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November 28, 2006

Late goal denies England

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The News Review:

* Henry scores France’s winner against Greece and closes in on…
* Sport | Telegraph
* Dealing with death-threats
* Late goal denies England
* McClaren must liberate our two Scouse gems
* Scholes considered England return
* On Salvador Rooney and other artists

Henry scores France’s winner against Greece and closes in on…
International Herald Tribune – Nov 15, 2006
“We were safe and we managed to create chances. That’s the basis of any good team. ” It was the first time the teams have met since Greece beat France 1-0 in the quarterfinals at Euro 2004.

Sport | Telegraph
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 16, 2006
At fault for the Van der Vaart goal – Terry’s look said: ‘Where were you?’ 7Steven Gerrard Seized upon Khalid Boulahrouz’s dreadful back-pass early in the first half but lacked the telling finish. Shot straight at the keeper after Terry’s cross set him up for a late winner. 6Frank Lampard All the usual enthusiasm but did not seem to have a reliable first touch when England opted for the long-ball approach. Control let him down when he attempted to combine with Joe Cole. 6Michael Carrick Tended to give the ball away too easily, as proven when he let the ball run through to Seedorf in a dangerous area. Given an opportunity to score by lax Dutch defending but shot wide. 6Joe Cole Initially anonymous in an upfield position but delivered a superb curling cross behind the Dutch back four to set up Rooney’s strike… 7Andy Johnson Generally frustrated by a lack of support. He worked the right and inside-left channels to good effect, but often there was no one to receive his crosses. 6Wayne Rooney It may have been only his third goal since Euro 2004, but the sharp side-footed finish showed timing and control. Less impressive with a tame header straight at Henk Timmer. 7Steve McClaren Ditching Zagreb’s 3-5-2 in favour of a more attack-minded 4-3-3, the switch served Rooney well but left Johnson marginalised. The choice of Richards was inspired, though. 7SubsShaun Wright-Phillips for Johnson (73 mins, 7): Quick as ever but still shy of an end-product; Kieran Richardson for Joe Cole (77 mins, 5) Confident but insufficient time to impress.

Dealing with death-threats
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2006
“If you can take the mickey out of something, you can take the power out of it,” said captain Graeme Murty, with the streetwise philosophy that gets professional sportsmen through the day. Who needs sports psychologists when you have got daft team-mates?It would be nice to think that we can survive a weekend without one of the principals in our national passion play getting struck by a flying coin. It is not enough to piously proclaim that no “real fan” would be behind a missile or hate mail. The coin throwers pay real money to get in, and the poison-pen pushers respond to real headlines. No matter how cosseted the lifestyle of a top player may be, they are exposed to ritual abuse in return for the privileges. If you go to a game today or watch one on television over the weekend, just study the expressions on the faces of the fans that gather to greet an opposing player as he walks over to take a corner. Not quite the Bushtucker Trial that Luis Figo faced when a soaring pig’s head welcomed him back to the Nou Camp with Real Madrid, but a torrent of venom… ” But the fingers that type them can. One or two abusive messages about another Chelsea-Barcelona referee, Terje Hauge, found their way on to Chelsea’s chat site. When Urs Meier disallowed Sol Campbell’s goal against Portugal at Euro 2004 his email address and phone number were published so that we could all threaten him. Some threats need to be taken more seriously than others. Some you don’t pin on the noticeboard. When the Northern Ireland captain, Neil Lennon, pulled out of an international match in 2002 it was in response to warnings, apparently from a paramilitary group of a sectarian nature. When Harry Redknapp was asked if he had received any death threats following his move from Southampton back to Portsmouth, he replied “only from the wife when I didn’t do the washing-up”.

