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Sachin Tendulkar"s wait for his next Test hundred goes on: Top Spin at the Test

Top Spin at the Test: The wait goes on as Tendulkar's ton proves elusive


22:56 GMT, 5 December 2012



22:56 GMT, 5 December 2012

Sachin Tendulkar’s highest Test innings since he made 80 at Sydney in January could not disguise the fact that his last 29 visits to the crease have failed to produce a Test hundred. That is comfortably the longest century-less drought of his career, stretching all the way back to his 146 in Cape Town in January 2011. The sense of disappointment yesterday at Eden Gardens when he edged Jimmy Anderson to Matt Prior was almost tangible.

Disappointment: Sachin Tendulkar missed out on a century

Disappointment: Sachin Tendulkar missed out on a century

Sachin eclipses sunny record
For all his frustration, Tendulkar did tick off yet another milestone. When he clipped Monty Panesar for a single shortly after lunch, he completed 34,000 runs in all international cricket. He won’t be caught any time soon: next in the list is former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who retired on Monday with 27,483 runs to his name. Tendulkar also became India’s leading Test run-scorer against England, passing Sunil Gavaskar, who hit 2,483.

Bogie man: Hansie Cronje took Tendulkar's wicket five times in his career

Bogie man: Hansie Cronje took Tendulkar's wicket five times in his career

Cronje chips in on Tendulkar's list
The eight bowlers to have dismissed Tendulkar five times or more in Tests include some of the modern fast-bowling greats: Anderson (eight times), Glenn McGrath (six), Jason Gillespie, Brett Lee and Allan Donald (all five). But one name stands out on the list: the late South Africa captain Hansie Cronje also took Tendulkar’s wicket in Tests on five occasions with his gentle medium-pace — a stat made all the more remarkable by the fact that Cronje managed only 43 wickets in his 68 Tests.

Sharp Samit proves his point
Samit Patel has often incurred the wrath of team director Andy Flower for his lack of sharpness in the field, but his hard work on the boundary led to the run-out that changed England’s day. Virender Sehwag had his eye on a third after working Anderson through midwicket, but Patel chased down the stroke and then flicked the ball up to Steven Finn, who hurled it to Matt Prior at the striker’s end with Sehwag stranded mid-pitch.

On his toes: Samit Patel's alert fielding led to a run-out

On his toes: Samit Patel's alert fielding led to a run-out

Gambhir changes his tune
When Gautam Gambhir was asked how disappointed Tendulkar would be to miss out on a hundred, he replied: ‘It’s not about hundreds or individuals. It’s about what the team does together.’ This hymn to team spirit raised eyebrows among those who recall him exposing the India tail on the fourth morning in Mumbai, where cynics wondered whether he was more concerned with carrying his bat than actually saving a game India went on to lose by 10 wickets.

Santi Cazorla should be nicknamed Messi or Maradona, says Jack Wilshere

Wilshere: Classy Cazorla is so good we should call him Messi… or Maradona!



09:46 GMT, 19 November 2012

Jack Wilshere claimed Santi Cazorla’s nickname should be ‘Messi’ or ‘Maradona’ after watching Arsenal’s new hero inspire their latest north London derby thrashing of Tottenham.

Wilshere and Cazorla both sung each other’s praises following Saturday’s 5-2 Barclays Premier League win over Spurs at the Emirates Stadium.

But England midfielder Wilshere took the love-in to extremes when he suggested his new team-mate bore comparison with all-time greats Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

Call him Messi: Jack Wilshere wants his team-mates to create a new nickname for Santi Cazorla

Call him Messi: Jack Wilshere wants his team-mates to create a new nickname for Santi Cazorla

Asked if Arsenal’s players had a nickname for their new talisman, Wilshere said: 'Not yet. Maybe it should be Messi!'

Record signing Cazorla was dubbed ‘Paquirrin’ (Fat Boy) in his native Spain because of his resemblance to a celebrity who goes by the same moniker.

When this was pointed out to Wilshere, he said: 'Maradona then.'

Wilshere has played alongside Cazorla just four times since his return from 17 months out injured but he claimed the 27-year-old was as good as anyone he had encountered.

He said: 'His touch and his vision is just a joke. He is a dream to play with.

'He never gives the ball away, he is creative and busy round the pitch. He is a joy to play with.'

