Euro 2020 kicks off! Were you photographed when we watched Euro 2004?
As Euro 2020 kicks off today, the Echo looks back on the tournament of the past.
Hopes were high for England at Euro 2004 as the nation believed a team with legends such as Rooney, Beckham, Owen, Lampard and Terry had the potential to go the distance.
Rooney, who was only 18 at the time, shone on the pitch in the round of 16 game against Switzerland, scoring two of the three goals that kept the English tournament on track.
‘Rooney’ cries got deeper and louder in pubs around town as the teenager scored the first two goals, received a yellow card and was finally substituted shortly after Steven Gerrard scored the third. of the team.
And at the Litten Tree, it was a packed house with about 600 people watching the game.
13-year-old mum Tracy Lewis got up at dawn to host a special night where England faced Croatia in the quarter-finals.
Lewis’s Talbot Village house was draped in English flags, and Father Peter removed the patio from the garden to provide an observation deck in the living room that could accommodate three sofas.
The party mood darkened when Croatia opened the scoring. But there was an uproar when England equalized and cheers as their heroes led 2-1.
A photographer from Echo visited Portuguese restaurant Funchal when England faced Portugal in the quarter-finals.
They lost skipper David Beckham to injury just after half-time and Wayne Rooney was sent off after 62 minutes for a buffer over Ricardo Carvalho.
England withdrew from the tournament after losing to Portugal to sudden death following a 2-2 120-minute thriller.
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