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World Cup 98: GROUP G VERDICT; FOCUS ON GROUP G.

HAGI is there, so too is Valderrama. It just needed Gascoigne and we would have had three of the jazziest playmakers of this decade going head-to-head in one last cabaret on the world stage, writes Steve Davies.

Still, Hoddle did what he thought he had to, and it probably won't have too significant a bearing on England's ability to qualify as winners of the group.

Tunisia are the big outsiders in this group, which is slightly unfair on the Africans, who have a string of excellent results behind them. I'd give them as much (or as little) chance as Colombia, whose form of late has been wretched.

It'll be nice to see Tino again but don't expect him to get any change out of Adams and Co. He never did in his Newcastle days.

Romania are the threat to Hoddle's hopes of top slot.

Hagi is still imperious and they have a good blend of experience and youth. At 7-2 it's a tempter, but England, at 4-6, should prevail.
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jun 9, 1998
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