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Sunday, 16 June, 2002, 11:12 GMT 12:12 UK
Buoyant England focused
England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson speaks to a news conference
Eriksson is playing down his role in England's success
BBC Sport Online's chief football writer Phil McNulty

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Sven-Goran Eriksson and his England squad are refusing to get carried away ahead of a possible quarter-final clash with Brazil.

England will meet either Brazil or Belgium next Friday after winning through to the last eight with a comfortable 3-0 win over Denmark.

But Eriksson admitted a match against the South Americans would be tough - and dismissed suggestions their defence was suspect.

"Brazil is a tricky one, very tricky - it would have been nice to play them in the final," said Eriksson.

"They have a very attacking line-up with plenty of attacking midfielders and even attacking wing-backs.

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I don't feel like a hero, although I am sure we will all be very popular if we can go even further
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England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson

"But other times I have seen them they have defended very well."

"Their job is still to do against Belgium - we did our job and did it well."

A modest Eriksson played down his own role in England's success so far in Japan, preferring to turn the spotlight on his players.

"I don't feel like a hero, although I am sure we will all be very popular if we can go even further in the World Cup," he continued.

"It would be very good for English football, but I have a very good football team - which is the most important thing.

"I am very proud of the job I have. It is a job to be proud of, and that is why I took it."

Eriksson is awaiting fresh injury bulletins on Michael Owen, who has a groin injury, and Paul Scholes, who took a knock on his foot against Denmark.

But he said: "I don't think there are any serious problems for us, and hopefully after one or two days off everything will be okay."

Emile Heskey and Robbie Fowler also picked up slight knocks but are expected to be available while Eriksson is hoping Owen Hargreaves may have recovered from his shin injury in time.

He revealed that he and his coaching staff plan to travel to watch Brazil's match with Belgium and that some players may also attend the game.


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