ROY'S BOYS CAN THRIVE ON FLAK & CRITICISM; FRANCE V ENGLAND SHERINGHAM EXCLUSIVE TOMORROW, ITV1, 5PM but Big Players Must Play Part

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ROY'S BOYS CAN THRIVE ON FLAK & CRITICISM; FRANCE V ENGLAND SHERINGHAM EXCLUSIVE TOMORROW, ITV1, 5PM but Big Players Must Play Part


Byline: STEVE STAMMERS

TEDDY SHERINGHAM knows what it takes to transform the mood of a nation.

n From doom, gloom and despair, he was part of the England squad that reached the semi-finals of Tkt h Euro '96 just when England fans wondered what crisis would hit their team next.

Out of adversity some players eventually gained the status of national heroes. And the former Manchester United and Tottenham star sees no reason why that can't be repeated by Roy Hodgson's class of 2012.

Sheringham said: "We had so much stick going into the Euros in 1996. All we did was make it work for us. And we had the men, the natural leaders to make sure we used it all as an incentive.

mth ma ce"ap th Sh cap "Yes, it was a prove 'em wrong approach - but it worked. We had the likes of Tony Adams, Alan Shearer and Paul Ince - all real captains who kept us tight.

"And there were no real divisions among the squad d because they played for rival clubs. The feeling was that we were one unit."

England took eventual champions Germany to a penalty shoot-out and have never been closer to international glory in the past 16 years.

Sheringham added: "That is what Roy Hodgson must do now. So many things have gone wrong - the headlines about John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, the injuries to Gareth Barry, Kyle Walker, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard and, just last week, the terrible personal tragedy for Jermain Defoe whose dad has passed away.

"And Roy Hodgson has actually got stick before a ball has been kicked - how does that work? "Now he will rely on the likes of the big players in the team, the big personalities. I am thinking of Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Ashley Cole. They have a big part to play."

When Teddy turns back the clock, the incidents and controversies surrounding England's campaign for Euro '96 make compelling reading. …

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