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September 4, 2005

Rooney irked by England’s reliance on him

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The News Review:

* Forgotten man
* Eriksson’s tactics under fire
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Giggs eager to outdo pal…
* Rooney irked by England’s reliance on him
* Hearts captain Steven Pressley is calling on other clubs to take…
* Zidane return lifts France but Irish won’t lie down
* France host Faroes in Lens
* Lippi continues to ring changes for Italy
* England stutter to 1-0 win in Cardiff
* Zizou is the key – Gallas

Forgotten man
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 4, 2005
“Everything we’ve spoken about has been positive. ” A quiet sort, Vassell prefers to deal with issues internally. He is determined to put Portugal behind him — through actions, not words. Seeking to rebuild a career that fell into disrepair following Euro 2004 — he scored just three times for Aston Villa last season in a campaign interrupted by a broken ankle — Vassell is going back to the foundations. England can come later. What he wants now is to reassert himself as a striker at club level. “My main priority is here,” he said.

Eriksson’s tactics under fire
TVNZ – Sep 3, 2005
Eriksson has been under fire in the British media after a 4-1friendly defeat in Denmark two weeks ago and has been accused ofrelying on player input to decide his formation for the Group Sixtie at the Millennium Stadium. Beckham told a news conference on Saturday that Eriksson, whoguided England to quarter-finals at the 2002 World Cup and Euro2004, discussed matters with players before nearly every game. “This happens all the time. this ‘player power’ thing comesup all the time (in the media).

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Giggs eager to outdo pal…
BBC News – Sep 2, 2005
I have always felt we can do it, we just didn’t take it against Russia to get to the Euro 2004 finals (in a play-off),” Giggs added. “I still believe that in the four or five years that I have still got left playing for Wales, there will be another chance to get to a finals. I intend to be around to see it happen. “When I finish I will be able to say `I have done everything I can for my country’, I am sure of that. “But I am a long way from that point yet, I am thinking of what I can still achieve for Wales and the end is a long way off… He relished playing alongside fellow Liverpool legend Dalglish and says Rooney is every bit as dangerous. “He’s an exceptional talent, a truly exceptional talent,” Toshack said ahead of the Cardiff clash. “He knows how to make things difficult for defenders and has a lethal shot – Kenny Dalglish was the same. ”

Toshack knows the Manchester United youngster is in top form already this season, but refuses to consider making special plans for the Millennium Stadium encounter.

Rooney irked by England’s reliance on him
Independent Online – Sep 2, 2005
It came courtesy of Rooney who bludgeoned away at their defence, panicked experienced international defenders into simple mistakes and joyfully bellowed obscenities into Sky’s pitch-side microphones when he scored. The 19-year-old is the type of striker who conquers rather than plunders, and the Millennium Stadium is his kind of stage. If Wales need reminding ahead of Saturday’s tie, then it was against them last year that Rooney made his international return following a broken bone suffered during Euro 2004. That day Rooney was shifted to an unfamiliar position behind Defoe and Owen. The dispiriting news for Wales was that he appeared to love it. Distributing the ball with ease, he dribbled around four opponents in the second half before Danny Gabbidon lunged in. The teenager has been tough on himself since the defeat to Denmark, although no one who witnessed the capitulation in Copenhagen this month would pin any blame on him… ”

It is, these days, arguably impossible for Eriksson to pick a bad team as long as the name of Rooney is entered upon England’s team sheet. His last act, with 89 minutes played in United’s victory over Newcastle on Sunday, was to pick the ball up in the right-back position and surge past Andy Faye, no slouch himself, before whipping in a low cross for Ruud van Nistelrooy to finish. There does not seem to be a position on the pitch from which he does not know the direction to goal. The growing reliance of England upon Rooney appears to embarrass him a little. Confronted with the widely held belief that, if he stays fit, England have a real chance in Germany, Rooney said: “A lot of people say things like that, but it’s a team game and we wouldn’t get anywhere without the other players. “If you look round the team, we’ve got some of the best players in the world. Without them, nothing is possible.

Hearts captain Steven Pressley is calling on other clubs to take…
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 4, 2005
This week, it is gulping down some fresh air. “I get the feeling that it is not all about us and Celtic this season,” said Alex McLeish after victory in the Old Firm game. The Rangers manager’s foresight proved painfully accurate seven days later when his team lost 3-0 to Hibs. As Ivan Sproule completed his hat-trick in Glasgow, over in Edinburgh Craig Gordon’s save against Motherwell ensured Hearts’ fifth successive league win. When the race resumes on Saturday, the hope is that it will continue to be more than a two-horse one. If Hearts extend their run to seven victories with successful visits to Livingston and Inverness in the next fortnight, they will come into their encounter with Rangers at Tynecastle on September 24 hoping to catch McLeish’s squad preoccupied by their impending visit to a deserted San Siro to face Inter Milan… 6m from Halifax Bank of Scotland to Ukio, his own banking group, on lower interest rates. The wage funds he has put at the disposal of his manager, George Burley, have come with the caveat that he will have a say in signings, and the only fee Hearts have paid so far is £300,000 for Michal Pospisil. Rudi Skacel, Edgaras Jankauskas and Samuel Cammazola are loans while Panagiotis Fyssas, who played for Greece at Euro 2004, and Ibrahim Tall are Bosmans. “I wasn’t entirely sure how we were going to do that. I wondered if it would be bringing young players like Saul Mikoliunas and Deividas Cesnauskis and looking to develop them and it would be a longer-term strategy, but bringing in guys of Edgaras Jankauskas’s quality shows the intent that he has. It’s not just him, I look at the left-back we just signed (Fyssas) and he’s got fantastic pedigree.

