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Steve Hansen"s New Zealand can be the best of all time

Hansen's New Zealand are on the brink of immortality: Why Richie and Co can be the best of all time

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UPDATED:

00:44 GMT, 30 November 2012

Rich talent: McCaw is the leader of this All Black side

Rich talent: McCaw is the leader of this All Black side

Since taking overall charge of a World Cup-winning squad that only just staggered over the line against a superior France side last year, Steve Hansen has achieved more than simply turning the All Blacks into a much more formidable force.

He has made them, potentially, the most successful New Zealand team of all — and that truly is saying something.

The precision of their high-octane game, the simplicity of their passing, their off-loading in the heaviest traffic, all add up to an irresistible force based on supreme athleticism.

In their quest for perfection, they found it in purple patches against Scotland and then against Wales before declaring at 33-0 with 20
minutes left.

They are as far ahead of the game as New Zealand’s first World Cup-winning team was 25 years ago. After 19 wins and one draw in their
last 20 Tests, it can be but a matter of time before they eclipse the 23-match record set by Wayne Shelford, Michael Jones and company.

No team has ever won successive World Cups. If Richie McCaw and Dan Carter are fit, this one surely will.

Yes, even better than these great sides

1987-90

The presence of Wayne Shelford and the advent of the peerless Michael Jones in the same back row turned the inaugural World Cup into a no-contest.

The All Blacks made the tournament a procession, starting with a 70-point rout of Italy.

For a young Londoner it turned into a fairytale. John Gallagher emigrated from London to Wellington to pursue a career in the police and play a bit of rugby.

Unstoppable: Wayne Shelford and the All Blacks romped to World Cup glory in 1987

Unstoppable: Wayne Shelford and the All Blacks romped to World Cup glory in 1987

In next to no time he had bridged the chasm between turning out for Old Askeans, his local club in Kent and winning the World Cup.

France in the final provided the most testing opposition and they still lost by 20 points.

1905

Wherever they went in the British Isles, the ‘Originals’ treated crowds to a brand of rugby they had never seen before and not just because their goalkicking full back, Billy Wallace, wore a trilby during the first match against Devon.

Captained by Dave Gallaher, a native Irishman from a fishing village in Co. Donegal, the prototype New Zealand touring team set the standard for the next century.

The Originals: The 1905 team were the first to undertake a tour outside Australasia

The Originals: The 1905 team were the first to undertake a tour outside Australasia

The Scots did their best to avoid them, threatening to cancel their fixture by claiming a daily allowance of three shillings (15p) made the visitors professionals.

Gallaher’s team won 31 out of 32 matches, losing only to Wales in controversial circumstances — and the late refusal of a Bob Deans try is still a sore point.

1996

There were times during the 20-odd years when Australia, South Africa and, all too briefly, England monopolised the World Cup that the All Blacks were still the team to beat — never more so than the year after they lost the 1995 final to South Africa.

Sean Fitzpatrick proved the point, captaining the first and so far only New Zealand team to win a Test series in South Africa, 3-0. Christian Cullen introduced himself with seven tries in two Tests.

The team: Cullen; Wilson, Little, Bunce, Lomu; Mehrtens, Marshall; Brown, Fitzpatrick, Dowd; R Brooke, I Jones; M Jones, Z Brooke, Kronfeld.

Whitewash: New Zealand stormed South Africa following the 1995 World Cup

Whitewash: New Zealand stormed South Africa following the 1995 World Cup

Quite the artist: George Nepia

Quite the artist: George Nepia

1924-5

Cliff Porter’s invincibles went one better than the 1905 team, winning all 32 matches. A 19-year-old Maori, George Nepia, played in every single one of them, an incredible feat considering the tour began in mid-September and finished four months later.

Nepia redefined the role of the full back, turning it into an art-form. He and his fellow backs ran riot behind a pack powerful enough to have blasted through every opponent, although one report claimed that several All Black forwards should have been sent off during the tour.

One fact remains beyond dispute — their record of invincibility has still to be matched.

Hard but fair: Whineray

Hard but fair: Whineray

1963-4

Wilson Whineray’s squad won 34 of their 36 matches, drawing 0-0 against Scotland and losing in a mudbath at Newport to a drop goal by John ‘Dick’ Uzzell. Whineray, later knighted, earned a reputation as a hard but scrupulously fair forward.

A former heavyweight boxing champion, his tough-as-old-boots mentality was never better exemplified than during the Ireland match when a punch from Willie-John McBride threatened to chop Colin ‘Pine Tree’ Meads down
for a long count.

‘Stay on your feet for Christ’s sake,’ Whineray told a staggering Meads. ‘Don’t let them know you’re hurt or we’re done for.’

England 14 Australia 20: Barnes and Beale fire Wallabies as Red Rose rue missed chances

England 14 Australia 20: Barnes and Beale fire Wallabies as Red Rose rue missed chances

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UPDATED:

16:51 GMT, 17 November 2012

England crashed to a defeat to Australia they may still be regretting in three years' time.

The Wallabies bounced back from a 33-6 thumping in France last week to dominate England, whose chances of being a top seed at their home Rugby World Cup in 2015 now look remote.

England have worn purple shirts twice – against Argentina and Australia – and both times they have lost.

Unbridled glee: Australia celebrate their third win in four Cook cup matches

Unbridled glee: Australia celebrate their third win in four Cook cup matches

England clawed a half-time lead with a
contentious try from Manu Tuilagi after Nick Cummins had scored his
first international try for the Wallabies.

But Australia turned the screw after
the interval with Berrick Barnes kicking a total of 15 points and it was
not until England emptied their bench that they posed any consistent
threat.

England will rue their bold decisions
to kick second-half penalties to touch instead of taking points because
the Wallabies defence held firm.

And the more panicky England became, the more mistakes they made and Australia saw out the victory to reclaim the Cook Cup.

Going over: Manu Tuilagi scores England's first try to give the home side a 14-11 half-time lead

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England's kit was officially described as 'regal purple', in order to reflect their place among the 'rugby royalty'.

But with South Africa and New Zealand
due at Twickenham over the next fortnight, England face an uphill
battle to join the elite in the top band of World Cup seeds when the
draw is made on December 4.

That would leave England with the prospect of facing one of the southern hemisphere giants in the pool stages.

Toby Flood kicked England into an
early lead but they spent most of the first half battling to stay in the
game, in the face of an Australia side who were more direct and more
threatening.

