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Breakfast with Frost Sunday, 9 June, 2002, 13:11 GMT 14:11 UK
Interview with David Davies, executive director of the FA
David Davies, executive director of the FA
David Davies, executive director of the FA
BBC BREAKFAST WITH FROST INTERVIEW: DAVID DAVIES JUNE 9TH, 2002

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DAVID FROST: Now what can I say, England took on Argentina, we won. The nation seemed to stand still with bated breath, more than 13 million watched it at the time, more than 13 million watching at the time, but Beckham delivered, the captain's penalty, the foot of God as some of the papers were calling it yesterday, it was a triumph of a game, a triumph for his country. Well in a few minutes I'll be talking to the former England manager, Bobby Robson, but first joining me live now from Awayi in Japan, just opposite the team hotel is the Chief Executive, in fact the Executive Director of the Football Association, David Davis, hello there David.

DAVID DAVIES: David good morning.

DAVID FROST: The mood obviously is still euphoric?

DAVID DAVIES: The mood is optimistic but the mood is, I think now, serious, I heard about in your paper review the, some of the pictures that are in the press today, there was actually a rather good party with some of the families on Friday night after that fantastic result but now people have to be and are focused on a little game on Wednesday.

DAVID FROST: And what about the game on Wednesday, are they really in full training or will there be another day of relaxation first?

DAVID DAVIES: Well I think there'll be a major training session tomorrow and then probably in the stadium itself on Tuesday. But the gaps between these games, if all goes well on Wednesday the gap to the, to the last 16 match will be very brief because that would be next weekend. So relaxation and rest, yes that's very, very important, we've got Owen Hargreaves, as people know, limped off on, on Friday but the x-rays appear to be optimistic that there isn't a break and hopefully he would be ready for action again if needed later in the tournament.

DAVID FROST: That's good news and other good news David, is obviously, I mean it seems as though the English fans have been behaving splendidly?

DAVID DAVIES: Two things to say about that, one yes the fans have been behaving and mixing in this terrific country very, very well but secondly we have been working over many months now to say to the Japanese people, look your first team is Japan but please your second team, make your second team England. And that vast support that we had in the stadium in Sapporo on Friday and last weekend in Saitama seems to suggest that that has worked and of course it's helped enormously by the fantastic popularity of David Beckham and Michael Owen particularly but of the players as a whole and they take their responsibilities in this country very, very seriously on and off the pitch and it's a very, very good time.

DAVID FROST: A very good time and we hope you will be forced to stay in Japan for many, many more weeks yet and you will not be coming home, we love you dearly but stay there with the team as they go on winning. Thank you David, hope...

DAVID DAVIES: Three more weeks we hope.

DAVID FROST: Absolutely, thanks a million, David Davies there of the Football Association.

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