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Wednesday, 31 May, 2000, 08:36 GMT 09:36 UK
Macca: Don't judge me on one game
Steve McManaman has pleaded with England fans not to judge him on one performance in an expected free role against Ukraine at Wembley on Wednesday night.
The Real Madrid star is likely to be given the freedom to go wherever he likes in a role just behind the front two, but says he will play in any position England coach Kevin Keegan wants.
McManaman has struggled to impress in an England shirt but expectations are high following his outstanding recent displays, which helped Real win the Champions League.
But the former Liverpool player admits he "rarely gets carried away" with compliments or criticism.
He said: "I think the time to judge us individually and as a team is at Euro 2000 and not when there are certain changes getting made and different systems are getting played.
"Going into the Euro 2000 games, the team expect criticism if they do not perform well and expect praise if they do well.
"Saying that, I want to play against Ukraine and I want to play fantastically."
Keegan will revert to the three-man defensive formation used against Argentina in February in order to accomodate McManaman.
"We want him on the ball giving crosses in open play. He's an exceptional player."
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