Initially, England defended
ferociously, hitting the Wallaby ball-carriers hard on the gainline,
holding them up and driving them backwards.

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

No mistake: Nick Cummins evades the attentions of Toby Flood to score Australia's opening try

But as the first half wore on,
England began to slip off key first-up tackles and that allowed the
Wallabies to build the pressure.

Danny Care did well to halt Tatafu
Polota-Nau in the corner after Australia had attempted a crafty short
lineout but they were soon on the back foot again.

Michael Hooper, the Australian
openside with an English father, slipped through Tom Youngs' tackle and
offloaded to Cummins, forcing England to scramble again.

Wycliff Palu, Cummins and Alexander
were all halted in their tracks before Barnes slotted the drop goal to
bring the Wallabies level.

England built the phases for the
first time but without any real menace, unlike the Wallabies who won a
scrum against the head and then released Cummins on the outside again.

Tuilagi and then Flood made
half-breaks for England before Thomas Waldrom took a quick tap penalty
and flicked the ball inside to Chris Robshaw.

Brace yourself: Chris Robshaw prepares to be hit by Wycliff Palu and Nicholas Phipps

Brace yourself: Chris Robshaw prepares to be hit by Wycliff Palu and Nicholas Phipps

Hooper was forced to slow things down
illegally and Flood's second penalty crept over the bar to restore
England's lead but it was brief respite.

Hooper ran onto a long lineout and
the Wallabies hammered away at the England line before Ben Alexander,
with Benn Robinson on his shoulder, drove low from the ruck.

The television pictures were not
conclusive enough for the try to be awarded but Joe Marler was penalised
at the subsequent scrum, allowing the Wallabies to leave with some
points.

Flood responded with a third penalty
but Care, who had been very effective in defence, was punished for a
loose kick with Nick Phipps launching the counter-attack.

Phipps beat one defender and then
released Cummins with a questionably forward pass but the Wallaby wing
streaked down the right and dived over in the corner for his maiden Test
try.

Care made amends immediately, turning
down a kickable penalty to take the quick tap. Tom Johnson and Brad
Barritt shipped the ball wide for Tuilagi, who had Sharples on his
outside but decided to go himself.

Quick ball: Nick Phipps releases early for Australia

Quick ball: Nick Phipps releases early for Australia

Tuilagi powered through Beale and
Phipps and stretched for the line with the the TMO finally confirming he
had got the ball down on the whitewash.

Australia were back in the groove
immediately after the interval, with Barnes and Beale pulling the
strings and the Wallaby pack edging the set-piece battle.

Barnes slotted three penalties in
quick succession. England's response was to send on replacements and two
of them in particular made an immediate impact.

Joe Launchbury took a towering high
ball before Mako Vunipola burst though the line and Ashton arrowed
towards the corner before being tackled into touch just short of the
line.

Reliable: The right boot of Toby Flood accounted for nine points

Reliable: The right boot of Toby Flood accounted for nine points

England piled on the pressure, twice
rejecting penalty shots at goal in the hope of driving the Wallabies
back from the lineout and it almost worked but Waldrom lost control as
he grounded the ball.

This time the television official's decision went against England.

Barnes' long-range penalty attempt
fell short and Vunipola continued to cause damage to the Wallabies,
destroying one scrum and then carrying powerfully into the Australian
22.

England went for another quick tap
penalty and Waldrom came steaming onto the ball but he was chopped down
short of the line and again the gamble failed to pay off.

Manchester United line up 1bn Nike kit deal

Man United line up whopping 1bn Nike extension to boost the coffers

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UPDATED:

08:04 GMT, 24 October 2012

Manchester United will be looking to negotiate sports merchandising giants Nike's biggest-ever sponsorship deal when they begin renewal talks over Old Trafford kit supply in February.

The 13-year Nike agreement with United that expires in 2015 is worth 303million, plus a profit share on retail sales.

And United chief of staff Ed Woodward, who presides over the club's extraordinary commercial operation, is looking for a 'major increase' from Nike.

A new deal: Manchester United are eyeing a bumper extension from kit sponsors Nike

A new deal: Manchester United are eyeing a bumper extension from kit sponsors Nike

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They have a six-month window of exclusive talks with United. Woodward would not say what stratospheric number United are chasing.

But they are sure to remind Nike that shirt sponsorship has risen more than six fold in the same period – from Vodafone's 8m to the 52m a year Chevrolet will be forking out from the 2014-15 season.

These potential figures – which could even see a 1billion deal if Nike sign up for a similar length of time – dwarf the 156m over 10 years the US company are reportedly going to pay Rory McIlroy to have the swoosh on his golf equipment and clothing from 2013.

FA botch Bernstein extension

Chairman David Bernstein all but admitted that the FA botched attempts to extend his time in office past his age-limit 70th birthday next May – including alienating councillors by asking for unregulated proxy votes to count in the ballot.

Bernstein, a 'little frustrated' to be leaving in the middle of the 150th anniversary celebrations, said the FA 'didn't organise things as well as they might have done'.

The FA council, having blocked Bernstein, are now turning their guns on the staff-run Club England wanting more representation from the marginalised FA international committee.

But Bernstein said he would 'unequivocally oppose any changes' in his eight months left.

Beckham in his briefs

David Beckham was spotted in his underwear emerging from bushes during a film-shoot by a busload of sight-seers reportedly on a Hollywood tour of celebrity homes.

Now it transpires the coach was full of film extras and the sighting was staged as part of the Guy Ritchie-directed Beckham H&M commercial to be aired next year.

Neville juggling TV and United commitments

Gary Neville – England coach and Sky football pundit – also has to juggle the extra conflicts from his paid position as a Manchester United ambassador alongside Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Andy Cole.

Man of many talents: Gary Neville is juggling between England duties (left), TV work, and his commitments as a Manchester United ambassador

Man of many talents: Gary Neville is juggling between England duties (left), TV work, and his commitments as a Manchester United ambassador

United are likely to add to their ambassadors as well as 'legends' – including Lee Sharpe, Dion Dublin, Quinton Fortune and Gary Pallister – to help service ever-burgeoning sponsorship partners currently totalling 77 worldwide.

These brought in 117million in the last financial year.

No wonder commercial director Richard Arnold says United are carving up their rights with a 'scalpel not a spade'.

They have 70 staff alone working the phones in their sponsorship search hot-house next door to Langan's Brasserie in London's Mayfair.

