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August 26, 2006

RTÉ Sport: Ferguson denies illegal moves

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The News Review:

* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Oubina in Spain squad for…
* Ferdinand toe injury clouds view from top
* McClaren’s England plan taking shape
* RTÉ Sport: Ferguson denies illegal moves
* Domenech lays down the law to Makelele
* Larsson banned following low blow
* Plotting a route towards 2008
* Johnson recalled to England squad
* Chelsea’s Robben is Dutch absentee
* Neville facing lay-off
* Football diary: Keane to get started
* Premiership team-news

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Oubina in Spain squad for…
BBC News – Aug 25, 2006
The Celta Vigo player is included in an unchanged 22-man panel at the expense of Villarreal’s Marcos Senna. Arsenal midfielder Jose Antonio Reyes, who has not played for the Gunners recently, also retains his place. Spain host Liechtenstein in Badajoz on 2 September and then take on N Ireland at Windsor Park four days later. Oubina helped Celta to sixth place last season on their return to the top flight… The Celta Vigo player is included in an unchanged 22-man panel at the expense of Villarreal’s Marcos Senna. Arsenal midfielder Jose Antonio Reyes, who has not played for the Gunners recently, also retains his place. Spain host Liechtenstein in Badajoz on 2 September and then take on N Ireland at Windsor Park four days later. Oubina helped Celta to sixth place last season on their return to the top flight. Senna was dropped for the scoreless friendly draw against Iceland in Reykjavik on 15 August match because he had played so little for his club in pre-season after being on the verge of a move to Manchester United. Barcelona players Carlos Puyol and Xavi retain their places after dropping out of the Iceland game because of injury.

Ferdinand toe injury clouds view from top
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 26, 2006
At times United were almost imperious against Premiership newcomers Watford, but they also showed old defensive frailties and for brief periods, when the Hornets buzzed frantically around their goal, looked positively panic stricken. Equally, it is not easy to gauge whether Watford are headed straight back to the Championship or set for a season of improbable survival. They displayed all the energy and enthusiasm of the newly promoted but also the naivety that tends to go with it. For much of the second half their manager, Adrian Boothroyd, took up residency in his technical area, clutching a sheaf of rolled up papers as if ready to make his players sit a written Premiership exam after the final whistle. It could not have been any harder than the practical they were put through here. Boothroyd said: “That was our worst performance so far, though that’s encouraging in a sick kind of way because there is so much more to come… And he will be pleased finally to have put £18 million signing Michael Carrick, who surrendered to tiredness in the 74th minute, on the starting grid, and to have the suspended Wayne Rooney and Paul Scholes available after one more game. Only the news that Rio Ferdinand had a suspected broken toe after stubbing his foot near the end has clouded the immediate future for Ferguson. For England it may mean Ferdinand missing the Euro 2008 qualifying matches against Andorra on Saturday and Macedonia the following Wednesday. He will have a scan today and Ferguson said he did not expect him to be available for international duty. Rather than allowing himself to be intimidated by the jeers, he appears to be drawing succour from them, displaying a new maturity in his game.

McClaren’s England plan taking shape
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 26, 2006
It was such a bright idea that it did not burn out until the day he knocked on the door of a Division One training ground, wearing his tracksuit and carrying a set of cones. Now England’s Steve McClaren, who would never put his chin in an area where it would be likely to be met by a left jab, has modified the plan by inviting himself to watch club training sessions. But the concept behind it is the same as Taylor’s: to foster better relationships between the England manager and the clubs and to bring him closer to his players. What he is aiming for is a Club England, in which players feel as at home as with their Premiership teams. And the fact that Jose Mourinho did not chase McClaren out of Chelsea’s Cobham headquarters on Monday suggests that the clubs have not rejected it out of hand… The clubs are quite happy to co-operate and it’s in their interests, too, to know what I’m thinking and knowing that their players are getting the correct training and instruction they need when they are with England. “As an example, McClaren admitted that he decided to play Steven Gerrard on the right wing in his first game in charge against Greece only 10 days ago after talking to his Liverpool manager, Rafa Benitez. Mind you, for Saturday’s opening Euro 2008 qualifier at Old Trafford, McClaren could play Gerrard in goal and still expect to take three points from Andorra, who have won only three matches in their history. A marginally tougher encounter faces England the following Wednesday against Macedonia in Skopje, where they struggled to win 2-1 in a Euro 2004 qualifier in September 2003. At the back of McClaren’s mind might be the fact that England have traditionally performed badly in September fixtures, which was why he wanted the Greece friendly before the start of the season. That 4-0 win has, like many England performances, been blown out of all proportion, as if it somehow compensated for the poverty of this summer’s World Cup performances. McClaren side-stepped the bandwagon by saying: “It was an encouraging start for me.

