fr ee your regular METRO packed with news, sport and features inside » FR EE HM FRIDAY, MAY 18, 2018 THE WORLD’S MOST POPULAR FREE NEWSPAPER HERE COMES THE BRIDE SMILING MEGHAN AT REHEARSAL AFTER DAD DRAMA MEGHAN MARKLE smiled as she was seen in public for the ﬁrst time since announcing that her father would not attend her wedding tomorrow. Prince Harry’s bride-to-be looked relaxed, brushing hair from her face, as they were driven past photographers and excited well-wishers on their way to Windsor Castle for a rehearsal. Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland also joined in the preparations, having stayed the night at Kensington Palace. She is widely expected to walk her daughter down the aisle after the ex-Suits star conﬁrmed dad Thomas is unable to attend as he recuperates from a heart operation. Ms Ragland, 61, had just a few hours to recover after ﬂying in from LA on Wednesday before having tea with Harry’s dad Prince Charles and his wife Continued on Page 2 » KARWAI TANG by DOMINIC YEATMAN 2 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 Here’s gran: The Queen arrives for the rehearsal Flying visit: Charles and Camilla arrive at Kensington Palace to board a helicopter for a trip to Staffordshire PICTURES: FLYNET/ KARWAI TANG/ SPLASH/MATRIX/ SIMPSON BUSHELL » Continued from Page 1 Camilla at Clarence House. The occasion was ‘very jolly’ and they got on ‘very well’ with her, a royal source said. Ms Ragland, Meghan and Harry will all have tea today with the Queen, who travelled from Buckingham Palace for the dry-run yesterday. Harry’s brother and best man William drove wife Kate, who gave birth to their third child Prince Louis last month, to the practice. Their son Prince George and daughter Princess Charlotte, who will be on page boy and bridesmaid duty, were also in attendance. Charles and Camilla had to miss out as they were on a visit to the National Arboretum in Staﬀordshire, having popped in to Kensington Palace to set oﬀ from there by helicopter. Harry, 33, looked tense as he arrived at the run-through with Meghan, 36, but the pair (pictured on the day they announced their engagement) both looked cheerful as they left. Windsor was transformed yesterday by preparations for the wedding at St George’s Chapel, in the castle grounds. The Household Cavalry marched through the streets, joined by military bands, for their own dress rehearsal. And a royal Ascot Landau carriage, of the type the couple will use on the day, was pulled through the town by four horses. Well-wishers – many of them from overseas – watched in their thousands as hundreds of CONTACT US CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS email email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Text ’views’ to 65700 Metro strives for complete accuracy but mistakes do sometimes slip in. 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Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 3 Relaxed: Meghan and Harry are seen leaving the castle PAUL EDWARDS/ THE SUN New mum: Kate in the passenger seat QUEEN, WILLS AND KATE JOIN MEGHAN AT WINDSOR AS THOUSANDS WATCH TROOPS PRACTISE FOR WEDDING PARADE mounted troops in dress uniform added to the spectacle. Lynda Moore, 70, from Ontario, Canada, said she came to Britain especially for the wedding. ‘It’s just so great,’ she said. ‘We all love the royal family in Canada. I think Prince Harry is a lovely young man and Meghan is very beautiful.’ Suneek Dhand, who works in Boston, US, took time oﬀ to head home for the occasion. ‘We, my family, only live down the road in Datchet so I really wanted to be part of it,’ the 37-year-old said. Gillian Frost, 38, said: ‘I have two little girls who love the idea that Meghan Markle is going to become a princess. ‘We live in Windsor so the wedding and all the preparations have become part of our lives.’ Some of Meghan’s friends took to social media to share their excitement as they arrived. The Suits actor Gabriel Macht, 46, uploaded photos of himself and wife Jacinda Barrett in London’s Hyde Park. And cast member Sarah Raﬀerty – once described by Meghan as being like a sister to her – was spotted with her two daughters Oona and Iris outside Buckingham Palace. Jessica Mulroney, Meghan’s best friend, arrived on Wednesday with her three young children – two page boys and a bridesmaid. Kensington Palace said friends had supported the royal ﬁancée during the stress over whether her father would attend. ‘They have all been actively involved in helping her prepare,’ a spokesman added. Meghan and Doria were back at the palace last night but will move to the historic £1,500-a-night Cliveden House Hotel for the ﬁnal preparations. Prince Harry will be staying at the Dorchester Collection’s Coworth Park in Ascot, a ﬁve-star hotel in a Georgian manor house. It looks like the couple should have good weather, with sun and 21C temperatures forecast. So sad for dad: Pages 4-5 » Best man: Prince William at the wheel 4 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 ‘So sad my dad won’t be here’ MEGHAN CONFIRMS HER FATHER WILL NOT WALK HER DOWN THE AISLE by DOMINIC YEATMAN Big day: Mr Markle with Meghan at her graduation ENTERPRISE MEGHAN MARKLE has spoken of her sadness as she conﬁrmed her father will not walk her down the aisle. Thomas Markle has just had a heart op and took the decision not to attend the wedding on medical advice. In a statement released by Kensington Palace, Meghan said: ‘Sadly, my father will not be attending our wedding. I have always cared for my father and hope he can be given the space he needs to focus on his health. ‘I would like to thank everyone who has oﬀered generous messages of support. Please know how much Harry and I look forward to sharing our special day with you on Saturday.’ Mr Markle, who lives in Mexico, told website TMZ that doctors had inserted three stents on Wednesday and ordered him to rest. He said he was ‘heartbroken’ at missing the ceremony, adding: ‘I’m OK, staying in hospital a few more days. Not allowed to get excited.’ His absence means Meghan’s mother Doria Ragland is her only family member expected at the ceremony – and the 63 expelled in Windrush fiasco, says Home Office Page 4 » At last Twitter takes a stand against trolls Page 5 » GHan dad HEaRt oP ill miss royal wedding after having surgery today Texts: Thoms Mkl is sid to hv hd n ‘I lov yo’ mss fom Mhn pIcTure: Mega ARKLE’S father will al wedding on Saturday as he is due to have a heart op today. Thomas Markle, 73, told US website TMZ that doctors will ‘clear blockge, repair damage and in a stent’ after he sufttack a week ago. ollows days of mixed whether he would walk own the aisle after it was by dominic yEatman revealed he helped stage a series of paparazzi-style photographs. Mr Markle claimed a letter his son Thomas Jr sent to Prince Harry last week, urging him not to marry Meghan, had triggered the heart attack. In the letter, Meghan’s half-brother denounced the relationship as a ‘fake fairytale’ and warned the prince he would be making the ‘biggest mistake in royal wedding history’. After deciding he would not attend the wedding, Mr Markle said he changed his mind when Meghan sent him a text on Monday saying ‘I love you’ and that she was concerned for his health, the website claimed. ‘He told us he hoped he could get out of the hospital and travel to England to walk Meghan down the aisle, but now he realises it’s all but impossible given the upcoming surgery,’ TMZ said. Amid the confusion, bookies were Continued on Page 2 » Harry’s bride: Mhn Operation: Our report on Wednesday favourite to walk her down the aisle. The non-appearance of former TV lighting director Mr Markle, 73, means Prince Harry has never met his future father-in-law – the ﬁrst meeting was due to take place this week. TMZ reporter Sean Mandell told Good Wave: Meghan smiles as she arrives at Windsor yesterday NEIL MOCKFORD Morning Britain Meghan had forgiven her father for helping stage paparazzi photos. ‘She is holding up, from what I’ve been told,’ he said. ‘It has been a tearful and a trying time for her’. Mr Markle at one point said he thought it best if he did not attend to avoid embarrassing Meghan further, but then changed his mind. ‘He realised, I’m a father, and I want to be there for my daughter, and I want to be part of history,’ said Mr Mandell. ‘Ultimately, his health prevented him doing that’. Serena’s support: Page 12 » Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 5 Out of the shade: Harry and Meghan seen in public for the first time yesterday as they leave Windsor Castle LNP Controversy: Samantha Markle TWITTER Meghan’s sister breaks ankle as car hits barrier MEGHAN MARKLE’S estranged halfsister has been injured in a car crash. Samantha Markle broke an ankle and a knee after the car she was in hit a concrete barrier as it swerved to avoid paparazzi in Florida on Wednesday. It was driven by her partner, named as Mark by US showbiz website TMZ. He said she was in hospital after hitting the windscreen and falling into the vehicle’s footwell. Ms Markle, 53, who has not been invited to the wedding, has stoked ■ THE royal wedding cake will be layered lemon and elderflower and displayed in a ‘non-traditional layout’, its baker revealed yesterday. Claire Ptak, who owns the Violet Bakery in east London, said: ‘You’ll have to wait and see on the day.’ She described the flavour of the cake as being a balance of sweet and tart, combined with ‘ethereal’ elderflower. Cake: Claire Ptak at Buckingham Palace Rehearsal: The Household Cavalry in Windsor yesterday PICTURES: GETTY Patrol: Armed police at Windsor Castle controversy in recent months with a series of bitter attacks on the royal bride-to-be. Meanwhile, half-brother Thomas Markle Jr has tried to build bridges with the bride. In recent weeks, he has published open letters urging Prince Harry to call oﬀ the wedding. But after ﬂying to England, he told the Daily Mirror yesterday: ‘My sister’s going to be one of the best things ever to have happened to the royal family. She will be the perfect modern princess.’ 6 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 Congo Ebola outbreak reaches city of 1.2m AN EBOLA outbreak in the Congo has spread to a city of nearly 1.2million people. Two suspected cases of hemorrhagic fever were reported in the Wangata health zones, which include the city Mbandaka. One proved positive for the deadly Ebola virus, said the Democratic Republic’s health minister Oly Ilunga. A total of 44 cases have been reported, with 23 deaths, said the World Health Organization. Among those are three confirmed, 20 probable and 21 suspected. The WHO has sent 5,400 doses of the experimental Ebola vaccine to Congo. 53 Commons staff have signed gagging clauses MORE than 50 ‘gagging clauses’ have been signed by staﬀ leaving jobs at the House of Commons. The revelation comes a fortnight after speaker John Bercow’s former private secretary Angus Sinclair claimed to have received £86,259 dependent on him signing a nondisclosure agreement. He accused the speaker of bullying him, which Mr Bercow (pictured) denies. There were 53 agreements signed between 2013 and 2017 – ‘all or almost all’ of which had conﬁdentiality clauses, preventing staﬀ discussing their departure. Labour’s Justin Madders, who revealed the ‘disturbing’ ﬁgures, said they suggested a culture ‘that is not one that should be found in any workplace, let alone the cradle of democracy in this country’. Maria Miller, Tory chairwoman of the equalities committee, said businesses used such deals to ‘protect commercial conﬁdentiality’, but questioned their use in parliament where transparency was paramount. ‘The use of gagging clauses has become widespread,’ she said. ‘That can lead to misuse and to individuals believing they are not entitled to speak out when they have been victims of wrongdoing.’ We’ll be seeing EU: Theresa May listens to German leader Angela Merkel in Sofia with French president Emmanuel Macron GETTY We’ll ‘leave the customs union, and that’s final’ THERESA MAY has insisted the UK will leave the EU customs union after speculation the departure could be delayed for years until a replacement is agreed. The prime minister was meeting EU leaders at a summit in the Bulgarian capital of Soﬁa yesterday as The Daily Telegraph reported Britain was prepared to stay tied to the customs union as a last resort to avoid a hard border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. No.10 sources insisted ‘there was not a proposal discussed or agreed that would see us staying in the customs union beyond the implementation period’, which expires at the end of 2020. As she arrived at the West Balkans summit, Mrs May said: ‘The United Kingdom will be leaving the customs union, we are leaving the European Union.’ But Irish premier Leo Varadkar warned that the EU Withdrawal Agreement could be in jeopardy unless substantial by DAVID WILCOCK progress is made by the time of a gathering of the bloc’s leaders on June 28. He added it was an ‘absolute red line’ for the island of Ireland not to have a hard border and all 27 remaining EU states supported the current ‘backstop’ proposal in the Withdrawal Agreement, which Mrs May has said no British prime minister could accept. Later, Mrs May conﬁrmed the UK’s alternative ‘backstop’ would be produced ‘in due course’. She added: ‘I had a very constructive meeting with the Taoiseach today. We are working on what our future customs relationship with the EU will be.’ Eurosceptic Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg told the Telegraph Britain had gone ‘to a proposed further extension with no end point’, but ex-cabinet minister Damian Green, who backed Remain, said he was ready to accept a ‘small delay’ to Brexit. Top stake for fixed-odd machines is slashed to £2 THE highest stake on ﬁxed-odds betting machines will be slashed from £100 to just £2. The government is going much further than recommended by the gambling regulator, which earlier this year called for maximum stakes in the so-called ‘crack cocaine’ of betting to be cut to £30 or below. MPs joined campaigners in welcoming the decision to crack down on the machines, which allow bets of up to £100 every 20 seconds. But the Association of British Bookmakers has predicted more than 4,000 betting shops could close with the loss of 21,000 jobs. Shares in gambling ﬁrms initially fell but later recovered. Culture secretary Matt Hancock said ministers had ‘chosen to take a stand’ on a ‘social blight’. Labour deputy leader Tom Watson said ‘the right decision’ had been made, while campaign Justice for Punters said ‘the betting shop environment will become safer for staﬀ and customers’. The government also wants stronger age and aﬀordability checks for online gambling, while new adverts will promote responsible gambling. Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 7 GRENFELL ‘WHITEWASH’ REVIEW INTO DEADLY TOWER BLOCK FIRE CRITICISED FOR FAILING TO BACK BAN ON FLAMMABLE CLADDING ‘Unthinkable and unacceptable’: Tottenham MP David Lammy, who lost a friend in the blaze PA Removal: Cladding taken off a London building Inferno: Grenfell Tower engulfed in flames during the inferno that killed 71 people GETTY A REVIEW into the Grenfell Tower blaze has been condemned as a ‘whitewash’ after it failed to call for a ban on dangerous cladding in high-rise buildings. Dame Judith Hackitt’s governmentcommissioned report gave recommendations to end a ‘race to the bottom’ in building quality – but stopped short of insisting ﬂammable material should be outlawed, even though it was blamed for the ﬁre that killed 71 people last June. Despite this, ministers have said they intend to consult on a ban. Tottenham MP David Lammy, who lost his friend Khadija Saye in the blaze, called the report ‘a betrayal and a whitewash’. He added: ‘It is unthinkable and unacceptable so many people can die in a disaster like Grenfell and, one year on, ﬂammable cladding has not been banned.’ Shahin Sadaﬁ, chairman of survivors’ group Grenfell United, welcomed the government promise to now consult on outlawing cladding but was ‘disappointed that they haven’t just banned this dangerous material today’. He added: ‘Worrying that a ﬁre like Grenfell could happen again is something that keeps many of us awake at night. ‘Today there are people in hospitals, schools and homes covered with dangerous cladding.’ The Royal Institute of British Architects also called it ‘a major missed opportunity’. Defending by AIDAN RADNEDGE her report, Dame Judith (pictured) admitted she was not ‘an expert on Grenfell’. While she insisted she would not be opposed to a ban on cladding, she warned that it would ‘not address the root causes’ of the ‘broken system’ of building rules. ‘I recognise that I have failed to meet some of the expectations of the people of Grenfell Tower,’ she said, but added: ‘The next problem may not be cladding.’ Her report called for a new buildings regulator, more consultation with residents over the safety of their homes and a ‘more rigorous and transparent’ product-testing regime. She accused some building companies of trying to ‘game the system’ and ‘do things as quickly and cheaply as possible’ rather than prioritising safety and quality. Housing secretary James Brokenshire told MPs a ban on cladding was being considered and Dame Judith’s recommendations were ‘important ﬁrst steps, helping us ensure that when we say “never again”, we mean it.’ John Healey, Labour’s shadow housing secretary, told him: ‘Don’t consult on it – do it.’ OnWednesday,Theresa May announced that councils and housing associations will get £400million to remove cladding from tower blocks. May must resign, says mum of dead Windrush victim THE mother of a Windrush generation man who died while trying to prove his British citizenship has called on Theresa May to resign. Sentina Bristol’s son Dexter, 57, was laid to rest yesterday. Mr Bristol, of Camden, north London, came to Britain from Grenada in 1968 but his residency was challenged last year. He died in March just before a breakthrough in his case. Calling for Mrs May to go, Sentina, 76, said: ‘When the TV is on and she comes on, I just walk away.’ 8 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 9 left to die in the street... hunt for pair who abandoned injured horse after head-on collision with a car impact: damaged golf after collision by becca husselbee a hUnT is on for two men who left an injured horse for dead in the road after their cart collided with a car. The pair abandoned the seven-yearold mare after she took fright and bolted head-on into the path of a Volkswagen golf, said the rSPCa, which has released a picture of two men it wants to speak to. Instead of helping the animal, which was bleeding profusely from cuts to her chest and front legs, it is alleged the men unfastened the trap and ﬂed. The mare had been taking part in a traditional horse-drawn carriage procession in Bilston, West Midlands, on Sunday. rSPCa inspector Vicki Taylor, who was on the scene with police, said: ‘Thankfully, there are no obvious broken bones and the equine vet is positive she will recover despite the open wounds which may take a while to heal.’ She said: ‘When I arrived, the men had already left, dragging the trap survivor: Zorro was stabbed twice by would-be thieves and left for dead swns Fled: investigators want to speak to two men who ‘abandoned’ horse in road rspca/pa away with them.’ She said witnesses who provided pictures of the men taking oﬀ the trap and leaving the horse in the road claimed the pair had tried to cover their faces as they ﬂed. ‘These men essentially abandoned this horse to die,’ said Ms Taylor. ‘She was lying bleeding from where the smashed windscreen had cut into her. This was a shocking sight and she was clearly suﬀering.’ The family who were in the golf were uninjured but their vehicle was badly damaged, Ms Taylor said. She added: ‘We are appealing for anyone who may recognise the horse, or the men in these images, to contact us on 0300 123 8018.’ The incident came as the charity said the number of horses it rescued in 2017 reached a four-year high. Statistics reveal it saved nearly 1,000 horses suﬀering from cruelty and neglect last year. a staggering 928 remain in the charity’s care. Burglars stab dog as he guards family home a dog was stabbed and left for dead by suspected burglars while protecting his owner’s home. Zorro was found covered in blood in the garden after being stabbed twice in the belly. Matthew smith rushed him to a vet, who said it was unlikely the four-year- old pet would survive. But after surgery, Zorro is ‘getting back to his bouncy, happy self’, said Mr smith, 26. ‘We are desperate to catch whoever did this to him,’ he added. the dad had left the dog in the garden for 40 minutes while he went to the park with his children leon, seven, and ella, one. he had left the patio doors unlocked and suspects this is what attracted the would-be thieves who stabbed Zorro. ‘i think he was trying to protect the house. he is very protective and loyal,’ said Mr smith, from Crewe. ‘We don’t think the burglar got into the house. nothing was missing. they could have been trying to take the dog.’ the family were left with a £1,900 vet’s bill and so set up a Justgiving page asking for donations. Within days they received £1,658. ‘the response of the public has been outstanding,’ said Mr smith. 10 May 18, 2018 Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 11 Bet you £1m i don’t fix my teeth, says lotto win hubby gap-toothed plasterer Matt Fairfull, 62, vowed to keep his trademark wonky smile after his wife won a £1million lottery scratchcard jackpot. When Marilyn, 64, was asked if her husband would be getting his teeth ﬁxed, she said: ‘he probably will.’ But Matt immediately shot back: ‘no i won’t because it would not be me. i’m happy with the way they are. i am the governor, no matter what.’ greeting card factory worker Marilyn joked yesterday: ‘he won’t do anything i say.’ the couple, from stowmarket, suﬀolk, aren’t planning to give up work, but they will be splashing out on a holiday – their ﬁrst in ten years – to Jamaica, and a massive tv so Matt can watch the World Cup in style. that’s something to get his teeth into. Champagne smiles: matt and marilyn crack open the bubbly to celebrate her £1million win east anglia news service rail staff told: don’t help the disabled if it makes us late raIl bosses have been accused of insulting disabled passengers in a drive to cut delays as they introduce new timetables. Southern rail parent company govia Thameslink railway (gTr) has told staﬀ not to help people of reduced mobility on to trains if there is a chance it might delay the service, says the rail, Maritime and Transport union. rMT general secretary Mick Cash said: ‘They are introducing a policy which eﬀectively means disabled people will not be assisted on to the train and allowed to travel.’ he called the move ‘outrageous’ and said it was against the Disabled People’s Protection Policy ‘which requires them to ensure assistance is available’. Mr Cash added: ‘If this is not bad enough, in respect of anyone having a seizure whilst on a train, the guidance says, “explain that your ﬁrst priority is care for the individual, but not taking action will cause thousands of other passengers to be stuck… Move the ill passenger from the train as quickly as possible”. ‘This is truly shocking advice and an insult to all passengers,’ he said, and called for the rail company to be stripped of its franchise. gTr, which also runs great northern, said it placed a ‘priority on making our services accessible to all’ and actively by alan Jones encouraged people with restricted mobility to use its trains. however, it added: ‘If any passenger – with accessibility needs or not – arrives late at a station with insuﬃcient time to board, then we can’t hold the train at the platform. ‘Part of our responsibility is to make sure each service leaves on time to avoid knock-on delays, skipped station stops and cancellations to dozens of other services which would aﬀect thousands of other passengers, many of whom may also be disabled.’ It added: ‘In central london between london Bridge and St Pancras, we’ve done away with the need for a ramp, by installing humps on every platform to give level access, manned by a member of staﬀ throughout the day.’ The company is introducing a new timetable from Sunday, rescheduling trains to bring in 400 extra services a day. what’s your opinion? text the word VIEWS followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. standard network charges apply. Mind the gap: the scratchcard winners 12 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 Andrei harmsworth harmsworth’s s statham vows to ‘do better’ in wake of anti-gay claim Jason statham admits he can ‘do better’ after issuing an apology over allegations that he made an anti-g gay remark. statham was accused of making a homophobic comment during a conversation with his producing partner steve casman on the set of his 2015 film wild card. the fast & furious star insists he has no memory of the words, but one man claims he owns an audio recording of statham using the offensive terms. in the wake of the allegations, and contact with his accuser, the 50-year-old released a statement. ‘someone approached me claiming to have a tape of me using terms offensive to the lgbtQ community,’ he said. ‘my multiple requests to hear the recording have been refused. if i said these words, it was wrong and i deeply apologise. while i cannot fix what was said in the past, i can learn from it and do better in future.’ Has Christina seen through the Voice’s blind auditions? ChristiNa aGUiLera feels dubious about her turn on the Voice after po ointing out that successful contestants are alll ‘good-looking’, despite blind auditions. Xtina was a coach on the Us version of the X ta alent show for six seasons but now slams it as a ‘money-making machine’. the 37-year-old, back with new album Liiberation, said: ‘i signed on to a show where the blind audition element was w so omething interesting, something genuine. ‘after a while, though, you start to see that everyone is good-looking. it wasn’t a ccomfortable place for me to be, where i’m just part of a money-making machine.’ travolta’s wait for the one that he wanted JOhN traVOLta says he first struck up a ‘bond’ with his wife Kelly Preston while she was still married to another fella. but the Pulp Fiction star, 64, insists he held out from making his move until she divorced her first hubby, actor Kevin Gage, in 1987. Feeling nostalgic during Cannes’ 40th anniversary celebrations for Grease, travolta recalled: ‘We were friends first. and i think that’s why we ended up together, because i helped her through that marriage. i didn’t go over the line, i just genuinely helped her and i think that bond later helped us navigate.’ the pair, who married in 1991, were walking the red carpet for their gangster film Gotti. it’s aisle right for a dad to back out ser rena’s words of wisdom for her close pal meghan eghan Markle’S good chum Serena Williams has served up a shoulder to cry on after explaining how her own dad pulled out of her wedding at the 11th hour. The tennis superstar, who is expected to be there tomorrow when Meghan weds Prince harry, revealed she couldn’t be upset with her dad richard when nerves got the better of him ahead of her wedding in new Orleans last year. ‘he was in new Orleans, he had a suit, and I know he was really excited,’ said the former world no.1 following the news that Meghan’s dad Thomas can’t give her away because of a heart op. ‘But then he wrote me and said, “Serena, I don’t want you to be mad at me but I just can’t walk you down the aisle. I’m not myself any more. I’m just too nervous”.’ Serena, who married reddit mogul alexis Ohanian, 35, told him: ‘Daddy, it’s okay, if you don’t want to come to the wedding at all, that’s okay too. I’m not going to be upset with you about it, so I don’t want you to be upset.’ The 36-year-old added: ‘If he doesn’t want to be up there in front of a lot of people, I completely understand. ‘When we first came on the scene, there were a lot of people who didn’t get him. I don’t think a lot of them wanted to get him. ‘Our family knows what we have. We just want each other to be happy. That’s what matters. I don’t think anything could ever change that.’ Serena is expected to attend tomorrow’s ceremony in Windsor after pulling out from Love all: serena with hubby alexis, and her friend meghan getty a set of tournaments. She and Meghan struck up a close bond after meeting at the Super Bowl eight years ago. Since then Serena has been advising the Suits actress how to handle the spotlight, revealing: ‘I told her, “You’ve got to be who you are, Meghan. You can’t hide”.’ lawful wedded woof! tying knot is a dog show says amy briDe-tO-be Meghan Markle won’t exactly be thanking amy schumer for looking on the bright side after the comedy favourite compared the royal wedding to a ‘dog show’. Newlywed amy predicted that the big day would ‘suck’ for her fellow american actress. ‘this poor girl,’ warned the 36-year- old. ‘Your wedding, everyone says it’s your day, it’s your day. she’s like, “no it’s not”. ‘she has to meet all these foreign dignitaries she’s never met before. there’s so much pressure.’ the i Feel Pretty star, who married her hubby Chris Fischer in February after a whirlwind love affair, was talking on australian radio. ‘Can you imagine having a worse wedding?’ she asked. ‘that would suck. her girls from high school aren’t going to be there. ‘it’s like a parade... it’s like Westminster Dog show.’ Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 13 foXX: stop hounding my friend kanye... he’s not feeling well Jamie foxx claimed his mate kanye wesst is ‘not feeling well’ as he defended the rapper over his controversial stattement that slave slavery is a ‘choice’. the django unchained actor stepped up fo ollowing 40-yearariaNa old west’ss recent comments GraNDe’s exto tmZ. ‘tthat’s myy friend,’ boyfriend MaC MiLLer explain ned foxx, 50. ‘i has been arrested on a drinkdon’t like how the driving charge after a hit-and-run media twisted it. in La early yesterday. the Us ‘w when a person is rapper, 26, reportedly nott feeling well, it rammed his Mercedes into a wo ould be better to say, “hey pole and fled the scene. maan, let’s step over here for a second, let’s not be Police went to Miller’s heaard in this setting”,’ he added. the oscar-winner home, where he confessed also o said west was at his house recently, adding: to drink-driving, and was ‘my m man needs somebody to hold his hand.’ taken to a local jail. bail foxxx spoke out while promoting grey goose’s off was set at £12,000, scriptt project. see greygooseoffscript.com. claims tMZ. win ga allagher prize is a bit of all wight Cr raCK open the Champagne (s supernova)... we’ve a pair of tickets ti k t tto see Li Liam G Gallagher on the isle of Wight! the festival returns to Newport from June 21-24, with Kasabian, Depeche Mode and the Killers also on the bill. the prize includes a meal for two at London’s hard rock Cafe, which has a stage at the annual event. 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Usual rules apply. rita turn s f r i n g i n g to ,n c r i n g e i n g ot rita Ora certainly could have done without the hassle around her controversial new song. but, wearing a whole lot of tassle, the pop star appears to have put the whole fur-Ora behind her as she bounced about on stage at birmingham’s O2 academy. the 27-year-old wowed the crowds on Wednesday wearing an all-white studded number featuring prairie-style fringing and daring cut-outs. earlier this week, rita issued an apology after being criticised for her latest single, Girls. the troublesome tune has been accused of having tone-deaf lyrics when it comes to the portrayal of same-sex relationships. ‘sorry [if] how i expressed myself in the song has hurt anyone. i would never intentionally cause harm to other LbGtQ+ people or anyone,’ she said. the track, featuring Cardi b, Charli XCX and bebe rexha, charted in the UK top 20. glenn proves a fatal attraction n anyone have a card luck story? rick’s having the L-Astley laugh we’re chez n not rushing to alltar this year’s Film4 summer screen has a hollywood legend kicking off proceedings. Glenn Close will star at the opening night in august with the premiere of her new flick the Wife at London’s somerset house. there was surely fighting talk at the ned in london last night when h b boxers c carll ffroch h and chris eubank Jr were joined by the likes of boris becker for the Quintessentially foundation’s annual charity poker night. riCK astLeY could be top of the bops with his upcoming dance-inspired album. ‘i don’t know whether i’ll get to make another record properly again… so i said, sod it,’ the ’80s pop star revealed at an exclusive playback. liam payne in nsists he hasn’t marrried cheryl on the sly aft fter she h called ll d th the 24 24-yearold her ‘husband’. he now says on marriage: ‘it’s not really like we need to take that next step. we might do it in the long-term but it’s not, like, a big deal.’ 14 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 TALK METRO good deed feed huge respect to the driver on huntington road in york who ensured the safe passage of geese and numerous goslings across the road on tuesday at 6.45am. faith in humanity has been restored! Laura, East Yorkshire thank you so much to everyone who helped me when i badly injured my leg at great portland street tube. with special thanks to John, who stayed and protected me, and Jon and andy, who work at the station. Teresa, Essex thank you to shanie of southeastern rail for finding the package i left on the train, tracking me down and returning it to me. faith restored. Eve thank you to whoever handed in my wallet, containing over £120, to haywards heath lost property on march 4. i never expected to see that again. Lou to the kind person who handed in my pink coat to metrolink and the helpful lost-property staff. thank you. Pat, Crumpsall Start your text with the word DEED followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies Please, save us from idiots ■ in the debate about cyclists and pedestrians (metrotalk, thu), surely people are the problem. you can have idiots on bicycles, in cars or on foot. statistically they are only a minority but they’re a significant minority, who do not consider the safety of fellow road and pavement users. Ken, hertfordshire ■ Qm of newcastle says it’s unlikely a cyclist would hit a pedestrian. a colleague was knocked flying by a cyclist and got a broken arm and concussion. the cyclist did not even stop and they shouted at her to get out the way, even though she was on the pavement. please, no excuses. Polly, Glasgow send us your views start a text with views followed by your comment, name and where you live to 65700. standard network charge applies. Or email email@example.com helpline for views, rush-hour crush and good deed feed: 020 3615 0600. full t&cs on metro.co.uk/ terms metro is a member of the independent press standards organisation you are more likely to be published if you provide your name and location with your comment spot on calling out kim for her lollies such plugs by celebs risk causing eating disorders ■ how ignorant kim kardashian (pictured) is for plugging to her 111 million followers on Instagram claimed appetite suppressants shaped like a lollipop (Metro, Thu)! Doesn’t she have three kids of her own? good on British actress Jameela for calling her out on this, saying she is a ‘toxic inﬂuence on young girls’. We need more people stopping celebrities making money oﬀ other people’s issues. raj, Birmingham ■ as the mother of a ten-yearold daughter, eating disorders and unrealistic body images are a big worry. This woman should be ashamed. She should be brought to task about this. It’s sickening. Jo, orpington ■ The promotion of an appetite suppressant is a clearly inappropriate use of Instagram. I thought this was not allowed. Such promotion by a celebrity like kardashian will only fuel further eating disorders. The keeping Up With… star is typical of all that is wrong with how the internet is used. We need to switch it off altogether, plain and simple. louie, london ■ kardashian has every right to plug those worthless lollipops on her Instagram feed. The toxicity about this issue is that so many in our misguided society are inﬂuenced by this celebrity, her family and similar lifestyle stars on social media. Ben kelly, by email ■ Sadly, I’ve just had a quick look at the website that kardashian is plugging, the Flat Tummy company, and these lollipops appear to be very real. It features young women ﬂaunting bare stomachs and eating said lollies. It is a sad indictment on society when celebrities can exploit the body image obsession of teenage girls to make a bit of grubby lucre. pete, hertford ■ ease oﬀ kim! She’s a one-woman headline-grabber and all-round lifestyle celeb. and she ain’t doing it for charity. She’s bound to use her status to make