.

Back on track: Pistorius is keen to make a return to training, according to his agent

Back on track: Pistorius is keen to make a return to training, according to his agent

Still, Pistorius’ first significant move toward a return to the track on his carbon fiber running blades came at the meeting with his management team at the home of his uncle, Arnold Pistorius, on Tuesday night.

The 26-year-old Olympian has been staying at the house in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria since he was granted bail on February 22.

Victim: Steenkamp was shot dead in Pistorius' Pretoria apartment

Victim: Steenkamp was shot dead in Pistorius' Pretoria apartment

Pistorius denies murdering Steenkamp and says he shot her accidentally after mistaking her for an intruder in his house.

Prosecutors have charged him with pre-meditated murder and say he intentionally shot Steenkamp multiple times after the couple argued in the early hours of Valentine’s Day.

His next court appearance is on June 4.

Pistorius had visited his training track at the University of Pretoria with some other athletes, but hadn’t worked out properly, only doing a little jogging, Van Zyl said.

Although a high court ruling last week eased Pistorius’ bail restrictions on appeal and allowed him to travel to compete, Van Zyl said it would still take time to be ready for track meets.

'He hasn’t trained at all since the incident and you can’t expect him to go into competition. More important, mentally he is not there yet, he is some way off,' the agent said.

Long-time coach Louw, who discovered the double amputee’s talent for running when he was still a teenager, was eager, however, for the athlete to get back to training to help his mental process.

'Ampie was quite keen for him to start training as soon as possible so Oscar can get into some kind of routine,' Van Zyl said.

Rory McIlroy admits he was wrong to storm off at Honda Classic

It was the wrong thing to do, admits McIlroy after storming off at Honda Classic

By
Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

00:48 GMT, 5 March 2013

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UPDATED:

01:16 GMT, 5 March 2013

Rory McIlroy had barely made it back to his new home ten miles away on Jupiter Island on that fateful Friday last week when he knew he had done the wrong thing.

As Jack Nicklaus so wisely opined, if only he had thought for five minutes, he wouldn't have done it.

In an interview with American magazine Sports Illustrated last night, McIlroy held up his hand and admitted it was a terrible mistake to walk off the course after eight completed holes of his second round at the Honda Classic.

Backtracking: Rory McIlroy is now saying he was wrong to walk off

Backtracking: Rory McIlroy is now saying he was wrong to walk off

Whatever has been said in the aftermath
during the storm that has become McIl-gate, 'I have probably said to
myself,' he commented.

'It was the wrong thing to do,' added
McIlroy, and with those seven words he did what he's always done on the
few occasions he has made mistakes, and taken full responsibility for
his actions.

World No 1: But the defending champion insisted he wasn't in the right frame of mind to play on

World No 1: But the defending champion insisted he wasn't in the right frame of mind to play on

'It was a reactive decision. What I
should have done is take my drop, chip it on, try to make a five and
play my hardest on the back nine, even if I shot 85,' he said.

'What I
did was not good for the tournament, and not good for the kids and fans
who were watching me.' Mcilroy said at the time he was 'not in a good
place mentally,' and then a statement was issued on his behalf an hour
later blaming a sore wisdom tooth.

Concerning: There had been no signs that McIlroy was about to withdraw

Concerning: There had been no signs that McIlroy was about to withdraw

The latter is an ongoing problem –
his Belfast dentist Mark Conroy has faxed a letter to the PGA Tour
describing the problem – but McIlroy admitted it can be treated with
painkillers and did not constitute the sort of injury that would be a
mitigating reason for walking in.

This, after all, is the man who played
on with a badly strained tendon in his wrist after damaging it while
playing from off a tree root at the 2011 USPGA Championship.

McIlroy will learn from this, like he
always does. He will learn that it is always best to come clean, and not
seek to pull the wool over people's eyes. Here's betting he never walks
off a course again.

Miserable: The Northern Irishman did not appear to be enjoying himself

Miserable: The Northern Irishman did not appear to be enjoying himself

McIlroy breaks four-day Twitter silence

For every complex problem, there is a simple solution. #FTB

Now it's time to work on those damn
swing issues that are far more infuriating than a bad tooth.

McIlroy admitted to suffering teething problems since his switch from Mike. 'The driver and the ball took some time to get used to, but I had weeks at Nike before the start of the year, and I feel comfortable with all the equipment,' he said. 'The problem is, I’m bringing the club too upright on the backswing then dropping it in too much on the downswing.'

The next
time he will be seen in public is tomorrow at Doral and the WGC-Cadillac
Championship.

