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London 2012 Olympics Mo Farah achievements helps unite the country, says Amir Khan

Khan: What Farah has achieved helps unite the country

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22:00 GMT, 8 August 2012

Olympics 2012

I was delighted to see Mo Farah achieve his life dream, picking up the gold medal for Great Britain. Just watching him at the end, you could see what it meant to him, all his emotions came pouring out.

The endless training, hard work and his amazing journey, coming from Somalia as a youngster, no doubt played a part in the tears that we saw. I was really hoping Mo could win gold in the 10,000 metres because I know the pressure that was on him to deliver at London 2012.

The expectations will be just as high now that he's qualified for the 5,000m final. I think what Mo has achieved, considering he is a Muslim, helps unite the country and lets everyone see that this nation is made up of so many different individuals who can go on and make Britain proud by achieving success.

Unity: Farah's victory can help close divides in the community

Unity: Farah's victory can help close divides in the community

I remember when I won the Olympic silver at 17 in Athens in 2004 and the great reception I received from everyone. Sport is special because it helps break down barriers.

It doesn't matter what colour your skin is or what religion you believe in – it's only about your talent.

Even now I see people from all backgrounds at my fights supporting me and that's the way it should be.

Mo of the same: Farah is gunning for glory in the 5,000 metres

Mo of the same: Farah is gunning for glory in the 5,000 metres

Mo of the same: Farah is gunning for glory in the 5,000 metres

When I looked around the stadium during the 10,000m run, race or religion played no part, everyone was just willing Mo on.

Sport is playing a vital role in
helping us to integrate as a nation. I opened up 'Gloves Community Gym',
with the help of Network Rail, after my Olympic triumph to get kids off
the streets.I'm pleased that we now get so many kids coming through our
doors.

You see white kids, Asian kids and black kids all training and working together. They're all friends and don't see each other as any different. London 2012 has had a similar impact but on a much bigger scale and I think that we can take inspiration from these Games to help bring about better integration in this great country.

Greece lightning: Khan landed the silver medal in Athens

Greece lightning: Khan landed the silver medal in Athens

Paulie Malignaggi challenges Ricky Hatton to re-match

Malignaggi calls for Hatton re-match as rumours of Hitman's comeback mount

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09:43 GMT, 12 July 2012

Paulie Malignaggi has challenged Ricky Hatton to a re-match after rumours that the Manchester boxer is set to announce his comeback to the ring.

The Hitman, who officially hung up his gloves last year, forced an 11th round stoppage against the New Yorker in Las Vegas back in 2008, but now Malignaggi is looking for revenge.

Rumours of Hatton’s return to the ring have circulated in recent days after he embarked on a strict diet and training regime in recent weeks, resulting in a dramatic loss of weight.

Ring return Ricky Hatton could make a shock return to boxing

Ring return Ricky Hatton could make a shock return to boxing

Malignaggi said: ‘I’m hearing that Ricky Hatton is interested in a comeback and I’m hearing rumours that I’m the target of that comeback.

‘I’ve had three rematches in my career and I’m 3-0 in those rematches.

‘In our fight, he did very well. I’d like to think there are a lot of things that I could have done better and I’d like to think that I’ve made a lot of changes on my team that have really, really brought out the best in me.

They've met before: Ricky Hatton beat Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas

They've met before: Ricky Hatton beat Paulie Malignaggi in Las Vegas

‘It’s a loss that I’ve had to live with. It’s a loss that hindered me and every day I think about that loss and it bothers me.

‘It’s unfortunate because I should have done much better.

‘The rematch is something that interests me. I have nothing but respect for Ricky, his fans and his family.

‘They were nothing but respectful to me during the entire promotion and I expect nothing less in the rematch.

How it ended: Hatton was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight

How it ended: Hatton was knocked out by Manny Pacquiao in his last fight

‘I know that he wants to come back and win a title to reclaim old glory but it’s my time now and I know I can beat Ricky Hatton.’

Hatton’s last fight was a devastating second round knockout defeat to Manny Pacquiao in May 2009 and any comeback is sure to divide the opinion of his loyal army of fans.

