LITESPORT London Lite Friday, 16 October 2009 41 Inbrief Brucie Zends for Boudewijn FORMER Chelsea and Liverpool midfielder Boudewijn Zenden has joined Sunderland until the end of the season after impressing Steve Bruce while training with the Wearside club. The 33-year-old Dutchman has been signed as a free agent after leaving Marseille during the summer. The Black Cats are now awaiting international clearance in order for the former Holland international to be eligible to face Liverpool tomorrow. The Irish could be French toast THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND will meet France, Portugal, Russia or Greece in the World Cup play-offs after they were confirmed as the seeded teams for Mondays draw in Geneva. The unseeded pot includes the other four best runners-up -- Ukraine, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Slovenia and Giovanni Trapattonis Irish, who are at No34 in the latest FIFA rankings. France are the top- ranked play-off team in ninth. Striker battle is a Villa thriller JAMES MILNER believes Aston Villa will reap the benefits of the battle between strikers Emile Heskey and Gabriel Agbonlahor for a World Cup spot. Milner, who came on as a substitute against Belarus, said: Gabby has been on fire for Villa and that is how he has forced his way back into the England reckoning. Emile has also done well. I am sure both Martin ONeill and Mr Capello would rather have competition for places. Stan gets a fair share of support ARSENAL chairman Peter Hill-Wood has, for the first time, welcomed a potential takeover bid from Stan Kroenke. The American is Arsenals major shareholder having increased his stake to 28.9 per cent yesterday. Hill-Wood said: It does look like he is edging towards a takeover, which I would welcome. If it was to happen, I dont think you can expect any big changes as he seems to like things the way they are. Talk of the axe a load of Tosh JOHN TOSHACKS job as manager of Wales would not have come under scrutiny from his bosses even if his side had lost their World Cup tie in Liechtenstein on Wednesday. New FAW president Phil Pritchard said: It was never something in our thoughts. Pritchard was one of Toshacks main supporters when he got the job five years ago, and has made it clear he will continue to support the 60-year-old. ASTON VILLA vCHELSEA LAST MEETING 21 FEBRUARY 2009 ASTON VILLA 0 CHELSEA 1 (PL) GUUSHIDDINKsfirstgamein chargewasdecoratedbyagoalof thehighestorderfromNicolas Anelka.JoseBosingwafedtheball toFrankLampard,whohadhisback togoal.Threelightningtouches laterandtheEnglandmidfielderhas wriggledawayfrom two markers andplayedaninch-perfectpassinto thepathofAnelka,whocasually flickedtheballovertheadvancing BradFriedel. KEYMEN EMILEHESKEYASTONVILLA INaweekwhenthealreadywell- travelledstrikersuggestedhe mightneedanothermove-- beforeasubsequentdenial--to boosthisWorldCupchances,the spotlightissettofallonthegoal- shyEnglandstriker.Itremainsto beseenwhetherornotMartin ONeillwillbowtoHeskeys demandsforregularfirst-team football,andthewisemoney wouldbeontheformerCelticboss stickingwithhispreferredfront twoofJohnCarewandGabby Agbonhlahor,leavingHeskeyto decidewhathisnextmovewillbe. NICOLASANELKACHELSEA ATtheriskofangeringanyLondon- basedBoltonfans,NicolasAnelkas (left)decisiontoplayouttwo-and- a-halfseasonsattheReebokwasa tragicwasteoftalent.TheFrance internationaldeservestobe challengingfortophonoursrather thanhoveringaimlesslywitha mid-tableside.GuusHiddinkand nowCarloAncelottiaregettingthe bestoutaplayerwhofinally appearscontentwithhislot.His partnershipwithDidierDrogbais themainreasontofearChelsea thesedays. ASTON VILLA 4-4-2 CHELSEA 4-1-3-2 POSSIBLE LINE-UPS REFEREE STEVE BENNETT (KENT) PREMIERLEAGUETOMORROW,LIVEONSKYSPORTS1FROM12.30PM(KO:12.45PM) Even with Capello you wont win World Cup Carlocant seeEngland ending 44 yearsofhurt BY JAMES GOLDMAN club. Like Maldini, he went through the academy at this club, said Ancelotti. Andhehasaverygoodfeeling for this club, which is very important. The former AC Milan tactician has made an impressive start to life at Stamford Bridge -- a shock 3-1 defeat at Wigan the only black mark in an otherwise flawless record. Last month the 50-year-old claimed he considered the possibility of Chel- sea being his last job in management, but after a fortnight of watching the worlds best scrap for the honour of competinginSouthAfrica,heappears to have had a change of heart. Iwouldliketotrainaninternational team, but in the future, not now, he said. I am Italian, so I would like to train an Italian side, but Im not sure it would be possible. I would also like to train an African team, for example Ivory Coast are a fantastic team. Meanwhile, Chelsea will lodge their intention to appeal against FIFAs transferbanwiththeCourtof Arbitra- tion for Sport today. LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Aston Villa 7-2, Chelsea 5-6, draw 5-2. ENGLAND qualifiedfor next summers World Cup as the top goalscorers in Europe,butthatsnotenoughtoconvince Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti that John Terrywillbeliftingthesolidgoldtrophy on 11 July. Ancelottis fellow Italian, Fabio Capello,hasrestoredEnglandscredibil- ity on the back of nine victories from 10 games throughout a ruthlessly efficient qualifying campaign. Thelikesof WayneRooneyandSteven Gerrard appear to relish pulling on an Englandjerseyagainandtheformof the Scouse duo has contributed to odds as shortas7-1forEnglandendinga44-year wait for a major trophy. Despite all the evidence pointing to a genuine tilt at World glory, Ancelotti believes history points to another glorious failure. He said: England are one of thetopteamsintheWorld Cup,butdestinyisnotforthe European team. NeverhasaEuropeanteam won the World Cup outside of Europe. Thisisdifficult,notonlyforEnglandbut for all European teams. ButFabioCapelloisaverygoodcoach, with a lot of experience in football and I am happy that he is doing a very good job. If Capello and Ancelotti (below) are to justify their heftysalariesoverthecourse of thenexteightmonthsthey willnodoubtbeforcedtorely on the continued form and fitness of the talis- manicTerry--skip- per of both club and country. The 28-year-old weighed up his options over the summer once he became aware of Manchester Citys interest. His affiliation with thewestLondonclub -- hes been there since the age of 14 -- meant he found it impossible to sever his ties, leading Ancelotti to com- parehimwithMilan l e g e n d P a o l o Maldni. 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