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November 15, 2006

Euro qualifier: National squad braces for Croatia

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The News Review:

* Van Gaal wants more from Rooney
* Euro qualifier: Croatia too fast, too strong for Israel
* Keane eager for a big Lansdowne send-off
* Euro qualifier: National squad braces for Croatia
* Netherlands comes back to hold England to 1-1 draw in friendly
* Netherlands comes back to hold England to 1-1 draw in friendly
* Rift reports infuriate McClaren
* Ratcliffe on Wales v Liechtenstein

Van Gaal wants more from Rooney
BBC News – Nov 15, 2006

The 55-year-old says Marco van Basten – who has been Holland coach for two-and-a-half years – has also failed to deliver the attacking football he had promised. “Holland are doing okay in their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign, but I have not seen the dominant, attacking and creative football which has been promised by the coaches,” he said. And, although he thinks Holland’s players are more tactically adept than England’s, Van Gaal says Steve McClaren’s men are “a step ahead” of their counterparts mentally.

Euro qualifier: Croatia too fast, too strong for Israel
Jerusalem Post – Nov 15, 2006
Photo: AP

A woeful defensive display by Israel killed any hope the team had of getting a positive result and, despite scoring three times against a team that had not conceded a goal in its first three qualifiers, the final score was no more than the blue-and-white deserved. Eduardo Da Silva scored a hat-trick for the visitors and was one step ahead of the Israeli defense all night long… The loss ended Israel’s 13-match unbeaten streak in European championship and World Cup qualifiers and was also the side’s first loss at home in an official match in seven years. “Three goals at home should be enough to win the match,” Israel goalkeeper Dudu Awat said after the match. “We are disappointed, but not broken. We will go all out for the win in our next match against England. Israel is scheduled to face England in Ramat Gan on March 24, 2007. The blue-and-white dropped to fourth place in Group E after Russia’s 2-0 win against Macedonia, with Croatia opening a two-point lead at the top with 10 points. “This was a great win.

Keane eager for a big Lansdowne send-off
rte.ie – Nov 15, 2006
Republic of Ireland captain Robbie Keane is determined the side ‘put on a good show’ as they prepare to make an emotional farewell to Lansdowne Road. The Dublin stadium stages its final football international on Wednesday night before it is demolished and a new 50,000-seat venue is erected in its place. The unglamorous San Marino are the visitors for a Euro 2008 qualifier, although it is hoped a few goals will be scored to at least give the ground a fitting send-off. Ireland certainly need a win in their qualifying campaign after taking just one point from their opening three matches. The incentives are certainly there for the Republic to add to San Marino’s woes as they have so far lost 13-0 and 7-0 to Germany and the Czech Republic respectively in their opening two matches. ‘This game means a lot,’ said Ireland’s all-time leading scorer Keane. ‘It wasn’t that long ago I was watching the team and dreaming that one day I’d play at Lansdowne Road… They were singing before the game, all the way through, and when the Czechs scored their goal, they were singing again. It really does help the players. ‘
But Keane will not be too sorry to see the back of Lansdowne Road in terms of its facilities, which is in contrast to their temporary home for the next two years of Croke Park. ‘I’m not going to lie to you. Of course it’s great to play in nice stadiums,’ said Keane. ‘I’ve always wanted to play at Croke Park, but I never thought it would be football, so it’s something I’m really looking forward to. ‘If we want to improve as a country then we need to move on with a good stadium and a good pitch, and Croke Park has all that.

Euro qualifier: National squad braces for Croatia
Jerusalem Post – Nov 15, 2006
Israel defeated Estonia and Andorra and drew with Russia in Moscow in its first three qualifiers. However, those positive results were achieved in an unconvincing fashion and the side must produce a solid performance on Wednesday if it’s to get all three points against Croatia… Bilic boasts an evenly balanced side that plays better than the sum of its parts. Dario Simic of AC Milan, Robert Kovac of Juventus and Niko Kranjcar of Portsmouth are three of the team’s more recognized faces and will all likely feature against Israel. Kashtan knows the Croatians are the stronger team, but is not letting the situation dishearten him. “No team’s perfect,” he said. “We need to be prepared for the way they will defend against us. It’s true that their second goalkeeper will play, but if he’s their substitute ‘keeper than he must be excellent. Goalkeeper Dudu Awat will retain his place in goal for Israel and was cautiously optimistic on Wednesday.

Netherlands comes back to hold England to 1-1 draw in friendly
USA Today – Nov 15, 2006

