Maradona ready

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DIEGO MARADONA will fly to Eng­land this week­end to meet Manch­ester United striker Car­los Tevez and Javier Mascher­ano of Liver­pool ahead of his of­fi­cial ap­point­ment as Ar­gentina head coach.

Maradona, who was 48 yes­ter­day, started hatch­ing plans be­fore be­ing in­stalled in his new role of­fi­cially.

Ar­gentina leg­end Maradona has not yet been con­firmed as his coun­try’s supremo as their FA must rat­ify his ap­point­ment at a meet­ing next Tues­day. But he has said he will make his de­but as head coach in the friendly in Scot­land next month.

“I re­ally never ex­pected this al­though I al­ways dreamed of hav­ing the chance,” he said.

Ar­gentina lie third in the South Amer­i­can World Cup qual­i­fy­ing group, ahead of Chile on goal dif­fer­ence.

They must fin­ish in the top four to qual­ify while fin­ish­ing fifth would bring about a play-off.

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