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Last Updated: Tuesday, 22 June, 2004, 06:59 GMT 07:59 UK
Rooney goals cheer England fans
England fans Tom Seamons and Keiron Tuffin from Watford get friendly with a Croatia fan in Rossio Square, Lisbon
England fans watched their team progress to the quarter-finals
Millions of ecstatic fans watched with joy on Monday night as England booked their place in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals in Portugal.

About 40,000 England supporters watched England beat Croatia 4-2 at Lisbon's Estadio Da Luz, while back home the drama was savoured in pubs and homes.

There were no reports of trouble from England fans in Portugal.

But seven people were arrested in Hertfordshire for what police described as "low-level disorder".

In Lisbon, England supporters filled the centre of Lisbon's main Rossio square.

People have been singing Wayne Rooney songs all night and it's just been a great atmosphere all night
Juliette Ferrington
BBC correspondent
England only needed a draw to progress to the quarter-finals, but they had to bounce back from an early Croatian goal.

Everton sensation Wayne Rooney's second brace in two games saw "Rooneymania" sweeping the country.

BBC correspondent Juliette Ferrington said there had been "no sign of any trouble at all" in Albufeira, where trouble flared last week.

She said: "The police are here, people know they're here but they're just a presence to say 'just be careful - don't let high jinks turn into something more nasty' and they haven't.

"People have been singing Wayne Rooney songs all night and it's just been a great atmosphere all night."

England fan
About 40,000 England fans were in the stadium

Meanwhile, seven arrests were made across Hertfordshire after Monday night's game.

Officers were called to disperse a crowd of around 200 people from the Old Pond area in Cheshunt - the scene of similar disturbances after England's defeat to France last month.

Three people were arrested in Watford, where a police officer was injured, two in Cheshunt, one in Letchworth and one in Welwyn Garden City.

All are being held on charges of criminal damage or assault, Hertfordshire Police said.

Legal loophole

Earlier an England fan, who was jailed for two years in Portugal for rioting but later walked free, said he would appeal against his "unfair" trial.

Home Secretary David Blunkett has vowed to "nail" Garry Mann, a firefighter from Faversham, Kent, who will not have to serve his sentence in the UK because of a legal loophole.

Stephen Jakobi, director of Fair Trials Abroad and Mann's legal adviser, said the firefighter will launch an appeal against his sentence for inciting a riot.

The Home Office said on Sunday that after a 15-day period, the Portuguese authorities would decide whether Mann must serve his prison term.

Meanwhile, England fans Ricky Stables, 19, and John Powney, 20, both from Barnsley, South Yorkshire, have been banned from attending football matches worldwide for the next three years.

If we play as we did in the first half it will not be easy to beat us
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

They were deported by Portuguese authorities after being arrested in connection with last Monday's Euro 2004 disturbances in the resort of Albufeira.

Violence also broke out in England after the team's defeat to France last week.

Disturbances were reported in London, Hertfordshire, Cambridge, Essex, Birmingham, Wakefield, and Lincolnshire after that match.

The BBC's Adam Parsons reports from Lisbon
"Supporters who had dreaded defeat rejoiced in victory"

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