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ewcastle United should represent England in the European Cup next season

1 We might finally have a realistic chance of winning the European Cup again.

2 Despite the obvious boost from the foreigners, Ginola, Albert and Asprilla, it is predominantly an English team.

3 Ajax and the rest would be able to appreciate that there is more to our game than the long ball.

4 With home form like theirs opponents might concede the away leg before a ball has been kicked.

5 Some Continental weather might enable Asprilla to dispense with the gloves.

6 Les Ferdinand could show how lightly Terry Venables has been letting Europe off by omitting him from the England team.

7 Kevin Keegan can put to right the personal wrongs of 1980 and show Nottingham Forest that a European title can be won in style.

8 So that Italy, Spain and the rest can discover that they do not have a monopoly on the best stadiums.

9 Parma can discover what a clanger they dropped in letting go of Asprilla - at any price.

10 1967 was also a pretty good year for English football. David was born.

n Bobby Robson's Porto took their unbeaten run to 22 games with a 6- 2 win against Felgueiras and are 13 points clear of Boavista in the Portuguese First Division.

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