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August 4, 2003

Speed focused on ‘crucial’ qualifier

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The News Review:

* COACHES PLAY DOWN AMSTERDAM ROW
* ‘Mental edge’ earns recall for Ferguson
* Eriksson to assess Rooney’s England claim
* Speed focused on ‘crucial’ qualifier
* Leeds’ Bakke sidelined with knee injury
* SI.com – Soccer – Bayern’s Deisler is Germany’s big hope…
* First and last: David Coulthard | Sport | The Observer
* McBride emotional at being sent to Coventry

COACHES PLAY DOWN AMSTERDAM ROW
4TheGame – Aug 4, 2003
But Houllier, whose Liverpool side had Neil Mellor and England star Steven Gerrard sent off late in the game, has insisted that Sunday’s match was of a hard-fought and tempestuous nature because both sets of players were so keen to impress. He denied there was any ill feeling between the two teams, and said: “Red cards happen because the players wanted to win, but they overreacted a little bit. ” And of England’s trip to Turkey for the potentially vital Euro 2004 qualifier, Houllier added: “That’s another game and you can’t compare it with this. “The players don’t care about that game yet. ” Although Mellor’s dismissal was clear cut, the youngster being punished for a rash lunging tackle on Gabriel Tamas, Houllier stood up for Gerrard who was apparently dismissed for comments made to the referee. Houllier said: “I talked to him and Gerrard told me that he didn’t insult the referee or swear at all. I don’t understand why the referee sent him off… I don’t understand why the referee sent him off. ” Galatasaray boss Terim was keen to escape the controversy in Amsterdam as his team prepared to fly home to Istanbul following the four-team tournament which also involved hosts Ajax and Inter Milan. “It’s not important what happened,” said the former AC Milan and Fiorentina coach. “England versus Turkey is not the same as Liverpool v Galatasaray. “We leave everything on the field and won’t bear any grudges.

‘Mental edge’ earns recall for Ferguson
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 4, 2003
He was forced to pull out of Scotland’s Euro 2004 qualifier against Lithuania on April 2 before missing Saturday’s Scottish Premier League clash with Partick Thistle through suspension. Despite only taking part in two training sessions during that time, McLeish has no qualms about playing the influential midfielder. He said: “He has trained two days out of the last 10 and he is desperate to play so he’ll take an injection and we’ll have him back. He has a really tough mentality. He hasn’t done a lot of training but we have been so impressed with his mental edge… He is a winner and he is desperate to get back into action and his qualities on the left side are of a very high standard. “One player McLeish was pleased to see back in action was long-term casualty Michael Ball. The former Everton defender had not featured for Rangers for 14 months, but he played 45 minutes of the Under-21s win over Partick last night. He showed no ill effects following his knee operation in America last year and McLeish is hopeful he can make a full recovery soon. He said: “I thought that if he played a part in any game this season, it would be a bonus, and he has achieved that. “He has worked very, very hard and came through the game with no ill effects, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed for a successful comeback. ” Craig Moore is suspended for the tie and Maurice Ross is rated doubtful after picking up a knock, but Lorenzo Amoruso returns from suspension.

Eriksson to assess Rooney’s England claim
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 2, 2003
Not only is Rooney returning from a four-game suspension but Sven-Goran Eriksson, the England coach, visits the Valley to assess the talented teenager before announcing an expanded squad to face Australia in a friendly at Upton Park next Wednesday. If Rooney is capped aged 17 years and 111 days, he will become the youngest England international in history, eclipsing James Prinsep, the Clapham Rovers player who was 17 years and 252 days for his one and only England cap against Scotland at the Oval in 1879… Although there is a possibility of Rooney being named in the under-21s and then drafted into the seniors following the usual spate of withdrawals for friendlies, Everton will be happy for Rooney to go straight into Eriksson’s squad providing he is shielded from the media. Eriksson’s inclinations towards Rooney have been fostered further by the flu draining Alan Smith, the Leeds United forward. Although Smith is suspended for England’s next competitive match, the Euro 2004 qualifier in Liechtenstein on March 29, Eriksson wanted to keep a player he admires within the fold. Training with England and then sitting in the stand might have focused Smith’s mind on the importance of staying calm during games. Yet Smith, like Rooney, is clearly part of Eriksson’s long-term plans. Eriksson said yesterday that “there will be some new, fresh names in the squad” and James Beattie, Southampton’s confident forward, can expect a first cap in the second half against Australia. Eriksson clearly remains committed to the currently misfiring Liverpool axis of Michael Owen and Emile Heskey.

Speed focused on ‘crucial’ qualifier
BBC News – Aug 2, 2003
Wales play in Belgrade on 20 August knowing that a win will give them a five point lead over main rivals Italy with only three Group Nine games to play. Speed played in the 2-1 defeat against Romania in 1993 when Wales failed to secure World Cup qualification at the final hurdle. And the Wales captain says he is determined not to let another golden opportunity slip through his fingers. “Serbia and Montenegro have had a lot of disruptions, but I don’t know whether that’s a good or bad thing for us,” he told BBC Sport… Wales play in Belgrade on 20 August knowing that a win will give them a five point lead over main rivals Italy with only three Group Nine games to play. Speed played in the 2-1 defeat against Romania in 1993 when Wales failed to secure World Cup qualification at the final hurdle. And the Wales captain says he is determined not to let another golden opportunity slip through his fingers. “Serbia and Montenegro have had a lot of disruptions, but I don’t know whether that’s a good or bad thing for us,” he told BBC Sport. “We’ve got to make sure we perform and hopefully we can win the game. That will give us a five point cushion going into the Italy game (6 September).

