London Lite Wednesday, 1 July 2009 37 Inbrief Hiddink pushes England aside lENGLAND have slipped a place in the FIFA world rankings to seventh after Guus Hiddinks Russia leap- frogged them to climb three places to sixth. Scotland slide two places to 24th, Northern Ireland are down five spots to 32nd, Republic of Ireland drop two positions to 37th, but Wales move up seven to 67th. Top ten: 1 Brazil, 2 Spain, 3 Holland, 4 Italy, 5 Germany, 6 Russia, 7 England, 8 Argentina, 9 France, 10 Croatia. Davis bolts it from Pompey lBOLTON manager Gary Megson has signed Sean Davis on a free transfer -- six months after Portsmouth rejected a 3.5m bid for the midfielder. Megson has beaten a number of clubs to tie up the 29-year-old for three years after his contract at Fratton Park expired. Megson said: We are delighted to have signed such an experienced Premier League footballer. He will strengthen our midfield. Hot reception for Becks in LA lDAVID BECKHAM should brace himself for a hostile reaction when he returns to Major League Soccer this month. Sunil Gulati, president of the US Soccer Federation, said some negative response was inevitable after Beckham missed the start of the season to play at AC Milan. Beckham is due to make his return for the Los Angeles Galaxy on 16 July. Gulati said: Im sure there will be some negative reaction from some fans. Jag struggling to Phil his time lEVERTON defender Phil Jagielkas return from a ruptured cruciate knee ligament is on schedule but the centre- back admits he is finding his rehabilitation difficult. The 26-year-old was injured at home to Manchester City in April and is expected to return in November. He said: Everything is on schedule. Its a long process which is starting to get to me a little bit, but Ive got to keep smiling. Ince to return for MK Dons lPAUL INCE is in talks over a return to MK Dons after Roberto Di Matteo headed to West Brom. Dons supremo Pete Winkelman will try to persuade Ince to return to the club where he made his name before leaving for a disastrous spell at Blackburn. He is resigned to losing Di Matteo after less than a year in charge and has contacted senior Dons players to ask for their views on Ince and been given a yes vote. Blues pair cant escape DECO and Ricardo Carvalho look set to start back at Chelsea next week for pre- season training -- because Inter Milan are no closer to agreeing a deal for them. Chelsea will allow both players to leave for a combined fee of around 13m but Inter have so far only offered players in a swap deal, including centre- back Nicolas Burdisso and right-back Maicon. The Blues are only interested in a straight cash transfer and unless Inter relent, Deco (right) and Carvalho will be on the pre-season tour to the US, which includes a game against Italy at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on 21 July. Deco -- who joined from Barcelona just 12 months ago -- and Carvalho started only 28 games between them in the Premier League and have blamed Chelsea for their fitness problems. Footballers in tax scam FOOTBALLERS in Britain have used sophisticated scams to dodge taxes while the game internationally is being targeted by criminals for money-laundering, according to a report out today. The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) says crime figures are investing dirty money in clubs and players, with Italy, Belgium and Argentina among the countries involved. The report also highlights tax evasion by players in the UK as a problem -- with the clubs involved being aware of the scams. In one case, a players 300,000 signing-on fee was disguised as part of a fee paid by the club to a foreign agent. The agent then paid the player the 300,000 into an overseas bank and this was not disclosed to the UK tax authorities. Real reasons Wenger turned down Madrid ARSENE WENGER admits he turned down the chance to manage Real Madrid this sum- mer because he didnt want to become a big spender. The Arsenal boss was approached by incoming Real president Florentino Perez in May but he rejected the offer of a 6m-a-year contract after holding talks with Gunners chief executive, Ivan Gazidis. Real have since spent 80m onCristianoRonaldoand56m on Kaka but Wenger is happy to stay at Arsenal to continue his philosophy of developing young, cheap talent. He said: What Real want to do is produce what I would call a spectacle of football, a spec- tacular team. But when it comestocreatingateam,there The sums we are talking about with Real can appear shocking.Buttheyarethefruit of a calculation carried out by the investors in the club. I believe it is necessary to disregard moral judgement and to simply ask whether the operation will be profitable. In my opinion, to recruit more than three players, as Real plan, is a technical risk. Meanwhile, Arsenal have released Amaury Bischoff after he failed to force his way into Wengers first-team plans. The Portuguese, whose career has been blighted by injury and illness, joined last summer but made only four substitute appearances and is one of eight youngsters released by the club. by neal collins LITESPORT 50,000 gather to greet Kaka KAKA is confident Real Madrid can knock European champions Barcelona off their throne. The Brazil superstar was last night unveiled as Madrids first recruit of what could be a busy summer following the return of Florentino Perez to the club presidency. 50,000 fans turned out to see 56m Kaka, below, at the Bernabeu and a similar gathering is expected for the arrival of 80m Cristiano Ronaldo from Manchester United on Monday. Valencia centre-back Raul Albiol has also been snapped up for 13m and when Kaka was asked if Madrid could challenge Barca, the Brazilian said: Yes. Thats what Florentino Perezs project is for, to beat Barcelona next season. Their three titles are deserved, but Real Madrid are going to be a major team next season, both in Europe and in Spain. France striker Karim Benzema is also set to join Madrid from Olympique Lyon after the two clubs reached agreement, French radio RMC said today. His salary and length of contract still need to be finalised said his agent. Team builder: Arsene Wenger is another dimension that exists. I want to have success by building a team with a style, with a know-how, with a cul- ture of play specific to the club and its fans and with young people. That is what I have chosen in my career and want to ensure I continue here at Arsenal. 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