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By ESPN Staff
May 24, 2006

Campbell prepared to wait for his chance in Germany

Sol Campbell is prepared to wait for his opportunity as he battles it out with Rio Ferdinand and John Terry for a World Cup spot.

Campbell will be playing in his sixth major finals in Germany but is no longer regarded as first choice by England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

By his own admission, Campbell has had an 'up and down' and injury-hit campaign before regaining his place in the Gunners line-up, and scoring, in the Champions League final defeat by Barcelona.

But he is aware that much can happen in a five-week tournament and is concentrating on being ready to grab his chance in the same way as he did at club level.

Campbell said: 'I have to look at things in the same way as I did at Arsenal. I had to be patient before getting back on track and it is the same situation now with England.

'I've got to wait for my opportunity. It is a long tournament and what will be, will be. But I've got to train well and be ready if needed.'

Ferdinand believes 31-year-old Campbell has been affected by the injuries which have blighted the past season.

He said: 'I just think Sol has been unlucky. I think the injuries have taken their toll.

'When you have so many injuries, especially at a crucial time towards the end of the season in a World Cup year, it is going to be difficult no matter who you are.

'Sol when he is fit is a top-class player. That can't be doubted. When someone doesn't train, no matter who they are, it's hard to remain a number one choice.'

Campbell came within 20 minutes of being a hero against Barcelona before two late goals ended Arsenal's hopes of glory in Paris, but now has his thoughts focused on the World Cup.

He added: 'The feeling was of disappointment that we didn't kill them off. We couldn't finish the job for whatever reason. As the game went on, I sensed Barcelona's heads were going down.

'If a second goal went in, they would never have recovered but it didn't happen. We've got that out of our system. It's time to move on.'

Campbell is also putting his own future on hold until after the World Cup amid speculation linking him with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce.

He said: 'I know nothing about Fenerbahce. As for my future, we will have to see what happens. I'm not considering anything. I've just got to weigh up the situation.

'Arsenal is there and that's all I've got to say about it at the moment. It is about getting the World Cup out of the way and taking it from there.'