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Chamakh 8'

Pedretti 12'

Poulsen 13'

Foggia 38 & 60'

Perrotta 81'

Gabulov

Yobo ---- Bonera ---- King

Poulsen

Gentner ---- G. Sergio ---- Perrotta ---- Foggia

Chamakh ---- Forlan

Negredo

S. Cazorla ---- Marchisio ---- Pedretti ---- Camoranesi

Senna

Moretti ---- G. Juanito ---- Chygrynskiy ---- Bonnart

Handanovic

Birmingham continued their good scoring run with a shock 5-1 victory over second place Huddersfield last night. The Terriers had only lost two league games all season, both of which were by the odd goal and the last of which came on the 27th January. Meanwhile the Blues move up from 9th to 7th and now lie just one point behind the play-offs.

Huddersfield started brightly and could have broke the deadlock on 3 minutes had it not been for a last ditch challenge from Christian Poulsen. Birmingham found their way back into the game and it was the home side who opened the scoring with eight minutes on the clock. A loose backpass fell short of Huddersfield keeper Samir Handanovic and Marouane Chamakh took full advantage, narrowly beating the Slovenian to the ball and toe-poking the ball into the net. It was the Moroccans 15th league goal of the season and he currently lies 2nd in the scoring charts. Birmingham's joy was short-lived though, it took the away side just four minutes to equalise, showing the necessary character of a side pushing for promotion. A long ball from Emiliano Moretti wasn't dealt with by Joseph Yobo, allowing Benoit Pedretti a free run on goal and the Frenchman's half volley flew into the corner. Huddersfield knew a win at St. Andrews would heap pressure on their title rivals Man United, so manager Dermot O'Brien would not have been impressed when Birmingham regained their lead almost immediately after the restart. A slick move from the home side led to the chance for Christian Poulsen, and the Dane duly obliged with his fourth of the campaign, slotting the ball through the legs of Handanovic. Despite being infront, the Blues were camped inside their own half while the away side dominated, creating chance after chance. Mauro Camoranesi got himself in a great position but was forced to hurry his shot, causing Vladimir Gabulov no problems. Then Alvaro Negredo went close - his left footed strike narrowly went wide of the post. Gabulov was a busy man and he was forced into a fine save on 26 minutes, parrying Claudio Marchisio's long range shot away from goal. And when the Yorkshire club finally beat the Russian goalkeeper, the woodwork came to Birmingham's rescue, Benoit Pedretti the man going close. It seemed like just a matter of time before the equaliser, and a goal did arrive on 38 minutes, but it went against the run of play. Pasquale Foggia cut inside of his marker and his shot deflected off Juanito and crept into the corner. Somehow the Blues took a 3-1 lead into half time. The third goal for Birmingham seemed to kill off the threat Huddersfield posed and the second half was nothing like the first. The next goal would be crucial, an away goal would make for an interesting finish while a home goal would effectively kill off the game. It came on the hour mark, and it went to Birmingham. Pasquale Foggia with his third goals in two games as the Italian burst into the box and struck low across Handanovic and in off the post. Simone Perrotta added the fifth late on with a fine volley from outside the area. It was Perrotta's first since joining from Everton. George Buckley brought an end to the game and Birmingham celebrated a great win, although the scoreline was harsh on the Terriers who had more opportunities on the day.

It's a great win for us. When I first came here we were in the relegation zone so to be in contention for the play-offs is fantastic. The last two wins have been against two of the best teams in the division and it will definitely give us the confidence to go on and push for the top seven places. We have another tough game on Saturday so we'll prepare for that as best we can and we'll see what happens.

It's a crazy league, we're one point off the play-offs now but we're also only 8 points above the relegation zone. The next few games will be crucial in deciding what we're fighting for come the end of the season.

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Marouane Chamakh nets his 15th of the season.

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Christian Poulsen regains Birmingham's lead after Huddersfield had drawn level.

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Pasquale Foggia cuts inside and his deflected shot found the back of the net.

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Foggia's 60th minute strike put the game beyond Huddersfield's reach.

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Perrotta's stunning volley rounded off a great night for the Blues.

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Paris: No Gingers!

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Paris Hilton Takes Out A Race...

There was no doubting James McCarthy was ginger. But is this the reason he was sold? It is strange, that a player so young and so talented, should be allowed to leave Rochdale, even for £10m. Sutcliffe openly stated on many occassions that McCarthy was one of the best young talents in world football, let alone England. So why did he go? (Paris Hilton Hates Gingers...) Dave Kitson. With Rochdale, he found his place. Signed for £4m, Kitson was top scorer for Sutcliffe's first season in charge. In his 2nd, he was a major part of their success, scoring 14 league goals and gaining 18 league assists. In total, Kitson scored 25 goals in 69 league appearances for the club, contributing 28 assists along the way. Today, Rochdale accepted a £4.4m bid from French side Nantes. Why? Sutcliffe put gave Kitson an England call-up. The frontman was also rewarded with a call-up under James Burrow. So why is he now being sold to Nantes? (Paris Hilton Hates Gingers...) And remember the abuse Sutcliffe used to receive, for being "a ginger" This abuse, mainly directed at the young boss by jealous veteran manager Dave Izod has since stopped. Why? Well, it seems he has lost any ginger roots he may have once had. People are now accepting him as a true blonde, regardless of whether it is strawberry tinged or not. Is this a coincidence? Some say it is. Some argue differently. Don't forget... (Paris Hilton Hates Gingers...)

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Could Paris Hilton be the architect behind these bizarre sales? Is Sutcliffe hanging on her every word, whipped beyond belief, and dying his hair behind the scenes? It's a scary thought, but Paris has a manipulative streak, and this would not be too far fetched considering the circumstances. With Sutcliffe supposedly interested in lifelong hero Paul Scholes, this could seemingly be the end of their relationship, should he buy yet another ginger...

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Hilton, seen here disgusted with the presence of an ugly ginger...

