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India v England ODI series: Eoin Morgan praises preparations

Morgan praises England's preparations for India as one-day series looms large

. There are a lot of foundations already set so it's a matter of building on that,' he said.

'The majority of our preparation has already been done pre-Christmas. Many of us have been here (with the Test squad) since the 24th or 25th of October and some of the guys who weren't spent three weeks here before Christmas too.

'Over the next few days we'll just be doing top-ups in different areas of our games. We are prepared.'

'We've seen in past series how important that is – like the (2010/11) Ashes where we were there three or four weeks prior to the first game. It has done us good in the Test and Twenty20 matches and hopefully it will in the one-dayers too.'

While England are looking to get 2013 off to a winning start at the Palam Services Ground, all eyes in Delhi will instead be on the host nation's ODI match against Pakistan.

India have already lost that series after back to back defeats to their fierce rivals, but there is plenty still to play for in the final fixture.

Media pundits, former internationals and fans alike have called for a change when the squad for England is announced and established stars like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh are all in need of runs.

Run drought: Gautam Gambhir is in a rut

Run drought: Gautam Gambhir is in a rut

Spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin has been another target for criticism, having performed also modestly against England in the Tests, but Morgan is not ready to take the reigning world champions lightly.

'I don't think it is a good time to play India. I don't think it is ever a good time to play India,' said the Dubliner.

'We know how successful they have been in the past and they are the World Cup champions at the moment.

'They might be going through a bad patch but they are very, very dangerous cricketers and they have guys who can turn the game on its head in a matter of minutes.'

Tomorrow's match is due to begin at 9am local time (3.30am GMT) in conditions likely to be colder than an April outing at Chester-le-Street.

England's new limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is in charge of his country for the first time and has a couple of selection issues to ponder.

Somerset's Jos Buttler and Yorkshire's Joe Root appear to be battling for one place in the top six, while the variations of Jade Dernbach and the pace of Stuart Meaker offer different options for the final pace bowling spot.

Giles must also decide whether to leave Ian Bell at opener or restore Kevin Pietersen, back in the 50-over set-up after reversing his retirement, alongside Alastair Cook at the head of the innings.

Arsenal fans can"t expect to win trophies, says Fulham boss Martin Jol

Arsenal fans can't expect to win trophies! Jol warning as he seeks to pile pressure on Wenger

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 8 November 2012

Martin Jol has told Arsenal fans it
was no longer realistic for them to expect a regular diet of trophies as
he looked to add to their 'frustration' ahead of Fulham's trip to the
Emirates Stadium.

Cottagers boss Jol, who spent three
years in charge of the Gunners' arch-rivals Tottenham, suggested Arsene
Wenger's men were not competing on a level playing field with Manchester
United, Manchester City and Chelsea.

Under pressure: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Under pressure: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

The Dutchman admitted seven years without silverware was 'a long time' for a club of Arsenal's stature but insisted their supporters would miss Wenger when he finally left the manager's hotseat.

The longer the Gunners' trophy drought has continued, the more the pressure on Wenger and the board from the fans has intensified, and Jol said: 'If you look at the likes of Man City with almost half a billion spent, Man United, it's not easy nowadays.

'Can you expect a team like Arsenal to win things, with Chelsea, Man City, Man United, all these clubs'

Asked if supporter anger was justified, Jol said: 'I don't think you have to be angry. Frustrated is probably the better word.

'Angry with Wenger Wenger created the new Arsenal, almost.

'Maybe in three years' time, they will hope and pray to get someone like Wenger.'

Admiration: Fulham manager Martin Jol

Admiration: Fulham manager Martin Jol

Jol famously clashed with the Frenchman while in charge at White Hart Lane and added: 'I'm not an Arsenal fan – as you well know – but I always admired Wenger for what he did.

'There is not one other team in the top four doing the same thing with the same philosophy.

'They always manage to find the players who are younger and create value on the pitch.

'Of course, it's probably not what an Arsenal fan wants.

