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May 12, 2003

England eye 2006 World Cup win

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The News Review:

* Security fears hang over ‘time to make friends’
* Goal famine fails to dent McIlroy’s enthusiasm
* Eriksson signals Seaman exit
* England eye 2006 World Cup win
* Turks call up 5,000 police for England’s match in Istanbul
* Turkey’s defence susceptible to pace
* Hartson spins Celtic to top
* SI.com – Soccer – UK: Beckham could be sold for US$56m — Kenyon -…
* Culture & Lifestyle | 05.12.2003 Top Teams Face Rocky Road to…
* Scots chief Vogts sees Rae of hope
* West Ham relegated
* Southgate backs edgy Mills
* Kerr keeps faith in Bohemians’ star
* McCann provides cause for concern
* Round-up: Vieira out until December

Security fears hang over ‘time to make friends’
Telegraph.co.uk – May 12, 2003
The security side will be no different for us than preparing for any game; we will prepare seriously as we always do. “From a footballing perspective, Belfast should hold few fears for Sven-Goran Eriksson’s team. Northern Ireland have not scored in two years and England have not conceded a goal to them in their last seven meetings. Given the inclusion of Wales in the group, it almost sees a restoration of the old Home Internationals which were squeezed off an increasingly crowded calendar 20 years ago. “Over the years there have been many attempts to get the Home Internationals back on but it never happened,” said Mark Hughes, the Wales manager. “We are really grateful that FIFA have pulled it off! We now have a mini one in the offing. Everyone will be very excited… Michael Owen will particularly relish performing on Cardiff’s wonderful stage given the Liverpool flier’s Welsh connections. England’s right-back, Gary Neville, will need to be on his guard against his Manchester United team-mate, Ryan Giggs. If Eriksson is clever at the fixtures meeting and engineers the schedule to play Wales in either of the first two fixtures, Wales would be without Giggs, who has been suspended for two games for elbowing the Russian, Vadim Evseev, during the Euro 2004 play-offs. Wales will decide next week whether to appeal against the ban, but Hughes said: “We are going to miss potentially our main world-class player. We hope the fixtures are kind to us and hope that it is not against the stronger teams in the group. “The coaches of Austria and Poland also aired their fears over England. “England are the great favourites,” said Austria’s Hans Krankl.

Goal famine fails to dent McIlroy’s enthusiasm
Telegraph.co.uk – May 10, 2003
On the same day, across the Aegean Sea, Northern Ireland play Greece in Athens. Greece must win to automatically qualify for the finals so there is likely to be a highly charged and intimidating atmosphere to test the team and supporters. Northern Ireland can.

Eriksson signals Seaman exit
go.com – May 12, 2003
The veteran goalkeeper, fully fit but just four months from his 40th birthday,reaches the end of his employment at Highbury after Saturday’s FA Cup Final withSouthampton. Seaman is taking over from Bob Wilson as the club’s goalkeeping coach butthere is still indecision over whether he will continue as a player. Eriksson, who indicated the Gunners themselves may be unsure over whether tooffer Seaman another 12-month contract extension, reacted to the uncertainty byleaving him out for the friendlies with South Africa and Serbia and Montenegroand the Euro 2004 qualifier with Slovakia. And even worse news for Seaman, who has 75 caps, came with Eriksson’sconfirmation that even if he wins a new deal at Arsenal, he will only berecalled if he is first choice for the Gunners ahead of Stuart Taylor and thekeeper Arsene Wenger plans to recruit this summer. Eriksson, who recalled Leicester’s Ian Walker to a 25-man squad also featuringWest Ham’s David James and Leeds’ Paul Robinson, said: ‘I talked to David onSaturday and told him we would stick with the goalkeepers we had againstLiechtenstein and Turkey. ‘He took it like a great man and professional and said ‘Of course, I’mdisappointed but it had to happen sooner or later’. ‘The only reason for this is because I don’t know David’s situation for nextseason… ‘He took it like a great man and professional and said ‘Of course, I’mdisappointed but it had to happen sooner or later’. ‘The only reason for this is because I don’t know David’s situation for nextseason. ‘I don’t know if Arsenal know what will happen. And I couldn’t ask ArseneWenger about it when we met recently. ‘Changing the goalkeeper again now and maybe again in August wouldn’t begood. ‘The curtain is certainly inching down on Seaman’s reign as England number onetonight – a development cemented by Eriksson’s declaration he would need to be aHighbury regular to return next term. ‘I don’t know if it’s the end or not and this doesn’t mean I’ve closed thedoor on him for good,’ the Swede added.