Playing down comparisons with Cesc Fabregas, he added: 'He is a different player to Cesc. Cesc is more of a passer.

'With Santi, he can pick the ball up, he can beat people, he has got a great shot on him. He is just different class and he is great to play with.'

Cazorla was unstoppable against 10-man Spurs and Wilshere was in awe.

'There was one point when there were three players around him and he just dribbled out of it,' he said.

'That is up there with the best. I think I will have to watch it again to learn a few thing off him!'

In control: Cazorla relished his first taste of action in a north London derby

In control: Cazorla relished his first taste of action in a north London derby

Cazorla’s performance was all the more remarkable after he was forced to travel to Panama and back for a Spain friendly he played no part in.

Wilshere said: 'I spoke to him on Friday and he said it was an 11-hour flight.

'He doesn’t speak much English – he just smiled.

'I think with the competition in the Spanish team, if they call you, you have to go.

'You can’t say no – otherwise they’ll replace you with a player who is just as good.'

Cazorla himself joked: 'A few of the players have said that I should go back and do the journey again, because it’s obviously helped my form!

'It was a long journey and a hard one, but I was able to rest and I feel good now.'

The 15million arrival from Malaga was also feeling good about his fledgling midfield partnership with Wilshere.

'Jack has a quality that everyone knows about, and he is a crucial player for us,' he said.

Flash point: Wilshere was involved in an argument with Gareth Bale moments after Emmanuel Adebayor's sending off for Spurs

Flash point: Wilshere was involved in an argument with Gareth Bale moments after Emmanuel Adebayor's sending off for Spurs

'Every day, he gets better and playing with him gets easier every day, as he improves his level and finds his fitness again.

'We have to be patient but he will keep on improving.

'I am starting to understand Jack a little bit more but that is the same with all of my team-mates. We are getting better with every game.'

Saturday was Cazorla’s first taste of a north London derby and, although he had played derbies in Spain, he admitted they were 'not as intense'.

He added: 'Everyone had been explaining to me that we had to win, that it was a derby, that there is so much rivalry.

'The main thing is that the fans were able to enjoy themselves and that, by the end of the game, they could be quite comfortable.
'It’s beautiful the way they have been with me ever since I arrived. It means a lot.'

Cazorla’s exploits may not yet have earned him a new nickname but he already has his own song among Arsenal supporters.

He said: 'It makes me really happy that the fans show me so much affection. It’s lovely to hear.'

David Lloyd misses Emmerdale star Chas Dingle – Bumble"s Test diary

BUMBLE'S TEST DIARY: England have picked the wrong team… but why I'm in a tizz over Chas



17:52 GMT, 15 November 2012


England have picked the wrong team. Monty Panesar should be playing. It’s crying out for two specialist spinners. Samit Patel bowled 14 overs but he is only a supplementary option. Monty is the man for these conditions. England picked three seamers but conditions were against them, and Tim Bresnan only bowled 10 overs. India always play two seamers and two specialist spinners at home and England should have followed suit.

Watching brief: England's Monty Panesar during a nets practice session at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad yesterday

Watching brief: England's Monty Panesar during a nets practice session at the Sardar Patel Stadium, Ahmedabad yesterday


Saying that, Graeme Swann has been exceptional. He is in exalted company now after overtaking one of the all-time greats yesterday, Jim Laker.

Swann is right up there, make no mistake. Some say Swann has picked up plenty of wickets because of DRS, but I'd counter that by pointing out that Laker played on uncovered pitches.

Fitness permitting, Swann will pass Deadly Derek Underwood and reach 300 Test wickets.


England can’t afford to keep dropping catches. Four chances were missed. I put it down to psychological pressure. It was the same against South Africa and the likes of Hashim Amla (in particular), Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers. The fielding mindset is ‘I can’t afford to drop this class of player’ and you find yourself snatching at chances or going with hard hands. Also, the continuity in fielding positions has not been there. England miss Paul Collingwood. Jimmy Anderson has had a go in the slips and now Jonathan Trott.

Another brick in the wall: Mumbai A's Cheteshwar Pujara earlier this month during England's tour

Another brick in the wall: Mumbai A's Cheteshwar Pujara earlier this month during England's tour


If Virender Sehwag had a wish list, in first place would be ‘this pitch’. There is no movement, little pace or bounce and he’s just stood there and thought: ‘I’ll smash it everywhere.’

