Skip to main content Text Only version of this page
BBC
Home
TV
Radio
Talk
Where I Live
A-Z Index
BBC Sport World Cup 2002

 You are in: Team Pages: England  
Front Page
Statistics
Team Pages
Features
Other News
Sports Talk
TV/Radio Coverage
Photo Galleries
Venues Guide
Matches Wallchart
World Cup Greats
History
Quiz

BBC Sport

BBC News

BBC Weather


Click on a name for more detailed team information:

Argentina
Belgium
Brazil
Cameroon
China
Costa Rica
Croatia
Denmark
Ecuador
England
France
Germany
Italy
Japan
Mexico
Nigeria
Paraguay
Poland
Portugal
Rep of Ireland
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Tunisia
Turkey
USA
Uruguay

Tuesday, 21 May, 2002, 13:19 GMT 14:19 UK
Eriksson awaits bigger tests
Owen Hargreaves (left) impressed Eriksson
Owen Hargreaves (left) impressed Eriksson
Sven-Goran Eriksson conceded he had learned little from England's 1-1 draw with South Korea, but was relieved his side came through the game unscathed.

Michael Owen put England ahead in the first-half before Park Ji-Sung headed an equaliser after the interval.

The friendly was England's first in the Far East, and apart from a minor strain for the impressive Owen Hargreaves, England did not add to their injury list.

Eriksson said: "It didn't show me very much but it's good to have that game and not to have any injuries.

Trevor Sinclair
Sinclair criticised his own performance
"In the first-half we did a rather good job, but in the second-half we complicated life a little.

"But that's okay - we've only been here for a few days.

"I know we can play better - it's in 12 days (when England start their World Cup campaign against Sweden) that we will play very well."

Eriksson reserved special praise for Bayern Munich midfielder Hargreaves, who played the entire match and gave an effervescent performance in the centre of midfield.

"He played very well, he's hard working and has improved his technique a lot.

Open Quote
South Korea impressed me a lot - they can be a surprise at the World Cup
Close Quote
Sven-Goran Eriksson
"You must have two players who can play in that place and we have that.

And the Swede credited England's opponents, who are co-hosting the World Cup.

"South Korea impressed me a lot," Eriksson said. "They were very aggressive and I think they can be a surprise in the World Cup."

England goalscorer Owen echoed the sentiments of his coach.

"The main thing today was getting a run-out and coming away with no injuries," Owen said.

"That was more important than the result. We were just feeling our way in and getting used to the climate and conditions.

Open Quote
I gave the ball away a lot and I'm disappointed with my performance
Close Quote
Trevor Sinclair
"We've got another game under our belts and we are going to improve.

"We knew they were a good side and they proved they could play a bit."

Trevor Sinclair, who is still on stand-by as England wait on the fitness of Kieron Dyer, was disappointed with his own performance though.

"It was a bonus getting on but I found it difficult," the West Ham winger admitted.

"I gave the ball away a lot and I'm disappointed with my performance."


E-mail this story to a friend
 WATCH/LISTEN
 ON THIS STORY
England boss Sven-Goran Eriksson
"Korea played well"
England's Owen Hargreaves
"It's a shame we didn't win"
INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.
TOP STORIES FROM
ENGLAND
 TEAMS
 ENGLAND
Full coverage:
News and
features
Lineker's verdict
Statistics pages
World Cup so far
Have Your Say
 SQUAD PROFILES
 RESULTS/REPORTS

GROUP F
  P GD PTS
SWEDEN 3 +1 5
ENGLAND 3 +1 5
ARGENTINA 3 0 4
NIGERIA 3 -2 1

 WATCH/LISTEN
 BBC SPORT BULLETINS
 OUR BEST VIDEO
More Audio/Video




© BBC ^ Back to top

Front Page | Statistics | Team Pages | Features | Other News | Sports Talk | TV/Radio Coverage | Photo Galleries | Venues Guide | Matches Wallchart | World Cup Greats | History | Quiz

BBC Sport >> | BBC News >> | BBC Weather >>
BBC World Service >> | BBC Radio Five Live >>
© MMII | News Sources | Privacy