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Talent Scout: Andy Polo, Universitario

As Derby County gave a shock Championship start to 15-year-old Mason Bennett last weekend, football fans up and down the country looked on in unified surprise, at a début for a player only able to feature because of the half term school break.

Briers: Wales can shock England

Wales captain Lee Briers believes there is a widespread misconception about the Four Nations, which begins this weekend. "It's the Four Nations, not the Three Nations like people seem to think," said the Warrington stand-off, who captains Wales against England at Leigh this afternoon. "We are massive underdogs, but we aren't here just to make up the numbers."

Pietersen keen to play in T20 match to showcase his worth

No England tour worth its salt is complete without Kevin Pietersen playing a prominent part, usually as the pantomime villain. In this ill-starred venture to India, where the tourists lost the one-day international series 5-0, he has left it late.

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Fayed issues furious response to Mark Hughes

The Fulham chairman, Mohamed al Fayed, yesterday issued a withering critique of the club's former manager, Mark Hughes, labelling the Welshman a "flop" and a "strange man" and questioning both his courage and ambition.