ROYLE BACKING WEAVER
By Jamie Dixon
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Royle, who led his side from Division Two to the Premiership in just two seasons, says that Weaver has what it takes to challenge want-away Ipswich custodian Richard Wright, who is one of his main contenders in the race to succeed David Seaman as part of Keegan's youth revolution.
Following their disappointing display at Euro 2000, Keegan has pledged to make changes to the England line-up, and he is likely to bring in a number of the talented young players that have performed so consistently for the Under 21 side in recent years, which includes both Weaver and Wright.
Former Everton manager Royle has said that Weaver now has the perfect chance to prove that he has what it takes to represent his country at the next World Cup, and believes that he will help re-establish the Maine Road side as one of the top clubs in England.
"Both Weaver and Wright have a golden opportunity to become key figures for England," said Royle. "They must first get themselves established in the Premiership, but after that they both have a brilliant opportunity.
"Weaver's temperament is unquestioned and his ability matches that."