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Framlington World Cup challenge Beckham doubtful but Simeone&#39s back

As England rue the cost of major injury to David Beckham, the irony is that fortune appears to favour the opposition. While Beckham&#39s chances of playing in the World Cup are extremely questionable, Argentina – who are World Cup favourites and England&#39s chief threat in Group F – can celebrate the return to fitness of one of their keys players.

Midfielder Diego Simeone sent a warning to World Cup rivals when he made his comeback for Lazio at the start of April after a six-month injury lay-off. “They can count on me being in perfect shape for the World Cup,” he said. “I am very happy to have made my comeback and I feel fine. Returning after six months out was not easy but I made it happen with hard work and a lot of sacrifices.”

It was, of course, Beckham&#39s challenge on Simeone that resulted in his sending-off against Argentina in the last World Cup.

The ultimate irony of Beckham&#39s current problem is that his injury was inflicted on him in an extremely rash tackle by another Argen- tinian, Aldo Duscher.

Beckham&#39s fortune hangs in the balance but Brazilian striker Romario will definitely not be on the trip to Korea and Japan.

The absence of Romario&#39s name from the squad to play in Brazil&#39s last pre-World Cup friendly appears to have ended his World Cup dreams.


Aussie Rules

Anyone considering how the proposals in CP121 could affect the UK&#39s financial services market should look to Australia. Having scrapped polarisation in the early 1990s, it already has 10 years&#39 experience of a distribution structure similar to that put forward by the FSA in CP121.Up until the 1980s, advice was not regarded as particularly important […]

More than expected: Richard Leeson, Scottish Equitable

IFAs have more to consider than expected from this year&#39s budget. The incentives to small business owners in the form of reduced CGT will generate even more high-net-worth investors as those entrepeneurs sell businesses at or before retirement with consequent inheritance tax liabilities.The announcement of a review of the rules on residence and domicile is […]

Threadneedle Investments – Threadneedle Property Unit Trust

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Outside Edge: John Cowan

Happy birthday, stakeholder pensions? A birthday card you won&#39t be receiving from LloydsTSB wealth management service CreateAnother big idea that did not work despite all that capability/cash and customers. The missing C must have been credibility. Even the wealthiest customers hesitate to engage with this service from the UK&#39s most successful bank.Think how much more […]


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