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Friday, May 28, 1999 Published at 17:24 GMT 18:24 UK


Sport: Football

Sheringham back for England

Kevin Keegan has called on five of United's treble-winning team

Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham is back in the England squad for the crucial Euro 2000 qualifiers against Sweden and Bulgaria.

United's treble triumph
But there is no place in the party for Paul Ince, raising questions about the Liverpool midfielder's international future under Keegan.

Sheringham, who has been ignored by England since the World Cup, forced his way back with stunning displays in the FA Cup and European Cup finals.


Kevin Keegan: "The United players are in because they have had a brilliant season"
"He has been very influential, especially when he has started, and has been part of a successful side," said Keegan.

"He thoroughly deserves to be in there and gives me options which is what you need as a manager."

United's high five

But Manchester United's treble success has not led Keegan to select as many as eight of their players, as had been predicted.


[ image: Teddy Sheringham: Ignored by England since France 98]
Teddy Sheringham: Ignored by England since France 98
Instead there are only five of Alex Ferguson's team in the 22-man squad, with no place for Gary Neville, who is said to be exhausted, and midfielder Nicky Butt.

Ince is overlooked, despite being available again after missing most of the international season through suspension following his sending off against Sweden last autumn.

Keegan said: "He is disappointed as you would expect.

"I didn't think there was no point taking him as I wouldn't probably play him but the door is still open.

"It is difficult because I know what it means to him to play for England.

"I could have announced a squad of 24 or 25 and fudged it. No player appreciates being left out and Paul is no exception."

Woodgate retained

Two newcomers for the friendly against Hungary, Leeds defender Jonathon Woodgate and Sunderland wing-back Michael Gray, keep their places.

Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright is also in the squad as third choice behind David Seaman and Ian Walker.

Keegan added: "We proved against Poland that even when things went against us during the week we went out and gave a great performance.

"We are going out at Wembley in a game (against Sweden) we can't afford to lose and I think we can keep it going. It is us to keep it going."

Steve McManaman told Keegan he was not mentally prepared for the games following the death of his mother.

Tottenham's Darren Anderton and Chris Armstrong were both due to be named in Keegan's squad but were forced to pull out.

The club said in a statement that Anderton has been advised by a specialist to take a complete rest after his first full season back following a groin injury.

Armstrong recently underwent surgery on an ankle injury.

England squad to play Sweden at Wembley on June 5 and Bulgaria in Sofia on June 9:

Seaman (Arsenal), Walker (Tottenham), Wright (Ipswich), Campbell (Tottenham), Southgate (Aston Villa), Keown (Arsenal), Ferdinand (West Ham), P Neville (Man Utd), Le Saux (Chelsea), Woodgate (Leeds), Gray (Sunderland), Batty (Leeds), Beckham (Man Utd), Sherwood (Tottenham), Redknapp (Liverpool), Scholes (Man Utd), Parlour (Arsenal), Shearer (Newcastle), Sheringham (Man Utd), Heskey (Leicester), Cole (Man Utd), Fowler (Liverpool).



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