CRYSTAL Palace defender Darcy Blake has been fined almost £2,000 for speeding on a motorway. The Wales international pleaded guilty to breaking the 70mph speed limit on the M4 in January. He was sentenced in his absence to a £1,600 fine, £160 victim surcharge, £85 prosecution costs and given five penalty points. Blake, 24, did not attend the hearing at Swindon Magistrates' Court on Monday after pleading guilty by post. He was caught by manned equipment breaking the speed limit on the Swindon stretch of the motorway through Wiltshire on January 22. A second charge of failing to provide a licence to a police officer on the same date was withdrawn. The case had been adjourned from August 12. Blake, from New Tredegar, Gwent, was praised for his performance against England at Wembley in September 2011. The defender was credited with keeping Wayne Rooney on the margins of the game as the Three Lions edged an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Gary Speed's team. Blake played in subsequent victories over Switzerland, Bulgaria and Norway. But despite having shone along the likes of Gareth Bale and close friend Aaron Ramsey, he was dropped by new Wales boss Chris Coleman for not being fit enough. He has not played for Crystal Palace's first team since a 2-2 draw with Blackpool on December 8. The defender was signed from Cardiff City for £350,000 last August, but has struggled to make an impression under new Eagles boss Ian Holloway. He has revealed on his Twitter account that he is trying to get fit and is a Top Gear fan, writing: "New series of top gear #greattv." A spokesman for Crystal Palace declined to comment.
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