Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 13, 2006

Dutch dump striker van Nistelrooy

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The News Review:

* Heads roll as McClaren starts his revolution
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales disrupted by Bellamy…
* FA to investigate Cole comments
* Dutch dump striker van Nistelrooy
* Utd target Senna is Spain absentee
* Man Utd clear up Kuszczak details
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Ashton receives England call…
* Lafferty is included in NI panel
* Ben Haim suspended by Israel boss

Heads roll as McClaren starts his revolution
Guardian Unlimited – Aug 12, 2006
I’d like to wish the best of luck to John Terry [the new captain] and will offer him my complete support. “McClaren was as adamantly diplomatic: “He’s been a fantastic player with England and he has been a great captain but now I have decided to move on from that. Let’s talk about the future and the younger players that are coming through that we want to establish in the team for Euro 2008. “Sven-Goran Eriksson’s successor, however, was not to be let off that easily and had to describe his phone call to Beckham. It was made just before Real set off for the current trip to the United States. McClaren argued that the experience had not been so agonising because of “the relationship we’ve had over many years and the respect we’ve had for one another”. He was on more harshly realistic territory when he added: “It’s a conversation that happens in football quite a few times.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Wales disrupted by Bellamy…
BBC News – Aug 11, 2006
“If Craig were unable to train it would make playing difficult, but not impossible. “He is a key player, but obviously there are some things that are outside our hands. ”

The court case is expected to last three days and Bellamy has denied the charges. The player’s solicitor, Matthew de Maid, had tried to have the trial at Cardiff magistrates’ court brought forward to avoid a clash with Wales matches.

FA to investigate Cole comments
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 11, 2006
Cole, who was one of the players booked in the match, has backed his manager’s comments, saying Chelsea were being singled out because of their success. He said: “When I was at Arsenal and we started to win things, the referees started to question our discipline and give us yellow cards and now I have come to Chelsea and it’s exactly the same. “If you’re going to have a referee like that then you know it’s not worth playing the game because you know you’re going to get a hard time. “Hackett had earlier expressed his disappointment at Cole’s criticism of Poll.

Dutch dump striker van Nistelrooy
CNN International – Aug 11, 2006
"Van Nistelrooy won the last of his 54 caps in the 0-0 draw with Argentina in their final group match at the World Cup finals in June. He was left on the bench throughout the second round defeat by Portugal. Defenders Khalid Boulahrouz and Giovanni van Bronckhorst, sent off in the stormy defeat by Portugal, were not named in he squad as they are suspended for the opening Euro 2008 qualifier against Luxembourg next month. Van Basten was delighted captain Edwin van der Sar, undisputed first choice since 1995, had decided to continue his international career and add to his 113 caps. "We asked Edwin after the World Cup about his future and told him we wished him to continue," added Van Basten. "We are pleased with his decision because he impresses as man, captain and player.

Utd target Senna is Spain absentee
CNN International – Aug 11, 2006
Coach Luis Aragones said he omitted Brazilian-born Senna because the Manchester United target had not played enough in his club’s pre-season program. "He only played 20 minutes in a recent game and has had some little problems," explained Aragones who prefers Celta Vigo’s Borja Oubina. The highly-rated young midfielder Oubina was a solitary new face in the 22-man squad. Oubina made a vital contribution to Celta’s impressive campaign last season which saw them finish in sixth place in the table on their return to the top flight. "We wanted to see Oubina because he is certain to be with us next year," said Aragones… After a promising start to the tournament, Spain were sent packing in the first knockout round after losing 3-1 to eventual finalists France. Skipper Raul kept his place despite a disappointing World Cup and will win his 100th cap if he plays in Tuesday’s match. As well as next week’s friendly, Spain will also meet Iceland in qualifying for Euro 2008 in March and September of next year. Spain open their qualifying campaign wth games against Liechtenstein and Northern Ireland at the start of September. Denmark, Sweden and Latvia are their other opponents in Group F.

