England arrive in South Korea

England arrive in South Korea under tight security to begin their 2002 World Cup preparations.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Jeju Island, S Korea:

Under tight security, England arrived in South Korea to begin their 2002 World Cup preparations. Led by captain David Beckham and coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, the team touched down at Jeju Island, where they will train and play a friendly against South Korea before heading off to Japan for their World Cup group matches. England have been drawn in the "Group of Death", having to find a way to the second round through a foursome that includes Sweden, World Cup favourites Argentina and African powerhouse Nigeria. Eriksson has brought a young, star-studded side to the 2002 finals, but injuries to several key players including Beckham have cast doubts over whether England can advance in their group. The English Football Association said on Friday it was still too early to tell if Beckham will be fit for England's first World Cup match against Sweden on June 2. Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt rejoined training after showing progress from a knee injury while midfielder Kieron Dyer, who has also made a quick recovery from a knee injury, flew to Dubai on Friday to catch the flight to Jeju. But Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard and Manchester United defender Gary Neville have had to withdraw from the squad. After a week of training in Jeju, England will fly to Japan on May 25 for another warm-up match the following day against Cameroon in Kobe. (SNTV)