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Tuesday, 30 May, 2000, 21:27 GMT 22:27 UK
Euro heartache for midfield duo
England's Jamie Redknapp and Ray Parlour have been ruled out of Euro 2000 with knee injuries.
England coach Kevin Keegan announced, late on Tuesday, the midfielders would not be fit in time for the tournament and are thus out of the reckoning for his final squad of 22, which will be announced on Wednesday evening.
"Sadly both players, having had a scan, will not be available for Euro 2000," Keegan said.
The news is a huge blow for both players, but particularly for Redknapp, who has started four games under Keegan - including both play-off ties against Scotland and a goal-scoring display against Belgium - and has become a regular in the squad when available.
Redknapp said: "I have seen a specialist who has told me that I really need to rest my knee during the coming month or so - so my hopes of making the Euro 2000 squad are over.
"Obviously I'm very disappointed but considering the time I was out during last season, I was delighted that Kevin Keegan originally named me in his 28.
"I spoke to him on Tuesday and thanked him for the opportunity. I also asked him to wish the lads all the best for the summer.
"I will spend the next few weeks as a diehard England supporter and will then concentrate on getting myself fully fit so that I can play my part in helping Liverpool in their challenge for next season's Premiership title."
I knew - Parlour
Parlour, who made his England debut as a substitute in Keegan's first match in charge against Poland and has earned six further caps since then - all but one as a sub - is out of the reckoning for what could have been his first tournament.
"As soon as I got tackled on Saturday I knew I had a problem, even though it was the sort of tackle that I would have got up from on another day," he said.
With Parlour and Redknapp ruled out, Keegan now has just four more players to leave out before his final squad is complete. He will tell the players concerned on Wednesday afternoon.
"I don't see this as the worst job I have ever had," he said.
"I can genuinely turn round and say to some of them: 'Look, you know you will be involved in the future but it is just not this time'."
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