'Seven years That's a long time'

Wenger was criticised in some quarters for suggesting 15 successive seasons inside the Barclays Premier League top four was the equivalent of a trophy.

Jol said: 'He's one of the few managers who will never be under pressure because people realise what he has done, not only in the past but last year.'

Arsenal recovered last season from their worst start in 58 years to finish third.

They are only seventh this season after 10 matches, nine points off top spot and level with Jol's Fulham, who they host on Saturday.

'I would always put my money on Arsenal to be in the top four,' Jol added, who admitted the loss of Robin van Persie was a big blow to them.

'Of course, they miss him, but we miss a few people and we get other people in.'

Jol insisted it was 'ridiculous' to suggest Fulham had any chance of finishing above the Gunners this season, although he did not rule out leapfrogging them this weekend.

The Cottagers have never won at Arsenal but went as close as ever last season, leading 1-0 at the Emirates with eight minutes remaining.

'If we have a good day with our team, I think we could cause them a problem,' said Jol, whose side have taken five points off the Gunners in their last three meetings.

'We did that last year. They scored in the 85th minute or so.

'At home, we scored the winner with Bobby Zamora in the last couple of minutes, so hopefully we can do the same.'

Jol was sweating on the fitness of midfielder Mahamadou Diarra, who he rated '50-50' with a knee injury.

Kieran Richardson should return to Fulham's squad, with Simon Davies the only long-term absentee.

Paul Lambert suing Norwich for 2million

Lambert slaps Norwich with 2m bill over breach of contract claims

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UPDATED:

23:44 GMT, 4 October 2012

Paul Lambert is suing former club Norwich for up to 2million.

The Aston Villa boss is suing for breach of contract, Norwich chairman Alan Bowkett has revealed.

Speaking at a club fans’ forum, Bowkett said Lambert wants between 1.5-2m. Lambert spent three years at Carrow Road before leaving in the summer.

Legal action: Lambert is suing his former club over breach of contract

Legal action: Lambert is suing his former club over breach of contract

Manchester City v Dortmund: Edin Dzeko warns hosts not to blow Champions League chance

Beware of the Germans! Dzeko warns City not to blow Champions League chance

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UPDATED:

12:43 GMT, 2 October 2012

Edin Dzeko has warned Manchester City to underestimate Borussia Dortmund at their peril as they aim to dodge another early exit from the Champions League.

After losing their opening group match away to Real Madrid last month, City are now determined to get off the mark on Wednesday night.

But they face another tough test against the champions of Germany, who are aiming to beat City to one of the two automatic qualifying places in the group they share with Real and Ajax.

Training day: Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Aleksander Kolarov and Mario Balotelli prepare for the visit of German champions Dortmund

Training day: Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Aleksander Kolarov and Mario Balotelli prepare for the visit of German champions Dortmund

On the ball: David Silva get to work at Carrington ahead of City's next Champions League clash

On the ball: David Silva get to work at Carrington ahead of City's next Champions League clash

And Dzeko, who is in line for a
starting spot after scoring the winner at Fulham on Saturday, has warned
City against complacency when they meet at the Etihad Stadium.

Dzeko, who spent three seasons at
German side Wolfsburg before joining City, said: 'Dortmund have won the
Bundesliga for the last two years and I know from experience that is
very hard to do so there is no doubt they are a top team and one we’ll
need to be at our best to beat.

'I remember playing against them on a
number of occasions and I think I scored maybe three goals against them
in perhaps seven games – I can only remember three, anyway!

'Dortmund have a made a similar start
to us this season in that they have been scoring goals but conceding
them as well. Having said that, they beat Monchengladbach 5-0 at the
weekend so they are showing signs of coming into form.

'Like us, it is difficult when you
are defending champions because everyone gives 150 per cent against you
and want to beat you perhaps more than any other team. It’s something
new for us this season, too, so there are definitely similarities
between the two clubs.'

Dzeko has impressed this season despite competition from fellow strikers Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Mario Balotelli.

And the Bosnian insists he has no plans to quit even though his opportunities are limited.