lucre. You don’t have to buy those lollies if you don’t want to. stu, harlow ■ What’s the problem? If she says these lollies are ‘literally unreal’, then they don’t even exist! Colin Jackson, nottingham Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 15 auntie, you’re no longer poptastic @metrouknews @metrofeatures @metrosporthq rush -hour crush Love is all around us, as shown by the messages left by our commuter cupids. are they talking about you? and please tell us if you get together! to the red-haired lady on the 6.25pm train from leeds to huddersfield on sunday who asked me where my language originated from. i said nigeria but was too shy to chat. you got off at halifax. fancy a drink? Tall Black Guy Sitting Opposite, Leeds to the blonde standing at the front of the 7.10am long ashton park and ride on tuesday, our eyes met across the bus. drink? Music Lover, Bristol to the girl in a green dress with long dark hair who got on the district line at hammersmith on tuesday night. i wish i’d spoken to you instead of getting off, as you took my breath away. fancy a chat sometime? Blue Shirt, Leather Jacket, London Ziferblat nQ, gorgeous greying guy with white converse. saw you at 10.30ish on tuesday while you were making a coffee. drink? Blonde Girl, Red Cardigan And Glasses to the blonde bombshell on the no.26 to hollingbury, your jawline caught my eye and i enjoyed seeing you get off at the church. Guy Sitting Next To You, Brighton blonde with nose piercing and white dress in the last carriage of the 5.58pm to windsor from waterloo. we shared a couple of cheeky smiles while i read my book. wished i’d given you my card. Tanned Guy In White Shorts, Ashford beautiful dark-haired lady with injured leg on the metropolitan line, heading south. you got off at preston road. hope you are getting better. Man With A Times And Passing Interest In Cave Paintings, London Text CRUSH followed by your Rush-Hour Crush, name and where you live to 65700. Standard network charge applies and another thing... n to d turner of witham (metrotalk, still listening? the radio 1 breakfast show host faces a lot of competition rex n radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw has lost 600,000 listeners this year (Metro, thu). i hate to break it to the beeb but it hasn’t had a monopoly on listeners since 1964, when radio Caroline burst on to the scene. recently, we’ve had lots of new kids on the block breaking even further auntie’s old monopoly. Cathy Gallagher, London thu), who agreed with donald trump about arming citizens with guns following your article on a woman shooting an armed robber in brazil, i suggest you move to america as you are part of the problem. parents fear for the lives of their children simply attending school because of access to guns. taking a life is not a solution, re-education is. i can’t believe anyone would condone such an act. siobhan n d turner, you seem to have somehow missed the point that she was an off-duty trained police officer! helena, London n with reference to the headline about the comment on childish gambino (metrotalk, thu) using the phrase ‘man up’ is unacceptable. with so many stories in recent news of young men killing themselves, that kind of phrase only exacerbates mental issues. come join us in 2018. Dave, Glasgow n come on, people, don’t block the metro aisles with your luggage. annoyed, tyne and Wear 16 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 the will he/won’t he debate over meghan’s dad has been a roller-coaster... now he’s been claiming he can’t attend because of heart surgery. Before that, when it was still all up in the air, I thought, well, if his little girl is walking down the aisle in front of the world, he should be by her side – and if he isn’t he should be ashamed of himself. It’s a big deal to clamber up those chapel steps with a weighty dress — I’ve walked up them and it’s quite a challenge. So being able to lean on his arm would really help. also, Meghan needs her daddy next to her to say, ‘You look beautiful, darling — I love you.’ he needed to man up. have you picked your ‘wedding’ outﬁt? I’ve chosen an alexander McQueen dress that I haven’t siXty seconds the newscaster, 57, on sky’s royal wedding coverage, suits hotties and inspiring elton (possibly) interview by amanda cable with kay burley worn for ten years. It fitted me when I was 20 pounds heavier so I’ve had it altered. .big day: meghan. .needs her dad. what’s your energy booster for the day? I get by on Diet Coke and a bag of fruit and nuts. I don’t stop for a sandwich as I might spill it down my front minutes before I go live. what will you carry in your handbag on the day? I usually have a wheelie bag but I won’t at this wedding because security will be so tight. For the birth of Prince louis recently I had flat shoes, a big notebook, an iPad, an earpiece and a change of clothes, because often I have no idea what hemisphere I will be in at the end of the day. but you’re scared of ﬂying… Yes, terrified. My friend Jonny knowlson is a pilot and he often walks me on to a plane or reassures me via FaceTime. I have a comfort blanket and I think about fruit from a to Z — anything to distract me. I take two temazepam to calm me down or, if I’m not working, I have a gin and tonic. what caused that fear? Well, the most shocking story I covered was 9/11. I was live on air when the second plane hit the tower, and I was trying to process the enormity of 3,000 people going to work in the sunshine and not coming home. Sometime later, I was on a plane flying back from Teesside and we had to make an emergency landing, with fire engines on either side of us. I’ve had a massive fear of flying since then but I haven’t tried hypnotherapy because I’m a control freak! i worked on the meat counter at asda in wigan and got stuck in a fridge for ages what’s been your favourite royal tv moment? The first royal wedding I covered was Charles and Di. Diana was aged 20, like me, and I was covering the wedding for the local paper in Wigan, watching it on TV. as I saw her walking down the aisle, it was like a fairy tale. at that moment every girl in the world wanted to be Diana. Will Meghan have the same effect tomorrow? I don’t know, I’m more cynical now. you covered the death of diana… eight months pregnant. I was asking him questions and he said, ‘Shake your funky stuff at me’ and I thought, ‘he’s trying to hit on me, live on air!’ We had to take an emergency break — security bundled him out of the studio. what’s been your worst job? I worked on the meat counter at asda in Wigan when studying for a levels. I got stuck in one of the fridges for ages. When I went home and told my dad, he said I didn’t have to go back! I used to slice a lot of Spam and corned beef — I can’t face eating either of them now. I knew Diana a little because we went to the same gym. My boss rang in have you been watching the middle of the night and suits? said: ‘There’s been a crash. I watched Suits before it Diana’s fine, but Dodi’s became trendy and I want dead.’ I drove straight to to be like Donna, the the studio and the tape in stroppy secretary, when my car was playing Candle I grow up. The one I love In The Wind by elton John. is harvey — he’s so hot! I found myself comparing I hope he comes to the Diana and Marilyn Monroe wedding. In fact, he could [who the original song was give Meghan away. everyone .Gym pal:. about]. The news that Diana was would love it! .diana. dead broke hours later and Sky decided to do a montage of pictures set what future royal event are to music. I suggested the song I had you looking forward to? listened to earlier because it seemed so I most look forward to seeing harry fitting. It was really moving, and BBC standing on the steps of the lindo Wing and ITn copied us and used the same holding his first child in his arms with song. I’ll never know if that’s what Meghan beaming beside him. I think we sparked the idea for elton’s tribute. all want that happiness for him. what’s been your trickiest onair moment? The worst was Oliver reed when I was See Sky’s coverage of the royal wedding tomorrow from 9am on Sky News and Sky 1 May 18, 2018 17 18 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 hit-and-run boys’ father dies in corfu hotel room Killer left ‘Batman’ wound on stab victim a barmaid’s ‘wicked’ killer left a mark like a batman logo on her chest after stabbing her to death with a bottle on christmas eve. kasim lewis, 31, yesterday admitted murdering 22-year-old iuliana tudos in finsbury park, north london, before dumping her naked body in a derelict hut there. the victim, of russian and greek parentage, was slashed with the bottle in the neck, abdomen and wrists, the old bailey heard. she was also bound with cable ties. ms tudos was found three days later in a search by friends. a policeman said the incision in her chest looked like either the logo for the character batman or an ‘m’. Jailing lewis for life, with a minimum term of 29 years, Judge richard marks Qc told the killer: ‘she must have ‘time will never heal this’: heartbroken reece platt-may and his wife louise by arun lal a grIeVIng father of two young boys killed by a hit-and-run driver has been found dead in greece. reece Platt-May’s body was discovered in a hotel in Corfu yesterday, less than a month after robert Brown was jailed for ploughing into Corey, six, and Casper, two. Police said the dad’s death ‘is not being treated as suspicious’. Mr Platt-May, 30, had told Warwick crown court ‘time will never heal this’ before Brown, 53, received a nine-year sentence after admitting causing death by dangerous driving. his mum Carolyn Platt, who had branded Brown’s sentence a ‘joke’, paid tribute to her son yesterday, describing him as her ‘rock’. Mr Platt-May’s friend gordon Coyle, added: ‘a great loss of a great man.’ Brown, who was four times the drink-drive limit and had taken cocaine, struck the children at more than 60mph as they crossed a 30mph road in Coventry. Their mother louise, 28, was taking them to the park at the time of the collision on February 22. Corey was holding his mum’s hand and Casper was sitting in a Mini Cooper toy car. Both died from head injuries. Mr Platt-May read out a ‘Much-liked’: ‘Julie’ tudos horror smash: brown’s ford focus statement from his wife in court that said she could never move on as she felt it was ‘wrong to be happy again’. ‘My family is broken, my heart is broken and time will never heal this,’ the statement said. Brown, who had 207 convictions, sped oﬀ after the crash with ﬁanceé gwendoline harrison alongside him in his Ford Focus but it broke down. harrison, 41, got six months for assault after swinging a bag of beer cans at members of the public trying to restrain them. Judge andrew lockhart QC said: ‘The court can only imagine what the mother and father are suﬀering.’ tragic loss: brothers casper (left), two, and corey, six, died of head injuries died a terrible death. what you did to her was wicked beyond belief.’ prosecutor crispin aylett Qc said there was no evidence of sexual assault, but ‘the prosecution allege this was a sexually motivated and sadistic attack’. lewis also made ms tudos tell him her pin number and later withdrew cash. the hearing, attended by members of the victim’s family, heard ms tudos – known as Julie – was born in moldova and was a popular member of staff at the world’s end pub in camden high street. mr aylett said she was a selfless person – ‘wellknown and much liked’. she had finished her shift and had been planning to pick up her things from her nearby home then spend christmas with friends. hiv-positive lewis, who was born on caribbean island montserrat and lived in north london, had been jailed previously for a sex attack. in september 2005, he was handed two years for sexual assault and exposure on a bus and placed on the sex offenders’ register. Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 19 estranged: tini owens left the couple’s home in worcestershire in 2015 but lives in the house next door PiCtUre: swns wife asks judges: let me out of this loveless marriage by brian farmer a WOMan has asked Britain’s top court to free her from a ‘loveless and desperately unhappy’ marriage, in a case that could lead to the grounds required for divorce being relaxed. Tini Owens failed to convince a family court judge that hugh, her husband of 40 years, had behaved unreasonably towards her. But she argues she should only be required to prove that she should not ‘reasonably be expected’ to remain with him. Five Supreme Court justices have begun analysing her case and are expected to make a ruling later this year. retired businessman Mr Owens, 80, does not want to divorce and has denied allegations that his wife, 68, made about his behaviour. he says they still have a ‘few years’ to enjoy together. Mrs Owens’ latest challenge comes after the Court of appeal refused to reverse the family court decision by Judge robin Tolson. Parliament had decreed being in a ‘wretchedly unhappy marriage’ was at odds: hugh owens does not want to give wife tini a divorce pa wire not a ground for divorce, the appeal judges said last year. They said Mrs Owens had failed to show evidence that her marriage had irretrievably broken down. One judge said she had reached her conclusion with ‘no enthusiasm whatsoever’ but it was for MPs to decide if ‘no fault’ divorce on demand should be introduced. Mrs Owens’ barrister Philip Marshall QC has argued only a ‘modest shift’ of focus in interpretation of existing legislation was required in order to allow her to end the marriage. Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1978 and lived together in Broadway, Worcestershire. She petitioned for divorce in 2015 after moving out into the house next door. toff loses border skirmish over split an aristoCrat has lost a battle to have his estranged wife’s maintenance payments decided in scotland, rather than england – where he believes she might get a more generous settlement. Charles villiers, 54, argued ﬁnancial arrangements should be settled by courts north of the border that were handling his divorce from emma (pictured). But his wife – who moved to england after leaving their home near dumbarton in 2012 – disagreed. she yesterday won backing from the Court of appeal, which ruled divorce proceedings in scotland and a money ﬁght in england were not ‘related actions’. after quitting seven-bedroom manor Milton house, Mrs villiers, 58, lived ﬁrst near oxford and then in london. she made a claim against her husband at the high Court, which ordered him to pay her £2,500 a month until the row over where the case should be heard was settled. Yesterday’s ruling came after Mr villiers put questions to the appeal court at a March hearing. they included: ‘Why should a spouse who moved south get better alimony payments than one who stayed in scotland and asked a judge in scotland to make decisions?’ the publisher, grandson of a viscount and a distant relation of the duchess of Cornwall, told the court he had suﬀered ﬁnancial problems since the break-up. he was declared bankrupt in 2013 before being discharged a year later, and Milton house was repossessed by Barclays in 2015, he said. But Mrs villiers says he has a share in a £3.5million trust fund. 20 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 in brief brits sign deal to produce iran oil iran has signed an agreement with londonbased consortium pergas to develop an oil field in the country’s south. the deal is the first between iran and a key us ally since washington pulled out of the 2015 nuclear deal between tehran and the west. the agreement, made with national iranian south oil, relates to the karanj oil field and aims to produce 200,000 barrels of crude oil a day. What Bollywood dummies! this bollywood film crew sparked an air and sea rescue by throwing a mannequin off beachy head. a helicopter responded to calls of a body falling over the cliffs, near eastbourne. a lifeboat recovered the dummy. swns the town with techs appeal the home of mobile phone giant Vodafone – Newbury in berkshire – is the town with the highest ‘digital density’. it beat reading, basingstoke and burnley, said government start-up supporter tech Nation, adding that the ‘productivity power path’ was spreading from the M4 out to southampton and Portsmouth. killed by an exploding e-cigarette an exploding e-cigarette killed tallmadge d’elia (pictured) when two shards were embedded in his head. the 38-year-old also had 80 per cent burns as the device started a fire at his home in st petersburg, florida. his death has been ruled an accident. take salmon to your heart eatiNG oily fish such as salmon, sardines or mackerel twice a week can keep your heart healthy, Us experts have advised. the benefits of the omega-3 fatty acids they contain outweigh mercury contamination risks, the american heart association said. memorial ‘deters’ rough sleepers town hall bosses have been accused of using a memorial planter (pictured) at a vacant shop where a homeless man died to deter other rough sleepers. newquay council, cornwall said the planter plan was in place before phil hancock died last month. tortoise is hurled from car the rsPCa is hunting a driver who threw a horsfield tortoise out of a car window. a delivery driver saw the animal being hurled on to the roadside in stoke and took it to a vet. it is being cared for by the animal charity. Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 21 by Johanna carr a WOMan has been convicted of throwing acid over her ex-lover – an attack which led him to end his life – but was acquitted of his murder. Berlinah Wallace tipped the acid over Mark van Dongen when she found out he was dating another woman, saying: ‘If I can’t have you, no one can,’ a court heard. her attack left the 29-year-old so badly injured he chose to die at a euthanasia clinic more than a year after the attack. a jury cleared Wallace, 48, of Mr van Dongen’s murder or manslaughter but found her guilty of throwing a corrosive substance with intent. her conviction came after Dutchborn Mr van Dongen (pictured) gave evidence from beyond the grave. he was left paralysed from the neck down, had to have his left leg amputated and lost the sight in one eye as a result of the September 2015 attack, Bristol crown court heard. he was in a coma for months and died in January last year when doctors in Belgium approved his decision to end his life. The couple, who met on a dating website for people with hIV, were together for ﬁve years but split a month before the attack. In a video showing Mr van Dongen speaking from a hospital bed nearly a year later, he told police he had started to see another woman but went to Wallace’s ﬂat that night because he felt sorry for her and because she had his passport. at around 3am, he ex guilty y of acid atta ack but clearred of murde er Convicted: a jury found berlinah wallace (right) guilty of tipping acid on her ex-lover. left, scorch marks left on bed by the corrosive fluid pa/swns said he woke to ﬁnd her in the room. ‘She laughed and just threw the acid. It was a square box with about an inch of acid in it,’ he said. The engineer, who was dressed in just his underwear, said: ‘I was running in the street in my boxer shorts. They fell apart because the acid had eaten them away.’ arriving at hospital, Mr van Dongen’s injuries were so severe he was initially only able to communicate by sticking his tongue out. When his father, Cornelius, went through the alphabet his son spelt out the name ‘Berlinah’ when asked who caused his injuries. South african-born Wallace will be sentenced next week. Speaking outside court, Mr van Dongen’s father said: ‘Mark was so brave when confronted with the hellish pain and disabilities inﬂicted upon him but eventually it became too much for him to bear.’ he said he was ‘very disap- pointed’ with the verdict, adding: ‘There are only losers in this case. I hope that Mark can now rest in peace.’ Det Insp Paul Catton of avon and Somerset Police said: ‘While the jury has concluded Wallace’s actions did not amount to murder, we felt it was the right thing to do to ask them to consider the charge.’ 22 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 here comes the groom: tom bunn reaches up for a helping hand from elaine cornwall wedding photographers/swns high do! climbing-mad bride and groom scale 5oft rock in full wedding outfits CLiMbiNG fans tom and elaine bunn had the ultimate up-scale wedding – shinning up a 50ft landmark to celebrate tying the knot. the couple, who met eight years ago at a climbing wall, slipped away from their reception to tackle haytor, on Dartmoor, Devon. tom, 26, took on the steepest section without ropes in his suit, while elaine, 24, took a slightly easier route in her white dress and heels. the couple from exeter said their reward was a top scene for photos. Mr bunn said: ‘We wanted a cake that was half traditional and half rock-faced with elaine and me climbing, and it turned into a figurine of me climbing up to her. as the wedding venue was only ten minutes from haytor we decided to recreate the cake scene for real.’ Lovers’’ rockk: tom cllimb bs up to briide Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 23 hockney record is shattered twice as works fetch £30m by ryan wilkinson TWO David hockney paintings sold for a total of almost £30million – breaking the record auction price paid for his work twice in one night. a 1978 piece, Piscine de Medianoche (Paper Pool 30), went for £8.6million – £22,000 more than the record set by his Yorkshire landscape, Woldgate Woods, in 2016. But that new record was quickly shattered when the British artist’s 1990 masterpiece Paciﬁc Coast highway and Santa Monica sold for £21million at Sotheby’s new York. The Paciﬁc Coast painting captures the view from hockney’s home in the hollywood hills. It was described as a ‘true triumph of his singular vision’ by David galperin, head of Wednesday’s contemporary art evening auction. hockney (pictured) has said the view would be immediately recognisable to anyone who had been on his driveway. Sotheby’s described Masterpiece: pacific coast highway and santa monica sotheby’s/pa wire Piscine de Medianoche as a ‘superb and particularly dramatic example’ of the artist’s Paper Pools series. Created over a sixweek period, the series depicts the eﬀects of sunlight on a swimming pool at diﬀerent times of day. The auction house said demand for paintings by Bradford-born hockney, 80, was at an all-time high. Four of the ﬁve biggest auction bids for his work have been made in the past 18 months. 24 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 ‘best preserved’: the Queen bess in scunthorpe pictures: historic england/pa Cheers! Listed status for pubs built after war Five pubs are among the ﬁrst built after World War ii to be listed. the ‘fascinating’ watering holes are some of the best surviving examples and now have grade ii status, said historic england. among them is the glass-fronted 1965 Centurion in Bath which has a bronze sculpture of a roman soldier outside and inside a Julius Caesar statue and roman mosaic on the wall. the 1957 never turn Back in Caisteron-sea, norfolk, looks like a ship’s wheelhouse and tower, and recalls the Caister disaster of 1901 where nine lifeboatmen died. the 1959 Queen Bess in scunthorpe was listed as one of the ‘best-preserved’ post-war pubs. Protected: the centurion in bath (above) and the never turn back, in caister-on-sea mothercare axes stores and rehires sacked boss MOTherCare is to close 50 stores and rehire the boss it sacked just weeks ago as part of a wide-ranging shake-up. hundreds of jobs will be lost as the under-performing shops are shut under a company voluntary arrangement (CVa) – a move that lets businesses close loss-making stores and secure rental discounts. The retail chain, which caters for expectant mothers and children under six, employs 3,000 people across 137 stores. In an unusual U-turn, Mark newton Jones (pictured) will return as chief executive – the post he was sacked from last month. his replacement, David Wood, will now become managing director. as part of the shake-up, Mothercare announced a £113.5million reﬁnancing package, including £28mil- BUSINESS bites n asda’s sales rose 3.4 per cent in the first quarter of the year. this was thanks largely to the early easter falling within the first three months. it was the fourth quarterly increase in a row but gross profits fell as a result of the walmart-owned chain – preparing for a £12billion megamerger with sainsbury’s – cutting prices to challenge its rivals. n FOXtONs saw earnings sink amid a ‘very challenging’ London property market. total revenues dipped 15 per cent to £24.5million in the first 12 weeks of 2018. after revealing in February that sales in the capital had fallen to ‘near historic lows’, the estate agent’s revenues dropped from £11.1million to £8.2million. by ravender sembhy lion new equity capital. Chairman Clive Whiley said: ‘The recent ﬁnancial performance of the business, impacted in particular by a large number of legacy loss-making stores within the Uk estate, has resulted in an unsustainable situation for the Mothercare brand, meaning the group was in clear need of an appropriate resolution. ‘These measures provide a solid platform from which to reposition the group and begin to focus on growth, in the Uk and internationally.’ retailers across the board are struggling to cope with a fall in consumer spending and a rise in business rates. Since January, Toys r Us and Maplin have ﬁled for administration, while fashion retailers new look and Select have announced store closures. n the proportion of employees working from home stayed flat last year at 1.6million – about six per cent. about 4million would like to work remotely for part of the week but bosses won’t allow it, the tUC found. n workers at tgi fridays go on strike today in a row over pay and tips. staff in london’s covent garden and milton keynes say the chain’s insistence they must share tips with kitchen workers will cost them up to £250-a-month. tourist rates australia (a$)........................................................................1.70 canada (c$) ..........................................................................1.65 euro (€)................................................................................. 1.09 new Zealand (n$) ............................................................... 1.83 poland (zloty)....................................................................... 4.31 singapore ($) ....................................................................... 1.69 south africa (rand) ........................................................... 15.85 us ($)......................................................................................1.29 Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 25 sponsored by 7» Pages 26-2 + fa cup final preview + celestine babayaro + marc mcnulty 26 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 the cover story by gavin brown Flashback to 2007 Jose thwarts Fergie’s hopes of the Double Jose MoUrinho was the man stopping Manchester United’s dominance of english football, rather than the man trying to restore them to former glories, the last time they faced Chelsea in the Fa Cup ﬁnal. United manager sir alex Ferguson may have recaptured the premier league in 2006/07 after the previous two titles had gone to stamford Bridge. But Mourinho’s third season in charge of the Blues could still be hailed a success, even if the ﬁrst Fa Cup ﬁnal at the newly rebuilt Wembley, between the two best sides in the country, turned into something of a damp squib. Just ten days earlier the two clubs had fought out a 0-0 league draw in west london, a low-key stalemate with United having already been crowned champions. and during a further 116 turgid minutes at Wembley it looked as though a third consecutive Fa Cup ﬁnal would have to be decided by a penalty shoot-out. this was so dull even Cristiano ronaldo cut a peripheral ﬁgure for United. however, the goal that saw Mourinho complete a domestic cup double, having already won the league Cup, was worthy of a showpiece occasion. didier drogba played a one-two with Frank lampard before smartly turning the ball past onrushing United goalkeeper edwin van der sar. But while Chelsea were winning trophies, they were not doing it with the swagger which owner roman abramovich demanded and, just four months after his ﬁrst – and, to date, only – Fa Cup triumph, a sluggish start to the following season and a fallingout with the russian meant Mourinho was shown the door. top tv games toDaY NOtts COUNtY v COVeNtrY 7.45pm, Sky Sports Football/Main Event satURDaY sCOttish CUP FiNaL: CeLtiC v MOtherWeLL 3pm, Sky Sports Football/BBC One Scotland Fa CUP FiNaL: MaN UNiteD v CheLsea 5.15pm, BBC One/BT Sport 2 sUNDaY Fa Vase FiNaL: stOCKtON v thatChaM 12.15pm, BT Sport 1 Fa trOPhY FiNaL: braCKLeY v brOMLeY 4.15pm, BT Sport 1 h OUrS after the confetti settles at tomorrow’s royal Wedding in Windsor, the Fa Cup final will be contested by two clubs managed by men who often wear the punished demeanour of grooms jilted at the altar. On one side of Wembley we have antonio Conte, a man whose passionate love affair with Chelsea lasted a year then fizzled out as quickly as it ignited, the two parties still together but seemingly living separate lives. Such is Conte’s apparent misery it is tempting to wonder if he would have forsaken the chance to lead his team out tomorrow if it meant he did not have to spend another week chained to his £9million-ayear post at Stamford Bridge. across the aisle will sit Jose Mourinho, moodily telling everyone how things are progressing nicely at Manchester United and that, despite the wealth and prestige at his disposal, he really can’t be expected to do any more than be the bridesmaid to Manchester City. For both men, the Fa Cup represents a chance to finish the season with some silverware – for Conte, presumably a last triumph in england before he leaves Chelsea this summer. For Mourinho, a third major trophy in two years at Manchester United. Silverware, glory and a winning end to the season. But will it lift the air of misery surrounding either boss? Mourinho has insisted City’s consistent excellence this season made it ‘impossible’ for United to compete. ‘We had periods of winning matches and waiting for them to lose a couple of points. They never did,’ he said last month. and the Portuguese warned United’s chances of winning the title next season depend on City coming back to the pack, rather than any huge advances that might be made at Old Trafford. ‘If they do the same number of points [again next year] it will be almost impossible,’ he said. ‘If they get into the 90-something points, it is almost impossible.’ But for many United fans, a lack of consistency is not Mourinho’s major issue. Yes, they lost seven games in the Premier league this term but United finished with 81 points – a tally which was enough for leicester to win the title by ten points just two years ago. United’s results have not been the problem. It is the way they have earned them. Their total of 68 goals was not just (badly) inferior to City, it was less than liverpool, Tottenham and arsenal managed too. Despite a wealth of creative and attacking talent at his disposal, Mourinho has failed to produce a team as attractive to watch as those put out by guardiola, Jurgen klopp or arguably Mauricio Pochettino. The safety first approach reached a nadir in March when United lost a winnable Champions league last-16 tie to two men who Antonio and Jose have not always seen eye-to-eye. Here’s some of their more fiery exchanges Mourinho on Conte ‘You don’t celebrate like that at 4-0, you can do it at 1-0, otherwise it’s humiliating for us.’ ‘I never speak about Sevilla, seeing danger where none existed, ceding the initiative and crashing to a woeful 2-1 defeat in the second leg at Old Trafford. Mourinho’s teams always have placed pragmatism ahead of Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 27 sponsored by pictures: apf/getty this week’s gabriel Jesus the rest of the game may have been forgettable but Jesus had his own aguero moment to clinch 100 points for Manchester City at southampton. having battled back from a horrible knee-ligament injury, who could begrudge him his joyous, shirtless celebration? Joe hart iF the 31-year-old, a veteran of 75 internationals, is not good enough for West ham, it is hardly a shock he is not going to the World Cup. Yet boss Gareth southgate is taking three goalkeepers with a combined nine caps ahead of a man who played in nine of their ten qualifiers. ryan sessegnon skipped the honeymoon period injuries. Other managers, they cry, they cry, they cry when a player is injured.’ (After Conte talked injuries in October) I think, a lot of times, Mourinho [still likes to concentrate on] what is happening at Chelsea.’ ‘Because I don’t behave as a clown on the touchline, it means that I lost my passion. I prefer to behave the way I am doing it, much more mature.’ ‘He’s a little man in the present and for sure he will be a little man in the future. I consider him a little man.’ Conte on Mourinho ‘Two years ago Chelsea finished tenth. That cannot happen again. We know the difficulty and for sure we want to avoid the Mourinho season. entertainment and the formula has brought much success. But United’s camp has not been a happy one either with their season punctuated by the manager’s criticism of his own players. luke ‘I am starting to be a bit annoyed. If you want to go to fight with me I am ready. I’m improving a bit my English – because this is the real problem for me – otherwise we can go, we can go to fight.’ Shaw, anthony Martial, even Paul Pogba and Marcus rashford, have all had their form questioned in public, or been rumoured to have fallen into Jose’s bad books. If an air of dissatisfaction has permeated Old Trafford, then at Stamford Bridge the word is disconnect. With Conte’s imminent exit an open secret, and the Italian’s growing frustration expressed every bit as clearly as the joy he used to be overcome with, the Blues’ season has been allowed to drift. Club captain gary Cahill claimed this week they had been in ‘great form’ before ending the season with a 1-1 home draw with huddersfield and a 3-0 defeat at newcastle. he was surely recalling the five straight victories that preceded the final week of the season – including the Fa Cup semi-final win over Southampton. Weeks earlier, Cahill had claimed a top-four finish was ‘not going to happen’ as a post-Christmas collapse which included a Champions league exit to Barcelona, crippled Chelsea’s campaign. The late-season flourish simply papered over the cracks. With Conte seemingly zoned out, the old hands in Chelsea’s squad recognised a familiar pattern of second-season syndrome from a superstar manager and their results suffered accordingly. The newer members of Conte’s squad had their own issues, with summer-signings alvaro Morata and Tiemoue Bakayoko among those struggling to justify their bigmoney price tags. But it can, of course, all end on a high for either club at Wembley Stadium tomorrow. The Fa Cup has become the ultimate consolation prize, though, a memorable final fling, but unlikely to save a marriage. louis van gaal split with United minutes after lifting the cup in 2016, while arsene Wenger was given little choice but to leave arsenal this summer despite winning the other three of the last four finals. Win or lose, just one of tomorrow’s protagonists is likely to be single next week, but long-term happiness may well prove elusive for both. it’s a happy 18th birthday to the Fulham wunderkind as he comes of age today. his 16th goal of the season, in the Cottagers’ play-off semi-final win over Derby, was his most important so far, and you can’t imagine he will be fazed by playing at Wembley next saturday. gavin ward iF Notts County do not make it to Wembley the focus will be on the referee’s decision to give Coventry an equalising play-off semi-final penalty after Matt tootle whipped the ball off tom bayliss’ toe. Where was Var when we needed it? 28 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 the fa cup final chelsea third round, january 6 norwich 0 chelsea 0 third-round replay, january 17 chelsea 1 norwich 1 (aet) chelsea win 5-3 on pens Chelsea ended up with nine men after Pedro and alvaro Morata received two bookings each and needed a penalty shoot-out to see off the Championship side. fourth round, january 28 chelsea 3 newcastle 0 Far more comfortable, with two goals from Michy batshuayi and Marcos alonso’s fine free-kick. fifth round, february 16 chelsea 4 hull 0 this was all over by half-time thanks to goals from Willian (two), Olivier Giroud and Pedro. wembley, saturday, 5.15pm, live these two teams have taken plenty of criticism over the course of the season but, unlike arsenal or tottenham for example, they do have the chance to finish their campaign with a pot. so, not all bad then, even if it’s hardly been plain sailing for antonio