Football: Jeffers is called up by Keegan
Monday 26 April 1999
The England coach also promoted Jeffers' Everton team-mate Michael Ball and Liverpool's Jamie Carragher from the Under-21 squad.
Keegan has had to cope the withdrawals through injury of Andy Cole, Paul Scholes, Sol Campbell, Graeme Le Saux, Gareth Southgate and Jonathon Woodgate. Jeffers, who scored in Everton's 4-1 win over Charlton on Saturday, has only broken into the Goodison first team this season.
Going into the second game in his short-term tenure as national coach, Keegan had agreed not to select David Beckham, Gary Neville, Tony Adams and Ray Parlour after consulting with their respective managers, Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger, about which players needed to be rested.
Now his plans have been thrown into further disarray by the loss through injury of six men. Manchester United confirmed that Cole and Scholes had been withdrawn because of knee and ankle injuries respectively after yesterday's 1-1 draw at Elland Road. Cole played the whole game and scored United's 56th-minute equaliser, while Woodgate suffered an injury to his right knee trying to block his shot.
Tottenham's Campbell is carrying a hamstring injury and was withdrawn after Saturday's 2-1 defeat by West Ham. Le Saux has a knee injury and did not play in Chelsea's goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough yesterday, while Southgate played in Villa's win over Forest but has withdrawn because of an ankle injury.
The Leicester City defender Matt Elliott last night pulled out of the Scotland squad to play Germany in Wednesday's friendly in Bremen.
Elliott suffered knee ligament damage in his club's 1-0 Premiership victory against Coventry on Saturday. His absence is another blow for the Scotland manager, Craig Brown, who has already lost David Hopkin of Leeds with an ankle injury. The Celtic pair Craig Burley and Jackie McNamara are both doubtful for the friendly against the European champions. "I won't bring in any replacements at the moment," Brown said.
The Northern Ireland manager Lawrie McMenemy has lost seven players for tomorrow's friendly against Canada at Windsor Park. Steve Morrow, Keith Gillespie, Damien Johnson, Neil Lennon and Alan Fettis have all withdrawn with injuries while McMenemy has also allowed the Bournemouth striker Stephen Robinson and Watford defender Peter Kennedy to stay at their clubs.
Aidan Davison, Gerry Taggart and Jim Magilton have cried off from the standby list. Magilton, the Ipswich playmaker, has a hamstring injury. McMenemy has called up four players, including the Irish League pair Rory Hamill of Glentoran and Linfield's Glenn Ferguson. His other two new men are Dundee United's Darren Patterson and Paul McVeigh of Tottenham.
The Leeds defender Ian Harte, who has a back injury, has withdrawn from the Republic of Ireland squad to meet Sweden in Wednesday's friendly in Dublin. No replacement has been called up.
Latest in Sport
Petr Cech to Arsenal: How does the £11m deal compare with the Gunners' best ever Premier League signings?
Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United: United photographer follows £25m midfielder on Twitter ahead of announcement
Petr Cech to Arsenal: Gunners to announce completed deal today after Chelsea goalkeeper undergoes a medical
Petr Cech confirms Arsenal move: Transfer news live - Bastian Schweinsteiger to Manchester United and Christian Benteke to Liverpool
Venezuelan TV host gets completely naked while reporting on Copa America win over Colombia
- 1 Should Apple buy Greece?
- 2 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 3 Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain
- 4 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Austerity is essential if Britain wants to reduce inequality – why can't the left-wingers who march against it realise this?
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal
£500 - £600 per day: Recruitment Genius: A Senior Solution Architect is requir...
£18k - 20k per year: 360 Resourcing Solutions: ROLE: Export Sales Coordinato...
£20000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The largest developer of mobile...
£22500 - £27000 per annum + OTE £45K: SThree: Since our inception in 1986, STh...