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Thursday, June 25, 1998 Published at 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK


Sport: Football

McManaman is 'forgotten man'

Steve McManaman is England's "forgotton man" says Evans

Glenn Hoddle has come under fire again from a second Premiership manager criticising the England coach for sidelining his player.

Liverpool boss Roy Evans has claimed Steve McManaman is England's "forgotten man" of France 98 plans.

Earlier this week, Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson upset England coach Hoddle with comments over the treatment of David Beckham.


[ image: Glenn Hoddle is under fire again]
Glenn Hoddle is under fire again
Now Evans has thrown his support behind McManaman, who has been confined to the bench for England's first two group matches.

As the build-up for the crunch Group G match with Colombia in Lens on Friday intensifies, along with the clamour for another Anfield hero Michael Owen to start the match, Evans is adamant McManaman should also be considered.

Evans said: "I just cannot believe that Macca isn't getting a mention in all of this.

"Given how dangerous he is when running at people with the ball at his feet, it is a surprise that his name hasn't been put forward. He seems to have become England's forgotten man."

McManaman was left out of some squads last season, and Hoddle was never happy about his withdrawal from last summer's games in France.


[ image: Michael Owen is expected to start on Friday]
Michael Owen is expected to start on Friday
Owen, though, now looks like being given the nod to start the match, and Evans believes McManaman should be in with a shout too.

He said: "Some of the stuff he produced for us last season was outstanding.

"I am not trying to tell Glenn what team to pick because that's nothing to do with me, and we are not here to interfere - but I know what Steve is capable of."

Evans' words come after Ferguson questioned the choice of Darren Anderton instead of Beckham and objected to the way the United star was allowed to open his heart to the media after being dropped.

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