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Last Updated: Sunday, 11 June 2006, 13:34 GMT 14:34 UK
Terry Butcher's view on England
BBC Sport pundit Terry Butcher
By Terry Butcher
Ex-England captain and Five Live summariser

England's players celebrate the goal with their fans
There were plenty of positives to take into the next game and the one we really needed and we got was the win

England's performance in the victory against Paraguay has been criticised - as has the approach of coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

It is time to put all this into perspective and examine the bigger picture, which in this case is a World Cup campaign.

There is no need for panic or alarm after 90 admittedly under-par minutes against Paraguay in the blazing heat of Frankfurt.

I felt there were plenty of positives to take forward into the next game against Trinidad and Tobago - and there was only positive we really needed and we got that, namely the win.

The first game of any World Cup tournament is all about getting three points. It doesn't matter how you do it or what you do to get them.

You have to get those three points or risk setting yourself up for a fall later in the tournament.

If Brazil had won a match 1-0, I hardly think there would be the sort of outcry about the way they played if it was not with the usual panache.

A few might complain, but a win in your first World Cup game is all you can ask.

England won and it was a win made to look even better a few hours later after Trinidad and Tobago drew with Sweden, a result which means a win against the former on Thursday will put England through to the last 16.

I actually thought there were also some good individual performances to focus on.

I thought Peter Crouch did very well, leading the line and holding the ball up. It didn't help that he had to contend with one of the most bizarre refereeing performances I have ever seen, which meant he was constantly penalised and picked up a yellow card.

I know there will be directives to referees from Fifa, as there always are at World Cups, but this Mexican referee Marco Rodriguez was a real pedantic Mr Fussy.

There are worries about Michael Owen, but I am sure he will come good given more games, which he will get with Wayne Rooney still sidelined.

Owen is a big tournament player as well and still our most reliable striker in front of goal. He has a happy knack of scoring important goals.

I thought Paraguay were very poor - they could have played for another two hours and still not scored.

But credit for that in part should go to England's two central defenders John Terry and Rio Ferdinand, who looked very strong overall and went about their business well.

This is why I am satisfied with the win. It was the first game and hopefully there will be plenty more games for England to produce the performances.

The game against Paraguay was all about the result, and in that respect it is job done and on we go to Nuremberg and hopefully three more points against Trinidad and Tobago.

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