England eye 2006 World Cup win
Telegraph.co.uk – May 12, 2003
In spite of all the misery, Eriksson’s leading players are not weighed down by pessimism. They have faith in English talent and they are certain that other nations are put off by English vigour. When Alan Hansen kept saying on television during the Euro 2004 draw “no one wants to be in the same group as England”, he was not just being loyal to the league that put bread on his table. For all the technical and tactical shortcomings of the Premiership, England’s World Cup qualifying opponents – Wales, Northern Ireland, Austria, Poland and Azerbaijan – can be sure they face an ordeal: a trial of the spirit, made worse by the ferocity of English support. The calendar, though, has not been kind. It is English football’s misfortune that two huge draws took place within a fortnight of Jonny Wilkinson’s landscape-transforming kick. Rugby’s two-year seminar on the art of the possible has inspired all sorts of athletes.

Turks call up 5,000 police for England’s match in Istanbul
Telegraph.co.uk – May 10, 2003
The genial former Turkish Army tank commander, who is in charge of security at Istanbul’s Fenerbache stadium, is braced for the biggest security operation Turkey has seen when England arrive for Saturday’s Euro 2004 decider. Myriad challenges face officials from both countries seeking to prevent a repeat of the tragic clashes three years ago when Leeds United fans, Christopher Loftus and Kevin Speight, were stabbed to death by a Turkish mob. The cupboard in Mr Tarhan’s office contains just a few weapons: a big knife with a stained blade, a clutch of rockets, three canisters streaked with scorch marks and tub of ancient alloy coins… Inside the Fenerbache stadium 300 more private security people will be deployed. To prevent England supporters even reaching the ground is the second objective. Normally it is not difficult to spot an English football fan at Istanbul’s Attaturk airport, especially when they stagger between aircraft and bar, shouting “E” for England. The authorities hope that by Saturday they will have prevented any fans reaching Turkey. Suspected football supporters will be removed from flights before departure, or deported on landing, after it was decided not to sell tickets to English fans. Despite the measures, scores of football fans are expected to make it to Istanbul. More than a dozen known trouble makers in English football supporter clubs are planning to slip into Turkey via a convoluted ferry route.

Turkey’s defence susceptible to pace
Telegraph.co.uk – May 10, 2003
You only had to watch his composure and technique when he chipped in the goal against Brazil at the World Cup to know this is a striker who can deliver at the highest level. So if the news on his fitness today is bad, the question will be how England fare without him. Going into this decisive game the signs for the England team are not great. They want to avoid having to go into the play-offs for a spot at Euro 2004 at all costs, because there are likely to be some very tasty teams involved in that competition. It would be inconceivable for England not to qualify and yet they would only have themselves to blame.

Hartson spins Celtic to top
Telegraph.co.uk – May 10, 2003
It was also the first fixture in Scottish football history to feature two Champions League contenders but Vogts was to be found at Tynecastle, where the more homely bill of fare combined two UEFA Cup entrants in the shape of Hearts and Dundee United. A glance at the Rangers and Celtic team sheets told the story which so disenchants Vogts, who will today assemble his Scotland squad for next weekend’s crucial Euro 2004 qualifier with Lithuania at Hampden Park. When the Old Firm pair came together at Ibrox, Alex McLeish selected the same players who drew with Panathinaikos in Greece while Celtic were forced by the suspension of Bobo Balde to make one change. Enter Liam Miller as the Irish entry in Glasgow’s Eurovision gong contest, a medal chase which – on Saturday’s count – featured a grand total of 18 nationalities… Those who agitate for the Old Firm to transport their charms to some other league might reflect that the other leagues have got here first. How fanciful it is now to remember the days when mastery of a single guttural dialect was the only way to be understood in the Rangers dressing-room but the statistics do not lie. The pitch might be a foreign country on these occasions, but not the past. The usual musical themes were in evidence, especially the ditty about King James and his rebel band who, for all the resident foreigners know, could be some obscure local rock group. But though they may not grasp the choral nuances, the incomers instinctively respond to the bedlam from the stands and increase their work rate frenetically. Even Nuno Capucho, that deceptive speed merchant – he is slower than you think – had to be taken off suffering from exhaustion having actually got behind the Celtic defence on one occasion. Nevertheless, there was more of a considered tactical feel about this affair than in most Old Firm derbies of yore.

