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Teddy: I'm disappointed

Posted on 31 August 2001  - 12:00

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Teddy Sheringham has revealed his disappointment at missing out on England’s huge clash against Germany this weekend — but insisted that he hadn’t given up hope of representing his country again.

Striker Teddy, 35, was left out of Sven Goran Eriksson’s squad for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier in Munich.

“First of all I was very disappointed,” he explained. “I got the call from Sven on Sunday and he told me he was going to leave me out.

“I was disappointed but wished him all the best. It’s all about us beating Germany now. I was disappointed not to be involved but I think we’ve got a great chance of going there and doing something.”

It was suggested that his omission might have been down to an Achilles problem he suffered in late pre-season that ruled him out of our Premiership opener against Aston Villa.

“I don’t think it was down to that,” responded Teddy, who has played in our two games since. “I don’t know, you would have to ask him.”

So was that it on the international scene for a player who, just three months ago, curled home a wonder free-kick against Mexico in the last of his 41 caps? Nothing could be further from the truth.

“I’ve not given up hope yet,” insisted Teddy. “My ambition is still driving on.

“I want to play for Tottenham, I want to score goals and get results with Tottenham. “Hopefully that will happen and if anything else comes of it, it’s the same old story, it doesn’t matter if you are 21 or 35, I’ve still got the ambition and want to be involved. We’ll have to see what happens.

“There is every chance we’ll be in the play-offs if we don’t beat Germany. That’s another big game and if things don’t work out, he might look at something else.

“Everyone wants to play in a World Cup and I won’t be around for many more.”

Meanwhile, Teddy had every confidence in Eriksson's men to go and get the right result — a win and England can still top the group.

“I think we have the players now to go there and get a result,” he added. “There is a lot of belief in the camp and there are big players out there.

“David Seaman will be back, Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell will make a big difference, Steven Gerrard coming back into it and playing alongside Scholesy and David Beckham and Michael Owen has been on fire recently.

“Everyone will have to wait and see what team he picks and hopefully it will be the team that can go and get a result. I certainly believe the players have it in them.”

England are 13/2 to match their 1-0 Euro 2000 win over Germany - click for details.

By Paul Miles