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Sunday, 2 September, 2001, 06:26 GMT 07:26 UK
England's dreaming
BBC Sport Online rounds up the main sport stories in Sunday's newspapers.

To anyone who wakes up and wonders if it was all a dream, one look at the morning's front pages should them straight.

England's performance in Munich dominates not only the sports sections but makes the front page of all the papers, tabloid and broadsheet.

"Blitzed" screams the front of the Sunday Mirror, while the News of the World picks up on a similar and familiar theme with the headline "Don't mention the score".

The Sunday Telegraph asks it was all a "magnificent, ridiculous dream" and pays tribute to the efforts of the Liverpool players with the headline "Kop that".

The Observer devotes the greater part of its front page to a lead article that puts the match in perspective.

"(England) recorded one of the most astonishing results in the nation's footballing history, in the history of the world game indeed."

The piece goes on to lament the time spent under "poor, out-of-his-depth Kevin Keegan" and pay fulsome tribute to "iceman" Eriksson.

Michael Owen naturally caught the eye of the cameras but the Mail on Sunday insists that "no England player should be singled out for particular praise or favour".

The ratings say it all, however, and the hat-trick hero scores ten out of ten for his performance, while Steven Gerrard is given nine.

Sir Geoff Hurst and memories of 1966 play a major part in the coverage from the Sunday Express.

The World Cup winner is mentioned alongside Owen on the front, back and inside back pages as the paper crows that the Germans have now been "paid back in spades for all those times they have made our lives a misery".

The Independent struggles to come to terms with what it describes as "one of the least believable results in international sporting history" and calls the match a "personal triumph" for Eriksson.

A slight sense of, well, smugness can be detected in some of the coverage.

The Sunday Mirror describes how "thousands of dejected Germans" headed for the exit as England finished off their team with "ruthless efficiency".

The News of the World claims Steven Gerrard "rammed the taunts of German legend Stefan Effenberg down his throat".

But they give the last word to Michael Owen, who dedicates his three goals to the rest of the England team.

And despite falling short with the bizarre "Hero-wen" as a headline, the Sunday People delivers a masterstroke by canvassing the opinions of some of the nation's brightest stars.

Sven and his boys will doubtless be delighted to hear that the victory has made Bruce Forsyth "feel 50 years younger".

And it left Allo Allo's Vicki Michelle left "jumping up and down with delight".

Who could ask for more?

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