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Charlton chooses experienced squad

Jack Charlton has named a highly experienced 20-man squad for the Republic of Ireland's European Championship Group Six qualifier against Austria on 6 September.

Roy Keane and Andy Townsend return for the trip to Vienna with a squad which, even without the injured Steve Staunton and Jeff Kenna, and the suspended Ronnie Whelan, hold 704 caps between them. "This is no time for experiments. That can wait until after we reach the finals in England next summer," Charlton said.

He seems certain to award Paul McGrath with his 77th cap as he seeks revenge for Austria's 3-1 victory in Dublin last June. Portugal, four points ahead of Ireland, are the favourites to win the group.

Bobby Gould, the new Wales manager, revealed he had asked Neville Southall and Ian Rush to work with him when he named the squad for his first game in charge, the European Championship qualifier against Moldova in Cardiff, also on 6 September.

Southall, the Welsh record appearance holder with 81 caps, was one of the failed candidates for the manager's post, while Rush, the nation's leading scorer with 28 international goals, has also made no secret of his long-term ambition to manage his country.

The German authorities are to investigate allegations that the former international goalkeeper Uli Stein was once offered a bribe to lose an important league match.

Stein has said he was offered money by First Division Kaiserslautern to lose a match during the climax to the 1987 season when he was playing for Hamburg.

n Johnny Carey, Manchester United's first post-war "great", has died aged 75. Carey captained the United team which beat Blackpool in the 1948 FA Cup final.

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