Wayne Rooney says he is hitting form at the right time as England face the might of San Marino on Friday night. The Three Lions striker could skipper Roy Hodgson’s side as regular captain Steven Gerrard is suspended and Frank Lampard faces a race against time to be fit.
Bad new for Everton fans as Belgian international and king of the hair-do Marouane Fellaini has been ruled out of action for three weeks after a knee injury. He’ll miss next week’s clash with Scotland where Charlie Adam and Gareth Bale may get up close and personal after Bale’s ‘coward’ jibe in a pre-season friendly between Liverpool and Spurs.
Ireland’s manager Giovanni Trappatoni has dismissed claims that he is in the running for the Rovers job electing to see out his contract with the FAI instead. He may be forced into a rethink on Saturday morning after Ireland play Germany on Friday night.
The usual suspects are in the running for the Blackburn and Bolton jobs after Steve Kean and Owen Coyle were giving their marching orders. Roy Keane and Mick McCarthy are in the frame but the jungle drums are getting louder for ex-Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær to take over at the Reebok Stadium as the two Lancashire clubs try to get back into the top tier after relegation last season.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods had disappointing starts to the mega-bucks World Golf Final in Turkey yesterday.
The World’s No. 1 and No. 2 golfers face a potential play-off later this afternoon to see who advances to the semi-finals under the competition’s format but unless McIlroy beats Charl Schwartzel and Woods overcomes Matt Kucher their clash will be a dead rubber.
Meanwhile, there are reports that Darren Clare will captain Europe when the Ryder Cup rolls around again in 2014.
James Wade and Raymond van Barneveld bit the dust at the World Grand Prix in Dublin last night. Colin Osborne dumped Wade, the champion in 2007 and 2010 out while ‘Barney’ was shown the door by Ian White as flagged up by Dave Clarke in his Paddy Power column yesterday.
There are four matches up tonight with home favourite Brendan Doran facing Vincent Van der Voort in the first tie at 7.10pm
Go Native returns to action on the flat at Navan today in his first start since injuring himself in the 2010 Champion Hurdle. The 2009 Supreme Novice Hurdle winner is being prepared for a season over hurdles despite his long absence.
Racing today in the UK comes from Ludlow, Nottingham, Towcester and the evening meeting is at Kempton.