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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005, 10:08 GMT
Brooking defends World Cup bonus
England players celebrate their win over Argentina in Geneva
The Football Association's director of development Sir Trevor Brooking has defended the bonus payments the England team will get in the 2006 World Cup.

Reportedly, each player could net up to 300,000 if England win the trophy.

Brooking told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "The balance is right. You should reward players and it should be fair and realistic.

"If they end up up winning the trophy we look forward to paying what was agreed right at the top end."

Reflecting on England's 3-2 win over Argentina in Geneva on Saturday, Brooking said the players had been "chuffed to bits" by the result.

England twice had to come from behind, Wayne Rooney scoring after Hernan Crespo had given Argentina the lead, with Michael Owen's two late goals snatching the win.

Brooking said: "We think we're capable of winning the World Cup. We have great options going forward.

"The players were delighted to get the win - psychologically they know they're capable of getting back into games against big teams.

"To chase a game like that against a quality team took a lot of spirit and courage.

"It was a good tournament test. Argentina play a lot like Brazil - very good at passing the ball and very good at retaining possession.

"We created a lot of chances in Saturday game's and scored goals and in big tournaments you need to be able to do that."

Interview: Sir Trevor Brooking on Sportsweek


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