Euro 2012 – Ukraine and Poland

October 10, 2006

Staunton brings Carsley into Irish squad

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The News Review:

* Kuyt ankle ligaments are not torn
* England’s King misses Croatia game
* Italy Out of Trouble; England Slumping?
* Staunton brings Carsley into Irish squad
* Tuesday’s football gossip
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Shearer leaps to McClaren…
* RTÉ Sport: Wales hope to bounce back against Cyprus
* Roundup: Croatia warned over racist chants
* France remains cautious, but statistics show Faeroe Islands pose…
* Emerton backs Arnold — until a ‘big’ name is found
* Villa await Sorensen injury news
* Spain seeks to relieve woes in Argentina friendly
* BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Bilic’s vision
* Johnson set for N Ireland start
* Gordon backed as best in Britain

Kuyt ankle ligaments are not torn
CNN – Oct 10, 2006
He was hurt in Saturday’s 1-1 Euro 2008 qualifying draw with Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday but a scan has revealed that the striker did not tear ankle ligaments. "After examination in a hospital, Dirk Kuyt’s injury has turned out better than expected," said the Dutch FA. " Initially, the striker was thought to have torn his ankle ligament in the match against Bulgaria but he probably only strained it," the KNVB said in a statement. "It is not known how long the Liverpool striker will be sidelined but he will not be in action on Wednesday.

England’s King misses Croatia game
CNN International – Oct 10, 2006
McClaren said his players would "focus on getting a result on the pitch and not bother about whatever may happen on the terraces. ""We are not worried. We will just concentrate on the football and let UEFA and the referee deal with whatever happens off it. "Hostile receptionCaptain John Terry said the team was equally determined to overcome a hostile reception in the cauldron of Dinamo Zagreb’s 40,000-seater Maksimir stadium. "Playing in a hostile environment can sometimes work in your favour. We have come here to get three points so we can’t be worried about things like fans or flares," he said. Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard, who will win a milestone 50th international cap, also underlined England’s determination to come away with a win.

Italy Out of Trouble; England Slumping?
Washington Post – Oct 10, 2006
“With a three-point lead atop Group B, Scotland hopes to stay make it four victories in a row by winning at Ukraine. But star Ukraine striker Andriy Shevchenko, who missed Saturday’s loss to Italy because of a virus, appears certain to return. With qualifying for Euro 2008 only a third of the way through, some coaches may not be going any further after Wednesday’s games. Ireland’s Steve Staunton and Wales’ John Toshack are under pressure after five-goal defeats. The Irish lost 5-2 at Cyprus and the Welsh lost 5-1 at home to Slovakia. In the same group and without a point between them, Ireland and Wales appear to have little chance of catching front-running Czech Republic, Germany and Slovakia. Staunton’s team hosts the Czech Republic while Toshack’s team is home against Cyprus.

Staunton brings Carsley into Irish squad
rte.ie – Oct 10, 2006
Listen live on RT? Radio 1 and log on to RT?. ie for live text updates. Republic of Ireland manager Steve Staunton has performed a major u-turn and called Lee Carsley into the squad for tomorrow’s Euro 2008 qualifier with the Czech Republic. The Everton midfielder has spent the last two and a half years in retirement after deciding to focus on club football and family at the time. Recently, however, Carsley contacted Staunton, stating he wished to be considered for future international fixtures. The 32-year-old was then initially overlooked when the squad was announced for the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header with Cyprus and the Czechs. When fellow central midfielders Steven Reid and Graham Kavanagh then withdrew through injury prior to Saturday’s 5-2 humiliation by the Cypriots, Carsley’s return appeared a formality… However, Staunton maintained a defiant stance, explaining if he were to select Carsley it would be “a kick in the teeth” for the other members of the squad. Even in the wake of the nightmare in Nicosia, Staunton defended his decision not to select the 29 times capped Carsley. When asked whether not recalling the combative player was a mistake, Staunton replied: ‘No, because we are looking forward. If you remember, a lot of you (the media) didn’t have a lot of nice things to say about Lee when he last played for Ireland. ‘
When informed these were now different circumstances, a defiant Staunton added: ‘Well, yeah, but I decided to go with (Stephen) Ireland and he didn’t let me down. ‘
Staunton has clearly wrestled with his conscience over the last 48 hours, with Carsley now set to step in after being given the cold shoulder by the Irish boss. The Republic are in desperate need of a result against the Czechs at Lansdowne Road tomorrow after starting the current qualifying campaign with defeats to Germany and the Cypriots.

