England coach comes clean about his admiration for the ex-Three Lions skipper...
England coach comes clean about his admiration for the former Three Lions skipper...
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has played down the prospects of former England captain Alan Shearer returning to the England fold...though he has admitted that he's been impressed by the striker's 'wonderful' form this year.
In an interview with The FA's television partner, Sky Sports, here at Soho Square this afternoon, Sven was asked if there was anything new to report on the 'Shearer for England' story.
"I think it's been the end of that story for a long time," replied the England manager. "Since I came to this country he [Shearer], has said that he wants to concentrate on the Newcastle job. He is doing that very well and I say congratulations to him."
One thing Sven has always said - irrespective of the player in question - is that he only wants to be surrounded by players who want to play for England. His stance remains unchanged, even where Shearer is concerned.
"I shouldn't like to take in a player if he doesn't want to be there," he stated. "I think it's not right and, if you do a thing like that, you must let him play always - I do not want to commit myself to that.
"If he changed his mind some day, it might be discussed but, today, no."
Having seen the former Southampton and Blackburn number nine play several times this season, Sven was open about his admiration for Shearer's performances in the black and white of Newcastle.
And, when he was asked if Shearer's form would have been worthy of a call up had he not retired from the England scene, Sven confirmed that there would probably be a place for him...were he to make himself available!
"I think he's had an extremely good season scoring goals, wonderful goals, with his head and his feet," admitted the England coach.
"Of course if he always plays like that he should be in the squad I guess..." As always, we will keep you updated...
From Daniel Freedman