26 England fans held as team makes knock-out stage

Twenty-six England fans were detained or arrested in Nuremberg before, during and after the victory over Trinidad and Tobago which carried their team into the knock-out stages of the World Cup finals, British police in Germany said today.

Twenty-six England fans were detained or arrested in Nuremberg before, during and after the victory over Trinidad and Tobago which carried their team into the knock-out stages of the World Cup finals, British police in Germany said today.

Sixteen were picked up at the Franken stadium where England secured the 2-0 win, mainly for trying to climb into the ground or being in unauthorised areas, a spokeswoman for the Association of Chief Police Officers said.

Another 10 were held in town – six for alleged assaults, one for drunkenness, two for ticket touting and one selling forged tickets, she added.

Most of those involved have already been released.

Some 50,000 supporters made the trip to the southern German city to see late goals from Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard seal England’s place in the last 16.

Fans without tickets watched the game on big screens in the city’s squares or on televisions in bars and restaurants.

Afterwards they erupted into celebrations which passed off peacefully with no sign of disorder among the tens of thousands of supporters.

Perhaps the most encouraging news for England was a late cameo from star striker Wayne Rooney who came on as a substitute for Michael Owen, showing how well he is recovering from his metatarsal injury.

Richard Thompson, 23, a project finance analyst, from England, who watched the match in the main Hauptmarkt square, said: “We can win it, definitely. When we play the big teams – and by then Rooney will be properly fit - we’ll be playing much better.”

Alex Ralli, 22, a barman said: “We struggle against teams who put 11 men behind the ball, but against more attacking teams, such as Argentina and Germany, we can pick them off and beat them.”

Matt Ovenden, 25, a retail worker, from London, sat only a few seats away from Victoria Beckham and Wayne Rooney’s fiancée, Coleen McLoughlin, at the stadium.

He said: “Coleen looked quite happy when everyone was chanting Rooney’s name.”

He added: “It’s great that Rooney’s back. Maybe he tried a bit too much for the first game. As he was going off at the end he gave a thumbs-up, which means he must have felt good.”

James McLintock, 25, a civil servant, also from London, said: “I wasn’t too impressed but it changed a bit when Rooney came on.

“I don’t think Owen warrants his place in the next game. It was a difficult game because Trinidad had 10 men behind the ball but there were plus points with Rooney’s fitness and Crouch scoring and I thought John Terry had a good game.”

Michael Edge, 28, said: “I think it was a deserved result.”

His friend, Andrew Bennett, 36, said: “I think it was a poor performance but we got the result. I think we can do a lot better but it was great to see Rooney on the pitch after his injury.

“We are learning from the Germans by getting results and peaking in the later rounds.”

Before the game, hundreds of England fans climbed the Zeppelin Tribune which overlooks the stadium.

One group draped a St George flag on railings on the podium where Adolf Hitler made speeches to mass rallies in the 1930s but the supporters were good-natured.

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