Last updated : 13 April 2004 By editor
ALEX FERGUSON has warned Sven-Goran Eriksson that he would be wasting his time calling Wes Brown into the England squad for the European Championship finals.

Ferguson explained:
"After what Wes has been through with injuries, what he needs more than anything this summer is a complete rest. That is the advice he has been given by our physios and as much as he may want to be involved in the European Championship, I'm sure he will act on the advice he has been given and put his feet up this summer."

"It might be different if Wes was going to actually play in the finals in Portugal," adds Fergie. "But he would be going there only to make up the numbers.”

"It's funny but in certain sections of the media he was being condemned only a few weeks ago, and now those same people are urging Eriksson to take him to Portugal. “

"Right from day one I have never changed my mind about Brown's abilities. Everyone knows what I think of him. He's looked terrific in his last few matches and he'll be even better if he gets a good long rest this summer."