Conditions are 100 per cent in his favour. England will be relieved he ‘only’ got 117.

A quick word about this lad Cheteshwar Pujara, who has replaced Rahul Dravid at No 3. He’s controlled, careful and watchful – oh no, he's a ‘Junior Wall’!

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No wonder, Bumble misses Chas Dingle...: Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter poses in her lingerie

No wonder, Bumble misses Chas Dingle…: Emmerdale actress Lucy Pargeter poses in her lingerie

Chastity Dingle (Lucy Pargeter) panics when she wakes up next to Colin McFarlane (Michael Melia) and discovers he's dead

Chastity Dingle

Just not cricket: Chastity Dingle (Lucy Pargeter,) panics when she wakes up next to Colin McFarlane (Michael Melia) and discovers he's dead (left) and posing all demurely (right)


As you’d imagine, I had a full English (in a plastic carton) which was very nice. As I said, I woke up at 2am but I didn’t get my breakfast till 5.30am – that’s when the rest of the staff come in.

Sir Beefy took a different approach – he just had an inordinate amount of Red Bull!


Petula Clark was 80 yeterday. I was a big fan back in the day. All together now: 'Downtown…'Finally, I read the other day that Frankel’s stud fee has been set at 125,000. Nice work if you can get it…

Petula Clark

Jockey Tom Queally kisses race horse Frankel, following the Champion Stakes (Class 1), British Champions Middle Distance race at Ascot, England on October 20, 2012

Star-studded: Happy 80th birthday Petula Clark (left), while Frankel (right) has has his stud fee set at 125,000

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London 2102 Olympics: Mo Farah and Usain Bolt give golden ending to Games

Golden greats: Mo stuns the world by doing long-distance double as sprint king Bolt sets new record



23:57 GMT, 11 August 2012

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Mo Farah and Usain Bolt provided an extraordinary finale to the track programme of the Olympic Games with a fourth athletics gold medal for Britain and a relay world record for Jamaica.

With the curtain coming down on a universally acclaimed London Games on Sunday, Farah held his nerve in a final lap of the 5,000m to become the seventh man in history to win the 5,000m-10,000m double — and dedicated his two medals to his twin girls, who are due to be born in 12 days.

Bolt, in what may be his farewell to the Olympics, then anchored a Jamaican quartet of Nesta Carter, Michael Frater and Yohan Blake to break their own world record with 36.84sec in the 4x100m, beating the Americans, who also broke the old world record in 37.04sec.

Trading places: Mo Farah celebrates with Usain Bolt's trademark Lightening Strike while the Jamaican sprinter copies the Brit's Mo-Bot celebration

Trading places: Mo Farah celebrates with Usain Bolt's trademark Lightening Strike while the Jamaican sprinter copies the Brit's Mo-Bot celebration

In the record books: Bolt poses on the podium after winning the men's 4X100 relay

In the record books: Bolt poses on the podium after winning the men's 4X100 relay

Boxer Luke Campbell added to the British gold haul, realising his lifetime dream as he floored Ireland’s John Joe Nevin on his way to a 14-11 victory and the Olympic bantamweight title at ExCeL on Saturday night.

Earlier Ed McKeever had powered to victory in the men’s 200m kayak canoeing, the 28-year-old dominating the K1 single final with Spaniard Saul Craviotto Rivero taking silver and Canada’s Mark de Jonge bronze.

Farah received the loudest acclaim of the night as he sprinted for gold and said: ‘The crowd were amazing. They made an incredible noise. These medals are for my two girls, who haven’t been born yet, hopefully. They could arrive any time in the next 12 days. It’s amazing.

Boxing to gold: Luke Campbell won gold in the boxing ring

Boxing to gold: Luke Campbell won gold in the boxing ring

'They’re twins so there’s one for each.’

As for his short-term future on the track, Farah said: 'I don’t know what’s going on. I’m taking one race at a time. The Olympics doesn’t come round often. It's all worked out well.

'I’m just amazed. Two gold medals — who would have thought that

'I just want to thank everyone who’s supported me. All my coaches from previous years and all the people who’ve been involved in my life. I can’t thank everybody enough.

