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Date: Fri Jun 12 15:24:20 GMT+00:00 1998
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This Issue:
1. BECKHAM STUCK IN MIDDLE OF THE GUESSING GAME  (Daily Mirror)
2. SCHOLES STEPS ON THE GAZ (Daily Mirror)
3. Ole's Okay! (TeamTalk)
4. Stam Aims To Wow Reds (D.Mail)

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X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 08:56:40 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net Subject: BECKHAM STUCK IN MIDDLE OF THE GUESSING GAME (Daily Mirror) BECKHAM STUCK IN MIDDLE OF THE GUESSING GAME David Beckham has revealed his dream to become the new Glenn Hoddle of England's World Cup team. But the Manchester United glamour boy might have to settle for a place in the starting line-up wide on the right after being left out by Hoddle for a private practice match here in this Brittany resort. Beckham was the surprise omission from a full-strength side in Hoddle's first big practice game behind closed doors since arriving here. Darren Anderton was tried out yet again in the right wing- back spot, putting pressure on Beckham, who has yet to score for his country. Michael Owen was also demoted to the second-string team, with Teddy Sheringham given his chance to impress alongside captain Alan Shearer, a reversal of the previous day's training session. Hoddle needs to assess Sheringham's mood and attitude as well as his physical fitness after his nocturnal habits were exposed last weekend, when he was still technically on England duty. It might only have been one of many tactics tested behind closed doors, but it emphasised that Beckham has competition for his place and that Sheringham is still under consideration to start. But Beckham was still in upbeat mood. "Glenn Hoddle gave me my debut, straight in at the deep end, and has played me in every game since," he said. "I'd prefer to play in the centre of midfield because you are more involved. I've played there three or four times for England. "But it's up to the manager. The decision has nothing to do with me." With Paul Gascoigne out of the reckoning, Beckham has a far greater chance of playing in that role at some stage in this World Cup. He added: "Maybe. But there are others who can play that role. We have some great footballers here. I shall just have to wait and see." Hoddle insists he knows his starting line-up for the opening match against Tunisia on Monday. He has tried a variety of alternatives in training sessions since arriving here. In the match against Caen, when Hoddle kept out all prying eyes, Beckham played in central midfield, with David Batty left out and Anderton on the right. Yesterday, Hoddle returned to his tried and trusted Batty-Paul Ince combination in midfield, but retained Anderton on the right. Beckham's form has been erratic, while Anderton has made enormous strides in a short space of time. Now there must be some doubt about Beckham, though it would be a shock almost on the level of leaving out Gazza if he were to axe him for the opening game. Hoddle enjoys throwing up smokescreens over his team selection. One of his big ruses in Italy involved Beckham, who was led away from the final training session by the doctor clutching his chest as if to suggest he wouldn't recover from a cold in time. But it was all play acting. With his Posh Spice fiancee and 15million price tag, Beckham is high profile, unlike a Paul Scholes, who shuns the limelight. But Hoddle is interested in only one aspect of his life - his current form. Beckham has been an automatic choice as Hoddle's right wing-back in the qualifying games. But with Gazza missing from the middle of midfield he became a leading candidate for that role. Hoddle has described Beckham as the best crosser of the ball from the right in the Premiership. Yet the emergence of Anderton has given Beckham a genuine challenge for that precise role. The two opening games, Brazil-Scotland and Morocco-Norway, produced less than a handful of yellow cards. So perhaps Hoddle will go back to his belief in the Batty-Ince midfield, with Scholes taking over from Gazza. But whichever system he adopts, he needs a variety of chances created from midfield. Shearer doesn't have the tricks of Ronaldo to carve out his own openings, although Owen has the pace to unnerve defenders and Sheringham is clever enough to create space for himself and others. Hoddle has clearly been concerned about the composition of his midfield for some time. Jack Charlton let it slip on a TV show recently about the England coach's concern about this particular department. Beckham has a great range of passing, much the same as Hoddle when he starred for his country. But he isn't consistent in that role. He fails to dominate. Chances must be created. In fact, the England team needs a new Hoddle. Ironically, Hoddle was Beckham's hero as a kid. Now he has to prove he can produce the Hoddle creativity that this England team is crying out for. For a change Hoddle was able to report a totally clean bill of health. He said: "It is fantastic to be injury free, particularly when we can see there are one or two little problems emerging in the other camps." Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support Server2 SriwaniHQPg E-Mail Address mailto:supser2.shpa@sriwani.com.my

X-Sender: giggs@tiac.net X-Mailer: Windows Eudora Pro Version 3.0 (32) Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 08:56:54 -0400 To: suggs@tiac.net Subject: SCHOLES STEPS ON THE GAZ (Daily Mirror) PAUL SCHOLES was last night given the biggest hint yet that he has forced his way into the front line of Glenn Hoddle's World Cup plans. England coach Hoddle was full of praise for the Manchester United ace after his starring role in the private friendly against Caen, when he scored the only goal. Gingernut Scholes is being strongly tipped as the successor to dumped Paul Gascoigne. And Hoddle said: "I'm sure he's going to play some part in this tournament. And I'm sure it will be a big part. Terrific "He had a terrific game against Caen. He looks as if nothing fazes him. He just gets on with life." It is not just Scholes' flame-coloured hair which earns him comparisons with 1966 World Cup winner Alan Ball. Like Ball, he is also energetic and a neat passer with excellent vision and a creative eye. Scholes also loves to dart forward and has a goalscoring touch. Hoddle explained why West Ham's teenage defender Rio Ferdinanad was a surprise inclusion in an unfamiliar left-wing back role. He said: "He played the role excellenty against Caen and we now know we have somewhere to go if something should happen to Graeme Le Saux." Thanks & Regards, TanKiaSen Support Server2 SriwaniHQPg E-Mail Address mailto:supser2.shpa@sriwani.com.my

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 18:03:06 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Ole's Okay! (TeamTalk) Solskjaer Not Injured - Not For Sale! Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's injury fears have been laid to rest, the United striker is back in contention for a starting role again when Norway face Scotland in Bordeaux on Tuesday afternoon. The 24-year-old took a kick on his ankle during the Norwegians' opening match against Morocco but he appears set to play some part in their crucial clash with the Scots. However, Everton are being strongly linked with Solskjaer after their chief scout Brian Greenhalgh attended the Montpellier match. The Mereyside outfit are keeping close tabs on United's striker situation this summer after rumours that Old Trafford officials are actively chasing Gabriel Batistuta. But it seems unlikely that either Solskjaer or Cole will be sold, even if United capture a big name striker, unless they receive a bid deemed too good to turn down. 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

X-MSMail-Priority: Normal X-Mailer: Microsoft Outlook Express 4.72.2106.4 X-MimeOLE: Produced By Microsoft MimeOLE V4.72.2106.4 Date: Fri, 12 Jun 1998 22:48:58 +0800 Reply-To: Red Devil Marcus Sender: "Manchester United Football Club (soccer)" From: Red Devil Marcus Subject: Stam Aims To Wow Reds (D.Mail) Stam to show United his true worth Friday, June 12, 1998 Holland's Jaap Stam is determined to show Manchester United fans why he cost a record 10.5million when he plays against Belgium in St Denis tomorrow. Stam, who was signed from PSV Eindhoven, said: 'I hope I can show United fans they have something to look forward to next season and that I am worth the fee. This is the first time they would have been able to see what I am like.' He comes into the France 98 as the most expensive defender in the world but missed out on playing in Euro 96: He said: 'They glued me to the substitutes bench for the whole of the tournament but to sit and take it all in from the sidelines was invaluable.' 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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