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England Squad:

To Face Bulgaria 26/03/2010

Goalkeepers

Joe Hart - Barnsley

Ben Foster - Nottingham Forest

Mark Bunn - Chesterfield

Defence

Ashley Cole - Man Utd

Leighton Baines - Millwall

Glen Johnson - Preston NE

Micah Richards - Rochdale

Rio Ferdinand - Man Utd

John Terry - Liverpool

Gary Cahill - Crewe Alexandra

Curtis Davies - Leicester City

Liam Ridgewell - Walsall

Midfield

Stewart Downing - Middlesbrough

David Beckham - Coventry City

James Milner - Tottenham

Phil Neville - Barnsley

Michael Carrick - Man City

Gareth Barry - Preston NE

Lee Cattermole - Walsall

Jimmy Bullard - Rochdale

Steven Gerrard - Liverpool

Joe Cole - West Brom

Ashley Young - Preston

Theo Walcott - Colchester

Adam Johnson - Nottingham Forest

Forwards

Wayne Rooney - Man Utd

Michael Owen - Arsenal

Peter Crocuh - Preston NE

Bobby Zamora - Doncaster Rovers

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Crewe move above Tranmere in promotion battle

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In what was billed as a must win game for Crewe by boss Sean, his team stood up and put a sledge hammer into the promotion plans of Reading.

Crewe came straight at the league leaders, with Reading keeper Iraizoz clawing away a Pazzini shot in the first minute. Just 2 minutes later the Italian got another chance, and this time finished outstandingly to put Crewe a goal up. 28 minutes later and Pazzini made it too, latching onto a Matri through ball to make it 2-0. With Reading struggling to compose themselves, Crewe were happy to see it out to half time with the 2 goal cushion.

As the second half started, Crewe once again flew at the home side, and Brighi headed wide within a minute. Pazzini completed his hatrick on 54 minutes, a goal which started a spell of 3 goals in 3 minutes, with Samadev pulling one back for Reading, before man of the match Elia hit in a curling shot to restore the 3 goal cushion. Reading finally found stepped up a gear, and both Crewe forwards, Pazzini and Matri, were called upon to make key tackles/interceptions. However Matteo Brighi showed why he was voted top player by the fans, stepping up to grab Crewe's 5th in the 82nd minute with a shot so powerful, it threatened to hospitalise anyone in it's way. All credit to Reading, they never gave up and Ramirez got a goal on his league debut. As the ref blew the full time whistle, the Crewe players immediately went over and gave their fans a round of applause.

Although it was a Dutchman, Elia, who walked of with the man of the match award, Crewe's Italian trio of Brighi, Matri and Pazzini were once again key to the teams success. Matri and Pazzini look like they could be the front pairing Crewe have been looking for with 16 goals and 19 assist's from a combined 27 league games.

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EC 106 LEAGUE DIVISION THREE

24TH MARCH 2010

LEYTON ORIENT 1-2 OXFORD UTD

With expectations high from both camps for different reasons, Oxford Utd approached this match fully knowing that they could not compete on a man for man basis and the fact that Orient had already beaten the O's earlier in the season at the Kassam Stadium, the cards were stacked highly against them to get anything from this game but Oxford Utd have been producing some good form of late and looking more like the side that belied all the odds last season by finishing mid-table.

The game started with Oxford going on the offensive and their prolific goalscorer Santos Weldon nearly opened his account three times in the first ten minutes as the visitors showed that they didn't come just to make up the numbers.

With Oxford in the ascendency, Andrea Rispoli broke free in the 24th minute and slammed home the opener from 10 yards. 0-1

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Cavenaghi went close in the 36th minute when his delicate chip agonizingly hit the woodwork.

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With Oxford Utd continuing to take the game to an out of sorts Orient side, partly caused by the tenacity of the Oxford Utd players and their will to survive in the Third Division, it was ironically a cruel piece of luck that saw the home side equalise when Fernando Cavenaghi's shot at goal in the 57th minute took a wicked deflection and left goalkeeper Lauro rooted to the spot. 1-1

As the game seemed to be drifting to a share of the spoils, Oxford Utd's man on so many occasion Santos Weldon popped up in the 71st minute to smash the ball home from 20 yards out to give Oxford Utd a deserved win.

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Cedric Kante and Cedric Van Der Gun both picked up knocks and will be out for their up and coming match against relegation rivals Gillingham on Saturday.

Oxford Utd boss David Belkevitz was full of praise for his side and spoke after the match to reporters,

"This was simply a fantastic result for us against all the odds. Make no mistake about how tough this was going to be against an Orient side full of quality players. But we have shown that you need more than skill in this league, you need passion and the will to win and my lads were up for this challenge today and wanted it more than Orient.

Weldon has been on fire lately and when he is on song, things seem to click for us. This was his 11th goal of the season and I can't forget young Andrea Rispoli who scored his first goal of the season and also picked up his second consecutive M.O.M award.

It's no surprise that I have a 4.6 Million pound offer on my desk from Brescia for his services. I was unsure about the offer because it is a lot of money for a club like ours but I have assured Andrea that his future is with Oxford Utd FC.

Young Lodeiro was back after suspension but I couldn't drop Rispoli and he justified my faith in him by scoring and picking up his second MOM award. We have Gillingham on Saturday so it's back to the drawing board for that one as Gillingham are picking up some steam in their attempt to avoid the drop. Should be a great game."

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The Canny Scot finished his interview by saying that Oxford Utd would fight to the bitter end to avoid relegation and he believes he has got his side working again after a disastrous first half of the season.

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Gillingham 2-1 Derby County

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They say this is the most important week for Gillingham, facing Derby County last night and on Saturday facing Oxford United in which could either dead and bury Gillingham as for relegation but a win in both games could see them in a very commanding position in their hope for another great survival of Division 3. Gillingham went into the game at Priestfield with 3 wins in 6 games whilst play off hopefull Derby County have lost their last 3 on the run, is this an advantage for Gillingham?

The game was under way at Priestfield, Gillingham in blue and Derby County in Black jersey attacking from right to left of us here, around 1,000 Derby County fans have made the trip to Gillingham to see their side win their first game in 3 matches whilst Gillingham are in need of a win to bounce back from their 3-1 loss at on form Queens Park Rangers. The game didn't have much action, just the odd shot from either side going sky high of being hit right at the keeper, a stalemate at Priestfield. As it came closer and closer to half time, the game had it's first goal, French midfielder Jeremy Clement capitalizing on a vital error at the back from County as the 25 year old wen't on to finish a vital goal in Gillingham's hope to avoid relegation this season, you could see from the fans how much this means to them and the history of Gillingham, a great finish from a great player, Gillingham 1 Derby County 0.

