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Date: Mon Jun 01 22:09:40 GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. England squad
2. Scholesey Big Chance For England (Mirror)
3. Hothead Becks (Mirror)
4. Phil In Shock After England Axe (Carling)


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England Squad Keepers: David Seaman Tim Flowers Nigel Martyn Defense: Sol Campbell Tony Adams Martin Keown Rio Ferdinand Gareth Southgate Gary Neville Graeme Le Saux Midfield: David Beckham Darren Anderton Robert Lee Steve McManaman Paul Ince David Batty Paul Merson Forward: Paul Scholes Les Ferdinand Alan Shearer Teddy Sheringham Michael Owen From Football365, www.football365.com GOALKEEPERS David Seaman (Arsenal, Age 34, Caps 40) The best in the business. A Euro 96 hero, and those spot-kick heroics could make him one again. Unflappable and exudes the confidence his defenders love. 365 Says: The most obvious choice in the entire squad. Nigel Martyn (Leeds United, Age 31, Caps 7) George Graham is convinced the Cornishman is second only to Seaman, and his displays for Leeds have done little to shake that view. Excellent temperament, with superb reactions. Ultra-reliable. 365 Says: Late run into squad, but place justified by excellent season with his club and fine display behind shaky England defence against Belgium. Beneficiary of Ian Walker's percieved mistake against Italy at Wembley. Tim Flowers (Blackburn, Age 31, Caps 11) Many, especially down Ewood way, think he has only Seaman ahead of him, and his reactions would suggest that this is true. Has recovered from a bad spell a couple of seasons ago but held back by injury. 365 Says: Probably second choice behind Seaman, though has worryingly few England starts under his belt if anything happens to the Arsenal man. DEFENDERS Gary Neville (Manchester United, Age 23, Caps 27) Consistent for club and country and versatile too - able to play as wing-back or in the defensive trio. Never lets himself down. Truly reliable. 365 Says: Another simple choice for Hoddle, who now has to decide if Neville's best spot is in the middle, right back, or right wing back. Tony Adams (Arsenal, Age 31, Caps 51) A changed man, almost serene, after winning his battle with the bottle, yet his attitude to the game has not changed. Still combative and rock-solid, able to draw on his experience. 365 Says: Brilliant bloke, the Premiership's top defender. Has improved immeasurably since he was humiliated by Marco Van Basten at the 1988 European Championships. Mind you, he had to!. Sol Campbell (Tottenham, Age 23, Caps 16) A man-mountain in every sense, an immense physical presence who has grown with every England cap. Physically so strong and a natural athlete. Has risen to all his challenges. 365 Says: Has come on at domestic level to the point where he challenges Adams as the league's top stopper. Now needs to make the same leap at international level. This is his chance. Gareth Southgate (Aston Villa, Age 27, Caps 25) Hero - and spot-kick villain - of Euro 96, the intelligent and unassuming Southgate suffered from the spotlight's gaze. Confidence restored, he has convinced Hoddle of his attributes. 365 Says: England need one centre back who's genuinely good at passing. Gareth is it. The surprise inclusion of Rio Ferdinand will keep him on his toes. Martin Keown (Arsenal, Age 31, Caps 18) Forgotten man during the Venables era but called back from the wilderness by Hoddle. Probably the best man-marker in the squad if Hoddle wants one. 365 Says: If Gascoigne's story is the nightmare, them the unglamorous Keown's is the dream. The Double and a place in the World Cup squad? What odds would Martin have got at the start of the season? Improves every year. Rio Ferdinand (West Ham, Age 19, Caps 3) The fact that many at Upton Park compare him to Bobby Moore says it all. Naturally gifted with pace and a good brain. The long-term choice as possible England sweeper. 365 Says: The shock inclusion. Is he as good as the Upton Park apologists say? Would Hoddle really trust him against the best in the world? He probably hopes he doesn't have to make that decision. Along for the experience. Graham Le Saux (Chelsea, Age 29, Caps 25) The most articulate member of the squad and desperate to make up for his Euro 96 injury heartbreak. Gives real penetration on the left flank if sometimes less than secure defensively. 365 Says: Good player and fellow, but his unchallenged inclusion demonstrates the dearth of talent in this position since the decline of the Sansom/Pearce dynasty. Let's hope he stays fit!. MIDFIELDERS Paul Ince (Liverpool, Age 30, Caps 39) The self-appointed 'Guvnor' - and revels in that no-nonsense reputation. Still talks at 100 miles an hour but has calmed down on the pitch from his Italian experience. A true competitor and Hoddle-enthusiast. 