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Coach: Glenn HODDLE

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15.06.98 Marseille


22.06.98 Toulouse


26.06.98 Lens

Team Colors: White with Red and Blue trim, Dark Blue pants

Confederation: UEFA

Ninth appearance at World Cup finals

Winners in 1966, semi-finalists in 1990

Semi-finalists in European Championships in 1968 and 1996

Key players: G David Seaman (Arsenal),

M Paul Ince (Liverpool),

M David Beckham (Manchester United),

F Alan Shearer (Newcastle United, England)

Shearer and Ronaldo: The Semifinals? The Finals?

Teddy Sheringham, Graeme Le Saux, Paul Gascoigne and David Batty. Gascoigne seems to be looking for an invitation to the France World Cup which will not come.

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Keep an Eye on: Alan Shearer: The leading scorer in qualifying with 5 goals. A complete center forward.

Rio Ferdinand: Could be the Beckenbauer of France 98. Frighteningly mature.

The Silliness of consulting non-football advisors: Coach Hoddle thinks this will help. Our humble opinion, it won't and it makes him look foolish.

Analysis: England is capable of reaching the semifinals. Outstanding goalkeeper, and Ince is a marvelous creator. Depth at forward, though return from knee injury by Alan Shearer would help.In every other respect, Hoddle seems to be coaxing the team towards its peak at the right time.

The English squad is an excellent blend of youth and experience, with a spine of David Seaman, Tony Adams, Paul Ince, and Shearer, complemented by emerging talents such as David Beckham, Sol Campbell and Fowler, Ferdinand and perhaps even Michael Owen. If Shearer is fit, England will field a team with no apparent weaknesses and many strengths.

History: Ok, they invented the game...maybe. But we will give them the fact that they organized it and implemented the first rules and formations which evolved into we now consider soccer. They played the first international game with Scotland. Because of the expanse British Empire the game was introduced to all of its colonies, those countries it traded with and those which received British emigrees.

England reigned supreme in the world of soccer parallel to dominance of the British Empire. From the middle of the nineteenth century until the 1920s, there was little doubt that the finest soccer played in the world was done so in the British Isles. But the rise of Uruguay, Argentina, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Brazil and Germany, in succession, put an end to England's presumption of superiority. Once, but just once, English play did achieve the Jules Rimet Cup. It did so at home in 1966 at Wembley Stadium.

Failing to qualify for USA 94, England have since moved back strongly into contention for honors under coach Glenn Hoddle, who hopes to lead them to glory 31 years after Bobby Moore, Bobby Charlton and company lifted the old trophy against Germany at Wembley.

England reached the semi-finals on home territory under Tery Venables at Euro-96, but Alan Shearer and company were pipped on penalties by eternal rivals Germany. Since then, under Hoddle, they have kept that momentum going. After a hesitant start, they came through their qualifying group despite a home defeat against Italy, finally clinching their tickets to France with a goalless draw in Rome. England gained great credit for the patience they showed on that occasion as they effectively beat the Italians at their own game.

That success banished the disappointment of failing to make the last World Cup in the United States under Graham Taylor, having gone all the way to the semi-finals under Bobby Robson four years earlier.Taylor's successor, the jovial but often passionate Venables, succeeded in pushing through a more technical approach to the game. But he found himself shunted aside as he became immersed in several court battles which left his position ultimately untenable.

Glenn Hoddle took over the hotseat and set about applying himself to the task of blending "traditional" English qualities with an increasingly technical and tactical approach, calling on his experience of the continental game gained with a player in the French league with Monaco. The former Chelsea coach also made a conscious effort to give young players just bursting onto the domestic scene a chance to prove themselves in the national set-up by calling them into the full squad.

They have suffered just two defeats in the 14 matches since Hoddle took over from Terry Venables in the wake of a successful Euro 96. Those were honorable losses, too, to Italy and Brazil, the World Cup finalists in 1994, and England will go into the competition in France as one of five or six favourites to win the trophy, especially in the light of their favourable draw in group G alongside Romania, Colombia and Tunisia. The emergence of Paul Scholes and the success of Robbie Fowler against Cameroon has given England hope that there is life in attack beyond Teddy Sheringham and Alan Shearer, but the presence of Shearer, battling to overcome a serious ankle injury, is still a prerequisite for success.

Key England players include tough defensive midfielder Paul Ince of Liverpool and emerging Manchester United attacking midfielder Paul Scholes. But it is in attack where Hoddle has an embarrassment of riches, with players of the calibre of Newcastle United's Alan Shearer -- if he is fit after a run of groin injuries -- as well as flamboyant Arsenal veteran Ian Wright, Manchester United's Teddy Sheringham and Liverpool's Robbie Fowler to call on.



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G Nigel Martyn 31 5

G David Seaman 34 38

G Ian Walker 26 3

D Tony Adams 30 47

D Sol Campbell 23 12

D Rio Ferdinand 19 1

D Andy Hinchcliffe 28 4

D Graeme Le Saux 29 21

D Gary Neville 22 23

D Phil Neville 20 8

D Gary Pallister 32 22

D Stuart Pearce 35 76

D Gareth Southgate 27 22

M David Batty 29 26

M David Beckham 22 12

M Paul Gascoigne 30 54

M Paul Ince 30 35

M Robert Lee 31 14

M Steve McManaman 25 19

M Paul Merson 29 15

M Jamie Redknapp 24 8

F Darren Anderton 25 16

F Andy Cole 26 2

F Les Ferdinand 30 14

F Robbie Fowler 22 7

F Michael Owen 17 0

F Paul Scholes 23 5

F Teddy Sheringham 31 29

F Alan Shearer 27 35  

F Chris Sutton 24 1

F Ian Wright 34 29

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