England needed an own goal by Paraguay captain Carlos Gamarra to grind out a 1-0 victory in yesterday's Group B opener.
England made a dream start on a hot afternoon at the Waldstadion when Gamarra headed a David Beckham free kick into his own net after four minutes.
But they failed to show the killer instinct coach Sven-Goran Eriksson had urged, dominating for large parts of the game but failing to capitalize.
England, who lost two and drew one of the opening games in their last three tournaments, will be satisfied though with a winning start in a physical encounter.
The goal came when Beckham's ball soared into the danger zone and Gamarra sent a glancing header past keeper Justo Villar under pressure from Michael Owen and John Terry.
Paraguay were more ambitious after the break and Striker Nelson Valdez made the more threatening moves, but nothing came of it.
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