Van Wolfswinkel to join Canaries

Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey has apologised after being sent

off late on during the 2-1 win over Scotland.

Ramsey was shown a second yellow card following a foul on James

McArthur in stoppage-time after he had made a hash of a quick

free-kick.

He will now miss Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Croatia on

Tuesday and he acknowledged he needs to learn from the incident

after saying sorry to coach Chris Coleman.

“It was very disappointing – it’s something I need to learn

from,” said Ramsey.

“I should have looked up at the clock and let the goalkeeper

take the free-kick. I had to (foul McArthur) in the end.

“It’s disappointing to do what I’ve done after a great

performance.

“I said sorry (to the manager) for letting the boys down. I’m

missing the next game so I apologised.”

Meanwhile, Ramsey believes the victory over Scotland proves that

Wales are not just a one-man team after Gareth Bale was forced off

at half-time with his team trailing 1-0.

A Ramsey penalty and Hal Robson-Kanu header earned Wales a

second qualifying success and the Arsenal midfielder was pleased

with the second-half response.

He added: “We have some very good players who can do things,

great things, and are comfortable on the ball. We proved that in

the second half.

“Gareth Bale can do something out of the ordinary and that is

what teams are wary of. But we showed we have a lot more to offer

than just him.”

Heavy overnight snow resulted in poor weather conditions in the

area and the referee made the decision to call the game off with

the safety of the supporters and players in mind.

No new date has yet been arranged.

The win kept Jose Pekerman’s second-placed side within four

points of Argentina, who saw off Venezuela 4-0 and have played one

game more than the Colombians.

The Cafeteros controlled the match from the first whistle but

had to wait until the 20th minute to open the scoring, Macnelly

Torres tapping home from Guillermo Cuadrado’s cross.

The floodgates opened after the interval in Barranquilla.

Carlos Valdes took advantage of a kind rebound following a

corner to double his team’s lead four minutes into the second half,

with Teifilo Gutierrez swiftly adding a third on the

counter-attack.

The misery was not over for Xabier Azkagorta’s side, though.

Four minutes from time, Radamel Falcao latched onto Pablo

Armero’s pass and notched a fourth goal and then, deep into

stoppage time, substitute Armero made no mistake when one on one

with goalkeeper Sergio Galarza.

In Montevideo, fourth-placed Uruguay lost ground in the

qualification race as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Paraguay.

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez looked to have won it for Uruguay

when he broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute with a superb volley,

but four minutes later Edgar Benitez capitalised on a Diego Lugano

error to restore parity.

Finally, man of the match Jefferson Farfan grabbed the game’s

only goal three minutes from the end to earn Peru a 1-0 triumph

over Chile in Lima.

The vicious anti-Ferdinand chants during Friday night’s 8-0

World Cup qualifying win over San Marino will surely make it

impossible for Hodgson to consider the Manchester United defender,

even if his “intricate and pre-planned” fitness regime allows.

For if the fans who made their way to this tiny corner of the

FIFA family felt it necessary to bellow such nasty taunts, how

would a full Wembley react to the appearance of a player who

preferred to commentate on his country rather than actually turn

out for them?

“Of course I heard it,” Hodgson said. “I’m not deaf. “But I’ve

absolutely no comment to make on it.”

Hodgson can afford to take such a detached stance as public

sentiment is now overwhelmingly on his side – although that might

turn against him if England get beaten in Podgorica on Tuesday by a

side that needed a late goal to overcome Moldova in Chisinau last

night.

“It would be a great lift to win on Tuesday, but if we don’t get

it I won’t be getting the spade out to dig a grave for the team,”

Hodgson said.

“There are 15 points to play for and the team is capable of

getting a large number of those points to see us through.

“Beating Brazil gave us confidence and most people will look at

the football we played tonight and revel in the fact there were

exceptional moves and goals in there.”

England remain two points adrift of Montenegro despite recording

their biggest win since 1987, and their largest victory in World

Cup combat ever.

Jermain Defoe was the only man to score more than once, with

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ashley Young, Frank Lampard, Wayne Rooney

and Daniel Sturridge adding to the Tottenham striker’s brace and an

early Alessandro Della Valle own goal.

Hodgson was able to rest key men, including Steven Gerrard and

Ashley Cole, with Tuesday in mind, although he will definitely be

without Gary Cahill and Theo Walcott due to injury.

“We did have some forlorn hope that Gary Cahill might recover,”

Hodgson said.

“But I was warned it was extremely unlikely, and he’s not

trained yet so there’s no chance of him joining us.

“And right at the start of training yesterday, Theo Walcott was

crossing a ball. The pitch was slippy, he followed up the cross and

immediately felt a twinge in his pelvic area.

“We took him for a scan and there’s a slight tear in a very

unusual area.

“He’s going back home, but hopefully he won’t be out for too

long.”

The Barclays Premier League club confirmed the deal on their

website on Ftiday evening, adding that the deal was subject to the

relevant paperwork being completed.

The 24-year-old has scored 82 goals in 188 appearances for

Vitesse Arnhem, FC Utrecht and Sporting and has won one senior cap

for Holland.

Norwich manager Chris Hughton told the club’s official website:

“Ricky’s profile is a perfect fit for us – he’s young, ambitious

and a proven goalscorer.

“He has an excellent goalscoring pedigree and he’s a young man

very keen to continue his personal progression and to play in

England. He’s already an exciting talent but he still has more

development as a player ahead of him.

“I’m delighted we’ve been able to agree a deal with Sporting

Lisbon and with Ricky and we look forward to welcoming him to the

squad in July, once all of the paperwork gets sorted out.”

Van Wolfswinkel started his career with Vitesse, joining the

Arnhem club’s youth academy in 1999 at the age of 10.

He made his senior debut in 2008 and went on to net eight goals

in 35 appearances before switching to Utrecht the following

year.

Thirty-five goals over two campaigns for Utrecht earned the 6ft

2in forward a 5.1million euros move in June 2011 to Sporting, where

he notched 25 times last term and so far has 14 to his name this

season.