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Robert Guerrero arrested for attempting to take gun on a plane while promoting Floyd Mayweather fight

Guerrero arrested for attempting to take a GUN on a PLANE while promoting upcoming world title fight with Mayweather

By
Declan Warrington

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20:38 GMT, 28 March 2013

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 28 March 2013

Robert Guerrero was today arrested at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport following his attempt to board an airplane with a handgun.

The welterweight, who is scheduled to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. in Las Vegas on May 4, was reported to to have brought the gun – a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson – and three bullet magazines with him for the flight to the same California location.

The southpaw, who had been in New York to promote the upcoming fight, is to be charged with one count of criminal possession of a firearm and three counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon. It is thought the charges will not affect the fight's status but he could regardless face up to four years in prison if found guilty.

Floyd Mayweather

Robert Guerrero

Controversial: Robert Guerrero was arrested while attempting to promote his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr

According to the police report Guerrero, who it is understood has a permit to carry a gun in California but is not licenced to do so in California, allegedly told the authorities that he had the weapon with him upon arrival in New York from Virginia.

'I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks,' said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

'For anyone who hasn't gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon — loaded or unloaded — into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.'

Stewart Downing: Liverpool are starting to click into gear

I love it when a plan comes together! Downing hails Rodgers after Liverpool thrash Wigan

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Carl Markham, Press Association

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13:49 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

13:49 GMT, 3 March 2013

Liverpool winger Stewart Downing believes the side are starting to click into gear and while it may be just a little too late to snatch a Champions League place he is confident they can still finish the season on a high.

The 4-0 demolition of Wigan at the DW Stadium came courtesy of a Luis Suarez hat-trick after Downing's second-minute header but there were other elements of the performance which impressed.

Since taking over in the summer manager Brendan Rodgers has spent his time trying to ingrain a new way of playing into the side, although he admits he will still require a number of transfer windows to bring the best out of his methods.

On the up: Stewart Downing celebrates after scoring against Wigan

On the up: Stewart Downing celebrates after scoring against Wigan

But the ease with which 8.5million January signing Philippe Coutinho seamlessly fitted in on only his third appearance – providing assists for the first two goals – suggests Rodgers' plan is working.

And despite their frequent difficulties in finishing off their dominance in possession results are starting to suggest when things go right they do so in impressive fashion.

The sequence of Liverpool's last six league victories since December 22 is 4-0, 3-0, 3-0, 5-0, 5-0, 4-0.

'I think it's coming together. We've had some good results of late. We're finishing teams off and defending ever so well,' said Downing.

'Pepe Reina made some great saves (against Wigan) and if we do our bit at the other end of the field, we've got a chance.

'It's all coming together. We've got 10 games to go and we've got to keep winning games.'

Liverpool's total of 53 goals from 28 matches is their second best at this stage of a Premier League season – bettered only by the 56 scored in 1995-96 – but Rodgers is not getting carried away.

He can see the progress being made but knows Champions League qualification this season remains some way off for his seventh-placed side at this point.

Treble: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Wigan were put to the sword

Treble: Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick as Wigan were put to the sword

'We are not thinking about that. All we are looking at this moment in time is the next game – that is what we spoke about in the last few days,” said the Reds boss.

'We have played well a lot of this season, what has got us behind has been individual errors.

'Yesterday I could see the graft the players are doing on the training field being taken onto the pitch.

'There was a real focus and concentration in our performance.

'They are being very accustomed to how we are asking them to press as a team high up the pitch and when to drop in and build a block and control the game. That was wonderful for us.

'We have to give great credit to the players because it is very easy, especially after getting knocked out of the Europa League, to feel sorry for ourselves.

'We will focus on finishing as high as we can and look to finish the season strongly.'

Suarez stole the show again with a hat-trick which lifted him to 21 league goals for the season and past Manchester United's Robin van Persie as the country's leading scorer.

'It was another great performance,' added Downing.

Cruise control: Liverpool are finding their feet under Brendan Rodgers

Cruise control: Liverpool are finding their feet under Brendan Rodgers

'There were all types of different goals for his hat-trick.

'At the minute he's on fire and if you have a striker like that in your team, you always have a chance of winning games.

