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Jessica Ennis becomes TV interviewer in park – VIDEO

Which Olympic champion turned TV interviewer with an impromptu workout in the park (she's not really a blonde)

and a dazzling gold medal winner, but she wasn't easily recognised when she put on a wig and took a microphone into Hyde Park.

For regular morning fitness fanatics the last thing you expect is to bump into Sheffield's finest, Jessica Ennis. But one runner got more than he was expecting when she stopped him for a chat – and then offered an impromptu workout.

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Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Disguise: Jessica Ennis has a wig fitted as she prepares to undercover and surprise runners in London

Ennis initially donned a wig, grabbed a microphone and film crew and questioned runners in London's Hyde Park about their training habits.

Then, having revealed herself to one unsuspecting participant, the 27-year-old Olympic heptathlon gold medallist spent an hour showing him ways to improve his fitness.

Using equipment ranging from a medicine ball to a park bench, the amateur athlete is put through
his paces.

The video was shot as part of a new Powerade campaign: ‘You Have More Power Than You Think'.

And with Sunday's London Marathon fast approaching, what better time to pick up some last-minute tips

For more information and to download the training tips, click here.

Up close and personal: Ennis stopped unsuspecting runners to quiz them on their fitness regimes

Up close and personal: Ennis stopped unsuspecting runners to quiz them on their fitness regimes

Surprise: Ennis reveals her true identity to one runner before taking him through a workout

Surprise: Ennis reveals her true identity to one runner before taking him through a workout

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Working out: Ennis takes the amatuer athlete through a session involving a variety of exercises

Christian Benteke interview: Striker makes big impression at Villa Park, Thierry Henry is his idol

Onward Christian soldier: Benteke makes big impression at Villa Park

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UPDATED:

22:30 GMT, 23 November 2012

Christian Benteke has been an imposing presence on the football pitch all his life. But that hasn’t always been an advantage.

Indeed, as a young footballer, the Aston Villa forward often had to provide proof of his age before being allowed to play.

‘Other teams didn’t believe me,’ he said. ‘When I played I always had to produce my national identity card to prove I was the age I said I was.

Big impact: Christian Benteke has impressed Villa fans as he makes his mark in England

Big impact: Christian Benteke has impressed Villa fans as he makes his mark in England

‘I was 14 years old at the time. They thought I was five years older because I was much bigger than everyone else. I’ve seen players change positions after I’ve walked on to a pitch. One time they refused to play. I heard them talking about it but I carried on and they played in the end.

‘Another time they just didn’t believe how old I was and I couldn’t play. So I left a photocopy of my card at the club permanently so, if anyone asked, we could prove how old I was.’

Benteke grins. He is 6ft 3in tall. Powerfully built, but lean.

And boy, is he strong! When Chris Smalling made the mistake of trying to shoulder-charge the Belgium striker two weeks ago, the Manchester United and England defender came off second best. /11/23/article-2237606-162B955F000005DC-687_634x427.jpg” width=”634″ height=”427″ alt=”No returns: Belgian Benteke has not been back to the Congo since his parents fled with him when he was three” class=”blkBorder” />

No returns: Belgian Benteke has not been back to the Congo since his parents fled with him when he was three

‘My favourite moment was after he left Arsenal and, when he comes back, he scores against Leeds in the FA Cup. I think if you like football you have to feel some emotion over that.’

It’s difficult not to feel grateful for your lot when you hear Benteke talk, without a hint of bitterness, about the sacrifices his father Jean-Pierre, then employed in the military, made when he decided to uproot his family to escape the Mobutu regime in the Congo, or Zaire as it was known.

Trouble has flared once more in central Africa this week. Benteke, 21, has never returned to the country of his birth, but sends money home to help out the family who remained.

‘We weren’t living near the fighting but my father was in the military and anticipated that it would reach us,’ he said.

‘He didn’t want to take any risks but my uncle and aunt are still there. We have several relations there, too.

