Neville recovering well

26 June 2006 04:23
Gary Neville should be fit to play in England's World Cup quarter-final against Portugal, according to assistant-manager Steve McClaren. A calf injury prevented the right-back facing Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden and Ecuador, but McClaren revealed: "He's recovering well, he should train on Tuesday and definitely Wednesday. "He needs a few days' training and hopefully he'll be in contention for Saturday." Neville's composed displays on the right side of defence have been sorely missed by England. Jamie Carragher and Owen Hargreaves both defended adequately when asked to fill in for the 31-year-old, but the absence of the Manchester United man's link-up play with David Beckham certainly had an adverse effect on England's attacking play.

Source: ESA