'We played some good football. Obviously getting the early goal helped.

'It settled us down and on a tricky pitch, I thought we dominated for large periods of the game.'

Of his rare header he said: 'It was nice to get a goal, no matter how they come.

'The manager said to me to try to get in a position to score goals and if you get in the box, you have a chance.

'It was a great ball from Philippe and I was able to make a good contact on it to get it past the keeper.'

Downing's goal set the tone for what was probably Liverpool's most comfortable victory of the season.

Coutinho's perfectly-weighted pass put Suarez through for a clever finish in the 18th minute and the Uruguayan then scored a deflected free-kick with 34 minutes gone and Wigan in disarray.

Four minutes into the second half right-back Glen Johnson charged 40 yards downfield before releasing Suarez to complete his treble with an angled shot through the legs of goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.

Nacho Monreal – how did he fare on Arsenal debut?

How did Nacho Monreal fare on his Arsenal debut Sportsmail analyses his display

By
Sami Mokbel

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23:24 GMT, 3 February 2013

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UPDATED:

08:11 GMT, 4 February 2013

Nacho Monreal made a winning start to his Arsenal career as Lukas Podolski handed Arsene Wenger’s men a slender 1-0 win over Stoke.

So how did the 8.3million deadline day signing from Malaga, who is tipped to replace Kieran Gibbs as the club’s first-choice left back, cope in Saturday’s Premier League debut

Ball retention

Arsenal’s game is all about keeping the ball and Monreal will have no problem fitting into Arsene Wenger’s style. There was nothing extravagant about the Spaniard’s passing. He kept it simple, playing short passes inside to his centre backs or midfielders instead of attempting anything risky or penetrative.

His one-touch game is excellent and he looked comfortable in possession, but would you expect anything else from a Spain international

Team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain said: ‘He is very good on the ball, comfortable, technically brilliant and a very good defender.’

Comfortable: Nacho Monreal was happy to receive the ball to feet

Comfortable: Nacho Monreal was happy to receive the ball to feet

Going forward

The 26-year-old was sparing with his bursts forward, but when he did make a foray looked a real threat.

His pace over 10 to 20 yards had Stoke right back Ryan Shotton worried and his combination play with Jack Wilshere before putting in a cross that narrowly eluded Olivier Giroud will fill Arsenal fans with optimism.

Defending

Monreal will have more strenuous tests to come as Stoke struggled to carry a sustained attacking threat.

On the whole he was defensively sound. Competent in the air, particularly for a man under 6ft, and strong in the tackle, he knew when to clear or pick out a pass. Yet at times he allowed opponents too much space to cross.

Rearguard action: Nacho is little but a good addition to the backline

Rearguard action: Nacho is little but a good addition to the backline

Concentration

Intelligent enough to keep things simple on his debut. It was clear he was playing within himself, but there were a couple of lapses of concentration. The first came towards the end of the first half when, under no pressure, he let a routine pass slip under his foot and the ball rolled out. This was repeated in the last five minutes, with his side trying to protect their slender advantage, but this time the error occurred on the edge of his own box.

Physicality

Any fears Monreal would not be able to deal with the rough and tumble of the Premier League were dispelled during a bruising aerial duel with Jonathan Walters before half-time.

In going up for a header, the duo were involved in a nasty clash of heads. The Stoke forward needed treatment to a bloodied gash to his forehead.

Monreal remained on his feet, hardly flinching. ‘To see him win so many headers and hold his own was great to see,’ added Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Delighted: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pleased Monreal has joined the squad

Delighted: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is pleased Monreal has joined the squad

It"s top secret: Manny Pacquiao

It's top secret: Manny Pacquiao

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22:23 GMT, 28 December 2012

Boxer Manny Pacquiao

Who is your sporting hero

Steve Nash of the LA Lakers is a great guy. He is maybe one of the best ever but he is also dedicated to charity work. When we are in these influential positions, we need to realise we can help pioneer change in this world.

What would you be if you weren't a sportsman

I was a tailor when I was younger, so maybe I would have owned my own store. Boxing has given me the platform to get into politics but even without it I like to think a path would have been made for me to get into politics.

