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Thursday, 25 May, 2000, 11:08 GMT 12:08 UK
Hoddle was wrong - Neville
Gary Neville
Gary Neville in consultation with Glenn Hoddle in the build-up to the World Cup
Gary Neville has blasted former national boss Glenn Hoddle for getting England's World Cup preparation wrong.

Neville says Hoddle chose too many easy games in the run-up to France 98 - but thinks current coach Kevin Keegan has got it exactly right.

"It's been the way of Kevin Keegan since he has come in to have the best opposition available to play against," said Neville.

It's been the way of Kevin Keegan to have the best opposition available to play against

Gary Neville
"We played Argentina, will play Brazil and the Ukraine, all fantastic teams, and that is the best way to go.

"Leading up to the World Cup, we played Saudi Arabia, Cameroon and Belgium, and you are not really tested in the sense that you are going to go and play against the best teams in the world.

"We are going to play against the best teams in Europe in Holland and Belgium and none of them are going to be as good as the team we play on Saturday."

The older of the Neville brothers is still not certain of his place in Keegan's final 22. After a troubled domestic season, when he missed the first three months through injury, he endured two of the worst games of his senior career against Vasco da Gama in the World Club championships and Real Madrid in the Champions League.

But, as the only recognised right-back in the current 28-man training group, Neville feels his experience will be enough to get him into his second European Championships.

Kevin Keegan
Kevin Keegan prepares for Brazil
"I know if I was thrown into the final, semi-final, quarter-final, I would perform, and that's the way that I look at it," he said.

"I wouldn't be phased by that atmosphere, those conditions. There is sometimes a danger of looking too much for versatility.

"The way I look at it, it's okay saying a player can play here, he can play there, but can you throw him on against Germany in the last half an hour?"

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