With Gillingham having the upper hand at the break, they didn't let off the steam coming second half. Various Gillingham attacks looking dangerous it just looked a matter of time before they got their second goal but with Derby also looking threatening also, it looked like a fiesty affair at Priestfield. With Priestfield roaring, Gillingham were growing stronger and stronger and that much needed goal came! That man again Jeremy Clement smashing home he's second of the night, the jubilent Gillingham fans up on their feet, bottom of the league Gillingham 2, struggling Derby County 0. The game looked over, Gillingham winning and in a very comfortable position but they were given a late scare after the Derby County Frenchmen popped up to give it a nervy finish for Gillingham at Priestfield.

The game finished 2-1 to Gillingham and the fans going home from Priestfield very happy whilst it's a long trip home for Derby County fans who now extend their games without a win to 4. So is this where the Gillingham fight is back on? Could they beat Oxford United on Saturday and mount pressure on 19th place to keep up their current form? See the next match report to find out.

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Crewe move above Tranmere in promotion battle

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In what was billed as a must win game for Crewe by boss Sean' date=' his team stood up and put a sledge hammer into the promotion plans of Reading.

Crewe came straight at the league leaders, with Reading keeper Iraizoz clawing away a Pazzini shot in the first minute. Just 2 minutes later the Italian got another chance, and this time finished outstandingly to put Crewe a goal up. 28 minutes later and Pazzini made it too, latching onto a Matri through ball to make it 2-0. With Reading struggling to compose themselves, Crewe were happy to see it out to half time with the 2 goal cushion.

As the second half started, Crewe once again flew at the home side, and Brighi headed wide within a minute. Pazzini completed his hatrick on 54 minutes, a goal which started a spell of 3 goals in 3 minutes, with Samadev pulling one back for Reading, before man of the match Elia hit in a curling shot to restore the 3 goal cushion. Reading finally found stepped up a gear, and both Crewe forwards, Pazzini and Matri, were called upon to make key tackles/interceptions. However Matteo Brighi showed why he was voted top player by the fans, stepping up to grab Crewe's 5th in the 82nd minute with a shot so powerful, it threatened to hospitalise anyone in it's way. All credit to Reading, they never gave up and Ramirez got a goal on his league debut. As the ref blew the full time whistle, the Crewe players immediately went over and gave their fans a round of applause.

Although it was a Dutchman, Elia, who walked of with the man of the match award, Crewe's Italian trio of Brighi, Matri and Pazzini were once again key to the teams success. Matri and Pazzini look like they could be the front pairing Crewe have been looking for with 16 goals and 19 assist's from a combined 27 league games.

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English Championship 106 Division Two

Match Report

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Geraldo Wendel 7', 74'

Radamel Falcao 73'

Leicester thumped by Addicks

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Wendel opened the scoring

Leicester City unbeaten run of five games ended when they host Charlton at The Walkers Stadium. A 3-0 defeat saw them lying at the bottom of Division Two while Charlton continue to impress with their sixth consecutive unbeaten game. A brace from Geraldo Wendel and a stunning strike by Radamel Falcao deepened Leicester's hope of closing the gap with second-bottom Cheltenham Town.

The host who is in high morale after good run started brightly in the first period, gaining control in the first five minutes. Their attacking play were no match to Charlton diciplined backline as Diniyar Bilyaletdinov caught offside by the linesman. Leicester had an opportunity to make a surprise lead when defender Jonny Magallon failed to make contact with Blumer Elano's inviting cross. Leicester's attacking-minded defence were caught sleeping when the vistors got the first breakthrough with a set piece. Wendel headed home the opening goal from Samir Nasri's corner. The visitors were always in command after the goal and Wendel again trouble keeper Boruc with a header but was easily saved. Boruc pulled off a fantastic save from Falcao's strike as the host defence looked disorganised at times. Leicester later were denied a penalty by the Paraguayan referee when Toby Alderweireld was brought down in the box by Micah Richards. Charlton continued to threaten the Foxes' defence with two shots on target but Boruc was alert enough on both attempts. Nasri had the last chance to put Charlton in driving seat before the break but his shot went horribly wide.

Sebastien Pocognoli's free kick was intercepted as the host looking to find the equaliser in the second half. However, Charlton were the better side for most of the second period when captain Nigel De Jong started to boss the midfield. Falcao doubled the lead for the visitors in 73rd minute with a overhead kick. Wendel sealed the vitory a minute later with a speculative chip over the hapless Boruc and rolled agonisingly over the line. Charlton defence look lively throughout the match as Leicester failed to create any chances until the final whistle.

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England Scouting:

Wingers

Hello, and welcome to the first in tonight's double-bill of England Scouting Blogs, on the night that England's World Cup dream hangs in the balance.

Tonight, we discuss the attack. Later on, we will discuss the strikers but first of all, we will talk about the wide players. Here to offer their opinion are former Arsenal left-back Lee Dixon, 63 times capped striker Alan Shearer, and former Middlesbrough player and coach Gareth Southgate.

England are very lucky to have four players cast from the same 'pacy' mould. These are Theo Walcott, Aaron Lennon, Ashley Young and Adam Johnson. Pace is one of the best weapons for a winger to have in their arsenal, but obviously we don't need four. Who would you take from this group of players?

leedixon.jpg LD: Ashley Young and Aaron Lennon are in direct competition with each other at both club and international level. As far as appearances go, Lennon has the upper hand, albeit by thirty minutes. Young has hit a rich vein of form at the moment, and I think should see out the World Cup Qualifying campaign. I'd take Young and Lennon, but dont count out Walcott for a strikers berth.

garethsouthgate.jpg GS: Adam Johnson is a good bet to make the squad. He's been playing really well for Nottingham Forest, who may be in Division Four, but play football that should grace the higher leagues. If there are four wing positions available, Id give Johnson one. The other I would give to Ashley Young, as he's the best all-rounder from those available.

alanshearer.gif AS: Theo Walcott has been hampered by his loan move to Colchester. He deserves to be playing top flight football, not Third Division. I'd go as far as saying he would be a dead cert for the squad if he played consistently in the top league. So without him, Id resort to Lennon and Young.

