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By Dan Rhodes

ISBN-10: 1847674127

ISBN-13: 9781847674128

One hundred and one tales, all approximately girlfriends. They cheat, they die, they go away, usually . . . The humorous tales are all of the funnier for being short; the unhappy ones the entire sadder for being sparse. each one a 20-second gem. - Maxim

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It would not be easy. We were to face the home nation, Portugal, in the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon. It promised to be quite a night. At six o’clock that Thursday morning I was woken by the phone. It was Anne, one of the FA’s personal welfare officers looking after us. The message was simple: Stephanie had gone into labour, nine weeks early. It was a big shock. We’d been told the baby might be early, but not that early. I asked to speak to Sven, but they told me to wait an hour or so until he woke up.

In the second half Rooney goes on an amazing run from his own half, beats a few players, skins Thuram, runs at Silvestre and wins a penalty. We’re thinking, Yes! With a two-goal lead we can win this. So up steps Beckham, one of the finest dead-ball strikers in the world … and Barthez, who has also played for Manchester United so will have faced him in the training ground, saves it. It’s a blow. In our minds, we’ve lost a two-goal lead. The game goes on, and France are winning more control, but we’re standing up to everything that they’re throwing at us.

I should have been there helping them win, but instead I was a thousand miles away, half-willing them to be beaten. Watching the drama unfold on TV, I was alone, physically exhausted, emotionally battered, gripped by tension. Every second was agony … Back in 2002, when I was twenty-one years old, I won my first senior England cap. It was just before the World Cup hosted by Japan and South Korea, and it was never very likely that, with so little full international experience, I would be called up for the England squad as one of the choices at centre-back, a position that above all demands steadiness and experience.

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