The owning Glazer family are said to have been instrumental in separating United's training-gear rights in their shirt deal with Aon, allowing for another 10m a year to be extracted from DHL for practice kit branding.

Sky slow on Armstrong

Disgraced drugs cheat Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France victories as part of his exorcism from cycling's history.

But the official website of Team Sky, who boast of zero tolerance towards drugs, was still promoting Armstrong on Tuesday.

Sluggish: Team Sky's official website took their time to remove comments about disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong

Sluggish: Team Sky's official website took their time to remove comments about disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong

The on-line biography of Team Sky's senior sports director Sean Yates stated how he helped mentor 'one particularly talented young rider called Lance Armstrong . . . who often mentioned his debt to Yates for the advice he provided'.

It added that Yates worked with Armstrong at two teams before joining Sky.

However, all Armstrong mentions were deleted from the Yates biog around the time Sky were asked to comment.

Sheepshanks heads for Onside

Sports specialist lawyers Onside Law, who negotiated Alan Pardew's eight-year deal with Newcastle and TV sports presenter Jake Humphrey's contract with BT Vision, have appointed St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks as a consultant to help build their football business.

Onside, set up by former IMG golf lawyer Oliver Hunt, represent Rory McIlroy.

Manchester United lien up 1bn Nike kit deal

Man United line up whopping 1bn Nike extension to boost the coffers

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UPDATED:

06:39 GMT, 24 October 2012

Manchester United will be looking to negotiate sports merchandising giants Nike's biggest-ever sponsorship deal when they begin renewal talks over Old Trafford kit supply in February.

The 13-year Nike agreement with United that expires in 2015 is worth 303million, plus a profit share on retail sales.

And United chief of staff Ed Woodward, who presides over the club's extraordinary commercial operation, is looking for a 'major increase' from Nike.

A new deal: Manchester United are eyeing a bumper extension from kit sponsors Nike

A new deal: Manchester United are eyeing a bumper extension from kit sponsors Nike

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They have a six-month window of exclusive talks with United. Woodward would not say what stratospheric number United are chasing.

But they are sure to remind Nike that shirt sponsorship has risen more than six fold in the same period – from Vodafone's 8m to the 52m a year Chevrolet will be forking out from the 2014-15 season.

These potential figures – which could even see a 1billion deal if Nike sign up for a similar length of time – dwarf the 156m over 10 years the US company are reportedly going to pay Rory McIlroy to have the swoosh on his golf equipment and clothing from 2013.

FA botch Bernstein extension

Chairman David Bernstein all but admitted that the FA botched attempts to extend his time in office past his age-limit 70th birthday next May – including alienating councillors by asking for unregulated proxy votes to count in the ballot.

Bernstein, a 'little frustrated' to be leaving in the middle of the 150th anniversary celebrations, said the FA 'didn't organise things as well as they might have done'.

The FA council, having blocked Bernstein, are now turning their guns on the staff-run Club England wanting more representation from the marginalised FA international committee.

But Bernstein said he would 'unequivocally oppose any changes' in his eight months left.

Beckham in his briefs

David Beckham was spotted in his underwear emerging from bushes during a film-shoot by a busload of sight-seers reportedly on a Hollywood tour of celebrity homes.

Now it transpires the coach was full of film extras and the sighting was staged as part of the Guy Ritchie-directed Beckham H&M commercial to be aired next year.

Neville juggling TV and United commitments

Gary Neville – England coach and Sky football pundit – also has to juggle the extra conflicts from his paid position as a Manchester United ambassador alongside Sir Bobby Charlton, Bryan Robson and Andy Cole.

Man of many talents: Gary Neville is juggling between England duties (left), TV work, and his commitments as a Manchester United ambassador

Man of many talents: Gary Neville is juggling between England duties (left), TV work, and his commitments as a Manchester United ambassador

United are likely to add to their ambassadors as well as 'legends' – including Lee Sharpe, Dion Dublin, Quinton Fortune and Gary Pallister – to help service ever-burgeoning sponsorship partners currently totalling 77 worldwide.

These brought in 117million in the last financial year.

No wonder commercial director Richard Arnold says United are carving up their rights with a 'scalpel not a spade'.

They have 70 staff alone working the phones in their sponsorship search hot-house next door to Langan's Brasserie in London's Mayfair.

The owning Glazer family are said to have been instrumental in separating United's training-gear rights in their shirt deal with Aon, allowing for another 10m a year to be extracted from DHL for practice kit branding.

Sky slow on Armstrong

Disgraced drugs cheat Lance Armstrong has been stripped of his seven Tour de France victories as part of his exorcism from cycling's history.

But the official website of Team Sky, who boast of zero tolerance towards drugs, was still promoting Armstrong on Tuesday.

Sluggish: Team Sky's official website took their time to remove comments about disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong

Sluggish: Team Sky's official website took their time to remove comments about disgraced drug cheat Lance Armstrong

The on-line biography of Team Sky's senior sports director Sean Yates stated how he helped mentor 'one particularly talented young rider called Lance Armstrong . . . who often mentioned his debt to Yates for the advice he provided'.

It added that Yates worked with Armstrong at two teams before joining Sky.

However, all Armstrong mentions were deleted from the Yates biog around the time Sky were asked to comment.

Sheepshanks heads for Onside

Sports specialist lawyers Onside Law, who negotiated Alan Pardew's eight-year deal with Newcastle and TV sports presenter Jake Humphrey's contract with BT Vision, have appointed St George's Park chairman David Sheepshanks as a consultant to help build their football business.

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Lucozade to end Premier League sponsorship – Charles Sale

Premier League loses its fizz for sponsor Lucozade

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 22 October 2012

The Premier League are to lose their longest-running sponsor at the end of the season even though the profile of top-flight football has never been higher.

Lucozade, who have been official energy drink suppliers since the League started in 1992, have decided to end their 21-year association.

The company say the move follows a change of strategy that will see them invest more on research into the nutritional impact on athletes' performance.

End of an era: Lucozade will end their 21-year association with the Premier League

End of an era: Lucozade will end their 21-year association with the Premier League

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But the rising cost of the sponsorship, plus the need to negotiate deals with the big five clubs who opted out of the central deal, will also have played a part in the decision.

Lucozade agreed individual contracts with Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool but have no deal in place with either Manchester team. A spokesman said: 'We are shifting our focus to develop more advanced products that better support the needs of athletes across the UK.'