Another wing option is Joe Cole, who has been playing consistently for a bad side. He is in direct competition with Coventry's David Beckham, themselves not in the best position, Stewart Downing of Middlesbrough and James Milner of Tottenham. Would any of these get a plane ticket to Mexico?

garethsouthgate.jpg GS: Milner is a useful player to have. To have a player who can play on the wing, in the centre of the park, or at full-back is a rarity, and saves two places in the squad. I would play him on the wing primarily, Im not certain he would combine well with other England central midfielders. Id also go for experience by naming David Beckham, he's an inspirational figure, and also the elder James Milner, which would do Milner a lot of good.

alanshearer.gif AS: Joe Cole would be a good option, despite his clubs poor performance. He's been a shining star in what has been a grey and murky night for West Brom. I wouldnt name him ahead of the previous four, but he could be a good impact sub. Stewart Downing is a gamble, he's performed well, but intermittently, with weeks of no football hampering his development.

leedixon.jpg LD: Milner and Beckham, no questions asked. They may both be primarily right-sided, but we have wingers to play on the left.

Finally, theres those with an outside chance. Charlton's Leon Osman is a player who has shot into the international limelight. Starting against Romania, and a substitute appearance against Cananda, the ever-present Charlton man is unlucky to only make our 'hopefuls' shortlist. Shaun Wright-Phillips has been criticised for ill-discipline this season, and Matt Etherington has made bit-part appearances for Doncaster this season. Are we all in agreement that Osman is the best of this bunch?

alanshearer.gif AS: This emphasises the lack of talent in this department. Below Becks and Milner, who do we have? Osman, who, granted, is a good player, but not international class, Wright-Phillips, who's best days are behind him, and Etherington, why is he even in these blog? None of these would get in my England squad.

leedixon.jpg LD: Alan was a bit harsh there. Osman needs a chance as do all players. Maybe now isnt the time for chances, but he has a bright future ahead of him. Wright-Phillips has suffered due to constantly switching clubs. If he could set roots down on one club for a while, his performances will increase ten-fold.

garethsouthgate.jpg GS: Osman is the best of those three, but maybe not good enough to make the final squad. He doesnt have a star attribute, more a medley of all of them. If he had something that singled him out from the rest, he's be on the plane.

And that's it for this England Scouts blog. Join the four of us again for the last time when we discuss England's front-men.

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England Scouting:

Strikers

Hello, and welcome to the final England Scouting Blogs, with kick-off to England's vital World Cup Qualifier just hours away.

Tonight, we discuss the England strikeforce. Here to shed some light on our options are former Arsenal left-back Lee Dixon, former Middlesbrough player and coach Gareth Southgate and 63 times capped striker Alan Shearer, scorer of 30 goals for his country.

The first port of call is England's talismanic striker Wayne Rooney. Dropped from the 3-0 win over Romania due to poor form, and a non-starter in the loss to Israel, the striker has rediscovered some of his best form. He will definitley go to Mexico, there's no need to ask that. But what we want to know is whether England's faltering World Cup Qualifying campaign is as a result of Rooney's absence.

leedixon.jpg LD: In the game's Rooney has played, he got Man of the Match in both. However, it took him three weeks to score his first league goal, and it was after this poor show of one goal in eight league games that he was dropped, and we won. Since then Rooney has been on fire! If it hadnt been for his club-mate Fernando Torres, he'd have scored more. The manager wasn't to know that Wayne would come good.

garethsouthgate.jpg GS: It was a bold move to drop Rooney, and a foolish one at that. We have lacked the bull-dog spirit of Rooney, and in the games where he didnt play, his replacement wasn't adequate. Gerrard isnt a striker, and Kevin Davies is a very poor replacement. Rooney should start every possible game.

alanshearer.gif AS: Rooney had a rough patch to start the seaon, but he is now tearing through the gears, and after improving his heading attribute, is now becoming a striker that all should fear. England have lacked both his goals and his presence.

So who should partner Rooney? You have your tall strikers Peter Crouch and Carlton Cole. Then there's Owen and Bent who like the ball played to their feet. Each ahs their own unique skill, but who complements our star man?

garethsouthgate.jpg GS: It's important that we take a mixture of strikers. If the opposition read that Peter Crouch has been selected, they are going to presume that we will be playing long ball tactics, and put two defenders on Crouch. Which may be a good thing, as that means less defenders to mark Rooney. Obviously Peter wont be too happy, but if its for the good of the team, Im sure he'd keep their defence occupied.

alanshearer.gif AS: Darren Bent was playing well for Tranmere and started off well at Birmingham. But an injury and the form of his team-mates has seen him wilt away into obscurity. Carlton Cole is very good, when he plays. Obviously competing with Raul doesnt help matters. I would take Owen and Crouch, starting Crouch. He may be in the shadow of a more prolific team-mate at club level, but when called upon, he performs. The same goes for Owen.

leedixon.jpg LD: Its a case of Owen or Bent, and Crouch or Cole. For once I agree with Alan, Cole hasnt performed well enough on a weekly basis for me, and Bent hasnt been given the chance to show what he can do.

In our last question of this years England Blogs, we ask whether any of England's relative unknown forwards have a chance of making the squad. Players like Bobby Zamora, Kevin Davies, Emile Heskey, and Gabriel Agbonlahor.

alanshearer.gif AS: I think Agbonlahor will make it, and I think he was pencilled in for a substitute place tonight had he not got injured on Wednesday. I feel sorry for the lad, at such a young age, missing out on precious game-time for your club, and a rival forward comes in and steals the limelight. He's one of England's best forwards, pacy and can finish well.

leedixon.jpg LD: I reckon Bobby Zamora has the best chance of any to make it. He's been playing superb these past few weeks, and Id play him above Bent every time. It's a case of whether he would displace Owen. Owe can be injury-prone, and that works in favour of Zamora. If Zamora carries on in this form, he should make it.

garethsouthgate.jpg GS: Heskey is similar to Crouch, but lacks the goalscoring touch. In a striker that's not good enough. Zamora is a wildcard, but not a starter by any means and Davies might make it if Gabby doesnt recover, but if he does, Agbonlahor will be there, no doubt.

Ands thats a wrap on this years England blogs. My thanks go to regulars Alan Shearer, Gareth Southgate and Lee Dixon, and to our special guests from earlier this week, Sean Fitzpatrick and Phillip Gibbon.

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Kitson Leaves As Rochdale Keep Building

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Another One Bites The Dust...

