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Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey to Sussex

Hamilton-Brown hopes to start again at Sussex after death of Surrey team-mate Maynard

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:54 GMT, 3 April 2013

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UPDATED:

23:56 GMT, 3 April 2013

Rory Hamilton-Brown wants to honour the memory of his tragic friend Tom Maynard after leaving Surrey to return to Sussex.

The former England Under 19 captain spoke on Wednesday of his need to leave the Oval following the loss of his flatmate and best pal, who died under a train after fleeing police in London last June.

Hamilton-Brown, 25, believes he can rediscover his drive and love for the game back at Hove, where he spent two years between 2007 and 2009.

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

Outbound: Rory Hamilton-Brown leaves Surrey for Sussex

'I realised I needed to be in a place where I felt close to people again, where there was that love and care,' he said.

'I had two fantastic years at Sussex and in a funny way, it always felt like home.

'A little part of me wants to think that I’m carrying him with me and that’s going to give you a deeper, harder drive than I’ve had before.'

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Tragic: Tom Maynard died at Wimbledon Park Tube station

Paul Gascoigne back in Britain looking frail after a month in American rehab clinic

Gazza flies back for 'one last chance': England legend Gascoigne back in Britain looking frail after a month in rehab clinic

By
Emma Clark, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

05:20 GMT, 10 March 2013

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UPDATED:

05:20 GMT, 10 March 2013

Paul Gascoigne thought he was going to die during his latest stretch in rehab to beat alcohol addiction, it has been reported.

The ex-England and Newcastle player returned to Britain on Saturday after more than a month at the clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, during which he was treated in intensive care.

Doctors said it was the worst detox they had ever seen when the shock of giving up alcohol sent his body into seizure, Gascoigne told The Sun on Sunday.

Thin but sober: Paul Gascoigne arriving at his home yesterday looking frail

Thin but sober: Paul Gascoigne arriving at his home yesterday looking frail

He said: 'Three doctors didn't think I would make it.

'It has got to inspire me to never let this happen again.

'I've come through that – death. I was dead.'

He added: “I thought I was on my way out. I looked like a corpse. I was a total wreck.'

The 45-year-old said he woke up in
intensive care strapped to the bed to stop tubes from falling out of his
arms and was repeatedly injected.

Emotional: The footballer has admitted drinking binges have almost killed him in the past

Emotional: The footballer has admitted drinking binges have almost killed him in the past

Rehab: Gazza is understood to be heading back to Britain after a month in a clinic in Arizona

Rehab: Gazza is understood to be heading back to Britain after a month in a clinic in Arizona

Gascoigne, who also played for Lazio
and Tottenham, said he feels grateful to be alive and is determined to
stay away from alcohol.

His latest stint in rehab was
organised by talkSPORT presenter and former England cricketer Ronnie
Irani and Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans, a long-term friend of
Gascoigne.

The move came following a charity
appearance in Northampton during which the star appeared unwell and
shaking, before breaking down and sobbing on stage in front of a room
full of fans.

Glory days: Paul Gascoigne was one of the best football players of his generation

Glory days: Paul Gascoigne was one of the best football players of his generation

The world of football has shown its
concern at the latest troubled period in the life of Gascoigne, one of
England's most naturally gifted players ever.

Gascoigne, who has spoken about alcoholism problems in the past, was sectioned five years ago under the Mental Health Act.

Steven Gerrard: My Liverpool and England team-mates are always ribbing me for my dress sense

Gerrard: My team-mates from London and abroad are always ribbing me for my dress sense

By
Vaz Sayed

PUBLISHED:

11:33 GMT, 22 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:05 GMT, 22 February 2013

It seems captaining club and country doesn't exclude Steven Gerrard from a bit of friendly ribbing from team-mates.

The Liverpool skipper has revealed he and old friend Jamie Carragher are often made fun of for their fashion sense.

Gerrard told players from London and abroad like to poke fun at the 'Scouse style', while Carragher conceded the two of them have been responsible for some 'rascal' gear.

