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Nuri Sahin thanks God he doesn"t play for Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool anymore

Thank GOD I don't play for Rodgers any more! Ex-Liverpool midfielder Sahin (who wasn't very good) sticks boot into Kop boss

By
David Kent

PUBLISHED:

13:55 GMT, 14 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:19 GMT, 14 March 2013

Nuri Sahin has criticised Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers following his failure to make an impression at Anfield and thanks God he isn't playing for the Northern Irishman any more.

The Turkey midfielder joined Liverpool on a season-long loan from Real Madrid last summer but he made only 12 appearances before the deal was terminated in January.

The 24-year-old claims he was played out of position without explanation by Rodgers and is now glad not to be playing under him.

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Parting shot: Sahin exited Anfield in January after just five months at the club

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Red alert: Rodgers enjoys a joke with his players during training at the club's Melwood training base

Sahin, now on loan at Borussia Dortmund, told Spanish newspaper AS: 'Brendan Rodgers wanted me to play as a 10. But I do not play behind the forwards.

'I spoke with him and asked him why I was playing there. It is not my real position. The boss could not answer me… still, I am not sorry about it.

'To play in the red jersey and be in Anfield is something marvellous.

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

Getting shirty: Sahin is delighted to be back at at Dortmund

'Maybe if I had not gone there I would not have been able to return to Borussia Dortmund. For that, I am happy.

'But I have left Brendan Rodgers, thanks be to God.'

Sahin made his name at Dortmund before joining Real in 2011.

He said: 'I feel well physically and mentally, everything is perfect. After returning to Germany, I feel much better.'

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

On the up: Liverpool and Rodgers (right) completed an impressive victory over Spurs at the weekend

Stewart Downing says Liverpool revival is down to Brendan Rodgers

Downing: Rodgers fallout and being told I could leave inspired my Liverpool revival

By
Press Association Reporter

PUBLISHED:

16:13 GMT, 24 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:58 GMT, 24 January 2013

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing admits a difference of opinion with manager Brendan Rodgers over where his future lay sparked his revival in fortunes.

The England midfielder was told a couple of months ago he could leave in the transfer window if the right offer came in as he was not a regular under the Northern Irishman.

Downing, however, saw it differently and, helped by injuries and unavailability of other players, got a chance to earn a run in the team and his performances in the last six weeks have shown a marked improvement.

Settled: Downing is happy again at Liverpool

Settled: Downing is happy again at Liverpool

'It was very open,' the 28-year-old said of his discussion with Rodgers. 'I wasn't in the team or playing and he said to me maybe I could look elsewhere because I need to play at my age.

'I didn't totally agree but I understood where he was coming from.

'Obviously he needs players who are going to play and not be sat about, but I thought in the back of my mind if I get a chance I can prove myself
to him.

'Luckily enough I did in the next week or so after that.

Open: Rodgers had told Downing he could leave

Open: Rodgers had told Downing he could leave

'Our conversations have been very open. If I'm doing well he will say so and if not, I'll be pulled and told what I need to do.

'It's the same for all the players. It's good for me and that's how I like it, to be told if it's right or wrong.

'At the moment it's all going well and he's pleased with me, so I have to keep it going.

'I said to him I'd love to stay and if I keep playing well, then hopefully it can continue into the seasons after.

Hotshot: The form of Raheem Sterling was one reason Downing was not a regular

Hotshot: The form of Raheem Sterling was one reason Downing was not a regular

'I've still got a few more years on my contract so I'd like to see it out if that can happen, and the only thing I can do is play well and he'll keep me in the team.'

Downing believes his recent performances have been the most consistent of his 18 months at Anfield.

He also feels it helps the team have put in some positive displays which have boosted confidence all round.

'The first season was patchy, I was in and out, but this year since I came back into the side it's been consistently quite good,' he told liverpoolfc.com.

Competition: Suso was another to keep Downing sidelined

Competition: Suso was another to keep Downing sidelined

'It's probably because the team is playing quite well that it has all come together.