Rochdale have continued to sell in the wake of current results. Pressure has been relieved to a degree, as Dale's incredible run of form took them to within touching distance of the playoffs. A recent return to poor form however, has had Sutcliffe evaluate his options again, and build for next year, in the hope of pushing for promotion, instead of fighting relegation once again. The young manager always said that his first aim upon getting to the 3rd would be promotion to the 2nd. Many laughed at these remarks after Dale's early spell this year, when many figured Sutcliffe's side would be going straight back down. This has turned out not to be the case though, and Sutcliffe's high targets were seen as more realistic than ambitious, which is really quite remarkable considering the size of the club. However, in gaining promotion, casualties have been lost. The sale of Rickie Lambert showed Sutcliffe, known for his loyalty, also has a ruthless streak.

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Bought for £4m, Dave Kitson completed a £4.4m move abroad today, over 2 seasons after arriving. It seems like much longer. Upon joining Dale, Sutcliffe quoted:

Well Dave Kitson is my kind of player. I grew up modelling my game on him. He came from non-league football and he's been through it all. He's good in the air and he's got cracking feet. Although he may lack the pace of our other forwards, he also has an eye for goal.
He was right too. Kitson suited his manager down to a tee, so much so, that after his incredible form in Division 4, he won an England call up. Though he has struggled this year without strike partner Lambert, mid-season form prompted a recall for the 30 year old striker. The sale of him is out of the blue, and quite bizarre to a degree... Whether or not Sutcliffe has a trick up his sleeve, it is too soon to tell. Rochdale would like to thank "Kitso" for his efforts whilst at our club. He has been a loyal servant, and we hope to see him back in England soon enough.

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Kitson was Dale's Players Player Of The Year last season...

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Margaret plots his course to safety.

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Millwall boss Dave Izod

bmanning.jpg Bernard Manning Writes........Following a fine 2-1 midweek win over title chasing Everton ,Millwall boss Dave Izod spoke today of the optimism surrounding the club and of his plans to navigate a course to division 1 safety. The Lions were well worth the points on Wednesday night taking the lead after just two minutes through the rampaging Andre Pierre Gignac. In a breath taking opening spell the hosts doubled their advantage on the quarter of an hour mark as their evergreen skipper and man of the match, Patrick Vierra finished from an acute angle for his 5th goal of the season. Stung by the opening fusillade the Toffees never recovered and after struggling to match the organized South Londoners combativeness work ethic had to make do with a consolation effort from Diego Milito half way through the second half. The victory saw the Lions move up to 7th spot in the table but more importantly for Izod just 3 wins away from his pre season target of 45 points.

We were massive on Wednesday, and by far the better team. No disrespect to Everton, but to be honest I went into the game very confident of a result. The lads know our minimum standards for this campaign and with 42 points left in the season, everyone concerned with the club will be going hell for leather to gain the three victories we need to hit, what I am sure will be a comfortable safety target. Whilst its vital we approach our remaining games with same discipline and team spirit that we have displayed all season, it would be unreasonable for me not to admit we have several games in mind which I would consider our best route to survival.[/Quote]

If history is anything to go by then Izod and the Lions are well on target to ensuring first division at the New Den next season. Last seasons nail bitingly close finale saw Portsmouth grab the last parachute, finishing in 17th spot with a haul of 43 points. Pompey,‘s end of season toll was the highest in first division history so far and pushed the average safety target up from 37.375 to an even 38 points. With the current bottom three currently averaging barely a point a game, statistics would point to a relegation cut off point of around the 40 point mark. Behind the aging Izods psychobabble, Millwall fans and pundits alike will be pawing over the Lions remaining fixtures trying to gauge what matches ” Margaret “ considers will win fixtures. Here’s the News’s sports teams stab at what we consider definite 3 pointers for the Lions.

3rd April - (A) - Fulham

Last years division 2 play-off champions have performed remarkably well so far this season and find themselves in a respectable 11th place. Destroying the Lions 2-nil at the Den in January the west Londoners would consider themselves in with a good shout of grabbing the points themselves. That said, despite the victory memories still linger of last seasons pivotal 3-0 humiliation at the hands of the Lions, which effectively ended the cottagers ambitions of an automatic promotion finish.

7th April - (H) - West Bromwich Albion

Division 1 champions Albion have had a disastrous season so far, failing like a stone to bottom of the table. There is little sign of the bustling consistency that took the division by storm last time out, and with tough games against City, Spurs and Coventry before they face the Lions, the baggies could well find themselves cut adrift in last place before they visit the Den.

10th April - (A) - Portsmouth

Close friends away from the pitch, veteran Pompey boss Steve Mclurgh enjoyed a close 1-0 win at the Den earlier on this season, with Portsmouth continuing to enjoy an a magnificent season 10. There’s little doubt Izod and the Lions will be gunning revenge in what promises to be a entertaining visit to Fratton Park.

1st May -(A) - Coventry

Sources close to Izod have spoke of his grudging admiration for young Coventry manager Lee Blackberry. Despite bravely pulling themselves back from the relegation abyss, the sky blues are still struggling badly just two points above the drop zone. Out thought by the Millwall man, the jury remains out as to whether Blackberry has the tactical nous to navigate his way to safety.

12th May - (A) - Wigan

The Lions last game of the season promises to be a bitter encounter. Less than impressed by the notoriously arrogant antics of Wigan manager Andrew Smith, Izod was said to be furious at Smith remarks after Wigan’s somewhat fortuitous 2-1 victory at the Den, Izod has publicly stated he would have little sympathy if the struggling Wigan and that “mouthy git Smith” fall through the division 1 trap door.

The Lions resume their division one crusade tomorrow night with a visit to the St Mary’s stadium to face an unusually disappointing Southampton. Despite booking their place in the English cup semi final with a super 4-3 victory over powerful Blackburn, the Saints league form of late has been less than top notch. Four defeats from their last 5 games has seen them fall to mid table obscurity and experienced manager, Singaporean Yap wei Heng will be looking to distance his team from the relegation whirlpool in advance of their semi final appointment with Darlington next Monday night. Southampton entertain the South Londoners lacking the suspended Robben and the injured Marco Motta. The Lions make the journey South with one enforced absence of their own, suspended top scorer Ed Grafite takes care of the Asda run after picking his 5th yellow of the campaign in the victory over Everton. Izod has remained tight lipped about his plans for the game but it looks like a return to the lone striker role for Mirko Vucinic replaced on the bench by on loan Arsenal man Habib Beye.

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ENGER-LAND SUITS APPROACH IZOD?