Leeds’ Bakke sidelined with knee injury
SI.com – Aug 4, 2003
But he played in two games for Norway over and is now suffering from patella tendinitis. Bakke might need surgery. “He was advised to rest in the summer, but by not doing this it has led to this problem now,” Leeds physio Dave Hancock said. Bakke will miss Leeds’ season opener in two weeks and two of Norway’s Euro qualifiers next month, the club said. He could be out for a “few” months. “I have had the injury since March. I have put too much pressure on it as I wanted to play the Euro 2004 qualification games this summer,” Bakke said… He could be out for a “few” months. “I have had the injury since March. I have put too much pressure on it as I wanted to play the Euro 2004 qualification games this summer,” Bakke said. Leeds said it would seek compensation from the Norwegian FA if Bakke requires surgery. The club alleges it told Norwegian officials Bakke needed rest over the summer. Roeder says Defoe is staying at West Ham LONDON (AP) — West Ham manager Glenn Roeder insists star striker Jermain Defoe isn’t going anywhere. The Sun reported Monday that English champions Manchester United would land Defoe in a 10 million pound ($US16 million) deal this week and that the young striker has already bought a house in Manchester.

SI.com – Soccer – Bayern’s Deisler is Germany’s big hope…
SI.com – Aug 3, 2003
Kaiserslautern had three defenders limp off the pitch with injuries Saturday in a 1-0 loss to 1860 Munich. The 23-year-old midfielder’s successful comeback — which drew raves — coincides with a rash of injuries to Germany World Cup players before the Aug. 20 friendly against Italy and September’s Euro 2004 qualifiers. That’s why Germany coach Rudi Voeller might call up Deisler for the Italian match, reversing himself after saying the midfielder needed to prove himself with Bayern Munich first. “Let’s wait and see. Sebastian did a great job. But this decision is far too important… But this decision is far too important. A week or two won’t make a difference,” Voeller said. With injuries to World Cup starters Dietmar Hamann, Thorsten Frings and Christoph Metzfelder, Voeller might not have much choice about a Deisler nomination. Although he would like to give Deisler more time, Voeller also wants the squad facing Italy to be identical to the one which plays Scotland and Iceland in the Euro 2004 campaign. A few more performances like the one against Frankfurt and the German fans and coaches are likely to clamor for his call back. “His performance, at times, was at the very highest level,” praised Bayern Munich manager Uli Hoeness. “He’s got unbelievable potential.

First and last: David Coulthard | Sport | The Observer
The Observer – Aug 3, 2003
He started karting at the age of 11 and quickly progressed through the Formulas, joining the Williams F1 team – as a replacement for the late Ayrton Senna – in 1994. He now drives for McLaren Mercedes and lives in Monaco. First time you got roaring drunk? I can’t remember much about it to be honest, but then that’s what happens when you are roaring drunk! Last time you experienced road rage? Sorry, but it’s not something I suffer from. I never get angry when I am racing either. First time you overtook Michael Schumacher? I can’t remember the first time I overtook Michael – it wasn’t a great landmark in my career. One of the most satisfying manoeuvres was at the French Grand Prix in 2000. I had an ongoing battle with Michael right from the start of the race… First time you were asked for your autograph? I honestly can’t remember – probably when I was in Formula Ford. Last time you went to a Scotland football match? Living in Monaco, it’s a bit tricky to get to many Scotland matches, but I enjoy supporting the team from afar. They are doing all right in the qualifying for the Euro 2004 championships. The match against Germany at Hampden, when we drew 1-1, was a good result. First time you broke a bone? I broke my arm when I was 10. I fell off a fence outside my home. Last time you changed the oil on your car? Luckily, I don’t have to do that – I have a brilliant team of mechanics at McLaren Mercedes who do that for me! My job is simply to drive it fast.

McBride emotional at being sent to Coventry
Edinburgh Evening News – Aug 2, 2003
Under the management of Ray Stewart, he savoured the high of winning promotion from the Second Division in his first season. The high continued through the reign of Jim Leishman and Davie Hay as the club ascended to the Premier League and experienced UEFA Cup football last season. Personal recognition followed for the Glasgow man when Berti Vogts asked him to accompany the Scotland side on its trip to the Far East last summer, and he’s remained a part of the German’s backroom team throughout the Euro 2004 qualifying campaign. Taking all that into consideration, it’s remarkable to think that he’s still only 29 years old. Now McBride – affectionately dubbed “Man wi’ Specs” by the Lions fans – has sent himself to Coventry for the next chapter in his story and he has ambitiously set his sights on a shot at the Premiership. He said: “I hadn’t been planning on leaving Livingston until I got a call from Eric Black asking if I would be interested in moving to Coventry. “I think my involvement with Scotland has undoubtedly helped get me the job but I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to continue with it… Apart from my acquaintance with Eric, I don’t know anybody down there and I’ve never lived away from Glasgow before. “But Coventry are a big team in a good league with ambitions to return to the Premiership. “That might not happen for a couple of years, but if I’m being honest that’s a stage I would love to be involved in. ” Qualifying for Europe obviously ranks at the top of his most memorable moments at Almondvale. However, a physio’s most engaging work is that which is unseen. The long hours spent in the treatment room nursing players through rehabilitation from serious injuries have made up a huge chunk of his job and it is those success stories which have resulted in the most personal pride. He has relished his five years at the West Lothian club but, while he can’t wait to embark on his new adventure he is anxious to thank those who made his time at Livingston so worthwhile and enjoyable.

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