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Saturday, 22 April, 2000, 16:53 GMT 17:53 UK
Charlton back in the Premiership
First division leaders Charlton Athletic bounced back into the Premiership when promotion rivals Ipswich Town lost 3-1 at Queens Park Rangers.

With three games remaining Alan Curbishley's Charlton, who were relegated from the top flight last season, can no longer be stopped from clinching one of the top two automatic promotion places.

The south London side had hoped to secure promotion on Good Friday with a home victory against Portsmouth.

But Pompey claimed a 1-1 draw at the Valley and the celebrations had to be put on hold.

Charlton now need two points from their remaining three matches to secure the First Division title.


Ronaldo: I'll be back at the top

Ronaldo has pledged to play again at the highest level following a second operation on his knee in the space of five months.

The Brazilian striker ripped the same tendon in his knee which had kept him out of action for over 18 weeks during his comeback match for Inter Milan in the Italian Cup final first leg against Lazio on April 12.

The 23-year-old collapsed to the floor, screaming in agony before being stretchered off in tears and he said: "They weren't just tears of pain, but also for the five months of work that was thrown away in the space of five minutes.

"There's no logical explanation for my injury. Before it happened, I felt absolutely fine."

Ronaldo now faces another long period of rehabilitation after undergoing surgery in a Paris hospital earlier this week, but declared: "I want to be a major figure on the pitch once more."


Keegan close to sealing squad

England coach Kevin Keegan has said he has almost completed his 22-man squad for Euro 2000.

"There are about four places available and seven or eight players vying for them at the moment," he said.

"I'll name a squad of more than 22 for the games with Brazil and Ukraine, then I'll tell those who are not going after that. They'll be the first to know.

"It will be disappointing for those three or four players who miss out - but there are some other big games coming up so they should remain positive."


Ref Poll sparks Everton fury

Everton manager Walter Smith has accused England's top referee Graham Poll of "taking the easy way out" in Friday's Merseyside derby.

Poll, who will be English soccer's only referee in Euro 2000, denied Everton a late winner against Liverpool at Goodison Park.

The referee enraged Smith when he blew for time just as Everton scored a bizarre goal - the ball ending up in the net after Liverpool keeper Sander Westerveld had seen his free-kick rebound off Don Hutchison's back.

Smith claimed there had still been 15 seconds left when Poll blew his whistle.

Smith said: "We have a lad who works a computer at all our matches. He said that there were still 15 seconds left when the ball crossed the line.

"Don Hutchison wasn't encroaching, he had turned away and their keeper took a quick free-kick. But when I asked the referee, he said the game was already over."


Camara makes Celtic plea

Liverpool's 3m-rated striker Titi Camara has invited Celtic to come and end his misery at Anfield.

Parkhead's interim manager Kenny Dalglish watched Camara's outstanding performance against Manchester United's reserves on Monday.

But Camara appears to have fallen out of favour with Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who recently signed striker Emile Heskey from Leicester City for 11m.

Camara told the Daily Record newspaper: "I would be very interested in going to Celtic and I believe I could do a job for them.

"It would depend on Liverpool and Celtic coming to an agreement because I am under contract just now.

"But I am not happy about being in and out of the team at Liverpool and I believe a move would be best for me. If Celtic can come up with a deal I'd love to move there."

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