Which other sportsman would you like to be

I can't pick one player on the team but I would like to help Boston Celtics win the NBA title. I'm pretty good.

Career highlight

I made less than two dollars for winning my first fight but two dollars meant a lot to us. I knew I was good, and those two dollars showed me if I kept on fighting we would not need to worry about money.

…and the worst moment

Probably the fight against Tim Bradley. If you lose you lose, but I was sure that I won. None of his punches hurt me.

If your house was burning down, what one possession would you save

Everything can be replaced. I have had nothing before, and while I don't want to have nothing again, I know what is really important is to have your family healthy. Of course it's nice to know your family are healthy while driving a Ferrari!

What's the best advice you've ever been given

When you think you are 100 per cent ready you're probably not.

Favourite karaoke song

La Bamba.

Three most-listened-to songs on your ipod

Ordinary Song by Marc Velasco, Sometimes When We Touch by Dan Hill, and Imagine by John Lennon.

Actor Jericho Rosales

Actor Jericho Rosales

In a film of your life, who would you like to play you

It's already happened – a guy called Jericho Rosales (above) played me.

Last film you saw

I watched Toy Story 3 with my kids.

Last book you read

The Bible. Even on the night of a fight, I make sure there is time to study it.

Favourite pre-match meal

I eat pretty much the same meal every day. I have Filipino beef broth and chicken soup with rice.

Can you cook Best dish

I have a cook.

Your favourite holiday destination

We had a great family vacation where we visited Japan and Australia in the same trip. Both are beautiful countries.

What's the most expensive thing you've ever bought

My yacht. It is so nice being at peace with the world out on the ocean, surrounded by your family and the people you love.

Tell us a secret…

When I fight the crime rate in the Philippines drops like crazy during the fight. At first I thought it was a myth, but it's been backed up by statistics.

Carlos Tevez should have been an automatic pick for Roberto Mancini -Martin Keown

Mancini made a mistake by choosing Balotelli over matchwinner Tevez

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00:27 GMT, 10 December 2012

Tremendous Tevez

I don’t understand why Carlos Tevez is not an automatic pick — he’s City’s matchwinner. His introduction gave us a proper football match and he played like a man possessed. Unlike Mario Balotelli, he chased down everything and gave the United defenders a torrid time.

Tevez would drop off and run wide and they didn’t know whether to stay or go with him. For Yaya Toure’s goal, he showed strength and composure to keep the ball and pick out his team-mate when surrounded by reds.

Not a moment too soon: Carlos Tevez replaced Mario Balotelli in the second half at the Etihad Stadium

Not a moment too soon: Carlos Tevez replaced Mario Balotelli in the second half at the Etihad Stadium

Winner brilliant, but so avoidable

There were two errors with the wall. Tevez walked off the end to close down Wayne Rooney on the edge of the box, but he should have stayed and reacted if necessary.

And Samir Nasri is not the bravest. What was he doing in the wall We often put people there who can’t do much defensively — such as pick up attackers or block. But he hid. If he stands up tall it hits him and bounces clear.

Winner: Joe Hart was beaten by Robin van Persie's late free kick which won the Manchester derby

Winner: Joe Hart was beaten by Robin van Persie's late free kick which won the Manchester derby

Incredible football

Rio Ferdinand looked majestic most of the match, but if I’m being really picky he could have committed more to blocking Tevez’s shot in the lead-up to Toure’s goal.

But that just showed how difficult it was for defenders yesterday. There was so much attacking quality all over the place, producing football of the highest order.

It was incredible to watch.

Rock solid: Rio Ferdinand had an excellent afternoon before being struck by a coin while celebrating the winner

Rock solid: Rio Ferdinand had an excellent afternoon before being struck by a coin while celebrating the winner

United wide men wing it

City dominated possession in the first half and it was largely down to the fluidity of their wingers. Nasri and David Silva like to come infield and that meant they could keep hold of the ball. But United’s wingers stuck out wide and that made them more clinical when they got it.

Space on the left allowed Ashley Young to set up the opener and Antonio Valencia on the right was key to the second. They were ruthless. The structure of the team created the goals but they had the ability in that framework.

