Roy Hodgson must be dreading what new captain Wayne Rooney has in mind as he vowed to skipper the team like former club-mate at Manchester United Roy Keane . Hodgson has reportedly canceled all team meetings to avoid being told to shove the World Cup up his b******* ahead of tonight’s (
cakewalk) clash against San Marino.
Keane’s namesake in the Irish squad Robbie is the latest absentee for the Republic’s new-look side who face a German side who have never lost an away tie in a World Cup qualifier.
Scotland’s manager Craig Levein has baffled reporters north of the border by insisting he ‘doesn’t have to tell his side they need to win’ ahead of the clash with Welsh side still looking for their first win under Chris Coleman. Draw written all over this one by the sounds of it.
Meanwhile, Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers may have some explaining to do as the he pushes the envelope in the Channel 5’s fly-on-the-wall documentary ‘Being Liverpool’ at 9pm tonight. Rodgers – reeling today from the loss of Fabio Borini with a broken foot – tells the players that ‘inside this envelope are the names of three Liverpool players who will let us down this season. Don’t be one of those players.’
Think he might need a bigger envelope.
Sebastian Vettel beat Mark Webber this morning in second practice ahead on the Korean Grand Prix on Sunday.
The Red Bull team-mates reduced Fernando Alonso’s lead in the championship standings to just four points after winning in Japan last weekend and have shown they mean business again. Alonso was third ahead of Jenson Button in fourth.
It’s quarter-final time at the World Grand Prix at Citywest in Dublin tonight. Last year’s beaten finalist Brendan Dolan steps up to the oche at 7.10 aganist Justin Pipe. Michael Van Gerwin who beat Adrian Lewis last night takes on Andy Hamilton, Wes Newton entertains Paul Nicholson, while Robert Thornton – who knocked out Phil ‘ The Power’ Taylor – is last up against Mervyn King at 10.10pm for a place in the semis.
Dual Classic winner Camelot has reportedly had emergency surgery for equine colic at Aidan O’Brien’s Ballydoyle stables. The 2,000 Guineas and Epsom Derby winner was to stay in training next year after missing out on the Triple Crown and finishing down the field in last weekend’s Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.
Jim Bolger’s unbeaten Dawn Approach has scared off most of the opposition in Saturday’s Group One Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket and will face just five rivals before he signs off the season as the likely favourite for next season’s 2,000 Guineas.
- Betting: All Friday’s cards, form and odds
- Middle Park Stakes, Newmarket Saturday
- Dewhurst Stakes, Newmarket, Saturday
- Cesarewitch, Newmarket, Saturday