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England v Argentina - 07/06/02


England's David Seaman and Rio Ferdinand celebrate a famous win over Argentina

Before the game, we were hopeful rather than confident.

But Sven-Goran Eriksson got things spot on. The tactics were absolutely magnificent.

He had been criticised for the performance against Sweden.

However, England came out, started well, got men behind the ball and were strong and resolute in their play.

Rio Ferdinand was a giant; Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes were excellent in midfield; Michael Owen and Emile Heskey did well up front.

And then Teddy Sheringham did a great job when he came on as a substitute.

England, in the second half, played and passed superbly.

In fact, there was one instance when Sheringham struck a great volley - which the keeper saved well - that was preceded by 17 passes. That's right, 17 passes.

It was a tremendous achievement for David Beckham to last the whole game.

After only 63 minutes in his last game and after eight weeks out, to go on and play like that and remain a massive influence on the game was just brilliant for England's captain.

It was not his best performance ever, but just his presence on the pitch was a massive boost for the team.

The win was without doubt one of the great world performances.