365 Says: Obvious choice, but will miss mate Ian Wright's presence and Paul Gascoigne's passing. England have only lost one game when Ince and Gazza started. David Beckham (Manchester United, Age 23, Caps 1) The sheer talent is undeniable, along with his dead-ball ability. Question marks remain temperament-wise, and he is still to give a truly convincing England display. The ideal stage for him. 365 Says: Gazza's disappearance means that the time for David to translate ridiculous amount of talent into international success is now. The pressure is well and truly on; the lad from Leyton must step up... David Batty (Newcastle, Age 30, Caps 31) Old-fashioned Yorkshire terrier, but just what you need in tight situations. Deceptively good on the ball as well, a real link-player. 365 Says: A lovely lad and the sort of bloke, as the cliche goes, that you'd like with you in the trenches. But they weren't waving yellow cards around in the trenches. Fluid teams like Romania and Colombia will shred a team down to ten men so David will have to watch his step... and his studs. Paul Scholes (Manchester United, Age 23, Caps 7) Took to international football like a duck to water, leaving Hoddle suggesting he could be ''the jewel in the crown''. Vision, strength, an eye for goal and no absence of pace either. 365 Says: Good cover if Sheringham's poor form continues. The emergence of Michael Owen and the inclusion of Les Ferdinand means that he's now unlikely to be needed as an emergency striker, as once seemed to be the case. Robert Lee (Newcastle, Age 32, Caps 17) Desperately unlucky to miss Euro 96 at the death, Lee has proven his versatility and commitment under Hoddle. One of the game's good guys. 365 Says: A Hoddle favourite but surely lucky to make the squad. A sentimental choice by the manager Darren Anderton (Tottenham, Age 26, Caps 18) Almost a forgotten man at international level. Cursed by injuries since Euro 96, but Hoddle always kept a place open for him. Versatility is a big plus. Can play on either flank or through the middle. 365 Says: The incredible lateness of this admittedly proven international's arrival on the scene brings with it its own pressure. The exclusion of Gascoigne means that he'll be even more relied upon to produce telling runs and passes. More pressure. Steve McManaman (Liverpool, Age 26, Caps 21) Despite those never-ending Barcelona rumours, arguably his most consistent club season. Can run the legs off any defender. If only he could finish better! 365 Says: There were those who felt that Macca - inconsistent at international level since his outstanding Euro 96 - wouldn't make the cut. It's to be hoped that his relief at inclusion will get the best out of him. And one of his great goals. Paul Merson (Middlesbrough, Age 30, Caps 18) Has risen Phoenix-like from the depths of his booze and drug problems to shine once more for club and country. His main strength is his passing, and he can also operate in a number of positions in midfield or attack. No longer so skilled at running past opponents. 365 Says: Inspirational story to be sure, but under what circumstances will he possibly play?. FORWARDS Teddy Sheringham (Manchester United, Age 32, Caps 33) Redefined the striking role by his willingness to drop back and probe from deep, and knows instinctively where Shearer will be. Intelligence makes up for his lack of pace. 365 Says: Great player, despite his season of uncertainty at old Trafford, but must recover his form. Owen would probably already have his place were it not for the fact that Hoddle would then have to change the whole system. Alan Shearer (Newcastle, Age 27, Caps 39) Hoddle's 'Captain Marvel', a talismanic leader from the front. Top scorer in Euro 96 and cannot wait to take on the world in France. Strong, brave and deadly and should be better for his late start. 365 Says: His recent experiences as a lone workhorse for Newcastle have shown that even the finest, most determined players, can't do it without support and service. Hoddle mustn't isolate him. Michael Owen (Liverpool, Age 18, Caps 5) Anfield's 'boy wonder', whose Premiership debut was only in May 1997. Prodigiously gifted, with electric pace, willing running and a killer eye for goal. 365 Says; England's ace in the hole, even if too much is now probably expected of him. Having got rid of Gascoigne, Hoddle will now face endless questions about the chances of Owen starting. Les Ferdinand (Tottenham, Age 31, Caps 17) Hit by the Spurs injury jinx but probably the best in the air in the 22. Admits he provides an ''alternative'' to the rest. 365 Says: Scraped in because he has shown he can play with Shearer. Probably won't get a chance to prove it.
