Ince 'to rest' but Venables content

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Paul Ince will not be jeopardising his England future by pulling out of the Umbro Cup tournament. Terry Venables, the England manager, agreed to Ince's withdrawal after a long chat with the Manchester United midfielder who was acquitted on assault charges on Wednesday.

The England coach has been reassured by Ince that he wants to miss the games against Brazil, Sweden and Japan because he is "emotionally drained" by his court ordeal and not out of pique for being dropped two months ago for the match against Uruguay, in the wake of the Eric Cantona incident at Selhurst Park that led Ince into court.

"This latest development with England has nothing to do with [the Uruguay match]. At the moment I feel drained. The court case was particularly hard to handle emotionally," Ince said.

Venables said it was not the right time for Ince to play. "After his problems he will now spend the next few weeks with his family," he said. Ince's place goes to Liverpool's Jamie Redknapp.

Paul Gascoigne appeared to have reached agreement to leave Lazio for Rangers, but yesterday the Glasgow club's chairman, David Murray, would say only that Gascoigne "will be" a Rangers player. He did not say when.

Leeds United saw their prospects of securing the services of Anthony Yeboah on a permanent basis dented yesterday when Internazionale, of Milan, went public on their interest in the prolific Ghanaian striker.

Under the terms of his transfer from Eintracht Frankfurt, Yeboah is due to stay at Elland Road only until the New Year. At that point, his contract includes a clause allowing him to leave if he or his family fail to settle. Eintracht hope to lure him back, and Inter have now asked to be kept informed of the position.

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