‘They are OK at the moment, the conflict is nowhere near them. But it is still a worry.

‘In our culture we shelter our families, so I do that with mine. I send them money to make sure things are OK. They have spoken to my parents to tell them they are fine. I have heard from friends that Congo has beautiful parts.

‘I left when I was young and I’ve never been back. I want to see where it was that I grew up, where I was born. It’s important for me, the history, it’s something I want to tell my children about. So, I’ll go when it’s safe. I’m still young, I’m sure I will have the chance to go back.’

Up for the cup: Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates his winning goal against Swindon in the Capital One cup with Gabriel Agbonlahor

Up for the cup: Benteke of Aston Villa celebrates his winning goal against Swindon in the Capital One cup with Gabriel Agbonlahor

It’s clear from Benteke’s description of his father that he is a disciplinarian. ‘He’s strict on me because of life, because of my little brother and sister, because he has seen what can happen,’ Benteke continued.

‘But he says “Well done” to me. Well, he does sometimes. He’s more likely to tell me when I’m s***. After the Manchester United game, he said, “Well played”, but then asked me why I didn’t score…’

And so to Benteke’s growing reputation.

He has scored four times already after becoming an 8million deadline-day purchase from Belgian Jupiler League club Genk.

There’s also that memorable tussle with Smalling which has gone down in Villa folklore.

‘Off the field, I have respect for all of these players because they play for famous clubs,’ he said. ‘On the park, it’s different. I have to show I want to win.

Watch out: Thomas Vermaelen should prepare for a battle with Benteke

Watch out: Thomas Vermaelen should prepare for a battle with Benteke

‘I want to know who I’m up against but, once the game starts, it’s more important for Villa to win than for me to push over one defender.

‘Here, the defenders are stronger. You have to fight them.

‘I was playing against (Manchester City’s fellow Belgian international) Vincent Kompany last week — he told me during the game we were no longer friends.

‘And, hopefully, against Arsenal I’ll be playing against (another Belgian) Thomas Vermaelen. He’s a great player, for sure, but during the game I think we’re gonna have a fight.’

Apologies in advance, Arsene. But Christian Benteke really doesn’t know any other way.

Christian Benteke and his Villa team-mates have donated 25,000 to the Premier League Players’ Kit Scheme, a Barclays and PFA initiative.

The scheme is now accepting applications at www.premierleague.com from U16 schools, clubs and youth organisations.

Ticketless Newcastle fans will not be arrested in Bruges during Europa League clash

Ticketless Newcastle fans will not be arrested in Bruges but are still warned to stay away

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17:20 GMT, 1 November 2012

Belgian police have withdrawn their threat to arrest ticketless Newcastle United fans trying to make their way to next week’s Europa Cup clash in Bruges.

Newcastle have been given less than 2,500 tickets for the return leg of the Group D game on Thursday, but at least twice that number could make the trip over the North Sea.

Amid fears that visitors from Tyneside would attempt to get tickets among home fans, including the Bruges Ultras, police in the city originally threatened to arrest any supporters without tickets who attempt to breach a security cordon round the Jan Breydel Stadium. But they have now announced they will simply be 'sent away'.

In Bruges: Newcastle travel to Belgium for the Europa League clash next week

In Bruges: Newcastle travel to Belgium for the Europa League clash next week

A Bruges Police spokesman said: 'A meeting point will be installed in the very centre of the town, on the Market Place on November 8, from noon till 6pm local time.

'Ticket holders will be informed in due course where and when they are expected to gather in order to be accompanied from the Market Place (local name Markt) to the stadium, some miles further uptown.

'Fans who do not have a ticket are not expected to go or be anywhere near the football stadium. When spotted in the vicinity of the stadium, they will be sent away.

'Tickets have to be bought beforehand. They cannot be bought the day of, nor the day preceding, the football game.'

Fans have also been advised to carry proof of identity at all times, something they must show officers when requested to do so.

