Steven Gerrard has come out fighting ahead of England’s trip to Poland and told Patrick Vieira that the country’s youngsters do dream of playing for The Three Lions. Vieira questioned how many players pull out of the England squad but Liverpool and England captain Gerrard told him not to doubt the team’s passion.
Gerrard and manager Roy Hodgson have also backed Ashley Cole who could win his 99th cap tonight. After Cole called the FA a ‘#BUNCHOFTW*TS’ on Twitter there were questions raised about his international future. Luckily the gaffer and the captain have made it clear that despite him being an idiot and not someone you’d want to go for a pint with, he’s the best left-back of our generation.
Elsewhere Ireland are under huge pressure to get a result against the Faroe Islands after that disastrous 6-1 thumping by Germany on Friday. Scotland and Wales face very difficult away trips to Belgium and Croatia respectively in Group A and Northern Ireland welcome Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo will be making his 100th appearance for the national side and a win for Portugal could spell the end for Michael O’Neill’s side.
Lewis Hamilton has tipped up Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso to win the Drivers Championship with four races remaining in the F1 season.
Reigning champ Sebastian Vettel won his third race on the spin in Korea and has a six point cushion over Alonso. Hamilton admitted his title chances are over but thinks the Spaniard deserves the title.
‘His team haven’t made one mistake. He hasn’t always been the fastest but he has been up there. He has driven like the champion he is all year and I feel as though he is a three-time world champ’.
Unsurprisingly Tyson Fury could land himself in a spot of bother with the British Boxing Board of Control for abusing David Price on twitter.
WARNING! Mum if you’re reading this, ignore the tweet below. It contains lots of rude words.
@davidprice_1 I’m gonna smash your face in u shithouse scouse prick I look in your eyes and c fear! I’ll take your sole and give it the devil
— Tyson Fury (@Tyson_Fury) October 15, 2012
General secretary Robert Smith has hinted that Fury could receive a fine and possibly a suspension.
Yesterday Richard Hughes had Paddy Power running for cover as he rode an incredible seven winners at Windsor at odds of 10,168/1. It cost Paddy more than €1 million as Hughes became only the second jockey to ride seven winners on one card in England.
There is racing today from Leicester, Huntingdon, Wolverhampton and the Curragh. Unfortunately the eight race card at Newcastle has not survived the torrential rain in the North East and has been abandoned after an inspection this morning.
The Sun’s leading tipster Templegate has his nap running in a mile-and-a-quarter handicap in the 5.10 at Leicester.
‘Stop the bookies in their tracks with Exning Halt. He was unlucky to bump into a couple of well handicapped horses on his last two but this looks easier. Conditions will suit and trainer James Fanshawe is in terrific form’.