'A good run of games has been good for me. I think I've proven in my career that if I play regularly I tend to give good and consistent performances.

'It was disappointing because I was in and out, in and out and it was becoming a bit frustrating at times, but the best thing is playing in a winning team and playing with good players helps.

'There's consistency in the whole team, which is helping my game as well.

Provider: Downing has contributed to Sturridge's scoring start

Provider: Downing has contributed to Sturridge's scoring start

'My aim every game is to make the manager not leave me out. The only way to do that is to perform well.

'I've basically had nothing to lose in games and I think that's helped me over the last few weeks and long may it continue.'

Liverpool's pursuit of Inter Milan's Philippe Coutinho rests on whether the Italian side are prepared to accept what amounts to a final offer for the midfielder.

Targeted: Coutinho could yet join Liverpool

Targeted: Coutinho could yet join Liverpool

The Merseyside club have made a bid approaching 8million for the Brazil man, who is keen on a move to Anfield despite previous comments suggesting he was happy in Italy.

However, Rodgers has no inclination to pay above his valuation for the 20-year-old and will not be persuaded otherwise, despite reports Southampton are interested.

Jon Walters own goals against Chelsea – relive some of the best ever

Walters at the double… for Chelsea! After Stoke midfielder's two own goals, relive some of the best (or worst) ever

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

16:31 GMT, 12 January 2013

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UPDATED:

17:17 GMT, 12 January 2013

With a surging run ahead of two Chelsea players, Jon Walters flung himself through the air and powered a bullet header in to the back of the net. Sadly for him, it was his own net.

To the dismay of his manager Tony Pulis, he was at it again in the second half, becoming only the fourth player in the Premier League to bag a brace of own goals (following Jamie Carragher, Gary Breen and Michael Proctor).

The cherry on the cake was a late penalty miss for the Irishman, which turned a disastrous afternoon into one that beggars belief.

In honour of Walters' spectacular day, Sportsmail took a look back at some of the classic own goals which have been scored in the past.

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Oh no: Jon Walters afternoon got worse the longer it went on

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

Lethal: Walters made no mistake as he headed his side behind

John Arne Riise

Chelsea were the beneficiaries yet again as the flame-haired Norwegian made his mark. With Liverpool on the brink of taking a 1-0 Champions League semi-final lead back to Stamford Bridge, up popped Riise to even the score, beating his own keeper Pepe Reina with a classy header in the 94th minute. It finished 1-1 and Chelsea won the second leg 3-1.

Peter Enckelman

In the first Birmingham derby since the Blues won promotion to the Premier League in 2002, Aston Villa goalkeeper Peter Enckelman carved his name into Brummie folklore with a howler of epic proportions.

With City winning 1-0, captain Olof Mellberg harmlessly chucked Enckelman the ball from a throw-in. The young stopper misjudged the slowly-rolling ball, which ran under his foot and into the net. Birmingham won 3-0.

Lee Dixon

Full-back Lee Dixon made a mockery of Arsenal's famously tight defence in the early 1990s when he lobbed team-mate David Seaman from distance to send opponents Coventry on their way to victory against George Graham's side.

Iain Dowie

Iain Dowie ended a worrying goal drought during his time at West Ham with a perfectly-executed header past Ludek Miklosko which even his own fans must have been tempted to applaud. Dowie's equaliser for Stockport helped them on their way to a 2-1 win in 1996.

Djimi Traore

Rafael Benitez's first FA Cup tie as Liverpool boss ended in humiliating defeat at Burnley in 2005 after French defender Traore performed a perfect pirouette in the six-yard box, comically dragging the ball into his own net with his heel as he twirled to hand victory to the Coca-Cola Championship club.

Jamie Pollock

An own goal that would have been one of the goals of the season had it been scored at the other end. Playing against QPR in 1998, Manchester City defender Pollock flicked the ball over an opponent's head before trying to head the ball back to his goalkeeper, who was in no man's land and could only watch as the ball sailed into the net.

