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Leicester's Emile Heskey looks set to lead England's assault on the Toulon Under-21 tournament in France which starts next week. The Filbert Street striker is one of seven players with under-21 experience in the provisional 24-man squad named by the coach, Peter Taylor yesterday. Taylor, who will reduce the party to 18 by the time the squad flies out to the Riviera, has not named Liverpool's Michael Owen or West Ham's Rio Ferdinand who are challenging for places in the senior squad.

ENGLAND UNDER-21 PROVISIONAL SQUAD (Toulon Under-21 tournament, France; starting 14 May): Simonsen (Tranmere), Lucas (Preston), Tyler (Peterborough), Clegg (Manchester United), Curtis (Manchester United), Rogers (Nottingham Forest), Howe (Bournemouth), Purse (Birmingham), Marsh (Oxford), Kozluk (Derby), Elliott (Derby), Carragher (Liverpool), Lampard (West Ham), Hendrie (Aston Villa), Murphy (Liverpool), Oakley (Southampton), Clemence (Tottenham), Jansen (Crystal Palace), Powell (Oxford), Heskey (Leicester), Davies (Southampton), Euell (Wimbledon), Allen (Tottenham), Bent (Crystal Palace).

Dunfermline Athletic were yesterday awarded pounds 1.5m from the Scottish Sports Council and the Football Trust to help them redevelop East End Park in time for next season's Scottish Premier League. The capacity of two new stands will be 3,004, including provision for disabled spectators, bringing the overall capacity to an all-seated 12,500 when completed.

Tom O'Malley has been voted the new chairman of Hibernian following Lex Gold's resignation after the club were relegated at the weekend. Gold stepped down within an hour of Hibernian's 2-1 loss to Dundee United at Easter Road which means they will finish bottom of the Premier Division.

Celtic have lined up a pre-season friendly in honour of Bolton-born defender Jimmy Phillips at the Reebok stadium. The 32-year-old had two spells at Bolton and also played at Rangers, Oxford and Middlesbrough. The game is set for Tuesday 4 August.

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