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June 2004
England v Switzerland on the Big Screen
By Phill Huxley
England fans
England fans before the match
Thousands of fans gathered in Birmingham to watch England's game against the Swiss. Despite an increased police presence and a strict no alcohol rule, it did little to dampen the atmosphere at the BBC Big Screen in Chamberlain Square.
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All matches on BBC1 will be shown on the BBC Big Screen in Chamberlain Square, as well as every England match.

A host of other events will be shown throughout the summer including Wimbledon, The Olympics, Last Night of the Proms and The Lord Mayor's Show.

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It was a more relaxed mood in Birmingham city centre for the England v Switzerland game. There was an air of confidence before the match, with fans predicting England would bounce back and beat the Swiss by 3 or 4 goals.

The crowd were a curious mix of fans in full England regalia and St George flags, along with smartly dressed office staff who had just finished their day at work.

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Fans packed the city centre to watch England's convincing victory over the Swiss. Take a look at some of the photos.

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The opening twenty minutes saw the Swiss on top as the square gradually filled up with nervous but expectant supporters.

Rooney header

Wayne Rooney's 23rd minute header soon eased the tension and sparked celebrations and relief amongst the assembled fans.

The second half remained close until West Brom's Bernt Haas was harshly sent off in the 60th minute, leading to much amusement amongst followers of Blues and Villa in the crowd.

The crowd in Chamberlain Square
Fans in Chamberlain Square

Rooney's second goal after great work from Villa's Darius Vassell finally secured victory, leading to smiles all round.

Singing and chanting

Steven Gerrard's strike to make it three led to an outbreak of singing and chanting from the now packed audience around the Big Screen in Chamberlain Square.

As fans filed home down New Street after the match, some claimed that England could now win the tournament, whilst others just wanted to focus on the next game against Croatia - with England now just needing a draw to go through.

England v Croatia is live on the BBC Big Screen in Chamberlain Square on Monday 21 June, Kick Off 7:45pm.

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