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Tuesday, 16 May, 2000, 11:58 GMT 12:58 UK
England squad named
Nick Barmby could be in line for a surprise role in England's Euro 2000 campaign after he was named in Kevin Keegan's preliminary squad.
The Everton star has been rewarded for some impressive recent form by being included in the 28-man party for the up-coming friendlies against Brazil, Ukraine and Malta.
And there was good news for Fowler's 19-year-old Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard and Aston Villa goalkeeper David James.
But there was no place in the 28-man party for Chelsea left-back Graeme Le Saux.
Keegan had indicated before Monday's announcement of the squad that he wanted to give both Le Saux and Fowler the maximum time in which to prove their fitness for Euro 2000.
But Le Saux has not played since suffering an ankle injury last October and Keegan said: "He has just started light training and it's impossible for him to get ready for a major championship."
For Fowler, there was a late glimmer of hope: "It does not worry me he hasn't played too many games as long as he shows the appetite and fitness in training," Keegan said.
Two other fringe players - Coventry's Steve Froggatt and Trevor Sinclair of West Ham - have also been told they will not be going to the championships.
He said: "One of the reasons it's a squad of 28 is four Arsenal players are playing in the Uefa Cup final, three players in the FA Cup final, and (Ipswich goalkeeper) Richard Wright involved in at least one play-off game.
"Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard could get a call-up if we do have injuries."
Midfielder Barmby was one of the surprise inclusions and Keegan revealed that he was asked to keep an eye on him after a tip-off by Everton chairman Bill Kenwright.
"He's been picked for the form he's in - it's as simple as that. His form throughout the season has been very consistent.
James' impressive displays this season for Aston Villa earned him a call-up and Keegan admitted he could make the final 22 ahead of Ipswich Town's Richard Wright in the event of an injury to Seaman or Nigel Martyn.
Which forwards will miss out on the finals will be one of the main talking points over the build-up to Keegan's final squad selection, but for now he says he is keeping all his options open.
"I've got six forwards and one has to go which is tough because they all deserve to play," he said. "Two also have to go from midfield and two from defence."
Goalkeepers: David Seaman (Arsenal), Nigel Martyn (Leeds United), Richard Wright (Ipswich Town), David James (Aston Villa)
Defenders: Tony Adams (Arsenal), Sol Campbell (Tottenham Hotspur), Rio Ferdinand (West Ham United), Martin Keown (Arsenal), Gareth Southgate (Aston Villa), Gary Neville (Manchester United), Phil Neville (Manchester United)
Midfielders: David Beckham (Manchester United), Paul Ince (Middlesbrough), Steve McManaman (Real Madrid, Spain), Kieron Dyer (Newcastle United), Jamie Redknapp (Liverpool), Paul Scholes (Manchester United), Jason Wilcox (Leeds United), Dennis Wise (Chelsea), Ray Parlour (Arsenal), Nick Barmby (Everton), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
Forwards: Alan Shearer (Newcastle United), Emile Heskey (Liverpool), Robbie Fowler (Liverpool), Michael Owen (Liverpool), Kevin Phillips (Sunderland), Andy Cole (Manchester United)
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