Zidane return lifts France but Irish won’t lie down
The Observer – Sep 4, 2005
‘ As Djibril Cisse adds: ‘We all feel better to have these players back. We have more confidence, more serenity and, above all, more quality in the team. ‘Kerr prefers not to believe the hype. It is worth recalling that France were poor at Euro 2004, and all three of the returning anciens were in the meek XI who were turfed out by Greece. Tactically and psychologically, even the heavy hitters struggled not so long ago. ‘At the time of the draw, people’s minds were clearly jizzed up by the idea of having the previous world champions and European champions in the group. But the pressure is on them,’ says Kerr.

France host Faroes in Lens – Sep 3, 2005
It’s as simple as that. ”
“We will have to play each one of them like they are cup finals. We must not consider that some are easier than others. They are all worth three points. ”
With Zidane back in the squad, the former World and European champions look more confident and solid. The influential midfielder scored in the 3-0 victory over Ivory Coast in a friendly last month, their most convincing win since Domenech took over from Jacques Santini after Euro 2004. Many view Wednesday’s qualifier against Ireland as do-or-die, but Domenech warned his players against underestimating the Faroes, who are bottom of the group with just one point… They are all worth three points. ”
With Zidane back in the squad, the former World and European champions look more confident and solid. The influential midfielder scored in the 3-0 victory over Ivory Coast in a friendly last month, their most convincing win since Domenech took over from Jacques Santini after Euro 2004. Many view Wednesday’s qualifier against Ireland as do-or-die, but Domenech warned his players against underestimating the Faroes, who are bottom of the group with just one point. France struggled to beat the Faroes 2-0 in Torshavn last September, when they played most of the second half with 10 men after captain Patrick Vieira was sent off. “They will come here hoping for a shock result,” Domenech said. “We must remember that we suffered a lot in the first leg there.

Lippi continues to ring changes for Italy – Sep 2, 2005
Cagliari’s Antonio Langella became the 46th player to be called up by Lippi since he replaced Giovanni Trapattoni after Euro 2004. Langella was added to the squad following the withdrawal of Roma striker Antonio Cassano with a knee injury. His policy has claimed several notable casualties… Lippi has also shown himself more willing than his predecessor to try out young players. Parma striker Alberto Gilardino, Roma midfielder Daniele De Rossi and defender Giorgio Chiellini of Fiorentina have all graduated from Italy’s under-21 team to become regular senior squad members. That does not mean the door is closed to Serie A’s older players. Christian Vieri, 31, has been rewarded for his recent form with a return to the national side. The Russia coach, Georgy Yartsev, has little room for manoeuvre after a spate of withdrawals left him with only 15 outfield players. Spartak Moscow striker Roman Pavlyuchenko pulled out after suffering a thigh strain at the weekend. Injuries had already ruled out the Zenit St Petersburg duo of striker Andrei Arshavin and midfielder Vladimir Bystrov, while CSKA Moscow goalkeeper Igor Akinfeyev and team-mate Alexei Berezutsky counted themselves out because of club commitments.

England stutter to 1-0 win in Cardiff
Sunday Times – The Sunday Times – Sep 4, 2005
“It was a relief to come away with the three points,” he said. England remain unbeaten under Eriksson’s management after 21 qualifying ties in World Cup and European Championship football. They may be awful in friendlies, but they tend not to lose when it matters. Owen’s fitness permitting, England will revert to 4-4-2 against the Northern Irish, who beat Azerbaijan 2-0 yesterday. “I’ll have to see how Michael looks in training on Monday and Tuesday,” Eriksson said.

Zizou is the key – Gallas – Sep 2, 2005

Zizou is the key ? Gallas
September 2, 2005
France and Chelsea ace William Gallas admits the return of Zinedine Zidane has given Les Bleus a boost of massive proportions ahead of the run-in to the Group Four qualification section. Zidane will play his first competitive international since Euro 2004 when Raymond Domenech?s side take on the Faroe Islands in Lens on Saturday evening. The Real Madrid star, a three-time winner of the World Player of the Year award, will stand in Ireland?s way at Lansdowne Road next Wednesday, and Gallas is understandably delighted by the 33-year-old?s return. The versatile defender said: ?Zidane is the team’s maestro. With him, you can adapt your strategy during a match. Everybody needs a guy like Zizou on his side… ?Winning in Ireland is perfectly possible, even if we will probably suffer for 90 minutes,? he said. ?I am confident we can do it. It would not be such a great achievement to win there. We will suffer, but we’ll do it. ?

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