Mon, July 3rd 2006

England crash out on penalties again

England 0 - Portugal 0 (Portugal win on penalties)

England lose in the quarter finals (again) on penalties (again) to Portugal (again). The inquest started immediately with the prime villains being Eriksson, Rooney and Ronaldo.

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Sun, June 25th 2006

Beckham free kick sends England into last eight

England 1 - Ecuador 0

England continued to do the minimum necesary to qualify for the quarter finals. A David Beckham free kick providing the only goal of the game.

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Sat, June 24th 2006

Coach to gamble on team changes

Eriksson to make change to formation for last 16 game

Reports in the news today suggest Sven Goran Eriksson is to switch to a 4-1-4-1 formation against Ecuador on Sunday. It is closer to the formation that many feel he should have been playing prior to the World Cup, but he risks the allegation that he is trying to pick the best players and then fit a formation around them.

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Wed, June 21st 2006

Tony Blair today condemned violence against England supporters in Scotland after incidents at the weekend in which a boy and a disabled driver were assaulted for wearing England shirts.

From: The Guardian



A statement from the Football Association read: ‘Following his injury in last night`s match with Sweden, Michael Owen had his right knee scanned today and it has now been confirmed the injury will prevent Michael playing any further part in the World Cup and he will return to England immediately.


Tue, June 20th 2006

Injuries marr England’s qualification

England 2 - Sweden 2

Sven might have seen this game as a good opportunity to try a few different things out. He started with Rooney and Owen up front, but any chance for the 2 of them to show how they could link up were wrecked when Owen was stretchered off in the 1st minute with what appeared to be a tournament ending knee injury.

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Thu, June 15th 2006

England scrape win to reach last 16

England 2 - Trinidad and Tobago 0

England stuttered to another victory in Group B to confirm their qualification into the last 16. Two late goals from Crouch and Gerrard saved England’s blushes after an often poor performance.

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Sven-Goran Eriksson announced the news that Sir Alex Ferguson had been dreading last night when he confirmed his intentions to defy medical opinion and use Wayne Rooney in tonight’s game against Trinidad & Tobago.

From: Guardian


Rooney seems unlikely to start, but could well make a substitute appearance. Independant specialist Professor Angus Wallace has flown out to Germany ahead of schedule and will examine Rooney today.

Meanwhile, Hargreaves is set to replace the injured Gary Neville at right back. The Germany-based player is set to be selected ahead of Carragher to provide a more attacking option down the right. Left back Ashley Cole has also been told to provide a more attacking performance than Saturday against Paraguay.

UPDATE: Rooney has been past fit to play after meeting with Professor Wallace.


Wed, June 14th 2006

The England squad will be glad to hear the current weather forecast for England’s next game in Nuremburg on Thursday is cooler with some rain.

UPDATE: The chance of rain seems to have diminished. It is now looking like being another hot day, although with some cloud cover.






Mon, June 12th 2006

Striker Wayne Rooney may make a shock World Cup debut for England against Trinidad and Tobago on Thursday.

From: BBC



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