Striker dropped over Pool deal

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POOL new boy Daniel Bogdanovic has paid a price for the transfer he described as “a dream” – he has been left out of Malta’s squad for tonight’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Croatia.

The 31-year-old striker flew to Malta on Monday to link up with his international team-mates but was back in England 24 hours later to finalise his £250,000 move to the Seasiders from Sheffield United.

Bogdanovic flew back after negotiations were concluded but his absence prompted national coach John Buttigieg to drop him from the squad.

The striker is expected to be back in favour for the next qualifier against Georgia on Tuesday.

Back home, Pool are running the rule over Lancaster City skipper Neil Marshall.

The 26-year-old central defender, who has played more than 100 games since joining the Evo-Stik First Division club in 2006, caught Ian Holloway’s eye when the Seasiders faced Lancaster in a friendly last month.

Meanwhile, the Pool players not on international duty have been given the weekend off and will report for training on Monday ahead of the home clash with Ipswich on Saturday week.