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Sport: Football: News In Brief

Thursday, August 19, 1999 Published at 16:46 GMT 17:46 UK

Campbell doubt for England

Sol Campbell is battling for fitness ahead of England's last two Euro 2000 qualifying matches next month.

The Tottenham centre-back has been ruled out of the Premiership trip to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday with a damaged calf muscle he picked up at West Ham.

Luxembourg visit Wembley on 4 September before a trip to Poland four days later.

But time is running out for Campbell with Tottenham without a midweek game next week in which to prove his fitness.

Spurs were due to play Chelsea but they have a Champions League qualifier against Skonto Riga in Latvia.

"Sol won't be involved again this weekend and his target now is our home game against Leeds on 28 August, but even then he could be short for England," Spurs' manager George Graham said.

Keegan names his squad next Thursday, and he is certain to be without Arsenal central defender Tony Adams.

Derby's Feurtes hope

Derby hope to finally complete the protracted signing of Argentinian striker Esteban Fuertes on Friday.

It has taken over a month to arrange the signing of the 2.3m 23-year-old, the second-highest scorer in the Argentinian League last season.

Vialli parades 'new Ryan Giggs'

Gianluca Vialli has described new Chelsea signing Gabriele Ambrosetti as the "Italian answer to Ryan Giggs".

the 26-year-old arrived in London after his 3.5m signing from Vicenza last week.

"I don't want to put him under pressure but he and Ryan Giggs both play in the same position and physically they are quite similar," said the Stamford Bridge boss.

The player described the move as an unmissable opportunity and reassured fans that he was not another overseas player looking to make a fast buck in England.

"I have not come for the money," he insisted. "The most important thing is to be happy at a club."

Hibs take youngster back north

Scotland under-21 skipper Grant Brebner has joined Hibernian from Reading for a fee believed to be about 400,000.

The young midfielder had a spell on loan at Easter Road from Manchester United at the end of the season before last, then opted for Reading after Hibs' relegation.

He returns after the Edinburgh club's promotion back to the top flight.

Robson attacks Ince investigation

Middlesbrough boss Bryan Robson has criticised the FA's decision to look into comments made by Paul Ince about Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier.

The England midfielder criticised Houllier in The Sun newspaper, but Robson says he had a right to make a personal opinion without having to be called in front of the FA.

"I don't have a problem with what Paul said. It's just his personal thoughts.

"What I do find disturbing is that the Football Association did not take action when somebody recently said they wanted to shoot a player," said Robson.

Ince has been asked to attend a meeting with FA officials to explain his outburst.

Meanwhile Boro defender Dean Gordon could miss the rest of the season after undergoing an operation to repair a snapped cruciate ligament.

"Dean is as good as out for the season. It's really disappointing for the team and for Dean himself," said Robson.

Gullit denies rift rumours

Newcastle United manager Ruud Gullit has denied reports of a feud between him and any of his players.

Speculation of an ongoing rift with his captain Alan Shearer, problems with his family back in Holland and a string of poor results are said to have strained relations with his playing staff.

Croatian midfielder Silvio Maric has also requested to be transfer listed after failing to secure a first-team place.

"These have been difficult times for a new squad but I feel very confident that this team will succeed in the coming weeks," said Gullit.

Teddy is tops

Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham has been voted top in a club popularity poll.

The England striker beat off competition from David Beckham, Andy Cole and Jaap Stam to take the crown of United's most improved player in a poll run by the club's official magazine.

Sheringham scored vital goals in both last season's FA Cup final and the Champions League final.

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