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England coach Fabio Capello has described striker Wayne Rooney as “a crazy man” for his reaction to his recent dismissal against Fulham. Capello singled out Rooney for a warning at a team meeting ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Slovakia. “What were you doing punching the corner flag? You’re a crazy man, a crazy man,” he said.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster says he has no plans to quit Manchester United despite admitting staying at Old Trafford could compromise his international prospects. The 25-year-old is in line for only his second England cap in Saturday’s friendly against Slovakia at Wembley, despite not starting a Premier League match all season.

Scotland manager George Burley has opted to play Allan McGregor ahead of regular goalkeeper Craig Gordon in the World Cup game against the Netherlands. Gordon has been struggling to secure a starting slot in the Sunderland first team, while 27-year-old McGregor has rediscovered his form for Rangers.

Peter Crouch and Shaun Wright-Phillips missed England training for the second day running ahead of Saturday’s friendly against Slovakia at Wembley. Crouch (calf) and Wright-Phillips (ankle) will both be examined today to decide whether they are fit to take part in the day’s training.

Robert Earnshaw says Wales’ World Cup qualifier with Finland on Saturday is one of the biggest for years. Victory would keep them in the hunt for second place in Group Four and the chance of the play-off places for the eight best runners-up out of nine.

Football’s place in the Olympics could be under threat if its chief bodies do not comply with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) “whereabouts” code. WADA wants football to join sports like athletics and provide players’ location for one hour each day of the year. World football body, FIFA, and its European counterpart, UEFA, said they wanted to respect players’ privacy. “The sport could be removed from the Olympics,” WADA general secretary David Howman said.

UEFA has charged Macedonian club FK Pobeda over match-fixing allegations relating to a Champions League qualifying match in 2004. FK Podeba’s president and one player have also been charged after irregular betting patterns were reported. The match was against Armenian side FC Pyunik and took place on 13 July 2004.

Brazilian striker Ronaldo scored twice for Corinthians in a 2-2 draw against modest Ponte Preta in the Paulista championship on Wednesday. The ‘Phenomenal One’, making his fifth appearance on his latest comeback from injury, also completed the full 90 minutes for the first time in a Corinthians shirt.

Former Liverpool FC footballers and musicians from the city have launched a single to mark the 20th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster. The Fields of Anfield Road features Cast’s John Power, James Walsh of Starsailor, ex-manager Kenny Dalglish and former player Bruce Grobbelaar

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~ by awbroady on March 26, 2009.

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