Chris Brass

Probably the funniest own goal ever scored came from Bury's Chris Brass, whose attempted clearance against Darlington in 2006 hit his own face and careered into the net. To add injury to insult, Brass suffered a broken nose in the process. However, Bury did come back to win late on.

P.S.

OFI Kreta's Mirnes Sisic launched the ball miles into the night sky – directly above his head, only for it to fall back down into the net past the flapping keeper. The opponents Panionios scored an own goal to level it out later on, before ANOTHER own goal was scored by Kreta to throw the game away.

Darron Gibson out for a month with thigh strain

Everton star Gibson out of action for a month after suffering thigh strain

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UPDATED:

14:33 GMT, 31 December 2012

Everton midfielder Darron Gibson will be out of action for at least a month after suffering a thigh strain.

The Irishman will miss the Merseysiders’ fixtures against Newcastle, Swansea, Southampton and West Brom in January.

Everton manager David Moyes said: 'I think he's going to be out for about four weeks.

Gibson should be back in time for the clash against former club Manchester United on February 10.

Injured: Gibson will be out for at least a month

Injured: Gibson will be out for at least a month

The 25-year-old spent more than two months on the sidelines earlier in the season with a similar problem.

He missed 10 Barclays Premier League matches as a result and a further absence is a significant blow to Everton as he has been one of their key players since arriving in January.

Moyes still has Kevin Mirallas (hamstring), Tony Hibbert (calf) and Seamus Coleman out, while Phil Neville (knee) had to be rested against Chelsea having played two matches in five days on his comeback from surgery.

England beat India in second Twenty20 – Eoin Morgan scores six off last delivery

Final-ball drama in India as Morgan hammers maximum to hand England Twenty20 victory

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18:01 GMT, 22 December 2012

Eoin Morgan hit the last ball for a straight six as England pulled off their highest Twenty20 run chase to conclude their 2012 schedule with a thrilling six-wicket victory over India.

It seemed Morgan (49no) had left it too late, with three still needed to win off the final ball from Ashok Dinda.

But the Irishman kept his cool, even after Dinda controversially pulled out of the delivery first time round with Morgan crouched in his stance.

Match winner: Morgan hit six off the final delivery to bring England level in the Twenty20 series

Match winner: Morgan hit six off the final delivery to bring England level in the Twenty20 series

An apparent rethink then worked a treat for England as Morgan stood his ground to strike a perfect blow straight back over the seamer's head to tie the two-match series.

England had earlier struggled to contain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina's late onslaught and appeared to be up against it to better 177 for eight at the Wankhede Stadium.

But on a good batting surface, and with a heavy dew making life difficult for India after Morgan had won an important toss, Michael Lumb (50) and then the captain himself scrambled England home.

Even another three economical wickets from Yuvraj Singh could not quite tip the balance India's way this time.

Lumb shared an opening stand of 80 with Alex Hales – and then after Yuvraj had done his worst, Morgan finished the job in company with Jos Buttler.

Lumb counted four from the very first ball of England's chase, thanks to a hapless Parvinder Awana misfield as he lost his footing at third-man.

The same fielder, at deep square-leg, then let the greasy ball slip out of his hands as he dropped Hales when he had just seven.

Lumb also had some minor early fortune, mishooking Awana three times in his first over – for a six, a four and a two.

There were plenty more authentic shots in his 30-ball half-century, including a second six over an unguarded long-on during the powerplay off Ravichandran Ashwin.

As in the first match in Pune, the introduction of Yuvraj's left-arm spin was soon significant.

First, Lumb went walkabout and was stumped down the leg-side to end an opening stand of 80 in the ninth over; then Luke Wright got in a tangle and was hit in front, and finally Hales picked out deep square-leg with a sweep.

In the wickets: Dernbach took two key scalps

In the wickets: Dernbach took two key scalps

Yuvraj had taken three for 18 two days ago, and this time he improved his career-best with another three for one run fewer.

