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   June 21, 2002 | 1515 IST


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We could have done better: Eriksson

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England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson admitted his team could have played better when Brazil were reduced to 10 men in the 2-1 defeat in the World Cup quarter-finals on Friday.

"I hoped we would have done a little bit better when we played 11 against 10 but it was too late and we were tired. We didn't use our advantage very much.

"We were chasing, chasing - I don't think we had one shot on goal when 11 on 10. The boys tried very hard.

"Brazil were very good at keeping the ball. We could maybe have done better today. It was a great pity.

"They are better than us at keeping the ball. I think that's the difference.

"We made a small mistake at the end of the first half and maybe another at the beginning of the second.

"But, no regrets. We had a great opportunity to reach the semifinal and we didn't take it. We did very well in the first half until injury time.

"We learned a lot of course, many things and a lot of young players we have in the squad they will be better and better.

"Congratulations to Brazil, they have a very good football team and they play very good football."

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