Caught in the act McIlroy had been pictured eating a sandwich, despite later claiming a tooth ache

Caught in the act McIlroy had been pictured eating a sandwich, despite later claiming a tooth ache

Regret: He has since withdrawn that as an excuse

Regret: He has since withdrawn that as an excuse

Matthew Stevens beats Neil Robertson in Kaikou Open semi-final

Stevens nicks final two frames to squeeze past Robertson into first final for five years

By
Steven Donaldson

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14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:08 GMT, 2 March 2013

Matthew Stevens reached his first ranking final in five years after winning the last two frames to secure a 6-5 win over Neil Robertson in the Haikou Open in China.

The Carmarthen 35-year-old finished with breaks of 60 and 51 respectively to overhaul his Australian opponent and book his place in his first final since the 2008 Bahrain Championship.

The match was not without controversy after referee Eirian Williams incorrectly replaced the balls following a Stevens foul in frame four, with Robertson winning the frame and levelling at 2-2.

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Held his nerve: Matthew Stevens beat Neil Robertson in a final-frame shootout

Paul O"Connell doubtful for Six Nations

Ireland's injury crisis worsens with O'Connell doubtful for Six Nations ahead of back surgery

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UPDATED:

14:53 GMT, 30 December 2012

Former Lions captain Paul O'Connell is a major doubt for Ireland's upcoming Six Nations campaign after his provincial side Munster announced that he would be undergoing surgery on a back injury that has blighted his season.

O'Connell has been dogged by injury in recent years and has only played two games for Munster this season with the back injury also forcing him to sit out Ireland's November internationals.

Green giant: O'Connell captained Ireland throughout last year's Six Nations

Green giant: O'Connell captained Ireland throughout last year's Six Nations

A statement from Munster revealed that the 33-year-old lock would undergo back surgery at the earliest opportunity but did not give a time frame for how long his recovery would take.

Ulster wing Tommy Bowe, the country's third highest try scorer of all time, was ruled out of the Six Nations earlier this month with a knee injury. Ireland open their campaign in Wales on February 2.

Kevin Pietersen praises united England as tourists home in on famous win over India

'It's great to be back in a united side': Pietersen praises team spirit as England home in on win

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UPDATED:

23:52 GMT, 25 November 2012

A relieved Kevin Pietersen praised England’s ‘united’ dressing room after his magnificent 186 against India here helped ease the pain of his summer exile.

In only his second international appearance since being dropped for sending BlackBerry messages to members of the South African team in August — and following his double failure in the first Test at Ahmedabad — Pietersen answered the final question of his ‘reintegration’ examination in style.

‘It feels really good,’ he said. ‘I’m back playing cricket for England. It’s amazing to get back into the Test scene. ‘The dressing room is absolutely fantastic. We’re sticking together really well. The boys are all helping each other out.

‘We’re also not letting things get on
top of us. If anyone’s going through a rough time, we’ve got everyone
else who’s right behind them. It’s a very united dressing room at the
moment.’

As pleased as punch: Kevin Pietersen hit 186 as England home in on a famous win (FILE IMAGE)

As pleased as punch: Kevin Pietersen hit 186 as England home in on a famous win (FILE IMAGE)

In a TV interview conducted immediately after the close of the third day at the Wankhede Stadium, Pietersen referred to the ‘turmoil’ of recent weeks, and he later admitted he had not been in the right frame of mind during the first Test, when he was bowled twice by left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, for 17 and two.

‘I wasn’t playing well at all in Ahmedabad,’ he said. ‘I didn’t trust my defence as much as I trusted it coming into this Test and, as a batter, if you don’t trust your defence, you try too many things. ‘You try to force the issue. I went and did a lot of hard work, as I always do. And luckily it paid off.’

Pietersen claimed England’s spinners had outbowled India’s because Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann deliver the ball quicker through the air than Ojha, Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh.

‘The quicker you bowl, the quicker it spins and the less time you have to adjust,’ he said.

‘We saw that with Tendulkar and Dhoni. As soon as you play down the line of the ball, as soon as it turns, you don’t have the time to adjust.’

Racist fans won"t get to Spurs – Andre Villas-Boas

Racist fans won't get to us, says AVB as Spurs brace for second clash with Lazio

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UPDATED:

00:01 GMT, 22 November 2012

Andre Villas-Boas has told his Tottenham players to let football's governing bodies lead the fight against racism in the stands.

