Posted on May 31, 2006
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has insisted that right-back Gary Neville will be fit enough to start Saturday’s final World Cup warm-up match against Jamaica.
The Manchester United defender had to withdraw from last night’s 3-1 win against Hungary with a hamstring strain, but the injury wasn’t serious.
Eriksson explained that Neville, who missed the last World Cup through injury, was only taken off as a precaution.
He said: “It’s important we don’t take any risks with Gary Neville because we need him and we need him very much.”
Neville, who is the only proper right-back in the squad, will make his 80th appearance for England if he features against Jamaica.