Both teams had chances to win in the last minute — Steven Gerrard’s close-range shot was saved by Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson denied Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at the other end. In the 29th, Rooney squandered an easy chance when he headed the ball weakly to starting goalkeeper Henk Timmer instead of shooting after the ball ballooned to him unmarked in front of the Dutch goal. Gerrard also could have scored in the first half when he intercepted a back pass by Khalid Boulahrouz but could not squeeze the ball under Timmer. The best chance in the first half for the hosts came in the 11th minute when Robinson parried a powerful shot by Arjen Robben and Denny Landzaat headed the rebound wide. The Netherlands was solid in midfield, but playing without a specialist on the right wing stymied the attack. “I think it was a reasonable performance,” Netherlands coach Marco van Basten said. “It was a strong England side and we were missing a few important players who can give a little extra, such as (Robin) van Persie, (Edwin) van der Sar and (Wesley) Sneijder… “I think it was a reasonable performance,” Netherlands coach Marco van Basten said. “It was a strong England side and we were missing a few important players who can give a little extra, such as (Robin) van Persie, (Edwin) van der Sar and (Wesley) Sneijder. ”
The Netherlands leads its Euro 2008 qualifying group, but Van Basten has been scrutinized for his team’s poor play and his disputes with players, most notably the absent Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Real Madrid striker, who scored four goals Sunday in the Spanish league, has vowed never to play for the Netherlands while Van Basten is in charge. Micah Richards, an 18-year-old Manchester City defender, had a strong debut for England, canceling out the threat of Robben on the left wing. Copyright 2006 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

Netherlands comes back to hold England to 1-1 draw in friendly
International Herald Tribune – Nov 15, 2006
” Both teams had chances to win in the last minute — Steven Gerrard’s close-range shot was saved by Netherlands goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg, and England goalkeeper Paul Robinson denied Klaas-Jan Huntelaar at the other end. In the 29th, Rooney squandered an easy chance when he headed the ball weakly to starting goalkeeper Henk Timmer instead of shooting after the ball ballooned to him unmarked in front of the Dutch goal. Gerrard also could have scored in the first half when he intercepted a back pass by Khalid Boulahrouz but could not squeeze the ball under Timmer. The best chance in the first half for the hosts came in the 11th minute when Robinson parried a powerful shot by Arjen Robben and Denny Landzaat headed the rebound wide. The Netherlands was solid in midfield, but playing without a specialist on the right wing stymied the attack. “I think it was a reasonable performance,” Netherlands coach Marco van Basten said. “It was a strong England side and we were missing a few important players who can give a little extra, such as (Robin) van Persie, (Edwin) van der Sar and (Wesley) Sneijder… “I think it was a reasonable performance,” Netherlands coach Marco van Basten said. “It was a strong England side and we were missing a few important players who can give a little extra, such as (Robin) van Persie, (Edwin) van der Sar and (Wesley) Sneijder. ” The Netherlands leads its Euro 2008 qualifying group, but Van Basten has been scrutinized for his team’s poor play and his disputes with players, most notably the absent Ruud van Nistelrooy. The Real Madrid striker, who scored four goals Sunday in the Spanish league, has vowed never to play for the Netherlands while Van Basten is in charge. Micah Richards, an 18-year-old Manchester City defender, had a strong debut for England, canceling out the threat of Robben on the left wing. ___ Lineups: Netherlands: Henk Timmer (Maarten Stekelenburg, 46), Khalid Boulahrouz (Kew Jaliens, 61) Andre Ooijer (Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, 84), Joris Mathijsen, Urby Emanuelson, Stijn Schaars, Denny Landzaat, Clarence Seedorf; Rafael van der Vaart, Dirk Kuyt (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, 61), Arjen Robben. England: Paul Robinson, Micah Richards, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, Ashley Cole, Steven Gerrard, Michael Carrick, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole (Kieran Richardson, 78), Wayne Rooney, Andrew Johnson (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 74).

Rift reports infuriate McClaren
BBC News – Nov 15, 2006
McClaren and Venables appeared to contradict each other over the reasons for dropping Stewart Downing for the Euro 2008 qualifier against Croatia. But the England coach hit back: “This is getting out of hand. I won’t answer any more questions on Stewart Downing. “Why are you trying to separate players and myself and even the staff?”

In his Sunday newspaper column, Venables said Downing was dropped because his confidence was destroyed by criticism in the media after his performance in the 0-0 draw with Macedonia. However, Downing said he was told by McClaren the decision was purely tactical… “Why are you trying to separate players and myself and even the staff?”

In his Sunday newspaper column, Venables said Downing was dropped because his confidence was destroyed by criticism in the media after his performance in the 0-0 draw with Macedonia. However, Downing said he was told by McClaren the decision was purely tactical. The England boss insisted he had not read Venables’ column and added: “It’s a private matter between me and Stewart. We’ve drawn a line under it. ”

And England goalkeeping coach Ray Clemence insisted McClaren and Venables are “working very well together”. He said: “It is always interesting to see how they exchange ideas. ”

McClaren was also upset by criticism of Paul Robinson after the goalkeeper miskicked a Gary Neville backpass to gift Croatia their second goal in the defeat in Zagreb.

Ratcliffe on Wales v Liechtenstein
BBC News – Nov 15, 2006
Those games will be very tough, and Toshack planned the Northern Ireland tie as preparation, but Liechtenstein was about getting ready for the San Marino qualifier at the end of March. We simply have to score goals against them in Cardiff, and if we looked loose at times on Tuesday that was why. The goals against Liechtenstein were brilliant, all executed very well. They may not have been the best side in the world, but we beat them easily… We simply have to score goals against them in Cardiff, and if we looked loose at times on Tuesday that was why. The goals against Liechtenstein were brilliant, all executed very well. They may not have been the best side in the world, but we beat them easily. The second half was more comfortable than the first, even though we had more of our stars on for the first 45.

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