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DAVID DAVIES
JUNE 18TH, 2000

Please note "BBC Breakfast with Frost" must be credited if any part of this transcript is used

DAVID FROST:
And now let's turn to the subject of football, last night's result was just what was required at least for England fans and I'll be speaking to the one and only Tony Banks in a moment or two. Here he is former Minister of Sport and spearheading the World Cup drive as well. But first to the England team headquarters and our good friend Mr David Davies, David are you there?

DAVID DAVIES:
Good morning David.

DAVID FROST:
Did you get any sleep last night or were you celebrating?

DAVID DAVIES:
I got a little sleep but to be honest we were very, very excited I think, everybody who's part of the England set-up, part of the team, the coaching staff, the, the back- room staff was exhilarated by what happened last night and it's been a difficult, it's been a long week and we always knew it would be a long week if, if we got the wrong result in the first game. I'm thrilled, I can't tell you how thrilled I am for the players and for the staff because a few, a few, so many of them have been through a number of ups and downs over a number of years but we're realistic, we have to be realistic now, enjoy the moment but say that on Tuesday we need at least a draw against Romania who beat us in the World Cup.

DAVID FROST:
Absolutely so it's not, it's not over yet, we can't, as you say we can't predict too much at the moment but obviously the mood in the camp will be terrific at the moment and Alan Shearer, I guess, feeling, feeling a little vindicated after the criticism he's had?

DAVID DAVIES:
Alan Shearer vindicated, Kevin Keegan vindicated and let's be quite clear, Alan is a great player, has been a great player for England, a record second to none, a goal- scoring record second to none and people have, when he goes through barren spells as all, even the greatest goal-scorers go through those barren spells, people, you know, do say is Shearer up to it, is he past his best etc etc. Now last night he scored the goal, the goal that really mattered and in, in very, very difficult circumstances with all the pressure on him but everybody here is thrilled for him.

DAVID FROST:
And what about the, the marred, marred by the fans headlines in the papers here, are they exaggerated or were you, were you able to know about that as well?

DAVID DAVIES:
Well let's say we have made a conscious effort here not to pressure the players with any problems there are off the pitch, that's point one. But yes of course the players are aware of, of something of what is going on, they don't watch the television, we have the newspapers here. From our point of view we regret a single incident anywhere, we regret a single incident, I think it's too early to assess the police and security operation that has been, that is being run down here. The zero tolerance policy worked especially well in Eindhoven and I feel that I would, I would only make this observation, there were thousands of people down here in, in Charloi and there were thousands of people in Eindhoven as well, many of whom didn't have tickets, many of whom travelled just to be part of this huge event. Inside the stadium people perhaps forget this morning all the controversy about the Charloi stadium, inside that stadium last night there was a fantastic atmosphere and the, the performance of the England supporters, most of them, so many of them members of the England Members Club was fantastic. So that is the positive side. The, as far as outside the stadium is concerned and what has gone on in Brussels, that, that is being, you know, investigated at the moment, it is being assessed at the moment and there, there is the closest cooperation, most certainly between the Belgians, the Dutch and the British authorities and it will continue.

DAVID FROST:
Well let's just wish you a peaceful victory against Romania.

DAVID DAVIES:
Thank you David.

DAVID FROST:
David Davies there.

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