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Friday, 16 June, 2000, 07:51 GMT 08:51 UK
Keegan hails world-class Scholl
Mehmet Scholl and Paul Gascoigne go shoulder to shoulder
Scholl played when England met Germany at Euro 96
Kevin Keegan is happy that England will not have to face Oliver Bierhoff on Saturday, but he has picked out Mehmet Scholl as the man to watch.

"Bierhoff is a top quality player with a proven goal-scoring record at international level," says Keegan.

"But you have to be aware of the fact that Scholl is also one of those players who can cause you problems.

"He is not like Luis Figo is for Portugal, but he is a very special player for Germany. Every time you see him play for Bayern Munich he is clever with the ball.



He is a world class player, the sort of player you have got to watch for 90 minutes

Kevin Keegan on Mehmet Scholl
"He is someone we are going to have to watch out for. His strike against the Romanians turned the game for the Germans in about five seconds.

"He is a world class player, the sort of player you have got to watch for 90 minutes."

Keegan is mindful that England's match with Germany on Saturday is the first of two against the same opponents this year.

"The Germans will see it as a platform to go on and prove people wrong who think their football is not as good as 20 years ago, and to keep going what they see as having something over on England.


Kevin Keegan
Keegan will not change his footballing philosophy
"We see it as chance to maybe end all that and swing the pendulum the other way."

Keegan was criticised in some quarters for not adapting his strategy when England began to lose the initiative against Portugal.

But it appears his philosophy is not going to change:

"If we go ahead against the Germans I don't think we will do anything too much different because we are going to set out to cause them problems when we get the ball.

"But what we will do differently is that we will be more focused on how we defend as a team.

"We have got to try and prepare ourselves to counteract what they are good at, but without losing what we are good at," says the England coach.

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