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Former police officer jailed over Gerrard blackmail

A former police officer has been jailed for 22 months for her part in a plot to blackmail Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard.

Jones has was found guilty of misconduct in a public office after seizing the CCTV to use as a 'tool for blackmail'.

The 33-year-old illegally obtain CCTV footage of a Formby bar brawl involving Gerrard in August 2013.

Helen Jones will serve a custodial sentence. Credit: PA

Jones got hold of the footage from a local bank after businessman Paul Lloyd had claimed Gerrard and some associates punch and kicked him.

The judge added: "You deliberately created a false impression in the mind of the bank manager that you were investigating a criminal offence.

"In fact you were on a mission to obtain that matter so that you could put it either directly or through an intermediary, who would use it for his own ends, which were nothing whatsover to do with a criminal investigation."

Rooney eyeing missing FA Cup triumph

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney says he is desperate to lift the FA Cup, a trophy he hasn't won.

Rooney will lead his side against Arsenal on Monday night, hoping he can emulate his boyhood heroes Everton, who he witnessed win the trophy in 1995.

Wayne Rooney is keen to win more silverware. Credit: PA

"We have an FA Cup quarter-final against Arsenal on Monday and that is massive for us.

"We haven't been to a final for a few years, we want to try to win that game and we are looking forward to that.

"Of course, I think it is a massive trophy. It is a trophy that, growing up as a youngster, I used to love watching and I was fortunate enough to see Everton lift the FA Cup in 1995 when I was nine years old. It is something which I would love to do and hopefully it can be this year."

Ramsey: Austin and Spurs striker deserve England calls

Chris Ramsey has given Charlie Austin and Harry Kane his backing. Credit: PA

QPR boss Chris Ramsey thinks Charlie Austin and Spurs man Harry Kane could soon be partnering up for England.

The duo are the two most in-form English forwards in the lead, and Ramsey thinks they should both receive an international in the near future.

I think they are both very good players, both hard-working, both very focused, and I'm sure that they would be a match for any defence if they played together.

I think Harry Kane has been good enough for England for a while.

We tend to bash a lot of the young players in and around the clubs.

We tend to look at people from abroad and just automatically think they are better, just because they are from other countries with exotic names.

It's not just Harry Kane I'm thinking of - I'm looking at loads of other clubs with loads of other English players that could be considered for the Premier League.

– Chris Ramsey


Pulis not concerned by Aston Villa boss comments

Tony Pulis has shrugged off the comments. Credit: PA

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has no ill-feeling towards Tim Sherwood after the new Aston Villa manager described the Baggies as a 'good little club'.

Sherwood went on to say that he had now taken over a 'massive football club', having previously been in contention for the West Brom job in the past.

That is Tim - there are no problems with me or the chairman at all.

Tim is Tim and he will be good fun for everyone around the West Midlands for the time he is at Aston Villa I'm sure.

I don't need to pin that (Sherwood's comments) up in the changing room.

We have a good group of lads here and they will want to win the game as much as Villa will.

I don't think we need any (extra) motivation. It's a local derby, it's the quarter-final of the FA Cup and it's absolutely wonderful that we've got to this stage. These are big games that everybody should look forward to and we will certainly be looking forward to it.

– Tony Pulis

Wenger: Welbeck will have a great future at Arsenal

Danny Welbeck has struggled for game time. Credit: PA

Arsene Wenger believes striker Danny Welbeck has a big future at Arsenal, despite his stuttering start at the Emirates.

Welbeck has dropped behind Olivier Giroud in the pecking order for the role of central striker and has spent most of his time on the pitch operating outwide.

Danny Welbeck puts big team effort in, he plays very well for me and is an exceptional player who will have a great future here.

The subject is raised because he is a former Man United player, (but) I am very, very happy that I bought him.

Welbeck is very important and has played many, many games since the start of the season.

His position is one of the three up front, central, left or right. He can play anywhere.

– Danny Welbeck
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