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England v Iraq

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Iraq’s senior national team will play the England National Game XI during their Goodwill Tour to the UK later this month. The match will take place at Macclesfield Town’s stadium, the Moss Rose, Macclesfield Town FC, on Thursday 27th May, kick off 7.30pm. Tickets are available now, priced £5 Adults and £2 Concessions on 01625 264686.

 

The aim of the tour, organised by AKB Media, is to prepare the Iraq team for this summer’s Asian Cup in China.

 

Prior to the Iraq fixture, Paul Fairclough’s squad travelled this morning to the Highlands of Scotland, hoping to retain the Four Nations title they won last May in Wales.

 

After a long season, Fairclough has had to make fourteen changes to the squad originally announced a month ago, with three withdrawals in the last 24 hours from the Aldershot team, that lost to Shrewsbury Town in yesterday’s Conference Play-Off Final.

 

Michael Rose of Hereford United was withdrawn from the squad after signing for Third Division Yeovil Town, although Cheltenham Town – who last week signed fellow ‘Bull’ Steve Guinan -, have allowed the former Nottingham Forest striker to travel to Scotland.

 

Despite the changes, Fairclough’s squad still contains plenty of strike power, with Leigh RMI’s David McNiven replacing Guiliano Grazioli. Six players have been called up from the original contingency squad, whilst Woking’s Amos Foyewa and Dagenham & Redbridge’s Glen Southam joined up in the last twenty-four hours, and made the late dash to Heathrow Airport last night.

 

England start their defence of the Four Nations tomorrow against the Republic of Ireland at Deveronvale FC (7.45pm), followed by Wales on Thursday 20th May at Keith FC (7.45pm) and Scotland at Deveronvale FC on Sunday 23rd (3.30pm).

 

The squad finish the Summer with an away fixture against the United States in Charleston on Wednesday June 9th, with the likelihood that further changes to the England squad will be made. The last time the two sides met, England defeated the USA 2-1 at Stevenage Borough in 2002.

 

Reports of all these games will be available at www.TheFA.com

 

England Squad:

 

Matt Baker (Hereford United), Danny McDonnell (Worcester City), David Perkins (Morecambe), Peter Cavanagh (Accrington Stanley), Matt Redmile (Unattached), Jon Boardman (Woking), Andy Tretton (Hereford United), Jake Sedgemore (Shrewsbury Town), Gary Thompson (Morecambe), Gareth Sheldon (Exeter City), Sam Ricketts (Telford United), Scott Kerr (Scarborough), Steve Guinan (Cheltenham Town), Liam Hatch (Barnet), David McNiven (Leigh RMI), Glen Southam (Dagenham & Redbridge), Amos Foyewa (Woking)

 

 

 

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no place for Roy (10 goals in 14 games) Essandoh,

but a place for Liam (3 goals in 20 games) Hatch. <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" /> <img src="/images/graemlins/confused.gif" alt="" />

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Ah, but Fairclough is from the Glen Hoddle school of management.

Remember when he was England manager he surrounded himself with sycophantic yes men (like Chris Evans did), Peter Taylor, Ray Clemmence etc, and picked largely from Spurs.

Walker, Campbell, Anderton,Sheringham and a few others who were so crap theywere quickly forgotten.

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Malcolm S said:
no place for Roy (10 goals in 14 games) Essandoh


But is he eligible, given that he is Irish-Ghanian?

Also, the Worcester City player in the squad is actually a goalkeeper - but I agree, it is frustrating that there have been 14 withdrawals from the squad so far, and we still can't get any players in it.

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I also believe there is an age thing involved with only a few above a certain age. It still doesn't explain why Drury isn't involved.

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I don't think that the 4 nations is age limited, but I am very suprised that Northern Ireland haven't called Roy up. He was born in Belfast so presumably qualifies for them.

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Well, if he's England manager he should have done, he's not doing his job if he hasn't. I'd be very interested to know how many times he's watched Gravesend this season. Don't believe he's been to Stonebridge Road

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Incidentally, Liam started for England last night in a 3-2 defeat against the Republic of Ireland. After Miller, another ex-Fleet player to get his England chance once he's left us.

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