What happened to the England team that was defeated by a “fluke” goal by Ronaldinho in the 2002 World Cup?

What happened to the England team that was defeated by a "fluke" goal by Ronaldinho in the 2002 World Cup?

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Ronaldinho’s goal for Brazil against England in the 2002 World Cup was devastating for Sven Goran Eriksson’s squad, whether he intended it or not.

In the 20 years later, the long-range free-kick has gotten a lot of attention, with some claiming it was a fluke and others claiming the then-PSG star wasn’t even attempting to shoot. The answer is somewhere in the center, and the style of the goal won’t matter to the Brazil players and fans who will be celebrating World Cup victory only weeks later.

But how did the England squad do on that particular day? Eriksson’s team had several members of the ‘Golden Generation’ of the Three Lions, but this was perhaps their greatest opportunity to win a major tournament under the Swede.

After their tragedy in Shizuoka, Mirror Football investigates what happened to those players.


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