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England

With competent players like David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrad, John Terry, Michael Owen and the youngest sensation Wayne Rooney, England appears to be a prominent contender at the World Cup finals.

india Updated: May 31, 2006 17:21 IST

FIFA world ranking 10
Coach Sven Goran Eriksson
Group B Paraguay, England, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago
Previous appearances 11 times;  Winners: 1966
Key player Steven Gerrard
Odds 8/1

With names like David Beckham, Frank Lampard, Steven Gerrard, John Terry and Michael Owen in the team, England team is all set to sizzle at the World Cup this year.

The main attraction of the team will be Wayne Rooney's power packed goal-getting faculty. Though quite young, Rooney is all set to prove his mettle at the World Cup in Germany.

Despite competent players, England has not been able to bag the World Cup since 1966. But, the team remains to be the second favourite after Brazil for the 2006 Cup.

The ace footballers of the squad are definitely worth more than their achievements to date. The group is expected to reach the quarter-finals at the least.

The squad faced a tough phase after a 1-0 defeat against Northern Ireland under Sven Goran Eriksson. But, it has bounced back with the last couple of matches to mark its prominence amongst the international contenders.

COMPLETE SQUAD

Goalkeepers: Robinson Paul, James David, Green Robert

Defenders: Neville Gary, Cole Ashley, Ferinand Rio, Terry John, Campbell Sol, Bridge Wayne, Carragher Jamie

Midfielders: Gerrard Steven, Beckham David, Lampard Frank, Cole Joe, Hargreaves Owen, Jenas Jermaine, Carrick Michael, Lennon Aaron, Downing Stewart

Forwards: Rooney Wayne, Owen Michael, Crouch Peter, Walcott Theo.