Samit Patel holed out in the chase off Dinda, but Morgan and Buttler got the target down to nine off the last over and got home right at the wire.

Wright's first over and Stuart Meaker's last earlier both cost 20 runs, and England had no answer during a 60-run sixth-wicket partnership in just 27 balls between Dhoni and Raina.

Jade Dernbach had struck in only the second over when Ajinkya Rahane carved a catch down to debutant Joe Root at third-man. But first-change Meaker began poorly, with five wides somehow hurled almost straight to fine-leg before he was pulled for four twice.

Hitting out: Dhoni was joint top scorer for India with 38 runs

Hitting out: Dhoni was joint top scorer for India with 38 runs

England's outcricket took another turn for the worse when Wright overstepped for a big no-ball, and saw the free-hit slapped wide of mid-on by Virat Kohli for another boundary.

The upshot was a 50 stand for the second wicket in only 25 balls. Meaker redeemed himself with the wicket of Kohli, for the second match running, lbw pushing across the line to a ball which might have beaten leg-stump.

Wright switched ends to make amends too, with another big wicket when Yuvraj pulled to long-on to give Root some more catching practice.

Opener Gautam Gambhir was cast in the sheet-anchor role, but appeared to be taking the brief to extremes – and it was not clear to whose advantage it was when he mis-pulled Wright to be caught at a fine third-man for 17 off 27 balls.

Rohit Sharma missed a slog-sweep at
James Tredwell and was bowled but Raina was dropped on nine, a tough
chance to diving wicketkeeper Buttler off Tim Bresnan.

Then
just when it seemed England might be about to restrict India, the
left-hander went into overdrive in Meaker's last over – and Dhoni's
canny placement and power proved telling too.

England, however, had done just enough in the middle overs to give their batsmen the chance they needed.

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England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan backs Andrew Strauss for mentoring role

England Twenty20 captain Morgan backs Strauss for mentoring role

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14:19 GMT, 19 December 2012

Eoin Morgan gave his unqualified
support to the prospect of former England captain Andrew Strauss taking
up a mentoring role with the national team.

Morgan, who will lead England himself
in Thursday's International Twenty20 against India in Pune, knows
Strauss especially well thanks to their shared connections for club and
country.

Leading men: Andrew Strauss and England captain Alastair Cook (right)

Leading men: Andrew Strauss and England captain Alastair Cook (right)

The Irishman is a Middlesex player, as was Strauss until his retirement last summer. Morgan also began his England career under Strauss' captaincy, and believes he owes much of his development as a cricketer to the help and friendship he received from him.

Reports have suggested Strauss, whose successful tenure as Test captain ended four months ago, may be considered for a consultancy role by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

'It sounds like a great idea,' said Morgan.

Backing: England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan

Backing: England Twenty20 captain Eoin Morgan

'When I first came into the team, Straussy was captain – and the amount I've learned from him both on and off the field, things about life in general, he certainly took me under his wing.'

Morgan, taking charge of the Twenty20 team here in the absence of injured regular captain Stuart Broad, is confident Strauss could help others prosper too.

'I used him [his advice] to maximum effect.

'The things I learned, if he can pass them on to younger guys coming through or the next guys in line, it will be a massive benefit for English cricket.'

Chris Hughton plans January move for Craig Mackail-Smith and Liam Bridcutt

Hughton plots January raid on Brighton for Mackail-Smith

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08:47 GMT, 17 December 2012

Norwich manager Chris Hughton is planning a January spending spree, with Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith top of his list.

And Hughton may raid the south coast side for midfielder Liam Bridcutt too, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Irishman is a long-standing admirer of Mackail-Smith, who has 10 goals in 19 Championship matches this season, and had a 3m bid rejected in the summer.

Transfer target: Norwich boss Chris Hughton wants to bring Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith to Carrow Road in January

Transfer target: Norwich boss Chris Hughton wants to bring Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith to Carrow Road in January

The frontman is a proven goalscorer in the second tier and also has six caps for Scotland.