They also intend to use hashtags #CLUNEW and #politiebrugge on social networking site Twitter for visitors.

Jeff Powell: Ricky Hatton fighting fit.. but is comeback a healthy decision?

Hitman Hatton fighting fit once more… but is ring return a healthy decision

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08:08 GMT, 28 August 2012

Boxing is the Hitman's game but for the moment he's into wrestling.

Ricky Hatton is grappling with his decision over whether to make the comeback he promised himself would never happen.

The basic instinct of most people connected with his hard old game is to tell him to stay retired.

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Raw power: Manny Pacquiao was too good for Ricky Hatton in Las Vegas three years ago

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Hatton is only 33 but after the way he's lived it up for most of those years they fear that his body is going on 43.

The concern, especially given a warrior instinct even harder to quench than his thirst, is that he will get himself badly hurt.

Hatton, as bright as he is brave, understands the anxiety. He's been out of the ring for three years and in that last appearance in Las Vegas he was knocked out so brutally by Manny Pacquiao that as he fell flat on his back, arms folded across his chest, for a few nasty minutes we thought he might have been killed rather than concussed.

It is hard to delete that image from any consideration of Hatton's immediate future. He does that by constantly reminding himself of how his brief fight with the PacMan was preceded by a training camp so chaotic that it left him drastically unprepared to fight one of the two greatest boxers on the planet.

Yet that in itself is not enough to convince him that he should return to battle. The most problematic question is whether that body – which he has driven through binge-boozing followed by ball-busting weight loss so often – can withstand another bout of punishment.

To find out, he has been working out as rigorously as he trains the stable of promising young fighters he now promotes.

More surprisingly he has largely been living the fighter's life, which is not only good for his liver but also reveals how strong the temptation is to resume what he was born to do.

And therein lies the rub. It would be easier to go with the flow of opinion urging Hatton to leave history to pass admiring judgement on an heroic career if it were not for the evidence of how much healthier he lives even when merely contemplating a fight.

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Weighing up his next move: Hatton

Weighing up his next move: Hatton

Those closest to him report that he has allowed himself only two alcoholic nights out in the past four months and that when he does go out to dinner he happily drinks just orange juice.

That and the daily regime at his health club near Manchester have brought the surplus poundage tumbling off the man who jokingly dubs himself Ricky Fatton. He is down now to within one stone of his fighting weight.

Yet he has travelled this road once before without reaching its arduous end. The last time he got this close to light-welterweight he admitted: 'I can't go through with it. I'm not sure the body can take it.'

This time, however, the itch is proving harder to scratch.

The final test will come shortly, if and when he girds himself for meaningful sparring in addition to strenuous exercise.

Meanwhile, bookings which are described as tentative, have been made for alternate dates at the MEN arena in late November and January.

Whether either is confirmed may depend as much on the television companies as Hatton's state of mind and body.

The Hitman and his associates are expected to hold talks this week which could produce a deal with Channel Five and Primetime cable similar to that which Mick Hennessy secured for his heavyweight contender Tyson Fury to gain public attention on terrestrial TV, followed by pay-per-view screening for future world title fights.

Hatton needs to find a new TV home for his rising stars following the abrupt termination of his Sky Sports contract which he described as 'betrayal.'

He would be reluctant to return to Sky and hesitant about joining the BoxNation subscription channel involving Frank Warren, the promoter with whom he fell out acrimoniously. But neither option can be ruled out, nor the American TV moguls.

A Hitman comeback would excite all the networks and he is teasing them to come to terms with his company while not yet committing to fighting again personally.

If he does, the first fight would be against a journeyman – not a rematch with his former title victim Paulie Malignaggi – by way of preparation for a world championship campaign to follow.

Big winner: Hatton's last victory came against Paulie Malignaggi in 2008

Big winner: Hatton's last victory came against Paulie Malignaggi in 2008

His legions of fans will not care who he meets. They would pack the MEN if he fought Donald Duck, never mind a Mickey Mouse opponent.

