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Last Updated: Wednesday, 2 June, 2004, 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK
England squad confirmed
Frank Lampard (left) training with Nicky Butt (right)
Lampard (left) looks as though he will start in place of Butt (right)
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has confirmed his line-up for Euro 2004, with Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard handed the number 11 shirt.

The news reinforces the belief that Lampard and not Nicky Butt will start as England's defensive midfielder.

There were no surprises as Eriksson confirmed the squad he had originally chosen at the end of the season.

Aston Villa striker Darius Vassell had been an injury doubt but he has kept his place ahead of Jermain Defoe.

"I'm fine. The England staff have looked after me really well, they have been on top of the injury and I have trained well this week," said Vassell.

Eriksson is also confident David Beckham, Gary Neville and John Terry will recover from knocks sustained in Wednesday's 1-1 draw with Japan.

Neville said: "I'm fine, there's nothing to worry about. I just got a dead-leg on my hip and it was a sore one.

"It's the same for David, I wouldn't worry about that. We will both be OK and these things happen, but I don't think we've got anything serious."

Eriksson has yet to decide whether to start with any or all of the trio in Saturday's final warm-up game against Iceland, although it appears likely that Lampard will get another chance to impress.

England's Euro 2004 squad:

Goalkeepers: 1. David James (Man City), 13. Paul Robinson (Tottenham), 22. Ian Walker (Leicester)
Defenders: 2. Gary Neville (Man Utd), 3. Ashley Cole (Arsenal), 5. John Terry (Chelsea), 6. Sol Campbell (Arsenal), 12. Wayne Bridge (Chelsea), 14. Phil Neville (Man Utd), 15. Ledley King (Tottenham), 16. Jamie Carragher (Liverpool).
Midfielders: 4. Steven Gerrard (Liverpool|), 7. David Beckham (Real Madrid), 8. Paul Scholes (Man Utd), 11. Frank Lampard (Chelsea), 17. Nicky Butt (Man Utd), 18. Owen Hargreaves (Bayern Munich), 19. Joe Cole (Chelsea), 20. Kieron Dyer (Newcastle)
Strikers: 9. Wayne Rooney (Everton), 10. Michael Owen (Liverpool), 21. Emile Heskey (Birmingham), 23. Darius Vassell (Aston Villa).

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