Bridcutt, who started out at Chelsea, is also on the radar of Aston Villa and Fulham.

On the radar: Hughton is also interested in Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt

On the radar: Hughton is also interested in Brighton midfielder Liam Bridcutt

The 23-year-old midfielder is out of contract in the summer and has yet to agree a new deal.

Hughton was boosted over the weekend when midfielder Wes Hoolahan signed a new three-year contract.

Carl Frampton to fight Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9

Frampton out to finally nail down rival Martinez at the third time of asking

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14:33 GMT, 12 December 2012

Hands up: Carl Frampton will bid to beat Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9

Hands up: Carl Frampton will bid to beat Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9

Carl Frampton will hope to make it third time lucky when he takes on European super-bantamweight champion Kiko Martinez in Belfast on February 9.

The Northern Irishman has twice seen a clash with the Spaniard called off, most recently in September when Frampton instead stopped Canadian Steve Molitor inside six rounds.

The 25-year-old is unbeaten in 15 fights and will also put his Commonwealth title on the line at the Odyssey Arena.

'He's pulled out on me twice so I
have a score to settle with him there,' said Frampton. 'It’'s a great
fight for the fans and one that I have craved for a long time. I had too
much for Steve Molitor and he was a step-up, so I am confident I can
beat Kiko and do so in style.

'Martinez
pulling out in September was a blessing in disguise really as I have
been able to mature and learn even more and on February in front of
another packed crowd at home, I’m looking to make another statement
ahead at the start of a big year.'

Martinez has not fought since July but is now working with middleweight world champion Sergio Martinez's promotional company.

And the 26-year-old intends to silence the home crowd and halt Frampton's planned march towards world honours.

'I
do not read much into Carl beating Molitor as he took the fight at late
notice and that’s his only fight of 2012,' he said. 'I will beat him by
KO – there’s no alternative outcome.

'It
is not my fault that we have not been able to do this fight so far.
There have been many circumstances around that but I know that the
Belfast fans will come out and support Carl as always and it will be an
electric atmosphere.'

Frampton’s
manager Barry McGuigan added: 'We’re pleased this fight is going to
happen. I’ve always said that Kiko is a danger from first bell to last
and I believe it’s a harder fight than Molitor. Styles make fights and
this one is going to be a barn-burner, and the team is confident that
Carl will win, and win in style.'

Meanwhile,
Martin Lindsay will lock horns with Lee Selby on the undercard for the
British and Commonwealth featherweight titles, a fight which was also
originally scheduled for September before Selby fell ill.

Martin O"Neill sure of himself at Sunderland despite form

I've only doubted myself once… and that was before my 11-plus! Under-fire O'Neill insists he's right man for Sunderland job

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21:08 GMT, 10 December 2012

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has insisted he is still the right man, and the only man, to lead the club away from trouble.

O'Neill's men face Reading at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night knowing victory will take them three places up the Barclays Premier League table.

But after plunging into the bottom three with Saturday's 3-1 home defeat by Chelsea, a loss would leave Sunderland in serious trouble.

Tough times: Martin O'Neill needs to pull Sunderland out of the mire

Tough times: Martin O'Neill needs to pull Sunderland out of the mire

Former Newcastle captain Alan Shearer
has joined O'Neill's critics but the Irishman has the full support of
owner Ellis Short and the board.

O'Neill said: 'I don't want to sound boastful, but not only am I the best man for the job but the only one.

'I once really doubted myself before
I sat my 11-plus – honestly. I didn't know whether I was going to pass
it or not, but then I was only seven at the time. And I did pass it.

'Criticism is part of the game. I
think it's an easy thing to point to, so what do you do Put someone
else in charge, give him 12-13 games and he can't win any matches We
will steer it through, get calmer waters ahead and then we will see what
sort of job I have done.

Improvement: Adam Johnson scored on Saturday, with Steven Fletcher absent

Improvement: Adam Johnson scored on Saturday, with Steven Fletcher absent

'We have to win some games. I have
said it before. I came in last season and we won some games, some of
which I probably didn't have any right to, and some things may level
themselves out.'

