Coach Eriksson expressed his relief after England managed to earn a spot at the World Cup. "We were worried as well that going on playing like this we would not qualify" he said, blaming the overall form of his squad.
England's main rival in Group B will be Ericksson's homeland, Sweden, an all-too-familiar opponent that England drew with at the last World Cup. England hasn't beaten them since 1968!
The Football Association (The FA)|
Regardless of its status as the Mother country of football, England has only won a single World Cup title (1966, held at home ground).
There's been a resurgence in the national team since the late eighties and the country is in anticipation of another big trophy.
11 World Cup appearances
1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002
Fourth place in 1990
Champion in 1966
Peter Shilton (125)
Bobby Charlton (49)
1. England's Geoff Hurst is the only man to score a hat-trick in a World Cup final.
All kick-offs are in local German time (GMT +1)
Saturday, 10th June 15.00
England vs Paraguay
Thursday, 15th June 18.00
England vs Trinidad and Tobago (Group B)
Tuesday, 20th June 21.00
England's Road to the World Cup
Sweden vs England
|12.10.2005||England - Poland 2:1|
|08.10.2005||England - Austria 1:0|
|07.09.2005||Northern Ireland - England 1:0|
|03.09.2005||Wales - England 0:1|
|30.03.2005||England - Azerbaijan 2:0|
|26.03.2005||England - Northern Ireland 4:0|
|13.10.2005||Azerbaijan - England 0:1|
|09.10.2004||England - Wales 2:0|
|08.09.2004||Poland - England 1:2|
|04.09.2004||Austria - England 2:2|