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September 20, 2006

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The News Review:

* Monday’s football gossip
* England can do without me, says Beckham
* The Last Word: At last UEFA has seen sense
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Hull City | Ricketts faces cheekbone…
* Coaches attack prequalifying idea
* Given has surgery on stomach injury
* Australian pair sign with Hearts
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Colchester United | Iwelumo plea for…

Monday’s football gossip
BBC News – Sep 18, 2006
(Various)

Ex-Middlesbrough midfielder Doriva is being targeted by Bolton, Wigan and Portsmouth. (Daily Mail)

Bolton are ready to let former England goalkeeper Ian Walker go out on loan. (Daily Mirror)

OTHER GOSSIP

Real Madrid midfielder David Beckham will not get the England recall he desperately wants. (The Sun)

Beckham was so distressed at giving up the England captaincy that he was physically sick after he made the announcement. (Daily Mirror)

Fifa is to take no action against Hearts owner Vladimir Romanov despite his claims of bias against Russian referee Yuri Baskakov. (The Sun)

France coach Raymond Domenech will call up Claude Makele to his squad to face Scotland despite the Chelsea midfielder wishing to retire from international football. (The Sun)

England boss Steve McClaren may try to persuade Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement… (The Sun)

France coach Raymond Domenech will call up Claude Makele to his squad to face Scotland despite the Chelsea midfielder wishing to retire from international football. (The Sun)

England boss Steve McClaren may try to persuade Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes to come out of international retirement. (Various)

Liverpool’s Jermaine Pennant will receive his first England call-up as a replacement for the injured Aaron Lennon for next month’s Euro 2008 qualifiers. (Daily Star)

Manchester United midfielder Michael Carrick is likely to assume the holding role for England’s Euro 2008 qualifiers next month after it was confirmed that Owen Hargreaves had broken a leg. (The Guardian)

Meanwhile, McClaren left a brief message on Sol Campbell’s answerphone to let him know he had been dumped. (The Sun)

France boss Raymond Domenech has said he has total backing from other national coaches over his decision to call up Claude Makelele, despite the Chelsea midfielder wanting to retire from the international scene – and Blues boss Jose Mourinho being unhappy with the move. (Daily Express)

Chelsea midfielder Michael Ballack apologised to Liverpool’s Mohamed Sissoko after the German was dismissed for a stamp on his opponent.

England can do without me, says Beckham
Independent Online – Sep 20, 2006
Beckham, 31, hankers after an England comeback, but expects new head coach Steve McClaren to steer the team into the European finals whether or not he is brought back into the squad. “I’m certain England will qualify without me,” said the high-profile Real Madrid midfielder, who had a poor World Cup earlier this summer and then decided to give up the captain’s armband. “They have a good team and great players and a very good chance of winning something at some point soon,” said Beckham.

The Last Word: At last UEFA has seen sense
Jerusalem Post – Sep 18, 2006
Just over a month after the ceasefire between Israel and Hizbullah came into effect, European soccer’s governing body realized there was no reason to ban Israel from hosting European-level matches in the country. Looking back over the last month it is difficult to understand why it took so long. Israel was not allowed to host these games even though the war was over. It was one thing when there was a war going on with Hizbullah and the Lebanese group’s leader Hassan Nasrallah continually threatened to send missiles into Tel Aviv. However annoying it was to hear Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez going on about how crazy it would be to let his players travel to Israel, he had some sort of a point. Even though Tel Aviv had not been attacked and the south of the country felt completely safe, there was a threat there. But for the last month there has been no threat and it has been totally out of order for UEFA to force four Israeli club sides as well as the national team to play outside of Israel… Even though Tel Aviv had not been attacked and the south of the country felt completely safe, there was a threat there. But for the last month there has been no threat and it has been totally out of order for UEFA to force four Israeli club sides as well as the national team to play outside of Israel. It was lucky for Israel that it was the home game against Andorra, the weakest team in it’s Euro 2008 qualifying group, that was played in Holland. How much more difficult would it have been to face Russia, Croatia or England in front of hardly any fans away from home. The whole idea of home advantage is that the game is played in the comfort of your own stadium in front of your own fans. Betar Jerusalem and Bnei Yehuda were not so lucky. After difficult first legs, both these Israeli teams lost the opportunity to play the second leg of their UEFA Cup games in front of their own supporters, and were subsequently knocked out of the competition without having even hosted a game.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Hull City | Ricketts faces cheekbone…
BBC News – Sep 20, 2006
The 24-year-old suffered the injury during extra time of Hull’s Carling Cup win over Hartlepool on Tuesday. Ricketts, who has been ever-present for Hull this season since joining from Swansea, is likely to miss Wales’ Euro 2008 double-header early next month. “It would be a massive disappointment to miss those two games, where we’ll be looking to get two wins,” he said. “I’ve got to have an operation to pull the bone back in my cheekbone. “It’s just like a dent, really, more than just a straight crack. “I’m not sure where we go from there, whether I’ll be able to wear a mask or have to wait for the bone to mend… “I’ve got to have an operation to pull the bone back in my cheekbone. “It’s just like a dent, really, more than just a straight crack. “I’m not sure where we go from there, whether I’ll be able to wear a mask or have to wait for the bone to mend. “I’ll find that out in the next few days after talking to a specialist. ”

