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Ziege backs England

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Christian Ziege tips England to emerge from an unenviable group and believes that, after this, anything can happen.

England's group, of course, contains Sweden, Nigeria and Argentina and Christian feels that this stern challenge will occupy English minds for the time being with very few people daring to speculate beyond.

"The main thing for them is the first round," said Christian. "It is a difficult one.

"Argentina are favourites for the World Cup - and then you have Sweden and Nigeria. You never know, one day they can beat you.

"From my point of view England have a good squad of players and should definitely go through. If they do anything can happen."

Christian does not feel England should be overly concerned by the absence of his former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard, he insists that the risk of the midfielder breaking down was too big to carry. He admits England will miss the playmaker, but says Sven Goran Eriksson has other players to fill the role effectively.

"He's a good player, but he has been injured over the last two years and seems to always have something.

"If you play in a World Cup with these problems it doesn't help you. You need fit players in the squad.

"But as a player he is a big loss for England. He is a major impact for England, but you have other players who can play the role."