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Twelve days before the deadline, on 9 May 2002, Sven-Göran Eriksson picked a provisional 23-man squad for the World Cup Finals with Liverpool's Danny Murphy on standby. Two days later, Newcastle United's Kieron Dyer (strained medial knee ligaments) and Liverpool's Steven Gerrard (groin) picked up injuries in their final league games of the season. The squad then travelled to Dubai on 13 May, with Murphy deputising for his club mate and West Ham United's Trevor Sinclair joining the party as standby for Dyer. Eriksson had surprisingly overlooked Real Madrid's Steve McManaman, who was set to win his second Champions League winners medal, two days later.

When Eriksson submitted his final squad list on 21 May, Gerrard (who needed an operation on his groin), was excluded, but Dyer was named in the squad, desperately trying to prove that his knee would be up to the task. England still had until June 1 to make any changes to their squad due to late injuries. Sinclair, meanwhile, remained on standby, but flew home to his pregnant wife, despite Eriksson asking him to stay with the squad, which was now in South Korea and about to head to Japan for a final warm-up match against Cameroon.

There was a further twist on the very next day, when Murphy fell awkwardly in training. Just like Beckham (still recovering) and Gary Neville (withdrawn) before him, he had broken a metatarsal and the newest member of the squad was out, with just over a week to go to England's first game. Incredibly, having just completed a 6,000-mile journey home because the injured Dyer had been picked ahead of him, Trevor Sinclair was summoned to re-join the squad in Japan as a replacement for Murphy, the original standby.

With David Beckham and Nicky Butt also recovering from injuries to add to the concerns over Dyer, Eriksson was moved to add two more players, from England's European Under-21 Championship squad, on standby. These were Alan Smith of Leeds United and David Dunn of Blackburn Rovers, who had both impressed during the recent tournament in Switzerland.

As it transpired, no more replacements were necessary. Beckham and Dyer appeared in the first game and Butt played in the second, whilst the endurance demonstrated by Sinclair's multiple long-haul flights was rewarded with four World Cup appearances for the winger.

 

No. Name Age Pos Club Starts Subs Total Goals Capts
1. Seaman, David A. 38 G Arsenal FC 64 4 68 _ GA 1 1
2. Mills, Daniel J. 25 D Leeds United AFC 2 5 7 0 0 None
3. Cole, Ashley 21 D Arsenal FC 8 0 8 0 0 None
4. Gerrard, Steven G. 22 M Liverpool FC 9 1 10 1 0 1
4. Murphy, Daniel B. 25 M Liverpool FC 1 3 4 1 0 None
4. Sinclair, Trevor L. 29 M West Ham United FC 2 3 5 0 0 None
5. Ferdinand, Rio G. 23 D Leeds United AFC 17 5 22 0 0 None
6. Campbell, Sulzeer J. 27 D Arsenal FC 43 3 46 0 2 4
7. Beckham, David R.J. 27 M Manchester United FC 46 3 49 6 13 1
6
8. Scholes, Paul 27 M Manchester United FC 42 2 44 13 0 1
9
9. Fowler, Robert B. 27 F Leeds United AFC 11 14 25 7 0 1
10. Owen, Michael J. 22 F Liverpool FC 26 10 36 16 3 2
11. Heskey, Emile W.I. 24 F/M Liverpool FC 13 11 24 3 0 2
12. Brown, Wesley M. 23 D Manchester United FC 3 3 6 0 0 None
13. Martyn, A. Nigel 35 G Leeds United AFC 19 4 23 _ GA 0 None
14. Bridge, Wayne M. 21 D Southampton FC 4 1 5 0 0 None
15. Keown, Martin R. 35 D Arsenal FC 38 5 43 2 1 3
16. Southgate, Gareth 31 D Middlesbrough FC 38 11 49 1 0 3
17. Sheringham, Edward P. 36 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 17 47 11 0 2
18. Hargreaves, Owen L. 21 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 3 3 6 0 0 None
19. Cole, Joseph J. 20 M West Ham United FC 1 5 6 0 0 None
20. Vassell, Darius 21 F Aston Villa FC 4 1 5 3 0 None
21. Butt, Nicholas 27 M Manchester United FC 10 8 18 0 0 None
22. James, David B. 31 G West Ham United FC 3 6 9 _ GA 0 1
23. Dyer, Kieron C. 23 M Newcastle United FC 5 4 9 0 0 None
 
