LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 25 September 2009 47 REAL ANDREYNOWBREAKING NEWS... The axe finally falls on out of touch Bopara RAVI BOPARA was dropped by England as they began their Champions Trophy campaign against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers. Owais Shah was promoted up the order to No3 in place of Bopara (above). All-rounders Stuart Broad and Luke Wright were recalled after injury as captain Andrew Strauss took the heat off his under-fire batsmen by winning the toss and bowling first. Adil Rashid against puzzlingly missed out, while Graham Onions was retained after his solid debut against Australia. In conditions similar to what the English attack might discover at this time of year back home, there was expected to be some swing and seam movement. Sri Lanka named an unchanged XI. ENGLAND ON THE MENDIS: PAGE 43REFEREE MARTIN ATKINSON (LEEDS) KEY MEN BREDE HANGELAND FULHAM Several acres of rainforest were wasted on stories linking the Norwegian tower of power with a move from west to north London over the summer. While many predicted the 6ft 4in monster would be the man to cure Arsenals defensive frailties, Arsene Wenger was always confident he had the right man in Thomas Vermaelen -- Arsene knows! ALEXANDRE SONG ARSENAL THE Cameroon midfielders league career began in less than auspicious circumstances at Craven Cottage nearly two years ago. To say he looked clueless on his full debut would be putting it kindly -- he was substituted at half-time. The 22-year-old returns to the scene of the crime tomorrow almost unrecognisable and as one of the most essential players in an Arsenal midfield that depends on his defensive nous and accurate short-range passing. FULHAM 4-4-2 ARSENAL 4-1-2-3 SchwarzerPantsil Konchesky HangelandHughes Schwarzer ZamoraJohnson POSSIBLE LINE-UPS Murphy Van Persie GallasVermaelenVermaelen Clichy Sagna Eduardo Mannone Song Fabregas Diaby Arshavin Duff Dempsey Etuhu Yury in for a shock if you think Ill Zhirk a challenge FLORENT MALOUDA has warned Chelseas 18m summer signing Yury Zhirkov he is in the best form of his career and is ready to fight for his place. The France winger looked destined for the Chelsea scrapheap before Guus Hiddink kickstarted his Stamford Bridge career in the second- half of last season. Malouda has picked up where he left off in May, scoring the crucial last minute winner in the recent win at Stoke, but now faces competition Zirkhov, not to mention Joe Cole, too. The 26-year-old Russian (above) impressed on debut against QPR in midweek, playing behind Malouda at left-back, but has already admitted he would prefer to play in the French internationals position. However, Malouda is determined to stay in the team and said: Every player who joins Chelsea knows there will be competition. When you have ambitions to go far in every competition you must have a strong squad so there is naturally competition and everybody is ready for that. Thats our job and we train hard to prove to the manager we deserve to play and to make sure we stay in the team. Last season I was performing really well. I had a stronger season so Im still progressing and Im close to my highest level. WIGAN VCHELSEA TOMORROW, 3PM destined for the Chelsea scrapheap before scoring the crucial last minute winner in Malouda at left-back, but has already admitted he would prefer to play in the French internationals position. French fancy: Florent Malouda is in the best form of his Chelsea career by some margin 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.html44.html45.html46.html47.html