Video: Leon Knight commentates on his goals

Don't give up the day job just yet, Leon! Former Chelsea striker Knight commentates on his goals

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11:19 GMT, 21 June 2012

Watch out Motty, Leon Knight is after your job!

The former Chelsea, Swansea and Brighton striker may have fallen off the radar in recent years since leaving English football in 2009, but it seems he is doing his best to get back in the spotlight by trying his hand at football commentary.

Knight took to YouTube to ‘commentate’ on a selection of his own goals through his career with remarks like ‘Don’t drop those, mate. He looked like he had Fairy Liquid all over his gloves’ when a goalkeeper spills a cross allowing him to score.

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It's all about me! Leon Knight, in his Swansea days, has become a YouTube hit

It's all about me! Leon Knight, in his Swansea days, has become a YouTube hit

And ‘I’m in again! The keeper looked like he had nails in his feet, gooooooaaaaaal’ as well as ‘He’s only five foot six, but he leaps like a fish’.

He last kicked a ball on these shores when he played for Rushden and Diamonds in 2009 before leaving for spells in Greece then Scotland and now finds himself in Northern Ireland playing for Glentoran.

Knight has become a hit on the video sharing site with over 15,000 views on his goals selection, but his commentary may need a little work before one of the big broadcasters are knocking on his door offering him a new job.

Laura Williamson: Jonas will box clever but some just can"t handle it

Jonas will box clever but some just can't handle it

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21:46 GMT, 10 June 2012

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UPDATED:

21:46 GMT, 10 June 2012

A girl in a pair of boxing gloves. It remains a challenging image – for some, at least.

Even today, as the British Olympic
Association announce the three women – Natasha Jonas, Nicola Adams and
Savannah Marshall – who will make history by becoming the first of the
nation's females to box for a gold medal at the Olympics, there will be
those who still believe girls shouldn't be in the ring.

Boxing clever: Natasha Jonas will represent Team GB

Boxing clever: Natasha Jonas will represent Team GB

This important step in women's sport
has so far been clouded by the Amateur International Boxing
Association's ridiculous suggestion female boxers could wear skirts in
London so they were 'more easily distinguishable from the men'.

It will now be 'optional' for the 36
women competing for three gold medals this summer (there are 10 weight
divisions for men, incidentally) but there is an obvious irony in the
organisation's thought process.

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Silly me, I thought this was a 'man's game'; that girls were supposed to be distinctly second class.

But Britain's female boxers train with the boys.

'We train in our weight,' said lightweight Jonas, the world bronze medalist.

'The attitude is that we're not female boxers, we're just boxers. I like that.

'People have always been supportive of me, but some of the other girls have shared their stories: going to clubs and being turned away, for example.'

The problem, Jonas believes, is that her sport is fighting on two fronts: against gender and professionalism.

She is being kind when she says women's professional boxing 'isn't the greatest', yet Britain is one of only two countries who will have three female amateur boxers in London.

Same name but different rules, different equipment and a different game.

Amateur boxing is much more 'chess-like' than a professional bout, with points scored for the frequency of punches and not the damage they inflict.

'Like rugby sevens or rugby league compared with rugby union,' said Jonas.

But the reason Jonas, 27, fell in love with her sport in a gym in Liverpool after an achilles injury ended her football career sums up just why some continue to struggle with the concept.

Fighting fit: Nicola Adams (left) is also in the Team GB squad

Fighting fit: Nicola Adams (left) is also in the Team GB squad

'You have got to be a certain type of person to get in a boxing ring,' she said.

'It's very gladiatorial. Everything that you put in you get out. It's the best of the best and the best person wins. There's no hiding. I'm not being big-headed, but my main aim is to get that gold in London. I know young girls will be watching and could be inspired, and that's great, but I'm thinking about me personally.'

Listening to Jonas made me want to punch the air, but her words will send others running for the hills.

They prefer powerful women to be consigned to history or characterised in Hollywood movies, not in a ring wearing gloves, protective headgear and breast plates.

