Neville's England return

July 1, 2006

Gary Neville returned to the starting line-up for England's World Cup quarter-final against Portugal in Gelsenkirchen.

The Manchester United full-back missed the previous three games with a calf injury and came back at the expense of Michael Carrick.

Owen Hargreaves had deputised for Neville in the second round but he reverted to his holding midfield role.

Meanwhile, Manchester United winger Cristiano Ronaldo was declared fit to start for Portugal.

Ronaldo missed the last two days of training but has recovered from the thigh injury he suffered in the stormy last-16 match with Holland.

Portugal were without suspended duo Deco and Costinha, who were sent off against the Dutch, so Armando Petit and former Chelsea midfielder Tiago came into the starting XI.

England (4-5-1): 1-Paul Robinson; 2-Gary Neville, 5-Rio Ferdinand, 6-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole; 7-David Beckham (capt), 8-Frank Lampard, 16-Owen Hargreaves, 4-Steven Gerrard, 11-Joe Cole; 9-Wayne Rooney

Portugal (4-5-1): 1-Ricardo; 13-Miguel, 16-Ricardo Carvalho, 5-Fernando Meira, 14-Nuno Valente; 8-Armando Petit, 18-Maniche, 19-Tiago, 7-Luis Figo (capt), 17-Cristiano Ronaldo; 9-Pauleta