The decision could benefit UK Athletics, who are chasing a Champions League-style roster of sponsors following the loss of Aviva.

Meanwhile, there is likely to be minimal promotional activity in future from England cricket sponsors Brit Insurance, having announced two years in advance that they will not be renewing their contract in 2014. The company are now owned by venture capitalists and those responsible for the cricket investment have left.

Cash-rich QPR turn to FA

The money being thrown around at QPR on and off the pitch is reflected by FA chief financial officer Mark Donnelly being prepared to leave a comparatively safe job at Wembley for the precarious post of chief operating officer at a club propping up the Premier League who could well be in the Championship next season.

The FA advert for Donnelly's successor mentions a significant six-figure salary plus bonus and benefits.

Arise, Sir Davids

Barnet's League Two footballers have been left in no doubt that Holland star Edgar Davids, who has arrived at Underhill as joint head coach, belongs at a different level of the game.

According to one member of the Barnet squad, Davids wants the players to call him either 'Sir' or 'Mr Davids'.

Suit you, sir: Davids has made a big impact following his arrival at Barnet

Suit you, sir: Davids has made a big impact following his arrival at Barnet

Keys and Gray maintain talkSport rise

Richards Keys and Andy Gray, forced out of Sky Sports after the sexism furore at the start of 2011, have re-established their careers to the extent they now receive top billing on talkSport on the station's big outside broadcast football nights.

This means Talk's previous No 1 presenter-pundit pairing of Mark Saggers and Stan Collymore have to make way for Keys and Gray, who will be behind the microphones for the Ajax v Manchester City Champions League game on Wednesday night.

RFU's poppy power

The RFU have ensured there will be no repeat of the fiasco last year when FIFA didn't want England's footballers to wear a poppy on their shirts for a Wembley international against Spain the day before Remembrance Sunday.

A Sportsmail campaign supported by David Cameron and Prince William eventually led to FIFA climbing down and allowing England to sport the symbol on armbands.

England's rugby team play Fiji at Twickenham on November 10 and both sides will have the poppy embroidered on their shirts.

Birthday celebrations cut short

The short-sightedness of the FA council refusing to extend David Bernstein's term as chairman past his 70th birthday in May will be highlighted today when the FA begin unveiling their 150th anniversary programme, which Bernstein will have to leave halfway through.

Waving goodbye: Bernstein is set to end his tenure as chairman of the FA

Waving goodbye: Bernstein is set to end his tenure as chairman of the FA

It starts on November 7 with a re-enactment at The Oval of the first FA Cup final held there in 1872 between Royal Engineers and Wanderers.

Another 150th initiative instigated by England fans is the restoration of the resting place in Paddington Old Cemetery of Cuthbert Ottaway, the first England captain.

A new headstone will be unveiled next August in the week of England's match against Scotland at Wembley – no doubt with the new FA chairman in attendance.

Charles Sale: Wayne Rooney"s second book flops

Rooney's second book flop leaves publishes unsure over future titles

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 21 October 2012

The remarkably poor sales of Wayne Rooney’s latest book charting 10 years in the top flight demonstrate that the recession in the football book market shows no sign of ending.

Publishers HarperCollins are understood to have sold only about 6,000 copies of Wayne Rooney — My Decade In The Premier League in the six weeks since the launch.

The low uptake follows huge publicity from a newspaper serialisation as well as coinciding with a period when Rooney has been constantly in the headlines through his England captaincy, the 10th anniversary of his spectacular entry into Premier League with that winning strike for Everton against Arsenal, his 200th club goal and wife Coleen expecting their second child.

hands up who wants my book: Wayne Rooney's second release has sold just 6,000

hands up who wants my book: Wayne Rooney's second release has sold just 6,000

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HarperCollins held crisis talks last year over the future of their 12-year, 5million, five-book deal with Rooney even before the delayed publication of this second in the series.

The lack of interest makes it more unlikely a further three books will see the light of day before the deal ends in 2018.

The setback follows Rooney failing to agree a new contract with EA Sports, who have Lionel Messi, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Joe Hart on the UK cover of their flagship computer game FIFA 2013. Rooney had been a cover fixture since 2005.

No long face

In contrast to the lack of Rooney books sold, broadcasting darling Clare Balding is determined that her young life story My Animals And Other Family heads the Christmas bestseller list.

So much so that she sandwiched her BBC presenting of Frankel’s glory run in the Champions Stakes between two book signing sessions at Ascot.
Balding also hosted a question and answer session for kids in the parade ring before the racing, at which she took every opportunity to plug the book as well.

Money maker

Such is the worldwide market- ability of David Beckham, his agents XIX see him earning more money than ever when his playing career finishes.
A sign of that commercial potential is the filming of Beckham’s latest advert for H&M underwear being directed by Guy Ritchie.

Mr Marketable: David Beckham's business team will continue to make money after his career

Mr Marketable: David Beckham's business team will continue to make money after his career

Missing medal men

Conspicuous by their absence from the UK Athletics golden fundraising gala dinner at the Royal Courts of Justice were two out of the three London 2012 gold medal winners from track and field — Mo Farah and Greg Rutherford, as well as four-gold Paralympian David Weir.

Farah lives in the United States, Rutherford was recovering from ankle and hernia operations and Weir’s partner has just had a baby.

Olympic high jump bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz was the star of the evening, clearing two metres dressed in just his underpants with his run-up between the dinner tables.

Jessica Ennis stood under the bar beforehand to demonstrate how high Grabarz was jumping. And a couple paid 5,000 for a hug and kiss from Robbie after his leap.

It’s good to talk, Queally

There is talk of putting a commitment to media promotion into the conditions for taking part in British Champions Day racing or introducing a financial incentive for PR co-operation.

This follows upset at superhorse Frankel’s introvert jockey Tom Queally not wanting to do radio or TV interviews at the main promotional event last week.

Let's talk: Tom Queally rode Frankel to record-breaking glory at Ascot

Let's talk: Tom Queally rode Frankel to record-breaking glory at Ascot

Queally, who fulfilled all media requests after Frankel’s triumph, is understood to be wary of racing journalists since he was fairly criticised for the ride he gave Frankel at last year’s Royal Ascot.

The drawing power of Frankel ensured Ascot was a sell-out for British Champions Day. But the organisers, whose Champion Series is a marketing tool rather than fulfilling the original intention of bringing a narrative to the Flat season, know they face a huge task filling Ascot next year following Frankel’s retirement.

