Nobby’s World Cup vow

Last updated : 17 March 2003 By Martyn Elliott

Despite a number of run-ins with Sir Bobby during his country’s unsuccessful bid to qualify for Japan / Korea 2002 Nobby is still keen to continue his international career.

"I can never turn down my national team," he told Reuters. "The best thing that can happen to you is to play for your country.

"We are not like Argentina, Brazil, we don't have so many players as to enjoy the luxury of saying we won't play in the national team.

"This is my last chance to go to a World Cup because of my age. I'm going to make the most of it, I'm going to keep going.

"We're going to fight to qualify but we don't have all that many players and it's going to be very tough. Ahead of us there are two almost certain candidates which are Argentina and Brazil, because of their strength, standing, everything, and then Uruguay and Paraguay and afterwards there's the rest of us to fight for a berth."