Man Utd clear up Kuszczak details
BBC News – Aug 11, 2006
Paul McShane and Luke Steele went the other way as part of the deal. “He has come to us on loan for the first year and then will join us permanently in July 2007,” said United chief executive David Gill. “We would not have been interested in signing any player, even as one as good as Tomasz, on loan. ”

He added: “We would hope Tomasz remains a Manchester United player for many years to come. ”

Kuszczak, 24, will act as understudy to Edwin Van der Sar, with youngster Ben Foster staying a second season at Watford. “He has plenty of ability and knows what challenges the Premiership presents,” said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson of the 24-year-old. “He will benefit from working alongside a great keeper like Edwin van der Sar… “We would not have been interested in signing any player, even as one as good as Tomasz, on loan. ”

He added: “We would hope Tomasz remains a Manchester United player for many years to come. ”

Kuszczak, 24, will act as understudy to Edwin Van der Sar, with youngster Ben Foster staying a second season at Watford. “He has plenty of ability and knows what challenges the Premiership presents,” said United manager Sir Alex Ferguson of the 24-year-old. “He will benefit from working alongside a great keeper like Edwin van der Sar.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Ashton receives England call…
BBC News – Aug 11, 2006
David Beckham is dropped while Wayne Rooney, who is suspended for the first two Euro 2008 qualifiers, is rested. Sol Campbell and David James have been also been left out, but Jermain Defoe, Phil Neville, Wes Brown and Chris Kirkland return to the squad. Luke Young, Kieran Richardson, Darren Bent and Shaun Wright-Phillips are in.

Lafferty is included in NI panel
BBC News – Aug 13, 2006
The teenager was part of the panel which travelled to face Romania and Uruguay in the United States. Nottingham Forest midfielder Sammy Clingan, who impressed on the tour, is also included but Steve Davis is ruled out because of a thigh strain. Damien Johnson is left out as he misses the first two Euro 2008 qualifiers. Johnson must serve a two-game ban after being dismissed against Austria in the World Cup qualifying series. Warren Feeney returns to the squad and Cheltenham’s Grant McCann is included while David Healy will join up with the squad if he comes through Leeds’ Championship match with Crystal Palace unscathed. Colin Murdock and Dean Shiels are not in Lawrie Sanchez’s travelling panel but Hibs striker Shiels is chosen for the Under-21 squad to face Romania in a Euro 2007 qualifying game on Tuesday. Sheffield Wednesday winger Chris Brunt, a regular member of Sanchez’s senior squad, is relegated to the U21s this time… Johnson must serve a two-game ban after being dismissed against Austria in the World Cup qualifying series. Warren Feeney returns to the squad and Cheltenham’s Grant McCann is included while David Healy will join up with the squad if he comes through Leeds’ Championship match with Crystal Palace unscathed. Colin Murdock and Dean Shiels are not in Lawrie Sanchez’s travelling panel but Hibs striker Shiels is chosen for the Under-21 squad to face Romania in a Euro 2007 qualifying game on Tuesday. Sheffield Wednesday winger Chris Brunt, a regular member of Sanchez’s senior squad, is relegated to the U21s this time. Northern Ireland squad to face Finland:Goalkeepers – Maik Taylor (Birmingham City), Roy Carroll (West Ham)Defenders – Tony Capaldi (Plymouth Argyle), Stephen Craigan (Motherwell), Chris Baird (Southampton), Aaron Hughes (Aston Villa), Michael Duff (Burnley)Midfielders – Grant McCann (Cheltenham Town), Stuart Elliott (Hull City), Keith Gillespie (Sheffield Utd), Sammy Clingan (Nottinghan Forest), Steve Jones (Burnley), Ivan Sproule (Hibernian)Forwards – Warren Feeney (Luton Town), James Quinn (Northampton Town), David Healy (Leeds United), Kyle Lafferty (Burnley).

Ben Haim suspended by Israel boss
BBC News – Aug 13, 2006
Ben Haim, 24, joined the squad ahead of Tuesday’s friendly with Slovenia but decided not to train with the team on Saturday, citing an injury. Team spokesperson Shaul Aizenberg said: “Coach Dror Kashtan has sent Ben Haim back home after he refused to take part in Saturday’s training session. “This, despite the fact that the team doctor declared he was fit. ”

Ben Haim, who has made 22 international appearances, will now meet up with the Bolton squad on Monday ahead of their Premiership opener at home to Tottenham next Saturday. It means his future in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, where Israel are drawn against England as well as Croatia, Russia, FYR Macedonia, Estonia and Andorra in Group E, is in doubt… “This, despite the fact that the team doctor declared he was fit. ”

Ben Haim, who has made 22 international appearances, will now meet up with the Bolton squad on Monday ahead of their Premiership opener at home to Tottenham next Saturday. It means his future in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, where Israel are drawn against England as well as Croatia, Russia, FYR Macedonia, Estonia and Andorra in Group E, is in doubt.

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