THE CHELSEA player-manager, Gianluca Vialli, is hoping the World Cup throws up a penalty miss to rid him of the dubious distinction of being the last to fail (disregarding shoot-outs) from 12 yards at the World Cup Since his miss for Italy against the United States in 1990, 38 penalties awarded in the finals - including 13 this time round - have all been converted. The last goalkeeper to save a penalty was Tony Meola of the United States, who in 1990 caught a soft shot from Michal Bilek in the match against Czechoslovakia, though his side lost 5-1 and Bilek scored an earlier penalty.
JAMIE REDKNAPP, who was ruled out of Glenn Hoddle's 22-man squad through injury, has escaped the frenzy over England's game with Argentina tomorrow to holiday in Bermuda with his girlfriend, the singer Louise. It's a move which has led to speculation on the honeymoon island that the pair were poised to beat David Beckham and Posh Spice and make a permanent alliance between football and show business. Jamie's brother, who is in the holidaying party, denies that a wedding is in the offing, but if it happens you know where you read it first .
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