RTÉ Sport: Ferguson denies illegal moves
rte.ie – Aug 25, 2006
Yet Ferguson rejects the accusation he has held talks with the 25-year-old. ‘I have not spoken to the boy,’ said the United manager. ‘I have not ready the comments and I know nothing about it but that is not right (that United made an illegal approach). ‘
Ferguson said the move for Hargreaves was no nearer, although he was still waiting to discover whether chief executive David Gill had been able to instigate any fruitful discussions with Bayern officials at yesterday’s Champions League draw. ‘We know what the situation is,’ said the Scot. ‘We just need Bayern to tell us what is happening. ‘
Ferguson remains keenly interested in the player, who is due back in Manchester next week as England begin preparations for next weekend’s Euro 2008 qualifier with Andorra at Old Trafford… ‘We know what the situation is,’ said the Scot. ‘We just need Bayern to tell us what is happening. ‘
Ferguson remains keenly interested in the player, who is due back in Manchester next week as England begin preparations for next weekend’s Euro 2008 qualifier with Andorra at Old Trafford. And Hargreaves is just as desperate to join the Red Devils. With less than a week now remaining before the transfer window closes and Bayern showing no sign of buckling, the Calgary-born midfielder can see the prospect of his dream move disappearing fast. However, he has left Bayern in no doubt that if they force him to remain in Munich, they will be keeping him against his will. ‘It is not up to me any more,’ Hargreaves told Bild.

Domenech lays down the law to Makelele
Irish Times – Aug 25, 2006
The 33-year-old midfielder has been included in Domenech’s squad for the qualifiers against Georgia and Italy next month – despite announcing the end of his international career for the second time after the World Cup final defeat by Italy in the summer. Domenech wants Makelele to be part of his Group B campaign and Fifa’s rules state that any player who refuses an international call-up can be banned for two club games. Domenech declared: “We had a discussion (with Makelele) but I didn’t ask for his opinion. For me it would be unthinkable to see a great player playing for a great club not playing for his national team.

Larsson banned following low blow
CNN – Aug 25, 2006
"It is the competition committee’s consideration that the blow took place in retaliation for Jonsson’s actions against Larsson and not to get himself loose," the committe said. "Larsson has therefore gone against current regulations and shall be penalised," it added in a statement. Larsson said in his statement he had not used his fist but pushed Jonsson in the stomach with his open hand and that the blow was not hard. The two games Larsson will miss include one against Helsingborg’s local south Sweden rivals Malmo. Isaksson absentFirst choice goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson will miss Sweden’s opening Euro 2008 qualifiers against Latvia and Liechtenstein in September because of a foot injury. Isaksson, who moved to Manchester City from Stade Rennes earlier this month, will undergo surgery to remove a bone chip. Fredrikstad keeper Rami Shaaban is likely to replace Isaksson against Latvia in Riga on September 2 and against Liechtenstein in Gothenburg four days later… Larsson said in his statement he had not used his fist but pushed Jonsson in the stomach with his open hand and that the blow was not hard. The two games Larsson will miss include one against Helsingborg’s local south Sweden rivals Malmo. Isaksson absentFirst choice goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson will miss Sweden’s opening Euro 2008 qualifiers against Latvia and Liechtenstein in September because of a foot injury. Isaksson, who moved to Manchester City from Stade Rennes earlier this month, will undergo surgery to remove a bone chip. Fredrikstad keeper Rami Shaaban is likely to replace Isaksson against Latvia in Riga on September 2 and against Liechtenstein in Gothenburg four days later. Viborg’s John Alvbage has been named as backup keeper.

Plotting a route towards 2008
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 26, 2006
Gary Neville’s absence with an ankle injury means that his brother Phil, or more likely Charlton Athletic’s Luke Young, will start. After naming his England squad yesterday, Steve McClaren will spend this weekend hoping that none of his chosen ones succumb to injury. Already without strikers of the quality of Wayne Rooney, Michael Owen and Dean Ashton, and defenders of the European Cup-winning calibre of Neville and Jamie Carragher, McClaren is hardly blessed with options outside of midfield. The weekend’s Premiership assault course permitting, Paul Robinson should start in goal behind a back-line of Young, Rio Ferdinand, captain John Terry and Ashley Cole… “Andy deserves his chance in this squad after starting the season well with his new club,” McClaren said. “He’s a great lad and a real team player who always gives everything. “McClaren’s predecessor clearly did not agree, having left Johnson among the reserves for the World Cup. Even when Johnson started for England under Eriksson, a pacey central striker then at Crystal Palace was bizarrely used down the right flank, most notably in a friendly against Holland at Villa Park. Johnson, understandably, was delighted yesterday simply to be back among the elite. “When I joined Everton I said that it would be good for my international ambitions and that’s been proved right,” he said yesterday. “Every player wants to represent his country and I’m no different in that.

