Saturday, May 31 – 1975
Liverpool’s Emlyn Hughes was last night refusing to accept that he has reached the end of his England road. Earlier in the day, the man who seemed immovable as captain of his country six months ago was a noticeable absentee when England manager Don Revie announced 35 players for a summer get-together from June 22-27.
Defender Hughes, in Spain with Liverpool on tour, took his omission with dignity and a brave face, saying:
“I’m determined to bounce back.
“Mr. Revie informed me that I wouldn’t be required for the get-together before the game against Scotland.
“Now that I’ve had time to get over kit my aim is to buckle down next season and prove I am still good enough for England.”
But Hughes, still only twenty-seven and with forty caps to his credit, must now be regarded as another of yesterday’s men as Revie continues to build towards the next World Cup.
Even so, Revie suggested there is still some hope for Hughes. He said:
“I told Emlyn he was the ideal player to have standing by to call on for his experience if ever I need him for specific matches.”
The rejection of Hughes is balanced by the return of Derby centre-half Roy McFarlane to the England reckoning. McFarlane has battled for a year to overcome an Achilles tendon injury.
The thirty-five, with the exception of Manchester United striker Stuart Pearson, are players Revie has already seen at squad, full or Under-23 level.
Liverpool manager Bob Paisley last night leapt to the defence of Hughes with a rap for Revie. Paisley said:
“Many of those players called-up will never see an England cap.
“Emlyn is better than them and Revie must have a grievance against him to throw him out so quickly.”
(Daily Mirror, 31-05-1975)