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