Shell shock: Steven Gerrard (centre) has revealed his teammates make fun of his clothes

Shell shock: Steven Gerrard (centre) has revealed his teammates make fun of his clothes

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard shows his dejection during the UEFA Europa League match at Anfield, Liverpool.

Jamie Carragher during the Europa League round of 32 second leg match between Liverpool and Zenit St Petersburg

(Above) Stephen Gerrard (left) and Jamie Carragher (right) in action for Liverpool in the Europa League, it was Carragher's last European game for the club. The pair in training (below)

Liverpool's Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher during a training session at Melwood Training Ground, Liverpool.

Suited and booted: (left to right) Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard before the FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool which the Blues won 2-1

Suited and booted: (left to right) Jonjo Shelvey, Jay Spearing and Steven Gerrard before the FA Cup Final match between Chelsea and Liverpool which the Blues won 2-1

In a joint interview with Four Four Two magazine Carragher said: 'You've had some real rascal gear haven't you'

Gerrard said: 'I think we're both guilty of wearing some rascal gear over the past 14 or 15 years. We try to keep our feet on the ground and stick to what other Scousers are wearing. We don't want to change too much.

'The London lads and foreign lads don't appreciate the Scouse dress sense, so we've developed some thick skin from the stick we've taken!'

Scousers have had the mickey taken out of their fashion sense for years after they became notorious for wearing shell-suits and white trainers.

Trend setter: Liverpool legend John Alrridge in his Tranmere days

Trend setter: Liverpool legend John Alrridge in his Tranmere days

Infamous: Liverpool wore white suits to the 1996 FA Cup final, they lost 1-0 to Mancheter United

Infamous: Liverpool wore white suits to the 1996 FA Cup final, they lost 1-0 to Mancheter United

Outside influences: Liverpool's foreign players like Daniel Agger (right) often mock the local stars for their clothes

Outside influences: Liverpool's foreign players like Daniel Agger (right) often mock the local stars for their clothes

And their WAGs haven't escaped criticism either with their Scouse-brows, going out in public with hair curlers in and even led to the Liverpool Fashion Show from banning the 'Scouse look' last year.

A source said: 'It's fair to say both Steven and Jamie have had some fashion howlers over the years.

'When Steven was younger he tried to keep up with emerging fashions more but he ended up with some huge fashion disasters.

'Over the years he's taken a bit of stick so him and Jamie now stick to a more conventional dress which ties in with what a lot of the Scousers are wearing.

'But that has also led to a lot of mickey taking because their more stylish team mates tell them that they haven't got a clue about clothes. They'll never be able to pull off what the likes of David Beckham and Mario Balotelli can get away with.'

At your side: The pair have been loyal servants to the club and are adored by the Kop fans

At your side: The pair have been loyal servants to the club and are adored by the Kop fans

Billy Davies Nottingham Forest manager

Davies back as Nottingham Forest boss to replace McLeish

By
Graeme Yorke

PUBLISHED:

13:45 GMT, 7 February 2013

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UPDATED:

18:09 GMT, 7 February 2013

Forest return: Davies

Forest return: Davies

Billy Davies has returned to Nottingham Forest for a second spell as manager, becoming their third boss this season.

Davies and his representatives were in negotiations with Forest chairman Fawaz Al-Hasawi on Wednesday and the Championship club announced it on Thursday afternoon.

'I'm delighted to welcome Billy back to our club and really look forward to working closely with him,' chairman Fawaz Al Hasawi said. 'Billy has unfinished business with the Reds and we know how hungry he is for success. In returning to the City Ground we believe his leadership will help us fulfil our ambition of making it to the Premier League.

'Billy is a Forest legend who needs no introduction to our loyal fans. We know how excited he is to pick up where he left off last time and we will back him 110 per cent – this is a very exciting appointment for us.'

Davies described being back at the club as a 'dream come true' and is looking forward to officially beginning his role on Monday.

'It is a privilege and an honour to be back in charge of the Reds. As my new friend Fawaz says, I have unfinished business here at Forest and I am relishing this great opportunity to return Forest to its former glory.

