LITESPORT 50 Wednesday, 14 October 2009 London Lite WE DONT CARETerry: Huge bonus means nothing, we want the World Cup DAVID SULLIVAN has held preliminary talks with West Ham about investing in the cash-strapped Premier League club. Sullivan and former Birmingham co-owner David Gold are both keen to return to football after selling their stake in Birmingham to Hong Kong businessman Carson Yeung and have targeted West Ham as their first option. Sullivan said: West Ham is a club close to my heart, a club I supported as a boy, a club I would dearly love to be involved with. But he has painted a bleak picture of their current plight and may be put off by the asking price of 100m for a club who are believed to have debt well in excess of 50m. The debts that appear to be at West Ham seem huge, said Sullivan yesterday. Im not sure I could face what is going on there but West Ham do need help and quickly. I hope someone gets involved in the next week or next month or two, otherwise they could be in the Championship or bust, or both. West Ham, owned currently by CB Holdings who, in turn, are owned largely by Icelandic investment bank Straumur-Burdaras, have made no public reply to Sullivans comments but it is understood that although initial talks in the last couple of weeks involve a possible injection of cash, a complete takeover is still a possibility. Sullivan and Gold, who is being kept informed as talks progress, are among several interested investors. Gold said today: I want to be involved in football -- the only criteria I have is that it must be south of Watford because I have been travelling for 16 years back and forth to Birmingham. BY DAVID DIBBLE Hammer at heart: David Sullivan Inbrief Eriksson no to Korea move FORMER England boss Sven Goran Eriksson has turned down an offer from North Korea to become their technical adviser for next years World Cup. Currently Notts Countys director of football, he was approached by the North Korean FA but has decided against taking up the part- time offer. Notts County chairman Peter Trembling denied the club had been approached. Cahill goal puts Aussies on top AUSTRALIA got their Asian Cup qualifying campaign back on track today as Tim Cahills late strike secured a 1-0 win over Oman in Melbourne. Cahill fired home Scott Chipperfields cross at the near post with 15 minutes remaining to secure a first win in Group B after losing to Kuwait and drawing with Indonesia. The win lifts Australia, who have already qualified for next years World Cup, to the top of the table. Play-off nerves begin for Given SHAY GIVEN will draw on the memories of Irelands play-off win over Iran in 2001 to ensure his presence in South Africa next summer. Given, who wins his 100th cap against Montenegro tonight, was part of the squad who clung on in Tehran eight years ago to book their place in Korea and Japan. He said: I have been in the play- offs before - we have lost one and won one, I know which I preferred. Northern Irish hopes in Czech NORTHERN IRELAND are praying for a shock win against the Czech Republic tonight -- while hoping Slovenia lose heavily to pointless San Marino in Group 3. Its an extremely unlikely scenario but Arsenals Tomas Rosicky, a key performer for the Czech Republic in Prague tonight, said: I am looking forward to the game against Northern Ireland. Motivation and passion must be first class. No to plans for foreign officials THE Premier League insist they have no plans to invite foreign referees to take charge of domestic matches in England. One report today suggested Spanish official Manuel Mejuto Gonzalez could referee in the Premier League next season. A spokesman for Professional Game Match Officials Ltd said: There are no discussions regarding the use of foreign officials in the English game. ENGLAND v BELARUS LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS England 1-6, Belarus 20-1, draw 13-2. FIRST GOALSCORER Crouch 9-2, Heskey 5-1, Agbonlahor 11-2, C Cole 6-1, Lampard 6-1, Lennon 10-1, Milner 11-1, Beckham 12-1. Wright- Phillips 12-1, Kutuzov 16-1, Carrick 18-1, V Hleb 22-1, A Cole 28-1. LAST MEETING 15OCTOBER2009 BELARUS 1 ENGLAND 3 (WCQ) WHATappeared,onpaper,as beingapotentialbananaskin wasevadedwiththeminimumof fussbyDonFabiosrejuvenated side.StevenGerrardcurledhome anearlycrackerandalthoughthe hostsengineeredawonderful equaliser,Englandwerealways incommand.Andapolished secondhalfperformancewas cappedbytwoWayneRooney goalsinthespaceoffour minutes. MATCH FACTS Belarus have only ever won two of their nine previous international matches against British opposition, losing six times. England are unbeaten in their last 12 WCQ home matches, winning their nine, since a 1-0 defeat to Germany at Wembley on October 7, 2000. This is their longest ever run of consecutive home wins in World Cup qualification.. David James is set to win his 50th cap. He will become the fifth England goalkeeper to reach this milestone after Peter Shilton (125), David Seaman (75), Gordon Banks (73) and Ray Clemence (61). Belarus defender Aleksandr Kulchy is set to win his 80th international cap, equalling the Belarusian record for most appearances set by Sergei Gurenko. BY NEAL COLLINS GROUP 6 P W D L F A PTS ENGLAND (Q) 9 8 0 1 31 6 24 UKRAINE 9 5 3 1 15 6 18 CROATIA 9 5 2 2 17 12 17 BELARUS 9 4 1 4 19 11 13 KAZAKHSTAN 9 2 0 7 10 27 6 ANDORRA 9 0 0 9 3 33 0 JOHN TERRY today insisted his England side are not interested in a reported 400,000 bonus, they just want to win the World Cup. Before tonights final qualifier against Belarus at Wembley, the England captain made his feelings clear: The World Cup trophy is the prize we want. If you take away the playerswagestomorrow,thehunger and desire will still be there. Were here to win trophies and if the money goes out of the game, Ill stillbethefirstoneintrainingtomor- row and Im sure Ill be joined by the rest of my team-mates. It was reported at the weekend that adealhasalreadybeenagreedwhere each member of the squad will earn 400,000 if Fabio Capellos side go all the way in South Africa next year. Terryadded:Weonlyqualifiedlast month and I know 100 percent that there hasnt been any talk about bonuses or anything like that. Its something other people talk about and comes with the job. No-one has even mentioned it in thesquad.Werejustbuzzingthatwe qualified and thats the only thing on the players minds -- nothing else. Terry(right) isdetermined to end the campaign on a highwitha100percentrecord at Wembley after their perfect record in Group 6 came to an an abrupt halt on Saturday, when they l o s t 1 - 0 i n t h e Ukraine. He growled: Ive always had that philosophythatyou train the way you play and I always give it 100 percent. If peoplearound mearewantingto give it only 90 percent, that is not good enough for me or the manager. He will give everyone a kick up the backside if they are not training hard. It keeps everyone on their toes. Wevecomeareallylongwaysince last year and I still think we have another 20-30 percent to improve. That was highlighted against the Ukraine. Terry also revealed he lives in fear of Capellos laser pointer. He said: When we are watching games back and I make a mistake or a bad pass, Imalwayshopinghedoesntstopthe video.Imcringing.Butthenhestops it and gets his red beam out and flashes it right at you. Ive had it a couple of times. He doesnt let anything go unturned. Capello will give Gabriel Agbonla- hor and Peter Crouch their chance to impress tonight, with Wayne Rooney injured. Steven Gerrards absence could give James Milner an opportunity on the left wing, with Capello insisting: We need to play other styles, style A, B and C. 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