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Last Updated: Friday, 21 May, 2004, 11:45 GMT 12:45 UK
How they qualified: England
England needed a point from their final qualification match in Turkey to secure an automatic berth at Euro 2004.

ENGLAND'S PATH TO EURO 2004
England's David Beckham and Steven Gerrard
Results
12.10.02: Slovakia (a) 2-1
16.10.02: Macedonia (h) 2-2
29.03.03: Liechtenstein (a) 2-0
02.04.03: Turkey (h) 2-0
11.06.03: Slovakia (h) 2-1
06.09.03: Macedonia (a) 2-1
10.09.03: Liechtenstein (h) 2-0
11.10.03: Turkey (a) 0-0
Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson's men battled their way to a deserved 0-0 draw, capping a campaign in which they only faltered once.

That came in their second qualifying match against Macedonia at home.

Having beaten Slovakia away in their Group Seven opener they faced another Eastern European 'minnow' at Southampton's St Mary's Stadium.

Forward Artim Sakiri gave the vistors a shock lead after 10 minutes when his corner flew in over goalkeeper David Seaman.

Captain David Beckham equalised with a chip moments later, before Vanco Trajanov fired Macedonia back into the lead after 25 minutes.

Steven Gerrard's wicked volley brought England level again in a hectic first-half, and they applied considerable pressure in the second period, but to no avail.

Turkey were now in pole position for the automatic spot.

Having secured a comfortable 2-0 win in Liechtenstein, England needed to win their home encounter against the group leaders.

Everton's teenage sensation Wayne Rooney kept the Turkish defence on its toes all night and was unlucky not to score.

It was not until the 75th minute that England broke the deadlock, when Aston Villa's Darius Vassell converted from close range, with 15 minutes to go.

Then deep into stoppage time, Beckham put away a penalty after substitute Kieron Dyer was fouled.

Wins over Macedonia, Slovakia and Liechtenstein followed before their disciplined performance in Istanbul.

GROUP SEVEN TABLE
Team P W D L GF GAPts
England 8 6 2 0 14 5 20
Turkey 8 6 1 1 17 5 19
Slovakia 8 3 1 4 11 9 10
Macedonia 8 1 3 4 11 14 6
Liechtenstein 8 0 1 7 2 22 1





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