'My tenure at the City Ground was cut short last time and I can't wait to get my boots back on and training the lads.

'We have a great squad and I know I can get the best from them. Coming home to the Reds is a dream come true.'

The 48-year-old Scot was dismissed by Forest's old regime in June 2011.

After steering the club away from relegation following his appointment in January 2009 and then masterminding successive play-off campaigns during his first spell at the City Ground, Davies is on record as stating that he has 'unfinished business' at the club.

Davies succeeds Alex McLeish and Sean O'Driscoll at the City Ground.

McLeish resigned his post earlier this week just over a month after taking over from O'Driscoll, who was sacked on Boxing Day.

Vegard Forren signs for Southampton

Forren policy: Defender seals 4.2m move to Southampton after snubbing Liverpool

, scoring six goals.

Adkins was dismissed by the
Southampton board on Friday morning despite a recent win against relegation
rivals Aston Villa and a draw against European champions Chelsea.

Pochettino said: 'I know about the Southampton squad because I've been researching them for several weeks.'

New faces: Mauricio Pochettino also was appointed as Southampton manger on Friday

New faces: Mauricio Pochettino also was appointed as Southampton manger on Friday

The 20-cap former Argentina defender said he had spoken to Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho about the move, while conceding he has to address the issue of supporter unrest.

'The challenge is to be part of this project, the kindness of the supporters is the biggest challenge I have,' he said at a news conference. 'They are the biggest part of this club and I hope I can convince them with honest and hard work.

'I am very passionate about the Premier League. I have seen many games, the Premier League is an attractive league and I have spoken to people at length about it, people such as Jose Mourinho, who is a good friend of mine.

'He told me the best football in the world is being played here.'

Eden Hazard wants to move to Real Madrid, says Christian Benteke

Hazard dreams of a Madrid switch! Benteke claims Chelsea playmaker would love move to Spain

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09:56 GMT, 23 December 2012

Christian Benteke has claimed Chelsea playmaker Eden Hazard dreams of joining Real Madrid.

Aston Villa's in-form target man has known the midfielder for years after playing with him for Belgium at youth level.

In a recent interview in Belgium the striker, who will come face-to-face with his friend this afternoon at Stamford Bridge, said he thinks Hazard would be ready to join the Spanish giants within a year.

Wish: Eden Hazard has always dreamed of moving to Real Madrid, according to Christian Benteke

Wish: Eden Hazard has always dreamed of moving to Real Madrid, according to Christian Benteke

He said: 'I am not surprised at Eden’s success with Chelsea — and he can do even better. He has the qualities needed to become an even greater player.

'His dream is to join Real Madrid — so I don’t see why he can’t join them in a year or two.'

Chelsea spent a long time convincing Hazard to move to south west London and this news will be unwelcome.

Benteke, 22, continued: 'We used to play together in Belgium junior teams. He would play No 10 and I was No 9 and there was an understanding between us straight away.

'He has a bit of fantasy about him and so do I. We are good mates.'

Hazard started off at top speed but after his initial impact his form has levelled out – disappointing some.

He is also expected to perform by Belgian fans who are sometimes frustrated when he is not at his best.

Benteke said: 'People expect too much from Eden. They should not just focus on him alone.

'He will be able to make a difference and Belgium will be able to count on him.

Old friend: Benteke has known Hazard for years

Old friend: Benteke has known Hazard for years

'You must not expect him to do what he did when he played for Lille — he does not have the same level of understanding with his national team-mates.'

Benteke says Hazard feels great pressure at Chelsea because of his price tage – he cost 32million.

He said: 'He has already told me what his life is like with the high levels of expectation.

Tucked away: Hazard rolls the ball home as Chelsea routed Leeds in the Capital One Cup

Tucked away: Hazard rolls the ball home as Chelsea routed Leeds in the Capital One Cup

'He has been signed for many millions of pounds and he will always have the pressure of his price tag.

'He will forever have to do more than the others, he is condemned to always be at the top of his game.

'He realises this and he relishes the challenge. His fantasy football takes off some of the pressure on him. Eden dares to try things and is not afraid to face up to his responsibilities.'