And they would flock to Las Vegas in their tens of thousands again if he returned there to seek redemption against Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather, the only two men to have beaten him.

Hatton is in a strong negotiating position because he does not need the money. The rich list values Hatton as worth 27 million.

That makes his decision all the more intriguing….and all the more difficult to oppose if he does come back.

Should he take the plunge it will not be for the cash but because he truly believes his body can take the strain of elite prize-fighting once again.

If so, will anyone feel bold enough to argue

Lamont Peterson allowed to keep IBF belts – Jeff Powell

What a terrible example to future generations: Disgraced Peterson is allowed to keep IBF belt

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UPDATED:

22:25 GMT, 13 August 2012

Lamont Peterson is being allowed to
keep his tainted IBF version of the world light-welterweight title he
won while on steroids for his fight against Amir Khan.

That disgraceful decision not only
draws another red herring across Khan’s career path but sets a terrible
example to young boxers and thereby heightens the risk of fighters being
badly hurt by an artificially strengthened opponent.

Peterson tested positive for drugs
prior to a scheduled return fight with Khan, which was promptly
cancelled. It was then revealed that the Washington boxer had a pellet
stuffed with synthetic steroids implanted in his hip before the first
bout.

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The WBA – immediately and properly – stripped Peterson and reinstated Khan.

Having prevaricated for months the
IBF have now re-confirmed Peterson as their champion. They have done so
on the flimsy say-so of one doctor that he was taking the drugs to
correct a hormone imbalance rather to enhance his performance.

That flies in the face of a vast body
of medical opinion and will appall the anti-drugs authorities in
America who are cracking down hard on steroid abuse in sport. The IBF
risk being discredited as they sanction a mandatory defence by Peterson
against Zab Judah.

Khan had hoped to 'tidy up' the
light-welterweight division before moving up to full welter but this
scandalous decision by the IBF complicates his life still further now
that Britain’s lone boxing medallist in Athens has finished supporting
his successors, who delivered at London 2012 the richest boxing medals
haul (three golds, one silver and a bronze) for more than a century.

A host of famous fighters came to
town to support the Olympic boxing – Evander Holyfield, Sugar Ray
Leonard, Lennox Lewis, Wladimir Klitschko and Barry McGuigan prominent
among them.

So, too, did Khan even though he
might have been excused for staying out of the public eye following the
bitterly disappointing KO loss of his world light-welterweight title
unification bout to Danny Garcia in Las Vegas.

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No hiding place: Khan has made himself visible during the Games, despite his defeat to Garcia

No hiding place: Khan has made himself visible during the Games, despite his defeat to Garcia

Khan admitted he was tired of playing
second fiddle to the great Manny Pacquiao at Roach's Wild Card gym in
Los Angeles, as well as on their joint trips to the Philippines. But he
says now: 'Freddie has told me I will become his No 1 fighter.'

The one remaining concern is the
style which left him open to the KO blow from Garcia: ‘Both Manny and I
have been developed as the best offensive fighters out there but we do
get hit by a lot of shots. I may need to work with someone else on the
defensive part of the boxing strategy.’

Well, this is supposed to be the noble art of self-defence after all.

Jury's out on judging debacle

The judges at the ExCel arena were never in contention for any kind of medals at the Olympics. Least of all gold. Certainly not in the eyes of the rest of the boxing world after the second controversy of the Games helped Anthony Joshua win the super-heavyweight title for Britain.

But there is a silver lining to all the controversies about their decisions.

The governing body of world amateur boxing, AIBA, have admitted they need to look yet again at a scoring system so convoluted that it finagles victories for fighters who are hardly given a round by the five judges at ringside.

The outrage at some of those decisions has led to the BBC being threatened with a law-suit for suggesting that medals were being bought by some in the amateur game’s Eastern European power bloc.

