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RONALDO YESTERDAY hinted he might consider leaving Internazionale if the club's angry fans repeat attacks against him and other players. The Brazilian said that he accepted being heckled after last Sunday's 3-1 home defeat by Udinese but that the violence which followed in Milan was intolerable.

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EVER SINCE footballers stopped wearing bicycle clips and counting the notes in their wage packets, people have been saying that what England need is an inspirational manager who'll fill out the team sheet, give the players a slap on the back and a cheerful word, and send them out to enjoy themselves. Remember, they say, the careless rapture of Joe Mercer's brief term. And imagine what old Cloughie would have done, given the chance. According to this theory, it's not much more than a weekend job. Instead, we've been given a series of men bowed down by diagrams, dossiers and doubts even before they faced their first press conference.

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Football: Owen relegated to shadows

AFTER ALL the hype about England's embarrassment of striking riches and the presence of three of Arsenal's fabled back four in Howard Wilkinson's first line-up, it was left to one of Highbury's French attackers, Nicolas Anelka, to provide the frisson of flair at Wembley.

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Football: England at a loss after Hoddle

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France is beating its breast over the latest outbreaks of violent racism among its youth. But down in the banlieues, kids of all colours are only fighting to get out.

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IN THE days before Glenn Hoddle's dismissal, some commentators, tired of attacking the man himself, started attacking his name. Hoddle, they delightedly realised, rhymes with "twaddle". It's also, of course, reminiscent of "hobble", and therefore didn't seem to suit the man when he was a player of great fluidity. Now ... well, Hoddle seems to be growing into his name.

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