Gerrard starts for England

10 June 2006 01:27
Steven Gerrard has shaken off a back injury and has been named in the starting line-up for England's World Cup opener against Paraguay on Saturday. The news means Wayne Rooney is the only absentee from Sven-Goran Eriksson's first-choice team, with his position going to the in-form Peter Crouch. Paraguay were handed a boost when Roque Santa Cruz was passed fit to play. The Bayern Munich striker has been struggling with a knee injury for months, but coach Anibal Ruiz has opted to hand him a starting berth in Frankfurt. Teams: England: Robinson, G Neville, Terry, Ferdinand, A Cole, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, J Cole, Owen, Crouch. Paraguay: Villar, Caniza, Gamarra, Caceres, Toledo, Bonet, Acuna, Paredes, Riveros, Valdez, Santa Cruz. Referee: M. Rodriguez (Mexico).

Source: ESA