Paddle power: Ed Mckeever celebrates after winning the gold medal in the kayak single 200-meter men's final

Paddle power: Ed Mckeever celebrates after winning the gold medal in the kayak single 200-meter men's final

'I want to say particularly to my wife, with her carrying twins, it hasn’t been easy but I didn’t want to know about it.

'If anything happens she promised she wouldn’t let me know so I’m glad it all worked out well.’

He added: ‘It’s been a long journey, grafting and grafting, but anything is possible.'

Fans last to gain from Premier League TV deal – Patrick Collins

Fans will be the last to gain from Premier League's 3bn jackpot



22:00 GMT, 16 June 2012

Three billion pounds is an extraordinary amount of money; too much to count and too vast to imagine.

With three billion pounds, you could make a lot of people extremely happy. As Richard Scudamore has just discovered.

When the Premier League's chief executive announced his new television deal, football's cottage industries lifted grateful glasses.

Increase: The new Premier League deal is an improvement of around 1.245bn

Increase: The new Premier League deal is an improvement of around 1.245bn

From cosmetic surgeons and night club owners to the champagne houses of Bollinger and Pol Roger, to the frock shops of Armani and Versace, to the estate agents of rural Cheshire, they all realised just what this meant. Business as usual.

In fact, it is considerably better than that. Three billion pounds over three years for domestic television rights is an improvement of around 1.245bn, or 70 per cent, on the current deal.

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In Scudamore's words it is 'a decent commercial increase'. But, of course, he is being clumpingly coy, like a man who wants us to know he is making A Joke.

For the sums are quite astonishing. One illustration: in 1992, when the Premier League was formed, the cost of a single, live, televised match was 633,000. Under the new deal, for a great many more games, that figure will rise to 6.5m.

It all sounds like unqualified good news, until we consider another of Scudamore's remarks: 'As ever, the security provided by broadcast revenues will enable our clubs to continue to invest in all aspects of their football activities and plan sustainably for the foreseeable future.'

And that is where we part company. You see, we know – and he also knows, although he can't say – that the notion of clubs practising sustainable planning is simply absurd.

Under the current, gargantuan deal, and on the last available figures, eight of the 20 Premier League clubs made a profit and the rest recorded losses.

One of the principal reasons for this situation, again on the last available figures, is that the average salary of a Premier League player was 1.16m per year.

Such a statistic usually provokes a grunt of disgust from those who believe that young men are fortunate to be earning money from doing something so patently pleasurable.

Yet we should remember that nobody forces clubs to pay such sums. They have opted into the rat race for all manner of reasons, among them proprietorial ego and fan pressure, and a great many have been spending money they do not possess.

Far worse than the payments to players are the payments to football agents. Premier League clubs are currently handing over something in the region of 70m a year, every year, to these unspeakable chancers. This is money which is permanently lost to the game, paid out for trite and irrelevant services on a scale which a normal industry would not contemplate. But who's counting

Champions: Manchester City were crowned Premier League winners last term

Champions: Manchester City were crowned Premier League winners last term

It isn't real money, it's TV money. And there's a lot more where that came from. Which is absolutely true. Even before the world television rights are auctioned, the current jackpot stands at 3bn. And will that sum promote greater prudence, self- discipline, simple commercial rigour among the clubs Will it hell.

Transfer fees will soar, players will demand and agents will plunder. Managers, too, will join the stampede, seeing no reason why they should be excluded from this new era of even greater excess.

In effect, the arsonist is being presented with the keys to the fireworks factory. Probably with similar results.

There are those who believe that the market must always rule. They will quote the words of dear old Scudamore as if he were divinely inspired. Others see it rather differently.

The monster will continue to devour its gluttonous diet

Even after 20 years, and despite its many virtues, we resent and deplore the way in which the Premier League was formed. Its founders assured us that it would assure the long-term success of the England national side. That hasn't worked out too well.

We were also told that it would prevent the major clubs forming their own, exclusive, league. The fact that only four or five clubs can even dream of winning the title rather scuppers that claim.

For injustice abounds. Where income was once fairly distributed under the old Football League, we now have a situation in which Premier League wages are now around five times greater than those of the Championship and 30 times more than the paupers of League Two.