But they are making the most of the Frankel effect by putting tickets on sale today.

Future's bright

There is big concern among stable lads at John Dunlop’s Arundel base about their future when the 73-year-old trainer retires next month.

The Duke of Norfolk, who owns the stables, has yet to find another trainer prepared to pay the expensive rent and might even renovate the site for other uses.

Lance Armstrong reputation is done – Des Kelly Daily Mail column

Really, what are these people who support Lance Armstrong on

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 13 October 2012

So who else knew There were too many people involved; too many mouths open and too much money was in play for this to remain a genuine secret for so long.

There must have been people in positions of power within the sport who had knowledge of what Lance Armstrong was up to long before this damning dossier was released.

Dragging the proof into the public domain was a difficult task, but only because it was hampered by what has all the appearances of an institutional cover-up, a co-ordinated conspiracy and the propagation of a huge lie that extends way beyond the disgraced rider’s circle of team-mates.

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme'

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Of course people knew. Armstrong’s team used to sing a song about the drug use, for heaven’s sake. His fellow rider at the US Postal Service team, David Zabriskie, revealed how he would adapt the words to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze when they were in meetings or on the bus.

‘EPO all in my veins,
Lately things just don’t seem the same.
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why,
’Scuse me while I pass this guy.’

The bigger joke is that cycling tried to pretend the scandal wasn’t happening, or did they think it was too big a risk to bring Armstrong down

It is certainly difficult not to laugh at the idea that the Union Cycliste Internationale governing body once accepted 78,000 from Armstrong for the ‘development of drug-testing equipment’. Seriously, what were these people on Were they stupid

There were others prepared to ignore the obvious. After the coruscating United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Armstrong landed with an almighty thud, his key sponsor rushed out a statement in less time than it would have taken for the rider to empty a syringe into a vein.

It said: ‘Nike continues to support Lance.’

That’s right. Despite the extraordinary amount of evidence, despite the fact that former team-mates and colleagues provided more than 1,000 pages of detail on his doping, Armstrong’s commercial backers were still there, putting an arm around his shoulder.

In doing so, they gave a whole new meaning to their company’s advertising slogan: ‘Just Do It’.

This is how sport tries to protect itself, with shrugs, tacit acceptance, blanket denials and intimidation.

The head of USADA, Travis Tygart, received three death threats during the Armstrong probe, all currently being investigated by the FBI.

Two journalists at the vanguard of
exposing the culture of doping in cycling, and Armstrong in particular,
have been chased to court and harassed.

In one legal action, UCI president Pat
McQuaid and ‘honorary president’ Hein Verbruggen are seeking full-page
apologies from newspapers in Britain, France and Switzerland.

We got you: Nike, one of Armstrong's main sponsors released a statement confirming their support

We got you: Nike, one of Armstrong's main sponsors released a statement confirming their support

We got you: Nike, one of Armstrong's main sponsors released a statement confirming their support

This is the same Verbruggen, a current International Olympic Committee member, who said in May 2011: ‘Armstrong has never used doping. Never, never, never.’

The UCI should be issuing full-page apologies, not asking for them. They should be throwing open the doors and hidden files, not silencing their critics.

Were Armstrong’s ploys to avoid out-of-competition testing ignored Was he tipped off beforehand about testers’ visits

There is an oft-quoted statistic that Armstrong passed 500 tests. In fact, he was asked for blood on around 260 occasions — and it is known he returned positive results on more than one occasion. But the rider, his team and the authorities ‘explained’ them away at the time.

Armstrong is finished now. His reputation is done. But the UCI must be called to account, too.

How did the US agency gather such a comprehensive mass of evidence when the supposed governing body could not — or would not

There are two obvious views. The UCI
knew what was happening and yet failed to act. Or they did not know and
so they are incompetent. Either way, they must be considered unfit for
purpose and those in charge should have already handed in their
resignations.

Was Armstrong’s drug-taking vastly
different to most of the leading riders of his generation Yes, he
survived seemingly terminal cancer and then set about raising an
extraordinary amount of money to help fellow sufferers.

The people his foundation has helped will not care, but that cannot exonerate his behaviour in this scandal.

What is peculiar is the idea that this
has all come as a shock inside cycling. People outside the sport have a
right to be amazed, but Armstrong’s activities became common knowledge
in the peloton.

Pat Mcquaid, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale

Hein Verbruggen

In denial: UCI president Pat McQuaid and ‘honorary president’ Hein Verbruggen are seeking full-page apologies from newspapers in Britain, France and Switzerland

Yet everyone is talking about how the sport is ‘moving on’ and ‘looking forward, not back’. To listen to Team Sky chief David Brailsford, the man who boasted his outfit would be scrupulously clean and use a zero-tolerance policy on drugs, this was all a blinding revelation to him.

‘The more you read, the more the jaw drops,’ he said. ‘Armstrong was one of the first cyclists that maybe transcended the sport. It was an amazing thing, so to now find out what was behind it is disappointing.’

Brailsford says he only found out now.

But Canadian Michael Barry was at Team Sky. The same Barry that used to ride alongside Armstrong. The same Barry was named in the USADA report confessing to years of EPO and testosterone use within Armstrong’s team.

Barry claims he stopped doping in
2006, before he joined Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky in 2009. But since
he lied beforehand it’s up to you whether you believe him now.
Coincidentally, one month before the damning USADA report was issued,
Barry retired from Team Sky.

At least Britain’s Tour de France
champion, Wiggins, admitted that, while he was shocked by the scale of
evidence, he was not by the facts themselves. ‘I’m not surprised by it —
I had a good idea what is going on,’ he said.

It’s all a bit of a puzzle, isn’t it
Wiggins says he knew what Armstrong was up to. Ex- team-mate Barry
certainly knew. Brailsford says otherwise and insists that Barry lied to
him about past doping. Someone’s certainly gullible. As long as it’s
not you or me.

The Team Sky website was still
carrying an official statement about Barry’s retirement on Thursday,
saying: ‘He was a founding member of Team Sky when he signed at the end
of 2009, and over the last three seasons has set an example to the rest
of the squad with his positive attitude, unwavering commitment to the
cause, and wealth of cycling knowledge.’

Seventh heaven: Armstrong was considered one of the greatest sportsmen of his generation

Seventh heaven: Armstrong was considered one of the greatest sportsmen of his generation

There is no doubting his knowledge, but we might argue about the wisdom of using the word ‘positive’ in the circumstances.