Conte or Jose Mourinho this term. Conte has been plagued by problems since ditching star striker Diego Costa last summer, while Mourinho’s issues revolve more around United being rather hard to watch. he does, though, have serial Wembley goalscorer alexis sanchez, which is a positive for the Premier League runners-up with romelu Lukaku battling injury. the blues, meanwhile, appear to be preparing for Conte’s swansong. having ended up fifth in the table, the Fa Cup final can at least send the italian off into the sunset with a trophy under his arm, even if it will not distract from what has been a miserable league campaign, which ended with a 3-0 defeat at Newcastle. eden hazard is key to victory but the belgian’s supporting cast – most likely Olivier Giroud and Willian – must share the load at Wembley. Quarter-final, march 18 leicester 1 chelsea 2 (aet) Pedro’s extra-time header sent Chelsea into the last four. Morata had given Chelsea a half-time lead but Jamie Vardy equalised in the 75th minute. semi-final, april 22 (wembley) chelsea 2 southampton 0 Giroud proved the scourge of southampton again, showing impressive composure to put Chelsea in front, a week after coming off the bench to score twice in a comeback win over saints in the league. substitute Morata wrapped things up. 7 Of the 11 finals since the showpiece returned to Wembley have been won by either Chelsea (four), arsenal (three), United or Manchester City METRO 9 |I N Fa Cup wins for Chelsea, who share fourth place in the list with Liverpool and aston Villa. an eighth win would take them joint third with tottenham t AD aN st Chelsea to lift the fA Cup 19/20 Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 29 sponsored by main pictures: afp/getty man united on bbc one and bt sport 2 key battle n’golo kante v paul pogba the France team-mates, who are sure to line up together in Les bleus’ midfield at the World Cup in a few weeks, go head-to-head in a tussle of little and large. Kante (left), Chelsea’s diminutive ballwinner, will look to upstage the bigger, but not necessarily better, Pogba. the £89million man (right) has largely been a disappointment since his return from Juventus two summers ago but will look to add a first Fa Cup to the europa League and eFL Cup he won in his first year under Jose Mourinho. Kante will be keen to make it three years in a row he has finished with a major trophy despite a quieter, if still effective, season. Pogba must influence his team from the start and not allow Kante to break up play as he does so well. but far too often Pogba is a peripheral figure struggling to get the ball from defence to attack. rumours circulate he will leave United this summer – get ready to believe it if he lets Jose down here. expect the doughty Kante to emerge from the game with more credit. third round, january 5 man united 2 derby 0 the first Fa Cup tie involving United in 13 years not to be televised live. they finally broke the rams’ resistance with Jesse Lingard and romelu Lukaku netting in the last six minutes. fourth round, january 26 yeovil 0 man united 4 huish Park was the setting for alexis sanchez’s United debut and the Chilean set up goals for Marcus rashford and ander herrera, with Lingard and Lukaku also scoring late on. fifth round, february 17 huddersfield 0 man united 2 a controversial Video assistant referee intervention saw Juan Mata’s effort cancelled out for the narrowest of offsides but Lukaku netted early in each half to ensure United’s progress. Quarter-final, march 17 man united 2 brighton 0 headers from Lukaku and Nemanja Matic took United through but the scoreline seriously flattered lacklustre them, who left sanchez and Pogba on the bench. semi-final, april 21 (wembley) man united 2 tottenham 1 METRO |I N Mourinho’s side came from behind, with sanchez cancelling out Dele alli’s opener before herrera netted the winner. t AD aN st Alexis Sanchez to score first 13/2 12 Fa Cup wins for United. tomorrow they have the chance to draw level again with arsenal’s record tally, just a year after the Gunners edged ahead on 13. 7 Wigan’s Will Grigg is the leading scorer in this season’s competition. United striker Lukaku lies two behind but is an injury doubt for the final 30 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 sponsored by fixtures round-up (7.45pm) tODaY sky bet League two Play-Off semi-Final second Leg notts county (1) v coventry (1) ................. ladbrokes tip: notts county and coventry to score 4/5 Celestine Babayaro fixtures round-up (3pm unless stated) satUrDaY emirates Fa Cup final chelsea v man utd ...................... (5.15pm) William hill scottish Cup final celtic v motherwell .................................... chelsea to win from behind 16/1 ladbrokes tip: under 2.5 goals in the fa cup final 4/7 ladbrokes tip: celtic to win against motherwell and both teams to score 19/10 fixtures round-up sUNDaY Ladbrokes scottish Premiership Play-off final, second leg partick thistle v livingston ............. (3.30pm) Fa trophy final brackley v bromley .....................(4.15pm) Fa Vase final stockton v thatcham ................(12.15pm) Welsh Premier League play-off final Cefn Druids v Cardiff Met U .. (12.25pm) ladbrokes tip: bromley to beat brackley 5/4 fixtures (12.30pm) sUNDaY Women’s super League 1 birmingham v reading ............................. bristol city v arsenal ................................. liverpool v chelsea ................................... man city v everton ..................................... sunderland v yeovil ................................... women’s super league W 12 11 10 9 9 9 5 4 4 0 D 5 2 4 4 2 1 1 2 1 2 L 0 4 3 4 6 7 11 11 12 15 F 41 44 32 39 29 28 12 19 13 1 The former Chelsea leftback on the FA Cup final and next month’s England v Nigeria friendly interview by matthew nash ladbrokes tip: P 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 17 picture: empics q&a ladbrokes tip: notts co to win 7/4 chelsea man city arsenal reading birmingham liverpool bristol city everton sunderland yeovil ‘It’s like a tradition at Chelsea to win the title and struggle the next season’ a 11 17 17 17 17 24 41 27 39 48 Pts 41 35 34 31 29 28 16 14 13 2 what are your memories of winning the fa cup with chelsea against aston villa in 2000 under gianluca vialli? I watched the Fa Cup final on TV during my time with anderlecht in Belgium but I had no idea about what to expect until I played in the final itself. The whole day is just amazing. I still get along with most of that Chelsea team and we keep in touch. We couldn’t win the Premier league but we were a good cup team. you had a great side back then, with the likes of blues legend gianfranco Zola. Franco was the best player I ever played with. We had an amazing team – the likes of george Weah, Marcel Desailly, roberto di Matteo and our captain, Dennis Wise. true blue: babayaro (second right) and his chelsea team-mates celebrate their fa cup final victory at wembley in 2000 what do you think of the current chelsea team? I love to watch eden hazard – Chelsea don’t tick without him, he’s their Zola. I think it’ll be a good final, although Manchester United are sure to be cagey at first. It’s Jose Mourinho’s way. you played under mourinho at chelsea. how will he and manchester united approach the final? he won’t mind Chelsea having the ball and will try to eliminate their best players, maybe putting ander herrera on hazard. antonio Conte will be keen to salvage something from the season. why did chelsea fail so badly in the defence of their premier league title? It’s like a tradition at Chelsea to win the title and struggle the next season. Jose won the league and got sacked the next year, and now it looks like antonio Conte will leave. why has conte been a shadow of his old self? he sent a text to their best striker Diego Costa [telling him he could leave] and I just think you can’t get rid of him and your best midfielder, nemanja Matic [who joined United]. I can’t understand that. Do you still think you’ll win the league again after doing that? has their recruitment policy been awry this season? With respect to ross Barkley and Tiemoue Bakayoko, you should be buying the top players. When they’re being linked with Peter Crouch, you have to ask yourself some questions. do you think conte’s definitely off this summer? For a team like Chelsea, who have also spent lots of money on players like Bakayoko and alvaro Morata, not to qualify for the Champions league, what do the hierarchy think of that? I can’t see Conte in charge next season. you were an olympic gold medallist with nigeria, are you expecting a carnival atmosphere when the super eagles play england at wembley next month? nigeria have already sold 6,000 tickets and nigerian fans are really excited by europe 11 Of the 17 major european finals this decade have been won by spanish sides after atletico Madrid lifted their third europa League, antoine Griezmann (two) and Gabi on target in a 3-0 win over Marseille in Lyon real madrid win at villarreal 13/10 napoli to beat crotone 4/9 lyon to beat nice 1/2 spain la liga italy serie a P W D L F a Pts barcelona 37 27 9 1 98 29 90 atletico madrid 37 23 9 5 56 20 78 real madrid 37 22 9 6 92 42 75 valencia 37 21 7 9 63 37 70 villarreal 37 18 6 13 55 48 60 real betis 37 18 6 13 58 58 60 sevilla 37 16 7 14 48 58 55 getafe 37 14 10 13 41 33 52 eibar 37 14 8 15 42 48 50 real sociedad 37 14 7 16 66 58 49 girona 37 13 9 15 48 58 48 alaves 37 15 2 20 40 49 47 celta vigo 37 12 10 15 55 58 46 espanyol 37 11 13 13 35 42 46 levante 37 11 13 13 42 54 46 athletic bilbao 37 10 13 14 41 48 43 leganes 37 11 7 19 31 49 40 deportivo 37 6 11 20 37 74 29 las palmas 37 5 7 25 23 72 22 malaga 37 5 5 27 24 60 11 fixtures saturday celta vigo v levante .....................(12noon) las palmas v girona ....................(5.30pm) leganes v real betis .................... (3.15pm) malaga v getafe ............................(5.30pm) sevilla v alaves .............................(5.30pm) villareal v real madrid .................(7.45pm) sunday athletic bilbao v espanyol ........... (3.15pm) atletico madrid v eibar ................(5.30pm) barcelona v real sociedad ..........(7.45pm) valencia v deportivo ....................... (11am) P W D L F a Pts Juventus 37 29 5 3 84 23 92 napoli 37 27 7 3 75 28 88 roma 37 22 8 7 60 28 74 lazio 37 21 9 7 87 46 72 inter milan 37 19 12 6 63 28 69 ac milan 37 17 10 10 51 41 61 atalanta 37 16 12 9 57 38 60 fiorentina 37 16 9 12 53 41 57 sampdoria 37 16 6 15 55 57 54 torino 37 12 15 10 52 45 51 sassuolo 37 11 10 16 29 58 43 genoa 37 11 8 18 32 41 41 bologna 37 11 6 20 40 51 39 chievo 37 9 10 18 35 59 37 udinese 37 11 4 22 47 63 37 cagliari 37 10 6 21 32 61 36 spal 37 7 14 16 36 58 35 crotone 37 9 8 20 39 64 35 verona 37 7 4 26 29 76 25 benevento 37 6 3 28 33 83 21 fixtures (5pm unless stated) saturday Juventus v verona ..............................(2pm) sunday ac milan v fiorentina ................................... cagliari v atalanta ......................................... chievo v benevento ...................................... genoa v torino ....................................(2pm) lazio v inter milan .........................(7.45pm) napoli v crotone ............................................ sassuolo v roma ...........................(7.45pm) spal v sampdoria .......................................... udinese v bologna ........................................ leganes to win at home to real betis 17/10 ac milan to win at home to fiorentina 4/5 this match. The teams have only met twice and nigeria are yet to win. how do you see the teams faring at the world cup? For england, this will be their last game at Wembley and gareth Southgate will want a good result. I’m tipping them to do well in russia. as for nigeria, they’re in a group with argentina, Croatia and Iceland, but I hope they can get out of it. n england face nigeria on saturday, June 2 (5.15pm) in their final wembley fixture before russia 2018. tickets are still available at thefa.com/tickets 3 Teams, Monaco, Lyon and Marseille, fighting for one Champions League spot tomorrow 66 Age of Claudio Ranieri who is to leave Nantes after one season in charge france ligue 1 P W D L F a Pts psg 37 29 5 3 108 29 92 monaco 37 23 8 6 82 45 77 lyon 37 22 9 6 84 41 75 marseille 37 21 11 5 78 46 74 rennes 37 16 9 12 49 43 57 nice 37 15 9 13 51 49 54 bordeaux 37 15 7 15 49 48 52 st etienne 37 14 10 13 42 50 52 montpellier 37 11 17 9 35 32 50 nantes 37 13 10 14 35 41 49 guingamp 37 12 11 14 47 57 47 amiens 37 12 9 16 36 40 45 dijon 37 12 9 16 53 72 45 angers 37 9 14 14 41 50 41 lille 37 10 8 19 41 62 38 strasbourg 37 9 11 17 44 66 38 caen 37 10 7 20 27 52 37 toulouse 37 8 10 19 36 53 34 troyes 37 9 6 22 32 56 33 metz 37 6 8 23 34 72 26 fixtures (8pm) saturday caen v psg ..................................................... dijon v angers ................................................ lyon v nice ...................................................... marseille v amiens ........................................ metz v bordeaux ........................................... nantes v strasbourg ..................................... rennes v montpellier .................................... st etienne v lille ............................................ toulouse v guingamp ................................... troyes v monaco ............................................ paris saint-germain to win at caen 8/11 Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 31 sponsored by play-offs/la liga picture: rex interview by matt taylor A FTer twice suﬀering play-oﬀ semi-ﬁnal heartbreak, Marc Mcnulty will be busting a gut tonight to avoid a similar fate. The Coventry striker lost out with Sheﬃeld United in 2015 and while on loan at Portsmouth a year later. The Sky Blues’ league Two clash with notts County is evenly poised after the 25-year-old tucked away a hotly disputed late penalty to rescue a 1-1 draw at a sodden ricoh arena. and the former Celtic trainee, who also hit the post early in the ﬁrst leg, is desperate to avoid that sickening feeling of falling at the semi-ﬁnal hurdle for a third time. ‘It is absolutely gutting. You don’t want to speak to anybody for a couple of days after,’ Mcnulty tells Metro. ‘You overthink the whole season, you can’t describe how horrible it is. ‘It is built up to be this one big thing, then suddenly it is out of your hands. ‘It is spurring me on this year to make sure we do it.’ a Wembley spot would cap a rollercoaster season for Mcnulty, who was targeted by impatient Coventry fans after netting just two league goals up to late november. In a remarkable transformation he now has 27 in all competitions and picked up ﬁve of the Sky Blues’ end-ofseason awards, including the supporters’ gong. Mcnulty credits his manager Mark robins, the former Manchester United hitman, for holding his nerve. ‘It is not nice when you have all these fans shouting abuse but as a football player you sort of get used to it,’ says the edinburgh-born striker. ‘I was always conﬁdent the goals were going to come. The manager has been great and kept my conﬁdence up. When you score a goal or two you start thinking less and take fewer touches.’ It helps that Mcnulty is used to battling back from adversity in a stopstart career which has only begun to ﬁnally ﬂourish in the Midlands. after a spell at Celtic he was released by hibernian as a teenager. ‘I left school and started ﬁnishing LeagUe tWo pLaY-oFF semI-FINaL, seCoND Leg Notts CoUNtY (1) v CoveNtRY (1) today, 7.45pm, sky sports Football/main event 6th Place finish for Coventry in League Two, one place and two points behind play-off opponents Notts County 51 Years since Coventry were promoted. They were in the top flight from 1967 to 2001, spent 11 years in the Championship and were relegated to League Two in 2017 Third time lucky? McNulty desperate to put play-off heartache behind him sky’s the limit: mcnulty is hoping to finally reach wembley kitchens and bathrooms,’ he recalls. ‘I got chucked a lifeline by livingston but, straight after joining, the club was demoted to the bottom league after having money diﬃculties. ‘It was probably a blessing in disguise because boys my age were getting chances to play in the ﬁrst team at such a young age. It worked out well for me as I got more appearances and have never looked back.’ nigel Clough nearly signed him when he was Derby manager but the clubs could not agree a fee. Mcnulty says: ‘It was frustrating but when nigel went to Sheﬃeld United he came for me again. I was hardly starting any games, I was sub but I ended up ﬁnishing joint-top scorer. ‘I thought the second year was my time but nigel got sacked and the new manager nigel adkins got in two strikers and told me I wouldn’t play much. ‘I went on loan to Portsmouth in november or December and it was great. I ﬁnished top goalscorer. ‘When I came back I thought had done well and the manager would give me a shot but they changed the boss again and Chris Wilder came in. he was great but he only played one up front – Billy Sharp, who was the captain.’ now Mcnulty is hoping Coventry can break his play-oﬀ hoodoo at Meadow lane and get through to the ﬁnal. ‘I am hoping this year to ﬁnally get a trip to Wembley but form goes out the window in the play oﬀs,’ he admits. ‘It will be tense. Usually in the ﬁrst 20 minutes there is not much quality in the game at all. ‘You get sucked in by the atmosphere. everything is a hundred miles an hour. It is probably just a case of who wants it more on the night.’ All that’s left is Iniesta’s fitting farewell La Liga with Terry Gibson The Sky Sports expert reflects on a one-horse race for the Spanish title I t is disappointing and unusual this weekend’s ﬁnal round of la liga ﬁxtures have nothing riding on them whatsoever. the only interest is in who ﬁnishes ﬁfth and sixth, and who ﬁnishes bottom! it’s been that kind of season, thanks in the main to Barcelona who went top in week one and have stayed there ever since. nobody has ever got near enough to make it a genuine title race. valencia were the early challengers, starting the season with 13 games undefeated, but they were never likely to last the pace. Barcelona’s 3-0 win in the ﬁrst Clasico at the Bernabeu in december ended any chance of real Madrid closing the gap on their big rivals. at the halfway stage everybody knew the title was theirs. Madrid could then concentrate on trying to win the Champions league again – an attempt which isn’t going too badly at all. atletico ticked away with their unique style to be deserved runnersup but look likely to ﬁnish 12 points adrift of the champions. however, for atletico to ﬁnish above real in the league and have won the europa league ﬁnal this week makes it an outstanding season for them. valencia and real Betis have been the pleasant surprises. Both ﬁnished just above the drop zone last term but made the right choices when appointing new managers. they have certainly both been through a few over the last few seasons! valencia will ﬁnish fourth and are back into the Champions league, Betis have clinched a europa league berth and are hoping to ﬁnish ﬁfth going into the last game. villarreal and sevilla will also represent la liga in the europa league. like at the top, the bottom three have been known for quite a while and we didn’t really have a relegation battle due to the hapless form of all three teams. Malaga are currently bottom with 20 points, two adrift of las palmas. deportivo la Coruna are in the ﬁnal relegation position – 11 points behind the team above them! the main story at the bottom was the managerial change at levante, who sacked Juan Muniz after 27 games. he was replaced by the relatively unknown paco lopez in a last throw of the dice. they had 21 points and were in the mire. the new coach then proceeded to win eight and draw one of his ﬁrst ten games and topped it oﬀ last week when his team became the ﬁrst to beat Barca this season in a thrilling 5-4 victory. lopez has taken 25 points from just ten games – the type of impact you can only dream of when you make a big decision at the bottom of the league. Unfortunately for the relegated three, none of the nine managers they had between them worked! so this week the main story will be the ﬁnal game of the campaign on sunday in which Barcelona captain andres iniesta (pictured) will have the honour of lifting the la liga trophy following the meeting with real sociedad. it will be his last game at Barca and i’m sure it’s going to be a very emotional scene at the nou Camp. For iniesta to bow out clinching another domestic double is a ﬁtting tribute indeed. 32 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 sponsored by the column Final Third LIVING THE DREaM by Gavin Brown @gavbrown_metro b METRO |I N raVe new world. england’s squad announcement removed any doubt gareth Southgate was going to take a fresh-faced group to russia. It was not the names that proved the point but the method of delivery. Squads used to be announced by men in suits sat behind desks in hotel conference rooms but, for this World Cup, the Football association chose a vibrant, energetic video released on social media. If you were too busy sorting your Yannys from your laurels to see it SOUTHGATE’S ENGLAND SQUAD FOR THE AGES t AD aN st 12/5 (neither got picked by the way – too old), you missed a treat. a cast of characters too old for a paper round but too young for a driving test breathlessly announced Southgate’s 23. ‘kyle Walker, you’re in the squad, bro!’ shouted an excitable teenager on top of an inner-city block of ﬂats. The social media reaction (to the video, not the squad itself) was predictably negative, but then what is social media for if not to casually dump on anyone stupid enough to try something diﬀerent? Me, I loved it, but as I’m more than twice the age pictures: the fa rashford to score in the fA Cup final teenage kicks: england’s world cup squad announcement was fresh and fun, although not all agreed of Trent alexander-arnold, it maybe means the Fa has failed after all. The clever thing is, the excitement and anticipation of the kids in the video is clearly matched by the men whose names they were yelping out. The announcement was followed by a series of tweets from a number of squad members expressing their joy at being picked. There was a hint of orchestration about the whole thing but it was a happy day, so we will park the cynicism for once. Because, this england squad isn’t so much young as wide-eyed, fresh- faced and eager to please. nick Pope (brave, fearless, picked) and Jack Wilshere (past-it, slow, left at home) are both 26. The average age of Southgate’s squad is older than the 23 men Sven-goran eriksson took to the World Cup in germany in 2006. But that team contained Ferdinand, Beckham, lampard, gerrard and rooney, supposedly in their prime and ready to shock the world. They went out in the quarter-ﬁnals. Southgate’s squad travel without the burden of such heady expectation. For them, being at a World Cup is a thrill in itself. Which, as their boss has made clear, is not to say they don’t have ambition, just they are not weighed down by the responsibility of it all. So far, the public appears to have bought into this. There is time for it all to change if Pickford punches one in against Panama, or Welbeck misses a sitter against Belgium. and raheem Sterling will no doubt be booed simply for being raheem Sterling. But, for now we can dream. as one of the lads in the video said. ‘alright, calm, calm, calm. Boom.’ Buffon sorry to Oliver as he bows out JUventUs goalkeeper gianluigi Buﬀon has apologised for insulting english referee Michael oliver during and after a dramatic Champions league clash at real Madrid. the 40-year-old italian (above), who has announced he will play his ﬁnal game for Juve this weekend, was sent oﬀ for angrily confronting oliver after the referee awarded real a late penalty which Cristiano ronaldo converted to send Madrid into the next round. Buﬀon is the subject of a Uefa misconduct charge for publicly criticising oliver following the tie, notably saying he had a ‘rubbish bin for a heart’, and this week he accepted he had been oﬀensive. ‘it is obvious that i have transgressed and i am sorry,’ said Buﬀon as he conﬁrmed the end of his playing career at Juve, where he has been for 17 years. ‘But it was a very special situation. i couldn’t do anything else but say those things and i am sorry to have oﬀended the referee.’ Boruc extends his love affair with Cherries goalkeeper artur Boric has signed a new one-year deal to stay at Bournemouth next season. the 38-year-old pole has made 112 appearances for the Cherries since signing from southampton in 2014 but lost his ﬁrst-team place to asmir Begovic last season. he said: ‘it is never easy to watch the team when you are not involved but i am ﬁghting every day for the no.1 spot. i love this club and my family love it here too.’ tech // gadgets // games t he idea of creating a ‘digital you’ that lives on after you die may sound like something straight out of Black Mirror but the wheels are already in motion – as are developments to ensure the future survival of our race should doomsday descend. The eternime app, for example, trigger happy have a blast killing digital baddies Powered by The Lust List: page 36 » university of southampton CONNECT Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 33 technological innovations could help us achieve immortality and preserve the future of the human race, says libby plummer which is still in testing mode, uses social media posts to build a digital avatar your family and friends can interact with after you’re dead. So far, so creepy, right? The app features in a major new exhibition at london’s Victoria and albert Museum called The Future Starts here, where the digital afterlife is just one of the technological innovations that could – in theory – keep us living forever. upload your brain on to a computer file Building on Stephen hawking’s idea that mind transfer could be the key to immortality, the exhibition explores the idea of Whole Brain emulation (WBe), where a human mind is effectively uploaded to a supercomputer and backed up like computer data, so our brains are kept intact for the future. Thanks to various biotech firms and start-ups like nectome, research is already under way to preserve our brain and enable it to live on in digital form after we die. freeZe your family and friends elsewhere, the exhibition covers the controversial field of cryonics and humanity’s bid for immortality, which focuses on not only preserving the physical brains of the deceased but continued on page 34 » 34 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 technology // gadgets // games // apps sowing the seeds of human survival Growth industry: the svalbard Global seed Vault, which is known as ‘the doomsday vault’ brG Preservation: inside the svalbard seed vault » continued from page 33 also freezing people’s entire bodies in the somewhat optimistic hope they can be thawed out and brought back to life using not-yetinvented technology in the future. exhibition goers can see a medical alert bracelet given to people who sign up to arizona’s alcor life extension Foundation – the world’s largest cryonics storage facility – giving instructions for medical teams that include no embalming and no autopsy. The Cryonics Institute’s macabre standby kit, also on display, contains a selection of tools such as an ice cooler, a stopwatch and a thermometer to help family or friends carry out the grisly task of preparing a body directly after death until it can be transferred for cryopreservation. Cold comfort: the world’s largest cryonics facility bone-chilling preservation of individual humans but also keeping the planet alive to ensure the future of the human race. The Svalbard global Seed Vault, nicknamed ‘the doomsday vault’, built in an abandoned arctic coal the vault that could save the planet Of course, it’s not just about the afterlife ethics Just because we can, doesn’t mean we should while many experts dismiss cryonics as unfeasible, some simply state that even if we could do it, we probably shouldn’t. concerns have also been raised over the peddling of false hope to vulnerable people, as there’s still no evidence it will ever work as intended. likewise, even if it were possible to create a digital version of a person’s brain in the future, there are ethical questions as to whether this kind of software simulation should be regarded as a human. an oxford internet institute report suggests you should treat people’s digital remains as you would their physical counterparts. the report proposes mirroring the ethical guidelines used by museums in the way they treat physical human remains to ensure dignity in the digital afterlife. mine in norway, contains seeds from all over the world to protect them from natural and man-made disasters. Since opening in 2008, the vault has received more than a million different seed varieties and should ensure that even if a vital crop is wiped out, it can be restored. Preserving the survival of the planet and, in turn, the human race is essential but preserving its cultural and intellectual legacy is equally important. That explains why University of Southampton researchers developed a ‘5D’ data crystal that can survive for billions of years, storing a whopping 360TB of data — the equivalent of around 7,000 Blu-ray discs. Built to preserve important documents such as Magna Carta, some of the tiny glass discs have already been blasted into space aboard the same SpaceX rocket that launched a Tesla sports car back in February. known as the arch library, the discs also carry books by the american author Isaac asimov. Whether it’s creating digital versions of our brains or keeping endangered species in storage, it’s widely believed that technological progress can and will help to keep the human race going. however, whether it’s going to save or destroy humanity remains to be seen. The Future Starts Here runs until November 4 at the Victoria and Albert Museum. vam.ac.uk Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 35 powered by technology // gadgets // games // apps cineworld goes 4dX the code ahead: little boots began her tech journey with html ever sat through a film and thought, ‘well, that could have been better’? we’re not talking about incoherent plots and questionable acting, we’re referring to a more immersive cinema experience that adds scents, getting sprayed with water, smoke machines and jolting seats at its newly refurbished outpost in london’s leicester square to simulate what’s happening on screen. that’s what’s on offer at cineworld cinemas across the uk. we sat through dwayne Johnson’s action-packed rampage. scenes involving him raging through rough LittLe Boots the singer-songwriter, 34, on gender equality in the biz, the best music apps and why wires suck. by verity burns your new ep is an all-female project. what made you decide to do that? I realised I’ve always worked with men, when there are great, talented women out there. So I pushed myself to discover new people. We have a different female producer on each track but also female engineers and mixers. There’s a lot of talk about gender imbalance, especially in music and production,, so I think it’s important to do something about it rather than just talk about it. does social media help you to make music? It’s a great help for making connections with people and musicia ans you admire. It’s so easy to reach out to som meone you might never meet in person, work out that you might like to work together and meet up when you’re playing in the same town. It’s almost like musical dating. what are your feelings s about streaming? you could pick any book. I picked one on how to code in hTMl and built my dad a website. as I got older, that just continued. I’ve always experimented with weird instrument gadgets and I even had a dress made with leDs programmed to move in time with the music. tell us about your app. I was actually one of the first artists to do their own n app when I released my first alb bum [hands in 2009]. Since then II’ve done a few different tech h things but also launched my y own start-up called loop. It’s a web-based app that offers city guides created by bands and DJs. are there any apps a yo ou’d reco ommend for buddin ng artists? a com mpany called roli hass created a great ap pp called noise. It’s a really easy, visual way to make music w on your phone but you can also add in y th hese little blocks and keyboards to builld up a modular music c-making system if you want. It’s a great, hands-on way to make hands music, even if you’re a beginner. For an independent artist it’ss great .Pressing buttons:. as it’s really transparent. I can an see .little boots in her. how much money I’m going to .led dress and. make and also where my fans are. We’re certainly not back to the .the hated cables. heyday of CD sales but it’s starting if you could invent to add up. Plus there are huge territories anything what would it be? like India and asia that haven’t caught I really wish someone would just get rid on to streaming yet. When all those fans of wires. When I’m rehearsing in the have access it’s going to have a really studio everything should just be able to big impact. talk to each other wirelessly, you shouldn’t need to have so many cables have you always been into and adapters to make it all work. Surely tech? we can’t be too far away from that. I’ve always been pretty nerdy. 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Not quite all of him: John legend’s voice has been utilised by google digital detoX google’s digital wellbeing controls for its next os is tackling phone addiction by showing how much time is spent in apps, and includes a timer to temporarily block usage. your android will speak to you now google’s new ai assistant sounds spookily human, but are we really ready for lifelike ai interaction and its implications? by lucy hedges i T was enough to make jaws hit Tell Duplex you want a reservation the ﬂoor: at google’s annual I/O at your favourite pizza joint for two conference last week, it people at 7.30pm, for example, and demonstrated its aI system it’ll call the restaurant and make it Duplex – an impressive new for you, referring to the user’s google assistant capability that can calendar to ﬁnd a suitable time slot make actual phone calls on your if not available. But despite being a behalf by uncannily impersonating signiﬁcant step forward for digital a real person. assistants, Duplex’s on-stage debut and we’re not just talking about has left people a tad unnerved. ﬁnding and dialling a number from The problem is that Duplex is so your google assistant-equipped good at mimicking us mere mortals, device. Duplex can have a fullit’s sparked concerns over the blown conversation, schedule ethical implications and misuse of appointments, make reservations simulating human speech, as well and enquire about opening hours as the likelihood that the person on with a real person on the other end the other end of the call may not of the line. realise they’re talking to a machine. google CeO Sundar Pichai played Quick to react to the public recordings of the google assistant outcry, google has conﬁrmed its feature making calls to a hair stylist phone-calling aI will identify itself to book an appointment and a as a machine when calling up restaurant to ask about a businesses on behalf of its human reservation. While overlords. demonstrating occasional ‘as we’ve said from the robotic traits, the virtual beginning, transparency in the assistant proved its ability technology is important,’ the to impressively simulate internet giant said in a human speech and respond statement. ‘We are designing to questions, complete this feature with with natural humandisclosure built-in like inﬂections and and we’ll make sure vocal cues like ‘err’ the system is and ‘mm-hmm’, as appropriately part of google’s identiﬁed. What mission to make we showed .revolutionary: david.. its digital at I/O was .levine of digitalbridge. assistant more an early conversational. technology demo and we look forward to incorporating feedback as we develop this into a product.’ It’s no secret that a long-standing goal of human-aI interaction has been to enable natural conversation with machines. now it’s arrived, however, it seems we’re not so sure we want it. But for David levine, founder of virtual interiors start-up DigitalBridge, Duplex has the potential to make our lives easier. ‘From booking a table at a restaurant to solving everyday problems such as eﬀective home redecoration, the aI innovations we adopt long term will be those that bring balance back to our time-poor lives,’ he says. ‘If Duplex can successfully do that, it could revolutionise how we live and work.’ There’s no denying this signals a new era of artiﬁcial intelligence but for now it’s still early days for Duplex, which is limited in how it responds. ‘One of the key research insights was to constrain Duplex to closed domains, which are narrow enough to explore extensively,’ google said in a recent blog post. ‘Duplex can only carry out natural conversations after being deeply trained in such domains. It cannot carry out general conversations.’ google will start testing Duplex in google assistant this summer, with a huge question mark over when it’ll oﬃcially go public. 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Well, if you’re fans of this delightfully sarcastic sitcom, just about everything. new frankie boyle’s new world order BBC2, 10pm talking of sarcasm, here’s a man who’s got a City & Guilds in laying it on with a trowel. Yes, the boyle on the backside of the arrogant and the pompous has returned to prick egotistic bubbles wherever he encounters them. You really wouldn’t want to cross him. keith watson Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 41 racing stable bites ‘Jack the Lad’ Lion roars into Epsom derby contention rOariNG LiON has been cut to 6/1 from 20/1 with Coral for next month’s Derby after a brilliant display in yesterday’s Dante stakes at Yorkk. John Gosden n’s colt stormed to victory and the trainer said of the clear Derby second favourite (pictured): ‘hee’ss a lovely horse, but he’s a playboy. ‘he’s inclined not to concentrate sometimes. he’s always been a right old Jack the Lad at home.’ ■ John gosden was also on target in the (group two) middleton stakes at york yesterday with ribblesdale winner coronet. the trainer said: ‘she’s in the hardwicke (at royal ascot). if not, there’s the lancashire oaks at haydock.’ 12 Length win at salisbury yesterday on her seasonal reappearance marked sir Michael stoute’s filly sun Maiden as a potential star of the future. ■ herculean makes his eagerlyawaited return at newmarket today. a son of frankel, the roger charltonove) made trained colt (above) a big impression on his debut at ascot last september, but has not been in action since. ■ william haggas hopes to run tasleet at the curragh in ireland on may 26 after being forced to miss wednesday’s duke of york stakes, which he won last year, after he gave himself a knock the day before. from the racing news, views and top tips horse’s mouth in association with Candy hopeful Limato can find Newbury sweet spot TraIner henry Candy is hopeful limato can make it third-time lucky over a mile in the lockinge at newbury tomorrow. The six-year-old, who finished fourth in the group One in 2016, has not run over the distance since finishing down the field at the Breeders’ Cup later that year. limato’s seven wins have come over six or seven furlongs and reflecting on the last time he was tried over a mile (eight furlongs), Candy said: ‘Santa anita was a nightmare as he just boiled over in the pre-parade ring. ‘I would be optimistic he could get a mile but you can never be sure until you try when all factors are right. he’s ultra-competitive, but not quite as ferocious to deal with as he used to be.’ race favourite rhododendron and lancaster Bomber head a party of four from the aidan O’Brien stable. rhododendron, a O dual group One winner, was fourth to top-class Cracksman on her seasonal debut while lancaster Bomber ran in Dubai in March. Deauville and War Decree make up the Ballydoyle handler’s quartet. hawk Wing, back in 2003, is O’Brien’s sole lockinge winner. William haggas’ progressive four-year-old addeybb steps up to the top level after winning the group Two bet365 Mile at Sandown and jockey James Doyle is optimistic. ‘We’re up against the big boys tomorrow but I’m pretty sure he’s good enough to give a bold showing in a group One. he really excites me,’ he said. David Simcock’s lightning Spear was runner-up 12 months ago while others in a quality lineup include the David O’Mearatrained Suedois and roger Varian’s improving Zabeel Prince. interview by Justin palmer the leading flat jockey rides addeybb in the lockinge at newbury tomorrow he steps up in class again tomorrow doesn’t he? he’s very professional and very uncomplicated which is a big help. the miler’s division looks very open this year. it’s open for something progressive like addeybb to make his mark. will the Quick ground at newbury be a negative? We’re not too sure. he’s a beautiful mover and he does handle the cut in the ground so well so that’s going to be the only question mark. you have young rascal in the epsom derby to look forward to next month. he’s still a big, raw horse but he won the Chester vase well last week. to go around Chester the way he did was a decent eﬀort. (16 runners) 1 (12) 40-3 aCCiDeNtaL aGeNt 17 (bf) eve J-houghton 4-9-0....................................................... C bishop 2 (16) 1-11 aDDeYbb 22 (d) w haggas 4-9-0 ................................................................................James Doyle 3 (15) 316- aLeXiOs KOMNeNOs 252 (d) J a stack (ire) 4-9-0.....................................................C D hayes 4 (9) 110- beat the baNK 210 (d) a balding 4-9-0 ........................................................................ J Crowley 5 (3) 00-2 DeaUViLLe 31 (bf) a p o’brien (ire) 5-9-0.......................................................... W M Lordan(P) 6 (10) 16p- DUtCh CONNeCtiON 218 c hills 6-9-0 ........................................................................J P spencer 7 (14) 13-6 LahOre 21 c cox 4-9-0...................................................................................................s De sousa 8 (5) 25-0 LaNCaster bOMber 49 a p o’brien (ire) 4-9-0..................................................J a heffernan 9 (4) 21-0 Librisa breeZe 49 (d) d ivory 6-9-0............................................................................ r Winston 10 (7) 660- LiGhtNiNG sPear 160 (d) d m simcock 7-9-0............................................................. O Murphy 11 (11) 241- LiMatO 218 (c) h candy 6-9-0 ......................................................................................... h bentley 12 (1) 114- sUeDOis 196 (d) d o’meara 7-9-0........................................................................ Daniel tudhope 13 (13) 0-02 War DeCree 8 a p o’brien (ire) 4-9-0............................................................................. P beggy 14 (6) 10-1 ZabeeL PriNCe 56 (d) r varian 5-9-0...............................................................................a atzeni 15 (8) /20- ZONDerLaND 210 (d) c cox 5-9-0....................................................................................... a Kirby 16 (2) 12-4 rhODODeNDrON 20 (d) a p o’brien (ire) 4-8-11 ......................................................r L Moore betting: 10-3 rhododendron, 4 Limato, 9-2 addeybb, 7 beat the bank, 10 Zabeel Prince, 12 Lancaster bomber, 14 suedois, 16 Librisa breeze, Deauville, Lightning spear, 25 others. James doyle addeybb has two nice wins to his name this season. he won the lincoln, he was a good thing oﬀ 99 (handicap mark) or whatever it was back then. he followed up nicely at sandown, quite a good performance, i felt. tomorrow’s big race at newbury LOCKiNGe staKes (GrOUP 1) (str) 3.40 aL(classshaQab 1) 1m £350,000 q&a you’ve made a flying start to the season, haven’t you? i’m out of the traps quite quickly this year and am well ahead of schedule on last year’s winners, which is great. i had four group one winners last year so hopefully i can beat that. i’m getting plenty of support. third-time lucky: limato tip of the day isabeLLa 4.35 york picture: rex ■ tomorrow’s al shaqab lockinge stakes marks the fourth leg of the Qipco british champions series while James doyle is in fourth place in the stobart flat Jockeys championship. 42 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 tennis picture: getty sport in brief ferrari told they can no longer wing it formula one ferrari have been told to change their controversial wing mirrors after the fia insisted those mounted on the halo must not give any aerodynamic benefit. teams can add mirrors to the halo to improve visibility for drivers but there were suggestions the set-up ferrari used on sebastian vettel’s car at the spanish grand prix, where he came fourth, helped with the aerodynamics. f1’s governing body has now made it clear such a system is not allowed. ‘whilst the fia accepts teams will legitimately design the mirrors, housings and mountings to minimise any negative aerodynamic effects they may cause, any benefits should be incidental, or at least minimal,’ it said. rugby league wigan centre oliver gildart has signed a new and improved threeyear contract. the 21-year-old academy product (pictured) has scored 24 tries in 34 games since the start of last term. director kris radlinski said: ‘this has been a delicate negotiation as oliver wasn’t short of offers. we’ve beaten off strong competition from a number of leading clubs in the super league and nrl.’ 7 Players shared the lead after the first day of golf’s inaugural belgian Knockout in antwerp. tour rookies Gavin Green and Nico Geyger shot four-under 67s, along with english duo Matthew baldwin and ryan evans, spaniard Jorge Campillo, belgian thomas Detry and Denmark’s Jeff Winther grabarz decides it’s high time he quit athletics surface tension: edmund and konta (inset) crashed out on clay in rome yesterday britain’s london olympic high-jump bronze medallist robbie grabarz has announced his retirement. the 30-year-old, who also won european gold in the same year, said: ‘i’d got to the point where i wasn’t enjoying competing. i’ve had a great time in the sport.’ icc consider scrapping test coin toss cricket the coin toss may play no part in any matches which form part of the international cricket council’s new test championship. briefing notes for an icc committee meeting set to take place in mumbai at the end of this month indicate time may be up for the toss in the majority of test fixtures, as of next year, to help address concerns about exaggerated home advantage. kyle be okay despite battling loss to Zverev kYle eDMUnD produced a battling performance against alexander Zverev but eventually fell to the world no.3 yesterday. The British no.1 went out after an epic second-set tie-break in which he saved seven match points, losing their last-16 tie at the rome Masters 7-5, 7-6 (13-11). edmund had two set points in the second set but was unable to stop the german, the defending champion, progressing to the quarter-ﬁnals. Zverev came into by matthew nash the match in excellent clay-court form after recent successes in Munich and Madrid. he seemed comfortably on course for his 11th successive win after taking an early advantage. But edmund broke back to level at 5-5 before Zverev responded by taking the next two games. edmund was soon a break down in the second set but won three games in a row to make it 5-4. he was unable to take a set point as Zverev made sure of a tie-break which will long be remembered. edmund saved three match points at 6-3 down and then led 7-6 to stand on the brink of forcing a deciding set. But Zverev saved a second set point for edmund and eventually accepted his eighth match point to set up a showdown with Belgium’s David goﬃn today. Britain’s other no.1, Johanna konta, was unable to secure a birthday victory as she was beaten in three sets by French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the third round in rome. konta, who was 27 yesterday, could not build on a ﬁne start and her search for a top-ten victory in 2018 goes on after the sixth-seed triumphed 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. Despite defeat it was another encouraging performance from konta and further evidence she is recovering conﬁdence after slipping down the rankings to 22nd. Essex boy Westley makes his mark cricket toM WestleY gave a reminder of his ability to the england selectors in essex’s one-day Cup six-wicket win over Middlesex at radlett. Westley, who won ﬁve test caps last summer, has struggled for form in this year’s County Championship. But he hit 134 and shared a second-wicket partnership of 153 with varun Chopra as last year’s semi-ﬁnalists cruised home with 7.2 overs to spare. Middlesex made 250 from 48.3 overs with nick gubbins (50) topscoring and ravi Bopara and neil Wagner taking three wickets each. sussex were also comfortable group B winners with a sevenwicket victory over kent at hove. luke Wells produced a man-of-thematch show as his leg-spin helped dismiss kent for 188. Wells took two for 30 and then anchored sussex’s response with 62 from 89 balls. elsewhere, derbyshire proved too strong for group a rivals Warwickshire with a 57-run victory at edgbaston while leicestershire eased home by 72 runs at northamptonshire after paul horton’s 103 in 126 balls guided them to a challenging 265 for seven. big-hitter: westley Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 43 rugby union eddie: i’m nut listening eDDIe JOneS has branded reports england’s defence coach Paul gustard could leave his post as nothing more than rumours and if he listened to them, he would be a ‘nutcase’. gustard has been interviewed for the vacant head coach’s role at harlequins created by John kingston’s departure and is thought to be on a three-man shortlist that also features Shaun edwards and Ben ryan. The identity of the successful candidate is to be announced either today or early next week, but Jones has distanced gustard from the job by insist- by Jack foX ing he will be part of england’s summer tour to South africa. ‘I don’t have a contingency plan for staﬀ, I don’t have one for every staﬀ member. If a situation arises then I’ll deal with it,’ Jones (pictured) said. ‘I i don’t deal in rumours, if i did i’d see shadows in the corner of every room don’t know anything to the contrary (about gustard travelling to South africa). I don’t deal in rumours. If I dealt in rumours I’d see shadows in the corner of every room. ‘no I haven’t spoken to Paul, why would I? If I dealt in rumours I’d be a nutcase and I’m close enough to that as it is, so I don’t want to get any closer.’ When asked if he would encourage any of his backroom staﬀ to take up a position at a club, Jones said: ‘I don’t develop careers for coaches. My job is to win at international level. ‘I appoint the best coaches I can ﬁnd graham out to emulate father garY grahaM will attempt to follow in his father’s footsteps when newcastle face the might of the exeter Chiefs in tomorrow’s premiership semi-ﬁnal. twenty years ago, the Falcons lifted the title with scotland international prop george graham among their ranks, and his 25-year-old son is desperate to emulate that achievement. asked how much of an inﬂuence his father has been on his career, ﬂanker graham said: ‘he’s been massive. he always watches my games – and heavily criticises what i have done wrong – but that’s good for my work-ons. ‘obviously he won it 20 years ago. i’m here now – i’d like to say we could do it again with me carrying on the name.’ Play it again, sam: bennett show his rivals a clean pair of wheels to take another victory picture: getty slick sam zips through the rain as he takes cheQuered flag at imola cycling irish sprinter sam bennett roared to a second win of this year’s giro d’italia as stage 12 finished on the legendary imola motor racing circuit. the 27-year-old began his sprint early and surged clear of a bunch missing main sprint rival elia viviani in a stage which finished in torrential rain. ‘we still had two guys in front – i didn’t know how much energy they had left but i didn’t want another stage getting away from me,’ bennett said. ‘so i decided to go early. i think i caught some guys by surprise, so it worked to my advantage.’ by giro standards, it was a relatively quiet day for race leader simon yates, who came home safely in the bunch, maintaining his 47-second advantage over defending champion tom dumoulin. frenchman thibaut pinot is in third. ‘i guess these were favourable weather conditions for an englishman. and also for an irishman,’ joked yates. ‘it was a very difficult final. i think a few guys underestimated it, myself included.’ and then they work with me and we try to win games of rugby. ‘everyone is diﬀerent. Some people want to be a head coach, some want to be an assistant coach their whole life.’ england are coming to the end of a ﬁve-day training camp in Brighton held in preparation for their non-cap international against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday week. ‘The Barbarians match is a warm-up game and it’s treated as a warm-up game,’ said Jones. ‘We want to play well but it’s there to get the team ready to play South africa.’ 44 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 football picture: chelsea via getty robbo: Win won’t make it great £137.5m Manchester United’s total revenue in the first three months of 2018, up 8.1 per cent on last year. Vice-chairman ed Woodward said results on the pitch ‘don’t really have a meaningful impact’ on the commercial side BrYan roBson believes even winning the Fa Cup will not make it a ‘great’ season for Manchester United, writes Matthew Nash. Jose Mourinho’s United take on Chelsea in the ﬁnal at Wembley tomorrow desperate to win some silverware to add to their runners-up spot in the premier league. and old traﬀord legend robson (right) had a warning for the reds boss. ‘it won’t be great but it’ll be a very good season if they win this weekend, because to win anything is pretty good,’ he said. ‘the fans expect the league or the Champions league but sometimes you can’t win that because there’s someone like Manchester City, who have been so good this year. ‘it’s really important United ﬁnish oﬀ with a win now and Jose needs it in the sense that it’s another trophy. Whatever the result he’ll be here next year but antonio Conte really needs to win or Chelsea may act.’ n Bryan Robson was speaking on behalf of Marathonbet, United’s Oﬃcial Global Betting Partner. www.marathonbet.co.uk sponsored by Pages 26-2 7» + full fa cup preview + celestine babayaro + marc mcnulty matchzone conte and mourinho: the unhappy couple celestine babayaro Q&a fa cup final briefing pages 25-32 » On the ball: hazard gets to grips with n’golo kante at training yesterday cesc: eden can be our magic man eden haZard is being backed to inspire chelsea to victory over manchester united in tomorrow’s fa cup final by his team-mate cesc fabregas. belgium playmaker hazard has found himself tightly marked in recent meetings as his old boss Jose mourinho tries to nullify his attacking threat. but fabregas said: ‘on his day he is unstoppable. we have to make sure he gets the right service so he can work his magic and give us a good performance.’ wenger says arteta would mik a perfect fit at arsenal arSene Wenger has backed Mikel arteta to succeed him at arsenal after saying he has ‘all the qualities’ to become their next manager. The Frenchman stood down at the end of the Premier league season, with the search now on for his successor. Former arsenal midﬁelder arteta (right) has emerged as favourite for the job, having worked as an assistant to Pep guardiola at champions Manchester City, and is believed to have held talks with arsenal yesterday. The gunners are reportedly going to speak to another former arsenal star, Thierry henry, next week about the job but Wenger believes arteta would be ideal despite his lack of experience. he said: ‘he has all the qualities to do the job. he was a leader and he has a good passion for the game and he knows by Jack foX the club well, he knows what is important at the club and he was captain of the club. Why not? ‘he has been an assistant of guardiola as well. I left a lot of experience behind me, people who were with me like (assistant manager) Steve Bould and (coach) Jens lehmann too.’ Wenger, meanwhile, describes failing to sign Cristiano ronaldo for arsenal as his biggest regret in the transfer market. he was also unsuccessful in a bid to lure lionel Messi from Barcelona. Wenger said of ronaldo: ‘he was here with his mother and we were very close. ‘You could imagine what it would have been like to have Thierry henry and ronaldo together. That would have changed the history of my stay here as well.’ the tipster 5/2 boston Celtics to take a 3-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Nba’s eastern Conference finals (William hill) 11/10 Goodwood Cup winner stradivarius will not play second fiddle to anything in today’s Yorkshire Cup at York (Coral) @tipstermetro royal blues won’t enJoy the lingard-en party at wembley chelsea fans who are also royalists will be better served watching harry and meghan get hitched and having fun at a street party than going to the fa cup final. windsor, very much in the blues heartland, will be preferable to wembley where Jose mourinho’s manchester united will lift the silverware. mourinho would love nothing more than to end his second season at old trafford by winning a trophy at the expense of his former employers. this may not be pretty, with goals at a premium, but united are 7/4 to win in 90 minutes with betfred. Jesse lingard is 4/1 with paddy power to warm up for england’s world cup campaign by scoring at any time. Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 45 football D colin murray ID you know the word pundit comes from the Sanskrit term Pandit, meaning ‘knowledgeable owner’ or ‘learned man’? no, neither did I. nor are any of our lives enriched by knowing this. With just a handful of cup ﬁnals and eFl play-oﬀs to come, TV and radio stations have announced their starting line-ups for the big one, as World Cup fever begins to take hold. Before long, if you stand still for more than three seconds, someone will slap a Panini sticker on your forehead. as someone who has worked with several of those pundits involved, if you are expecting me to be unprofessional and dish the dirt... then you’d be right! I once saw alan Shearer steal ice cream from a three-year-old child, lee Dixon has a secret fetish for women’s underwear and as for Ian Wright, two words... internet history. legally, I have to state that I’m joking. Just like you, I’ll watch whatever channel is showing the actual game, and when it comes to the ﬁnal, I’ll probably be too p***ed to remember which side I chose. Those who play are more important than those who talk, but it’s always a gossip-worthy storm in a media teacup when the TV World Cup squads are named. and I have to say, ITV boast ﬁve of my absolute favourites, and real variety to boot. Dixon is quite simply one of the best analysts I’ve ever worked with. erudite, considered and translatable to fanatics and fairweather fans alike. a rare balance. at times he’s drowned out by louder voices, and it’s frustratingly in his nature to step back, but he rarely wastes a word and the more he squeezes in the better. Then there’s roy keane, who I love and hate. If he turns up clean shaven, I’m not interested, but if he’s rocking a psycho beard and smashing everyone and everything to bits then I’m ﬁring up the popcorn machine! and you can’t separate him from Martin O’neill these days, who brings with him acerbic wit and the ability to call bull***t on any pundit who mails in a piece of analysis. The neville brothers are on rival stations and it goes without saying ITV bagging gary is enough to make ITV signed up a top squad but just imagine if we had Blatter chatter head to head: o’neil (far left) and keane will be on duty for itv, while scott (right) will be on the bbc team, although there is no place for blatter picture: rex you put up with any length of advert break. and that leaves Wright who, before going on air, must look at himself in the dressing-room mirror and say, “Come on son, stay balanced and calm tonight,” then proceeds to explode all over the set like a true fan. love it. Don’t get me wrong, the BBC will if roy’s clean shaven, i’m not interested – if he’s got a psycho beard i’m ﬁring up the popcorn machine! do quite nicely, and they have england brilliantly covered, with Shearer, Ferdinand, lampard and more. They have also swooped for Didier Drogba, and Jurgen klinsmann is back to rub salt into the wounds when germany inevitably do well. I heard they both dived at the chance to sign up! Both sides have made sure the pundit seats aren’t completely male dominated, which is a huge plus in my book. alex Scott is on the Beeb’s team, while eni aluko has gotten the call up from ITV. So, in a closely fought game, ITV shade my armchair World Cup. a quick nod to the lead presenters. It’s fair to say we are spoilt for choice. gary lineker is all the better for his increased live Champions league portfolio, while Mark Pougatch is a BBC radio colossus who is now standing tall on the commercial side of the box. So, I’m a happy viewer, no matter what the channel, although both the BBC and ITV missed a trick in not signing up Sepp Blatter. Somewhere, right now, in a haunted castle tucked away in the deepest reaches of an evil forest, he sits sullen faced, in silence, still waiting for his phone to ring. It’s not too late! Surely the right sized envelope from auntie would do the trick. not that a man of such principle and honesty would ever accept it. Allardyce unhappy with sack leaks saM allardYCe admits he expected the sack from everton despite claiming most fans were happy with the job he did. the 63-year-old, who had been in charge for just six months, was dismissed after a short meeting with majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri. ‘i’m surprised how it came about,’ @colinmuray allardyce (pictured) said. ‘it seemed done and dusted through the media before i met Farhad. it was out there in the open for a couple of days. ‘that leaves you with the certainty of what was going to happen. Who was involved in that i couldn’t tell you, but something as delicate as that you want to be conﬁdential.’ Fans’ discontent had made the goodison park atmosphere toxic despite the toﬀees’ eighth-place ﬁnish in the premier league. But allardyce said: ‘i think more everton fans were happy with what we were doing and going in the right direction than weren’t. ‘those who show discontent are the ones who are more open and vocal about it. the ones who are satisﬁed don’t really say too much.’ 46 | METRO | Friday, May 18, 2018 football // world cup sport in brief ‘high-calibre’ manager poised for hammers job david sullivan insists west ham are on track to appoint a ‘highcalibre’ manager to replace david moyes, who left this week. talks have been held with manuel pellegrini, the former manchester city boss, but newcastle’s rafael benitez (pictured) is reportedly the top target for the hammers. west ham co-owner, sullivan said: ‘[we] are extremely confident of appointing a high-calibre firstteam manager, who has a proven record both in the premier league and european football. the club expect to make an announcement within the next seven days.’ 5 Year new contract for tottenham midfielder harry Winks, tying him to the club until 2021. an ankle injury means the 22-year-old has played just three games since the turn of the year reds get planning for a victory parade in early details of a parade for liverpool, should they win the champions league on saturday week, have already been finalised. victory over real madrid in kiev would see the reds take an opentop coach along liverpool’s waterside the following day. plans were drawn up early due to the city hosting the three festivals tall ships regatta and bordeaux wine festival that weekend. exeter book final date exeter beat lincoln 3-1 in the second-leg of their league two play-off semi-final to seal a 3-1 aggregate victory. they will play either notts county or coventry, who meet tonight, in the final. coast clear as gareth tells sQuad to hit beach players free to relax before hard work starts by matthew nash gareTh SOUThgaTe insists he has no qualms with his england players taking a week oﬀ before the World Cup, revealing he went on a lads’ holiday himself before playing at euro 96. The Three lions boss was speaking at Wembley yesterday as he explained his decision to pick a youthful squad of 23 for next month’s ﬁnals in russia – the third-youngest england party ever. Southgate was part of the side which reached the 1996 european Championship semi-ﬁnals on home soil while playing for aston Villa. he joked he had enjoyed a few days’ holiday with his club-mates in Magaluf, Spain, before playing at the euros, where he missed the crucial penalty in the last-four exit to germany. The current squad, which was announced on Wednesday, have been allowed this week oﬀ before england meet up on Sunday. Many have taken the opportunity to jet oﬀ on holiday but Southgate has no issue with his stars winding down. ‘I’m not interested in what they do over the next few days – it’s four weeks before we have a game,’ he said. ‘Before euro ‘96 I had three days in Magaluf with aston Villa so it would be pep’s impact has been child’s play, says coach PeP GUarDiOLa had an influence on english football even before he took over at Manchester City, Gareth southgate claimed yesterday. asked about the City boss, the england manager said: ‘When i watch kids’ football now – when they can get on pitches that aren’t flooded or frozen – i see them playing from the back and that’s been an impact of his barcelona team with andres iniesta and Xavi.’ a bit hypocritical of me to discuss what the correct preparation was. ‘But I went for a run a couple of mornings! everything in a player’s life is “ﬁll this form in”, “do this” and there’s i’m not interested in what they do over the next few days, it’s four weeks before we have a game a danger we overload them with professionalism and doing the right thing. ‘a lot of them don’t drink anyway, some do, and some need to unwind in a diﬀerent way. They need a switch-oﬀ and I don’t see an issue with it.’ Southgate also advised he would not want his players to be preoccupied with social media while in russia, as much of it is so negative. ‘It’s good for the players to communicate with the fans but you have to be careful,’ he added. ‘Personally I’m not sure there’s value in reading comments that can cause stress or misery. ‘I can’t ban them because who knows what they’re doing when they go to their room?’ Southgate revealed his hardest decision had been to tell Manchester City’s Joe hart, who had been in goal for most of the team’s qualifying campaign but only played sporadically on loan at West ham, he had been left out. ‘Of course it was a diﬃcult call,’ he said. ‘But in the end I’ve got to look at performances over the last 18 months.’ he refused to close the door on 75cap hart’s international career, however. ‘I pick players on form and, if he’s playing well for his club, why wouldn’t we select him? There’s no reason for this to be the end,’ Southgate added. spot-kick woe for juniors england’s under-17s crashed out of the european championship after losing a sudden-death penalty shoot-out to holland in their semifinal, following a 0-0 draw. arsenal’s folarin balogun was the unfortunate one to miss as the dutch won 6-5 on spot-kicks. Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 47 football // world cup picture: afp france lac aleX and mart arsenal striker alexandre lacazette and manchester united forward anthony martial have both been left out of france’s world cup squad. there were, however, places for chelsea’s olivier giroud and manchester city left-back benjamin mendy. Pick and choose: england boss southgate announces his world cup squad yesterday tweet spot ‘it goes without saying i’m incredibly disappointed. i’ve felt fit, sharp and strong all season and believe i should be in the squad! i could have made a real impact. however, i have to respect the manager’s decision and would like to wish the whole squad all the very best.’ Jack wilshere took to twitter last night to air his frustration at missing out on england’s squad. they said it southgate on... leaving out arsenal midfielder Jack wilshere ‘Jack had a good spell in the lead-up to christmas and just after but was not as effective towards the end of the season.’ putting liverpool’s adam lallana (right) on standby after inJury proble ems ‘under normal circumstances he wouldn’t be anywhere near the squad but he is a player we have a lot of time for.’ overlooking newcastle astle’s s JonJo shelvey ‘we know all of the english players in the league; their strengths and weaknesses, and the players we’ve picked are ahead of the ones we haven’t.’ naming his captain ‘i’ll decide before the first game. we get together on sunday and can think about it then.’ the possi possibility of James milner comin ng out of international retiirement for russia ‘i s spoke to him when i to ook over and he as ssured me he was re etired. i have seen no su uggestion he is going to go back on that.’ giving his players some freedom w while away at the finals in russia ‘it can’t just be 24-hours-aday football – they’ve got to escape from that.’ not picking teenagers ryan ses ssegnon (left) and Jadon sancho ‘i don’t think at the moment they’re m be etter than who we e’ve got but that cou uld happen in the next six, 12 or 18 months.’ asking liverpool boss Jurgen klopp to tell trent alexanderarnold he had been picked ‘i said “you can give the news, i can give the horrible phone calls”.’ having a third warm-up match – an ‘internal friendly’ – before the world cup ‘we are bringing nathaniel chalobah and angus gunn in. lewis cook will go to toulon with the under-21s, James tarkowski and Jake livermore will be with us. tom heaton joins us later.’ ‘Pick up the phone, gary – it’s not always bad news’ england manager gareth southgate predicted before making the phone call earlier this week gary Cahill would not answer, fearing the worst regarding his World Cup fate, so left the defender a voicemail saying: ‘look, i don’t only call when it’s bad news.’ the start of the week had been an anxious time for many england players hoping not to have their dreams of going to russia shattered. Cahill looked like he would be among the high-proﬁle absentees after being overlooked for the last squad in March, but improved Chelsea displays were enough to earn him a spot on the plane. however, the Blues captain appeared to be expecting bad news – just as southgate had envisaged. ‘gary Cahill i’d left out of the squad in March and i had a little bet with myself that if i called he wouldn’t pick up,’ revealed the england boss. ‘he didn’t pick up at ﬁrst and then i left him a message saying, “look, i don’t only call when it’s bad news”, so that was nice. Off the hook: cahill he’s got himself back in the team at Chelsea and has performed well. ‘he looks happier in himself and happier in his game, so that was nice to be able to at least let him know that the reason for the call was a good one.’ @metrosporthQ Friday, May 18, 2018 | METRO | 25 sponsored by fa cup final special sponsored by no limits n boss wants england to be fearless n southgate: players ‘get on too well’ talking the talk: southgate addresses the media yesterday picture: rex gareTh SOUThgaTe has told his england players to ‘enjoy the ride’ and not think like a team ‘ﬁghting relegation’ as he refused to set a limit on what they could achieve at the World Cup this summer. The Three lions boss yesterday insisted selecting the third-youngest england squad ever was ‘no gamble’ and encouraged his side to go to russia and be ‘fearless’. Opting for the likes of the untried Trent alexander-arnold and nick Pope over old heads split opinion. The realistic aim must be to win a tournament in the coming years, rather than now, but Southgate still has high expectations. ‘I don’t want to limit what they think is possible because they’re young and hungry, and want to have a go,’ he said. ‘I don’t think being free of inhibition is gambling. It’s being fearless in how we want to play. We’re not a team in the relegation zone, worrying about what might happen. We’ve by matthew nash got to worry about how far we can go. That’s what we’ve got to do at this tournament, enjoy the ride. ‘Sometimes the bad experience can be one where you suddenly realise, “actually, what is there to lose?”. That can be a positive because you’re free of the shackles.’ Southgate also insisted there were no cliques along club lines. ‘You rarely see [Manchester United duo] Jesse lingard and Marcus rashford without them holding hands or doing something,’ he joked. ‘They all get on – actually, too well. They need to get on well but not be afraid of upsetting each other. They have to be brave enough to have conversations they need to – to pull each other up, raise standards in training and get hold of each other on the pitch. Just getting on isn’t enough.’ world cup: pages 46-47 » colin murray why world cup tv needs a bit of blatter page 45 » pep eXtends city stay pep guardiola last night committed himself to champions manchester city for the next three years. the city manager (above) has signed a two-year extension to his existing deal, which had one year to run, taking him to 2021. he said: ‘i will focus on the desire of my players to become a better team.’ arteta given backing by wenger: page 44 » ©associated newspapers ltd, 2010. Metro® The mark MeTrO is a registered trade mark of associated newspapers ltd.