The smaller clubs are receiving a pittance while the ultra-wealthy are being rewarded beyond measure. It is deeply offensive and thoroughly unfair.

And who is paying the price for this orgy of unreasoning largesse Need you ask Sky have enjoyed massive profits through their association with football. Those profits will grow, since prices will rise to cover their costs.

The fact that most people in this country do not subscribe to Sky is of no significance. Sky is where the money is, which is all that concerns the Premier League.

Equally, and at a time of double-dip recession, this incredible windfall could be used by the clubs to slash seat prices to bring them within the reach of lower income supporters. I doubt this has even crossed their minds.

For the monster will continue to devour its gluttonous diet. Richard Scudamore will trouser the bonus his entrepreneurial efforts have merited. And the aristocrats of English football will insist, three billion times over, that everything is just perfect in the richest league in all the world.

Sneering Keane hits wrong note yet again

Keith Andrews plays for the Republic of Ireland. He is an unremarkable footballer in a mundane football team who have just been ejected from Euro 2012.

The game which sealed their fate, against the world champions Spain, was made memorable by the Irish fans spending the last 15 minutes singing their hearts out in a long-lost cause.

Sing when you're (not) winning: Andrews praised the Ireland support

Sing when you're (not) winning: Andrews praised the Ireland support

Said Andrews: 'The fans were an absolute credit to their country and, unfortunately, we were not able to give them what they deserved.' It was the gracious remark of a patently decent man.

Sadly, Roy Keane didn't see it that way. Having failed as a football manager, Keane is now a television pundit; frank, fearless and depressingly predictable.

Making his point: Keane hit out at Andrews

Making his point: Keane hit out at Andrews

'It's just nonsense to say how great the supporters are,' he said. 'Let's not kid ourselves, they want to see their team winning. Let's not just go along for the sing-song now and again.'

Keane has standards, you see; fiercely uncompromising standards which lesser characters like Andrews could not begin to comprehend.

They are the kind of standards he revealed when, as the Republic's captain and most celebrated player, he took umbrage at the training arrangements and flounced out of the Irish camp before the start of the 2002 World Cup finals.

It was grotesque self-indulgence disguised as high principle and it told us everything we needed to know about Roy Keane. Keith Andrews may be an unremarkable footballer. But when it really mattered, when his country needed him, he stayed and played for Ireland. He deserves something better than the sneering contempt of the man who walked away.


Forty years on and the names roll off the tongue: Ali, Frazier, Holmes, Foreman. All products of the most dazzling era in the history of the heavyweights. And alongside them, in fighting ability and public esteem, stood an amateur boxer from Cuba.

Legend: Teofilo Stevenson died last week

Legend: Teofilo Stevenson died last week

Teofilo Stevenson, who died last week, won three Olympic gold medals with a right hand that could stop a train. At a time when boxing has descended to the farcical depths of Haye v Chisora, we do well to remember a hero of his country and a wonder of his age.


Our congratulations to Terry Downes, the former world middleweight champion, on his BEM in the Birthday Honours. Downes, who had a telling way with a one-liner, once emerged from a savage battle with the American Paul Pender and was interviewed by the BBC's Harry Carpenter.

'Just as well he's not a heavy puncher,' observed Carpenter. 'Is that right, Harry' replied Downes, blood oozing from his damaged nose. 'Tell you what, let him hit you, then.'

Lewis Hamilton ready to join Felipe Massa, Mark Webber and Michael Schumacher on the contract merry-go-round

Hamilton revving-up to join Massa, Webber and Schumacher on the contract merry-go-round



21:07 GMT, 9 June 2012

After two seasons of stagnation in the driver market, the transfer merry-go-round is finally showing signs of spinning into action.

Chief among the potential protagonists is Lewis Hamilton, whose contract at McLaren expires at the end of the current campaign.

The 2008 world champion may continue to stick to the mantra that the complexities of the 2012 championship mean he has little time to ponder his future.

The future is unknown: Lewis Hamilton's contract expires at the end of the season

The future is unknown: Lewis Hamilton's contract expires at the end of the season

But rest assured that his management company, Simon Fuller’s XIX Entertainment, are giving it plenty of thought — even if serious negotiations are unlikely to begin in earnest until after the British Grand Prix next month.