Barry himself added: ‘Through my 14-year professional career I’ve been fortunate to race with many of the top teams. From my first coaches and club-mates, to Dave Brailsford and my Team Sky team-mates, I’ve had the opportunity to race and learn from many of the best.’

Ah yes. He learned a lot. He learned how to cheat. The page has disappeared now. This is all very uncomfortable for Sky and Brailsford. As was the recently terminated association with Dr Geert Leinders, a man with a murky past in cycling.

But history is being wiped away. We’re all ‘moving forward’, apparently. Yes, it’s better now. There’s nothing to see here any more, so move along. Can we believe that I think Hendrix had it right without any need to change his lyrics.

‘Purple haze all in my eyes
Don’t know if it’s day or night
You’ve got me blowin’, blowin’ my mind,
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time’

Thou shalt not upset the FA

The Football Association plans to issue players with a ‘code of
conduct’. You will know this, since I believe it has already been on the
back pages at least three times this year.

Whenever anything awkward or untoward happens in the international camp,
someone at the FA mentions that football’s commandments will be brought
down from Mount Bernstein soon, as if that is going to make everything
suddenly clear.

How long does it take to tell players not to behave like, to coin a
phrase, ‘a bunch of t***s’ Monks in medieval times produced illuminated
manuscripts faster than this list of dos and don’ts . . .

Toe the line: Ashley Cole was the latest England player to land himself hot water with football authorities

Toe the line: Ashley Cole was the latest England player to land himself hot water with football authorities

Luckily, I have obtained an early leaked copy. It says:

Do not sleep with a team-mate’s partner or wife
Do not racially abuse another player
Do not sell on any perks you may receive as a result of your international call-up
Do not park in any disabled parking bay
Do not get drunk or abusive in public

The document is still being drafted, but the working title is ‘The Book of John’. I can’t think why.

Wronga: Newcastle's new sponsorship deal hasn't gone done well with the supporters

Wronga: Newcastle's new sponsorship deal hasn't gone done well with the supporters

Money talks.. and turns the air blue

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes the sponsorship money
provided by the company dubbed a legal loan shark, Wonga.com, can help
push the club into the top four. He intends to motivate the players by
demanding they give 4,214 per cent.

Ash, he's a top gun

Joe Hart offered up a ringing endorsement of Ashley Cole this week.

‘He was very welcoming to me and I’ve noticed he’s like that with a lot
of the young lads,’ said the England goalkeeper. ‘That’s the beauty of
him,’ he added.

Yes, Cole’s traditional ‘hello’ to youngsters is the stuff of legend. A
shot with an air rifle into the thigh of an intern at the training
ground makes them feel right at home.

Catch me if you can

I'll be part of a BBC 5 Live Fighting Talk special in front of a
sell-out crowd at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield at 11am on Saturday.

Afterwards, I will be embarrassing myself even more as Fighting Talk
faces the 606 team in a charity five-a-side match for BBC Children in
Need. If I’m still alive, The Press Pass is on talkSPORT on Sunday at
6pm..

Des Kelly: Really, what are these people who support Armstrong on?

Des Kelly: Really, what are these people who support Armstrong on

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23:27 GMT, 12 October 2012

So who else knew There were too many people involved; too many mouths open and too much money was in play for this to remain a genuine secret for so long.

There must have been people in positions of power within the sport who had knowledge of what Lance Armstrong was up to long before this damning dossier was released.

Dragging the proof into the public domain was a difficult task, but only because it was hampered by what has all the appearances of an institutional cover-up, a co-ordinated conspiracy and the propagation of a huge lie that extends way beyond the disgraced rider’s circle of team-mates.

Disgraced: Lance Armstrong led 'the most sophisticated, professionalised and successful doping programme'

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Of course people knew. Armstrong’s team used to sing a song about the drug use, for heaven’s sake. His fellow rider at the US Postal Service team, David Zabriskie, revealed how he would adapt the words to Jimi Hendrix’s Purple Haze when they were in meetings or on the bus.

‘EPO all in my veins,
Lately things just don’t seem the same.
Actin’ funny, but I don’t know why,
’Scuse me while I pass this guy.’

The bigger joke is that cycling tried to pretend the scandal wasn’t happening, or did they think it was too big a risk to bring Armstrong down

It is certainly difficult not to laugh at the idea that the Union Cycliste Internationale governing body once accepted 78,000 from Armstrong for the ‘development of drug-testing equipment’. Seriously, what were these people on Were they stupid

There were others prepared to ignore the obvious. After the coruscating United States Anti-Doping Agency investigation into Armstrong landed with an almighty thud, his key sponsor rushed out a statement in less time than it would have taken for the rider to empty a syringe into a vein.

It said: ‘Nike continues to support Lance.’

That’s right. Despite the extraordinary amount of evidence, despite the fact that former team-mates and colleagues provided more than 1,000 pages of detail on his doping, Armstrong’s commercial backers were still there, putting an arm around his shoulder.

In doing so, they gave a whole new meaning to their company’s advertising slogan: ‘Just Do It’.

This is how sport tries to protect itself, with shrugs, tacit acceptance, blanket denials and intimidation.

The head of USADA, Travis Tygart, received three death threats during the Armstrong probe, all currently being investigated by the FBI.

Two journalists at the vanguard of
exposing the culture of doping in cycling, and Armstrong in particular,
have been chased to court and harassed.

In one legal action, UCI president Pat
McQuaid and ‘honorary president’ Hein Verbruggen are seeking full-page
apologies from newspapers in Britain, France and Switzerland.

We got you: Nike, one of Armstrong's main sponsors released a statement confirming their support

We got you: Nike, one of Armstrong's main sponsors released a statement confirming their support

We got you: Nike, one of Armstrong's main sponsors released a statement confirming their support

This is the same Verbruggen, a current International Olympic Committee member, who said in May 2011: ‘Armstrong has never used doping. Never, never, never.’

The UCI should be issuing full-page apologies, not asking for them. They should be throwing open the doors and hidden files, not silencing their critics.

Were Armstrong’s ploys to avoid out-of-competition testing ignored Was he tipped off beforehand about testers’ visits

There is an oft-quoted statistic that Armstrong passed 500 tests. In fact, he was asked for blood on around 260 occasions — and it is known he returned positive results on more than one occasion. But the rider, his team and the authorities ‘explained’ them away at the time.

Armstrong is finished now. His reputation is done. But the UCI must be called to account, too.

