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KEVIN KEEGAN admitted last night that some England players wanted to find out if they were going to be selected before being prepared to join the squad for internationals. Keegan, who was one of those payers who would walk over the proverbial broken glass to play for his country, agreed that such attitudes went against his whole philosophy but that it was a natural consequence of the rise of the club game.

Football: Keegan plea for Gazza magic

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MIDDLESBROUGH FINALLY enjoyed their first Premiership win of the year to ease their relegation fears - while increasing those of Southampton. A similar result at Nottingham Forest next Saturday would leave Boro just three points short of manager Bryan Robson's safety target of 42.

Football: Boos add to the Middlesbrough blues

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Football: FA to cast a wider net

WHEN THE Kevin Keegan era is done and dusted, the Football Association will not shrink from treading foreign shores to find his successor as England coach.

Football: No happy returns for Collymore

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Football: The Hoddle Sacking - Glenn's Gaffes

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Football: Keller has Gascoigne's number

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Football: Beardsley shares the limelight

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