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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Mon, 01 Jun 1998 10:38:38 -0700 To: suggs@tiac.net From: "Red Devil Marcus" Subject: Scholesey Big Chance For England (Mirror) SCHOLES GETS HIS CHANCE TO SHINE Paul Scholes will now fill Gascoigne's boots in the World Cup in France. Glenn Hoddle not only decided to drop Gazza from his team but also to eliminate him from the squad to let everyone know they can do without him. Scholes has been one of Hoddle's boys and I believe he will be given the Gazza role in midfield. Hoddle also has retained Steve McManaman and brought back Darren Anderton, while David Beckham has been used more in central midfield by Hoddle. Paul Merson and Les Ferdinand are included in the 22, along with Rob Lee and Rio Ferdinand. These four were all on the fringe and expected to be dropped. Instead Hoddle goes to France without any left back cover for Graham Le Saux, having jettisoned Andy Hinchcliffe and Phil Neville. Les Ferdinand got the nod over Dion Dublin, Nicky Butt was edged out by Lee, while Nigel Martyn and Tim Flowers are to cover for David Seaman. Ian Walker is the odd man out among the goalkeepers. Marcus Lionel van Geyzel. "I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow isn't looking very good either". -- Dogbert
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 20:41:39 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Hothead Becks (Mirror) HOTHEAD BECKHAM MUST KEEP HIS COOL David Beckham faces a World Cup warning once Glenn Hoddle has studied a video of the clash with Belgium. With France '98 officials certain to be handing yellow and red cards around like confetti, Hoddle had told his men they must keep their discipline. But in Casablanca on Friday, Beckham demonstrated the sort of foolishness that, if repeated next month, could so easily see him being sent off. When Hoddle tried to send on Dion Dublin for the injured Sol Campbell against Belgium, the Moroccan referee's back was turned away from the England bench. Keen to attract the his attention, Beckham ran up to the referee and shook him from behind, alerting him to the substitution. There was nothing malicious in Beckham's behaviour. But it was just the type of silly action that could lead to a red card in France. "I didn't see it, so I can't comment," said Hoddle, when pressed on the incident. "But we had the game videoed and I'll watch it to see if I have to say anything." A simple glance at the pictures will be damning evidence, and almost certainly bring a strong lecture for the Old Trafford pin-up boy. It will not be the first. In March, after watching Beckham speak out of turn to officials in United's match in Monaco, Hoddle ordered the player to cut out the stupid backchat he has become prone to. And last summer, Beckham was suspended for against Brazil after picking up a booking against France for refusing to get on a stretcher. Hoddle says: "David hasn't got a bad record, but I just think there are signs there and that we need to stamp down on them pretty early to let him progress as a player. I'm not talking about talent, or footballing ability, but about character and temperament. "He just gets carried away with things he doesn't need to." Only two weeks ago, Beckham said he had learned from that experience, adding: "You have to try to stay in control and keep your mouth shut. "The boss sat me down and we had a long chat about everything, including temperament. I don't think there's a problem now." But clearly there still is, and Hoddle will lay down the law to Beckham if he finds him guilty. The coach knows none of his players can afford to upset the officials in France, although tackles by Paul Ince, Martin Keown and Gareth Southgate against Morocco suggested the lessons have not been learned.
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X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Mon, 1 Jun 1998 20:44:44 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Phil In Shock After England Axe (Carling) Man United 1 Jun 1998 PHIL IN SHOCK AFTER ENGLAND AXE Phil Neville was still reeling from the shock of being kicked-out of the World Cup squad while his brother Gary heads to France. The 19-year-old Manchester United defender was axed by coach Glenn Hoddle yesterday, along with Paul Gascoigne, Ian Walker, Nicky Butt, Dion Dublin and Andy Hinchcliffe. The six flew home from the training camp in La Manga, Spain, after hearing the devastating news. Phil's father Neville Neville, commercial director of First Division Bury, spoke of his son's heartbreak. He said: ``He's obviously very disappointed. ``But now he's got the chance for a few weeks off and he's going away for a few weeks. ``But he'll be cheering his team-mates on and he's hoping they'll bring the World Cup back with them.'' The brothers were hoping to emulate Jack and Bobby Charlton by playing together in the same World Cup finals. But Hoddle's selection means Phil will be left watching Gary and the rest of the England team on television. Hoddle's decision is sure to come as a blow to the whole family, who have a strong sporting background. Philip's twin sister Tracey is an England Under-21 netball international, while his mum Jill is assistant secretary at Bury. Man United 1 Jun 1998 HODDLE RIGHT TO DROP GAZZA - DOC Former Scotland boss Tommy Docherty hailed Glenn Hoddle's decision to axe Paul Gascoigne from the 22-man England World Cup squad. ``It's the right decision, but what has amazed me is that England have carried him for so long,'' Docherty said. ``His attitude has been wrong and his behaviour over several years has to be questioned. England need a fit Gazza, but from what we've seen recently that is clearly not going to happen. ``Hoddle should have dumped him a while ago. He's maybe regretting leaving out Le Tissier now, and Ray Parlour.''
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