Tomas Rosicky blames Arsenal form on possession

Rosicky blames Arsenal's slump on lack of possession as Gunner face crisis

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23:48 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tomas Rosicky has blamed Arsenal's poor start to the season
on their inability to keep possession like Arsene Wenger's teams of old.

The Arsenal midfielder questioned his team's confidence and
said he could understand the fans' frustration after the club's worst start to
the season for 18 years. Arsenal lie tenth in the Barclays Premier League with
only 21 points from their first 15 games.

Rosicky, who started his first match this season and scored
in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday night,
said: 'Sometimes we don't keep the ball as we used to. It is definitely a
matter of confidence. You can see there are more back passes than we used to
do. You have to gain confidence by winning the next game.

Lashing out: Tomas Rosicky (centre) criticised Arsenal's possession

Lashing out: Tomas Rosicky (centre) criticised Arsenal's possession

'I can understand the frustration as I am an Arsenal fan as
well. We all have to stick together. That is what we did last season when
everyone wrote us off and we came back stronger.

'It will be difficult, there is no doubt about it, but we
are OK to do it again. We have to sort it out quickly.'

The statistics back up
Rosicky's observations, with Arsenal averaging 59.3 per cent of possession in
the league so far this season compared to 60.1 per cent in their last campaign.
Wenger's side are making and completing more passes, too, but are less
clinical, with just one goal in their last three league games.

Rosicky impressed on his 45-minute comeback in Athens after
aggravating an achilles tendon problem while playing for the Czech Republic at
last summer's European Championships.

Gutted: Arsenal lost to Olympiacos to miss out on top spot

Gutted: Arsenal lost to Olympiacos to miss out on top spot

The midfielder said the injury was a particularly
frustrating setback and claimed he has to 'fight constantly' to avoid being
kicked by opponents during games.

'How can you defend yourself when someone kicks you,' said
Rosicky. 'It is frustrating for me to pick up another injury. During the season
I had already received a kick on my achilles and then I got finished off in the
Euros.

'For the position I play, I always have someone on my back
and with the position I have, I am often receiving the ball with someone behind
me. How can I defend myself 'It is part of the game and I have to take it. It
is difficult for me. I have to fight constantly and that is what I am able to
do.'

England v New Zealand preview with Ben Kay

England must not be conned by All Black rope-a-dope tactics

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23:35 GMT, 30 November 2012

There are a lot of myths about the way the All Blacks play. People have this perception they’re an all-singing, all-dancing team who always have the ball and are always attacking, always expansive.

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Dan stays in the picture: The All Blacks most potent weapon, Dan Carter, checks out the news in Sportsmail, including pictures of his day out in London

Steve Hansen’s side conceded the second-highest number of penalties and, when it came to time-in-possession stats, they were third of the four teams. The message is clear; it’s not about how much ball they have, it’s about what they do with it.

But there were several areas where the All Blacks were well ahead of the rest – passes completed, number of off-loads, defenders beaten, clean breaks, metres gained and tackle completion, highlighting their clinical work.

For a long time, New Zealand have been the finest counter-attacking side in the world. When they win a turnover, it’s as if they flick a mental switch. They all go up a gear, they raise their intensity levels. More often than not, they will score.

What the All Blacks do well is control and vary their pace. A lot of other nations play at the same high intensity, but they are one-paced, they lack that variety. New Zealand are able to operate and succeed with less possession. Their tackle-completion rates are really good, then when they get the ball, they immediately go up three gears.

Masters of the art: New Zealand are the best counter-attacking side in the world

Masters of the art: New Zealand are the best counter-attacking side in the world

Last weekend, Manu Tuilagi intercepted the ball and broke upfield against South Africa, but England were unable to take the scoring chance. In the same circumstances, the All Blacks would have flicked that switch and scored a try. The initial reaction is crucial. As soon as they see a turnover, the players all quickly get into position and flood through on the right support lines. In contrast, some of the England players might have seen Chris Ashton receive the ball from Tuilagi and subconsciously thought ‘he’s quick’ so they just watched him run.

New Zealand always ensure that as many players as possible work themselves into attacking positions. They would have had someone up in close support of a player in Ashton’s position, ready to take an off-load when he ran hard at the last defender.

