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Bailey becomes first Preston North End player since Finney to reach the World Cup

Brazil-bound - Bailey Wright Credit: PA Pictures

Preston North End central defender Bailey Wright has become the first player to represent the Lancashire club at the World Cup since Sir Tom Finney.

Wright has been named as one of six defenders in the Socceroos' 23-man squad and, if selected, will be the first PNE man to play in the competition since Sir Tom in Sweden in 1958.

Australia begin their World Cup campaign against Chile on Friday June 13 at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba.

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Preston say they were contacted by spot-fixing inquiry

Preston North End have confirmed that the club was contacted today by the National Crime Agency in relation to an investigation into spot-fixing allegations.

Preston North End Football Club can confirm that today, 3rd April 2014, the Club has been contacted by the National Crime Agency in relation to a wide ranging investigation into ‘spot fixing’ in football.

There are no suggestions that any offences that might have occurred involved match fixing.

None of our employees have been charged with any offence at this time and until or unless this position changes we will be taking no further action nor making any further comment.

All of our contracted employees are available for selection by the manager.

– Preston North End statement
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