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Last Updated: Thursday, 29 June 2006, 13:51 GMT 14:51 UK

Tactical analysis on England v Portugal
Lee Dixon: England took encouragement from the way Michael Carrick played, allowing Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard to support Rooney.

Rooney got most of his success by playing on the half-turn and making runs into the areas between the centre-halves and the full-backs.

With Carrick's range of passing, he was able to hit diagonal passes in to Rooney, who got behind the Ecuadorian defence a few times.

You certainly couldn't question Rooney's ability, and he surprised everyone with his fitness levels to keep making runs for the full 90 minutes.



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