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February 4, 2007

A game under fire

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The News Review:

* uefa.com – UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – News Specific
* BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Hargreaves to miss England…
* Seven uncapped players make it onto Ireland squad
* A game under fire
* RTÉ Sport: Eircom FAI awards live on RTÉ Two
* Ireland set to play US friendlies
* SANCHEZ – GOOD START IS VITAL
* Sporting Life – Football | England v Spain Live, Scotland v Germany…
* ENGLAND WILL BOUNCE BACK – ROBBEN
* Newcastle duo up for senior award

uefa.com – UEFA EURO 2008™ – News – News Specific
uefa.com – UEFA.com – Feb 4, 2007
Sahar chanceThe 17-year-old Sahar, who has appeared twice perviously for the Under-21 side and scored in the first leg of their UEFA European Under-21 Championship play-off victory against France in October, is one of 22 names Kashtan has chosen. Central defender Arik Benado, meanwhile, is selected for the first time under the coach’s reign and will set a new record caps mark of 90 if he plays. Bolton Wanderers FC midfielder Idan Tal and Maccabi Haifa FC striker Roberto Colautti, who are both suspended from Israel’s next UEFA EURO 2008™ qualifier against England on 24 March, are both left out. The team are currently fifth in Group E. Israel squadGoalkeepers: Dudu Awat (RC Deportivo La Coruña), Shavit Elimelech (Hapoel Tel-Aviv FC). Defenders: Tal Ben Haim (Bolton Wanderers FC), Dekel Keinan (Maccabi Haifa FC), Arik Benado (Beitar Jerusalem FC), Shimon Gershon (Beitar Jerusalem FC), Robi Gafni (Beitar Jerusalem FC), Yoav Ziv (Beitar Jerusalem FC), Tomer Ben Yossef (Beitar Jerusalem FC), Klemi Saban (FC Steaua Bucuresti), Yuval Shpungin (Maccabi Tel-Aviv FC).

BBC SPORT | Football | Internationals | Hargreaves to miss England…
BBC News – Feb 4, 2007
But his progress was stopped in its tracks when he sustained a broken leg in September and he missed the 2-0 defeat against Croatia in a Euro 2008 qualifier as well as the 1-1 friendly with Holland. He joined up with the England squad on Sunday and, even though he will not play, Hargreaves will be on hand as McClaren begins his preparations for the upcoming Euro 2008 qualifiers.

Seven uncapped players make it onto Ireland squad
Belfast Telegraph – Feb 4, 2007
Charlton goalkeeper Darren Randolph, Royal Antwerp midfielder Darron Gibson , Reading pair Shane Long and Stephen Hunt, Andy Keogh of Wolves, recent Sunderland signing Anthony Stokes and Sheffield United’s Stephen Quinn are all included. Stephen joins his brother Alan in the squad, while Newcastle’s Alan O’Brien has been called into the squad after Celtic winger Aiden McGeady’s withdrawal due to a knee injury. More articles in Soccer.

A game under fire
NEWS.com.au – Feb 4, 2007
The Italian soccer federation (FIGC) quickly declared all weekend matches suspended, and then clarified that the suspension was indefinite and that it also applied to the national team. Italy had been scheduled to welcome Romania for a friendly on Wednesday. The world champions are due to host Scotland in a Euro 2008 qualifier on March 28. The victory kept Palermo on track for Champions League qualification and it now sits four points behind second-placed Roma, 12 points ahead of the fifth-placed team – with the top four qualifying for Europe’s top competition. In Germany, Michael Beauchamp came on as a halftime substitute as Nurnberg belted giants Bayern Munich 3-0 to sit just three points behind fifth-placed Hertha Berlin, which occupies the last UEFA Cup qualifying berth. In England, Mark Viduka returned from a hamstring injury to star for Middlesbrough as it drew 1-1 at home with Arsenal.

RTÉ Sport: Eircom FAI awards live on RTÉ Two
rte.ie – Feb 4, 2007
Paul McShane, Kevin Doyle and Aiden McGeady are all nominated for the Young International Player of the Year which will also be announced. Meanwhile, there will be a Hall of Fame recipient awarded during the show and the International Personality Award will be presented to Bobby Robson. There is also a chance for the general public to win tickets to the Republic of Ireland v Slovakia Euro 2008 qualifying game in Slovakia next September by entering an International Goal of the Year competition which will be running through the programme. That competition can still be entered on the eircom and FAI websites. There are a total of 18 awards to be given out on the night covering a wide spectrum of Irish soccer.

Ireland set to play US friendlies
rte.ie – Feb 4, 2007
Steve Staunton’s side will play South American sides Ecuador at the Giants Stadium in New York on May 23 and Bolivia on May 26 at the Gillette Stadium in Boston. Staunton said: ‘I am delighted to secure these two friendlies and both teams will provide us with an excellent test. ‘It is also a great opportunity to get the lads together before the summer break and it is nice to give our many US based fans a chance to see the team in action.

SANCHEZ – GOOD START IS VITAL
Sportinglife.com – Feb 4, 2007
With a match to follow against Spain four days later Sanchez is aware how important the opening game is. Northern Ireland go into the fixture boosted by a warm-up victory against Finland in Helsinki. Not only that, the province are 34 places ahead of Iceland in the FIFA world rankings.

Sporting Life – Football | England v Spain Live, Scotland v Germany…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 4, 2007
usBy Ian Parkes, PA Sport, DublinRepublic of Ireland suffered one of their worst home defeats for many a year, with this humiliating loss falling one goal short of the record on Irish soil – a 5-0 embarrassment to Spain in 1931. With the opening Euro 2008 qualifying clash against Germany in Stuttgart just 17 days away, it is fair to say Ireland’s confidence has been shattered. Manager Steve Staunton’s starting line-up was a makeshift one, with eight of his original squad withdrawing through injury – worrying with the Stuttgart clash very much in the mind. Captain Robbie Keane, vice-captain Shay Given, Damien Duff, Richard Dunne and Ian Harte were among the notable absentees. Paddy Kenny made his first appearance for 15 months, Aiden McGeady was handed his first start, John O’Shea was switched to centre-back and Steve Finnan to left-back.

ENGLAND WILL BOUNCE BACK – ROBBEN
Sportinglife.com – Feb 4, 2007
Although Robben will be part of a Holland side eager to inflict more misery on Steve McClaren’s men following their Euro 2008 qualifying woes last month, the Chelsea winger believes there is too much talent in the England camp for them to be down in the doldrums for long. And while he accepts the home draw with Macedonia and defeat in Croatia are bound to attract criticism, Robben feels the pundits eager to wade into the England side should stand back and take a more detached assessment of how difficult results are to achieve at international level. He said: “Of course, the last two results were disappointing for England. “You want to win all your games, especially the home ones and England should beat teams like Macedonia.

Newcastle duo up for senior award
eleven-a-side.com – Feb 4, 2007
Kevin Doyle, of Reading, completes the shortlist for the senior award. The striker ? also nominated for the Young Player of the Year award ? helped the Royals to the Coca-Cola Championship crown in May and has taken the step-up to the Premiership in his stride, scoring 10 top flight goals to date and opening his account for Ireland against San Marino in November. He is currently nursing a hamstring strain which will keep him out of Wednesday?s Euro 2008 qualifier against the group minnows. Given, likewise, is also sidelined for the trip to Serravalle ith a groin strain. FAI International Player of the Year shortlist:
Kevin Doyle (Reading)Damien Duff (Newcastle United)Shay Given (Newcastle United)

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