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Last Updated: Thursday, 15 June 2006, 15:12 GMT 16:12 UK
Build-up to England v Trinidad & Tobago
All the pre-match build-up from the day of England's Group B World Cup match against Trinidad and Tobago in Nuremberg.


1552 BST: I think Wayne Rooney needs 15-20 minutes in this game and the next - subject to how the game's going. It's a long way for Theo Walcott to come without playing a game so it would be lovely to see him get a chance as well. Jamie Carragher is very consistent and it was an obvious choice for him to come in for Gary Neville. They should win by a couple of goals.
Sir Geoff Hurst on BBC News 24

1550 BST: The England team is confirmed and Jamie Carragher comes in for Gary Neville at right-back.

1546 BST: Storm clouds are gathering over the stadium and photographers have been issued with free rain capes in expectation of a heavy downpour, which is now looking increasingly likely. It has become very, very dark.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg.

1539 BST: At the Fan Fest Area near the stadium thousands of England fans have gathered since midday to watch the match on a big screen. Less than two hours before kick off, the atmosphere is starting to build with verses of "England 'til I die" and "Rule Britannia" coming from the beer tent. Among the first to arrive were England fans Sonja Peshkoff and Tracey Oliver who both live in Luxembourg. Tracey, 29, said: "It's been a lot of fun but it makes me homesick. Hearing all the England songs gives me goose-bumps."
Tom Geoghegan, BBC News Interactive.

1532 BST: Wayne Rooney and Trinidad and Tobago skipper Dwight Yorke share a few words outside the changing rooms, deep in the bowels of the stadium.

1529 BST: The Trinidad and Tobago team bus is not far behind and the Soca Warriors troop off into the Franken-Stadion.

1520 BST: England have arrived at the ground, with just over 90 minutes until kick-off in Nuremberg. The players wander out onto the pitch. Wayne Rooney, looking relaxed, breaks off from conversation with Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher to wave to girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin in the stand.

1453 BST: Sven-Goran Eriksson must have known something about Wayne Rooney that none of us did, because he's going to come on today. He's always been a believer, even on the day he named his squad on 8 May, when his four strikers produced an outcry.
Jonathan Legard, Five Live Sport

1436 BST: The media centre cafe bar is getting into the spirit of the occasion by offering a special dish of "Tobago-style rice", which is apparently a mixture of rice, pineapple and snow peas.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg.

1418 BST: Fans are starting to arrive at the stadium, everyone's talking about Wayne Rooney and Manchester United are now being very conciliatory. Against Paraguay he was pictured on the big screen and the crowd went crazy, so you can imagine how they'll respond if he comes on if England are struggling.
James Pearce, BBC Sport

1403 BST: Manchester United wish Wayne Rooney a successful World Cup in a club statement, adding: "The club has been assured by the FA that it has decided Wayne's fitness on the basis of medical evidence it has received and that such a decision was made with Wayne's welfare as a key consideration."

1359 BST: No escaping the tight security as we approach the stadium - indeed my BBC colleague Jonathan Legard showed his dedication to duty by filing live latest news on Wayne Rooney's injury on the media bus while having his accreditation closely inspected by a guard. The check-list of items you are quizzed about on the way into the stadium is precise and understandable, but there was a new one on me as I made my way to the Franken-Stadion. I was asked by a female security guard if I had any hairspray concealed about my person...I think the polite term is she was being ironic.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg.

1336 BST: It will be a very close 1-0 victory for England.
Ex-England international John Barnes on BBC London

1333 BST: Professors Angus Wallace and Chris Moran proclaimed Wayne Rooney is no more at risk than any other player and that his fitness levels are better than in 2004.
Jonathan Legard, Five Live Sport

1331 BST: My wife is with him, but I'm here in Trinidad. It's crazy outside, there's a real carnival, but I should be able to keep myself pretty calm. I sit by myself and try to reach Shaka in some form and he needs to keep himself calm and do his best for his country. I expect a draw and another clean sheet - Shaka promised me that.
T&T goalkeeper Shaka Hislop's father George on Five Live

BBC Sport's chief football writer Phil McNulty

1312 BST: Weather watch - it is starting to swelter, not great news for England's players but a shot in the arm for the takings of local bar owners. The thermometer will be touching 30C.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg.

