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Man United and Chelsea rivals re-unite
May 27, 2008 13:08 IST
Manchester United [Images] and Chelsea players who battled against each other in last week's Champions League final have re-united as friends on England [Images] duty, United's Owen Hargreaves said on Monday.
The midfielder said the eight players from the two clubs involved in the final who are also in the England squad are totally focused on the friendlies this week against the United States and Trinidad & Tobago.
"Obviously the Manchester United players are on a high and the Chelsea players are disappointed, but the final has gone now and we are all in the same team, just concentrating on England," Hargreaves said.
"There are no ill-feelings towards each other, we are all friends," he told a news conference at the team's hotel in Watford, north of London [Images].
"We've known each other for such a long time and spent so much time with each other away and at major tournaments, there is a great amount of mutual respect for each other.
"Of course we have spoken about the match. It was a great match to play in, it was an enjoyable watch.
"It might not be quite so easy for the Chelsea players to forget about it, but we are all professionals. They have done a fabulous job this week training with England, of not letting anything get to them and I admire that."
Hargreaves's United team mates Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney [Images] and Wes Brown are in the England squad along with Chelsea's John Terry, Frank Lampard [Images], Ashley Cole, Joe Cole and Wayne Bridge, who was in the Moscow [Images] final but did not play.
Hargreaves had special praise for Chelsea captain Terry, whose penalty miss in the shootout cost his club their chance of winning the European Cup for the first time.
"He is a fabulous leader and you don't become a bad footballer just because you miss a penalty," he said.
"Of course his initial disappointment was difficult to deal with, but I have enormous respect for him."
After playing the US at Wembley Stadium on Wednesday, England, who failed to qualify for Euro 2008 [Images] in June, travel to Trinidad & Tobago for their last international of the season next Sunday.