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February 9, 2007

JOSE BACKS TERRY APPOINTMENT

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The News Review:

* FA HOPEFUL OVER EURO 2008 GAMES
* SPONSORSHIP BOOST FOR EURO 2008 BID
* WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* JOSE BACKS TERRY APPOINTMENT
* STRIKERS HOPE FOR ENGLAND CHANCE
* Dutch, Germany, Spain warm up cold night
* McCLAREN HAS LONG ‘TO-DO’ LIST
* NEW QUARTET SET FOR JAPAN TRIP
* WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
* McCLAREN RUBBISHES VENABLES QUIT TALK
* Sporting Life – Football | Champions League news, Liverpool v…
* GALLAS TIGHT-LIPPED IN CHELSEA ROW: Sporting Life | Football Scores,…
* ARAGONES: ENGLISH HOLD NO FEARS FOR US
* UEFA THREATEN CROATIA IN RACISM ROW
* TOSHACK DISMISSIVE OF HUMBLED SAVAGE
* SCOTLAND IN FAROES OPENER
* BLUES ANGRY AT TALK OF RIFT
* BALE’S BIG CHANCE FOR WALES

FA HOPEFUL OVER EURO 2008 GAMES
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
usThe Football Association are optimistic England’s Euro 2008 qualifying fixtures will be decided through discussion and not by means of a draw. Talks broke down on Thursday in Zagreb to determine the calendar for Group E games, but the FA have proposed further talks on Friday week in Geneva to thrash out a schedule. They are now hopeful UEFA will agree to that request, after the earlier announcement by European football’s governing body that a draw to determine when the matches will be played would take place in Nyon next Thursday. England’s group opponents are Croatia, Russia, Israel, Estonia, Macedonia and Andorra.

SPONSORSHIP BOOST FOR EURO 2008 BID
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
usBy PA Sport StaffScotland and Ireland’s joint bid to host the Euro 2008 tournament has been boosted by a five figure sponsorship pledge by BT Scotland. The telecommunications company announced its backing a week after the Scotland and Ireland bid was officially handed over at UEFA’s headquarters in Switzerland. They are up against a number of rivals, the strongest of which have emerged as a four-nation Scandinavian consortium and a joint venture between Switzerland and Austria. BT Scotland director Bob Downes said: “As one of the biggest employers in Scotland, with some of the most enthusiastic fans, BT Scotland is committed to supporting important initiatives such as Scotland and Ireland’s bid for Euro 2008.

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Sporting Life | Football Scores, Football…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
Also: Premier League officials agreed to push back the transfer deadline by 10 minutes on Thursday night to ensure Ashley Cole’s transfer went through. THE GUARDIAN: West Ham United revealed yesterday that they have held exploratory discussions about a possible takeover of the club. Also: Andorra are most unlikely to take any points off England in the Euro 2008 qualifiers but they could add a few to the disciplinary records of Steve McClaren’s players. THE SUN: West Ham are poised for a ?100million Russian revolution. Also: William Gallas took a swipe at Chelsea by claiming new club Arsenal have the best fans. DAILY MAIL: Steve McClaren fears his England players could be the victims of Andorra’s dirty tricks at Old Trafford this evening after watching a horror video of their game against Holland.

JOSE BACKS TERRY APPOINTMENT
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
He possesses all the leadership qualities needed to be a skipper. “He leads by example and both organises and demands from the players around him. He is the ideal man to lead England’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. “Former England skipper Bryan Robson, the current West Brom manager, said: “John will make a great England captain. He possesses all the leadership qualities needed to be a skipper. “He leads by example and both organises and demands from the players around him.

STRIKERS HOPE FOR ENGLAND CHANCE
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Eriksson also has something of a selection poser over who to take as the third goalkeeper. Norwich’s Robert Green will be hoping indifferent club form in the Coca-Cola Championship does not hamper his chances as understudy to Paul Robinson and David James, while Chris Kirkland is all too aware of the problems his lack of regular first-team football at West Brom could cause. Meanwhile, England could find out the schedule for their Euro 2008 qualifying campaign on Thursday following a meeting in Zagreb of the national associations of the countries also drawn into in Group E – Croatia, Russia, Israel, Estonia, Macedonia and Andorra. (re-opens) A draw will be held next week to decide the schedule for England’s Euro 2008 qualifying campaign after the seven countries in Group E were unable to reach agreement. UEFA will therefore make a draw at their headquarters in Nyon on Thursday, March 2 to determine when the matches will be played. The 2008 European Championships will be played in Austria and Switzerland with four venues in each country.

