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Sol's England joy

Posted on 18 June 2000  - 12:00

English Barclays Premiership

Sol Campbell played a huge part in England's Euro2000 renaissance on Saturday. Our super skipper gave the sort of defensive display all Spurs fans are used to seeing week-in, week-out as England beat Germany 1-0 in the second Group A match in Charleroi.

After losing their first game to Portugal, the victory means England can progress to the quarter-finals with a draw against Romania in the final game on Tuesday.

Campbell's performance came as no surprise to his teammates at White Hart Lane. Steffen Freund, our midfielder and resident expert in Belgium and Holland, was surprised by some of the criticism he had received after recent matches.

"Against Portugal he was left in a lot of one-on-one situations and as for the headed goal, you know, sometimes that happens," he said. "This is football. I have never had doubts in my mind. I know him and he is one of the best defenders in Europe and, in two or three years, he will be one of the best in the world."

Striker Les Ferdinand added: "I'd even say right now that Sol is one of the best defenders in the world. The performances he gives week-in, week-out for Tottenham say enough. He's had a bit of criticism recently but he'll rise above it."

Steffen Iversen, a goalscorer against Spain, is expected to take his place in the Norway side against Slovenia on Sunday.