JUNE 18TH, 2000
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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?
Good morning David.
Did you get any sleep last night or were you celebrating?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
Well let's just wish you a peaceful victory against Romania.
Thank you David.
David Davies there.