British sporting stars take on the world and fly the flag proudly.

BRITAIN has two genuine world-class sporting superstars who both did the business this weekend.

Anthony Joshua successfully defended his world heavyweight belts and Lewis Hamilton won his fourth Formula One world title.


And the kids got in the act on the world stage as England Under-17s were crowned world champions.


AJ, the WBA, IBF and IBO king, took longer than most predicted to finish off gutsy Carlos Takam in the 10th, while Hamilton had to endure a nightmare start to become the UK’s most successful F1 driver ever.

The Young Lions came from 2-0 down to see off the talented Spaniards 5-2 with skipper Phil Foden taking the player of the tournament accolade and striker Rhian Brewster winning the Golden Boot for most goals.

In the ring Takam’s camp were obviously talking up their man’s chances despite him being a stone lighter and 12cm shorter saying it didn’t matter. Of course size matters. Nobody wants a small glass of wine!


WITH just over a quarter of the Premier League season gone the table is looking as predictable as Mick Jagger dating someone his grand-daughter’s age.

Liverpool look a side that are struggling 10 games in. But Jurgen Klopp’s men are the only big six side who have played FOUR games against those in that elite little group.

The Reds can already cross two of the hardest away days off their list – Manchester City and Tottenham – plus they have hosted both Arsenal and Manchester United.

Chelsea have won at Tottenham, drawn at home to Arsenal and lost at home to City and from those three games have the same number of points as the Kop side – four.

Spurs have lost at Wembley to Chelsea but beaten Liverpool there while at Old Trafford they went down 1-0 with talisman Harry Kane out injured – so it’s three points from three tough games for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Pep Guardiola’s team are showing why they are being tipped as champions-elect by taking maximum points from their home clash with Liverpool and away trip to Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils bored their way to a 0-0 draw at Anfield and edged that under-strength Spurs side to earn four points and Arsenal have been to Liverpool and Chelsea and have only taken one point.


City have been my tip all season and I still think they are a class above but those confidently predicting the rest of the top four would do well to take into consideration the ebbs and flows of a season where the fixture computer gives kinder starts to some than others.


Add to the fact Liverpool, who are just three points off fourth, have only played two struggling sides in Palace and Leicester – winning both – and the slant looks a little different.

Especially when you consider for example that United have played seven of the BOTTOM 10 teams, while the Reds have faced seven of the TOP 10 with only Chelsea (4th) and Southampton (10th) missing from their tricky start.

Only Everton have played more top six sides (5) than the Anfield club and they’re in the relegation zone.

The Toffees have no full-time manager, three of their back four – Leighton Baines, Phil Jagielka and Ashley Williams – have a combined age of 100 and they are now in a real battle for survival.

It would be some humiliating end to a wonderful career if Wayne Rooney hangs up his boots having taken his childhood team down to the Championship.

To be fair to the five-time Premier League winner he does still cover every blade of grass – unfortunately it’s now because his first touch is so crap.


AND finally despite having an open cheque-book for the past three transfer windows, winning two trophies and having the most expensively assembled squad in PL history Jose Mourinho is not a happy man.

He has again criticised the club’s fans for not supporting the players enough, virtually accused Paul Pogba of injuring himself and rejects any suggestion his defensive style is boring – despite this week becoming the manager with highest 1-0 win percentage in Prem history.

The Portuguese’s popularity will never match his success. Jose didn’t choose the grumpy life, the grumpy life chose him.

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