Nigel: Lay Off Seaman

Nigel Winterburn is backing David Seaman's credentials after the England keeper vowed he would not be retiring from international football.

He was, of course, heavily criticised for conceding the goal against Ronaldinho in the World Cup, but his former Arsenal team mate says:

"I feel really sorry for him, actually, whether you think the goal against Brazil was his fault or not.

"He has been crucified once again, and the problem is when you have been at the top for a long time people seem to want to knock you.

"Our heroes seem to get knocked in this country and everyone waits for them to fall - especially the press.

"The sad thing is, now I don't think they will leave him alone until he does retire from international football.

"But we should be saying how well he has done for England and what he has achieved - he has been a national hero on so many occasions."

With England not playing again until February David James has a long wait to see if he can oust Seaman from the number one jersey.