SI.com – Soccer – UK: Beckham could be sold for US$56m — Kenyon -…
SI.com – May 12, 2003
88 million) transfer from Leeds last July is the British transfer record. Kenyon said he and manager Alex Ferguson would only be tempted by a bid of 35 million pounds (US$56) or more for Beckham. “I think we have to look at those kind of offers, it would be remiss not to,” Kenyon told BBC Radio. “The reality is that the process starts with Sir Alex and I sitting down and formulating a plan of what we really want for our team and our squad for next season. “The key is to work out how the team evolves so that we do not undergo revolution every four or five years. ” Kenyon said United had lost star names in the past and coped well, pointing out that United won the Champions Cup, Premier League and FA Cup the season after influential midfielder Eric Cantona retired. “The success of Manchester United is about the team; David Beckham is an essential part of our team,” Kenyon said… “He won’t travel to South Africa and he will have a scan in the morning. He is also a doubt for the other matches. ” England plays South Africa on May 22 in Durban, Serbia-Montenegro in a friendly on June 3 in Leicester and a Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia on June 11 in Middlesbrough. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson said Saturday he was likely to pick Rooney for South Africa, despite Moyes’ objections. “I think he has done remarkably well and we watch him train every day, in action every day and if you want the best for him in the European Championships I think it would be better to give the boy a break,” Moyes said before Sunday’s match. Eriksson said earlier Sunday he acknowledged Moyes’ concerns, but would pick Rooney if he wasn’t injured. “He has a diamond in his hand and he tries to protect it and make it go the way they want — as we all hope it goes,” Eriksson said.

Culture & Lifestyle | 05.12.2003 Top Teams Face Rocky Road to…
Deutsche Welle – May 12, 2003
The other six second-placed teams will then be paired off to play each other over two-legged play-offs for the remaining three places. Celebrity hosts make European draw. Germany coach Rudi Völler watched with interest as a number of his European counterparts were drawn against tricky opponents. Top Europeans face tough groups

The top seeds in the UEFA group — England, France, Portugal, Sweden, the Czech Republic, Spain, Italy and Turkey — were all separated but that didn’t mean that they would all avoid difficult challenges. England face local rivalries against Wales and Northern Ireland while Italy take on Berti Vogts’ Scotland and the difficult Norwegians. Former champions France will also face heavy resistance in their visits to the Republic of Ireland and Switzerland… The Czech Republic will have to repeat their Euro 2004 exploits against the Dutch while Portugal, Sweden and Spain will spend their qualification games laboring against awkward Eastern European sides. African stars breathe easy

The seeded African teams — which are hoping to fulfill Brazilian legend Pele’s prophecy that a nation from the continent will soon win the ultimate trophy — were also separated in their draw with Cameroon, Nigeria, South Africa and Senegal, France’s tormentors at last year’s competition, all destined to face lower opposition in the group stage. In the Oceania group, favorites Australia and their South Pacific neighbors New Zealand get a free ride into the second round of their qualification phase, a helping hand that could see the Socceroos once again reach the play-off stages against one of the winners from the South America, Asia or CONCACAF groups. Long way to go for holders.