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SMFA representatives at the New Den tonight

270164.jpgRichard Tauber Writes.......With James Burrow’s England scrapping an altogether unacceptable draw in Bulgaria tonight, the Southwark News have learned that a high powered delegation form the English SMFA have approached Millwall boss Dave Izod to become the new man at the England helm. With referees Gary Lewis’s final whistle greeted with the now customary chorus of boo’s from the traveling England support, it appears that the English top brass are almost out of patience with Burrow. Despite taking the lead from a Stephen Gerrad opener after barely 5 minutes, the three Lions once more appeared devoid of all confidence and it came as little surprise when 15 minutes before the break, Spurs hitman Dimitar Berbatov struck a long range screamer past the statue like Ben Foster in the England goal. The evening went from bad to worse for England on the hour mark when incredibly bottom placed Bulgaria took the lead through an unmarked Ivelin Popov. Luckily for England the nightmare was short lived when, on for Glen Johnson, Micheal Owen’s clever footwork and finish restored parity. The draw sees England still floundering in third place a full 4 points behind Israel. With a game in hand over the top two, up next for England is a tough looking trip to leaders Rumania, before entertaining first Canada and then Israel at Wembley. With defeat against Rumania likely to all but signal the end of the nations world cup hopes, its thought that Burrow will be expected leave the post as soon as qualification becomes an impossibility. If Burrow is ultimately unsuccessful, he along with his predecessor , Rochdales Elliot Sutcliffe, would become the second high profile 106 manager to fail in the post. With the SMFA mandarins desperately seeking a winning world cup campaign, there is going support both publicly and privately for the successful 40 year old Izod. It would appear that tonight’s meeting is the second within a week and officials are thought to have discussed Izods demand that he is awarded a two season contract if he should take the job. It is also understood that Izod is insisting that upon his appointment, that broadcasting rights for all future England world cup games will be exclusively awarded to South East London pay by view cable company FFTV.

mad_frankie_fraser_thumb_small.jpgFrankie Says……. 2-2 against bleedin Bulgaria ? you must be having a laugh right?, Burrow has taken us from the International Premier league to the Conference. Get rid of him now!!

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WORLD CUP QUALIFIER

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SCOTLAND GO TOP TONIGHT!!

SCOTLAND 3-2 FINLAND

The Lion Rampant flew proudly over Hampden Park tonight as Scotland defeated Finland in a five goal thriller.

Kris Boyd (10) and Scott Brown (16) blasted the Scots into a two goal lead that they would not relinquish easily.

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Mikael Forsell headed home from close range in the 21st minute to bring Finland back from the dead and the Hampden Roar was temporarily silenced.

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HT 2-1

The second half began with Man Of The Match, Scotland Keeper Alan McGregor pulling off a great stop to deny the Finns an equaliser.

The Scots fought hard and were rewarded in the 82nd minute when Darren Fletcher towered above the Finnish defence to head home goal number three for Scotland.

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Finland pulled a late goal back but by then the Scots fans were already celebrating their teams win and enjoying the fact that Italy lost 1-2 against the Ukraine so Scotland sit proudly on top of the section tonight.

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FT 3-2

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Scotland fans celebrate after their 3-2 win over Finland.

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EC 106 LEAGUE FIXTURES

27TH MARCH 2010

TURN 25

MATCH PREVIEWS

ROCHDALE V READING

Top of the table Reading, still smarting from their 5-2 home defeat against promotion rivals Crewe Alexandra last Wednesday will be out get back on track against a Rochdale side who have only picked up one point from their last four league matches and will be all out to stop their slide back into the relegation fight. Forecast 1-3

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CREWE ALEXANDRA V PORT VALE

Crewe will be up for this match after destroying league leaders Reading and going joint top of the table. Port Vale, with only one win from their last six matches have a massive hill to climb if they are to take anything from this match against a high flying Crewe side who are coming into top form just at the right time. Forecast 3-0

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BRADFORD CITY V TRANMERE ROVERS

Tranmere Rovers have slipped to third spot in the league after hitting a bad patch of form that has seen them lose the consistency of their earlier form. Although the manager has shown signs of concern, Tranmere will hope to take something from this game but Bradford City may be a tough nut to crack. Their 6-1 destruction of Swansea away from home must have raised a few eyebrows over at Tranmere and they might be more than happy to snatch a point from the West Yorkshire outfit. Forecast 2-1

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Q.P.R V SWANSEA CITY

Q.P.R are the team in form in the Third Division and have caught the attenion of the top three teams in the league before the Londoner's quietly postioned themselves for a challenge to the automatic promotion spot with a devastating run of good form that has seen them lose only once in their last fifteen league matches and I can't see a struggling Swansea side stopping the London march. Forecast 4-1

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SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY V BRIGHTON

This could be a tough one to call as the South Yorkshire side try to keep in touch with the pacemakers. Brighton lie on the edge of the play offs and could pose a problem for a Sheffield side that needs to take all three points to keep up the momentum on the leaders. Forecast 1-1

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SHORPE UTD V BARNSLEY

Shorpe Utd have found a bit of their early league form and forced their way back into the top six with a terrific 3-2 away win against Tranmere Rovers last Wednesday. Barnsley lie in mid table but with only one win in their last six league matches, they need to find something from this match or slip closer into the relegation fight. Forecast 3-1

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DERBY COUNTY V HULL CITY

Derby County's recent run of bad form has loosened their grip on a play off spot and will want to take advantage of a Hull City side who are struggling to escape the drop to the fourth division. Hull proved that on their day they can hang with the best of them and ran Q.P.R close last week but they need to get on the winning trail soon but I think Derby County will be a bridge too far tomorrow. Forecast 2-0

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CARLISLE UTD V LEYTON ORIENT

Carlisle Utd picked up three valuable points away to Port Vale on Wednesday and will want to continue in that winning vein against a Leyton Orient side that just can't get it together lately and as Carlise Utd fight for survival, I believe Leyton Orient will have a big fight on their hands if they want to get something from this game. Forecast 1-1

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IPSWICH TOWN V COLCHESTER UTD

Colchester Utd's fine 4-1 win against Rochdale midweek must boost their confidence for tomorrow's match against Ipswich Town, who have been inconsistent for most of the season and find themselves slipping deeper into trouble as each week goes by. Both sides need a win badly and I think that perhaps both teams will settle for a share of the spoils. Forecast 0-0

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OXFORD UTD V GILLINGHAM

Bottom clubs Oxford Utd and Gillingham have both started picking up points in their fight to avoid the drop into the fourth division. Gillingham had a great 2-1 win over Derby County while Oxford Utd shocked Leyton Orient fans by taking all three points in their midweek encounter. Both managers have been staging a tremendous fight to stay in the division and I can see this one going to the wire with a draw looking a safe bet. Forecast 2-2

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"Chopra is good enough for England!"

