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Grant has faith in Israel

16 Nov 2007 - 12:26:49

Chelsea boss Avram Grant believes Israel can do England a favour and beat Russia in Saturday's Euro 2008 qualifier in Tel Aviv.

Grant guided Israel to the brink of World Cup qualification in 2006 and is tipping his former side to shock Guus Hiddink's outfit.

"It won't be easy for Russia to win," he said.

"Don't forget, Israel didn't lose one game at home in the last campaign.

"Whenever a player pulls on the Israel shirt he is 100 per cent committed to getting a result and I'm sure we will make it very tough for Russia."

Israel coach Dror Kashtan will be without Yossi Benayoun for the clash as the Liverpool midfielder has an adductor tear.

A win for Russia will virtually end England's hopes of qualifying for next summer's tournament in Austria and Switzerland.


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