He said: 'I’ve always wanted to stay at City and fight for my place and my motto has always been “never give up”.

'I hope the City fans, who have
always been fantastic towards me, have seen I can score some important
goals for the team and that’s what I want to carry on doing.'

Welcome to Manchester: City manager Roberto Mancini braves the elements at training

Welcome to Manchester: City manager Roberto Mancini braves the elements at training

Feeling the cold: Mancni wraps up as he watches his side go through their paces

Feeling the cold: Mancni wraps up as he watches his side go through their paces

Veteran defender Maicon has warned his team-mates they must make the most of home advantage.

'We can still win the group but you can’t think like that in the Uefa Champions League, we have to take each match as it comes and not think about first, second or third,' he said.

'All the group matches are very delicate, especially considering we didn’t get anything in Madrid – it makes the second match against Dortmund very difficult.

'You can’t afford to leave points behind in the Uefa Champions League in your home matches but Roberto Mancini knows this better than me and I’m sure we will go and play with the right spirit and the right attitude against Dortmund.'

City’s 2-1 win at Fulham suggests Roberto Mancini’s side are getting back to their best

'The onus is on us to hit top gear as soon as possible because Manchester City is a top club,' Maicon admitted.

'We approach every game in the best possible way, mentally, tactically, technically – do our best and then we will see where we end up.

Hat's off: Yaya Toure pinches team-mate Carlos Tevez's hat

Leave your hat on: Tevez recovers his hat as he laughs alongside compatriot Sergio Aguero

Hat's off: Yaya Toure pinches Carlos Tevez's hat but the Argentine, next to Sergio Aguero (R), later recovered it

Tough test: Mancini expects a difficult game against Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium

Tough test: Mancini expects a difficult game against Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium

Anton Ferdinand set to face John Terry

Ferdinand fit to face Terry as QPR defender returns to training ahead of Chelsea showdown

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UPDATED:

15:55 GMT, 11 September 2012

Anton Ferdinand is expected to be fit for QPR's highly-charged Barclays Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday.

Ferdinand suffered a shoulder injury in the 3-1 defeat by Manchester City on September 1 but trained on Tuesday and is likely to feature in the west London derby.

Injury: But Ferdinand is winning his race to face Chelsea

Injury: But Ferdinand is winning his race to face Chelsea

With John Terry reportedly winning his battle with the ankle injury sustained on England duty against Moldova, the two defenders are on course to meet for the first time since the Chelsea captain's race trial in July.

Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against Ferdinand in the corresponding fixture last October, but remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over the charges that he denies.

Sign here: Terry has been on international duty with England

Sign here: Terry has been on international duty with England

It is not yet known whether Ferdinand will shake Terry's hand before kick-off at Loftus Road on Saturday.

In both matches since last October, the traditional pre-match hand-shake was abandoned in advance.

Meanwhile, Esteban Granero insists it was an easy decision to swap Real Madrid for QPR after being seduced by Mark Hughes' vision for the club.

Granero left the Bernabeu last month after signing a four-year contract with Rangers, who paid a reported 9million for a player widely tipped to emerge as the one of the best buys of the transfer widow.

The 25-year-old midfielder was a product of Real's youth system but played only sporadically for the first team, convincing him it was time to leave.

'It wasn't a hard decision to come here. I'm hungry and here I will be able to grow as a player,' the Spaniard said.

'Real Madrid is a great club, I have played there since I was eight. I spent three years in the first team and I will always be thankful to them.

'But it was time to change and the best way to do that was join QPR.'

Yossi Benayoun joins West Ham on loan from Chelsea

Yossi returns to Hammers: Benayoun signs on season long loan from Chelsea

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UPDATED:

22:43 GMT, 31 August 2012

Yossi Benayoun has confirmed his return to West Ham from Chelsea.

The Israel international midfielder, who spent two years with the Hammers between 2005 and 2007, announced the move via his Twitter account.

'After a long and busy day I can say I had 3 offers from PL clubs..but not from Liverpool or Arsenal like some reports,” wrote the 32-year-old.

