Tuesday, September 7, 1999 Published at 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Shearer hits out at Kelly
Centre of attention: Alan Shearer faces the media in Poland
Alan Shearer has hit back at former Football Association chief Graham Kelly, who described the England captain as "childish and immature".
Kelly, who was forced to quit the FA last year, had harsh words in his book, Sweet FA, about the Newcastle striker, in particular for his reaction after being charged with misconduct for kicking Leicester's Neil Lennon at the end of the 1997-98 season.
"I'm sure everyone, ourselves, the fans, wants to concentrate 100% on the game and getting a good result, which I believe we can."
France 98 'threat'
In his book, Kelly writes that Shearer threatened to withdraw his services for the 1998 World Cup over the Lennon affair.
But he refused to comment further ahead of the Euro 2000 match.
"There are two sides to every story," Shearer said, "but now is not the time for me to tell mine with such a hugely important game only 24 hours away.
"There might be a time in the future when I tell my side of the story, but not now."
Asked if he had got the row out of his system, he replied: "It wasn't in my system."
'Out of my control'
Kelly, though, insisted he was not to blame for the timing of the story, as he had no influence over when his book would hit the streets or be serialised.
He said: "It is entirely outside my control. I signed a contract to do the book six to eight months ago.
"It didn't appear to do Alan Shearer any harm and there are far bigger things that are going to rock the boat if the boat is going to be rocked.
"It's unfortunate if in some respects it caused some upset during an important time but it is outside my control."