MANCHESTER, England, June 2 (Reuters) - Despite an ominous second-half display against Japan, Sven-Goran Eriksson is confident England will not run
out of steam at Euro 2004 as they did at the 2002 World Cup.
Exhausted by a hard premier league season and handicapped by injuries and absentees, England failed to score any second half goals in their run to the
World Cup quarter-finals.
Tuesday's 1-1 friendly draw with Japan looked all too familiar as England faded after the break, conceding an equaliser and then flirting with an
embarrassing defeat at the City of Manchester stadium.
Asked if there was a danger of history repeating itself when England open against holders France on June 13, Eriksson told reporters: "There are two
answers to that.
Well i watched the game and i must say i wasn't that impressed. I guess it was just a warm up but we didn't play that well. Lets hope they get it
together real soon or its a early plane back from the Euro's for us.
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