Stuart Pearce has waded into the Ashley Cole debate backing the Chelsea defender to start against San Marino in England’s World Cup qualifier on Friday. While its noble of one of England’s most decorated players to lend his support England fans will hope that if Cole does start he makes a better job of it than Pearce’s effort in 2004.
The former Nottingham Forest defender’s slip allowed San Marino in for one of their collector’s item goals after eight seconds to stun the Three Lions.
Normal service was soon resumed and England went on to win 7-1.
Trouble is brewing at Liberty Stadium where the Swansea players are revolting against Michael Laudrup’s training methods. The Swans made a flying start to the season before returning to earth but still lie 11th in the Premier League table.
Senior squad members are complaining of out-dated training methods and feeling unfit. Makes a change from the car park spaces not being wide enough to fit the Bentley’s.
Giovanni Trapattoni should learn later today whether Ireland’s captain and leading goalscorer Robbie Keane will be fit to face Germany on Friday night. There had been doubts raised that he would miss the games after sitting out training yesterday with an achilles injury.
Rory McIlroy must beat Tiger Woods to advance to the semi-finals of the rained out World Golf Championship in Turkey today. In other games, Justin Rose faces Webb Simpson, Lee Westwood takes on Hunter Mahan, while Charl Schwartzel faces Matt Kuchar.
The European Tour teed off earlier with the Portugal Masters while Nicolas Colsaerts chases his PGA card in the Frys.com Open in California.
Robert Thornton turned off The Power in Dublin last night dumping Phil Taylor out of the World Grand Prix in a 3-2 thriller. The Thorn has now beaten Taylor in three of their last four meetings and now faces Mervyn King – who saw off Dave Chisnall 3-1 – on Friday night.
Frankel came through his racecourse spin at Newmarket yesterday with flying colours ahead of his Champion Stakes bid at Ascot on Saturday week.
Henry Cecil’s unbeaten colt will be the star attraction on Champions Day but this Saturday Newmarket hosts two Group One contests in the Dewhurst and Middle Park Stakes and the ultra-competitive Cesarewitch handicap as the Flat season winds to a close.
Racing today comes from Worcester, Ayr, Exeter and Kempton this evening while Tramore is monitoring whether its meeting can go ahead after heavy rain overnight.
- Betting: All Thursday’s cards, form and odds
- Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket Saturday
- Dewhurst Stakes, Newmarket, Saturday
- Cesarewitch, Newmarket, Saturday