Scots chief Vogts sees Rae of hope
Telegraph.co.uk – May 10, 2003
Suitably attired, if not impressed, the Scottish international manager sat in Tynecastle’s rickety main stand wrapped-up for weather which was as changeable as the fortunes of both sides. On Saturday, there was wind, rain, and blinding sun, but it was the glaring inconsistencies on the pitch which will have concerned the Scottish international manager. Lithuania this Saturday is a must-win game if Scotland are to qualify for Euro 2004, and all this week Vogts must preach to his side the need to concentrate… Suitably attired, if not impressed, the Scottish international manager sat in Tynecastle’s rickety main stand wrapped-up for weather which was as changeable as the fortunes of both sides. On Saturday, there was wind, rain, and blinding sun, but it was the glaring inconsistencies on the pitch which will have concerned the Scottish international manager. Lithuania this Saturday is a must-win game if Scotland are to qualify for Euro 2004, and all this week Vogts must preach to his side the need to concentrate. A long, high ball from Gary Brady on the quarter hour saw Webster badly misjudge the situation, leaving Nacho Novo the chance to score with a low shot which squirmed under Topi Moilanen. However, while Webster was losing his concentration – and temper, as Dundee launched a robust approach – Pressley epitomised a never-say-die spirit traditionally bottled and labelled at international level.

West Ham relegated
Dispatch Online – May 12, 2003
Rooney’s knock means he is set to miss the May 22 match in Durban which had threatened to place the 17-year-old striker in the middle of a club versus country row. Everton manager David Moyes has repeatedly called for Rooney to be given as much rest as possible. But national coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was worried that Rooney could lose match sharpness by the time England face Slovakia in a June 11 Euro 2004. — Sapa-AFP

Sheringham’s sad swansong

LONDON — Blackburn grabbed a UEFA Cup place following a 4-0 drubbing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane here yesterday in a tough final soccer match for Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham. Rovers’ win, plus Everton’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Goodison Park meant Graeme Souness’s side will play European football at their Ewood Park ground next season. But while this was a superb day for Blackburn, it was one of the worst days of coach Glenn Hoddle’s troubled reign, and a disappointing final appearance for Sheringham who has been told he will not be offered a new contract… — Sapa-AFP

Sheringham’s sad swansong

LONDON — Blackburn grabbed a UEFA Cup place following a 4-0 drubbing of Tottenham at White Hart Lane here yesterday in a tough final soccer match for Spurs striker Teddy Sheringham. Rovers’ win, plus Everton’s 2-1 defeat to Manchester United at Goodison Park meant Graeme Souness’s side will play European football at their Ewood Park ground next season. But while this was a superb day for Blackburn, it was one of the worst days of coach Glenn Hoddle’s troubled reign, and a disappointing final appearance for Sheringham who has been told he will not be offered a new contract.

Southgate backs edgy Mills
Telegraph.co.uk – May 11, 2003
“Certainly one of the reasons the manager brought him to the club was because of the edge that he has, and I think that’s definitely helped us in the period of time since he’s been here. “Feelings were running high as the game came to its conclusion and beyond, with Wolves midfielder Alex Rae being sent off for an ugly lunge at Mills and a scuffle breaking out in the tunnel as the teams left the pitch. Southgate played down the problem in the tunnel, which came just days after the English and Turkish Football Associations were fined following a similar incident, during England’s hard-fought 0-0 draw in Istanbul to qualify for Euro 2004. But Southgate, a man whose behaviour is often held up as an example to others, does not believe things have deteriorated in recent times, on the field at least. “I lose my rag from time to time on the field,” he said. “I think everybody does. I don’t think you’re human if you don’t react at certain times to different things that go on during the course of a game.