Happy Hammer: Yossi Benayoun has re-joined West Ham on loan

Happy Hammer: Yossi Benayoun has re-joined West Ham on loan

'But I`m very happy to confirm that I will join on loan to West Ham! I can`t wait to start..great club.'

Benayoun originally joined West Ham from Racing Santander on a four-year contract and played for them in the 2006 FA Cup final.

He caused some controversy, though, when he allegedly turned his back on an agreement to sign a new deal in order to move to Liverpool.

He spent three years at Anfield before moving to Chelsea in 2010, with the London club then loaning him to Arsenal last summer.

And, with opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have decided to release him again..

Hamburg agree Rafael van der Vaart deal with Tottenham worth 10m

Hamburg finally strike 10m deal with Tottenham for Dutch star Van der Vaart

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UPDATED:

08:52 GMT, 31 August 2012

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Hamburg and Tottenham have agreed a 10.3m deal for Dutch playmaker Rafael van der Vaart.

The 29-year-old midfielder has long been linked with a return to his former club but the deal seemed to have stalled.

It is another name to add to the list of players that Andre Villas-Boas is pushing out of the door at White Hart Lane.

Deal: Hamburg have had a bid f or Rafael van der Vaart accepted

Deal: Hamburg have had a bid f or Rafael van der Vaart accepted

Previously Van der Vaart spoke about a potential return.

He said: 'I spent three years living in Hamburg and had a wonderful time at HSV. My wife Sylvie works there and we have many friends who live in your country [Germany].'

Gylfi Sigurdsson was signed in the summer and is a natural replacement to play behind the striker in Van der Vaart's favoured position.

Tottenham have boosted their midfield with the 15m purchase of Moussa Dembele from Fulham, but also lost Luka Modric to Real Madrid.

On Thursday night the club was in advance discussions with Porto over their midfield maestro Joao Moutinho.

Porto have stuck a 30m price tag on the player's head which is an obstacle, although Spurs have plenty of money given the combined fee for Modric and Van der Vaart is over 40m.

Villas-Boas said: ‘Porto is an extremely difficult club to deal with. I don’t think he (Moutinho) is a player we can afford.

‘I have never hidden that he is a player of tremendous qualities – there are only a few players who can come in straight away to a team and have a direct impact.

'Only world-class players do that and he is certainly one of them but it doesn’t mean it’s within our reach.’

Euro 2012: Leighton Baines: I don"t get homesick

Euro 2012 call-up shows I don't get homesick, blasts Everton's Baines

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UPDATED:

15:22 GMT, 18 May 2012

Everton defender Leighton Baines hopes his selection for England's Euro 2012 squad will have dispelled the rumours regarding his supposed fears over homesickness.

The left-back missed World Cup selection for South Africa two years ago at the expense of Aston Villa's Stephen Warnock with reports around the time suggesting he found it difficult being away from his family.

But the 27-year-old has been picked in Roy Hodgson's European Championships squad and believes that will now end all doubts.

No fears: Leighton Baines (right) will travel to Poland and Ukraine

No fears: Leighton Baines (right) will travel to Poland and Ukraine

'Hopefully this puts all that nonsense to bed and we can move on from that,' he said.

'Because there was stuff that was said around that time that was really taken out of context. It will be nice to put that to bed.

'It's one of those things that gets hyped up around tournament time when people are looking for news, I suppose.

Understudy: Baines (left) will be back up for Chelsea's Ashley Cole

Understudy: Baines (left) will be back up for Chelsea's Ashley Cole

'People who are gullible enough to believe everything they read, that's up to them.

'That summer I spent three weeks with Everton in Australia. I'd have much rather of spent those three or four weeks at a World Cup. It wasn't to be.

'But, as I say, if [homesickness] was ever an issue, I wouldn't have been away with the club that long.'

Main man: Roy Hodgson

Main man: Roy Hodgson

Baines is attending his first major international tournament, having previously played for the Under 21s, and is looking forward to the experience.

'Everything you hear, everyone in football has only got good things to say about Roy Hodgson,' he told evertonfc.com.

