The Three Lions were beaten by Malaysia in their final group game in Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia 6-2 England
KL World 5's
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Friday 1 February 2008
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England’s final group game in Kuala Lumpur ended in disappointment, as hosts Malaysia ran out as 6-2 winners at the Stadium Negara.
The result means that the Three Lions will now take on China in Sunday’s final game, after they finished in the same position in Group B.
Graeme Dell’s side fell behind to a tenth minute goal, but hit back almost immediately through Alex Sykes’ ferocious shot, to register his third goal of the competition.
Malaysia soon restored their lead though, with two quick fire goals making it 3-1 at the half-time break.
Two more goals in fast succession five minutes made it 5-1 to the home side before they completed their scoring with five minutes to go.
England did manage to reduce the arrears though, when Marc Canham struck home, also in the 35th minute.
"We came to KL with our eyes wide open,” admitted Dell, after the game.
“We knew it was going to be difficult and we certainly did not expect to win all four matches we played in our group.
"But we have learnt a lot from this trip and hopefully we will take the lesson learnt to improve our game.
“Of course our reputation as a footballing nation has taken a beating here but then again as I said, we are on a learning curve.
"The difference in standard between us and the rest, including Malaysia, shows that we are still new in the game and Malaysia are probably much better than us."