Dutch, Germany, Spain warm up cold night
Pakistan Dawn – Feb 9, 2007
World Cup finalists France, second in Group B behind surprise leaders Scotland, suffered a rare defeat at the Stade de France, going down 1-0 to Argentina with a goal after 15 minutes from Javier Saviola. It was a notable match for defender Roberto Ayala who set an Argentine record of 107 caps ahead of Diego Simeone’s 106. One Euro 2008 qualifying match was played on Wednesday and it nearly ended in an almighty upset. San Marino, who have lost all 37 European qualifiers they have played in the past, were drawing 1-1 with Ireland deep into stoppage time in their Group D match in Serravalle. Ireland had taken the lead through Kevin Kilbane after 49 minutes, but San Marino scored their first goal of the competition four minutes from time through Manuel Marani. A draw would have been a crushing blow to Ireland’s hopes and given San Marino their best competitive international result but their dreams were dashed four minutes into injury time when the appropriately named Stephen Ireland got the winner.

McCLAREN HAS LONG ‘TO-DO’ LIST
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
However, that will, at the start anyway, be a millstone around his neck. So just how does McClaren break free of the spectre of England managers past?Reportedly in talks with former head coach Terry Venables and keen to recruit ex-skipper Alan Shearer to his back-room team, McClaren would seem determined to surround himself with positive thinkers – a man who took England to the brink of Euro 1996 glory and the player whom, but for injury, could have helped turn around the ill-fated World Cup campaign two years previously. McClaren’s England back-line would pretty much seem to pick itself – (Paul) Robinson, (Ashley) Cole, (John) Terry, (Rio) Ferdinand and (Gary) Neville, with the Chelsea centre-half and the Manchester United full-back among those hoping to be chosen to lead the team into the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign. As always, however, it is the midfield and attack which will present the national team boss with his toughest puzzle. Picking players for systems or selecting systems for players is a conundrum better men have tried – and failed – to solve. But if you are going to start anywhere, then do it with the best – Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney.

NEW QUARTET SET FOR JAPAN TRIP
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
“Rangers and Scotland captain Ferguson underwent an operation to reconstruct his ankle on Monday and Smith is convinced that will be beneficial to both club and country. “Whatever time it takes it is more important that he is fit and ready for his club first,” added the former Ibrox boss. “Scotland has some Euro 2008 qualifiers from September but the most important thing is he is rid of the injury which has been with him for a fair amount of time this season. “If everything goes well obviously that will be beneficial because he has not been fit this season. “Jackie McNamara was also left out as Smith would rather have him fit and ready for the start of Euro 2008 qualifiers. “I spoke to Jackie,” added the national coach.

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Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
Also: Scott Parker will be named today in England’s squad for the Euro 2008 qualifiers with Macedonia at Old Trafford on October 7 and Croatia, in Zagreb, four days later. DAILY EXPRESS: Darrell Hair’s future as an international umpire is hanging by a thread after Inzamam-ul-Haq’s disciplinary tribunal threw out his ball tampering allegations against the Pakistan captain and the ICC pulled him out of next month’s Champions Trophy.

McCLAREN RUBBISHES VENABLES QUIT TALK
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
“We have a core of about 15 but in total we have identified 50 in the Premier League who we are going to target and concentrate on,” said McClaren. “They will all have an opportunity but, by the end of the season we will bring that down to a more manageable number. That will be the squad for the push for qualification to Euro 2008. For all his general optimism, a further loss in Israel when the qualifying campaign resumes in March is bound to result in further calls for McClaren’s head. However, the man who succeeded Sven-Goran Eriksson in the summer has insisted his star names will be flying next spring, fully recovered from the hangover brought on by their exertions at the World Cup. McClaren has noted both France and Spain suffered even worse setbacks than England in the autumn, losing to Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

Sporting Life – Football | Champions League news, Liverpool v…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
Otherwise it would be better to close everything down. How can a football club exist without fans?”Unless the Italian government and football authorities soften their stance, Celtic supporters face having to pay out for another journey, with thousands having already booked flights and accommodation for the Milan trip. Scotland’s Euro 2008 qualifier against Italy is likely to be moved away from Bari after the Serie B club’s San Nicola stadium was among those closed to supporters. No firm decision has yet been taken on whether to find a new venue for the Group B clash on March 28, although Rome would appear the most practical option. “The game has been scheduled for Bari but now the stadium is not available for football,” a spokeswoman for the Italian Football Federation (FIGC) said. “At the moment the game is still scheduled for Bari but a decision will be taken in the days to come.

GALLAS TIGHT-LIPPED IN CHELSEA ROW: Sporting Life | Football Scores,…
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
Gallas played his part in their Euro 2008 qualifying victory as France gained some revenge for their defeat to the Italians in the World Cup final in Germany this summer. But Gallas, accused by Chelsea of threatening to score an own goal if selected by the English champions, would not be drawn on the bitter row with his former employers. Chelsea also alleged that the 29-year-old twice refused to play for the Barclays Premiership champions during his long-running contractual dispute with the Blues. Gallas was eventually sold to Arsenal as part of the player-plus-cash deal which took England left-back Ashley Cole to Stamford Bridge on deadline day… Arsenal have confirmed they will not be making an official complaint about Chelsea’s unprecedented attack on their former player while Gallas continues to contemplate taking legal action against the champions. Meanwhile, Cole has revealed how the chance to play alongside some of his England colleagues was a major factor in his decision to make the move to Stamford Bridge. Cole helped England to a 1-0 Euro 2008 qualifying victory over Macedonia on Wednesday night and the prospect of playing club football alongside Frank Lampard and John Terry – a man he describes as “a great captain” – was too good to turn down. Cole faces competition for the left-back spot from international colleague Wayne Bridge but he admits he does not expect a guaranteed place in Jose Mourinho’s side. Cole said: “I didn’t come here just expecting to play. “Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba has praised the early-season form of midfielder Michael Essien as Chelsea prepare for their clash with Charlton on Saturday.

