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Date: Fri Jun 19 23:26:49 GMT+00:00 1998
1. Devastated' Beckham works at regaining England place (Telegraph)
2. Batistuta, Moriero (TeamTalk)
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Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 07:53:29 -0400
Subject: 'Devastated' Beckham works at regaining England place (Telegraph)
ADVERSITY often provides the clearest insight into a footballer's character.
David Beckham may currently be filled with dismay, may privately be seething
at the injustice of being dropped by England after proving an important
ever-present in qualifying. But it is Beckham's response to this unexpected
disappointment that will reveal his true colours, writes Henry Winter.
Perceived as one of English football's glamour boys, if Beckham reacts with
the requisite determination, proving so outstanding in training that Glenn
Hoddle has to reconsider, then his reputation will be enhanced. The signs
are that he will.
Yesterday, the Manchester United midfielder, a man who has seen his career
chronicled predominantly with upbeat adjectives, broke off from training to
talk, to express his surprise but also his hunger to meet this challenge.
"I was devastated," he said of Hoddle's decision to deploy Darren Anderton
ahead of him against Tunisia on Monday. "I started every game leading up to
the World Cup finals, so to be told I wasn't in the starting 11 for the
first game was pretty hard. My stomach was turning over so many times it was
"He named the team in front of everybody. I tried to hide my disappointment
but it was pretty hard because we had training afterwards, which I found
hard to get into. I still haven't got over it. Teddy [Sheringham, his friend
and clubmate] told me to keep my head up and my time will come. My mum and
dad have been trying to get me back up. But it's up to me in the end. I
could have sulked, as some people have suggested, but I haven't."
Naturally, Beckham talked to Hoddle about the decision. "I asked him why I
wasn't in. I did question the manager. He didn't turn around and say to me
'you are not going to play again'. Thank God. He said I'm going to get my
chance. Hopefully, I'll get to play in games.
"It's not the end of the world. I've been dropped from the United team and
that's one of the biggest clubs in the world. Hopefully, I can work hard in
training to try to get back in the team. I'm a determined person anyway. I
want to be in every starting 11. I always try hard in training. But after
the Tunisia game, I've been trying extra hard.
"Being on the bench, watching them sing the national anthem and then
realising I wasn't involved in the game was just as hard as being told I
wasn't in the team. I thought Darren did well. All the midfield did. It's
going to be hard for me to get back in. If I get my chance, I will do my
best to take it. I think I can do the business for England. It hurt being on
Beckham admitted it "crossed my mind" that Anderton, a star of Euro 96, had
been first-choice all along, that he himself had been filling in for the
injured Spur. "Darren's a good player." And so is Beckham.
HE still cannot understand why he was dropped. "Some people said my form
dipped towards the end of the season. Maybe for a couple of games I was
tired but I didn't really think my form had dipped that much."
He rejected one suggestion that Hoddle was keen to keep the feet of such a
high-profile figure on the ground. "Most of the things surrounding me are
caused by people wanting to take pictures of me. Just because I've got a
famous girlfriend [Victoria Adams, aka Posh Spice] doesn't mean I'm up in
the clouds. Anybody can speak to me."
After 15 scoreless international appearances, Beckham also insisted his lack
of goals was not an issue.
John Gorman, Hoddle's No 2, who is particularly attentive to players'
feelings, said: "David Beckham was very disappointed when we told him but he
was very professional about it. He wants to play. We understand that. There
is no way that David Beckham is not going to be involved at some point. He's
got too much talent."
Gorman added that four players missed training yesterday. Tony Adams and
Alan Shearer still had sore feet but hope to join in today, as does
Sheringham, who felt his hamstring tighten after Monday's match. A more
substantial worry is Gareth Southgate, who is not expected to train until
Saturday because of a slight foot injury. He may even be a doubt for
Monday's game with Romania, a situation that may create an opportunity for
Gary Neville or Martin Keown. The 11 non-playing members clearly have future
roles to play, which should be a spur for Beckham.
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Date: Wed, 17 Jun 1998 21:07:23 -0400
Subject: Batistuta, Moriero (TeamTalk)
Batigoal Decides On Sunday
Gabriel Batistuta will make a decision on where he plays his club football
next season on Sunday, according to a Spanish report which names United as
one of the leading three candidates for the Argentinian's signature.
Barcelona head the queue of clubs tracking the Fiorentina star and could
swing the deal by using World Cup defender Sergi as bait to the Italians.
The report claims United have offered £10 million to the Florence club in a
straight cash deal while Real Betis have emerged as a late bidder.
Winger Offer Set To Fail
United have reportedly made a move for Inter Milan winger Francesco Moriero,
although the Italian World Cup star looks set to agree a new deal to stay in
The 28-year-old was the right-sided star of Inter's march to the UEFA Cup
final and a place in next season's Champions' League, attracting major
But, despite United's offer of £3.5 million and roughly £1 million-a-season
in wages to the ex-Roma player he seems set to sign an extension to his
contract at the San Siro.
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