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24 June :: Portugal - England 2-2 (6-5)
In one of the most entertaining games of Euro 2004, Portugal defeated England on penalties after drawing 2-2.England started off in an offensive manner with Owen opening the score early in the 3rd minute.Both teams played direct football creating many scoring opportunities.Portugal continued to press forward but it wasn't until the 83rd minute that Simao's cross from the left met the unmarked Postiga who sent the equaliser flying into the net off his shoulder.In the second overtime period both teams exchanged a goal forming the final 2-2.At the penalty shootout, David Beckham missed his second penalty of the tournament punting the ball wide and high from the goal.Another miss by Vassell and a cool finish by Portuguese keeper Ricardo sealed the final 6-5 in favor of the hosts.

21 June :: England - Croatia 2-1
A Wayne Rooney brace and goals from Paul Scholes and Frank Lampard ensured England will meet Portugal in the quarter-finals of Euro 2004. England went behind in the sixth minute after Niko Kovac poked the ball home. But Scholes' close-range header drew England level and Rooney then arrowed a shot past keeper Tomislav Butina. England took control of the game in the 68th minute when Rooney latched on to Owen's pass and the Everton striker stroked the ball past Butina to claim his fourth goal of the tournament. In the 74 minute, Tudor pulled a goal back for Croatia with a header, but Lampard restored England's two-goal advantage after he broke into the box with a surging run and then drilled the ball past Butina.This is the first time England progress beyond the group phase when the European Championship is staged outside of England.

17 June :: England - Switzerland 3-0
England took three important points by defeating Switzerland with a convincing 3-0.Wayne Rooney became the youngest player to score in a UEFA European Championship by netting two goals in the 18th and 75th minute.Gerrard also put his name on the score sheet with a finish not long before the end of the match.Midway through the match, Switzerland's Haas was given a second yellow card for a foul on Coles and was dismissed from the field.

13 June :: France - England 2-1
England dramatically lost 2-1 from the defending European champion France.A header by Chelsea's Lampard opened the score in the 38th minute from a Beckham cross.England's captain missed a penalty in the middle of the second half that could have put away the French.One minute in overtime, Zidane finished from a wickedly curled free kick.Right after the goal, a weak back pass from Gerrard is intercepted by Henry.England's James concedes a last-gasp penalty by taking down the Arsenal attacker.Ziziou is merciless from the penalty spot and nails the final 2-1 score.

The English national team

Since Eriksson took England to the 2002 World Cup quarterfinals, little has changed in the squad lineup.The nation qualified for Euro 2004 with an impressive record and the fans have high expectations.England will be facing returning champion France, Croatia and Switzerland.

England Squad - Final Selection

1.David JamesManchester City01.08.1970GK
2.Gary NevilleManchester United18.02.1975DF
3.Ashley ColeArsenal20.12.1980DF
4.Steven GerrardLiverpool30.05.1980MF
5.John TerryChelsea07.12.1980DF
6.Sol CampbellArsenal18.09.1974DF
7.David Beckham capReal Madrid02.05.1975MF
8.Paul ScholesManchester United16.11.1974MF
9.Wayne RooneyEverton24.10.1985AT
10.Michael OwenLiverpool14.12.1979AT
11.Frank LampardChelsea20.06.1978MF
12.Wayne BridgeChelsea05.08.1980DF
13.Paul RobinsonTottenham Hotspur15.10.1979GK
14.Phillip NevilleManchester United21.01.1977DF
15.Ledley KingTottenham Hotspur-MF
16.Jamie CarragherLiverpool28.01.1978DF
17.Nicky ButtManchester United21.01.1975MF
18.Owen HargreavesBayern München20.01.1981MF
19.Joe ColeChelsea08.11.1981MF
20.Kieron DyerNewcastle United29.12.1978MF
21.Emile HeskeyLiverpool11.01.1978AT
22.Ian WalkerLeicester City31.10.1971GK
23.Darius VassellAston Villa13.06.1980AT

Coach: Sven-Goran Eriksson

England Fixtures
All kick-offs are in local Portuguese time (GMT 0)

Sunday, 13th June 19.45
England vs France (Group B)
at Lisbon

Thursday, 17th June 17.00
England vs Switzerland (Group B)
at Coimbra

Friday, 21th June 19.45
England vs Croatia (Group B)
at Lisbon

Players to Watch

English soccer player David BeckhamDavid Beckham
Football's poster boy David Beckham will wear the captain's band for England at the Euro 2004. The richest player in the world will excite supporters with more than his stylish haircut. Beckham's clinical free kicks please fans and terrify goalkeepers.