ARAGONES: ENGLISH HOLD NO FEARS FOR US
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
I have spoken to him and that’s what I told him,” said Aragones. “Torres was not in the best of form,” said the coach when asked to explain why he had omitted the Atletico Madrid striker in his previous squad. Spain have made a dreadful start to qualifying for Euro 2008 with only three points in three matches. They are fifth in the seven-team Group F and already trail leaders Sweden by nine points and are four points behind Denmark, who are second.

UEFA THREATEN CROATIA IN RACISM ROW
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
William Gaillard, the head of communications for European football’s governing body, issued the warning to Croatian fans ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2008 qualifier against England, reminding them repeat offenders face serious punishment for any form of racial abuse. Gaillard said: “We have had serious incidents of racism with Croatian fans in the past so we can impose heavier sanctions if it happens again which ultimately could be exclusion from the competition. “There are new rules which can lead to exclusion from a competition and docking points in extreme cases.

TOSHACK DISMISSIVE OF HUMBLED SAVAGE
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
He has been encouraged by the friendly draw with Slovenia as well as Tuesdaynight’s Under-21 victory over Malta. Support for Toshack’s stance regarding Savage has come from within the squad,further demonstrating that the 30-year-old will not be back while the formerReal Madrid boss remains national team coach. Savage will be 31 next month and 34 by the time of the Euro 2008 finals – thetarget for Toshack’s Wales whose World Cup chances faded under former boss MarkHughes. Toshack was forced to call up Under-21 players for the Slovenia game with ninemembers of his squad pulling out. When he needed midfield replacements he turned to Wrexham’s midfielder MarkJones rather than Savage. Toshack said: “Maybe we have more strength in depth than we realised.

SCOTLAND IN FAROES OPENER
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
usBy Chris Roberts, PA SportThe Scottish Football Association are searching for a venue for the opening match in the Euro 2008 qualifying campaign after being displaced from Hampden Park by singer Robbie Williams. The former Take That member is set to play at the national stadium in Glasgow on September 1 and 2. Walter Smith’s team will open their Euro 2008 campaign with a home match against the Faroe Islands on September 2. But the SFA insist plans are underway for a suitable venue to replace Hampden. An SFA spokesman said: “We have known about the Robbie Williams concert at Hampden for some time now. “We are looking at alternative venues for the game to be played but nothing has been decided yet.

BLUES ANGRY AT TALK OF RIFT
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
Clearly the best solution for the Blues was to be rid of the player, in a deal they were happy with and their player-plus cash agreement with Arsenal for Cole brought about an ideal conclusion to one of the longest running transfer sagas of the summer. But the Chelsea coach has since been left fuming by suggestions that Kenyon went behind his back to dispose of Gallas and – as a result – PA Sport understand the club have held lengthy discussions with their lawyers over possible legal action. Cole returned to training with England today ahead of their Euro 2008 qualifier with Andorra tomorrow and is delighted to have finally made the switch across the capital. But while Cole celebrated his move, the club’s midfielder Claude Makelele confessed he had been forced to join up with France. The 33-year-old retired from international football after the World Cup final and underlined his decision with a letter to the French Federation on August 22. But France coach Raymond Domenech selected Makelele for France’s Euro 2008 qualifiers and threatened him with domestic suspension under FIFA’s rules.

BALE’S BIG CHANCE FOR WALES
Sportinglife.com – Feb 9, 2007
That result means Wales have failed to reach the last 16 of the competition, and now it is believed national boss John Toshack does not want the Southampton youngster to figure in what will be a string of friendlies at Under-21 level for the rest of the season. Bale has made a huge impact with Wales, and also impressed in his opening Championship games for the Saints this season, scoring important goals from midfield. Now with Wales having struggled badly down their left flank on Saturday in their 2-1 UEFA Euro 2008 Group D qualifying defeat by the Czech Republic in Teplice, the opportunity is there for Bale to be thrown into the game against the Brazilians at either left back or left midfield. It could be a daunting task for Cardiff-born Bale, considering how well Brazil played on Sunday in their 3-0 friendly victory over Argentina at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium. But with doubts lingering over Sam Ricketts’ performance for the seniors, and the lack of an obvious left-sided alternative, the opportunity to give Bale a place in the senior squad from now on will increase competition. Toshack clearly considers Bale has already outgrown Under-21 football and is likely to be selected for the senior squad for the next round of Euro 2008 qualifiers when Wales host Slovakia and Cyprus on October 7 and 11 at the Millennium Stadium.

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