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Steven Gerrard caught up in Wembley Wally blunder

He's not a wally, he's England captain! Gerrard the victim of Wembley blooper

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UPDATED:

14:24 GMT, 19 October 2012

He's the England captain with 99 caps but Steven Gerrard has been sold a dummy with the latest blunder at the home of the Three Lions.

Wembley is advertising tours of the national stadium but organisers have been left red-(with white stripes)-faced thanks to the promotion on their website.

Woops: The ad on the Wembley website could have been better

Woops: The ad on the Wembley website could have been better

He gets about: Wally will be at Wembley at the end of the month

He gets about: Wally will be at Wembley at the end of the month

Where's Wally is the theme but the
cartoon character's famous hat is pictured next to Gerrard's shirt and a
sign asking supporters to… Find Wally at Wembley.

Visitors taking up the offer can climb the famous steps, take manager Roy Hodgson's seat in the press room, visit the Royal Box and get their hands on a replica FA Cup.

Is that Wally in the background No, it's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski keeping a close eye on England captain Steven Gerrard during Wednesday's draw

Is that Wally in the background No, it's Poland striker Robert Lewandowski keeping a close eye on England captain Steven Gerrard during Wednesday's draw

There's also a look back at England's
World Cup triumph in 1966 and the spectacular Live Aid gig from 1985 –
when Queen singer Freddie Mercury turned in a man-of-the-match
performance.

Wally Spotters are welcome from October 30 until November 4 but please note – any reported sightings of the one below will not be taken seriously.

It never rains but it pours: Steve McClaren - the original wally with the brolly

It never rains but it pours: Steve McClaren – the original wally with the brolly

Wally's still on the website somewhere but the Gerrard advert has since been removed.

Peter Withe wants Aston Villa job as fans protest against Alex McLeish

Give me the job! Hero Withe wants to replace McLeish as Villa fans stage protest

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UPDATED:

13:54 GMT, 6 May 2012

Aston Villa legend Peter Withe has admitted he wants to manage the club on the very day that fans plan to protest against current boss Alex McLeish.

Withe will always be remembered as the player who 30 years ago scored the winning goal for Villa in their European Cup final triumph over Bayern Munich in Rotterdam.

Protest: Aston Villa supporters want manager Alex McLeish out

Protest: Aston Villa supporters want manager Alex McLeish out

And now, Withe, who had a spell as manager of Thailand, is keen to take charge at Villa, who are embroiled in a relegation battle.

Withe told the Birmingham Sunday Mercury: 'I don't want to talk about what is currently happening at the club, but I want to manage Aston Villa and there is no point in my disguising that fact.

'I had a fantastic nine or 10 years at that great club and it would be a dream for me to lead them, an absolute dream.

Give me a chance: Villa legend Peter Withe wants to replace McLeish in charge

Give me a chance: Villa legend Peter Withe wants to replace McLeish in charge

'If the opportunity to manage Villa came up, I would grab it with both hands and I know I would be able to put that club back where it belongs.'

Withe, who currently lives in Australia, added: 'My ambition has always been to manage at top level and I know I have the credentials to do a fantastic job.

'I just need to be given the chance. I have the experience of coaching at international level and just need the chance to prove myself back in England.'

Under pressure: McLeish has been cirticised by sections of the club's support

Under pressure: McLeish has been cirticised by sections of the club's support

Clark charged over Hawkins injury incident in LV= Cup final

Clark charged over Hawkins injury incident in LV= Cup final

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UPDATED:

18:05 GMT, 21 March 2012

Northampton flanker Calum Clark has been cited for an incident which led to Leicester’s Rob Hawkins suffering a broken elbow in the LV= Cup final.

Clark, a member of England’s elite squad, is charged with hyperextending Hawkins’ right arm and he will appear before a Rugby Football Union disciplinary hearing on Monday.

Hawkins, 28, is expected to be out of action for up to three months and he will miss the remainder of the Tigers’ Aviva Premiership season.

Crunch: Calum Clark makes a tackle during the final

Crunch: Calum Clark makes a tackle during the final

The 21st-minute incident in Leicester’s 26-14 prompted an angry response from Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

'Rob has fractured his elbow and he will be out for eight to 12 weeks,' Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury before the citing had been confirmed.

'It’s a pretty horrendous injury and if Calum Clark is deemed to have done that on purpose by the powers that be and found guilty, it’s a pretty poor act.

'In my opinion, it is as bad as I have seen on a rugby field.'

Clark was cited for an act contrary to good sportsmanship following a report from citing officer Tony Lanaway.

The case will be heard at the Royal Courts of Justice by an RFU disciplinary panel chaired by His Honour Judge Jeff Blackett.