England's strike power

October 9, 2003
While the Turkish national team basked in the late sunshine at a media friendly Barbecue described as 'relaxing', the word associated with England's preparations for their decisive Euro 2004 qualifying clash in Istanbul was 'crisis'. And the word was apt. The England players were refusing to travel to Turkey, in protest at the FA's handling of Rio Ferdinand's failure to appear for a mandatory drugs test, and the FA were unwilling to back down on the enforced omission of the England defender from ...

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