The medical risks to female boxers are no greater than to men, but the barrier is this: seeing a woman being hit sparks a far greater emotion.

Forget any false sentiment about not wanting women boxers to get hurt.

This is about the spectator's pain threshold, not the athlete's. They can handle it, but can you

Taking advantage: Daley Thompson

Taking advantage: Daley Thompson

Favourite tweet..

Daley Thompson (@Daley_thompson) reacts to British Rowing's eminently sensible decision to book accommodation near Eton Dorney while their competitors travel from the athletes' village in Stratford.

'I hope all our sports r taking whatever advantage they can. I prefer us to be just a little less British & a lot more WINNER for these games.'

Van Commenee's trash talk

Charles van Commenee, head coach of UK athletics, shows why it's a good job he's in charge of a sport that seems content to stay largely out of the limelight for three-and-a-half years in every four.

'Whether it's fatty athletes, Court of Arbitration for Sport verdicts, Twitter, or opening ceremonies, I know in Olympic year all sorts of rubbish comes up.'

Rubbish Really.

…And this is what I have been doing this week

Thinking the Midlands could do with a big football personality after Paul Lambert's low-key unveiling at Aston Villa.

…listening to BBC Radio 5 Live's excellent John Murray tell me about the exploits of Avraam Papadopoulos and Sokratis Papastathopoulos in the opening match of Euro 2012.

Commentator's nightmare: Greece's defender Avraam Papadopoulos (right)

Commentator's nightmare: Greece's defender Avraam Papadopoulos (right)

…applauding British Triathlon' s brutal selection policy after they picked three 'domestiques' to give our athletes the best chance of two gold medals at London 2012. It's not the taking part that counts in a British vest any more, it's the winning.

Performance of the week

Britain's No 1 female wheelchair tennis player, Lucy Shuker, won the singles and doubles (with Germany's Katharina Kruger) at the ITF Daegu Open in South Korea.

Next stop Wimbledon – then the Paralympic Games.

About time too, Viv tells Windies hero Ramdin after he hits out at former skipper

About time too, Viv tells Windies hero Ramdin after he hits out at former skipper

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22:21 GMT, 10 June 2012

Sir Viv Richards hit back after West Indies wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin taunted him with a hand-written message as he celebrated a century in the third Investec Test at Edgbaston.

Described by Richards as looking ‘totally lost’ earlier in the tour, Ramdin hurled down his bat, gloves and helmet and produced a piece of paper which said: ‘YEA VIV TALK NAH’.

Richards retorted: ‘If you give someone enough chances eventually he will get the job done.’ He told BBC radio’s Test Match Special listeners: ‘I’m not sure why he did that. But what I do know is that the hundred was a long time coming.

About time too: Viv Richards hit back at Denesh Ramdin

About time too: Viv Richards hit back at Denesh Ramdin

Hitting out: Denesh Ramdin held a sign after hitting his hundred aimed at Sir Viv Richards

Hitting out: Denesh Ramdin held a sign after hitting his hundred aimed at Sir Viv Richards

‘Let’s not forget this hundred has been in a losing series. If you’re losing a football match 5-0 and you score a goal in the 90th minute, you wouldn’t be jumping for joy. I set my standards a little higher than that.’

Ramdin, who added 143 for the last wicket with No 11 Tino Best, said: ‘I got a bit emotional. I’d been out of Test cricket for a while, and what Viv said was a bit hurtful.

But he’s a legend of Caribbean cricket and I still look up to him.’ West Indies wicketkeeper came in for further criticism from fast-bowling legend Michael Holding, who told Sky Sports: ‘If I was the manager of the team I would be having a word with that player and he would be getting a fine.

‘I am not saying this because Viv was my former captain.

‘That is simply unbecoming behaviour from a player.’

Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen defended his decision to retire from one-day internationals, saying the schedule had threatened his love for the game and insisting he had no regrets.

‘You can’t carry on doing it all,’ he said after making 78 on Sunday.

I can't do it all: Kevin Pietersen defended his decision to quit one day cricket

I can't do it all: Kevin Pietersen defended his decision to quit one day cricket

‘I play every form of the game plus the IPL and I’ll have the Champions League in October. Apart from MS Dhoni, I’ve played more days of cricket than anyone in the world in the last seven years.

