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Thursday, 30 May, 2002, 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
England's World Cup spy
Roger Moore with his wife Kristina
Moore's wife will support Sven - and Sweden

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Roger Moore emerged as the spy who loved England as Sven-Goran Eriksson's side prepared for an all-action World Cup script that James Bond would have been proud of.

Moore was in Korea to launch a Unicef children's project, but could not hide his support for England ahead of their Group F opener with Sweden on Sunday.

But the former Bond actor admitted he was in a no-lose situation as his wife Kristina, who will watch the game with his in Saitama, is from Torsby the same Swedish town as Eriksson.

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Roger Moore

Moore even revealed that the England coach was a 007 fan.

"He asked me for my autograph once," he laughed.

"The game will certainly make things different in our house, but my wife will be happy either way as she has Sweden and Sven to support.

"I think England have got a very good chance. Michael Owen is a wonderful player and there are several excellent players in the England squad.

"As long as no-one breaks anything else then they will be fine."

However, Moore added that he was a fan of many countries as a result of his work as a Unicef ambassador, and his long and distinguished acting career.

His latest project involves spearheading a worldwide football auction, with most countries at this year's tournament donating signed items for an online sale on the official Fifa website.

The auction, which launched this week, includes a football autographed by Pele and an England shirt signed by Eriksson's entire squad and is expected to raise hundreds of thousands of pounds for Unicef projects.

Football, Moore said, is the one thing that brings the world together.

England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson
Eriksson heralds from Torsby

"It is an awful thing to see a child limbless because of a landmine or burned because of man's ignorance or starving because of man's greed," he said.

"But football unites all children. It always strikes me when I am in central America or South America that children there are born with a ball on the end of their toe.

"They love the game in those areas and I am enjoying the enthusiasm there is in Korea.

"When I arrived, everyone was staring across the street and I realised they were watching football on the big screens.

"It's marvellous - you don't even need a ticket."


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SWEDEN 3 +1 5
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ARGENTINA 3 0 4
NIGERIA 3 -2 1




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