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Tuesday, August 18, 1998 Published at 13:07 GMT 14:07 UK


Sport: Football

Hoddle shrugs off Cup book furore

Glenn Hoddle fields questions at Bisham Abbey

Glenn Hoddle has rejected criticism over his book on the World Cup, saying he wants to lead England into the next one.


BBC sports correspondent Neil Bennett: Hoddle feels he has 100% support from the players
Hoddle spoke for the first time since the recent furore over his controversial 1998 World Cup Diary.

His current contract expires after Euro 2000 and discussions have already begun with FA bosses as to whether or not he will remain in the job to lead England into the next World Cup.

But the England coach said: "None of this controversy will affect my decision as to whether or not I sign a new contract.

"I have two years of my current contract still remaining and that is how things stand at this moment in time."

'I am very surprised by all the fuss'

Excerpts from Hoddle's book, published in The Sun newspaper, have led to calls from parts of the media for him to quit.

He has been widely criticised for revealing details of Paul Gascoigne's tantrum in France when he learned that he had been axed from England's World Cup squad.

But Hoddle, speaking at Bisham Abbey where England are training, said it had not affected the team.

'No adverse feeling'

He said: "I am very surprised by all the fuss and when people read the book they will be able to make their own decisions.

"There has been no adverse feelings among the players, they have been very positive and there have been no problems.

"I asked any players to come and see me if they had a problem and not one came forward."

Hoddle has been working with a squad of players since Sunday night in preparation for England's first Euro 2000 qualifying match against Sweden early next month.





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