Also NBC, the official US broadcasters whose hundreds of millions of dollars are a vital part of the bank-rolling of the Olympics, had their commentators evicted for swingeing criticism of the judging.

Fabled trainer Teddy Atlas was among the American team told to put down their microphones and vacate their positions. They went home to New York to spend the last three days of competition giving their opinions in the studio as pictures were beamed in from London via satellite.

Controversial: Joshua was given the result on countback to seal his gold medal

Controversial: Joshua was given the result on countback to seal his gold medal

The boxing was an unhappy experience all round for NBC, since the US men's team failed to win a medal in the ring for the first time in their Olympic history. But they made matters worse themselves by failing to screen live the gold-medal winning performance of their female middleweight, Claressa Shields.

Meanwhile disgruntled losers – in some cases rightly so – continued making more appeals than Stuart Broad when England’s bowlers are struggling to take wickets.

The majority of those protests were dismissed summarily but the uproar has forced the authorities to review the unsatisfactory situation which leaves the crowds In the arena and the world’s TV watchers unsure of who has won until hours later.

AIBA have modified the amateur scoring system since the scandalous robbing of Roy Jones Jnr by a decision in favour of a hopelessly out-classed but home-town South Korean in a final at the Seoul Olympics. But even striking off the two most extreme scores among the five judges still leaves the voting subject to abuse.

Despite their determination to keep the
amateurs at a distance from the prize-fighters they are considering
adopting now the system used by the professional game – a must
ten-points for the winner of each round and nine or less for the loser.

That method has hardly been free from
scandal and outrage itself. Of late, pound-for-pound king Manny
Pacquiao and our own Amir Khan have been the victims of outrageous
decisions. But in principle it is simpler and more transparent and does
hold each judge openly accountable for his scoring.

It has to better than the one out of ten which is the best mark anyone is giving to the judging at London 2012.

Points mean prizes: The amateur arena could adopt the scoring system used in the professional game

Points mean prizes: The amateur arena could adopt the scoring system used in the professional game

Former heavyweight Dokes loses final battle

One of the most talented but sadly under-achieving world heavyweight champions has died, aged only 54,

Michael Dokes was denied an Olympic place which would have crowned a stellar amateur career by Muhammad Ali (then Cassius Clay). He went on to hold the WBA world title briefly but his life imploded when he developed a cocaine habit.

A ten-year jail sentence in Nevada for a savage battering of his girlfriend was followed by a battle with cancer which ended at his old family home in Akron, Ohio on Sunday night.

Ultimate battle: Dokes succumbed to cancer after a lengthy illness

Ultimate battle: Dokes succumbed to cancer after a lengthy illness

Mayweather v Pacquiao It's closer than you think

Only whisper it down here at the foot of this column but the first $200million fight – the one the whole world has been waiting years to see – just might happen next April.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jnr are closer than ever before to an agreement. The PacMan’s promoter, Bob Arum, identified the spring date during a summit meeting in the Philippines and believes that Mayweather’s close friend and potential new promoter, the rapper 50 Cent, will smooth the complex negotiation process.

Sssshhhh…

Euro 2012 kits revealed: Croatia, Holland, France, Poland, Portugal

Euro excitement hots up as Ronaldo, Modric, Sneijder, M'Vila and Lewandowski model new kits

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19:44 GMT, 16 April 2012

Normally the fashionistas among football fans have to wait a whole year before they can feast their eyes on a brand new kit… unless you're a Manchester United fan who used to be treated several times a season!

Well, with the European Championships almost upon us, the time has come for the countries to start revealing the kit they hope will be worn all the way to the final in Poland and Ukraine.

So with little over six weeks to go until the big kick off of Euro 2012, France, Poland, Holland, Portugal and Croatia have paraded their star men in their respective new strips.

