Preview: England faces quite a conundrum with both starting forwards Michael Owen and Wayne Rooney nursing a broken foot coming into the tournament.  Both might not be ready for the opener against Paraguay, and coach Sven-Goran Erikson would be forced out of the traditional 4-4-2 alignment because England doesn't have a lot of depth at the position.  The team however has an excellent midfield with David Beckham, Joe Cole, Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, and a defense bolstered by Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand, and John Terry.

A lot will depend on the health status of the star players for England.  If things go well, the British side will reclaim their elite status and have a very good chance at recapturing the championship they won 40 years ago.

Result: England's performance 2006 World Cup can be characterized as tumultuous and disappointing.  Even in the games they won England struggled to find a consistent rhythm.  Rooney, Owen, and Beckham battled injury and fitness problems, and the star-studded supporting cast suffered from problems of their own.