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Anderton's Paris match

Posted on 2 September 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Darren Anderton and Sol Campbell have been named in England's starting line-up to face World and European champions France in Paris on Saturday night.

Anderton's recall completes a remarkable international comeback after he was advised by specialists to pull out of this summer's European Championship reckoning in order to rest a nagging Achilles problem.

His recovery was clearly complete by the time pre-season came around and after just three games of the Premiership campaign, Anderton is back on the England scene and will earn his 28th cap in the Stade de France.

Anderton has been lined-up to play on the right-hand side of midfield by manager Kevin Keegan with David Beckham moving centrally.

Meanwhile, our skipper Campbell will play a more unfamiliar right-back position with Arsenal pair Tony Adams and Martin Keown playing in central defence. He actually took up that role in last season's Euro2000 play-off against Scotland.

Talking of Scotland, our new first-choice goalkeeper Neil Sullivan is expected to line-up in Craig Brown's side to face Latvia in Riga in their opening World Cup qualifying match on Saturday.

It wasn't the best of starts for Gary Doherty and Simon Davies in the European Under-21 Championship qualifiers on Friday night. Doherty's Republic of Ireland side lost 2-0 against Holland while Davies was in the Welsh side thumped 4-1 in Belarus.