New look: Robert Lewandowski, Yann M'Vila, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric sport Nike's kits

New look: Robert Lewandowski, Yann M'Vila, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric sport Nike's kits

Made by Nike, they are the most environmentally friendly kits ever and each individual strip has its own country-specific Pro Combat base layer, to provide added protection and comfort for players.

Each kit is complimented with a full training collection, and lifestyle clothing for fans to show their support off the pitch.

On show: Poland, France, Portugal, Holland and Croatia will wear these shits at Euro 2012

On show: Poland, France, Portugal, Holland and Croatia will wear these shits at Euro 2012

In line with Nike's commitment to combining athletic performance with lower environmental impact, fabric for the new kit's shorts is made with 100 per cent recycled polyester, while the shirt fabric is made with a minimum 96 per cent recycled polyester. Each kit is made using an average of 13 recycled plastic bottles.

The kits are constructed using Dri-FIT technology to wick moisture and are made out of 23 per cent lighter fabric with 20 per cent stronger knit structure than previous kits.

It is also claimed that the visual design of each kit is developed around key insights inspired by the national identity and the distinctive football culture of every nation.

***Here's how Nike describe the process of designing each kit

CROATIA

Croatia's unique kits are an important and emotional symbol of their young country. Featuring their famous red and white checks, the home shirt has a red crew neck collar with the body now featuring an even bigger and bolder red and white checks.

Inside the neck is the message 'Uvijek Vjerni' which translates as 'Always loyal', to celebrate the loyalty and passion Croatians feel for their football side.

The new home shorts are white, while the new home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, also white with a subtle band of tonal checks.

FRANCE

The new France home kit is a bold departure from the traditional blue and white design and has been inspired by the military uniforms.

The body of the shirt boasts a tonal print of the mariniere, an iconic French design consisting of thin stripes, alternatively in Meteor Blue, the color of the traditional French shirt, and then lighter Pacific Blue.

The unique high collar of the shirt is decorated with gold piping and on the cuff of both sleeves is a hexagon to represent France, containing three tones of gold to echo the Tricolour, the national flag.

Inside the back of the neck runs a thin red tape with the message 'Nos differences nous unissent' (Our differences unite us), celebrating the diversity of the French nation.

Blue collar: The France kit features gold trim

Blue collar: The France kit features gold trim

Air flow: The kit features ventilation holes on the shorts

Air flow: The kit features ventilation holes on the shorts

HOLLAND

The Dutch are celebrated for their enlightened and attractive football, as well as their unconventional approach to design and art, which can appear chaotic and untamed, but is always functional with a distinctive purpose.

The home shirt is in the traditional Dutch vibrant orange, but now has tonal diamond prints on both the left side of the torso and the right side of the bottom to create a sash effect to echo the design of their first ever kit from 1904.

Inside the neck is the graphic 'Nieuwe Meesters' (New Masters) which pays homage to the name collectively given to the renowned Dutch artists of the 17th century, while also celebrating the current side, a hugely talented group of players who have the potential to make their own history.

The new home shorts are in traditional orange, while the new home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, movement and protection, are also in orange, giving the entire kit a strong, clean and unmistakably Dutch appearance.

Two tone: The Dutch kit

Two tone: The Dutch kit

Coat of arms: The new Holland kit

Coat of arms: The new Holland kit

POLAND

The new Poland kit was first reveled in December 2011, but it will take its place in the spotlight when Poland co-hosts football’s biggest European tournament this summer. The kit is inspired by the Polish flag.

The jersey represents the most iconic symbol of Poland depicted by the national flag in white and red. It will carry a nation in the most important year in Polish football history, so the jersey will be remembered for many years to come.

The shirt also features the traditional national crest – an eagle, reflecting the pride and passion of Polish football.

Close up: Poland's traditional crest

Close up: Poland's traditional crest

Breathe easily: The Poland shirt features holes for ventilation

Breathe easily: The Poland shirt features holes for ventilation

PORTUGAL

Portugal’s new home kit has been augmented with symbols from their glorious seafaring history, and is a classic design, featuring an all red body with an elegant green crew neck collar.

