ERIKSSON PRAISE FOR ENGLAND STARS
By Patrick Goss
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
England's new coach was understandably delighted with the victory, and The People newspaper report his comments on several individuals - including the much maligned Cole.
"It surprises me if you are saying that Cole has been talked of as not being top level.
"If Andy Cole is not a top-class international forward, where do you find one? It is difficult to find players better than him."
Eriksson also had glowing praise for several other stars, including Emile Heskey, Michael Owen and Paul Scholes.
"Heskey is like [Inter and Italy star] Christian Vieri, but with much more physical strength and Lazio have followed Owen for years.
"Whoever can get one of those two players will have made a very good deal.
"In midfield I have good players, Scholes is so passionate, Barmby has frightening speed, Beckham is top class and Frank Lampard set up two goals.
"I have some problems in defence maybe, but Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell are quality central defenders. And I like Michael Ball a lot when he came on.