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Friday 30 September 2016

Where are Leicester's last European team now?

Published 13/09/2016 | 10:06

Neil Lennon was key to Leicester's success during the late 1990s and early 2000s
Neil Lennon was key to Leicester's success during the late 1990s and early 2000s

Leicester make their Champions League debut against Club Brugge at the Jan Breydel Stadium on Wednesday after last season's shock Premier League title win.

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The Foxes have not played in Europe for 16 years after losing 3-1 to Red Star Belgrade (4-2 on aggregate) in the UEFA Cup first round in 2000.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at the last Leicester team to play in European competition and what they did since.

TIM FLOWERS:

The goalkeeper had already played in the Champions League with Blackburn in 1995 and made 66 appearances in four years with the Foxes. The England international retired in 2003 after helping Leicester back to the Premier League and is currently goalkeeping coach at Fulham.

GARY ROWETT:

Now manager of Birmingham after a successful spell at Burton, right-back Rowett played 57 times for the Foxes and moved to Charlton for £2.5million in 2002. He retired in 2007 after two years playing for Burton. Birmingham are currently fourth in the Sky Bet Championship.

GERRY TAGGERT:

The Northern Ireland international scored in the 1-1 first-leg draw with Red Star and spent six seasons at Leicester before joining Stoke in 2004. He now helps summarise games for BBC Radio Leicester and has also coached and scouted for ex-Foxes team-mate Paul Dickov.

MATT ELLIOTT:

The Foxes' captain during their success under Martin O'Neill but retired in 2005 after a knee injury restricted him to just three games in his final season. He briefly worked under Flowers as assistant manager at Stafford Rangers and co-commentates on Leicester games with the club's radio station.

ANDY IMPEY:

Another player of their League Cup winning side, Impey spent six years at Filbert Street and the Walkers Stadium having joined from West Ham in 1998. He moved to Nottingham Forest in 2004 and now coaches in QPR's academy.

ROBBIE SAVAGE:

Now a well-established pundit on the BBC, midfielder Savage was a £400,000 bargain from Crewe in 1997 and became a hero at Leicester's old Filbert Street ground. He joined Birmingham after relegation in 2002 and made 204 appearances. He also played for Derby and Blackburn.

MUZZY IZZET:

The 41-year-old retired in 2006 after an injury-plagued time at Birmingham but made his name at Leicester, where he earned nine caps for Turkey. He joined in 1996 on loan from Chelsea and helped the Foxes win promotion to the Premier League that year, winning the 1997 and 2000 League Cup. He runs a football academy with ex-Leicester captain Steve Walsh.

NEIL LENNON:

The Hibernian boss was the centrepiece of Leicester's rise under O'Neill in the late 1990s and helped them win the League Cup in 1997 and 2000. He joined Celtic in 2000 after 210 games for Leicester and won the Scottish Premier League as manager with the Hoops in 2012 and 2013 before a difficult spell as Bolton manager and a return to Scotland.

STEVE GUPPY:

A one-cap wonder for England, the winger followed Lennon to Celtic in 2001 but returned for a brief second spell at Leicester in 2003-04. The 47-year-old has been part of O'Neill's backroom staff at Sunderland and the Republic of Ireland after retiring in 2008.

DARREN EADIE:

His career was cruelly cut short by a knee injury after joining Leicester for a then-club record fee of £3million from Norwich in 1999. The talented winger was forced to quit in 2005 after 47 games and two goals for Leicester and is now a presenter, pundit and charity fundraiser while he also helps footballers with depression.

ADE AKINBIYI:

Leicester broke their transfer record to sign Akinbiyi for £5million from Wolves in 2000 but he only scored 13 goals in 67 games and moved to Crystal Palace for a £2.8million loss two years later. He also played for Stoke, Burnley, Sheffield United and ended his career at Colwyn Bay.

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RICHARD CRESSWELL:

He came out of retirement to play for non-league Tadcaster Albion last season and was caretaker manager for York in 2015.

CALLUM DAVIDSON:

After leaving following four years at Leicester the former Scotland international played for Preston and returned to first club St Johnstone, where he is currently assistant manager.

ARNAR GUNNLAUGSSON:

The striker scored just four goals following a £2million move from Bolton and left in 2002.

MANAGER

PETER TAYLOR:

He replaced O'Neill after he joined Celtic but could not repeat O'Neill's success. He was also England caretaker boss during his spell at Filbert Street, giving David Beckham the captaincy in their 1-0 defeat in Italy in 2000. Leicester finished 13th in 2000-01 and Taylor was sacked in September 2001 with the Foxes already on course for relegation. Now New Zealand assistant manager.

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