Campbell hits back at critics

The defender has been pilloried since storming out of Highbury when he was substituted at half-time against West Ham in February.

His critics claimed he was cracking up and had lost his passion for the game. There were also accusations that he was more interested in pursuing a Hollywood film career than concentrating on soccer.

But Campbell blasted his critics and stormed: “They’re all talking an absolute load of rubbish. They should all shut up, they haven’t a clue. All the sniping they’re aiming at me is totally out of order. It’s disgraceful. This talk of me quitting and going to Hollywood is rubbish, rubbish, rubbish.

“People have made far too much of my interest in all of that and I’m not the only player who’s been in films or on TV. So let’s just forget all about that Hollywood stuff for starters. Who knows what I will be doing in five or 10 years? There’s all sorts of things I could do. Yes, I love films but who doesn’t?”

I’m better off being hated

Jose Mourinho has made a decent enough start in his quest to stay among the most unpopular managers to visit the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The carefully manicured hairstyle has given way to a “number one” crop that would prompt residents of Cobham to cross the road should the Chelsea manager take a stroll round the Surrey town after training.

A tin helmet may be of more use than a scary haircut when the Portuguese takes his champions to the more aggressive surrounds of Old Trafford, Anfield, White Hart Lane and Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium. And he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Mourinho said: “I only want to be loved by my people at Chelsea. If I go to another English stadium and people love me there it is because I am a loser with Chelsea.”

Beckham trying for fourth baby

The couple are said to be desperate to have a daughter. And they’re not wasting any time getting on with it as they romp their way around Europe.

David Beckham, 31, has told close friends they’ve been trying non-stop for a baby.

A source said: “They’ve had their problems in the past but they’re all gone. It’s as if they’re on their honeymoon again. They just can’t stop touching and kissing each other.”

The couple already have three sons ‘ Brooklyn (7), Romeo (3), and Cruz (1). But the source added: “David has told us he can’t wait to be a father again and another child, especially a daughter, would complete the family.”

The pair has been holidaying in the south of France, Marbella and Italy.

Another red card for Rooney

Wayne Rooney has been shown the red card as the face of Asda just three months into a ‘3 million deal ‘ but they’ve kept fiancee Coleen McLoughlin on.

The supermarket giant told the striker last week that his poor World Cup performance, together with his sending off, meant he just wasn’t worth the money.

Then, adding insult to injury, he was told they just want his fiancee McLoughlin to front the George at Asda clothing range.

A friend of the player said: “Initially the deal was ‘3 million for Wayne and Coleen together. They were dead chuffed. But Asda’s American owner Walmart took a dim view of how much it was costing, England’s poor performance in the World Cup and Wayne’s minimal contribution to the team.

“When he was sent off for stamping on Ricardo Carvalho in the quarter-final against Portugal it was the final straw.”

Joy and despair for Bergkamp

Dennis Bergkamp has revealed the family heartbreak that has clouded his retirement from big-time football.

In the last few weeks the Arsenal legend has discovered his 74-year-old father Wim is suffering from cancer.

As he prepared for his testimonial at Arsenal’s new Emirates Stadium ‘ a match that was kicked off by his father ‘ Bergkamp said: “It is fantastic to see all the football legends turning up. I’ve had the best years of my career at Arsenal. To be playing until I was 37 and achieving so many things is down to my upbringing ‘ especially the things my mum and dad did for me.”

Fitting send-off for legend

The good and the great in the contemporary history of Arsenal and Holland last weekend paid tribute to the man who has become a club legend.

And it is a mark of the esteem in which Dennis Bergkamp is held Thierry Henry interrupted his holiday in Florida to be at the Dutchman’s testimonial. Also in attendance were Dutch heroes Johan Cruyff and Marco van Basten.

Henry was not due back in training for another week after helping France to the World Cup final but he was determined to be at such a historic day.

Not only was it the first game at Arsenal’s new home, it was also the last appearance in a club shirt for Bergkamp ‘ a player Henry reveres.

Wonderkid heading for the top

Alan Stubbs has watched Wayne Rooney develop from Everton wonderkid to the great hope of English football ‘ and he reckons the Manchester United striker will be better than ever after his World Cup shame.

The Everton defender still keeps in constant touch with Rooney even though it is now two years since his ’30 million defection to Old Trafford. He has told Rooney he was wrong to plead his innocence for the stamp on Ricardo Carvalho that brought him a red card in the quarter-final defeat by Portugal.

Stubbs said: “I felt a little bit sorry for Wayne because he was stumbling back and there had been two fellas pulling him back. He should have got a foul. But to be honest that’s not the real issue. It’s a fact that he did what he did and it wasn’t right.”

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