Sporting Digest: Football

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NICK TANNER, the Liverpool defender, has been forced to retire from football at the age of 28 because of a back injury which has stopped him from playing for 15 months.

UWE ROSSLER, a former East German international striker, has joined Manchester City on trial from Dynamo Dresden.

ALAN NICHOLLS, the Plymouth Argyle goalkeeper, was yesterday named in the England Under-21 squad for Tuesday's friendly against Denmark but was withdrawn by his club, who have a League game that night.

ENGLAND UNDER-21 SQUAD (Friendly international v Denmark, Brentford FC, 8 March): Gerrard (Oldham); Watson (Newcastle), Edghill (Manchester City), Myers (Chelsea), Nethercott, Campbell, Barmby (all Tottenham), Matteo, Redknapp (both Liverpool), Parlour (Arsenal), Bart-Williams (Sheffield Wednesday), Froggatt (Aston Villa), Sinclair (Queen's Park Rangers), Sutton (Norwich), Joachim (Leicester). Stand- by players: Oakes (Aston Villa); Makin (Oldham), Gordon (Crystal Palace), Roberts (Millwall), Pearce (Blackburn), Pollock (Middlesbrough), Caskey (Tottenham), Shipperley (Chelsea).

FRIENDLY MATCH (Jeddah, Monday): Saudi Arabia 3 Vitesse Arnhem (Neth) 4.