Opta stats reveal that, of all the All Blacks tries since the World Cup, 44 per cent start when they regain possession in their own half. With England, that figure drops to about 20 per cent. New Zealand are always alert to potential try-scoring opportunities, even from deep.

It is like rope-a-dope – their ability to soak up pressure and pounce when chances come along. Their belief that they will always find a way to win borders on arrogance.

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They will look at the opposition and
think, ‘Whatever you do, we will surpass you’, which is the mindset we
had with England in the run-up to the 2003 World Cup. The All Blacks
believe they are bullet proof.

Another advantage they have over England and other sides is an innate willingness to take risks. They have so many supreme physical specimens who can dominate collisions, but they also have the mind-set to play positively – always looking to offload.

In England, if you throw an offload that ‘wasn’t on’, it can lead to heavy criticism and that can make players go into their shells. Perhaps we have to change our national psyche when it comes to risk-taking.

England captain Chris Robshaw has been slated for his decision to go for goal with a late penalty last weekend, but he made the right call. Stats show that from 40 attacking line-outs within 10 metres of the opposition line since the start of 2010, England have scored just four times.

Under pressure: Robshaw will come in for intense scrutiny on Saturday

Under pressure: Robshaw will come in for intense scrutiny on Saturday

If time is almost up, the defending side can keep infringing, knowing that the attacking team need more than a penalty to win the game. They basically have a licence to cheat.

My hope is that Robshaw can block out all the criticism the next time that he faces a similar scenario, but my fear is that all the stick he’s had will affect him.

On this occasion, there are no areas where England have a clear advantage. Rugby is a strange game, so all hope is not lost, but I think the All Blacks will win, say 29-13.

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Frankel goes to stud at Banstead Manor Farm

What a stud! 125k-a-time Frankel settles into his new home as he prepares for his career change

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17:18 GMT, 22 November 2012

It is not often a horse commands a stud fee of 125,000 so Banstead Manor Farm have every right to show off their prize possession.

Unbeaten Frankel was paraded round the grounds before he goes to work.

Rated as the greatest horse in the world, Frankel was expected to stand for around 100,000 after retiring on the back of a 14-race unbeaten career — but his fee was announced last week as 125,000.

A real stud: Unbeaten racehorse Frankel in his new home at Banstead Stud in Newmarket

A real stud: Unbeaten racehorse Frankel in his new home at Banstead Stud in Newmarket

He will be based in Newmarket at owner Khalid Abdullah’s Banstead Manor Farm, where he is pictured in these photos.

Juddmonte Farms general manager Philip Mitchell said: ‘We believe our stallion roster is the best we have been able to offer breeders – and we are very excited with both of our new arrivals.

‘The fee for Frankel reflects his merits as being perhaps the greatest racehorse we have ever witnessed. He is by Galileo, who is now recognised as the best sire in the world, and out of Kind, a winner of six races (from five to seven furlongs) and herself a daughter of one of the most influential stallions in the history of thoroughbred breeding, Danehill.

Expensive business: Frankel will command a stud fee of 125,000

Expensive business: Frankel will command a stud fee of 125,000

Getting used to new surroundings: Frankel settled in his new home

Getting used to new surroundings: Frankel settled in his new home

‘Bated Breath (8,000) will give breeders the opportunity to use a most genuine sprinter who was placed second in four Group One races. Ironically, his father Dansili started his career at the same fee and he also just failed to win a Group One race.’

Dansili and Oasis Dream, Juddmonte’s two previous standard bearers, will stand for 80,000.

Mitchell added: ‘We have made minor adjustments to the fees of our two major stalwarts Dansili and Oasis Dream as we believe both of these world-class sires to be equally successful.’

Gary Neville: Emmanuel Adebayor red card made a difference, but can"t excuse Spurs" performance

Adebayor red card made a difference, but can't excuse Spurs' performance

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22:25 GMT, 17 November 2012

Both Arsene Wenger and Andre Villas-Boas will have questions after Arsenal's 5-2 win over Tottenham.

Of course, the sending-off of
Emmanuel Adebayor had a huge impact on the game and ruined the spectacle
because, at that point, it had looked like a serious contest for
Arsenal.

