NOISES OFF...

THAT WAS THE WEEKEND THAT WAS
"Fabrizio cannot play for Italy while he is at Middlesbrough. He needs a different stage. He has to play against great players."

Cesare Maldini, the Italy coach, on his exclusion of Ravanelli from the Italian squad.

"Roy used to tell me that if he could just turn up and play, that would be OK. But he hated all the other stuff."

The Republic of Ireland manager, Mick McCarthy, on prospective captain Roy Keane's reluctance to be the centre of Irish attention.

"Italy are easy to break down if you've got the right midfield players and a forward willing to run."

Ian Wright, making his case to Glenn Hoddle for selection against Italy next month.

"I'm amazed at the amount of booze the English players consume."

Georgi Hristov, Barnsley's Macedonian record signing, echoing a remark Ravanelli denied he ever said.

"For me as an England player, the only fitting tribute now is to win the World Cup for Diana."

Paul Ince, giving new meaning to a quest for glory next summer.

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