England have been forced to make four changes to the Under-21 squad for the friendly match with Croatia at Sunderland on Tuesday. The Manchester United midfielder David Beckham, Riccardo Scimeca of Aston Villa and Coventry's Marcus Hall are all injured and Nicky Butt is ruled out through suspension. Dave Sexton has called up Michael Brown (Manchester City), Matthew Carbon (Derby), Mark Ford (Leeds) and Ian Moore (Tranmere) to replace them.
Uefa lifted a three-year suspension on Dynamo Kiev yesterday, allowing the club the chance to return to European competition next season. Dynamo were banned last September over an alleged attempt to bribe the referee at a Champions' League match against Panathinaikos.
The former Republic of Ireland striker John Byrne, 35, who has played more than 500 games with six clubs, has been given a free transfer by Brighton.