Football: England's two-day session

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TERRY VENABLES, the new England coach, will stage a two-day training get-together at Bisham Abbey in place of this month's friendly against Germany in Berlin. The game was called off this week because the FA feared neo-Nazi rallies as the fixture, on 20 April, coincided with Hitler's birthday.

The plan is for the players to gather on 17 April, as would have been the case had the German match gone ahead. 'I shall try to get the most out of a difficult situation,' Venables, who names his squad on Monday, said.

Germany, keen to find other opponents on 20 April, may play the United Arab Emirates instead, though they have virtually given up hope of arranging a home match. A final decision is expected on Monday.

Bruce Grobbelaar's 13-year career at Liverpool is likely to come to an end soon after the Zimbabwean international failed to agree a new contract. The 36-year-old goalkeeper has been offered only a one- year deal to remain at Anfield, instead of the two-year one he was seeking.

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