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The above words were expressed by Chazza Bones last night after England's shocking draw with Bulgaria. He also added:

"If England need a goalscorer, Michael is the man. He's been waiting long enough for a place and it would be nice if he could get a place on the bench against Romania. He can come on and score goals, so I think he should definitely be given an England Shirt and help his country qualify"

Earlier this morning, Chopra said -

"It's my dream to play for England, as it is for any English player, but I highly doubt I will be picked because I don't play in the higher leagues. If I'm called up, my job will be to score, score, score and I can do that, but playing at such a high level is a different kettle of fish."

steve_mcclaren_24_11_2007.jpg Steve McLaren wrote; Too many sackings are not good for any team. I believe that James can do well at England and send us to the world cup in Mexico, as I said, we just need to give him a chance. It was nice to see Michael Owen coming off the bench and scoring but I think that we need another striker who can can score goals for fun like Eto'o or Drogba. I know we have Rooney, but he hasn't scored yet, so as usual we need to find a younger, maybe lower league striker to help us if we were down or if it was a big match we could throw three up front.

ryan-giggs1_125x125.jpg Ryan Giggs wrote; I like seeing England do well and I think James is doing a fairly decent job. I like the current defence, all four looked solid last night. What can I say about Rooney, he may not be getting the goals, but he is a fantastic team player, I mean two assists in three matches is very good, so I'd certainly keep him in the first eleven. England have had a small slip up recently, but if the players work well as a unit, they'll be unstoppable!

torres200g_125x125.jpg Fernando Torres wrote; England is a great nation and I think they will challenge for the world cup if the right eleven is out on the night. Sometimes England win, sometimes England lose, and I think the fans have to take that and stop calling for the manager to be sacked. I like Rooney's way of playing and he definitely deserves his England place, he just needs to score a few more goals this year. I hope it's a Spain, England final!

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Match Preview

Division 2

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Middlesbrough head to the midlands to face Aston Villa with club in one of the worst runs of form since manager Philip Gibbon took over the club with 5 defeats in there last 6 and just 2pts in there last 7 somehow though they have managed to hold onto a playoff place however that could end with a defeat tonight

Middlesbrough in desperate need of a clean sheet will be without Cristian Zaccardo,Olof Mellberg,Luke Young and Matias Silvestre who have all failed fitness tests as a result Angelo Miguel Vitor replaces Zaccardo at RB some positive news for Boro both Marcelo Bordon and Arne Friedrich return to the squad also returning from injury at LB is Manuel Pasqual.

With Luis Ernesto Perez's recent change to a CM/DM Maxi Moralez will start on the right handside of midfield with Perez moving in the center of midfield alongside Florent Balmont,Michael Bradley or Gaetano D'Agostino on the left of midfield Stewart Downing returns to the squad replacing Ferreira Wagner.

Up front it looks likely either Roman Adamov,Eider Gudjohnsen,Cameron Jerome or Halil Altintop will start the match with none in any real kind of form of late.

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Notts County need win tonight to Survive

In a frank and a honest interview with the Guardian this morning Notts County manager Andrew Clifford says they need a win to survive in Division 2 this season,there opposition tonight comes in the form of Navin's Doncaster Rovers side who have enjoyed contrasting season since they both got promoted from Division last season,Navin's Doncaster have set Division 2 alight with some great performances and currently sit 4th in the table,Notts County after an inital bright start have struggled but recent good form of 7 points from the last 9 available indicates there on the right road to safety,despite Doncaster's form Notts County will be targeting this game as a must win against fellow promotion candidates from last year.

Q.So Andrew,after a tough season how do you feel it has gone so far after 24 games off the current campaign?

Yes your right it has been a tough campaign for everyone involved with the football club,The second I walked through the door I stated that this football club needed to change if it was to survive in Division 2 and that's exactly what has happened,when me and my staff arrived we had a first team squad of 19 which has now been boosted to 25 even though that includes 2 on loan players in Plasil and Felipe,the way the transfer deals have gone is fantastic too with players such as Rodallega,Mariga,Ferriera and Kaboul showing how much progress we have made in such a short space of time,the Chairman has invested a lot of time and money into the club and the recent results are showing some sign of my transfer buys are paying off.

Q.When you took over you were basically promoted to Division 2 and noone gave your side a chance of staying up,now your in a position to have a great shot of survival with only 14 games left of the season,is this more than you could have hoped for early on?

In a sense yes,the target is always to stay up as lets face it noone wants to get relegated,I think a lot of the fans and even myself had self doubts about whether we could stay up and thats why the playing squad changed around,this is my own side now and I can honestly say that we have a great shot of survival this season and providing like we have played in recent matches,we have a tough but winnable game against Doncaster tonight and considering there team average compared to others in the Division its a must win game if we want to stay up,I will change my tactics accordingly as I now wanted to give fans the chance to see a more attacking adventurous style of football that means instead of hoping to nick a point we will go for all three.

Q.This is your third spell in EC106 how does it compare to the other two?

That's a very good question,simply put it has always been a competitive league no matter,in season 7 I finally entered EC106 getting a very good Leicester side containing players such as Di Natale and Ambrosini,I was fairly new to SM at the team and made some stupid and irritational decisions and perhaps read into been in EC106 too much,and it was a good decision to leave despite doing well in the league,after another few months I came back and decided to give it another shot this time with Swansea,we had about 15 games left and were top of the league and got promoted with a few games to spare,the team that was built was very good and contained players like Bendtner,Skeljbred,Obinna and Mamaev and the simple fact is that leaving Swansea and trying to get the Nottingham Forest job was one of my worst decisions on SM,it took me another year or so to wind up where I am now which is at fellow Nottingham club Notts County,out of the three clubs this one was in the worst state when I took it on,however the club has moved forward and progressed a lot over the last year and it is more competitive than ever with the likes of Radebe,Adamski and Kensational recently joining the setup,this setup only seems to get better with age and James must be very proud of what he has made and achieved with this setup been as good as it is.

