Furman eyes 2010 World Cup

August 21, 2008

Glasgow Rangers' midfielder Dean Furman has set his sights on representing South Africa in the 2010 World Cup after receiving his first international call-up for the friendly against Australia at Loftus Road.

Born in Cape Town, Furman grew up in Edgware and joined the Scottish
giants in 2006 after a spell at Chelsea.

Following Tuesday's 2-2 draw where he was an unused substitute, Furman said: "I was disappointed not to get on but all in all, it was a great experience and a great honour."

With the 2010 World Cup taking place in his homeland, Furman said: "The manager has promised to keep track of my progress.

"I hope to show him what I can do. I'll keep battling away at Rangers and hope to get my chance soon."

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Hapoel Tel Aviv and Kiryat Shmona played out goalless draws. Second leg ties take place on August 28.
Sam Sloma marked his Grays Athletic debut by firing the winner from 35 yards in the 2-1 victory over Northwich, the team's first victory in the Blue Square Premier.

Michael Sacks was the match winner as Wingate & Finchley completed back-to-back victories with a 1-0 success over Chatham Town on Tuesday.

Israel Under 21 keeper Ohad Levite has been invited to Premiership Blackburn for a trial. Rovers boss Paul Ince sees the Hapoel Kfar Saba stopper as a potential understudy to Paul

Levite was expected to travel to Ewood Park after playing for Israel Under 21s in a friendly against Belarus on Wednesday night.

Israeli national stopper Dudu Awate, who has fallen out of favour at Deportiv La Coruna, has been linked with a move to Real Zaragoza.

Israel were beaten 2-0 by Finland in an international friendly in Tampere on Wednesday night.
The match was Dror Kashtan's men's final warm-up ahead of their first 2010 World Cup qualifier against Switzerland in Ramat Gan on September 6.

The Israeli Premier League season starts next weekend.

Last updated: 3:00pm, August 21 2008