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Wednesday, 12 June 1991
Dunhill Invitation Match

Malaysia 2 England 4 [0-3]
Match Summary
Malaysia Squad

England Squad
Team Records
The Three Lions Squad for the Summer Tour of Australasia pre-Malaysia  June 1991
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Barrett, Earl D. 28 April 1967 24 CD Oldham Athletic FC 1 0 1 0 0 None
Barrett was added to the squad on 20 May
Batty, David 2 December 1968 22 M Leeds United AFC 3 1 4 0 0 None
Charles, Gary A. 13 April 1970 21 RB Nottingham Forest FC 1 0 1 0 0 None
Clough, Nigel H. 19 March 1966 25 F Nottingham Forest FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Coton, Anthony P. 19 May 1961 29 G Manchester City FC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 none
Curle, Keith 14 November 1963 27 CD Wimbledon FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Curle is unavailable to play for England because of a broken jaw
Deane, Brian C. 7 February 1968 23 F Sheffield United FC 1 1 2 0 0 None
Deane was added to the standby squad on 20 May, and full squad on 23 May
Dorigo, Anthony R. 31 December 1965
in Adelaide, Australia
25 LB Leeds United AFC 2 4 6 0 0  
Hirst, David 7 December 1967 23 F Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 1 2 1 0 None
Hirst was added to the squad on 20 May
Hodge, Steve B. 25 October 1962 30 M Nottingham Forest FC 18 6 24 0 0 1
Lineker, Gary W. 30 November 1960 30 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 63 4 67 41 (4) 7 (5) None
Martyn, A. Nigel 11 August 1966 24 G Crystal Palace FC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 none
Parker, Paul A. 4 April 1964 27 M Queen's Park Rangers FC 15 1 16 1 0 2
Pearce, Stuart 24 April 1962 31 LB Nottingham Forest FC 39 1 40 2 1 2
Platt, David A. 10 June 1966 24 M Aston Villa FC 14 7 21 7 (1) 0 None
Salako, John A. 11 February 1969
in Ibadan, Nigeria
22 LF Crystal Palace FC 1 2 3 0 0 None
Thomas, Geoffrey R. 5 August 1964 26 M Crystal Palace FC 6 0 6 0 0 None
Walker, Desmond S. 26 November 1965 25 CD Nottingham Forest FC 33 2 35 0 0  
Walters, Mark E. 2 June 1964 27 F Rangers FC, Scotland 1 0 1 0 0 None
Wise, Dennis F. 16 December 1966 24 M Chelsea FC 4 1 5 1 0 None
Woods, Christopher C.E. 14 November 1959 31 G Rangers FC, Scotland 14 9 23 6ᵍᵃ 0  
Wright, Ian E. 3 November 1963 27 F Crystal Palace FC 3 1 4 0 0 None
Wright, Mark 1 August 1963 27 CD Derby County FC 36 3 39 1 (1) 1  

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the tenth of the 1990-91 season, against New Zealand on 3 June 1991


Monday, 13 May 1991 - Crystal Palace forward John Salako is the surprise inclusion in Graham Taylor's 20-man squad for the summer tour of Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, starting on 27 May. The tour party leaves just two days later the Wembley international against Argentina a week on Saturday and includes 14 of the players named by Taylor to face the World Cup runners-up. No players from Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United have been released for the tour. Rangers were happy to release Chris Woods and the untried Mark Walters for the tour, wanted Gary Stevens to be rested.

Monday, 20 May 1991 - Striker David Hirst found himself added to the party for England's senior tour to Australasia after some magnificent finishing for England B in Walsall tonight. Hirst thrilled the record Bescot Stadium crowd by adding two more goals to the 32 he had registered for promoted Sheffield Wednesday. Earl Barrett, who played solidly at the back, has also been added to the senior party, whilst Brian Deane has been asked to standby.
Ranger Chris Woods can stake his claim to the number one jersey - and there is nothing much his rival David Seaman can do about it. Graham Taylor has told his two keepers they are dead-heat in his judgement, but he is determined to make one of them first choice by the start of the new season. Woods will be accompanying Taylor to Australasia next month, whereas Seaman will be staying at home. Taylor has left it up to the club managers to decide whether to release players for the trip, and Arsenal, after the strains of the Football League, have withdrawn their big names.

Tuesday, 21 May 1991 - Mark Wright has clambered from the wreckage of Derby's relegation season to claim the highest accolade, the captaincy of his country, in tonight's opening Cup game against the Soviets. Wright, likely to leave the Baseball Ground this summer, becomes England's 31st post-war leader, and the third in Taylor's seven-match reign, in the absence of Gary Lineker.
David Platt took England boss Graham Taylor into seventh heaven at Wembley, in front of the men who want to spend £5 million for him. Marseille had representatives watch Platt score twice in a 3-1 win against the Russians, taking Taylor's record as England boss to seven games unbeaten. Platt recently turned down a £4 million transfer to Bari. Other Italian clubs, Lazio's manager, Carlo Regalia, and secretary, Maurice Mancini, were in attendance also, and Arsenal are also in the hunt for his signature.

