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Barkley has broken into the first-team this season and has been tipped for inclusion in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad after making his England debut in September

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Football: Hoddle urged to recall Gazza

THE GROWING campaign for the restoration of Paul Gascoigne to the England midfield gained the support yesterday of the internationals Gareth Southgate and Teddy Sheringham. However, other leading figures in the game - such as his club manager, Bryan Robson - were urging the national coach Glenn Hoddle not to recall the troubled player.

Football: Nine hold the line for Boro

Southampton 3 Middlesbrough 3

Football: Festa trumps the card show

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The real dry life

AS PAUL Gascoigne announced yesterday that he was "never going to drink again", Derek Rutherford, director of the Institute of Alcohol Studies, said that the physical process of drying-out - ridding the body of alcohol - takes a week to 10 days.

Football: Owen can help fill a deeper void

Hoddle cannot afford to wait for Gazza to dry out. By Norman Fox

Boris and Gazza: the brothers in booze who suffer in public

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THE ENGLAND captain, Alan Shearer, was last night reported to have laid the blame for the disappointing performances in the European Championship qualifying games at the feet of Glenn Hoddle.
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