‘I can’t play at my peak and, when you train every day, you fall out of love with the game.

‘I want to play until I’m 35.’

Pietersen intends to play three Twenty20 matches and one championship match for Surrey ahead of the first Test against South Africa, starting on July 19, and insisted he still wants to help England defend their World Twenty20 crown in September.

‘I hope a compromise can be found,’ he said.’

Manny Pacquiao vows to "look good" in Timothy Bradley showdown

Show me the Manny! Pacquiao vows to 'look good' in Bradley showdown

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09:22 GMT, 6 June 2012

WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao has vowed to turn on the style in Saturday's showdown with unbeaten Timothy Bradley at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

The 33-year-old Filipino is feeling the heat after lacklustre displays in his recent victories over
Shane Mosley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Ready: Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas

Ready: Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas

Ready: Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas

When asked about the last time he felt
this kind of pressure to look impressive, Pacquiao turned back the
clock to his close decision loss to Erik Morales in March 2005.

'After the fight with Morales, our first fight, [I felt the pressure to look good]', Pacquiao told BoxingScene.com.

Pacquiao returned strong and maintains a running streak of 15 wins, including two knockout victories over Morales.

Confident: unbeaten Timothy Bradley

Confident: unbeaten Timothy Bradley

And Pacquiao wants a repeat against Bradley on Saturday.

He added: 'It just happened, I think we
underestimated Marquez, but we trained hard for that fight. The training
was still the same. We trained hard for that fight. We underestimated
Marquez.

'I’ve been fighting at 150, 147 and
then this guy [who is] 140-pounds, 135, is moving up. I’ve been fighting
with bigger guys and then I fight a guy who is the same size, so I kind
of understimated [him].'

Excited: Manny Pacquiao fans

Excited: Manny Pacquiao fans

Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach,
stood firm by his recent statement – that if Pacquiao looks bad in the
Bradley fight, win or lose, he would sit down with his boxer and the
discuss the possibility of retirement. And Pacquiao made it clear that
if Roach advised him to retire, he would hang up the gloves.

Euro 2012: England to go commando – John Ruddy

What a load of pants! Ruddy reveals England squad will go commando for Euro 2012

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08:56 GMT, 22 May 2012

England rookie John Ruddy has revealed Roy Hodgson’s men will be going commando to Euro 2012.

The Norwich goalkeeper received his first call-up when he was named in Hodgson’s 23-man squad for the finals in Poland and Ukraine.

And Ruddy, who impressed with a string of top performances for the Canaries last season, admitted he will be travelling light.

England call: John Ruddy (right) earned his place after impressing for Norwich

England call: John Ruddy (right) earned his place after impressing for Norwich

‘I’ve been told to take boots, gloves, trainers, a few casual clothes and toiletries,’ the 25-year-old told The Sun. ‘I’m under the impression everything else will be provided for me.

‘We’ve got suits and they’re providing underwear for us. It’s surreal but that’s what being in the England squad is all about. The way you get looked after is second to none.’

Ruddy, who will miss England’s friendly against Belgium on June 2 to get married, admitted it took a while for the news to register.

Rookie: Ruddy hopes to learn from his experience at Euro 2012

Rookie: Ruddy hopes to learn from his experience at Euro 2012

‘I was a bit worse for wear on the Sunday night,’ he added. ‘I was recovering so it took a while to sink in when I got the call from Ray.

‘Val, the secretary at the club, had also phoned me just to give me a heads-up.

‘I didn’t have time to think it was a prank. I thought with all the keepers available it wouldn’t really happen.

No 1: England keeper Joe Hart

No 1: England keeper Joe Hart

‘It still hasn’t sunk in. On Sunday I was in the car listening to the radio and they were talking about the brochures the England squad are meant to be getting about behaviour and so on.

‘I thought “I’ll be getting one of those” and then it sort of hit me.

‘That was when I realised for the first time that I am in the England squad.’

