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Scotland manager Craig Levein defended his widely criticised defensive approach yesterday, but said he would "have a go" at the world champions Spain in tonight's Euro 2012 qualifier.

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Manchester City midfielder Nigel De Jong has been dropped from the Holland squad as punishment for his tackle which broke Hatem Ben Arfa's leg yesterday.

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Liverpool midfielder Alberto Aquilani is set to be loaned out to a club back in his native Italy.

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Puel may be a clever coach but Lyons would not worry United

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Xabi Alonso injury not as bad as Real Madrid feared

Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso is likely to be sidelined for only a couple of weeks after an Achilles injury proved to be less serious than was at first feared.

Real turn focus to trimming squad

Real Madrid have ended their search for new signings with the deal to land Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso from Liverpool and will now focus on trimming their squad, director general Jorge Valdano said today.

Liverpool agree Alonso fee with Real

Liverpool's Xabi Alonso is poised to sign for Real Madrid tomorrow after the clubs agreed a fee believed to be £30m for the Spain international.

Benitez wants Alonso to stay

Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez has reiterated he does not want to lose Xabi Alonso to Real Madrid.

Liverpool 'relent' over £30m Alonso

Real Madrid are closing in on the transfer of Liverpool midfielder Xabi Alonso.

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