Late goal denies England
TVNZ – Nov 16, 2006
Striker Wayne Rooney scored his first England goal for a year inthe 37th minute and his side looked to have gained amorale-boosting victory until Van der Vaart’s 86th minute strike atthe Amsterdam Arena. The draw will leave a bitter taste for England, who were comingoff a dismal run in Euro 2008 qualifying, having lost 2-0 inCroatia and drawn 0-0 at home to Macedonia last month. Although this match was a friendly, wins for Croatia and Russiain Group E qualifying matches on Thursday mean that England notonly ended the night disappointed by this draw, but also pusheddown to third place in Group E behind Croatia and Russia. England manager Steve McClaren could have done with a win in theAmsterdam Arena after weeks of intense scrutiny by the Britishmedia. Skiful hosts Their skilful Dutch hosts enjoyed plenty of possession butlacked the usual bite provided up front during their own qualifyingcampaign by striker Robin van Persie, who was absent here due toimpending fatherhood. As even a defeat could have been brushed off by Dutch coachMarco van Basten, whose side are riding high at the top of Group G,the shared honours can only be a bonus. England, playing in a 4-3-3 formation to match their opponents,were slow to settle and the Dutch could easily have been a goal upafter 10 minutes when two of their Premier League players cametogether… Chelsea winger Arjen Robben unleashed a stinging shot whichEngland keeper Paul Robinson could only parry and Wigan Athletic’sDenny Landzaat failed to keep his header on target from an invitingdistance. A defensive blunder at the other end put Steven Gerrard cleanthrough but keeper Henk Timmer was able to block the shot and histeam continued to play the more fluid football. Clarence Seedorf, back in an orange shirt for the first timesince Euro 2004, kept things turning over nicely in centralmidfield while Robben ensured a testing England debut for18-year-old Micah Richards at right back. Rooney strikes McClaren’s side stuck to their task, though, and Rooney, who wasflanked by Joe Cole and Andy Johnson up front, was rewarded for abright performance before the break. Cole floated a high ball towards the six-yard box and Rooney,who, unmarked and in space, bizarrely chose to head towards goalinstead of unleash a thunderbolt, was able to steer the ballhome. It was his first goal for his country since a 3-2 friendly winover Argentina in Geneva on Nov.

McClaren must liberate our two Scouse gems
Telegraph.co.uk – Nov 18, 2006
Just as McClaren needs to be himself in press conferences, so he must now settle down tactically. Having someone as wise as Terry Venables as his No 2 was bound to set McClaren’s imagination racing, yet it is settled teams that win competitions, sides that have worked long and hard on one specific approach (like Greece’s ugly, but effective, 4-5-1 at Euro 2004). When McClaren next gathers around the lunch table with Venables to talk tactics, it is time for the pepper-pots and salt-cellars to line up in 4-4-2 formation. The 4-3-3 system is workable, and would suit a right-sided flier like Aaron Lennon but Gerrard needs to be used at the heart of the team, with an anchorman like Owen Hargreaves, while Rooney weaves his magic off a busy target-man like Andrew Johnson. The Everton centre-forward earned praise from McClaren after his selfless shift in an unfamiliar right-wing role, but now he merits a run-out in his preferred position, through the middle. McClaren was unrepentant… “He’s got that pace that frightens defenders. He did a great job for the team. That bodes well for the future because he’s not just a stereotype striker who plays down the middle. He can play down either side as well. That’s the key to international football, being able to adapt to other positions. “England’s best performer on the night, Joe Cole, is certainly adaptable. “He’s improving all the time and establishing himself,” McClaren said.

Scholes considered England return
BBC News – Nov 20, 2006
Scholes, 31, quit after Euro 2004 but has twice been contacted by McClaren who wants him to change his mind. “It certainly wasn’t a straightforward decision,” said Scholes. “I thought about it, but decided against it. “It’s flattering when the England boss asks you to go back, but basically I decided I didn’t need to go back. ”

Scholes has been a vital part of United’s table-topping side so far this season, but says he is not completely satisfied with the way he has been playing… ”

Scholes has been a vital part of United’s table-topping side so far this season, but says he is not completely satisfied with the way he has been playing. He added: “I have played a lot better than I am at the moment. “I am frustrated at not scoring many goals for a start. I like scoring but I only have two so far. I would like it to be more.

On Salvador Rooney and other artists
Mail & Guardian Online – Nov 24, 2006
He has a good eye for it. When I think about painting football there’s one scene that fires my imagination: the tunnel. There is something about that space: not many people know what it feels like in there. You see players having a laugh, or being serious and the whole space changes depending on the mood. The stark light and shadow produced from the overhead electric lights, it’s all a bit Dr Who. The most profound feeling I’ve had in football was going down the tunnel before the game against France at Euro 2004. The curve of the roof eclipses and distorts the stadium and the fans as you’re looking out through the tunnel… You see players having a laugh, or being serious and the whole space changes depending on the mood. The stark light and shadow produced from the overhead electric lights, it’s all a bit Dr Who. The most profound feeling I’ve had in football was going down the tunnel before the game against France at Euro 2004. The curve of the roof eclipses and distorts the stadium and the fans as you’re looking out through the tunnel. It’s a unique view and a unique feeling that goes with it. I’m interested in interpreting the current zeitgeist of football, and confronting my own emotions as a player. I want to depict the view from the inside too — the good and the bad.

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