Sir Alex Ferguson jokes he"ll need to good red wine for Jose Mourinho"s visit with Real Madrid

I'll get some good red wine for Jose! Fergie's thrilled with Ronaldo's return with Real in the Champions League

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UPDATED:

17:10 GMT, 20 December 2012

FRIEND OR FOE

From that celebration at Old Trafford to sharing cups of tea… how Mourinho and Ferguson swapped fury for friendship

Sir Alex Ferguson has joked he will need to order a new supply of good red wine for Jose Mourinho’s visit to Old Trafford.

Manchester United drew Real Madrid in the pick of the ties in the Last 16 of the Champions League and the United manager is famous for inviting rival managers to his office for a glass of red wine after the game.

The two managers had a tradition of sharing a glass of red after their teams' encounters in the Premier League – though Ferguson described the first wine Mourinho ever provided him as being 'like paintstripper'.

Mourinho made amends with a 300 bottle of Portuguese red the next time around, and the last-16 match in the Champions League should be as mouthwatering as the wine.

Up for the cup: Sir Alex Ferguson is up against his old friend Jose Mourinho

Up for the cup: Sir Alex Ferguson is up against his old friend Jose Mourinho

The game will also bring former United winger Cristiano Ronaldo back to Old Trafford for the very first time since his 80million move to the Bernabeu in 2009.

Reacting to the draw Ferguson told United’s official website: ‘Well, it’s the tie of the round. It’s a great opportunity for our fans to see Cristiano again and also for me to meet up with Jose again – I’ll need to order some good wine!’

Ferguson and Mourinho enjoy a warm relationship of mutual respect and rivalry.

Jose Mourinho famously first made his mark on Europe’s top competition at Old Trafford a decade ago when Porto knocked the Red Devils out en-route to winning the title.

Recently Ferguson said: ‘He is very intelligent, he has charisma, his players play for him, and he is a good looking guy.

Golden boy is back: Mourinho brings with him Cristiano Ronaldo, visiting Old Trafford for the first time since his record-breaking 80m move to Spain in 2009

Golden boy is back: Mourinho brings with him Cristiano Ronaldo, visiting Old Trafford for the first time since his record-breaking 80m move to Spain in 2009

'I think I have most of those things, too, apart from his good looks. He’s got a confidence about himself, saying “We’ll win this,” and “I’m the Special One”.

‘I could never come out and say we’re going to win this game. It’s maybe a wee bit of my Scottishness’

United will play the first leg at the Bernabeu on February 13 with the return at Old Trafford on March 5.

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Mercedes under pressure to give Lewis Hamilton a winning car after Michael Schumacher failure

We've got to give Lew a winning car! Mercedes under pressure to deliver for new star Hamilton after Schuey's failure

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UPDATED:

12:50 GMT, 19 December 2012

Mercedes have conceded they are under even more pressure to produce a winning car for Lewis Hamilton than they were during Michael Schumacher's three-year stint with the team.

Seven-time world champion Schumacher was persuaded out of retirement in 2010 with the promise he could add to his drivers' championship tally if he signed for Mercedes.

But by the time Schumacher decided to bow out of Formula One for a second time at the end of last season he had failed to win a single race, his best result being third at Valencia's European Grand Prix.

Having been incapable of providing
Schumacher with a car capable of victory in the twilight of his career,
Mercedes chief executive Nick Fry admitted the pressure to ensure
history is not repeated with Hamilton, a driver at the peak of his
powers, is enormous.

See you later: Hamilton ended his long association with McLaren this season to move to Mercedes

See you later: Hamilton ended his long association with McLaren this season to move to Mercedes

I'm joining you, pal: Hamilton will team up with old friend Rosberg

I'm joining you, pal: Hamilton will team up with old friend Rosberg

Disappointing: Schuey's Mercedes comeback didn't go according to plan

Disappointing: Schuey's Mercedes comeback didn't go according to plan

'We've had probably one of the greatest drivers of all time driving for us, who was clearly in age terms reaching the later part of his career when he arrived with us,' said Fry in an interview with Autosport.