How did the US agency gather such a comprehensive mass of evidence when the supposed governing body could not — or would not

There are two obvious views. The UCI
knew what was happening and yet failed to act. Or they did not know and
so they are incompetent. Either way, they must be considered unfit for
purpose and those in charge should have already handed in their
resignations.

Was Armstrong’s drug-taking vastly
different to most of the leading riders of his generation Yes, he
survived seemingly terminal cancer and then set about raising an
extraordinary amount of money to help fellow sufferers.

The people his foundation has helped will not care, but that cannot exonerate his behaviour in this scandal.

What is peculiar is the idea that this
has all come as a shock inside cycling. People outside the sport have a
right to be amazed, but Armstrong’s activities became common knowledge
in the peloton.

Pat Mcquaid, president of the Union Cycliste Internationale

Hein Verbruggen

In denial: UCI president Pat McQuaid and ‘honorary president’ Hein Verbruggen are seeking full-page apologies from newspapers in Britain, France and Switzerland

Yet everyone is talking about how the sport is ‘moving on’ and ‘looking forward, not back’. To listen to Team Sky chief David Brailsford, the man who boasted his outfit would be scrupulously clean and use a zero-tolerance policy on drugs, this was all a blinding revelation to him.

‘The more you read, the more the jaw drops,’ he said. ‘Armstrong was one of the first cyclists that maybe transcended the sport. It was an amazing thing, so to now find out what was behind it is disappointing.’

Brailsford says he only found out now.

But Canadian Michael Barry was at Team Sky. The same Barry that used to ride alongside Armstrong. The same Barry was named in the USADA report confessing to years of EPO and testosterone use within Armstrong’s team.

Barry claims he stopped doping in
2006, before he joined Bradley Wiggins and Team Sky in 2009. But since
he lied beforehand it’s up to you whether you believe him now.
Coincidentally, one month before the damning USADA report was issued,
Barry retired from Team Sky.

At least Britain’s Tour de France
champion, Wiggins, admitted that, while he was shocked by the scale of
evidence, he was not by the facts themselves. ‘I’m not surprised by it —
I had a good idea what is going on,’ he said.

It’s all a bit of a puzzle, isn’t it
Wiggins says he knew what Armstrong was up to. Ex- team-mate Barry
certainly knew. Brailsford says otherwise and insists that Barry lied to
him about past doping. Someone’s certainly gullible. As long as it’s
not you or me.

The Team Sky website was still
carrying an official statement about Barry’s retirement on Thursday,
saying: ‘He was a founding member of Team Sky when he signed at the end
of 2009, and over the last three seasons has set an example to the rest
of the squad with his positive attitude, unwavering commitment to the
cause, and wealth of cycling knowledge.’

Seventh heaven: Armstrong was considered one of the greatest sportsmen of his generation

Seventh heaven: Armstrong was considered one of the greatest sportsmen of his generation

There is no doubting his knowledge, but we might argue about the wisdom of using the word ‘positive’ in the circumstances.

Barry himself added: ‘Through my 14-year professional career I’ve been fortunate to race with many of the top teams. From my first coaches and club-mates, to Dave Brailsford and my Team Sky team-mates, I’ve had the opportunity to race and learn from many of the best.’

Ah yes. He learned a lot. He learned how to cheat. The page has disappeared now. This is all very uncomfortable for Sky and Brailsford. As was the recently terminated association with Dr Geert Leinders, a man with a murky past in cycling.

But history is being wiped away. We’re all ‘moving forward’, apparently. Yes, it’s better now. There’s nothing to see here any more, so move along. Can we believe that I think Hendrix had it right without any need to change his lyrics.

‘Purple haze all in my eyes
Don’t know if it’s day or night
You’ve got me blowin’, blowin’ my mind,
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time’

Thou shalt not upset the FA

The Football Association plans to issue players with a ‘code of
conduct’. You will know this, since I believe it has already been on the
back pages at least three times this year.

Whenever anything awkward or untoward happens in the international camp,
someone at the FA mentions that football’s commandments will be brought
down from Mount Bernstein soon, as if that is going to make everything
suddenly clear.

How long does it take to tell players not to behave like, to coin a
phrase, ‘a bunch of t***s’ Monks in medieval times produced illuminated
manuscripts faster than this list of dos and don’ts . . .

Toe the line: Ashley Cole was the latest England player to land himself hot water with football authorities

Toe the line: Ashley Cole was the latest England player to land himself hot water with football authorities

Luckily, I have obtained an early leaked copy. It says:

Do not sleep with a team-mate’s partner or wife
Do not racially abuse another player
Do not sell on any perks you may receive as a result of your international call-up
Do not park in any disabled parking bay
Do not get drunk or abusive in public

The document is still being drafted, but the working title is ‘The Book of John’. I can’t think why.

Wronga: Newcastle's new sponsorship deal hasn't gone done well with the supporters

Wronga: Newcastle's new sponsorship deal hasn't gone done well with the supporters

Money talks.. and turns the air blue

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew believes the sponsorship money
provided by the company dubbed a legal loan shark, Wonga.com, can help
push the club into the top four. He intends to motivate the players by
demanding they give 4,214 per cent.

Ash, he's a top gun

Joe Hart offered up a ringing endorsement of Ashley Cole this week.

‘He was very welcoming to me and I’ve noticed he’s like that with a lot
of the young lads,’ said the England goalkeeper. ‘That’s the beauty of
him,’ he added.

Yes, Cole’s traditional ‘hello’ to youngsters is the stuff of legend. A
shot with an air rifle into the thigh of an intern at the training
ground makes them feel right at home.

Catch me if you can

I'll be part of a BBC 5 Live Fighting Talk special in front of a
sell-out crowd at The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield at 11am on Saturday.

Afterwards, I will be embarrassing myself even more as Fighting Talk
faces the 606 team in a charity five-a-side match for BBC Children in
Need. If I’m still alive, The Press Pass is on talkSPORT on Sunday at
6pm..

Wayne Rooney marks ten years in football

Wayne's world! Rooney marks 10 years of screamers and silverware at the very top of the game

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UPDATED:

17:41 GMT, 20 August 2012

'Instant control. Fancies his chances. Oh, brilliant goal! Remember the name, Wayne Rooney!'

