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England qualified for the 2006 World Cup Finals on October 8th, 2005.

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England in the World Cup Finals

World Cup Appearances:
Germany 2006 is England's 12th appearance at the World Cup Finals.

England's Best World Cup Performance

Winning the trophy on home soil in England 66.

England World Cup Preparations

England have chosen a spectacular mountain-top retreat, near the spa town of Baden Baden, for their World Cup base.

England Team Hotel

Schlosshotel Bühlerhöhe, 2006 World Cup Hotel of the England football team, is located near Baden-Baden.
Schlosshotel Bühlerhöhe:
Schwarzwaldhochstrasse 1, Baden Baden.
Located 15km from Baden-Baden, the former summer residence of the European aristocracy, the Schlosshotel in Bühlerhöhe commands a fabulous view across the Rhine valley to the Vosges.

Hotels in Baden-Baden:
Stay near the England team during the 2006 World Cup Finals.

England Friendly Matches

Beat Uruguay (2:1), Wednesday 1st March. (Anfield)
Peter Crouch (75) and Joe Cole (90).

Beat Hungary (3:1), Tuesday 30th May. (Old Trafford)
England's Youngest Ever International.

Beat Jamaica (6:0), Saturday 3rd June. (Old Trafford)
Frank Lampard (11), Jermaine Taylor (own goal, 17), Peter Crouch (29, 67, 89), Michael Owen (32).

England in the 2006 World Cup

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Group B

England vs Paraguay in Frankfurt:
David Beckham's enticing free-kicked was flicked into his own goal by Paraguay captain, Carlos Gamarra. Not a great game but three points for the pretenders.

England vs Trinidad & Tobago in Nürnberg:
Two goals in the last ten minutes made the scoreline look respectable for England; but at this stage of the game it's about points, and England have six.

Sweden vs England in Köln:
England totally dominated the first-half but their defence was a shambles at set pieces, in the second; allowing Sweden to come back from behind twice, to keep their 38-year unbeaten record (against England) intact.

Knockout Stage

Second Round
England vs Ecuador in Stuttgart:
Maybe not an impressive performance by England but a job done; as David Beckham's exquisite free-kick, on the hour, was all that separated the sides.

Quarter-Final
England vs Portugal in Gelsenkirchen:
As so often happens in major tournaments, England play into extra-time with ten men then lose out on penalties.

England World Cup Squad 2006

England Football Kit
The Three Lions

Goalkeepers:

1 Paul Robinson (Tottenham Hotspur)
13 David James (Manchester City)
22 Scott Carson (Liverpool)

Defenders:

2 Gary Neville (Manchester United)
3 Ashley Cole (Arsenal)
5 Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United)
6 John Terry (Chelsea)
12 Sol Campbell (Arsenal)
14 Wayne Bridge (Chelsea)
15 Jamie Carragher (Liverpool)

Midfielders:

4 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
7 David Beckham (Real Madrid, Spain)
8 Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
11 Joe Cole (Chelsea)
16 Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich, Germany)
17 Jermaine Jenas (Tottenham Hotspur)
18 Michael Carrick (Tottenham Hotspur)
19 Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur)
20 Stewart Downing (Middlesbrough)

Forwards:

9 Wayne Rooney (Manchester United)
10 Michael Owen (Newcastle)
21 Peter Crouch (Liverpool)
23 Theo Walcott (Arsenal) - Youngest player to play for England.
Earned his full cap in a friendly against Hungary on 30th May, 2006;
at 17 years and 75 days.

Trainer:
Sven Goran Eriksson (Sweden).

Players to watch:
4 Steven Gerrard (Liverpool)
7 David Beckham (Real Madrid, Spain)
9 Wayne Rooney

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