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Gaardsoe pulls out of Denmark squad

By Oliver Bhurrut


THOMAS Gaardsoe has been dealt a major blow after discovering the injury he
sustained in Saturday's 2-1 defeat at Everton will deprive him of the chance
to make his first competitive international appearance.


The Baggies defender was due to link up with the Denmark squad for their
Group Two World Cup qualifier against the Ukraine today (Sunday).


But Gaardsoe will instead receive treatment at The Hawthorns after being
stretchered off with ligament damage to his left ankle after only 23 minutes
at Goodison Park.


"After a challenge, I landed on my left ankle and twisted it. I knew
straight away I couldn't continue," he said.


"It's too early to say how bad it is but I think it is a ligament strain and
the ankle is really swollen.


"It doesn't look too good because I've had these sort of injuries before and
normally I'm not the quickest healer.


"I'm just crossing my fingers now that it won't be too bad.


"It's a big blow because it is the first time I've come off and I want to
play every game.


"I've called the Denmark officials to tell them I can't come because I need
to stay here, get treatment and hopefully recover as quickly as possible.


"It's also a big blow to miss out on being involved in the build-up to a big
international game."


The 24-year-old scored on the last of his two outings for his country ten
days ago in a 5-1 friendly win against Poland.


But he is now focusing on helping eradicate Albion's Goodison Park defensive
frailties before hopefully returning to action against the red half of
Liverpool on Saturday week.


He added: "I was disappointed for the lads on Saturday but we just have to
work hard over the next couple of weeks to put right the things we got wrong
at Everton."

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I think our current internationals are

Wales
Jason Koumas
Andy Johnson
Robert Earnshaw

Nigeria
Nwankwo Kanu

Switzerland
Bernt Haas

Hungary
Zoltan Gera

Macedonia
Artim Sakiri

Denmark
Tomas Gaardsoe
Martin Albrechtsen

Jamaica
Darren Moore

Scotland
Scott Dobie

If Contra plays for Romania (not at present)
Romania
Cosmin Contra

I think Greening has England Caps too

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Wales trio set for Baggies milestone?
ALBION'S Welsh trio will create their own little piece of Hawthorns history
if they all appear in today's (Saturday) opening World Cup qualifying
fixture in Azerbaijan.


Should Ł3million new boy Robert Earnshaw and midfielders Andy Johnson and
Jason Koumas all get a run out in Baku, club statistician Tony Matthews has
revealed it will be the first time in 27 years three Baggies players have
starred in the same international team.


The last Hawthorns men to achieve the feat were Johnny Giles, Mick Martin,
Paddy Mulligan and Ray Treacy, who played for the Republic of Ireland in a
goalless draw with Poland at Dublin's Dalymount Park in April 1977.

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Koumas itching to prove a point
By Oliver Bhurrut


JASON Koumas heads into Saturday's "dream" World Cup qualifying clash
against England warning: "Write us off at your peril."


The Welsh wizard is itching to get going against Sven-Goran Eriksson's men
at Old Trafford (ko 3pm) in their crucial Group Six encounter.


And he is aiming to give Mark Hughes, who scored the winner the last time
the two countries met in 1984, a rousing send off in his final two games as
Dragons boss, with Wednesday's Millennium Stadium match against Poland to
come.


"People have started to write us off already because we've only got two
points out of the first two games and because Mark Hughes is leaving, but
being underdogs is okay by us," said Koumas.


"It lowers the expectations a bit and it gives us something to prove, to
show people that we are a good team.


"We don't get the chance to do that much against England because we don't
play them very often, so we're determined to make the most of the
opportunity.


The Baggies ace, who has nine caps and one goal to his name, added: "We're
all really disappointed that Mark Hughes is moving on now because he's a
brilliant manager to work under, a great coach and I've got a huge amount of
respect for him.


"He's a very quiet fella but he gets his point across very effectively and I
think we've all enjoyed playing for him. It'll be sad to see him go, but
good luck to him at Blackburn.


"But these last two games are very important and he knows that which is why
he's staying on and then giving the Welsh FA time to appoint his successor
for next year's games.


"It'd be a brilliant way to give him the right send off by beating England
and that would set things up nicely for whoever it is that replaces him.


"We really think we can get something out of this one, we honestly do."


The Baggies midfield ace is looking forward to pitting his wits against the
likes of David Beckham and Frank Lampard in the international arena.


And he believes the two games between the two sides could have a huge impact
on the destiny of the group with Wales lying just two points behind
second-placed England and leaders Austria after two games.


"It's a game that I'm probably looking forward to more than any other one in
my career so far I suppose, not just because it's against England but
because it's playing against them in a match that really matters, a
qualifier for the World Cup. That takes it onto another level," Koumas
insisted.


"These are the games you dream about playing in when you're a kid, when you
get the chance to go out on the same field as the best players in the world,
people like Michael Owen, David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard.


"You want to go out there and see how you measure up against them, how your
ability fares against theirs and I'm really ready for it. I can't wait for
the game now.


"I think everybody in the Welsh camp has been thinking about this one ever
since the draw came out which seems like ages ago now, we've been desperate
to get the game on.


"And we honestly believe that the two games against England could decide how
the whole group is going to shape up really.


"Because of the way things went for us in Euro 2004 qualifying, you'd like
to think we're going to be fighting for the top two places again.


"It's a game we've got to get something out of and we're confident we will
because we think things are going our way."

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