32 Monday, 3 August 2009 London Lite LITESPORT Inbrief Nolan pride as Robson saluted KEVIN NOLAN has hailed the Newcastle supporters who travelled to Dundee United to pay tribute to Sir Bobby Robson during the 1-1 draw at Tannadice. More than 2,300 fans made the trip, following the death from cancer on Friday of the former England and Newcastle manager. I think the fans celebrated his life because of what a fantastic man he was and what a fantastic life he had, Nolan explained. Benitez vow to keep Alonso LIVERPOOL manager Rafael Benitez is adamant he will keep fighting to prevent Real Madrid signing Xabi Alonso. Reports have indicated the Spanish giants are on the brink of agreeing a 30m deal to take the midfielder to the Bernabeu. But Benitez, speaking after last nights disappointing 3-0 pre- season friendly defeat against Espanyol, said: He is our player and we want him to stay. Peace prize for valiant Villa ASTON VILLA claimed the Peace Cup after overcoming Juventus in a penalty shoot-out in Seville. After a 0-0 draw following extra- time in the final of the 12-team tournament, Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan saved from Vincenzo Iaquinta and Alessandro Del Piero. Steve Sidwell and Chris Herd were also unsuccessful, but Carlos Cuellar then put the English side 4-3 up, before Nicola Legrottaglie blazed over the bar. Final agony for young England ENGLAND Under-19s lost 2-0 to hosts Ukraine in the final of the European Championships in Donetsk. Brian Easticks side had drawn 2-2 with Ukraine in the group stages, before booking their place in the final with a 3-1 extra-time win over France. But the Young Lions had no answer in the rematch as goals from Denys Garmash and Dmytro Korkishko denied them glory. Palace set for Moses exodus SUNDERLAND are the new favourites to sign Crystal Palace youngster Victor Moses. The Eagles teenager was the subject of an approach by Wigan Athletic last week, but Sunderland are believed to be ready to make a greater down payment to secure Moses signature. Palace are looking for around 2m up front for the 18-year-old, but are keen to boost the potential fee closer to 5m with add-ons. HARRY REDKNAPP is reported to be interested in two of his former players -- Portsmouth goalkeeper David James (left) and Chelsea midfielder Joe Cole (right). The Spurs boss was in charge of England No1 James at Pompey and gave Cole his big break as a youngster at West Ham. Redknapp, who brought Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Pascal Chimbonda back to White Hart Lane after they had been sold by former boss Juande Ramos, is now keen to bolster his side with a couple of his own former pupils. According to the Daily Mirror, he has launched a 10m bid for Cole, the lad he gave a debut to at Upton Park in 1998, making discreet enquiries about the 27-year-old. Rumours of Redknapp bringing James to London abound, with Brazilian No1 Heurelho Gomes in the firing line so often last season. But James, 39, played against Guimaraes on Friday night and said: If I wasnt staying, I wouldnt have played. Sunderland, having agreed a fee for Spurs striker Darren Bent, are apparently interested in David Bentley and Michael Dawson joining their team-mate on the long road north. Boss Steve Bruce is expected to offer 16m for the pair -- money Redknapp will be able to use to step up his pursuit of Cole. BY HARRY LANE Never mind Vieira, 33 weve got Wilshere, 17ARSENE WENGER spent much of the weekend talking about the dramatic return of veteran Patrick Vieira -- but a stunning Emirates Cup triumph was built around a lad who was just 12 when the French midfielder left Highbury. The fans started by demanding Vieira, 33,buttheyendedyesterdaysthrashing of ScottishchampionsRangerschanting the name of Jack Wilshere, 17, With Fabio Capello keeping a close eye on a rare English star in the Arsenal side,Wengerattemptedtoplaydownthe hypeof Manof theMatchperformances in Saturdays 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid and yesterdays 3-0 victory. He said: I am very pleased with Jack. But he will not play a whole league sea- son. Definitely not. Over two games like that, Capello wont make a decision on Wilshere. But thats Capellos problem, not mine. The World Cup is not until next year. Lets first see how he improves and plays.Youhavegot to respect the development of players. He always had his football but he has gained some power now. He is comfortable and can take people on. He showed that in both games. At 16, I put him in the dressing room with the first team so he could train with them. He has benefited a lot from the special treatment. How manygameswillheplaythisyear? I dont know. Wilshere scored the opening goal after less than two minutes yesterday. Eduardo scored the second off a post before Wilshere produced a clever half- volley to wrap things up. Wenger then addressed the thorny issue of bringing back a player he has sold -- something he has never done in 13 years at Arsenal. Vieira left for Juventus for 14m in 2005. He is now so unhappy at Jose Mourinhos Inter Milan, he was reported to be considering a move to north Lon- don rivals Spurs. Wenger said: I feel once a player has gone, they have gone. But Vieira is a possibiility. If I want to call Patrick, I have his number. But it is not sure he will decide to join us. There is a lot to be done. BY NEAL COLLINS TOMAS ROSICKY believes the best players are still playing for the club, despite the 41m sale of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City. Rosicky (left), back after an 18-month injury nightmare for the Emirates Cup triumph, said: I dont think the best players have left. Weve still got (Andrey) Arshavin, (Cesc) Fabregas. They are still great players. I dont see why we should be afraid of anyone. I see the potential and think we need to focus on what we have got. We have got plenty of options and that is why I feel we will be stronger than last season. Harry keen on Cole but James resists Spurs move Youre all right Jack: Wilshere torments the Rangers defenders at The Emirates yesterday weve got Wilshere, 17 development of He always had his football but he has gained some power now. He is comfortable and can take people on. He showed that in both games. At 16, I put him in the dressing room with the first team so he could train with them. He has benefited a lot from the special treatment. How manygameswillheplaythisyear? Wilshere scored the opening goal after less than two minutes yesterday. Eduardo scored the second off a post before Wilshere produced a clever half- volley to wrap things up. Wenger then addressed the thorny issue of bringing back a player he has sold -- something he has never done in 13 years at Arsenal. Vieira left for Juventus for 14m in 2005. He is now so unhappy at Jose Mourinhos Inter Milan, he was reported BY NEAL COLLINS TOMAS ROSICKY believes the best players are still playing for the club, despite the 41m sale of Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure to Manchester City. Rosicky for the Emirates Cup triumph, said: I dont think have got. We have got plenty of options and that is why I feel we will be stronger than last season. Gunner be strong this year index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html