'In order to do well in Formula 1, you've got to do well in every respect. You've got to have the best technology, you've got to have the best teamwork, you've got to have the best management and you have to have the best drivers. (Hamilton's) arrival is very exciting for the team and also puts a lot of pressure on because Ross (Brawn) has to provide him with a very good car.

'He can't win with a car which is duff. He can win with a car that is not quite the best, but the competition is such that you can't bridge a huge gap.'

Many believe that cutting the gap to the likes of Red Bull, Ferrari and Hamilton's former team McLaren will be nigh on impossible for Mercedes in the coming campaign. Indeed, their lack of success last week prompted a parting of the ways with long-time head of motorsport Norbert Haug.

But Fry insisted Mercedes has sent out a strong message to the rest of the grid regarding their ambition to put things right by capturing Hamilton, a driver who he ranks alongside Ferrari's Fernando Alonso as the best in the world.

Fry added: 'Certainly in my view, Lewis and Fernando Alonso are the two best drivers. Fernando this year, when the Ferrari has not been the best car by any stretch of the imagination, has still done an exceptional job.

'And I think Lewis is still in that category of being a driver you could give not quite the best car and he could still win races, whereas most of the other drivers in the Formula 1 field will probably win the race if you give them the best car.'

Cowboy: Lewis won the US Grand Prix in Texas in his penultimate race for Mclaren

Cowboy: Lewis won the US Grand Prix in Texas in his penultimate race for Mclaren

Fry claimed that having had the benefit of the fastest car on the grid during his three championship winning campaigns, it is impossible to judge whether Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel is in the same class as Hamilton and Alonso.

Vettel, no short of self-confidence, would doubtless disagree. And the Red Bull star has revealed he was equally confident he would not be stripped of this most recent title as Ferrari asked for clarification over an overtaking manoeuvre during last month's season finale in Brazil.

Addressing the speculation he had illegally passed Toro Rosso's Jean-Eric Vergne under yellow flag conditions while beating Alonso to the title by three points, Vettel told the official Formula 1 website: 'To be honest, I never wasted one single thought that an irregularity was involved from my side.

'Even if it was an eventful race I definitely saw all the flags – and their colours! I only got information that Ferrari was up to something after Christian (Horner) called me saying that obviously Ferrari was not too happy with the outcome of the race.

'After the FIA had checked every single inch of the recording of the situation in question – and confirmed that everything was according to rules – Ferrari renounced any protests. But believe it or not I knew since the chequered flag that there was not a single movement wrong from my side.'

Stoke defender Ryan Shotton found not guilty after fight outside night club

Stoke defender Shotton found not guilty after fight outside nightclub

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13:09 GMT, 18 December 2012

Shotton has been on Stoke's books all his career

Shotton has been on Stoke's books all his career

Stoke defender Ryan Shotton has been found not guilty of punching a man on a night out.

Shotton was found to have acted in defence of his friend when he knocked out Mark McDonald in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire.

The fight happened in the early hours of Sunday, June 24.

The single punch 28-year-old Shotton delivered knocked McDonald out, leaving him with a cut, magistrates sitting at North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard.

Shotton pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence following the fight with McDonald and his friend David Broomhall.

McDonald and Shotton, who was with friends, had an altercation on the fringes of Torch nightclub’s dancefloor. All parties were drinking on the night.

McDonald and Shotton were shown on the CCTV face to face, with Shotton then punched once in the face by McDonald.

Shotton said he had 'never seen' McDonald before that moment and was taken by surprise.

He said he 'leaned in' to hear what McDonald was saying but that McDonald used the opportunity to land 'a cheeky shot'.

Asked what McDonald said to him, Shotton replied: 'He said “why do you think you run Stoke-on-Trent You don’t run it, I run it. Don’t you know who I am”

'I thought he was just somebody who had come over to talk about football but he was aggressive.'

Mr Broomhall described that altercation as 'a bit of a scuffle; handbags'.

Shotton pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence

Shotton pleaded not guilty on the basis of self-defence

Both parties ended up leaving the club within a few minutes of each other.

