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English team was first to be banished (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

exiled

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Here is my best explanation:

'be banished' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'english team was first' is the wordplay.
'english' becomes 'e' (abbreviation).
'team' becomes 'xi' (eleven, a football team).
'was first' becomes 'led'.
'e'+'xi'+'led'='EXILED'

'to' acts as a link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for exiled that I've seen before include "Forced to live in another country", "Sent away", "Sent to live abroad", "Cast out", "Expelled from one's country", "Banished from homeland", "banished" and "cast out".)

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