World Cup Record  
No. Name vs. Sweden (1-1) vs. Argentina (1-0) vs. Nigeria (0-0) vs. Denmark (3-0) vs. Brazil (1-2) mins
1. Seaman, David A. Start GA 1 Start GA 0 Start GA 0 Start GA 0 Start GA 2 450
2. Mills, Daniel J. Start Start Start Start 50 Start 450
3. Cole, Ashley Start Start 29 Start off 85 Start Start off 80 435
4. Sinclair, Trevor L. unused sub sub 19 Start Start Start off 56 307
5. Ferdinand, Rio G. Start Start Start Start Start 86 450
6. Campbell, Sulzeer J. Start 12 24 Start Start Start Start 450
7. Beckham, David R.J. Captain off 63 Captain 44 Captain Captain Captain 423
8. Scholes, Paul Start Start Start Start injured off 49 Start 75 409
9. Fowler, Robert B. unused sub unused sub unused sub sub ht unused sub 45
10. Owen, Michael J. Start
Captain 63
Start off 80 Start off 77 Start 22
injured off ht
Start 23 off 79 368
11. Heskey, Emile W.I. Start Start 50 off 54 Start off 69 Start 44
off 69
Start 369
12. Brown, Wesley M. unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub 0
13. Martyn, A. Nigel unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub
0
14. Bridge, Wayne M. unused sub sub 80 sub 85 unused sub unused sub 15
15. Keown, Martin R. unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub 0
16. Southgate, Gareth unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub 0
17. Sheringham, Edward P. unused sub sub 54 sub 69 sub 69 sub 80 92
18. Hargreaves, Owen L. Start Start injured off 19 injured unused sub 108
19. Cole, Joseph J. unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub 17
20. Vassell, Darius Start off 74 unused sub sub 77 unused sub sub 79 99
21. Butt, Nicholas unused sub Start Start Start Start 360
22. James, David B. unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub unused sub 0
23. Dyer, Kieron C. sub 63 unused sub unused sub sub 49 sub 56 105
 
Post-World Cup  
No. Name Age Pos Club Starts Subs Total Goals Capts Disc
1. Seaman, David A. 38 G Arsenal FC 69 4 73 _ GA 1 1
2. Mills, Daniel J. 25 D Leeds United AFC 7 5 12 0 0 1
3. Cole, Ashley 21 D Arsenal FC 13 0 13 0 0 1
4. Gerrard, Steven G. 22 M Liverpool FC 9 1 10 1 0 1
4. Murphy, Daniel B. 25 M Liverpool FC 1 3 4 1 0 None
4. Sinclair, Trevor L. 29 M West Ham United FC 5 4 9 0 0 None
5. Ferdinand, Rio G. 23 D Leeds United AFC 22 5 27 0 0 1
6. Campbell, Sulzeer J. 27 D Arsenal FC 48 3 51 1 2 5
7. Beckham, David R.J. 27 M Manchester United FC 51 3 54 7 18 1
6
8. Scholes, Paul 27 M Manchester United FC 47 2 49 13 0 1
10
9. Fowler, Robert B. 27 F Leeds United AFC 11 15 26 7 0 1
10. Owen, Michael J. 22 F Liverpool FC 31 10 41 18 3 2
11. Heskey, Emile W.I. 24 F/M Liverpool FC 18 11 29 4 0 3
12. Brown, Wesley M. 23 D Manchester United FC 3 3 6 0 0 None
13. Martyn, A. Nigel 35 G Leeds United AFC 19 4 23 _ GA 0 None
14. Bridge, Wayne M. 21 D Southampton FC 4 3 7 0 0 None
15. Keown, Martin R. 35 D Arsenal FC 38 5 43 2 1 3
16. Southgate, Gareth 31 D Middlesbrough FC 38 11 49 1 0 3
17. Sheringham, Edward P. 36 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 21 51 11 0 2
18. Hargreaves, Owen L. 21 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 3 5 8 0 0 None
19. Cole, Joseph J. 20 M West Ham United FC 1 5 6 0 0 None
20. Vassell, Darius 22 F Aston Villa FC 5 3 8 3 0 None
21. Butt, Nicholas 27 M Manchester United FC 14 8 22 0 0 None
22. James, David B. 31 G West Ham United FC 3 6 9 _ GA 0 1
23. Dyer, Kieron C. 23 M Newcastle United FC 5 7 12 0 0 None
 

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