Friday, 24 May 1991 - Leeds continued their end-of-season recruitment campaign when they signed Chelsea's left-back Tony Dorigo. The former Aston Villa player signed a four year contract at Elland Road before returning south to link up with the England squad. The fee has yet to be agreed. Manchester United, Liverpool and Rangers were all believed to be also interested.

Saturday, 25 May 1991 - England had to at least draw today to send them off on their summer tour of Australasia with their first piece of silverware in the Lancaster Gate trophy room. After 15 minutes Gary Lineker popped up to give Taylor's side the lead. England had most of the play in the opening stages of the game. Lineker sneaked around the back of the Argentine defence to nod in a raking diagonal free-kick from Pearce. It was his fortieth goal for England, and his fifth in seven matches for Graham Taylor. Most of the malice in the tackles came from Pearce and Batty, though the South Americans were not averse to the odd body check to stem England's constant pressure. The lessons handed out by Argentina were all about the seedier side of the game. These volatile South Americans are masters of all those dubious arts, and are most certainly not ashamed to exhibit their vast knowledge. After David Platt's 51st minute gave England a two-goal advantage, slack defending allowed Argentina to draw level in the space of six minutes. Even more calamitous was the way the game deteriorated in an ugly final 20 minutes.

Monday, 27 May 1991 - Gary Lineker has been released from part of England's Australasia tour to help ease Tottenham Hotspur's financial crisis. Graham Taylor has bent the rules to give the Spurs striker permission to play in an exhibition match in Tokyo next month after receiving a personal envoy from the Japanese FA. The lucrative fixture was at risk after the loss of crowd-pleaser Paul Gascoigne. Taylor turned down Tottenham's initial request to give Lineker a five-day pass from the three week tour. The squad are due to leave today. Taylor insisted that the players make the whole trip or none of it. He had already ruled out Waddle because he would miss the start of the tour. But Taylor relented after the Japanese plea and Lineker will now miss the game against New Zealand in Wellington on June 8, rejoining the squad in Malaysia two days later.

Thursday, 30 May 1991 - Wimbledon centre-half Keith Curle gritted his teeth and vowed to see England's tour through to its conclusion, even though a broken jaw has cost him any chance of making his debut for Graham Taylor. The uncapped Curle was injured in a training accident with Leeds' midfielder David Batty just 24 hours after arriving in Australia. After being examined by a specialist, 27 year-old Curle was delighted to be told he may not have to be flown straight back home - though he will need an operation to repair the damage in a Sydney hospital. Batty was upset when he learned that he had shattered Curle's hopes of making his England breakthrough.

Friday, 31 May 1991 - Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst completes a meteoric rise with his England debut in tomorrow's friendly against Australia. Nigel Clough wins his first full cap in two years as Graham Taylor makes four changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Argentina. Chris Woods returns and Paul Parker switches to right-back. The most disappointed player after the time announcement was Leeds' new signing Tony Dorigo, who was desperate to play against the country in which he grew up.

Saturday, 1 June 1991 - An own goal spared England's embarrassment down-under as they struggled to break down a defiant Australia in the first match of their summer tour in Sydney. Midfielder Ian Gray turned a 40th minute Stuart Pearce cross into his own net to make up for first-half chances missed by Mark Wright, Gary Lineker, David Platt and Nigel Clough. But Graham Taylor's side had to rely on two superb saves by Rangers goalkeeper Chris Woods to stay on level terms before the Aussies' self-destruction. New Zealand referee Barry Tasker booked Aurelio Vidmar for dissent after he gave away a free-kick against Paul Parker who then joined him in the book for a late foul on Zelic. England had a chance from a corner, Pearce running over Clough's low cross angled out to the edge of the penalty area, but Batty blasted his shot over the bar. Two minutes later the Forest connection almost forged a breakthrough, Des Walker and Clough combining to put Pearce in on the left. But a desperate though excellent interception by Wade denied Geoff Thomas his shot.

Monday, 3 June 1991 - Gary Lineker's 41st goal for his country, two minutes into injury time, saved England from the humiliation of being held by the part-timers of New Zealand in Auckland. The Tottenham striker pounced at the near post, scooping in Paul Parker's low cross from the right to dampen down the Kiwi centenary celebration which looked like being given an astonishing launch in the second match of England's gruelling summer tour. But it was a dire performance by England who only threatened to extend Graham Taylor's's unbeaten ten-match reign with a win in the dying minutes.