That they have something to ponder is down to the fact that at Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes, Mark Webber, Felipe Massa and Michael Schumacher find themselves in the same boat as Hamilton.

It will take one of that quartet to start the ball rolling, perhaps Webber to Ferrari to replace Massa or Schumacher if the German goes back into retirement, freeing up a space at Mercedes.

Maybe all employers and employees will decide they are happy with the status quo, lucrative contracts and preferential clauses permitting.

One thing is for certain, Jenson Button is absolutely delighted his long-term deal with McLaren was signed, sealed and delivered during the relative calm of last season.

Top three: Alonso, Vettel and Hamilton pose in Montreal

Top three: Alonso, pole-sitter Vettel and Hamilton pose in Montreal

There are obvious reasons for his contentment. Despite enduring a difficult start to 2012, barring his victory in the opening race in Australia, Button’s place with one of the true greats of Formula One is almost as assured as that of Fernando Alonso at Ferrari.

It also means that Button can remain fully focused on reviving his title tilt this year. Just as well given he suffered another frustrating qualifying session in Canada yesterday, only just making it into the top 10 shoot-out by the skin of his teeth, thanks to Pastor Maldonado blowing his chance by clouting the ‘Wall of Champions’ at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve.

Ultimately, Button could only manage 10th on the grid for the race. Once again he was comprehensively out-qualified by Hamilton, who will start second after offering the sternest challenge to Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, celebrating the 32nd pole of his career with yet another faultless lap.

Whatever this season has in store for Button, the 2009 world champion, by next year he will be in his third campaign at McLaren, fully bedded in and without the need to start feeling his way into a new team. He knows a thing or two about having to carve a niche in an organisation with a formidable team-mate, having chosen to pit himself against Hamilton, who has been at McLaren since he was 13 years old. ‘It will be towards the end of the year when most of the people get their contracts done,’ said Button.

Deal sealed: Button signed a long-term contract with McLaren

Deal sealed: Button signed a long-term contract with McLaren

‘For next year, if they are moving teams, they need to start focusing on settling into that team and making sure they are a big part of that team and not a second driver.

‘A driver needs to give good input and get the team around him because that is a big thing in the sport these days, especially at the top teams with the team-mates they will have. They are all very competitive and very clever individuals.’

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No wonder Button has a mischievous smile on his face when asked about the ensuing silly season. ‘I like a bit of action, it’s good fun,’ he said. ‘There’s a lot of talk, even about Sebastian Vettel, who has got a contract at Red Bull.

‘It’s interesting to hear the top drivers’ comments — the drivers who you know play games and those who don’t.’

He does not have to indulge in such scheming. Indeed, Button need only worry about getting his title challenge back on track.

Paolo Di Canio, Alan Shearer and Tony Yeboah: Volleys video special

VIDEO SPECIAL: Di Canio, Shearer, Yeboah and Rooney… after Crouch's cracker we reveal our top 10 volleys



15:43 GMT, 26 March 2012

When you think of fantastic volleys, legends like Marco van Basten and Zinedine Zidane spring to mind with their strikes in major European finals.

But the Premier League has its fair share of stunning strikes and Peter Crouch’s incredible effort against Manchester City at the weekend will go down as one of the all-time greats.

Here Sportsmail lists 10 of the greatest volleys in Premier League history.

Tony Yeboah (LEEDS v Liverpool 21/8/95)

No great goals list is complete without a Yeboah effort and 17 years on his strike against Liverpool is still fondly remembered.

For style, a ball crashing in off the underside of the crossbar always gets more marks but this came during a period in the Ghanaian’s career when you got a goal of the season contender out of him every other week.

Paul Scholes (Bradford v MANCHESTER UNITED 25/3/00)

It’s beautiful in its simplicity. David Beckham floats a set-piece to the edge of the penalty box and Scholes finds the bottom corner with power and accuracy.

The fact it takes no deflections is impressive enough, but a mention has to go to United striker Dwight Yorke whose quick reflexes enabled him to duck the cannon and prevent getting being into the next week.

Paolo Di Canio (WEST HAM v Wimbledon 26/3/00)

As soon as greatest Premier League volleys debates are started it doesn’t take long before Di Canio’s special strike against Wimbledon is mentioned.

Standing at an unfavourable angle to the goal, the Italian hit an unorthodox first-time strike from a cross-field ball that flew across the target and into the corner.

