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Thursday, 22 June, 2000, 18:50 GMT 19:50 UK
Time is against England
The disappointments of Euro 96 and France 98 were at least tempered by the fact that England had played well and could consider themselves unfortunate.
This time around there was no consolation.
Even the fact that for once England had managed to beat Germany was rendered meaningless by defeat against Romania.
Gifting possession to the opposition in all three of their games, England failed to create anything like the same amount of chances that came against them at the other end.
Though everything had started so well against Portugal, the early signs even in Eindhoven were that any opposition with a bit of craft could pick their way through England's defence.
So both Portugal and Romania proved and while it may be a crumb of comfort to see Germany in the same sorry predicament as England, time is not on Kevin Keegan's side.
The World Cup may be two years away, but the qualifiers begin in earnest in October with another clash against Germany.
England need to make better progress in the coming months than their rivals if they are to repeat the Charleroi victory.
From now on though they will have to do it with a new captain and a new striker.
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