Tuesday’s football gossip
BBC News – Oct 10, 2006
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Cork City defender Danny Murphy wants to meet Motherwell manager Maurice Malpas before signing a pre-contract agreement. (Express)

OTHER GOSSIP

England boss Steve McClaren is set to start with Scott Parker in a five-man midfield against Croatia. (Various)

Croatia could be kicked out of Euro 2008 if their fans flout anti-racism rules against England. (Various)

Croatia keeper Stipe Pletikosa and midfielder Luka Modric have accused McClaren of taking “boring” England backwards since taking over. (Various)

Rent-a-quote Pletikosa has also said Peter Crouch is the striker to fear and not “loose” Wayne Rooney. (Star)

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic wants England to play 3-5-2. (Daily Mail)

Wigan chairman Dave Whelan has accused former England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson of wrecking Manchester United striker Rooney’s confidence… (Various)

Staunton has been depicted as muppet Kermit the Frog in the press but has vowed to carry on in the job. (Sun)

Northern Ireland manager Lawrie Sanchez says expectation makes his side’s task against Latvia harder than the weekend match in Denmark. (Times)

Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez is angry that Holland have not released striker Dirk Kuyt despite him being sidelined with an ankle injury. (Various)

Birmingham striker Niklas Bendtner and Aston Villa keeper Thomas Sorensen are out of Denmark’s game in Liechtenstein with injury. (Various)

Midfielder Patrik Berger wants a new deal with Aston Villa. (Star)

France striker Nicolas Anelka has branded Bolton’s style of play as “kick and rush” after five games with his latest club. (Daily Mirror)

Bolton goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen is considering his future with Finland at international level.

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Shearer leaps to McClaren…
BBC News – Oct 10, 2006
McClaren’s tactics were called into question by some but former England striker Shearer told BBC Sport: “He tried to change it in the second half. “He took off Wayne Rooney, who might not be on form at the moment but is still his match-winner. “He tried to win the game another way but it was just one of those days… McClaren’s tactics were called into question by some but former England striker Shearer told BBC Sport: “He tried to change it in the second half. “He took off Wayne Rooney, who might not be on form at the moment but is still his match-winner. “He tried to win the game another way but it was just one of those days.

RTÉ Sport: Wales hope to bounce back against Cyprus
rte.ie – Oct 10, 2006
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Wales hope to bounce back against Cyprus
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 08:56

John Toshack believes his young Wales side can bounce back from their five-goal mauling in Cardiff at the weekend. The Wales boss admits he is now attempting to boost confidence ahead of Wednesday’s second match of the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against buoyant Cyprus at the Millennium Stadium. One boost for Toshack is that skipper Craig Bellamy will not have to face a common assault charge this week. He was due at Cardiff magistrates court today but at a preliminary hearing the prosecution asked for an adjournment to study new medical evidence. There will now be another hearing on Friday where a new date will be agreed for the trial, already postponed twice. That still leaves the charge – which he denies – hanging over Bellamy, but at least he will be able to concentrate now on football this week and Wales’ needs… gif’); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-position: 60px 0px;” >Sport Feeds

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Wales hope to bounce back against Cyprus
Tuesday, 10 October 2006 08:56

John Toshack believes his young Wales side can bounce back from their five-goal mauling in Cardiff at the weekend. The Wales boss admits he is now attempting to boost confidence ahead of Wednesday’s second match of the Euro 2008 qualifying double-header against buoyant Cyprus at the Millennium Stadium. One boost for Toshack is that skipper Craig Bellamy will not have to face a common assault charge this week. He was due at Cardiff magistrates court today but at a preliminary hearing the prosecution asked for an adjournment to study new medical evidence. There will now be another hearing on Friday where a new date will be agreed for the trial, already postponed twice. That still leaves the charge – which he denies – hanging over Bellamy, but at least he will be able to concentrate now on football this week and Wales’ needs. And Toshack is looking for leadership from his new skipper as well as a show of character from his young players.

