Jeju Island: If England were being considered dark horses for this year's edition of the World Cup, then that opinion might take a beating after their performance in a World Cup warm-up against South Korea. England shot into the lead in the 25th minute. Captain Michael Owen just managed to push the ball into the goal. It was his 15th goal in 34 matches for England. South Korea tried their luck from long range, Hong Myong-Bo with the shot, but Nigel Martyn managed to tip it over. England thus went into half time with the lone goal advantage. But that lead disappeared seven minutes into the second half as Park Ji-Sung headed home the equaliser. Korea were putting pressure on the English side. Cha Du-Ri made a long range effort but it was just wide. Darius Vassell had a chance to put England ahead but he sent his header wide. Both sides had a few more chances, but failed to score. The match therefore ended in a 1-1 draw. England manager Sven Goran Eriksson had a good explanation as to why his team could only manage a draw against Korea. "The pitch was much slower than the English pitches we are used to. I congratulate Korea. They played good football, especially in the second half. We were okay ourselves. I think we played well in the first half, having scored a goal". Eriksson has named his final squad and Kieron Dyer, who is recovering from a knee injury has been retained. England play Cameroon in their final pre-tournament friendly on May 26 before they start their World Cup campaign against Sweden on June 2.
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