Portugal prepare to face England

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> England and Portugal meet in tonight's Euro 2004 quarterfinal in Lisbon's Stadium of Light for a place in the semi-finals.

updated: February 25, 2007 10:04 IST
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The last time England beat Portugal in a competitive game Bobby Charlton was leading the English attack, the Kinks topped the charts and miniskirts were the rage in swinging London. At the 1966 World Cup, two goals from Charlton at Wembley ended the dreams of Portugal's "Magicians," leaving Eusebio in tears after scoring a late goal that still left his country short. England was on the path to its greatest triumph, winning its only world title by beating Germany in the final. Now with the world completely changed, the two teams meet again in tonight's Euro 2004 quarterfinal in Lisbon's Stadium of Light. With 4 goals in 3 games, Wayne Rooney is not only the toast of England but the toast of the entire footballing world. Even the legendary Pele, widely regarded as the best player in the sport's history, has been full of praise for the young 18 year old. But the English are not getting carried away with their own and in particular Rooney's form. "We're keeping our feet on the ground at the moment. We are happy with what we've done in the competition, and we're well-prepared for the game in Portugal. Of course, we all have our dreams, but we'll keep them to ourselves this time," said David Beckham, Captain, England. But if England have Wayne Rooney then the Portuguese their own young star in the making. Cristiano Ronaldo may earn his living at Manchester United in England, but he hasn't lit up Euro 2004 yet. The world's most expensive teenager though is quite clear - the Portuguese fear no-one. "The Portugal team are afraid of no-one, whether it is France, Spain or England.You also have to consider players of the calibre of Michael Owen and David Beckham. Rooney is young with talent but we're not afraid of Rooney," said Cristiano Ronaldo, Forward, Portugal. The last time these two teams met in a match of such magnitude was at the last edition of the European Championship. England led 2-0 before an inspired Portuguese performance saw them come back and win 3-2. Portugal made the semi-finals back then – a berth in the last four is at stake once more.