Ruddy is also relishing facing the likes of Wayne Rooney in training and practising with keeper Joe Hart.

'It is going to be a massive opportunity for me to come up against world-class players and work with world-class players,' he said.

‘I think Joe is the best keeper in the world and Robert Green is world-class.

‘I know a lot was made of the last time he played for England but he still has so much to give.

‘I can’t wait to get started. My call-up is the icing on the cake after an exceptional two years at Norwich.’

World of Golf: Donald is back on top and enjoying the view

Donald is back on top and enjoying the view

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23:02 GMT, 19 March 2012


Force: Luke Donald triumphed in Florida

Force: Luke Donald triumphed in Florida

On the plane to Miami a fortnight ago, Luke Donald's caddie, John McLaren, couldn't keep the smile off his face when I asked him about Rory McIlroy deposing his man to become the new world No 1.

'Best thing that could have happened,' he said. 'A wake-up call, I think they call it.'

So now we know, following Donald's stirring victory in the Transitions Championship in Tampa on Sunday to reclaim top spot.

Clearly, when he tweeted McIlroy a fortnight ago and humorously told him to 'enjoy the view', there was a subliminal add-on that didn't wing its way through the ether. It read: 'Because, buddy, it isn't going to last very long.'

To think, this glorious toing and froing among our top golfers for pole position began 18 months ago with Lee Westwood learning of his ascent while buying a pair of washing-up gloves in his local supermarket. How the stakes have risen.

First Donald beats Westwood in a play-off to win the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth. Then McIlroy holds off Tiger Woods to win the Honda Classic. Now Donald has won another play-off, this time of the four-man variety, with a classy birdie at the par-four 18th that had proved the hardest hole all day.

Tough at the top: Donald appears to have been inspired by Rory McIlroy

Tough at the top: Donald appears to have been inspired by Rory McIlroy

Throw in Donald's win in Florida last
November, when nothing else would do if he was to claim the US Tour
money list, and that's play of the highest calibre under pressure.

If truth be told Donald, following a quiet start to the season, was feeling a little trampled in the rush to proclaim McIlroy as the man of the next decade.

In his last event before the Masters at Augusta in a fortnight's time, this was a 'don't forget me' cry of piercing clarity.

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What we're seeing here are two players
revelling in a tennis-like rivalry, two model professionals using each
other's successes to drive themselves on, with UK golf the clear winner.

There's no animosity either, as there often is with two men badly wanting the same thing.

'Well, it was good while it lasted!' tweeted McIlroy, on Sunday. 'Congrats Luke Donald! Impressive performance!'

It's not just these two either. Do you think world No 3 Westwood will take the top two sprinting clear of him lying down

Then there's Justin Rose, whose win at the WGC-Cadillac Championship nine days ago can partly be attributed to using Donald as inspiration.

And what about those currently pushed to the margins, like Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell They are going to want a piece of the action again, aren't they

So to the final leg of the four-tournament Florida swing with, incredibly, all four titles currently residing in UK hands, as the Scot Martin Laird prepares to defend the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.

The sunshine state, they call it, and nothing in UK sport is in a sunnier state right now than golf.

Ernie's Augusta deadline

This is the final week for players not currently exempt for the Masters to gain a last-minute invitation via a ranking inside the world's top 50.

Anxious times, therefore, for 57th-placed Robert Rock in Morocco and 62nd-ranked Ernie Els at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Dreaming of Augusta: But Ernie Els missed out at the Transitions Championship

Dreaming of Augusta: But Ernie Els missed out at the Transitions Championship

Els had a golden opportunity to secure
his berth on Sunday but bogeyed the last two holes to go from one ahead
at the Transitions Championship to one behind.

'It's going to be tough to get over this, I'm not going to lie to you,' he said.

The vast army who have admired his languid grace over the years will hope he can somehow do so at Bay Hill.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

Unbelievable experience at the White House last night! Big thanks to Barack Obama for the invite! We’ll get that golf swing sorted soon!

Rory McIlroy’s cheeky tweet following a soiree he attended in Washington hosted by America’s golf-loving President.

