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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.

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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.

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Football: The Hoddle Sacking - Glenn's Gaffes

December 1997: States that Michael Owen cannot be guaranteed a place in the World Cup squad. Hoddle says: "There are certain things he needs to stamp out of his game and from his off-the-pitch situation as well. He is not the finished article that everyone thinks he is." He later telephones Liverpool manager Roy Evans to explain he has "been misinterpreted."

Football: Keller has Gascoigne's number

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