Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Versatile Sinclair Forces His Way into Sven's Plans; Hammers Star Back in the Frame

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Versatile Sinclair Forces His Way into Sven's Plans; Hammers Star Back in the Frame

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Byline: KEN DYER

TREVOR SINCLAIR'S great strength, according to his West Ham manager Glenn Roeder, is exactly that.

At 5ft 10ins and weighing in at a shade over 12 stones, Sinclair, who is back in England's squad for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Greece, is a powerhouse of a midfield player.

Occasionally, the former QPR star has even looked a trifle bulky, such as back in 1998 when Harry Redknapp was interested in signing him.

Redknapp later recalled: "Another manager said to me 'You're not going to sign that Sinclair are you? He's got the fattest arse in football."

A lesser man than Redknapp might have been dissuaded from pursuing the Dulwich-born Sinclair but West Ham finally landed their man anyway, for a [pound]1.6 million fee.

Since then, Sinclair has proved to be one of the club's more consistent performers, even edging his way into Kevin Keegan's England squad for the two Euro 2000 playoff matches against Scotland.

A knee injury brought a premature end to last season for the 28-year-old but not before Tord Grip had identified Sinclair as a probable England player of the future.

"Trevor worked very hard on his fitness through the summer," says Roeder.

"He was desperate to get fit again and have the chance to impress Mr Eriksson."

It is fair to say that the England coach has been sufficiently impressed, despite West Ham's fragile start to the season, to include Sinclair in his England squad for this weekend's crucial qualifier at Old Trafford.

"Trevor's great strengths are his power and pace," says Roeder.

"When he gets up a full head of steam, it's very difficult to stop him. He has a good shot on him, with his right foot, and has a decent spring for headers. Athleticism is no problem for him."

Significantly, there are other admirers of Sinclair apart from Roeder and Sven-Goran Eriksson. …

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