World Cup for Lewis

Tuesday 23 April 2002

With the World Cup fast approaching, it's a nervous time for those members of the Fulham squad in with a chance of selection for their respective national teams. The first to be put out of their misery is winger Eddie Lewis, who heard late last night of his call-up by the USA. The full squad was announced on Tuesday morning and includes six British based players.

"I'm excited and relieved," said Lewis, speaking at the training ground on Tuesday, "I was hoping that I would be named in the squad, but until it's finally announced and on paper you can't relax.

"They were going to announce the names at 6.00 pm Eastern time last night, so I stayed up until about 11.30 and got the call from a couple of people in the States. So then I checked the websites, saw that it was there, and felt great!

"They'll be trying to get the squad together around the beginning of May, depending on player's situations and whether their teams are involved in promotion and relegation or not. There are a lot of variables, but they'd want everyone as early as possible and try and spend the whole month preparing.

"I have another year on my contract at Fulham, so we'll sit down at the end of the season and talk about my future, and we'll see what the summer holds, and hopefully we'll be able to work something out that pleases both sides.

"Going to the World Cup is not going to hurt my prospects, I'm sure there'll be a few people out there watching some of the games, so it'll be a great opportunity and I'm really excited. As each day goes by it'll sink in a little bit more; it feels real nice though."

It's a tremendous achievement for Eddie, and on behalf of all the fans and everybody at the Club, we'd like to congratulate him on his call-up and wish him the very best of luck in Korea and Japan.