Wimbledon keeper Neil Sullivan should have been favourite, but he had no chance.

Alan Shearer (NEWCASTLE v Everton 1/12/02)

The Toon were heading for a 1-0 defeat against 10 men but with just four minutes left Shearer once again saved the day.

Everton keeper Richard Wright had somehow kept everything out but he was helpless against Shearer's bullet and again three minutes later when Newcastle snatched a winner through a Lie Tie own goal.

Dietmar Hamann (LIVERPOOL v Portsmouth 17/3/04)

Before Wayne Rooney there was Hamann. Michael Owen turned provider for once by lofting a cross to the edge of the box where the German unleashed a thunderbolt that curled and arced straight into the top corner.

Hamann could not have placed it any better had he wanted to – even Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier looked stunned.

Wayne Rooney (MANCHESTER UNITED v Newcastle 24/4/05)

The strike is stunning. The power that Rooney generates from the volley is frightening and Shay Given in goal was never given a chance of getting anywhere near it.

But it is what happened before that adds to the goal. Seconds earlier, Rooney was seen having a disagreement with referee Neale Barry and his visible frustration was clear to see even as he ran up to execute the volley. Tantrums at their best.

Morten Gamst Pedersen (BLACKBURN v Fulham 20/8/05)

Often overlooked but Pedersen’s strike is about as good as any you are likely to see.

Running at full pace to crash home a volley with power takes some doing.

Midfielder Tugay would score a special volley of his own later in the match in similar fashion to the Scholes cracker at Bradford. Rovers fans got full value for money that day in a 2-1 win.

Robin van Persie (Charlton v ARSENAL 30/9/06)

Did he shin it The only thing that matters is that it fizzed into the top corner And given Van Persie’s exploits since, you would have to say he meant it.

As soon as the ball left Emmanuel Eboue’s foot from, Van Persie knew what he was going to do – and it wasn’t going to be a header.

David Bentley (Arsenal v TOTTENHAM 29/10/08)

Harry Redknapp’s first official game in charge of Tottenham turned out to be one of the all-time Premier League greats as the north London rivals played out a 4-4 draw.

And it was Bentley who set the tone. Following touches from Luka Modric and Jermaine Jenas, the midfielder spotted Manuel Almunia off his line and lobbed him with a volley from 35 yards.

Opportunism at its finest.

Cheick Tiote (NEWCASTLE v Arsenal 5/2/11)

Another Premier League classic which produced a script that even Hollywood would find far-fetched.

Newcastle were 4-0 down to the Gunners but managed to pull it back to 4-3 before winning a free-kick with three minutes left.

The delivery into the box was cleared but up stepped Roy of the Rovers (played here by Tiote) to rifle a volley into the bottom corner to complete the Premier League’s greatest comeback.

England debutants: Seven best uncut gems

Magnificent Seven! Bobby Charlton and England's other best uncut gems

Sportsmail remembers when England uncovered new talent in unlikely circumstances.

Brave: Two months after the Munich air disaster, Bobby Charlton made his England bow

Brave: Two months after the Munich air disaster, Bobby Charlton made his England bow

Bobby Charlton

Debut: April 1958, v Scotland

Little more than a month after the Munich air disaster, 20-year-old Charlton scored on his England debut in the first of the year’s Home International games, a 4-0 win against Scotland at Hampden Park.

It would be the first of a record 49 international goals in an England career spanning 12 years and 106 caps. Without doubt, one of the all-time greats.

Geoff Hurst

February 1966, v West Germany

stuff of legend. Hurst made his debut in a friendly against West
Germany as Alf Ramsey experimented up front ahead of the 1966 World Cup.
Five months later, he won his eighth cap in the final, scoring a
hat-trick against the same opponents.

He finished his England career with 49 caps and 24 goals. His final game, in April 1972, was also against West Germany.

Kevin Keegan

November 1972, v Wales

Joe Mercer recalled Keegan for the first game of the post-Sir Alf Ramsey era, with England in need of a lift having failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.

The 23-year-old Liverpool striker had made his debut against Wales two years earlier but failed to establish himself and Mercer awarded him his third cap, once again against Wales. Keegan scored in a 2-0 win at Ninian Park and ended up with 21 goals in 63 games.

