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Saha off to a flyer for France

LOUIS Saha's dream start to the year continued as he scored on his international debut for France.

Saha, who has netted three times in his first two games for Manchester United since his move from Fulham last month, wrapped up a 2-0 win over Belgium in Brussels when he struck their second in the 79th minute.

Sidney Govou had given them the lead in first-half stoppage time.

Saha's debut goal for United against Southampton has been confirmed as the £12.8m striker's first for the Reds.

Saha claimed the goal against the Saints just 18 minutes into his Old Trafford career even though his free kick deflected off Southampton striker Kevin Phillips.

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The Premiership's `dubious goals panel' has decided the goal should be credited to the Frenchman.

The panel also ruled that Ruud van Nistelrooy's goal in the same game, which deflected in off Southampton defender Jason Dodd, should stand for the Dutchman.

But one "goal" that won't stand for Van Nistelrooy came last night as Holland beat the United States 1-0 in Amsterdam.

He was booked for palming the ball into the net in a Maradona-type "hand-of-God" incident, and on a miserable night for the Dutchman he had two goals disallowed.

United target Arjen Robben, of PSV Eindhoven, fired Holland's 57th-minute winner. The 20 year old, who is rated highly by Reds boss Sir Alex Ferguson, slid home a pass from Wilfred Bouma.
 

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Keane hints at Ireland encore

Roy Keane has left the door open on a dramatic return to the Republic of Ireland side.

The Manchester United skipper said: "I have always said I have missed international football - but then felt it was important to move on. But part of me has always said that I had unfinished business and it will always be that way.

"I don't think it would be as simple as me saying that I would come back to international football. It would be down to Brian Kerr - it's as simple as that really.

"It would probably be unfair on the players and Brian while it would also create a lot of media frenzy.

"It might upset some of the players so I don't believe that it's as simple as saying that I would be available for selection again."

Keane will make no immediate decision on his international future until further consultations.

The next move is up to boss Kerr, who would welcome back the Manchester United man with open arms.

Keane was sent home from the Republic's World Cup preparations in Saipan in 2002 after a bust-up with Mick McCarthy ahead of the tournament.

The Cork man felt that there was a lack of professionalism in the build up for the games in Japan and South Korea but now Keane's attitude seems to have mellowed.
 
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