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

England star player, Rio Ferdinand
World Cup record:
 1950   First round
 1954   Quarter-finals
 1958   First round
 1962   Quarter-finals
 1966   Winners
 1970   Quarter-finals
 1982   Second round
 1986   Quarter-finals
 1990   Fourth place
 1998   Second round
 2002   Quarter-finals

Did you know?
England have only ever been put out of the second phase by other World Cup winners - Uruguay (1954), Brazil (1962), West Germany (1970), Argentina (1986), West Germany (1990), Argentina (1998) and Brazil (2002).

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Star player:

Sven-Goran Eriksson
Rio Ferdinand
England had a good tournament overall, but their quarter-final defeat to Brazil was frustrating fare indeed.

They looked uncomfortable from the start and I can't remember them creating a single chance, with Michael Owen's goal coming from a defensive error.

It was disappointing stuff but there are a lot of positives for England to take from this tournament as they build for the future.

They are a young team with some outstanding individuals. David Beckham and Owen are world class, and after this tournament Rio Ferdinand can be added to that list. He has emerged as one of the world's best defenders.

The win over Argentina will live long in the memory and the first half against Denmark really set the pulse racing.

Like everyone else I got swept along with the emotions and started to believe in the impossible - but it wasn't meant to be. Here's to next time.

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2002 World Cup results

Group F: v Sweden 1-1; v Argentina 1-0; v Nigeria 0-0; Second round: v Denmark 3-0; Quarter-finals: v Brazil 1-2.



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