Farewell to America's Wooldridge

If ever there was a man befitting the phrase 'a southern gentleman' it was Furman Bisher, who passed away on Sunday at the grand age of 93. Quite simply, this year's Masters won't feel the same without him.

Bisher was the Ian Wooldridge of American sportswriting, whose columns for the Atlanta Constitution for more than 60 years added up to a masterclass in the art of writing pointedly, but always with manners, fairness and style.

'Through his honest and entertaining prose, he became the iconic voice of the Masters throughout Georgia and a living legend to many, me included,' said the current Masters chairman, Billy Payne, on Furman's retirement from newspapers in 2009.

Here are some words Furman wrote on the passing of the boxer Joe Louis that, upon changing the word fighting to writing, could serve as his own epitaph: 'Then they lowered him into the ground and that is all that remains of the great fighting man, except a memory that shall become a national resource.'

Manny Pacquiao takes on Frankie Minoza

Pacquiao the inspiration as Minoza looks to deliver knockout blow at Philippine Open

'Keep your head down and swing' may be good advice if your just getting into boxing or golf but these two Filipino icons are a bit beyond the basics.

The gloves were off, well one of them was, as boxing legend Manny Pacquiao joined golfer Frankie Minoza for the pro-am ahead of this week's Philppine Open.

Putt them up: Manny Pacquiao (left) and Frankie Minoza square up on the green

Putt them up: Manny Pacquiao (left) and Frankie Minoza square up on the green

Minoza won this event in 1998 and 2007 and the 52-year-old fancies his chances of a third victory after meeting the man regarded as the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet.

'He's inspired the whole country with his achievements,' said Minoza of his playing partner.

'It was a pleasure to meet him for the first time. He has done a lot for the Philippines and has helped many people.'

Congressman Pacquiao, who defends his WBO welterweight title against Timothy Bradley in June, appeared to be enjoying himself at the appropriately named Wack Wack Golf and Country Club.

You're the Manny: Pacquiao likes the look of his drive

You're the Manny: Pacquiao likes the look of his drive

Norwich 2 Bolton 0: No gloves at Carrow Road

We need points, not gloves! Norwich prepared to brave the cold in search of survival

The gloves are off at Norwich City – and they will stay off, no matter how cold it gets.

Norwich easily and deservedly beat Bolton 2-0 at Carrow Road on Saturday but it was noticeable that none of the outfield players wore anything to warm their hands, despite it being, quite frankly, freezing.

Players at other clubs wear gloves, snoods, tights and God knows what else to keep warm but Canaries winger Anthony Pilkington revealed that manager Paul Lambert does not have time for any of that nonsense, even in training.

Baring all: Norwich braved the cold to beat Bolton at Carrow Road

Baring all: Norwich braved the cold to beat Bolton at Carrow Road

That attitude will bring a warm glow to those who say the modern top-flight footballer is too soft, and Pilkington said: ‘We're not allowed to wear gloves – even in training – and the same applies to woolly hats and scarves… and as for snoods, don't even think about it.

‘To be honest it's not that cold, and when you're a footballer you're always running around to keep yourself warm. And if you're still cold after doing that, maybe you're not running around enough.

‘Under-armour is the most you can get out of the manager, and we all wear short-sleeved shirts as well, but what you wear isn't important – it's performances which win you points, and that performance against Bolton spoke for itself.

Opener: Andrew Surman put Norwich in front at home to Bolton

Opener: Andrew Surman put Norwich in front at home to Bolton

‘Three points is the best insulation against the cold, and you can tell by the way we fought for each other that the team spirit here is massive.’

Pilkington’s team-mate Elliott Bennett added: ‘We're all men. A lot of fans have come out here today in freezing cold to watch us and they’re not wearing gloves.

‘We get the chance to run around and keep warm so gloves are not an issue or even on the agenda. It's a joy to be in this team and if it means not wearing gloves then it's a small price to pay.

‘It's a bit different if you're from South America and it's zero degrees and you're used to playing in 20 or 25 degrees. But everyone in this team has played in England or Scotland for a long while and if you're not used to the cold by now you never will.’

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