LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 19 August 2009 35 VERM FAVOURITESBREAKING NEWS... Freddie to go in a blaze of glory: Strauss ENGLAND captain Andrew Strauss is tipping Andrew Flintoff to go out in a blaze of glory in the Ashes decider at The Oval tomorrow. Strauss believes an England win would provide a fitting end for Flintoff (above), who will be making his final Test appearance. We all want him to go out in a blaze of glory, Strauss said. A lot of his scripts have been written that way so far in his career. It would be a fitting end. But we want to win this game for the country, for the coaches, as well as Freddie. We know the country are desperate for us to do well -- hopefully well treasure this forever. Strauss also revealed his shock at morning reports which claimed a member of the Australian team had been approached by a man suspected of illegal betting. He said: Im very surprised. Nobody has approached a member of our team. PONTING SHOT AT TROTT: PAGE 32 Vidic wont do a Ronner from United says agent NEMANJA VIDICS future appeared unsettled today after his agent reacted angrily to suggestions the United centre-back was on his way out of Old Trafford. Reports from Barcelona claimed Paolo Fabbri had told a radio station: It would be a dream for Vidic to play for Barcelona as he wants to play in La Liga. However, Fabbri has since denied he made such comments and insisted Vidic is settled at Premier League champions United. This is not true, he said. I never said these things. Nemanja is happy in Manchester. If Barcelona do make an offer for him then it is up to United to make a decision. Vidic scooped Uniteds player of the year award last season and is a cornerstone of the side, especially after Cristian Ronaldos departure, but he is still carrying a calf injury and will not travel to Burnley tonight where Turf Moor hosts its first top- flight game since 1976. winning titles BY GEOFF TEATHER HULL vTOTTENHAM PREMIER LEAGUE KC STADIUM (KO: 7.45PM)HULL Tonights fixtures(7.45pm KO unlessstated) UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE PLAY-OFF FIRST LEG FK Ventspils v FC Zurich (SSi), Levski Sofia v Debrecen (SSi), Lyon v Anderlecht (SS2), Panathinaikos v Atletico Madrid (ITV1), Salzburg v Maccabi Haifa (SSi). PREMIER LEAGUE Birmingham v Portsmouth, Burnley v Man Utd, Hull v TOTTENHAM, Liverpool v Stoke (8.00). CHAMPIONSHIP Newcastle v Sheff Wed. LEAGUE TWO Chesterfield v Notts County (7.30). Lampard -- joined by Michael Ballack and Deco on the scoresheet -- added: It was as good a performance as you will see from an away team. Its a long way to go and its just a good start. Of course you want to get your noses in front early on and if we dont have the mid-season we had last year then well have a great chance to win the League. Deco, thriving in Carlo Ancelottis sparkling diamond midfield, said: I know if I am fit and well, I can play. I just want to help the team and I think the coach trusts and believes in me. I enjoy playing for him. The system is good because we have more possession and have the ball all the time. We have four in midfield and we can play better than when we had the three. To play in this system is fantastic. Reddy to go: Nemanja Vidic wanttofightforeachother.Maybebeing written off has brought us closer. FORMER Arsenal keeper Jens Leh- mann, who will turn 40 in November, has decided to retire at the end of the season. Lehmann returned to Stuttgart in 2008 after five years with the Gun- ners. Verm warfare: Thomas Vermaelen makes a timely interception to deny Scott Brown at Parkhead last night REFEREE CHRIS FOY (MERSEYSIDE) KEY MEN ANTHONY GARDNER HULL The defender will hope to put on a strong display against his former club. The 27-year-old joined the Tigers in a 2.5m move from Spurs last summer but made only eight appearances due to thigh and back problems. He returned to the side in Saturdays season-opening defeat at Chelsea and said of his old club ahead of tonight: They look a different team by the looks of the weekend. WILSON PALACIOS SPURS Wilson Palacios is in the Graham Roberts mould, said Harry Redknapp. He rolls his sleeves up, hes hard and gives everything each week. I think he will be a real hero at this club. Good news for Spurs maybe, but with Hulls existing injury problems theyll be less than thrilled at the prospect of facing the new Graham Roberts. HULL CITY 4-5-1 TOTTENHAM 4-4-2 MyhillMouyokolo Dawson GardnerTurner Myhill DefoeKeane CorlukaBassong Palacios Bassong Assou-Ekotto Naughton LennonModric Folan Mendy Gomes Huddlestone POSSIBLE LINE-UPS LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Hull 3-1, Spurs 10-11, draw 12-5. Harry heaps praise on a Modric professional TOTTENHAM boss Harry Redknapp is singing the praises of Luka Modric on and off the pitch. In what will be seen as a swipe at the likes of out-of-favour midfielder David Bentley, charged with drink-driving earlier this month, Redknapp said Modric (below) had been the model professional since his arrival from Dinamo Zagreb at the start of last season. Hes not just a great footballer, he and Vedran Corluka are fantastic people, Redknapp said. There is nothing flash about them. They are dedicated professionals. They come here every day and work hard getting on with their training. You havent got to worry about what they are up to. They are proper solid characters. Modric will be among the first names on the team-sheet for tonights visit to Hull as Spurs look to build on their excellent start against Liverpool on Sunday. Hes a fantastic footballer, Redknapp added. Alex Ferguson said to me last year that he could play in any team. Anyone would love to have him. When I was at Portsmouth I spoke to (Croatia boss) Slaven Bilic. Niko Kranjcar was a good player but they all said Modric was the best player. Slaven said he was world class. Lescott trains on his ownTHE Joleon Lescott transfer saga took a new twist as Sky Sports News reported the want-away defender was seen training separately from the rest of the Everton first team squad today. Manchester City have had offers of 15m and 19m rejected by Everton over the past month and the Eastlands club have yet to formalise a third bid, despite the 27-year-olds decision to submit a written transfer request at Goodison Park last week. 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