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Last Updated: Wednesday, 31 May 2006, 07:48 GMT 08:48 UK
England scouting review

Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson has named his 23-man England squad for the World Cup finals.

In the build-up to naming his squad, BBC Sport conducted a series of scouting missions to check on the form and fitness of some of the players who were hoping to participate in football's showpiece event.

MISSION NUMBER ONE: ANDREW JOHNSON

Date: 18 March, 2006
Club: Crystal Palace
Position: Striker
Venue: Selhurst Park

MISSION NUMBER TWO: SCOTT PARKER

Date: 19 March, 2006
Club: Newcastle
Position: Central midfielder
Venue: St James' Park

MISSION NUMBER THREE: STEWART DOWNING

Date: 23 March, 2006
Club: Middlesbrough
Position: Left wing
Venue: The Valley, Charlton

MISSION NUMBER FOUR: JAMES BEATTIE

Date: 25 March, 2006
Club: Everton
Position: Striker
Venue: Anfield, Liverpool

MISSION NUMBER FIVE: DARIUS VASSELL

Date: 25 March, 2006
Club: Manchester City
Position: Striker
Venue: Stamford Bridge, Chelsea

MISSION NUMBER SIX: WAYNE BRIDGE

Date: 1 April, 2006
Club: Fulham
Position: Left-back
Venue: Craven Cottage

MISSION NUMBER SEVEN: KEVIN NOLAN

Date: 4 April, 2006
Club: Bolton Wanderers
Position: Centre midfield
Venue: St Andrews, Birmingham

MISSION NUMBER EIGHT: JERMAINE JENAS

Date: 8 April, 2006
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
Position: Centre midfield
Venue: White Hart Lane, London

MISSION NUMBER NINE: PHIL NEVILLE

Date: 8 April, 2006
Club: Everton
Position: Left-back
Venue: The Valley, London

MISSION NUMBER 10: DARREN BENT

Date: 15 April, 2006
Club: Charlton
Position: Striker
Venue: Craven Cottage, London

MISSION NUMBER 11: KIERON DYER

Date: 17 April, 2006
Club: Newcastle
Position: Winger
Venue: Stadium of Light, Sunderland

MISSION NUMBER 12: MICHAEL CARRICK

Date: 30 April, 2006
Club: Tottenham
Position: Centre midfield
Venue: White Hart Lane, London

MISSION NUMBER 13: ASHLEY COLE

Date: 4 May, 2006
Club: Arsenal
Position: Left-back
Venue: The City of Manchester Stadium

MISSION NUMBER 14: PETER CROUCH

Date: 7 May, 2006
Club: Liverpool
Position: Striker
Venue: Fratton Park, Portsmouth

MISSION NUMBER 15: SOL CAMPBELL

Date: 7 May, 2006
Club: Arsenal
Position: Centre back
Venue: Highbury, London


ENGLAND B v BELARUS

Date: 25 May, 2006
Venue: Madejski Stadium, Reading

  • Sven-Goran Eriksson fielded a largely second-string side and they took the lead when Jermaine Jenas nodded in a rebound. But the Belarussians hit back and won with goals from Vitaly Kutuzov and Sergey Kornilenko.

    SWEDEN 0-0 FINLAND

    Date: 25 May, 2006
    Venue: Ullevi Stadium, Gotherburg

  • Coach Lars Lagerback picked an under-strength team and left out leading strikers Henrik Larsson and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. His side struggled as a result and put in a lacklustre performance.

    ENGLAND 3-1 HUNGARY

    Date: 30 May, 2006
    Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

  • England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson picked a full-strength side, with Jamie Carragher coming into midfield in a 4-5-1 formation. It was far from a convincing performance, but substitute Peter Crouch's late goal helped cap the win.



  • SEE ALSO
    England's World Cup form guide
    08 May 06 |  England
    Pick your England team
    08 May 06 |  Squad selectors
    England statistics
    24 Apr 06 |  England


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