Finnan focused

Tuesday 27 November 2001

Steve Finnan admits he is excited by the prospect of playing in the World Cup, but is currently concentrating on producing the goods for Fulham.

The Republic of Ireland international helped his country to reach next summers finals in Japan and Korea when they beat Iran in a two-legged World Cup play-off.

The winger knows that good performances for Fulham will not only be to the benefit of The Cottagers, but will also keep him in the forefront of Mick McCarthy's thoughts during the build-up to the tournament.

Finnan said: "I'm very excited and this is a very big season for me. I've worked really hard over the last few years to make the leap from being a Second Division player with Notts County to playing in the Premiership.

"Now hopefully I can take it a step further and play in the World Cup finals as well. John Collins has told me the atmosphere at a World Cup is fantastic and it is going to be a very special summer.

"But I know I have to play as well as possible for Fulham first to make sure I get there. And all I'm thinking about right now is helping Fulham to win as many matches as possible."