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Monday, 29 May, 2000, 17:49 GMT 18:49 UK
McManaman gets chance to shine
Steve McManaman
McManaman has the chance to cement his place
Kevin Keegan has confirmed Steve McManaman will get the chance to exhibit his talents on the international stage again when England take on Ukraine on Wednesday.

McManaman has just joined the England camp following his sparkling display in the Champions League final for Real Madrid and now has the perfect stage to stake his claim for a Euro 2000 starting place.

The former Liverpool player last played for his country in Poland eight months ago before injuries and dwindling form dented his progression with England.

But a remarkable renaissance at Real has now led many to make him an almost automatic choice for the team.

The role I have for him gives him the chance to show what he is good at

Kevin Keegan

Coach Keegan declared: "The role that I have for him on Wednesday, I think gives him the chance to show what he's good at but also one I think that we need to address.

"You can read into that what you want.

"Everyone is talking about the left side - it doesn't have to be the left but I have got to find a place in there for him and, the way he is playing, bring the very best out of him.

"Sometimes you have to ask people just to adjust a little."

McManaman is set to link up again with former Anfield colleague and friend Robbie Fowler, whom Keegan has already indicated will start alongside Alan Shearer.

Robbie Fowler
Robbie Fowler will start against Ukraine
The England manager is scheduled to announce his final Euro 2000 squad soon after the end of the match, having quickly assessed any remaining injury worries.

Players likely to miss out include keeper David James, defenders Rio Ferdinand or Gareth Barry and striker Andy Cole, unless Fowler breaks down against Ukraine.

Unenviable task

Keegan has the unenviable task of telling the unlucky six players and plans to discreetly announce their fate on Wednesday.

"All the players know what I have got to do. There are a fair few who will think it might be them," Keegan explained.

"I am not dreading it. It is just one of those things you have to do.

"The great thing is that all these players apart from Alan Shearer will be involved next season as well."

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