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Last Updated: Friday, 14 November, 2003, 00:43 GMT
England drop Smith
Leeds United striker Alan Smith
Leeds United striker Alan Smith has left the England squad following his arrest for allegedly throwing a bottle at fans during a game against Manchester United.

Smith was drafted into Sven-Goran Eriksson's party on Thursday evening as cover for Darius Vassell, who is a doubt after suffering a knee injury playing for Aston Villa in a friendly in Dubai on Wednesday.

But around five hours after he arrived at the England squad's Manchester hotel the Football Association apparently learned that he had been interviewed by Yorkshire police earlier in the day.

Smith was released without charge but the Crown Prosecution Service will continue to investigate the incident, which is alleged to have happened during a Carling Cup match at Elland Road on 28 October.

Manager Eriksson appears to have been told by his employers at the FA that Smith had to leave the squad, despite only having been in the hotel for between four and five hours.

He doesn't want to be at the centre of incidents such as this
Alan Smith's agent Alex Black

Smith's agent Alex Black said: "I spoke to Alan this morning, and unsurprisingly he has a mixture of emotions.

"First and foremost, he is bitterly disappointed at missing out on a chance to play for England.

"He has been out of the squad for a while - 13 months now - and he saw this as an excellent opportunity to get himself back in the frame for the European Championship.

"He is also concerned the incident during the Manchester United match has been blown out of proportion and worried people might be getting the wrong idea about that.

"Everybody was fully aware of what was going on with West Yorkshire Police and the fact he was arrested was something we knew about.

"Alan is also pretty surprised at what a big fuss this has all become for him - he doesn't want to be at the centre of incidents such as this."

For Smith the exit is a blow as he had just been called up for the first time since being sent-off against Macedonia at Southampton 13 months ago.

He had previously apologised to a girl who was in the crowd during the 3-2 defeat, after being seen on television throwing an object off the pitch.

In a statement he said: "I have spoken to the family of the young lady concerned to make sure she is all right and I have apologised.

"The family and I believe this is the end of the matter.

"I hope this will not damage the special relationship I have with the Leeds fans."

PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor
"This whole process is descending into farce"

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