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Sunday, 2 April, 2000, 13:35 GMT 14:35 UK
Hussain plans Man Utd link-up
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England captain Nasser Hussain says his side plan to link-up with Manchester United in an attempt to discover what it takes to become winners.


Basically we want to change the mind-set of the England players.

England captain Nasser Hussain
The England squad were due to meet up in Manchester on Sunday to begin their preparations for the new season and they hope to train with Sir Alex Ferguson's treble-winners.

Hussain said: "We are looking to spend some time with Manchester United, trying to mix with winners and hoping that it will rub off on us a little bit.

"I don't know if we have sorted out some training with them, but that's what we are looking to do whether it is this weekend or in the future.


Nasser Hussain
Nasser Hussain hopes to change the mind-set of the squad
"Basically we want to change the mind-set of the England players."

Hussain also played down the delay in his players signing their new contracts with the England and Wales Cricket Board and claimed everything should be sorted out soon.

Speaking on BBC Radio 5 Live, he said: "I think everyone out there has basically got the wrong end of the stick.

"All it is basically is that there are quite a few new things that have come up, and these contracts are completely different from any other contracts that the board or the players have ever signed.

"The days of players just looking at contracts and signing them have gone.

"We've sent them to our solicitors to have a look at, and it's taken about two weeks to iron out a few little areas of grey.

"When they have explained it and when we have sorted out a few other problems I'm sure we will all sit down and sign it.

"Once we meet up in Manchester one thing is certain from the captain that the contracts will be sorted and we will be starting to concentrate on our cricket."

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