O'Neill added: 'I used to hate
managers talking about a project that will take five years. I don't want
that. You would get bored to death if we were in the same position for
the next four or five years.

'Just give me time. I have signed two
players for money. I think Adam Johnson will start to produce the form
he is capable of and Steven Fletcher has done really well.

Fitness: Fletcher's condition is improving but he is not likely to feature on Tuesday

Fitness: Fletcher's condition is improving but he is not likely to feature on Tuesday

'So wait until we get a few people in
and I will try to pull this whole thing together. I don't want four
years. I would want to do it in doubly quick time, but not as quick as
this.'

O'Neill, meanwhile, laughed off the
assessment of Shearer, a former BBC colleague, who has said Sunderland
were a team who looked doomed to stay in the relegation zone.

O'Neill said: 'It really doesn't
worry me what Alan says. You lose games and you get fired at. He is a
pundit. I have been there myself during European evenings and given a
trivial amount back. I usually try to give someone criticism that I will
never see again in my life – such as somebody playing for Inner
Mongolia.'

Mikkel Kessler has Carl Froch in sights after Brian Magee win

Kessler has Froch in his sights after destroying Magee to win fifth world title

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12:23 GMT, 9 December 2012

Northern Irishman Brian Magee's first
defence of his WBA super-middleweight title ended in heartbreak after he
was stopped in the third round by a clinical Mikkel Kessler in Herning,
Denmark.

Kessler knocked the wind out of his
opponent's sails in the second round with a right to the body that left
Magee visibly struggling and the Northern Irishman was given a standing
eight count after turning his back following another punch to the
stomach later in the round.

It was a matter of when, not if, the relentless Dane would stop the contest and Magee's bravery was ended with yet another body shot, forcing referee Luis Pabon to call a halt to proceedings after 24 seconds of round three.

Champion again: Mikkel Kessler shows off his belt after winning the WBA world title in Denmark

Champion again: Mikkel Kessler shows off his belt after winning the WBA world title in Denmark

Magee became the WBA's regular champion after Ward was promoted to super champion at 168lbs although he was a firm underdog after agreeing to go into Kessler's back yard.

Following a rather uneventful opening round, Kessler brought the crowd to their feet with a straight right to the body midway through the second that sent Magee to his knees.

The 37-year-old managed to beat the count and valiantly looked to take the attack to Kessler, who focused all of his attack to the waist of Magee.

He was in pain towards the end of the round and took a knee after turning his back following another body shot.

Magee was saved by the bell, but the minute recovery in between rounds was clearly not enough and his resistance was ended when Kessler sent yet another straight right to the weakened area to bring a premature end to the night.

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Early night: Kessler made short work of Brian Magee who had no answer to the Dane's punishing shots

Kessler's routine win has already set tongues wagging about a potential rematch with IBF champion Carl Froch, who has made no secret of his desire for another bout with the 33-year-old after being beaten by a close points decision when the two met in April 2010 in a pulsating encounter.

Froch was a guest pundit for Sky Sports 1 and admitted the fighters' promoters have already been in discussions about a return bout next year, possibly in the United Kingdom.

'I think (a rematch) is already step one completed because they've had a productive conversation and it's looking promising that the fight can definitely happen in the spring or early summer in 2013,' he said.

'They'll be talking now in the couple of days following that.

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

Body blow: Kessler had Magee on the canvas early on before the referee called a halt to the one-sided fight

'The only sensible fight out there for the fans, for the television, for me and for Mikkel is the rematch.

'The first fight was a humdinger. Everybody loved it who watched it and to get the rematch everyone's going to get excited.'

The two are friends and Froch, who defeated veteran Magee in 2006, claimed he was the one to tell Kessler to focus his attack to the body.

'I said to him “if it's a quiet opening then have a look to his body”,' added the self-styled Cobra.

'Well done Mikkel, you took my advice well but if you come to the UK you'll be leaving that black belt with me.'