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Wednesday, 10 May, 2000, 15:08 GMT 16:08 UK
I should play - Ginola
David Ginola has admitted he is "bitterly disappointed" at being dropped for Tottenham's Premiership clash with champions Manchester United.

The 33-year-old Frenchman was furious last week after being substituted in the 1-1 draw with Derby at White Hart Lane and refused to shake hands with assistant Spurs boss Stewart Houston as he left the pitch.

And Ginola's dismay deepened when he was left out for the visit to Old Trafford.

Ginola said: "I have to ask myself why the management don't pick me for the big games - why don't they want me?

"The only other time I have been dropped this season was for our biggest game so far, when we played Kaiserslautern in the Uefa Cup.

"Playing against the best teams brings out the best in me and we all know they don't come any bigger than Manchester United."

Bergkamp happy at Highbury

Dennis Bergkamp has indicated he may be prepared to stay at Arsenal when his current contract runs out.

The Dutch international striker was expected to leave Highbury as a free agent when his contract expires next summer.

But Bergkamp has now handed fresh hope to boss Arsene Wenger after admitting: "I really want to stay here."

"I have another year to go at Arsenal and after that I want to carry on for a few more years. I will be 32 when my contract expires.

"I can see myself staying at Arsenal. The club would really like to know my plans right now. They are afraid I will leave. That's why I think they will invite me to have some talks over my future very soon."

Keegan pledges long-term future

Kevin Keegan has revealed he wants to carry on as England coach for the next 10 years.

Keegan, who is preparing for England's Euro 2000 campaign in Holland and Belgium, told the News of the World newspaper: "I'm committed until after the 2002 World Cup but I want to be in charge a lot longer.

"I want to be England's manager as long as I can. I'd like the job for the next 10 years. But the only way will be if I'm successful.

"We are judged on results. I will be criticised unless we win every game, and in some style. It is the nature of the job and I've had my critics."

Blatter backs Africa

Fifa president Sepp Blatter has struck a blow to England's hopes of hosting the 2006 World Cup by revealing he will recommend the tournament is awarded to an African nation, providing a satisfactory bid is made.

Blatter, who has given backing to an African bid before but has also praised the bids of England and Germany, told a German newspaper that his preference is for South Africa or Morocco.

Blatter said: "I will clearly tell the executive committee (of Fifa) that if we want to work for the solidarity of football worldwide, we should consider whether we should give an advantage to Morocco or South Africa if one of those two bids met all the requirements."

The decision on which country hosts the finals will be taken by FIFA's 24-man executive committee in Zurich on 6 July.

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