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Last Updated: Sunday, 2 July 2006, 11:00 GMT 12:00 UK
England's return in pictures

Eriksson is surrounded by journalists at the media centre

Departing England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson leaves a press conference the day after the team's World Cup exit

Sven-Goran Eriksson apologises, but looks relaxed and upbeat in front of the cameras

The Swede apologises, saying: "I'm sorry for the fans, who have been fantastic, that we couldn't give them a final"

David Beckham walks past a poster of departing coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

David Beckham looks pensive as he walks in to face the assembled press, clutching a pre-prepared speech

David Beckham announces his decision

Looking emotional, Beckham announces his decision to step down as England captain forthwith

Beckham beats a retreat

Surrounded by security, Beckham leaves the media centre from a rear door and heads for Baden Baden airport

Wayne Rooney looks dejected as he leaves the hotel

A dejected Wayne Rooney leaves Brenners Park Hotel, where the players' wives and girlfriends have been staying

Sven and Nancy board the plane

Sven-Goran Eriksson and his girlfriend Nancy Dell'Olio board the plane, for what will be Eriksson's last trip with the team

John Terry carries baby seats on to the plane

John Terry carries his twins' baby seats across the tarmac and a dummy in his mouth as he embarks on the journey home

Players and family embark on the journey home

Aaron Lennon, Steven Gerrard's partner Alex Curran, Wayne Rooney and Frank and Luna Lampard prepare to board

England fans cheer the team

Back at Stansted airport in Essex, a crowd of England fans gather to cheer the team's homecoming

The Beckham family arrive at Stansted airport

David Beckham steps on English soil for the first time in nearly four weeks, accompanied by wife Victoria and three sons

Fans look on as the players depart in a fleet of cars

Fans can only ponder what might have been, as the players bid each other farewell and are whisked off in a fleet of cars

England squad arrives back home
02 Jul 06 |  England
Beckham quits as England captain
02 Jul 06 |  England

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