Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

August 29, 2006

United hope Sir Bobby can swing Hargreaves deal

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The News Review:

* I am no slave, says Makelele
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Sanchez upbeat for Windsor…
* Cole to be given time by England
* United hope Sir Bobby can swing Hargreaves deal
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Bellamy key for Wales -…
* Keane confirmed as Sunderland manager
* Bhoys still in talks for Gravesen

I am no slave, says Makelele
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 29, 2006
To add to the confusion, Fifa spokesman Andreas Herren said: “The general situation is that any player is free to decide that he is not playing for his national team. There is no Fifa rule to prevent any player stopping his international career, that’s up to him. “Makelele came out of international retirement a year ago to help France qualify for the 2006 World Cup. Mourinho said on Sunday that his player was being treated like “a slave” by France coach Raymond Domenech, who wants him to continue even though Makelele expressed his wish to “re-retire” from international football.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Sanchez upbeat for Windsor…
BBC News – Aug 29, 2006
“I think we’ve got a good chance of upsetting one or two teams and doing well in this group,” he said. “The players are keen to do well after our last campaign although we have to be spot-on against Iceland on Saturday. “We’ve had no pull-outs which is first class. We have a committed squad which wants to do well for N Ireland… “All the players want to be here and all 21 named in the squad should be here by Wednesday. “Any time we do fail it won’t be through lack of commitment – it will be because we’ve been outclassed by a superior team. “But hopefully we can bridge that gap more often than not.

Cole to be given time by England
Ireland Online – Aug 29, 2006
Cole was still an Arsenal player as he prepared to join his England team-mates in Manchester today ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia. The transfer window closes at midnight on Thursday but England commitments do not prevent transfers taking place. Andrew Johnson completed his ?8. 6m move from Crystal Palace to Everton while on international duty before the World Cup. It would be counter-productive for the Football Association to refuse Cole permission to leave the team?s northern base to tie up his transfer before the window shuts… There is no doubt that Jose Mourinho still wants Cole, despite the recent signing of versatile defender Khalid Boulahrouz and the improved form of Wayne Bridge. Mourinho said: ?We are not desperate. Wayne Bridge is playing very well but we have only one left-back and that is the problem. ?Cole, 25, played for Arsenal?s reserves in a 4-0 win against Charlton yesterday in a bid to stay sharp ahead of the two England games. But it would be difficult for Wenger to welcome Cole back into the first-team fold after his summer of unrest. Mourinho, who loses most of his first-team squad to international duty this week, gave his players a day off from training today. Didier Drogba is one of only a handful of senior players left behind at Chelsea.

United hope Sir Bobby can swing Hargreaves deal
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 29, 2006
Ironically, Hargreaves, 25, one of the few success stories of England’s disappointing World Cup finals, will travel to Manchester tomorrow to prepare for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia. Although he will not be able to link up with his prospective team-mate Wayne Rooney through a two-match suspension imposed for a controversial red card in the World Cup quarter-final against Portugal, he will be able to get an Old Trafford appraisal from Rio Ferdinand. The United defender looked to be on his way out of the squad with a broken toe after limping out of Saturday’s Premiership victory at Watford but fears of a fracture were dismissed yesterday. Scans have revealed nothing more serious than heavy bruising and Ferdinand has been cleared to appear in new England head coach Steve McClaren’s first competitive fixture. United’s transfer activity before the closure of this month’s window may not be confined to Hargreaves because reports in Italy continue to link them with Juventus striker David Trezeguet.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Bellamy key for Wales -…
BBC News – Aug 29, 2006
“Craig has been on fire this season, he can be our key man,” said Gabbidon. “He is a fit lad, he can run all day and he has that skill to be a good finisher. “He could easily play up front on his own for us the way he plays with that energy. Thankfully he’s on my side at international level.

Keane confirmed as Sunderland manager
Telegraph.co.uk – Aug 29, 2006
Keane has been promised money is available for transfers following the takeover of the club in the summer, but will only have until Thursday’s transfer deadline to bring players in. Quinn said: “Roy has signed, it’s done and dusted. ” Rio Ferdinand has been cleared to join the England squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Andorra and Macedonia. However, a scan yesterday suggested there was only bruising rather than a break and further examination has left United’s medical staff able to pass Ferdinand onto their England counterparts. The news will be a major boost for McClaren, who faced the prospect of having to re-jig his defence for the Andorra and more hazardous Macedonia games… Betfair, the betting exchange firm, handed in details of all bets placed in the 24 hours before Redknapp’s return but the Scottish international midfielder received only a stern warning. An FA spokesman said: “There is no suggestion that Richard Hughes had inside information and passed it on to others, but he was reminded of his responsibilities with regard to the rules about players betting. ” FA regulations state that a player, manager or director may not bet on any match or competition in which their clubs are involved or which they can influence. Neither are they allowed to use or pass on inside information on transfers or appointments for betting purposes. The FA Compliance unit have warned, however, that their investigation into the Portsmouth case is on-going and that another development could be revealed soon. Bolton striker Kevin Davies has been ruled out for up to six weeks with a depressed fracture of the cheekbone. The 29-year-old sustained the injury when he was elbowed in the face by Charlton’s Hermann Hreidarsson in Saturday’s Premiership defeat at The Valley.

Bhoys still in talks for Gravesen
Ireland Online – Aug 29, 2006
A Celtic spokesman said: ?Talks are ongoing but there will be no press conference today. ?The former Everton star signed autographs for fans and promised a decision soon. Gravesen was allowed to leave Denmark?s training camp to fly to Scotland for talks but has returned to prepare for Friday?s friendly against Portugal and next week?s Euro 2008 qualifier in Iceland… Portsmouth manager Harry Redknapp claimed the Bulgarian was set to join up with former boss Martin O?Neill. But Petrov?s agent Tony McGill told PA Sport: ?Stilian has not signed for anybody. ?I am working on other projects now. I have spent too much time on this now. < ?If it happens somebody is going to have to do an awful lot of work and it?s not going to be me. ?

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