On the sleeves are green crosses formed from thin stripes, with the horizontal lines extending around the entire cuff, to represent the revered Portuguese national symbol, which was emblazoned on the sails of the ships Portugal’s explorers navigated around the world.

Inside the neck is an Armillary Sphere, an astronomical and navigation instrument, which these explorers used to discover the world. It has been a national symbol for over 500 years, featuring in architecture, and most famously as the background to the Portuguese shield on the national flag.

The new home shorts are red, while the new home socks, now with improved cushioning for greater comfort, are also red with a thin green stripe at the top and a small green cross on the back of each calf.

Bright as a button: The Portugal crest in close-up

Bright as a button: The Portugal crest in close-up

Get it off your chest: The new Portugal shirt

Get it off your chest: The new Portugal shirt

Watford 3 Leicester 2: Foxes hit by Forsyth"s sucker punch

Watford 3 Leicester 2: Doyley farce after Forsyth's sucker punch

Lloyd Doyley was given his sent off in what appeared a case of mistaken identity as Watford came from behind to dent Leicester's play-off hopes.

Doyley's farcical dismissal came in the 92nd minute when Adrian Mariappa tripped Leicester striker Jermaine Beckford just outside the penalty area.

Late strike: Craig Forsyth scores the winner

Late strike: Craig Forsyth scores the winner

MATCH FACTS

Watford: Loach, Hodson, Mariappa, Nosworthy, Doyley, Eustace, Kacaniklic (Dickinson 90), Murray (Forsyth 46), Hogg, Iwelumo, Garner (Buaben 82).

Subs Not Used: Gilmartin,Yeates.

Sent Off: Doyley (90).

Booked: Garner.

Goals: Mariappa 5, Murray 33, Forsyth 80.

Leicester: Schmeichel, Peltier (Morgan 46), Mills, St. Ledger, Konchesky, Gallagher, Dyer (Howard 84), Drinkwater (Danns 46), Wellens, Beckford, Nugent. Subs Not Used: Logan, Marshall.

Booked: Mills,Konchesky.

Goals: Nugent 11,18.

Att: 11,800

Ref: David Webb (County Durham).

But, instead of producing the red
card for Mariappa, referee David
Webb sent off Doyley.
Watford manager Sean Dyche
admitted being 'surprised by the
whole incident' before heading off
to speak to the referee.

Discussing the victory, sealed
with 10 minutes to go by a goal
from substitute Craig Forsyth,
Dyche added: 'It was a great win
against a very powerful squad put
together for multi-millions.

'It became about that siege
mentality and the chance to break
in the second half. We did it three
or four times but then Craig hit a
fantastic goal.'

The defeat by Watford means
Leicester have gone a year without
registering back-to-back league victories, and such inconsistent form will surely dash any hopes of promotion.

Leicester manager Nigel Pearson said: 'I have told the players I don't want to hear anybody talking about the season being over. There is work to be done.'

Off you go: Lloyd Doyley of Watford is shown the red card by referee David Webb

Off you go: Lloyd Doyley of Watford is shown the red card by referee David Webb

Watford got off to a flyer when
Mariappa headed home a Sean
Murray free-kick in the fifth
minute. But Leicester were on
level terms six minutes later
when David Nugent's shot from
the left-hand corner of the penalty
area evaded keeper Scott
Loach.

Nugent's second was much
more of an eye-catching effort,
the 26-year-old striker volleying
Beckford's backheel into the
top corner with 18 minutes
played.

Murray wrong-footed Kasper
Schmeichel with a 25-yard
free-kick to level with the fourth
goal in the opening 33 minutes,
and Forsyth grabbed all three
points for the home side with a
20-yard drive as Watford caught
Leicester napping.

Double trouble: David Nugent scored twice for Leicester

Double trouble: David Nugent scored twice for Leicester