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Kevin Keegan
"We have a fantastic opportunity to go forward as a nation"
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"This is a potentially tedious distraction for England"
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Monday, 19 June, 2000, 21:59 GMT 22:59 UK
Keegan urges fans to stay calm
Kevin Keegan and FA boss David Davies
Keegan and FA boss David Davies face the media
England boss Kevin Keegan has insisted his players are completely focused on their quest for the Euro 2000 quarter-finals - despite the ongoing threat of their expulsion.

Keegan accepted that Uefa had no choice but to issue the ultimatum that his team would be disqualified if there was any more hooligan trouble from English fans.

He appealed to the team's supporters to behave themselves - but preferred to concentrate on on-field matters - and revealed that Steve McManaman is not fit enough to start Tuesday's final group game against Romania.

Obviously the players are aware - but we've got a game to be focused on

Kevin Keegan
"We are fully focused," said Keegan, who revealed that FA chief executive Adam Crozier had given the players a 15-minute briefing about the fans situation on Monday morning.

"We will not let anything take our focus away from the match."

And he urged all followers of the national team to behave themselves.

"The ones who are letting us down are losers," said Keegan. "They have to see the light.

"As for the ones who are not here for the right reasons we do not want them in the towns and the stadiums. Let them do what they want in their own back yards."

David Beckham
David Beckham arrives for training at Charleroi
Regarding Uefa's threat Keegan said: "It had to be done. What Uefa did had to be done.

"Respect other people's countries - it's the absolute minimum that can be required."

Keegan said his squad would be devastated if Uefa were forced to bring their ban into effect.

"You know the rocky road we have had to get here, and the supporters have followed us down that road," he added.

"They have been tremendous - and I am talking about the real supporters, who come in the stadium, behave themselves and support the team in the right manner."

Macca on mend

Keegan revealed that injury doubts McManaman, Paul Scholes and Alan Shearer would all be included in the squad for the Romania match - but Tony Adams is still ruled out.

There were fears Scholes and Shearer may miss out, but Keegan said: "They both trained this morning and they're both fit for selection."

McManaman - scorer in the opening game against Portugal - has also recovered his fitness, but Keegan revealed he is unlikely to play.

"If I think he's the man to bring on with 15 minutes to go then he could come on," Keegan admitted.

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