Roundup: Croatia warned over racist chants
International Herald Tribune – Oct 10, 2006
Croatia plays host to England, whose team contains several black players, in a Euro 2008 qualifying game in Zagreb on Wednesday. "The sanctions range from a fine to points deduction to exclusion from the competition," a UEFA spokesman, William Gaillard, said. "It's clear that second-time and third-time offenders are not going to be treated at all the same way as a first-time offender. "Croatian fans are repeat offenders. In August, they formed a giant human swastika during Croatia's 2-0 "friendly" victory in Italy… Croatia plays host to England, whose team contains several black players, in a Euro 2008 qualifying game in Zagreb on Wednesday. "The sanctions range from a fine to points deduction to exclusion from the competition," a UEFA spokesman, William Gaillard, said. "It's clear that second-time and third-time offenders are not going to be treated at all the same way as a first-time offender. "Croatian fans are repeat offenders. In August, they formed a giant human swastika during Croatia's 2-0 "friendly" victory in Italy. Many gave Nazi salutes. Fans also shouted racist chants during the country's three games at the Euro 2004 in Portugal.

France remains cautious, but statistics show Faeroe Islands pose…
International Herald Tribune – Oct 10, 2006
“I have never said it and I never will,” France coach Raymond Domenech said Tuesday. As France prepares to play Faeroe Islands on Wednesday in a 2008 European Championship qualifier, Euro 2008 results have shown a clear delineation between the haves and have nots. Besides a 13-0 loss to Germany, San Marino also has lost 7-0 to the Czech Republic. Andorra and Faeroe Islands have both lost all their three matches, Andorra by a combined 16-1 score and the Faeroese by 13-0. Combined they have allowed an average of more than six goals a match, and have scored only once in eight games. Macedonia’s 0-0 draw at England, Cyprus’ stunning 5-2 away victory over Ireland, and Northern Ireland’s 3-2 upset of Spain supported the notion of the underdog threat posed to the established powers… ” France’s biggest victory was a 10-0 rout of Azerbaijan in qualifiers for Euro ’96. Domenech did concede, however, that he expects France to win. “It is logical and it’s not pretentious to expect to beat the Faeroe Islands,” he said. Henry said the key to beating a team like that is to be patient and take chances. “Whatever the lineup you have to score,” he said. “It’s sure that the Faeroe Islands will come here to defend. It’s not like boxing, you don’t stop a match because you are dominating.

Emerton backs Arnold — until a ‘big’ name is found
The Age – Oct 10, 2006
Recent reports have linked former Real Madrid coach LeoBeenhakker with the job. Beenhakker, a vastly experienced Dutchman,coached Holland in the 1990 World Cup and took Trinidad and Tobagoto Germany this year. He is currently coaching Poland in its Euro2008 campaign. Meanwhile, one of the players who holds the key to Australia’sfuture World Cup qualification, Italy-based Mark Bresciano,yesterday called on the FFA to ease the travel burden on itsEuropean stars by formalising a rotation policy for qualificationgames through the Asian region. The attacking midfielder, a national team regular for the pastfive years, believes the rigorous demands of long-haul flightsplaces enormous strain on players hoping to perform in crucialWorld Cup games, especially if it is the same core group. Adding to the pressure are the demands of top-level clubs,reluctant at any stage to release players for internationalfixtures even if, as is the case with World Cup qualifying games,they are compelled to do so. Australia faces the prospect of a marathon match schedulethrough 2008-09 to qualify for South Africa 2010 through the AsianFootball Confederation… The only way may be …some players have to rest. “I think a rotation policy would be a pretty good idea. Most ofus have not really had a break for a couple of years. I thinkeveryone deserves a break … We have talked about how it’sgoing to be for us. We have said we have got to start getting anagreement.

Villa await Sorensen injury news
BBC News – Oct 10, 2006
The Dane was injured during Denmark’s 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Saturday’s Euro 2008 qualifier. Sorensen has been ruled out of Wednesday’s tie against Liechtenstein and is back in Birmingham where he is being assessed by Villa’s medical team. Scans in Copenhagen appeared to indicate Sorensen had not broken his collarbone as was first feared. However, the full extent of his injury is not yet known. Sorensen, 30, has been a key player in ensuring Aston Villa, under Martin O’Neill’s guidance, have made an unbeaten start to their Premiership campaign… The Dane was injured during Denmark’s 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Saturday’s Euro 2008 qualifier. Sorensen has been ruled out of Wednesday’s tie against Liechtenstein and is back in Birmingham where he is being assessed by Villa’s medical team. Scans in Copenhagen appeared to indicate Sorensen had not broken his collarbone as was first feared. However, the full extent of his injury is not yet known. Sorensen, 30, has been a key player in ensuring Aston Villa, under Martin O’Neill’s guidance, have made an unbeaten start to their Premiership campaign. Stuart Taylor is on stand-by to replace Sorensen if he is not fit enough to play in Saturday’s home game against Tottenham. Former Arsenal and England Under-21 goalkeeper Taylor’s last league start was 11 months ago.