Outside, Mr McDonald and Mr Broomhall tried to get into another nightclub called Pink when Mr Broomhall said he spotted Shotton and two friends 'walking towards us'.

He said: 'Mr Shotton was beckoning with his arm to Mark to come over.'

Shotton told a different story, saying as he walked along the road 'two men started walking towards us' from across the street.

'I recognised him from earlier and thought “he’s here for round two”,' he told magistrates.

'He came over to me and his body language was very aggressive. His fists were clenched and I was aware he’d struck before.

'I did it (punched him) to protect my friend because he turned towards him just at that moment.'

Outside court, Shotton, who has made seven league appearances for Stoke this season, said he was 'a happy man' and that he had received 'justice'.

Tom Cruise and Robert Duvall fly in for Manchester derby

Manchester derby is no Mission Impossible for Cruise as star actor flies in for big match

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UPDATED:

13:44 GMT, 9 December 2012

When Tom Cruise was talked into watching today's Manchester derby by his great friend David Beckham – it looked like a Mission Impossible to get there in time.

With a full diary of filming for his new movie 'All You Need Is Kill' down in Hertfordshire and a series of London red carpet premieres to grace, Cruise needed to pull out all the stops to get to the stellar Premier League game.

So he chartered a private helicopter to transport him and veteran actor Robert Duvall 200 miles up to Manchester for the big game between City and United.

Star attraction: Tom Cruise waves to fans as he arrives at the Etihad Stadium for the Manchester derby between City and United

Star attraction: Tom Cruise waves to fans as he arrives at the Etihad Stadium for the Manchester derby between City and United

Stellar fans: Tom Cruise (centre) and Robert Duvall (left) chat to City officials before the kick-off

Stellar fans: Tom Cruise (centre) and Robert Duvall (left) chat to City officials before the kick-off

Cool guy: Cruiser defied Manchester wet climate with a pair of super-cool shades

Cool guy: Cruiser defied Manchester wet climate with a pair of super-cool shades

And Cruise made a characteristically Hollywood entrance at the Etihad, sweeping through the star-struck crowds sporting a pair of shades.

This despite Manchester being well known as the wettest place in Britain.

He was apparently persuaded to watch the big match by his friend and former Manchester United favourite Beckham.

On camera: Cruise spoke to Sky Sports before kick-off, saying he had watched football since the 1980s

On camera: Cruise spoke to Sky Sports before kick-off, saying he had watched football since the 1980s

Football fan: Cruise was persuaded to attend the derby by friend and former LA Galaxy player David Beckham

Football fan: Cruise was persuaded to attend the derby by friend and former LA Galaxy player David Beckham

Cruise, 50, was apparently buzzing at the prospect of watching the clash of the Premier League's top two, which could go a long way to deciding the destination of the title.

He also talked 81-year-old Duvall into joining him and the pair were interviewed live on Sky Sports before kick-off.

Cruise said he had been in love with the game since watching it in the 80s, while Duvall claimed he always watched the World Cup.

Veteran: Duvall (left) said he always watched the World Cup and his favourite all-time player was Pele

Veteran: Duvall (left) said he always watched the World Cup and his favourite all-time player was Pele

'This is the first game that I've seen in England,' he said on Sky Sports One.

'I've been following it since the eighties so I'm just excited that I'm able to be here.'

He revealed the former England captain had sent him a message ahead of the game.

'He wishes he was here. I got an email from him, he's jealous that I'm here,' Cruise added.

Apocalypse Now actor Robert Duvall was also at the game, but appeared to be a little rusty on the rules.

He said: 'Will there be a shootout today No. If it's a tie No.'

As for a prediction for the match, Duvall said it was too close to call – 'You could flip a coin,' he said.

Cruise has already visited one British sporting venue during his filming – albeit fleetingly.

He landed on the outfield at The Oval in a helicopter to film a scene last Friday.

Chopper stops play: Cruise filmed some scenes from his new movie at The Oval last Friday

Chopper stops play: Cruise filmed some scenes from his new movie at The Oval last Friday