But Tottenham cannot point to the red card as the sole reason why they lost.

Turning point: But the sending off of Emmanuel Adebayor (left) was not the only reason for Spurs' defeat

Turning point: But the sending off of Emmanuel Adebayor (left) was not the only reason for Spurs' defeat

Even with 10 men, you would have expected them to be tighter and more solid in the 20-minute spell before half-time in which they conceded three goals.

Sending-offs happen. You can't just accept that it's game over at that point. You have to stay strong and stay in the game.

Even though Tottenham did well in the second half and showed some guts in the way they played, going to a back three, I don't think their fans will be fooled by Villas-Boas's comments that they controlled the game.

No easy answers: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

No easy answers: Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas

And although Arsenal will, of course, be happy with an important win for the club, there still isn't a conviction about this team that you would expect to see.

At 4-2, there was a nervousness around the stadium because of the two-goal leads they have conceded recently. And there wasn't the authority in possession that you would expect to see against 10 men.

It was there at times, but not enough for you to feel Arsenal were always in control.

Wenger will naturally be pleased with the win – but a man of his vast experience will know that there is still a long way to go before he can be truly happy with the performance.

England U21s 2 Northern Ireland U21s 0: Match report

England U21s 2 Northern Ireland U21s 0: Wickham inspires 'perfect' Lions cubs

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21:45 GMT, 13 November 2012

A fitting end to a perfect 12 months. This may have been their simplest task of 2012 but a Connor Wickham-inspired win over Northern Ireland preserved England Under-21s 100 per cent record.

This is the first time since 1991 that England have gone through a calendar year with a sequence of unbroken victories but while 2012 has been encouraging, it has largely been 12 months to forget for their goalscorer.

Wickham, who has endured troubles with his fitness, has barely featured for Sunderland in recent months and has only played one minute this season in the Barclays Premier League, leading to conjecture he will leave the club on loan.

Head boy: Wickham scores the opening goal of the game at Bloomfield Road

Head boy: Wickham scores the opening goal of the game at Bloomfield Road

For his country, though, it is another matter entirely.

Wickham is beginning to flourish and his header on the stroke of half-time, which set the ball rolling on a comfortable 2-0 success, was his third goal in four appearances.

Substitute Benik Afobe sealed the win with a late penalty.

Bloody mess: The goalscorer returned to the pitch with four stitches for a head wound

Bloody mess: The goalscorer returned to the pitch with four stitches for a head wound

Bloody mess: The goalscorer returned to the pitch with four stitches for a head wound

Of all those who featured in this match at a sparsely-populated Bloomfield Road, Wickham staked the most impressive claim to be included when Euro 2013 Israel next June.

England have not been flush with goals recently games, so Wickham's form will be comforting for Stuart Pearce.

This was the first time England have played Northern Ireland at this level and it became quickly apparent that there was a gulf in class between the sides.

All smiles: Wickham wheels away in celebration after scoring the opener for Pearce's side

All smiles: Wickham wheels away in celebration after scoring the opener for Pearce's side

England dominated possession and kept the visitors comfortably at arms' length.

Pearce's should really have taken the lead on 17 minutes when Liverpool left-back picked the pocket of the dithering Lee Hodson to set up Wickham but he caught his shot from eight yards too firmly and rattled the crossbar.

He went close again just after the half hour when connecting with a free-kick from captain Jordan Henderson but, this time, Cliftonville goalkeeper Conor Devlin was equally to the task, turning his effort around the corner.

Spot on: Afobe completed the scoring with a penalty after he was hauled down by Devlin

Spot on: Afobe completed the scoring with a penalty after he was hauled down by Devlin

Spot on: Afobe completed the scoring with a penalty after he was hauled down by Devlin

Devlin was needed to keep Northern Ireland in the game again on 39 minutes, plunging to his left to keep out a drive from the lively Thomas Ince, but he had no answer to what followed in the final act of the half.

Having just returned to the field after getting four stitches in a head wound, Wickham glanced in another Henderson free-kick.

The second half was disrupted by a series of substitutions but Afobe completed the scoring when converting from 12 yards after he had been brought down by Devlin.