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LAWRO ON SATURDAY: SHAUN'S WRIGHT CHOICE FOR SVEN.

Byline: Mark Lawrenson

SHAUN Wright-Phillips endured horrific racist abuse when he came on as a second-half substitute for England in Spain this week and it is a desperate shame that should overshadow his development into a top-class performer.

Manchester City's immensely talented and versatile player can operate on the right wing, as a right wing-back and it is also possible to see him becoming more of a forward as his career develops.

Already he is catching the eye of Arsenal and a few foreign clubs and, as City's debt grows, so will their temptation to cash in on such a wonderful talent.

But while he remains at City, the hope is that he will get his chance for England. Once again, David Beckham failed to deliver the goods in Madrid and there must come a time for Wright-Phillips to get the nod even if it means pushing Beckham inside.

Quality wingers are few and far between at international level. Look at the damage Joaquin did for Spain in midweek. A player who can get past an international full-back is special and Wright-Phillips has that potential.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Nov 20, 2004
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