1254 BST: Wayne Rooney is passed fit to play for England against Trinidad and Tobago by independent medical advisors Angus Wallace and Chris Moran. The Manchester United striker has not played since breaking a metatarsal against Chelsea on 29 April.

1250 BST: This is the calm before the storm at the stadium. It's incredibly hot. I've been told it's going to rain, but I'll believe that when I see it. I fear England may well be using that excuse about the heat again, although hopefully they've worked out a system to get water to the players.
James Pearce, BBC Sport

1214 BST: If England don't use Michael Owen in the proper way, they may as well leave him on the bench. It's no use to anyone him playing if they are going to use the same tactics as they did against Paraguay. Belting the ball up at 60mph might have suited Alan Shearer, but Owen is a completely different type of striker. People say Owen did not look right. Well, of course he didn't look right - for one big reason, and that is he does not need high balls crashed up to him because all that does is make the central defenders look good.
Former England international Malcolm MacDonald

1207 BST: The city's main square, Hauptmarkt, is teeming with English fans who well outnumber the Trinidad and Tobago supporters. The singing has yet to start but the Caribbean steel band is interrupted by the occasional horn. The two sets of fans are mixing amicably and spirits are high - even for Liam Fox. The 27-year-old from Leeds revealed: "I was supposed to be getting married today, but I was dumped. I was distraught but no I am looking forward to the game."
Tom Geoghegan, BBC News Interactive.

1141 BST: Last night it was German fans making all the noise in Nuremberg. Now England have taken over. With hours still to go before kick-off, England fans are streaming into the city in their thousands - and are quite happy to let the locals know about it.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg.

1140 BST: Assistant Chief Constable Stephen Thomas, head of the English policing operation in Germany, said two England supporters had been arrested overnight for assault. It brought the total number of English fans arrested during the tournament to 48, most of them for minor offences. Only four of those 48 are due to reappear in court. About 1,500 World Cup-related arrests had been made in total since the tournament began, added Mr Thomas.
Tom Geoghegan, BBC News Interactive.

1139 BST: The atmosphere's fantastic. Fans are mingling well and there's good banter. After a league game Dennis Lawrence came across and asked Chris if it was true he had some Trinny blood and he said "Me Mum". That's why he's known as "Me Mum" in Trinidad. He was apprehensive when he first went over as he was going to a totally different place where he'd never been before, but I said as long as he works his hardest they'd love him and he's done just that. Chris will just play his game and thoroughly enjoy it.
T & T midfielder Chris Birchall's mother Jenny on Five Live

England's like an old girlfriend. We've no split loyalties. What kind of parents would we be if we didn't support our son?
T & T midfielder Chris Birchall's father Phil on Five Live

1055 BST: I'm excited at the moment. If Wayne is fully fit I'd expect him to play 15-20 minutes at the end of the game. I think it's a decision that Sven will make with the medical staff, it's not Alex Ferguson's decision. We need him and we don't want him to go into the knock-out stages without minutes on the pitch.
Former England international Lee Sharpe on Five Live.

1044 BST: After the wild celebrations by German supporters on Thursday it is the turn of the England fans who have been arriving in the city in large numbers throughout the morning. The main square Hauptmarket has an English and Caribbean atmosphere with two red double decker buses parked alongside a steel band playing West Indian music. Excitement is mounting but for some there is frustration as their desperate search for tickets goes on.
Tom Geoghegan, BBC News Interactive.

1028 BST: I don't think he'll play. I think they'll wait until the official confirmation that he's all right and probably play him against Sweden.
Northern Ireland boss Lawrie Sanchez on Five Live.

1027 BST: If the medical advisor Angus Wallace says he's fit then I would play him but you have the huge insurance implications if he is not right.
Former Scotland coach Craig Brown on Five Live.

1004 BST: Our feeling within the BBC is Wayne Rooney will not come on tonight. I think the players are a bit sick of all this, they feel their efforts have been hijacked by Rooney Mania. The question is whether this is going to upset what rhythm England have at the moment. If England are going to win the World Cup they will have to beat the best teams in the world. Why not keep Wayne Rooney for when they play them?
Garth Crooks on BBC Radio One's Chris Moyles show.

0955 BST: England's players could be in for another hot night in Nuremberg, with a forecast for cloud but with temperatures touching 30C. The city is a lot quieter than last night, when the streets were awash with German fans celebrating. England's team hotel is in the centre of the city and the players will have undoubtedly heard the celebrations into the small hours, so they may enjoy the traditional match day lie-in a bit more than usual. It's worth pointing out that the hotel was chosen by Fifa and not the FA, whose planning on that sort of thing is meticulous.
Phil McNulty, BBC Sport in Nuremberg.

