Eddie ready

Wednesday 8 May 2002

Eddie Lewis was the first Fulham player picked to go to the World Cup finals in Japan and Korea. Since then Steve Finnan has added to Fulham's contingent in the Far East.
With both players looking set to be vital to their respective nations, Eddie Lewis' fellow American Marcus Hahnemann tipped the winger to have a good tournament.

"Eddie is really strong," said Hahnemann. "It's been tough for him at Fulham not getting picked, but he's always gone back with the national team and done really well.

"He's just kept going. He hasn't had first-team games but he's kept trying and that's really important.

"I think he's a great player. He can destroy teams cruising down that left-hand side and his goalscoring record is very good. At reserve-team level he's been too good for opposition here and it's hard to know why he hasn't been given a real chance for the first team.

"You won't see him moaning about it and the same goes for me. I've had my ups and downs this season but me and Eddie have stuck together and got on with it, even though it's been difficult at times.

"I think he will do really well at the World Cup and I'll be cheering him on," Marcus added.