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Wednesday, 8 March 1989
World Cup 1990 UEFA Group Two Qualification Match

Albania 0 England 2 [0-1]
 

Stadiumi Kombetar, Sheshi Italia, Tiranë
Attendance: 25,000;
Kick-off: tbc BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: Barry Davies and Trevor Brooking

England - John Barnes, Bryan Robson Match Summary
Albania Squad
England Squad
 
Results 1985-1990

? kicked-off. ? minutes (? & ?).

 

Match Summary

Officials

Albania

Type

England

Referee (-) - tbc
x (-).

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

Albania Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 99th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red collared v-necked jerseys with white Adidas trim/collar/cuffs/shoulder panel, red shadow striped shorts with white Adidas trim, red socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt:   Manager:  
Albania Lineup
1       G     GA
2              
3              
4              
5              
6              
7              
8              
9              
10              
11 Demollari, Sulejman   15 May 1964        
Albania Substitutes
1              

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

England Team

 

Rank:

No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 10th
Colours: The 1987 Umbro home uniform - White crew-necked buttoned jersey with shadow diamonds, navy collar and red/navy/white cuffs, navy shorts, with white seams and red trim, white socks with navy/red Umbro diamond trim.
Capt: Bryan Robson, fiftieth captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 56 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
74th match, W 37 - D 21 - L 16 - F 125 - A 47.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 39 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 104 68 GA
2 Stevens, M. Gary 25 27 March 1963 RB Rangers FC, Scotland 30 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 26 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 10 0
4 Webb, Neil J. 25 30 July 1963 M Nottingham Forest FC 13 2
5              
6 Butcher, Terence I. 30 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Rangers FC, Scotland 58 3
7 Robson, Bryan 32 11 January 1957 M Manchester United FC 74 24
8 Rocastle, David C. 21 2 May 1967 M Arsenal FC 4 0
9              
10 Lineker, Gary W., off 77th min. 28 30 November 1960 CF Barcelona FC, Spain 39 26
11              
England Substitutes
1? Smith, Alan M., on 77th min. for Waddle 26 21 November 1962 F Arsenal FC 3 0
1? Beardsley, Peter, on 77th min. for Lineker            

unused substitutes:

-
 
- -

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

    Match Report by Norman Giller

A toothless Albanian team failed to trouble Peter Shilton in a World Cup qualifying match that was strangely lacking in passion. England won comfortably enough with a goal in each half by John Barnes and Bryan Robson, but the talk was more of the missed chances and a seventh successive blank match for Gary Lineker. In his fiftieth game as England captain, Bryan Robson was in his usual non-stop motivating mode. It is safe to say that no England captain had ever covered as much ground after fifty games as skipper.

Source Notes

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author

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