Spurs are in Rome on Thursday night for the Europa League return against Lazio, who were fined 32,500 after fans aimed monkey noises at black players when the teams met at White Hart Lane in September.

Warming up: Tom Huddlestone (right) and team-mates in training at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday

Warming up: Tom Huddlestone (right) and team-mates in training at the Stadio Olimpico on Wednesday

Fancy that: Clint Dempsey (left) shows off his skills to Kyle Walker (second right)

Fancy that: Clint Dempsey (left) shows off his skills to Kyle Walker (second right)

Lazio v Spurs

'UEFA decided to punish Lazio and
rightly so,' said Villas-Boas. 'It doesn’t mean incidents won’t happen
again. We hope they won’t and the players will be in the right frame of
mind to let the governing bodies deal with those situations at the end
of the game if it does. It’s something that will hopefully not happen.'

Tottenham’s team will include Steven Caulker, charged by Serbian police after the England Under 21 team brawl which followed racist abuse by Serbian fans during a European Championships play-off in Krusevac last month.

'I’m not worried about the atmosphere,' said Caulker. 'Italy is a great footballing country and hopefully that will be the talking point.'

Paul Gascoigne’s appearance may soothe the mood inside the Stadio Olimpico with a crowd of around 30,000 expected. The former England star has been invited to Rome by Lazio as a guest of honour, 20 years after he joined them from Spurs.

'It is a big thing for both clubs,' said Villas-Boas. 'He was admired by a generation of football people around the world. He had tremendous class and quality and it is important he will be here.'

A win for Tottenham will put them through to the Europa League’s last 32 with a game to spare.

So close: Spurs can get through to the Europa League knockout stages with a win in Rome

So close: Spurs can get through to the Europa League knockout stages with a win in Rome

Focused: Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas speaks at his press conference on Wendesay

Focused: Tottenham manager Andre Villas Boas speaks at his press conference on Wendesay

Zlatan Ibrahimovic overhead kick: An apology by Dominic King

An apology for Zlatan: Dominic King didn't get the hype surrounding the Swedish maverick. He does now…

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UPDATED:

10:35 GMT, 15 November 2012

The observation was made during England’s Euro 2012 showdown with Sweden in the now common form of 140 characters.

With the cameras being drawn frequently to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, I asked on Twitter why was there such fuss about the hulking forward. Throughout his career, I’d never fully understood why he had been central to such headlines and copy.

More fuss was being made of Ibrahimovic than of Andres Iniesta, Barcelona’s midfield magician, who has won all there is to win in the game many times over, scored a winning goal in a World Cup final and spent his career at the one of the great clubs.

Believe the hype: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) has legions of fans... and now his critics know why

Believe the hype: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (centre) has legions of fans… and now his critics know why

What Dominic King said about Zlatan…

Sportsmail's North West football reporter made the following observations about Ibrahimovic on Twitter during England's win over Sweden at Euro 2012 on June 15:

'This is probably another “speak too soon” moment but can anyone else see why Ibrahimovic has moved clubs for so much money in his career

'Remember seeing him at Anfield when he was at Juve. For 60 mins he looked bored, then popped up with a shot that nearly shattered the post.

'He's got talent – I'm not disputing – but, in my opinion, he's had more of fuss made of him than someone like Iniesta, who deserves more.

'I will qualify that by saying Iniesta has helped make Barca & Spain tick yet you rarely hear anything about him. As I said, just my opinion.'

This is not to say I didn’t think Ibrahimovic was a good player. Not at all. The first time I saw him play in the flesh was for Juventus in a Champions League quarter-final at Anfield in 2005, he nearly broke the Kop End goal frame in half with a thunderous, instinctive strike.

There was, however, something I didn’t quite ‘get’ about him and when he moved to Barcelona in 2009, I expressed the view to a Barclays Premier League manager. He agreed. We both felt Barcelona had erred, trading Samuel Eto’o for him.

So, watching him sulk and snarl in Kiev as England, I took to Twitter and observed that his career had been hyped up more than it deserved. Had I suggested Kate Middleton would lose a beauty competition to Grotbags, the reaction would have been more favourable.

Zlatan, clearly, has a lot of fans out there.

Of
course it is hard to argue when facts are presented such as him winning
league titles at every club he has played for, being the only man to
score in the Champions League for six different clubs and the transfer
fees he had commanded.

Until last night, however, I remained sceptical. Not any longer.

