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September 27, 2006

Mellberg and Wilhelmsson back in Sweden squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers

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The News Review:

* Beckham’s still hurting
* UEFA unveils twin mascots for Euro 2008
* Terry to battle on for England
* Mellberg and Wilhelmsson back in Sweden squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers
* Kevin Nolan column
* Proud dad Ruud set for Real berth
* RTÉ Sport: Carsley back in the Irish set-up
* BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Everton | Naysmith sidelined by knee…

Beckham’s still hurting
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 26, 2006
“I’m gutted not to be part of the England set-up any more and I was surprised when I got the phone call (from McClaren). I am disappointed,” Beckham said. “I wouldn’t lie about it – and it hurts me to watch the England team without me being in it. “But I’ve watched them because I believe in these players and this team.

UEFA unveils twin mascots for Euro 2008
International Herald Tribune – Sep 27, 2006
The broad-shouldered figures are dressed in red and white football uniforms and have bright red, pointy serrated hairstyles to mirror the shape of the mountain peaks symbolically depicted in the official Euro 2008 logo. “It is not one mascot for Switzerland and one for Austria. We have two common mascots,” Austrian federation president Friedrich Stickler said. Consumer Products’ creative team took six months to come up with 100 variations before settling on mascots clad in soccer gear in the national colors of the two hosts. The pair, wearing numbers 20 and 08, are ascribed magical qualities and different characters, UEFA said.

Terry to battle on for England
Telegraph.co.uk – Sep 27, 2006
Dyer is back in training after hamstring problems. He said: “I want to get involved as soon as possible. Where the manager (Roeder) is so good, he says he does not mind keeping me out an extra two weeks just to be 100% sure. “Former Portsmouth chairman Milan Mandaric has said he is in no hurry to return to football after being linked with a takeover bid for Leicester. Mandaric recently stood down from his position at Portsmouth after eight years of Fratton Park, having played a key role in taking the south coast club from administration to the Premiership. But, having also reportedly targeted Wolves, he is adamant there is no rush to get involved with another club. “I’m a football man and love the game so am not ruling out that one day I will participate somewhere else,” he said… “Ruud van Nistelrooy has said he does not expect to be called up to play for Holland again as long as Marco van Basten remains coach of the national team. Van Nistelrooy – now at Real Madrid – has not figured on the international scene since he was substituted against Argentina in the final group game of the World Cup in Germany. After failing to make the squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Bulgaria and Albania next month, Van Nistelrooy has admitted that his time is up – for the moment at least. “The understanding between us (he and Van Basten) was troubled, and that was exactly the reason why I told the closest people to me, after the World Cup ended for us, that I would not be called up anymore,” he said. “I am now talking about Oranje in the past tense, and that is weird. “But I will never call any coach of the Dutch team to tell him that I don’t want to play international games anymore. “I deserve to be in the squad, and I am convinced of that.

Mellberg and Wilhelmsson back in Sweden squad for Euro 2008 qualifiers
International Herald Tribune – Sep 26, 2006
Mellberg, Wilhelmsson and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic were sent home two days before a Sept. 6 qualifier against Liechtenstein because they broke curfew by visiting a nightclub in Goteborg. Ibrahimovic, one of Sweden’s key players, said earlier this month he will not play against Spain and Iceland because he thought the disciplinary action was too harsh. Goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson, who missed the qualifiers against Latvia and Liechtenstein, is still out injured and is likely to be replaced by Rami Shaaban. Sweden, which is bidding to qualify for its fifth straight major championship, tops Group F after winning its first two games. ___ Lineup: Goalkeepers: John Alvbage (Viborg), Rami Shaaban (Fredrikstad). Defenders: Mikael Antonsson (Panathinaikos), Erik Edman (Rennes), Petter Hansson (Heerenveen), Daniel Majstorovic (Basel), Olof Mellberg (Aston Villa), Mikael Nilsson (Panathinaikos), Fredrik Stenman (Bayer Leverkusen).