0945 BST: Trade union Amicus have caused a stir by giving advice on how to call off sick for work in order to see the England game. BBC News 24 interviews Derek Simpson from Amicus and he denies they are advising workers to skive off for the day or giving them tips on how to get away with it if caught.

He claims the union are "dealing with reality" and adds: "Some people will take sickies but our advice is that this is not a good course of action to take. We want to advise people who would probably get themselves into trouble."

0944 BST: Wayne Rooney could get a substitute appearance but what everyone over here cannot understand is why Angus Wallace is here. He gave his opinion on 7 June and we don't know what has changed since then. It seems the FA is desperately trying to cover themselves.
The Independent's Sam Wallace on Five Live.

0935 BST: Wayne Rooney will be assessed by independent specialist Angus Wallace this morning. The professor will examine the forward but also study videos of Rooney training over the past few days. Wallace last week had doubts about Rooney's availability for the group stages. There is still no news of Gary Neville's scan but he is a major doubt. We are expecting the weather to get even hotter today - it is going to be hot and steamy and about 30C.
Five Live's football correspondent Jonathan Legard.

0931 BST: BBC Radio One reports that the noise keeping the England players awake last night was generated by German fans celebrating their narrow win over Poland.

0929 BST: A few of the callers on Five Live are worried that Rooney's foot will be targeted if he comes on. Terry Butcher admits he tried to kick Argentina star Maradona in 1986 but could not get anywhere near him.

0922 BST: Tony from Milton Keynes on the Five Live phone-in wonders what all the fuss about Rooney is. He said: "I got my foot caught in a lawnmower and broke three metatarsals. I was running up and down ladders three weeks later. He should just get on with it."

0914 BST: I would pick Jamie Carragher at right-back if Gary Neville doesn't make it. Carragher deserves to play in the World Cup. Owen Hargreaves is more of a sitting midfielder so I would play Carragher. England are a bit worried about T&T's pace down the left and Carragher is more of a defender.
Former England skipper and Five Live sport summariser Terry Butcher.

0913 BST: I think from a bone point of view Wayne Rooney is fine, the only thing that he hasn't got is game-time and his touch. It may right to bring him on today. Rooney could be the difference between England winning the World Cup and not, but you have to give him game-time at the right time. Bringing on Wayne Rooney will lift the mood of the camp enormously.
Former England skipper and Five Live sport summariser Terry Butcher.

0910 BST: Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp has joined in with the criticism of Eriksson's decision to take Theo Walcott to Germany. Redknapp gave Walcott his professional debut at Southampton and once said of him: "The kid can run through puddles and not make a splash."

But in the Daily Mirror he said: "Eriksson has made a fundamental error by selecting Walcott. From what I hear even the Arsenal players are not sure how good Walcott is. I certainly think he's not up to it."

0859 BST: News comes in that five England fans were arrested in Nuremberg overnight, according to a British police spokeswoman. Three of the fans have since been released without charge while two are in custody for undisclosed offences. With up to 70,000 England fans expected in the city lets hope this is not a sign of things to come.

0854 BST: T&T president George Maxwell Richards has cancelled his flight home as he expects them to be in the knock-out stages. He told their official website: "I had intended to travel back on 20 June but it seems that we will be here either for Stuttgart or Munich in the second round."

0850 BST: Apparently the England squad were kept up until 2am by the noise outside their hotel near the station in Nuremberg.
BBC News 24's Chris Hollins.

0845 BST: First blood of the day goes to Trinidad & Tobago. In Nuremberg's main square, the BBC organises a Battle of the Bands between the official England supporters' club brass band, and the Phase II steel band from Trinidad. The steel band, in their sharp black suits, white shirts and red ties echoing the colours of Trinidad's flag, get the vote from the public, with even England fans agreeing that the Caribbean rhythms of the steel band comes out on top.

0839 BST: Downing Street is getting into the World Cup mood - the St George's cross is flying proudly from number 10.

0834 BST: Wayne Rooney is desperate to be involved and some sort of action seems likely, especially as Sven-Goran Eriksson made the unprecedented step of criticising Michael Owen's movement against Paraguay.
Five Live Sport's Mike Ingham.

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