Ibrahimovic at Juventus

Ibrahimovic at Barcelona

As good as he thinks he is Ibra had his doubters while at Juventus (left) and Barcelona (right)

Yes, it really did go in: Zlatan's propeller-kick from over 25 yards stunned the football world

Yes, it really did go in: But Zlatan's propeller-kick from 25 yards stunned the football world and won new fans

Never mind the fact that England and Sweden played a friendly last night on a bobbly pitch and that two relatively inexperienced defenders were asked to chaperone him. Ibrahimovic was breathtaking; powerful, dominant and aggressive.

His gravity defying bicycle kick in injury time was scarcely believable and defined his performance but just as good was the nonchalant way he dispatched the first of his four goals. That was the hallmark of a striker playing at the top of his game.

So, Zlatan, it would appear I owe you an apology. The hype was right.

Judd Trump, Peter Ebdon, Neil Roberton and Shaun Murphy in Chengdu semis

Trump and Ebdon to face off in Chengdu semis, with Robertson and Murphy in the other

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UPDATED:

19:12 GMT, 1 November 2012

Judd Trump booked a semi-final against Peter Ebdon after edging out Mark Allen in a thrilling 6-5 victory at the International Championship in Chengdu.

Trump was on the brink of victory at 5-3 up before Allen hit back to level at 5-5 forcing the world No 2 to compose himself and see out the final frame.

Ebdon, in contrast, had a far more straightforward passage into the final with a 6-0 win over Ricky Walden.

Trump has not won a ranking title since York last December but he is now just two matches away from the 125,000 top prize but it was Allen who won the first frame with a break of 83.

Marching on: Judd Trump will play Peter Ebdon in the Chengdu semi-finals

Marching on: Judd Trump will play Peter Ebdon in the Chengdu semi-finals

Trump levelled with a 70 and then moved 2-1 ahead. Allen's run of 98 saw him make it 2-2 but breaks of 75 and 107 put Trump 4-2 ahead.

Allen pulled one back with 121 but Trump took a 5-3 lead to move to within sight of victory.

A run of 104 from Allen closed the gap and he came from 41-0 down in the next to make it 5-5. Trump made 60 before failing to land on a red when splitting the pack.

Allen was 61 points down but still had five reds left, but after Trump played a snooker behind the black, Allen left a red to a centre pocket and his opponent potted it to seal victory.

'It was a good game, we both played well,' Trump told www.worldsnooker.com. 'I had a good lead then I was just trying to finish it off. I kept going into the pack and landing on nothing so I was getting frustrated. But I just had to try to stay patient and wait for a chance.

'It will be a different challenge against Peter tomorrow. I'll just have to play my own game, try to get in front and try to dominate the match.'

Ebdon's match, although seemingly straightforward, took 50 minutes longer than Trump's match with a top break of 81 helping China Open champion Ebdon stay on course for his second ranking title in China in 2012.

Ebdon said: 'It was a scrappy match, one for the connoisseur. But I'm really looking forward to the semi-final against Judd and playing a best-of-17 match in our joint-second most important ranking event.

'Every match is different so you have to play it as it comes.'

Neil Robertson will tackle his fellow former world champion Shaun Murphy in the other semi-final.

Australian left-handed cueman Robertson put a halt to 14-year-old Chinese potter Lu Haotian's run, recovering from 2-1 behind to win through 6-2 against a player who knocked out Dominic Dale in the second round.

'It was strange playing someone so young,' said 30-year-old Robertson, Crucible champion in 2010. 'It made me feel really old.

'I had to use all of my experience, especially in the close frames. I won two on the black otherwise it could have been different. Lu has got a tremendous future.'

Murphy, world champion in 2005, was 3-1 behind against Marco Fu, but won through 6-4 with a best break of 129. The Englishman halted his Hong Kong opponent, but refused to get carried away about being in the last four.

'Stephen Hendry used to say that when he got to the semi-finals he was only halfway there, so there's still a long way to go,' Murphy said. 'Neil and I have had some great matches in the past and we'll have more in the future.'

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce calls on Carlton Cole to fill Andy Carroll void

Hammers boss Allardyce calls on Cole to fill Carroll void

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UPDATED:

16:37 GMT, 13 September 2012

West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is hoping
Carlton Cole can rediscover his goalscoring touch while loanee Andy
Carroll recovers from the hamstring injury he suffered on his Hammers
debut.

Carroll, 23, was signed on a
season-long loan from Liverpool towards the end of the transfer window
and made an instant impact on his debut against Fulham.

Danger man: Carlton Cole (left)

Danger man: Carlton Cole (left)

The day was ruined for the England striker when he was forced off with little over an hour gone after suffering a hamstring injury that could see him miss up to six weeks.

