QUOTES OF THE WEEK

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Before the competition, everyone was laughing about England and their style. They will not be laughing now. Dennis Bergkamp, Arsenal striker and a member of the Dutch team beaten 4-1 by England at Euro 96.

I've never lost faith in my ability, even though some people appeared to do so - England's four-goal striker Alan Shearer.

The best players were those who sat on the bench because the ones on the field all looked as weak as each other. Some players looked bad - some looked very bad. Russia's coach, Oleg Romantsev.

I was nervous because of the match and because I have spent five years putting up with criticism. Javier Clemente, the Spanish coach, explains why he almost came to blows with a Spanish radio reporter.

If I could turn back the clock three years I would not have taken the job. Ray Illingworth, England's chairman of selectors, after being fined pounds 2,000 by the Test and County Cricket Board for a newspaper serialisation of his book.

One thing I do know is that if I sit at home in my armchair, I will be wittering and worrying and I won't live 12 months. Umpire Dickie Bird before taking charge of his 66th and final Test match at Lord's.

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