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I'm Wright off England blasts Ian; FANS TO BLAME.

Ian Wright will head for Japan or America when his Arsenal career ends because he is fed up with crowd abuse in England.

The England striker, who suffers 90 minutes of jeering and cat-calls at every away game, reckons the pressure of management or a gentle slide down the divisions is not for him.

He said: "If I played in a lower division I would get even more stick from fans and end up in more skirmishes with the FA. Management isn't for me either. I couldn't handle all that pressure like Arsene Wenger does every week.

"People want success yesterday and you can't give them that. Ruud Gullitt seems to have cracked it. He's the only one who looks to be enjoying himself."

Wright said if he stayed in the game at all it would be as a coach to young players.

He said: "I spent some time coaching kids at Disney World in the summer and I seem to be appreciated in America.

"Japan is also a possibility but I will really miss three o'clock on a Satur-day afternoon in England."

Wright, who overtook Cliff Bastin's all-time Highbury scoring record last month, launched a video "Re Wrighting the Record", which features all 180 goals.

He made his England debut against Cameroon in 1991 and hopes to be in Glenn Hoddle's squad when the African nation play at Wembley on November 15 in the first of England's warm-up games before the World Cup finals.

Wright said he trusted Hoddle more than any manager he had worked with.

He said: "Obviously it's my dream to play in the World Cup finals, but if it's not to be then I will accept it coming from Glenn because I have complete faith in the man."

Wright also spoke up in defence of Dennis Bergkamp, his Arsenal colleague who is suspended from Sunday following a spate of bookings.

He said: "Dennis is learning that the English game is very fast and very aggressive and all he is doing is looking after himself.

"He is very calm - even when he argues with referees. It's unbelievable he should be suspended."

Bergkamp, who has scored 11 goals this season, will play against Aston Villa at Highbury on Sunday. But he misses the next three games, including the vital clash with Manchester United on November 9.

One man who won't be turning out for the Gunners on Sunday is pounds 2.3 million Dutch winger Glenn Helder.

Arsenal have allowed the former Dutch international to go home and join NAC Breda for an "undisclosed fee".

Helder, 29 next Tuesday, made 46 appearances for Arsenal.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Marshall, Alan
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 24, 1997
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