LITESPORT 32 Wednesday, 12 August 2009 London Lite Ramps has last dance to impress the judges Inbrief Burley predicts Oslo hurly burly GEORGE BURLEY has warned his Scotland side to expect an early onslaught against Norway in tonights crucial World Cup qualifier in Oslo. The Scots, currently in second place in Group Nine, take on bottom nation Norway and manager Burley said: We have to be strong, especially early on. We will be aware they will come at us because they are desperate for a win. Robbie so keen on terrific Trap ROBBIE KEANE has hailed Republic of Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni ahead of their friendly against Australia. The Italian has revived the teams fortunes with just one defeat in 12 and taken them to second in their World Cup qualifying group. And striker Keane said: You can see with the results, he has done a great job. He has made a massive impact on Irish football, not just the team but also the country. Tosh: No Monte blank from kids JOHN TOSHACK has urged his young Wales side to keep taking huge steps forward ahead of their friendly against Montenegro. A team of kids beat Azerbaijan in June and the Welsh manager is keen for them to keep improving, even though World Cup qualification is now beyond them. We cannot expect to overtake Germany and Russia in our group, but there are green shoots coming through, he explained. Brunts in hunt for Israel show NORTHERN IRELAND midfielder Chris Brunt reckons tonights friendly against Israel is still vital, with Nigel Worthingtons side bang in contention to qualify for the World Cup. They are second in Group Three, with crucial games against Poland and Slovakia coming up. And Brunt said: We are all aware of how important a time this is. We could make the play-offs at least. Pearce riled by Wilshere hype STUART PEARCE insists Jack Wilshere should not be fast- tracked into the full England squad. Pearce handed the Arsenal starlet his England Under-21 debut in last nights 0-0 draw with Holland but feels the 17-year-old should be allowed to develop at his own pace. The Under-21 boss said: Its a little bit sad that we over-hype players because I know what is around the corner. Live on BBC2, from 5.15pm (kick-off: 6pm) Live on Sky Sports 1, from 7.30pm (kick-off: 7.45pm) Live on Sky Sports 2, from 7.30pm (kick-off: 7.45pm) MARK RAMPRAKASH will make a rare NatWest Pro40 appearance for Surrey tonight in a bid to enhance his claim for a sensational England return. The 39-year-old has bludgeoned over 1,000 First Class runs this season, and havingmadetwotonsinthelast10days he can claim to be in far better nick than the current members of Eng- lands middle order, who twice col- lapsed at Headingley last week. Several doubters have ques- tioned whether Ramprakashs suspect temperament couldwithstandthebar- rage of Aussie insults which would come his way, were he to make afirstTestappearance in seven years at the Brit Oval next week. But after batting off the barbed comments of Strictly Come Dancingsnotoriously harsh judge Craig RevelHorwood,Rampra- kashs former interna- tionalandcountycolleague, Alec Stewart, believes his off-field activities have given the 52 Test veteran a new-found confidence. Tension did sometimes get the better of Ramps whenheplayedforEngland before, he said. But there are two things to consider -- that was seven years ago and he did wellagainstAustraliaandaveraged40. He has matured and is settled now. ImsuretakingpartinStrictlyCome Dancing helped a lot. Anyone who is prepared to go out of their comfort zoneanddanceinfrontof 14mviewers, well,thatshowsmentalstrength.And he didnt just take part -- he won it. It would be interesting to see what other county cricketers say. He is the best player in the country, absolutely no doubt about that. And playing at The Oval means he would be in familiar sur- roundings. It is a cup final, a one-off. I wouldnt take him to South Africa this winter but Id play him in this match. He is the best player. But Stewart doubts whether national selector Geoff Miller and his team will call for Ramps. He added: If they didnt take him to Sri Lanka a couple of years ago when Andrew Strauss had the winter off, they probably wont pick him now. I spoke to him yesterday and hes decided to sit tight and say nothing. But he would play if asked. Miller yesterday ruled out what wouldbeanequally astonishingcome- back for Marcus Trescothick, who retired from international cricket last year following his battle with depression. But the Somerset opener left the door tantalisingly ajar, saying: If I was asked,Idontknow.If theythrewques- tions at me, I would listen. I am think- ing about it. Despite the credentials of the two most in-form batsmen in the country, Kent skipper Rob Key looks the likeli- est candidate to be included in the Ashes decider. He scored 90 for his county yesterday and would have no hesitation in answering the call. He said: Its something you dream about, coming in for one game and potentiallywinningtheAshes.Itwould just be fantastic. BY JAMES GOLDMJAN SHANE WATSON has taunted England ahead of the crucial fifth Test at The Brit Oval next week, by insisting he is on the hunt for his maiden century. The Aussie all-rounder (left) had never previously batted higher than six for his country before the current series, but was surprisingly elevated to opener when out- of-form Phillip Hughes was axed after the second Test. And he has been a revelation with 50s in each of his three innings, but now reckons he can make it to triple figures and kill Englands hopes of grabbing back the Ashes. I wouldnt say it has been easy but it has been a lot of fun to take on the new ball, he said today. I have really enjoyed the challenge of taking on the fresh English bowlers and hopefully I can turn one of my 50s into a bigger one. Being able to have another crack at Test cricket, in a different light, opening the batting, has been a good test. 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