Spain seeks to relieve woes in Argentina friendly
International Herald Tribune – Oct 10, 2006
we have enough work, attitude and time to reach the Euro 2008 finals. ” Saturday’s setback, without Real Madrid striker Raul Gonzalez who wasn’t called, followed a 3-2 loss in Northern Ireland in a qualifier last month. Spain has lost two straight games for the time in 15 years. “I know, in sporting terms, it’s a difficult time for me, but I feel strong and OK,” Aragones told the Web site of sports daily As on Tuesday. “Tomorrow’s is a big game against an exceptional team which was one of the best at the last World Cup… “Insua and Aimar’s style are the same, and the team won’t differ much from when Riquelme played. Perhaps there will be more acceleration in midfield, but there will also be pauses,” Basile said. Aragones again has chosen not to summon Raul, Spain’s all-time leading scorer with 44 goals from 102 appearances, or Valencia winger Joaquin Sanchez. Raul has been replaced by Valencia’s attacking midfielder Miguel Angel Angulo, who at 29 is the oldest member of the squad, while the new captain is Madrid goalkeeper Iker Casillas. FC Barcelona captain Carles Puyol was forced to withdraw from the Spanish squad after suffering a thigh strain on Tuesday. Spain is also without three injured Valencia players — defender Asier del Horno, defender Carlos Marchena and midfielder Ruben Baraja — along with Madrid forward Jose Antonio Reyes. Argentina has won five of the teams’ 10 previous meetings.

BBC Sport | Sport Homepage | Football | Bilic’s vision
BBC News – Oct 10, 2006
Bilic was part of the sublime, skilful and solid ensemble of eight years ago and has sought out several of his team-mates since taking over as national team boss after the World Cup in July, which followed a spell in charge of his nation’s under-21 squad. “It is obvious that we did a good job for the under-21s otherwise the Croatian Football Association would not have appointed me,” Bilic told BBC Sport ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifier against England on Wednesday. “When I took over I just wanted to make my team so I took Aljosa Asanovic, Marjan Mrmic – as a goalkeeping coach – and Robert Prosinecki from that generation and we also had another couple of them taking over the under-21s. “It is a better way because we can understand the players more as we are almost the same generation and you can still keep your authority.

Johnson set for N Ireland start
BBC News – Oct 10, 2006
Chris Baird is being tipped to switch to right-back to replace Duff with Johnson slotting into midfield for Wednesday’s game at Windsor Park. Johnson was a second-half substitute in Saturday’s 0-0 draw in Denmark. Lawrie Sanchez drafted Ivan Sproule into his squad on Monday after the withdrawal of injured Stuart Elliott… Southampton player Baird has looked at home in the holding midfield role, according to skipper Aaron Hughes. “He has done really well for us in the last two games,” said Hughes. “Maybe he does not like that spot but he has not shown it. “We have a little bit of depth in our squad now, so hopefully the guys who come in can do a good job. ”

Kyle Lafferty seems certain to partner David Healy up front again but James Quinn will be hoping that he is introduced for his 50th cap in Wednesday’s game. Quinn made his debut against Sweden in 1996 and has been a great servant for his country.

Gordon backed as best in Britain
BBC News – Oct 10, 2006
The Lyon coach was speaking after Gordon starred in Scotland’s surprise 1-0 Euro 2008 victory over France. “I don’t think Paul Robinson is as good as him, even though he plays for England,” Rousset told BBC Sport. “He is one of the best, most talented goalkeepers in Europe and has the potential to be a big, big star. ”

Rousset was echoing weekend comments from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, who also revealed his admiration for Gordon. “I think he is probably the best goalkeeper in Great Britain,” said Rousset… “But he has great technique and I can see him staying Scotland’s goalkeeper for the next 12 years. ”

Wenger watched Gordon keep a clean sheet against France and told the Daily Mail: “Clearly, the Scotland keeper is very good. “It is not the first time I have heard about him, but that is the first time I have come to watch him in person. “How old is he? Still only 23? Then I think he definitely has the potential to play at a higher level. “Gordon has presence and good handling and looks a very good goalkeeper to me. ”

Hearts assistant coach John McGlynn has since insisted that the Edinburgh club will ward off any clubs interested in the goalkeeper, who is under contract until 2009. “It is nice that somebody like Arsene Wenger is backing up what we think,” he told the Edinburgh Evening News.

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