'Our manager [David Moyes] spoke really highly of him as well to me and Phil Jagielka (who is on the stand-by list) and said what a really good manager he is and not only that, but what a really good guy he is as well.

'I'm looking forward to getting to know him and working with him.

'Getting that good preparation, a couple of friendlies, some good training and getting what's necessary out of the next couple of weeks is what's important now.

'Then, after that, we'll just be fully focused on trying to keep a fully fit squad to take into the competition and we'll be well prepared by then and ready to have a go at it.'

Newcastle 3 Saracens 9: Semi-final spot for Sarries after nail-biting finale

Newcastle 3 Saracens 9: Semi-final spot for Sarries after nail-biting finale

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UPDATED:

23:50 GMT, 20 April 2012

Newcastle earned a crucial losing bonus point to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation.

Champions Saracens relied on three penalties from England's Owen Farrell and repelled a valiant late charge by the Falcons.

Inspired by former Ireland scrum half Peter Stringer, Newcastle came within inches of gaining a shock try in the final seconds which would have left them needing a conversion for victory.

Pure delight: Adam Powell celebrates Saracens' narrow win over Newcastle

Pure delight: Adam Powell celebrates Saracens' narrow win over Newcastle

Instead, they had to accept a point
which means that if Wasps lose at Bath today, they will host Newcastle
in a relegation decider on May 5.

Newcastle's acting director of rugby
Gary Gold applauded his team's courage but was disappointed they had
been beaten up front by Saracens, who gained two of their three
penalties from collapsed scrums.

Any help will do: Peter Stringer reacts during the thrilling final few minutes at Kingston Park

Any help will do: Peter Stringer reacts during the thrilling final few minutes at Kingston Park

Fumble: Newcastle had chances

Fumble: Newcastle had chances

'We let ourselves down in certain
areas, our set-piece did not function and we never got anything going,'
he said. 'But it was an incredible amount of heart and we fought until
the bitter end as we said we would.'

Farrell missed two first-half chances
but kept his nerve to give Saracens a 3-0 lead in the 18th minute and
doubled the advantage at the start of the second half.

Jimmy Gopperth replied for Newcastle only for Farrell to kick a third penalty in the 65th minute.

After that kick the match became a
fraught affair. Saracens lost substitute lock Justin Melck as Newcastle
finished on top, urged on by Stringer, who has also spent three months
on loan at Sarries this season.

Under his direction, the Falcons battered the line for the last five minutes only to be repelled by some brilliant defence.

Carlos Tevez to make Manchester City return in reserve fixture

EXCLUSIVE: Tevez to make Man City return in reserve fixture against Preston

Carlos Tevez will begin his Manchester City comeback in earnest on Tuesday when he makes his first competitive appearance for the club since his fall-out with Roberto Mancini five months ago.

Sportsmail can reveal that, one week after apologising for his actions, Tevez will play for City in a reserve League Cup tie against Preston that has been specially tailored to his needs.

Back in action: Tevez is set to feature for Man City's reserves

Back in action: Tevez is set to feature for Man City's reserves

The game was originally scheduled for
Chorley’s Victory Park on Wednesday, but City succeeded in changing the
venue and date after identifying it as an ideal opportunity for easing
him back into action.

Concerned at the state of Chorley’s pitch, and intense media interest in Tevez’s eagerly-awaited return, City requested the tie be brought forward 24 hours and played behind closed doors at their Carrington training complex.

The 2pm kick off will give Mancini the chance to assess the 28-year-old’s match sharpness and how much more fitness work is needed before he can challenge for a first-team recall.

Exile: Tevez has not played for City since September

Exile: Tevez has not played for City since September

Tevez, who infuriated the City manager by refusing to warm up against Bayern Munich and subsequently spent three-and-a-half months on unauthorised leave in Argentina, was thought to be on course for a return to the squad against Swansea a week on Saturday.

Coach David Platt warned it could take longer, but such an early outing in a competitive reserves match suggests he could be up for selection at the Liberty Stadium.