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Lukaku 4 life

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16 year old Belgian wonderkid Romelu Lukaku today signed a new 5 season contract at Crewe, the maximum allowed under SMFA rules, with a promise to extend it in a few years.

The Belgian was a £950k signing for Crewe back in season 8, and has worked flat out to try and break into the first team. Loan spells at Middlesborough and Leicester have only helped add experience to the young mans game.

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This season has seen him finally given the opportunity to play for Crewe, and 2 assists in 2 cup games were enough to convince boss Sean that not only was he worthy of a new deal, but that Kenwyne Jones(now sold) was no longer first choice cover for Italian Pazzini.

Described as the new Drogba, Lukaku has already picked up an international cap, and is being scouted by the worlds top clubs, and has such a success that one 106 manager is already on the look out for the "new Lukaku"

In other Crewe news Brazilian midfielder Marcio Araujio is set to join Nottingham Forest in a 4.25million deal. The highly rated Brazilian is a favourite of boss Sean, but after the recent signing of Juan reduced the clubs finances to below zero, and a desperate plea by Sean to the chairmen for some extra cash was rejected, he was left with no choice but to sell.

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England scrape draw against basement nation Bulgaria

England coach James Burrow failed to silence his critics after the national side could only draw 2-2 with Bulgaria, who were bottom of the group.

Captain Steven Gerrard and substitute Michael Owen scored for the Three Lions, with Dimitar Berbatov and Ivelin Popov giving Bulgaria a 2-1 lead at one point.

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Both Owen and Gerrard got on the score-sheet

We caught up with the under-pressure boss after the game:

Do you see this draw as a good result or a bad result?

JB: Well obviously we would have liked a win, but a draw is fine. Israel lost, meaning that we have gained on them, albeit not by much. We have a game in hand, and a four point gap to make up.

After Bulgaria took the lead, you took one of your club players Glen Johnson off and brought Owen on, who scored with his first touch. Do you feel happy that you made the right decision in bringing him on, or annoyed that he didnt start?

JB: I dont think we would have got the best out of Owen had he started. Entering the game at 60 minutes is a lot different to starting. There is a lot more space to move, and no disrespect to Michael, but the quality of defending was poor.

What lessons can you take from this game?

JB: Play the strongest 11 possible, never underestimate small nations, and a striker shouldnt be judged by how many goals he scores.

England travel to leaders Romania hoping for a repeat of the 3-0 triumph at Wembley. Should history repeat itself, England could be in pole position for qualification.

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Burrow in message to Chopra: Get starting

In response to Swansea manager Chazza Bones statement that Michael Chopra should play for England, England coach James Burrow delivered a short but concise statement.

"If you start for Swansea, then I'll consider you for England"

The 26 year old forward made the controversial move to the Swans earlier this season, having spent eight years at Welsh rivals Cardiff City. Out of Michael's 11 appearances so far, 6 of them have been as subs. That totals 720 minutes out of a possible 1350, near-enough 50%. The striker has only scored three goals in that time, and will have to up his game if he wants to displace stars like Rooney and Agbonlahor.

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England Boss Facing The Axe

England manager James Burrow looks set to be the second short term England manager after Elliot Sutcliffe lasted just the one season in charge, Burrow looks to be heading the same way after England's dismal display against Bulgaria only claiming a point from the badly out of form nation.

That point has left England on the verge of failing to make a second successive world cup for only the 2nd time the last was the 1974 and 1978 finals a defeat to Romania and a win for Israel will seal there fate and likely the managers.

Domestic Pressure Getting to Burrow

The likely failiure of England once again could well be put down to the managers domestic responsibilities with Preston who have been underperforming this season and clearly the pressure is getting to him.

Izod for England Job

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Could Margaret David Izod be the answer to getting England to a world cup some critics say no his clear mental decline over the past couple of seasons have seen the Millwall boss quite honestly become quite weird his sick and twisted relationship with Crystal Palace manager Paul Holt has put many off him becoming the next England manager he still does have some support but nowhere near the same amount of support as when Elliot Sutcliffe was sacked

Who Else Could Be The Next England Manager

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After Dave Izod's recent antics the Millwall boss is no longer favorite to replace current manager James Burrow when the england boss decides to resign or is relived by the FA in the future the Millwall boss has fallen behind Crewe boss Sean Fitzpatrick and Tranmere manager Callum Hewett with the Division 3 pair opening up a huge gap over Izod in the opinion polls and is in danger of falling behind Huddersfield manager Dermot O'Brien and Oxford boss David Belkevitz also amazingly former manager Elliot Sutcliffe is wanted back in charge of the national team after his recent fine performance in charge of Rochdale which has seen the club take huge strides forward.

Burrow Still One of the Most Popular England Managers

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In a survey carried out by the reported England boss James Burrow is still one of the most popular managers in a poll of 30177 he was ranked the 6th most popular while former England manager Elliot Sutcliffe was only ranked 10th.

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Fitzpatrick slams board

Crewe manager Sean Fitzpatrick today slammed the board after being refused £250k for a new player, and the being forced to sell a number of players. Speaking to a gatherng of the Crewe fan club, Sean said:

"as many of you may have heard, the recent signing of Juan has stretched my budget to the limit. I approached the board yesterday for a a meagre quarter of million to bring in a young keeper before anyone else finds him. I was told in no uncertain terms that there was no chance.

Despite all my success at the club, play offs 1st season(7), cup final and promotion season 8, cup semi final last season, and hopefullly a promotion battle this season, I have never received any financial backing from the board.

When I took over directors Mark Hassall & Jim McMillan told me that if I did well, they would give me a budjet boost, but this has failed to appear yet.

To make things worse, I got into my office this morning to find Dario Gradi waiting for me. He informed me that Marcio Araujio had been offered to Nottingham Forest for just £4.25million as they wanted a quick sale and didn't have time to haggle. To make things worse, he then informed me that 3 other players will be sold as soon as suitable bids come in.

Fortunately I'm used to these restricted financial restraints, however selling players behind my back is a new low for the board."

The players in question are

Tiberio Guarente: 24 year old 87 italian midfielder. been in outstanding form for Atalanta and has been linked to Juventus and Fiorentina.

Silva Leandro Almedia: Been a revelation in Dynamo Kyiv defence, 88CB, good steady CB

Daniele Gastaldello: 87CB, been a regular for Sampdoria, should get an 88 soon.

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