2006-06-01 10:34

Berlin - Thirty-two teams have qualified for the 2006 World Cup finals which take place in Germany from June 9 - July 9.



World Cup appearances: 11 (1950, 1954, 1958, 1962, 1966, 1970, 1982, 1986, 1990, 1998, 2002)

World Cup best: Winners (1966)

Fifa world ranking: 10

Odds: 8/1

Coach: Sven-Goran Eriksson

Heralded as the saviour of English football after turning around England's qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup, engineering a sequence of results that included the famous 5-1 victory over Germany in Munich.

But tepid exits at the 2002 finals and Euro 2004, as well as a series of off-field controversies culminating in his confessions to a tabloid reporter posing as a 'fake sheikh' saw the English FA's patience finally snap.

Eriksson will leave the England job after the finals.

Key player: Steven Gerrard

With doubts surrounding the fitness of star striker Wayne Rooney, Liverpool captain Gerrard could well be the inspiration in Germany. Though voted Player of the Year for 2005/06, midfielder Gerrard has yet to consistently reproduce for England the dynamic goalscoring form he shows at Anfield, week-in, week-out.

Has never looked comfortable playing the defensive role in midfield, but could be liberated if Eriksson elects to have a holding player.



Paul Robinson (Tottenham), David James (Manchester City), Scott Carson (Liverpool)


Gary Neville (Manchester Utd), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester Utd), John Terry (Chelsea), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), Sol Campbell (Arsenal), Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Wayne Bridge (Chelsea)


David Beckham (Real Madrid/ESP), Michael Carrick (Tottenham), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich/GER), Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham), Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough), Joe Cole (Chelsea), Aaron Lennon (Tottenham)


Michael Owen (Newcastle), Peter Crouch (Liverpool), Wayne Rooney (Manchester Utd), Theo Walcott (Arsenal)


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