Kerr keeps faith in Bohemians’ star
rte.ie – May 12, 2003
The Dubliner has kept faith with the majority of the squad that beat Norway 1-0 last month at Lansdowne Road. Celtic’s Colin Healy and Hibernian’s Nicky Colgan will both be missing due to the concluding games in the SPL. Leeds United’s Gary Kelly has also asked to be left out of the squad for the qualifiers as he feels he needs time to overcome injuries picked up during a dogged season for the Yorkshire club. “He’s asked not to be considered so he can fully recover from the injuries he’s picked up,” Kerr said… Celtic’s Colin Healy and Hibernian’s Nicky Colgan will both be missing due to the concluding games in the SPL. Leeds United’s Gary Kelly has also asked to be left out of the squad for the qualifiers as he feels he needs time to overcome injuries picked up during a dogged season for the Yorkshire club. “He’s asked not to be considered so he can fully recover from the injuries he’s picked up,” Kerr said. Richard Dunne is back in the squad after his impressive performance against Norway after being called into the squad as late cover, while Steven Reid of Millwall is also included. Kerr has also kept faith with League of Ireland star, Glen Crowe. Squad: Given (Newcastle United), Murphy (West Bromwich Albion), Carr (Tottenham Hotspur), Breen (West Ham United), Dunne (Manchester City), Harte (Leeds United), O’Shea (Manchester United), Finnan (Fulham), Cunningham (Birmingham City), O’Brien (Newcastle United), Carsley (Everton), Holland (Ipswich Town), Kinsella (Aston Villa), Kilbane (Sunderland), McPhail (Leeds United), Quinn (Sheffield Wednesday), Reid (Millwall), Duff (Blackburn Rovers), Connolly (Wimbledon), Lee (Rotherham), Keane (Tottenham Hotspur), Crowe (Bohemians), Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur). Filed by Ciaran Walsh.

McCann provides cause for concern
Telegraph.co.uk – May 10, 2003
Vogts has already lost Don Hutchison of West Ham and Rangers’ forward Steven Thompson – who came through a knee operation successfully last Friday but will remain unavailable for several months – as well as Kevin Kyle, who is suspended. The absence of another forward would reduce his attacking options considerably. McCann scored in Scotland’s two recent qualifiers, against the Faroe Islands at Hampden Park and Germany in Dortmund and even with a slim haul of three goals he is second only to Steve Crawford among the front men. He limped off during Southampton’s 1-0 defeat by Newcastle United on Saturday and the Saints manager, Gordon Strachan, said: “He is feeling very sore at the moment… There were no signs of disarray as Aberdeen – who had failed to win in Ayrshire in 14 outings – took the lead through David Zrilic and doubled their advantage when Steve Tosh beat the sluggish Kilmarnock defence and goalkeeper Francois Dubordeaux with a carefully placed shot. Scott Booth made it 3-0 just after the break after good work by Tosh. Kilmarnock’s disaffected supporters were not placated by Colin Nish’s goal, struck on the rebound after Steve Fulton’s free kick had struck the crossbar.

Round-up: Vieira out until December
Telegraph.co.uk – May 11, 2003
Vieira suffered a thigh injury during the game against Newcastle on September 26, and aggravated it during the Champions League match in Kiev on October 21. His recovery, as well as the one-game suspension arising from the away match at Manchester United, could mean that he will not be back until the Carling Cup tie with Wolves on December 2. Nicolas Anelka returns to the Manchester City squad for the UEFA Cup match against Polish side Groclin, after recovering from a calf strain. Anelka, who Kevin Keegan claims was rested for the victory at Southampton despite rumours of a disagreement between the two, could partner Robbie Fowler with Paulo Wanchope returning to the bench despite scoring at St Mary’s… Gerard Houllier has a selection dilemma in defence as Liverpool prepare for tomorrow’s UEFA Cup second-round tie against Steaua Bucharest in Romania. Stephane Henchoz and John Arne Riise are in contention, as well as the less experienced Igor Biscan and Djimi Traore, who have played in recent games. According to Houllier, Riise has been rested because he will feature in Norway’s forthcoming Euro 2004 play-off with Spain, while Biscan has retained his place despite Henchoz’s return from injury. Houllier is without Michael Owen, who has had three scans on his ankle problem. El-Hadji Diouf returns to the squad after suspension, while Florent Sinama-Pongolle is in contention for a starting place up front. But Houllier is more likely to use Harry Kewell and Emile Heskey, with Vladimir Smicer retained in an attacking midfield role. Provisional squad: Dudek, Finnan, Biscan, Hyypia, Traore, Diouf, Murphy, Gerrard, Smicer, Kewell, Heskey, Kirkland, Sinama-Pongolle, Le Tallec, Diao, Riise, Henchoz, Hamann, Welsh.

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