Ricketts sustained the injury in an aerial challenge in the first period of extra time. “I went up for a header with their centre forward and he caught me with an elbow in my cheekbone,” said Ricketts, who stayed on to finished the match. “I haven’t seen it on TV so I don’t know how accidental it was.

Coaches attack prequalifying idea
BBC News – Sep 18, 2006
The idea was suggested by a number of commentators, including former England international Chris Waddle, following a number of one-sided encounters as qualifying for Euro 2008 got under way. These included England’s 5-0 win over Andorra and Germany’s record-breaking 13-0 thrashing of San Marino. But former Brazil coach Carlos Alberto Parreira – who has also guided Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to the World Cup finals – told BBC World Service’s World Football programme it was only fair to “give everybody a chance. ”

“Otherwise, teams like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait – they would not have gone to the World Cup. We were there because we were given a chance to play,” he added… “Even if you are a weak team against a strong team, you still have to try and win,” he added. “And this is the beauty of the game – sometimes the small teams are a threat and do things against big teams. It happens many times. “We are against discrimination.

Given has surgery on stomach injury
Irish Times – Sep 18, 2006
The Newcastle star suffered abdominal pains following a collision with West Ham substitute Marlon Harewood during the Magpies 2-0 win yesterday. An ambulance was called to Upton Park and it was decided that Given would not fly back to the north-east with his team-mates but instead stay in the capital overnight for treatment and is expected to be out for at least six weeks. “Shay has had surgery to repair a small tear in his lower stomach,” Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder confirmed. “He is comfortable and will have a short stay in hospital… The Newcastle star suffered abdominal pains following a collision with West Ham substitute Marlon Harewood during the Magpies 2-0 win yesterday. An ambulance was called to Upton Park and it was decided that Given would not fly back to the north-east with his team-mates but instead stay in the capital overnight for treatment and is expected to be out for at least six weeks. “Shay has had surgery to repair a small tear in his lower stomach,” Newcastle manager Glenn Roeder confirmed. “He is comfortable and will have a short stay in hospital. We’ll let things settle down down and it’s too early to be putting any date on when he’s expected back. “The Magpies were leading 2-0 against West Ham when Given picked up his injury, with Steve Harper brought on for the final minutes as Roeder’s men held on for victory.

Australian pair sign with Hearts
The Age – Sep 20, 2006
The pair join fellow Australian Matthew Park atTynecastle. · David Beckham is unlikely to play club football inEngland again, he revealed yesterday. In London to release a book and visit his football academy,Beckham said that although his Real Madrid contract expires at theend of the season and he will be free to talk to English clubs inJanuary, he could not imagine playing against ManchesterUnited. · Manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed talk thatLiverpool’s title chase is over four games into the season as heprepares for Newcastle United’s visit to Anfield early tomorrow(Melbourne time). Back-to-back defeats to Everton and Chelsea has left Benitez’steam playing catch-up, nine points behind early pacesetterPortsmouth. · Italian coach Roberto Donadoni has met Francesco Totti totry to persuade him to return for his country’s Euro 2008qualifiers. Totti broke his left leg and strained ankle ligamentswhile playing for Roma in February… · Manager Rafael Benitez has dismissed talk thatLiverpool’s title chase is over four games into the season as heprepares for Newcastle United’s visit to Anfield early tomorrow(Melbourne time). Back-to-back defeats to Everton and Chelsea has left Benitez’steam playing catch-up, nine points behind early pacesetterPortsmouth. · Italian coach Roberto Donadoni has met Francesco Totti totry to persuade him to return for his country’s Euro 2008qualifiers. Totti broke his left leg and strained ankle ligamentswhile playing for Roma in February.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Colchester United | Iwelumo plea for…
BBC News – Sep 18, 2006
The former St Mirren striker’s third goal of the season helped defeat QPR in the English Championship on Saturday. “I don’t know whether Walter Smith knows where Layer Road is, or even knows that I’m Scottish,” Iwelumo told the East Anglian Daily Times. “But I’m a proud Scotsman and I would love to get involved with the team. ”

The 28-year-old Iwelumo left St Mirren for Aarhus in 1998 before moving on to Stoke City, Alemania Aachen then Colchester in summer 2005.

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