Top stopper: Joe Hart made his debut in 2008 in a friendly

Top stopper: Joe Hart made his debut in 2008 in a friendly

Peter Beardsley

January 1986, v Egypt

Gary Lineker and Mark Hateley had played in 1986 World Cup qualifying but after no goals and one point from England’s first two games in Mexico, Bobby Robson gave 25-year-old Newcastle striker Beardsley his seventh appearance for the third game against Poland.

He clicked with Lineker, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win. Beardsley finished with 59 caps, nine goals and many assists.

Gary Neville

June 1995, v Japan

Graham Taylor tried all sorts at right back — Paul Parker, Lee Dixon, Rob Jones, Earl Barrett, David Bardsley, Keith Curle and Andy Sinton — but Neville emerged in the nick of time for Terry Venables.

He was handed a debut at the age of 20 in the Umbro Trophy against Japan, 12 months ahead of Euro 96, and stayed in the team, going on to win 85 caps over the next 12 years.

Not left back in the changing room: Ashley Cole is closing in on 100 caps

Not left back in the changing room: Ashley Cole is closing in on 100 caps

Ashley Cole

March 2001, v Albania

Left back had become a problem position by the turn of the century. Kevin Keegan finished with Gareth Barry and Graeme Le Saux disputing the position after Phil Neville was jettisoned following Euro 2000.

Sven Goran Eriksson picked Chris Powell twice before turning to the 20-year-old Arsenal left back. Cole is still first choice, 93 caps and 11 years later.

Joe Hart

June 2008, v Trinidad and Tobago

England's goalkeeping department was in turmoil after the 2010 World Cup. Rob Green had lost the confidence of Fabio Capello after his error against the USA and David James was nearly 40.

Hart seemed the only hope and he had to respond to the challenge. He had made his debut in a friendly two years earlier, but his first start came against Hungary in August 2010, the first game after the World Cup. He has grown in stature since and the 24-year-old will go to Euro 2012 as undisputed No 1.

Shane Warne Liz Hurley statue unveiled

Cricket legend Warne immortalised in statue as Liz Hurley joins star for unveiling

Shane Warne cuts a svelte figure these days but his time as a more rotund player were recalled when a bronze statue of the spin-bowling great was unveiled at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday.

The 42-year-old made a much-publicised return to cricket after a short retirement at the MCG last weekend in Australia”s revamped domestic Twenty20 competition.

But it was the 708 test wickets – he grabbed his 700th at the MCG – that earned Warne a place alongside 10 other Australian sporting greats outside the most famous sporting venue in his home city.

Tribute: Shane Warne poses with his newly unveiled statue at the MCG in Melbourne

Tribute: Shane Warne poses with his newly unveiled statue at the MCG in Melbourne

“It”s 300 kilos that statue, it”s pretty lifelike for when I played,” Warne joked.

“It”s a great honour, it”s a bit weird seeing yourself up there but I”m very proud.”

Despite having retired from the test arena for nearly four years, Warne remains one of his country”s most popular cricketers and his return was a huge boost to the new “Big Bash” series.

Shane Warne statue unveiled Shane Warne statue unveiled

Unveiling: Warne said he was honoured by the statue as his family joined him for the special occasion

After a quiet first match, he showed he could still produce some magic on the pitch in his second outing for the Melbourne Stars against the Brisbane Heat at the Gabba on Tuesday.

Fitted with a microphone by the TV broadcaster when bowling to Brendon McCullum, Warne said he thought the New Zealander would sweep the next delivery and that he “might try to slide one in there… fast”.

Family outing: Warne was accompanied by Liz Hurley and their children from previous marriages

Family outing: Warne was accompanied by Liz Hurley and their children from previous marriages

He duly bowled the batsmen around his legs with the ball hitting the off-stump, leaving McCullum lauding the Australian”s “genius”.

“He”s still got it. He”s the oracle isn”t he He”s a genius,” he said. “I was just trying to pay the respect by looking to play a fine lap shot to get off strike and attack the other guys.

Genius: Warne predicted taking Brendon McCullum

Genius: Warne predicted taking Brendon McCullum”s wicket on live TV then did so with his next ball

“He”s just too good, I got beaten to the punch by the world”s greatest player, there”s no harm in that.”