Allardyce is likely to turn to Cole to replace the former Newcastle striker when he takes his side to Norwich on Saturday and wants the 28-year-old to show a lethal touch in front of goal.

He said: 'He is an obvious replacement and we would like Carlton to do how he finished off last season.

'He scored a hatful of goals for us and
helped us get back into this lucrative Premier League so we would like
him to step in and start scoring the goals he did towards the back-end
of last season.

'We hope he can hit the goalscoring trail when he gets the opportunity on Saturday.'

If Cole is selected in the starting XI at Carrow Road it will be his 150th start for West Ham and he will be hoping to establish himself in the side before Carroll returns from injury.

With the club still yet to put a definitive time-frame on his hamstring injury Allardyce is hoping he could welcome Carroll back for the encounter with Sunderland at Upton Park on Saturday week after stunning medical staff with his response to treatment.

'We have got no time on it really,' he said.'”It will be a maximum of six weeks but he is improving well so we continue day-by-day and look at every day and see what type of improvement we have got and go from there.

'If there is a possibility we can get him back quicker we will be trying our best.'

The loan signing of Carroll was one of the marquee deals of the transfer window and the arrival of the England international, coupled with other new arrivals, has left Allardyce delighted with the some of the options he now has at his disposal.

'The last three signings that the co-chairmen okayed were brilliant for us,' he said.

Injury blow: Andy Carroll

Injury blow: Andy Carroll suffered the setback against Fulham

'I think Matt Jarvis, Andy Carroll and Yossi (Benayoun) are all of great talent in their own positions and all of a different talent that makes us a much better team and a much better squad.

'Hopefully when they get the opportunity to play they will show those talents from the very first opportunity they get.

'We have got Matt Jarvis who is the provider of more crosses than anyone else in the Premier League during his time at Wolves.

'We've got Yossi Benayoun with his quick feet and his ability to beat players in and around the final third – and we have got Andy Carroll who plays up front and in his own right is a fantastic centre-forward through his sheer talent, determination and his size.

'Those three players will make our side look good for the rest of this season.'

Although the transfer window has now closed Allardyce also confirmed that he has three trialists currently training with the first team.

Experienced defender Mikael Silvestre, Ghana international John Mensah and former Portsmouth utility player Anthony Vanden Borre are all being given a chance to earn deals at the club, although Allardyce has yet to make up his mind on any of them.

'They have been training with us but there is no decision on whether we will be pursuing their services or not at this moment in time,' he said.

Jack Rodwell ready to fight for place at Manchester City

Bring it on, big guns! Rodwell ready to fight for place in Man City's star-studded midfield

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UPDATED:

07:48 GMT, 17 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

In the space of a week, Jack Rodwell has reported to work with Everton, England and, for the first time, Manchester City.

He joins the champions after a warning from Roberto Mancini that he is not good enough to make the team but the 21-year-old is prepared for the fight ahead.

'I believe in my ability and I will go there with the right frame of mind,' said Rodwell.

Jack the lad: Rodwell is determined to make his mark at Manchester City

Jack the lad: Rodwell is determined to make his mark at Manchester City

'It is a great squad and I'll have to work hard to get into the team. It might take some time but that's what I'm there for.

'It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, joining the champions. I know I'll have to be patient but I'm still young and have time on my side. That's the great thing for me.

'I'll learn a lot and hopefully improve my game. I'll be playing with amazing players. I'm looking forward to working with my new team-mates, particularly Yaya Toure, who is a great player. I look up to him and he's a great role model.'

Stepping up: Rodwell (2nd right) was with the England squad this week

Stepping up: Rodwell (2nd right) was with the England squad this week

Mancini has been irritated by City's failure to improve his first-team by competing with Manchester United for Robin van Persie but the 12million signing from Everton expects his new club to keep piling up trophies.

'I don't see why we can't dominate,' said Rodwell, who signed a five-year deal.

'They won the league and will want to improve on that by winning the Champions League, and it's so exciting to be part of that.

'The top four clubs all think like that. There are a lot of clubs, especially Chelsea, who have spent big. Everyone will be fighting for it.'

Rodwell impressed on his England debut last November but suffered from a recurring hamstring injury and has only started two games since, missing the chance to play in Euro 2012 or the Olympic Games.

'It's been frustrating,' he said. 'I've not really kicked a ball since that England game last season but I feel like it's over now. I'm fit and this great opportunity has come along.

'Everyone gets injuries and you've got to move on.'