Clive Tyldesley's excited words provided the perfect accompaniment to Wayne Rooney's breakthrough goal in the Premier League. Well, we did remember the name. How could we forget

It is nearly 10 years since that screamer against Arsenal set Rooney on his way to the top of the English game and on Monday he returns to Goodison Park with Manchester United on the 10th anniversary of his league debut.

Since the goal that launched his career, Rooney has celebrated scoring another 227 times – he has 199 goals for Everton and United, and 29 for England.

There hasn't been a season since without a Rooney purple patch or at least a Rooney goal-of-the-season contender. Here, Sportsmail picks out a great moment from each of the last 10 seasons.

2002-2003: Remember the name!

Rooney announced himself on to the biggest stage with this famous last-minute strike against Arsenal, which ended the Gunners' lengthy unbeaten run and made him the youngest Premier League goalscorer.

Aged just 16, it came two months after his senior debut in a 2-2 draw with Tottenham and dynamited any efforts by Everton to keep their precocious talent under wraps. The secret was out and a star was born.


2003-2004: England's great hope

It didn't take long for England to come calling for Rooney and Sven Goran Eriksson handed him the first of 75 caps so far in a friendly defeat to Australia in February 2003.

This clip shows a baby-faced Rooney in one of his first England appearances against Denmark at Old Trafford, outsprinting the defence to reach a loose ball and lashing it into the roof of the net.

With England's biggest clubs chasing his signature, it would be Rooney's last season at Everton. He scored nine goals in 2003-2004, including this one against Leicester City with a brilliant drop of the shoulder.

2004-2005: Manchester Magician

In the summer of 2004, Rooney turned down a new three-year, 12,000-a-week contract with Everton and Manchester United stepped in. Rooney, 18, was on his way to Old Trafford for 25.6m, the highest fee paid for a player under 20.

He had the debut of his dreams, scoring a hat-trick in a Champions League tie with Fenerbahce at Old Trafford.

United endured a poor season, finishing third in the league – their lowest ever Premier League finish – and were dumped out of Europe by AC Milan.

But Rooney's goals offered optimism for the future, notably this spectacular first-time volley in a 2-1 home win over Newcastle.

2005-2006: Season of frustration

Rooney finished 2004-2005 as the PFA Young Player of the Year, but the following year was largely one of disappointment as United remained a team in transition.

He won his first trophy – the League Cup – after scoring twice in a 4-0 win over Wigan, but United were a long way short of Chelsea in the league and crashed out of Europe in the group stages.

But despite a broken metatarsal which curtailed his season, Rooney managed an impressive 16 goals, including this example of his excellent touch and powerful shot against Arsenal.

2006-2007: League champion

United bounced back the following season, with Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo providing the spark in another great Alex Ferguson side.

He scored 14 league goals and was rewarded with a winner's medal as United ended Chelsea's brief spell of dominance.

They were also a force in Europe, but were destined to fall just short. Rooney's two goals in the first leg of the semi-final with Milan gave United a narrow 3-2 advantage, only for the Italians to walk the second leg 3-0.

His winner in the first game is a treat, beating the goalkeeper at the near post with an unstoppable low drive.

2007-2008: Best in all Europe

United dominated at home and abroad, with the partnership between Rooney and Ronaldo flourishing with each and every game.

Rooney finished the season with 18 goals, 12 of them in the league and two of them in this away game at Newcastle which shows the pair at their very best.

First, Ronaldo crosses from the left for Rooney to convert at the back post and in the second half, Rooney curls in an immaculate goal from the edge of the box.

2008-2009: Twenty goal man

United again romped to the Premier League title in 2009, their third in a row, but a second consecutive European success eluded them as Barcelona won the Champions League final in Rome.

Rooney hit 20 goals across all competitions, including 12 in the league once more.

Naturally, they came at vital times, such as in this comeback win against Spurs at Old Trafford in late April. In an exhibition of his all-round talents, Rooney scored twice, set up two more and helped win a penalty.

2009-2010: The menace of Milan

This campaign was Rooney's best yet – he scored 34 goals in all competitions, including 26 in the league and five in Europe – though United would end up with just the League Cup.

He was at his brilliant best in United's demolition of AC Milan in the Champions League second round. In the San Siro, he scored two brilliantly-placed headers as United won 3-2.

Another two followed to settle the tie at Old Trafford in a 4-0 rout – a header and a great finish in a one-on-one.

He also scored in the Allianz Arena against Bayern Munich in the next round but an ankle injury ruined his – and United's – hopes of silverware.

2010-2011: Ups and downs

Rooney returned to action after a poor World Cup with England and stunned the football world in October by saying he wanted to leave United.

After a lot of negotiation and compromise, the club persuaded him to sign a new five-year contract on significantly better terms.

His future assured, Rooney finally settled into the season – his goals guiding United to a 19th title and the European Cup final, where they were again second best to Barcelona.

Arguably the greatest Rooney moment came with a bicycle kick against Manchester City, a moment played over and over again.

2011-2012: Peak of his powers

Rooney started the season as he meant to go on, with a goal on the opening day. It was the first of 27 in the Premier League and 35 in all as he discovered some of the finest form of his career.

In a blistering start to the season, United were goal crazy and Rooney was exceptional in the 8-2 win against Arsenal, scoring two free-kicks and a penalty.

But the season didn't go all his own way – United failed to win a trophy and went through the trauma of City snatching the title with the last kick of the season.

England and South Africa draw second Test at Headingley

Broad and Pietersen star with ball but draw means England must win at Lord's to remain No 1

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UPDATED:

18:41 GMT, 6 August 2012

England will have to beat South Africa in the third and final Test at Lord's to hang on to their No 1 status after the two sides were frustrated by rain again on the final day at Headingley.

Andrew Strauss' side looked bereft of ideas early on day five as Graeme Smith and Jacques Rudolph put on 120 for the tourists' first wicket, but career-best figures for part-time off spinner Kevin Pietersen (3-52) and a purple patch from Stuart Broad (5-69) left England requiring 253 runs at over six an over for the win.

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Purple patch: Broad took five wickets, including those of Kallis (above) and De Villiers (below)

Strauss sent out a signal of intent by allowing Pietersen to open the innings with Alastair Cook, and when the pair smashed 21 off the first three overs England dared to dream.

But after Pietersen holed out off the bowling of Vernon Philander and the fast-scoring Matt Prior – elevated to No 5 – was run out with the score at 106-4, England shut up shop.

Smith finally shook hands with six overs remaining and the score at 130-4.

More to follow…

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets

Career best: Pietersen took three wickets