Kevin Nolan column
BBC News – Sep 27, 2006
It was such a great performance from all the lads – a really dogged team display. Portsmouth are flying high, so we knew it was going to be tough and we had to ride out a bit of a storm – but apart from the first 20 minutes Jussi Jaaskelainen didn’t have a save to make because of last-ditch tackles and blocks. So a win for us and a goal for me means there’s bound to be more speculation about whether I’ll be in Steve McClaren’s England squad for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers. It’s announced this weekend, but I won’t be worrying about it. Obviously, I’d be delighted with a call-up and it would cap off a great week but it’s not something I’ve thought about because it’s been so hectic. It would be really nice to get the call. But as it comes towards the weekend I’ve just got to concentrate on our match with Liverpool which is a massive game… At the moment, I’m not one who plays golf regularly, but it’s something I’ll definitely try to do next summer. My next door neighbour used to play off scratch so he said he would give me lessons and I’ll start there. I’m a big lad so I need to get my swing right or I’ll look an absolute nugget on the greens. I think golf is popular with footballers because it’s so relaxing, you can have a good laugh and get away from it all. Gary Speed is big into golf and goes with a few of the lads from Newcastle to Portugal in the summer.

Proud dad Ruud set for Real berth
CNN International – Sep 26, 2006
"I have to deal with this situation. It’s Van Basten’s vision," Van Nistelrooy said in an interview with Dutch weekly magazine Sportweek. "It is a shame that the coach is not led only by the footballing qualities of players but also other things. I call it his ‘I-like-you level’. "If you don’t want certain personalities in the squad, just say it. He always only says it has to do with footballing qualities, but that is not a plausible explanation," the former Manchester United player added. Van Nistelrooy, who has scored 28 times in 54 appearances for the Netherlands, started the three World Cup group matches, scoring against Ivory Coast, but was left on the bench for the second round defeat to Portugal… "I will never resign from the Dutch team but now I am talking about it in the past tense which is strange. "I am still convinced that I belong in the team and the crowd has the right to see the best players of the country. "Van Basten will name his squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Bulgaria on October 7 and Albania four days later on Friday. Tools: Save |
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RTÉ Sport: Carsley back in the Irish set-up
rte.ie – Sep 27, 2006
That was following an Everton reserve game against Aston Villa in April but, with Carsley just hitting the comeback trail after a long injury lay-off, he again opted to focus on club rather than country. But with the 32-year-old firmly back in the first-team picture at Goodison Park this season under manager David Moyes, Carsley feels the time is right to end his self-imposed exile. Carsley was forced to make contact with Staunton after being overlooked on Monday when the 25-man squad was announced for the forthcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers against Cyprus and the Czech Republic. Staunton revealed: ‘Lee phoned me last night and said he wishes to be considered for selection as he has now re-established himself in the Everton first team, and that is welcome. ‘
Carsley’s phone call may have come just at the right time as Sunderland midfielder Graham Kavanagh is now out of both games and is due to undergo knee surgery tomorrow. Carsley has not yet been called into the squad as cover, with a decision expected to be made after the weekend games should there be further withdrawals. With regard to Kavanagh, Staunton added: ‘Graham requires a cartilage operation, so he will be out for four to six weeks and is touch and go for the home game against San Marino on November 15… Staunton revealed: ‘Lee phoned me last night and said he wishes to be considered for selection as he has now re-established himself in the Everton first team, and that is welcome. ‘
Carsley’s phone call may have come just at the right time as Sunderland midfielder Graham Kavanagh is now out of both games and is due to undergo knee surgery tomorrow. Carsley has not yet been called into the squad as cover, with a decision expected to be made after the weekend games should there be further withdrawals. With regard to Kavanagh, Staunton added: ‘Graham requires a cartilage operation, so he will be out for four to six weeks and is touch and go for the home game against San Marino on November 15. ‘He is one of our experienced players, so he will be a loss, but that is why we named such a big squad in the first place and we also have the option of calling up other players.

BBC SPORT | Football | My Club | Everton | Naysmith sidelined by knee…
BBC News – Sep 27, 2006
The Scotland international’s left knee was damaged in a challenge with Obafemi Martins during the Toffees’ 1-1 draw with Newcastle on Sunday. Naysmith, 27, looks set to be out of action until late November and will miss Scotland’s Euro 2008 qualifiers against France and Ukraine. He will also miss up to nine of Everton’s Premiership games. Everton physio Mick Rathbone told his club’s official website: “Gary’s scan has confirmed our clinical diagnosis that he has sustained a significant strain of his medial ligament. “He is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks. ”

But Everton’s Scotland striker, James McFadden, is closer to full fitness.

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