LITESPORT a complaint about the game. ArseneWengeradmittedthatTVreplays showed his side were fortunate to be awarded a spot-kick but he would not con- demn his player. TheArsenalmanagersaid:Idonotwant a penalty which is not a penalty, but I do not go as far to say Eduardo dived. London Lite Thursday, 27 August 2009 43 HIM BANNEDBREAKING NEWS... Bopara duck gives Ireland early elation RAVI BOPARA suffered more England failure this morning after being dismissed for a duck against Ireland. The Essex batsman (above), who was dropped for the fifth Ashes Test against Australia after a miserable run of form, lasted just nine balls in the ODI international in Belfast before being caught in the slips off the bowling of Trent Johnston. And new England hero Jonathan Trott, who came in for Bopara at the Oval and hit a century on debut, also endured misery at the hands of the Irish when he was given out LBW to Johnston after failing to trouble the scorers. The double blow made it a woeful start for stand-in skipper Paul Collingwood, later dismissed for nine, who had won the toss and opted to bat first. Debutant Joe Denly scored 67 opening the batting, as England continued to limp along and crawled to 137-6 after 40 overs. Yorkshire spinner Adil Rashid was also handed his ODI debut for the game at Stormont. Brit potters in the dock SNOOKER players Stephen Maguire and Jamie Burnett have been detained by police and questioned over alleged irregular betting patterns during a UK Championship match last year, Strathclyde Police said today. The arrests relate to a match the pair played at the Maplin UK Championship in Decemeber 2008 which Maguire won 9-3. Prior to the match in Telford, Shropshire, a number of top bookies suspended betting after large correct-score wagers were placed on a 9-3 win for the Scotsman. Smile please: Chelseas Ashley Cole Cole wants England to be life and soul of party ASHLEY COLE believes the national team can lift English football by reaching the World Cup finals. He hopes that victory over Croatia on 9 September, which would guarantee a place at South Africa 2010, can change peoples perception of the England team. Were so close at the minute its starting to feel like were on the way and it would be nice if we could make the country a bit proud of football again, said the Chelsea defender. Weve got a very big game coming up against Croatia and if we get a good result then were virtually there. It would be a great achievement for the players and the country as well and hopefully it would put a smile back on peoples faces. We know what it did to the country when we missed out on Euro 2008. It put the country in a bad state everyone was thinking we werent good enough. But weve been very focused since then, we are top of the league and hopefully we can beat Croatia and get one back on them. Cole, who was booed by England fans for a brief spell after giving a goal away against Kazakhstan, has been enjoying a good run of form for club and country. When I play, thats how I play, Im afraid, he said about suggestions that he looks miserable. Im not miserable I am always laughing and joking along with my team-mates. I dont think other people laugh and joke all the time at work and I am not going to either. BY GEOFF TEATHER PETER CROUCH today urged Roman Pavlyuchenko to stop worrying about the World Cup and concentrate on earning his place in Tottenhams first team on merit. Both strikers capped their first starts of the season with a goal each in the 5-1 thrashing of Doncaster Rovers in the Carling Cup Second Round, which got them off the mark for the campaign. Pavlyuchenko has threatened to leave White Hart Lane if he doesnt get enough games this term because he is worried about missing out on a place in Russias World Cup squad should they qualify. Former club Spartak Moscow and Zenit St Petersburg have already expressed an interest, although manager Harry Redknapp insists the striker is not for sale after holding talks with him on Tuesday. Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane, who ended up being rested last night, remain Redknapps first choice front duo and Crouch believes both he and Pavlyuchenko just have to fight their way into the team. He said: Romans a fantastic player, but if you want to be in a top side then youre going to have a lot of competition for places. There is always someone who can take your place. You just have to make sure you stay ahead of the other guys. Its always good to have four quality strikers and obviously we want him to stay because he is a great player. Redknapp added: Yes, he has a future at Spurs and he doesnt want to leave. I spoke to him and his people and he is very happy. Crouch urges Roman not to ruin it at Spurs DONCASTER.. 1 SPURS...........5 CARLING CUP SECOND ROUND We all tall down: Crouch gets above the Doncaster defence to score and celebrates Pavlyuchenkos goal, inset Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane, who ended up being night, remain Pavlyuchenko ght their wayfi into the team. He said: Romans a There is always someone who can take your place. You RASHID EYES SOUTH AFRICA: PAGE 38 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.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html