Women's Football: Coultard scores England century

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Gillian Coultard will win her 100th cap for England when the international women's team takes on Scotland in a friendly at Livingston on Saturday.

Coultard is the women's game's longest-serving player and enters the history books alongside the four England men who have reached 100 caps: Bobby Moore, Sir Bobby Charlton, Peter Shilton and Billy Wright. Charlton said: "Gill will be a very proud lady when she earns her 100th cap. There are very few of us that have reached such a pinnacle in our career and I congratulate her on this achievement."

Coultard made her debut against the Republic of Ireland in May 1981 aged 18 as England won 3-1. She scored the first women's international goal at Wembley, and played in all England's games at the 1995 Women's World Cup, when England reached the quarter-finals. The central midfielder has scored 25 goals for her country and has gained many honours for her club, Doncaster Belles.

Deportivo La Coruna have told Barcelona to pay money they claim is still owed for last week's transfer of the Brazilian striker Rivaldo, who has been bought to replace Ronaldo. Barcelona, who were also interested in signing Liverpool's Steve McManaman for pounds 12m, instead bought out Rivaldo's contract last week.

"The Rivaldo affair is not closed," said the Deportivo president, Augusto Cesar Lendoiro, who claimed Barca still had to transfer the pounds 16m they are supposed to pay for buying out Rivaldo's contract.

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