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hay Given, the Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper, has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad for the friendly against Wales at Cardiff next Tuesday. Bolton's uncapped Keith Branagan is his likely relacement.

Rangers' Chilean striker Sebastian Rozental will miss his country's World Cup fixture in Peru next week because of a damaged knee. Rozental travelled to Santiago but could not prove his fitness sufficiently to join the rest of the national squad.

Raimundo Saporta, the man who brought Alfredo di Stefano to Real Madrid in the 1950s and who organised the 1982 World Cup finals in Spain, died from a kidney infection on Sunday. He was 70.

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