Johnson recalled to England squad
CNN International – Aug 25, 2006
"It’s always disappointing to lose someone of Gary’s quality and experience. He’s an important part of the squad, but we have good cover in Luke Young and Phil Neville who are very capable deputies," added McClaren. "Joe (Cole) is not quite ready. I’ve discussed his fitness with (Chelsea manager) Jose Mourinho and there is no point taking any chances. "There was no place for former captain David Beckham who was dropped by McClaren for the Greece match. England host Andorra at Old Trafford on September 2 and play away against Macedonia four days later. Squad:Goalkeepers: Paul Robinson (Tottenham), Chris Kirkland (Liverpool), Ben Foster (Manchester United)Defenders: Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), Wes Brown (Manchester United), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), Michael Dawson (Tottenham), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), John Terry (Chelsea), Luke Young (Charlton), Phil Neville (Everton)Midfielders: Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham), Kieran Richardson (Manchester United), Shaun Wright-Phillips (Chelsea), Michael Carrick (Manchester United)Forwards: Andrew Johnson (Everton), Darren Bent (Charlton), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Jermain Defoe (Tottenham).

Chelsea’s Robben is Dutch absentee
CNN International – Aug 25, 2006
"Next week we will contact the medical staff at Chelsea to see how his injury is progressing," said Van Basten who for the time being has left Robben out. Van Basten has again omitted striker Ruud van Nistelrooy of Real Madrid and Barcelona’s Mark van Bommel. "For now we made the choice not to pick them, but there is always a possibility we might do in the future," Van Basten said. He included Van Bommel’s Barcelona team-mate Giovanni van Bronckhorst and new Chelsea defender Khalid Boulahrouz. Both defenders are suspended for the match in Luxembourg following their dismissal against Portugal in the second round of the World Cup. Netherlands will travel to Luxembourg on September 2 and host Belarus four days later in Group G which also includes Albania, Bulgaria, Romania and Slovenia. Goalkeepers: Henk Timmer (Feyenoord), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United)Defenders: Urby Emanuelson (Ajax), John Heitinga (Ajax), Tim de Cler (AZ Alkmaar), Kew Jaliens (AZ Alkmaar), Joris Mathijsen (Hamburg), Andr? Ooijer (Blackburn), Giovanni van Bronckhorst (Barcelona), Khalid Boulahrouz (Chelsea)Midfielders: Wesley Sneijder (Ajax), Stijn Schaars (AZ Alkmaar), Nigel de Jong (Hamburg), Rafael van der Vaart (Hamburg), Denny Landzaat (Wigan), Theo Janssen (Vitesse Arnhem)Forwards: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax), Robin van Persie (Arsenal), Ryan Babel (Ajax), Martijn Meerdink (AZ Alkmaar), Dirk Kuyt (Liverpool), Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (Celtic).

Neville facing lay-off
Ireland Online – Aug 25, 2006
Neville has been struggling with a calf injury since returning from the World Cup and though he did figure in the season opener against Fulham last weekend he was forced off after just 45 minutes. Alex Ferguson confirmed today that Neville has now been ordered to take a complete rest in the hope of him being fit to face either Tottenham at Old Trafford on September 9 or Arsenal eight days later… Vidic will not be considered for the trip to Vicarage Road, where Michael Carrick is expected to make his first start since his move from Tottenham in the summer. Team (from): Van der Sar, Kuszczak, Brown, Ferdinand, Silvestre, Evra, Ronaldo, Fletcher, O?Shea, Miller, Richardson, Carrick, Park, Giggs, Saha, Solskjaer, Rossi.

Football diary: Keane to get started
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 26, 2006
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Premiership team-news
Irish Times – Aug 25, 2006
The 23-year-old is on a year’s loan at Vicarage Road from United — but the terms of the deal mean is he ineligible to play against Sir Alex Ferguson’s side. Manager Adrian Boothroyd must choose whether to play Richard Lee or veteran player-coach Alec Chamberlain in goal, while captain Gavin Mahon has recovered from the illness that forced him off at half-time during the 1-1 draw with West Brom. Gary Neville (calf) has been ruled out of the trip to Vicarage Road plus England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia next week. Neville has now been ordered to take a complete rest in the hope of him being fit to face either Tottenham at Old Trafford on September 9 or Arsenal eight days later. Nemanja Vidic has broken his wrist and will not be considered for the Watford trip, where Michael Carrick is expected to make his first competitive start. Wigan (19) v Reading (10)Unsettled defender Pascal Chimbonda could reclaim his place in the Wigan squad after a calf injury. The Frenchman may have to settle for a spot on the bench after only returning to training on Thursday… Gary Neville (calf) has been ruled out of the trip to Vicarage Road plus England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia next week. Neville has now been ordered to take a complete rest in the hope of him being fit to face either Tottenham at Old Trafford on September 9 or Arsenal eight days later. Nemanja Vidic has broken his wrist and will not be considered for the Watford trip, where Michael Carrick is expected to make his first competitive start. Wigan (19) v Reading (10)Unsettled defender Pascal Chimbonda could reclaim his place in the Wigan squad after a calf injury. The Frenchman may have to settle for a spot on the bench after only returning to training on Thursday. Centre-back Ibrahima Sonko is suspended following his sending off at Aston Villa in midweek, with Brynjar Gunnarsson expected to pip summer signing Sam Sodje for a place in the starting line-up. Striker Dave Kitson remains sidelined by a knee injury but winger Glen Little should claim a place on the bench after shrugging off a hamstring problem.

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