Graham Taylor today accused New Zealand of exploitation as a major row rocked England's tour Down Under. Taylor was furious to discover he and assistant Lawrie McMenemy were being billed as the start attraction at lunches in Auckland and Wellington without their knowledge during their trip to mark the Kiwi FA's centenary celebrations. And his anger was further fuelled by the revelation that 'golf dates' with the England stars are being sold to businessmen for tomorrow's rest day. "Whoever is responsible for this is completely out of order. I want to make it clear I shall not be at the lunch, my name is being taken completely in vain."

Tuesday, 4 June 1991 - Former England player Trevor Brooking and TV Commentator John Motson have helped diffuse the row with their New Zealand hosts. They will step in as guest speakers at the Auckland lunch that Graham Taylor has boycotted. After an apology from top New Zealand officials, the FA sought a compromise to save the lunch and found it when the two BBC men offered their services. Along with half a dozen of Taylor's squad and several English journalists, Brooking also helped rescues today's golf event.

Wednesday, 5 June 1991 - Ian Wright has been guaranteed another England chance against New Zealand on Saturday when he will stand-in for fly-away captain Gary Lineker. The 27 year-old Crystal Palace will win his fourth cap in Wellington, manager Graham Taylor confirmed, after Lineker left on a five-day trip to Japan to make his own contribution to Tottenham's financial rescue. Wright has yet to score, and is still very much the understudy-in-waiting for his 41-goal captain.

Thursday, 6 June 1991 - Gary Charles, Nottingham Forest's exciting 21 year-old right-back, will make his England debut on Saturday. And there are first full caps for Sheffield United striker Brian Deane and Crystal Palace winger John Salako as Graham Taylor makes four changes. Forest captain Stuart Pearce will lead his country for the first time. Missing are Paul Parker and Mark Walters, and Dennis Wise is preferred to David Batty.

Saturday, 8 June 1991 - John Salako lifted England's summer tour blues with a dazzling display against New Zealand in the teeth of a howling Wellington gale. The Crystal Palace winger tortured the Kiwi part-timers as Graham Taylor's side picked up by far the most convincing of their three wins Down Under. Salako set up the first goal for stand-in captain Stuart Pearce ― only his second 40 games for England ― and only the woodwork denied the 22-year-old a last minute goal in his first full game. In between, Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst, a second half substitute for Brian Deane, grabbed his first goal for his country. Nottingham Forest full-back Gary Charles made an assured debut, spoilt only by a late back pass that set up Kiwi striker Michael McGarry. It could have taken the gloss off the England victory but Des Walker came to the rescue with a goal-line clearance.

Monday, 10 June 1991 - As the England squad arrive in Malaysia, Nigel Clough looks set to be given one more game to prove he has what it takes for England in Wednesday's summer tour curtain call in Malaysia. The 25-year-old Nottingham Forest midfielder has been snubbed since his hugely disappointing performance in his first game in Australia. But Graham Taylor may give him another chance in Kuala Lumpar. Clough may be joined by the fifth Forest member of the squad, Steve Hodge, who has been a surprising absentee from the first three matches.
John Salako and Gary Charles were also cautioned not to get too carried away with their success on the tour. Salako was told "John Barnes is till unchallenged ahead of you, and Lee Sharpe's there too." But he has certainly lifted a previously drab tour, but he has showed his inexperience too. Taylor and McMenemy are quick to point out, impressive though the youngsters have been, it is the few senior players such as Pearce, Walker and Mark Wright who have helped hold the tour together.
In Japan, Gary Lineker's Tottenham Hotspur lose 4-0 to Japan in the Kirwin Cup.

Tuesday, 11 June 1991 - Nigel Clough has indeed been given a belated chance to retrieve his reputation in England's final match of the tour tomorrow night. Nottingham Forest's deep lying striker will move up front alongside Gary Lineker, as Graham Taylor makes three changes. Leeds' cracking midfielder David Batty is also brought back replacing Dennis WIse, but there is still no place for Steve Hodge, who has been suffering with minor ill-health worries. WIth Chris Woods recovering from a sore thumb, goalkeepers Tony Coton and Nigel Martyn look set to return home without seeing any action, along with Tony Dorigo and Keith Curle. Gary Charles is retained at right-back and John Salako wins his fourth cap on the left wing.

W D W W W  f 9:a success: 83%
670 1 May 1991 - Turkey 0 England 1 [0-1]
Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir (20,000/25,000)
671 21 May 1991 - England 3 USSR 1 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (23,789)
Smith, Platt (2 (1 pen))
M.Wright OG
672 25 May 1991 - England 2 Argentina 2 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (44,497)
Lineker, Platt
García, Franco
673 1 June 1991 - Australia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Gray OG Tour AW
674 3 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 1 [0-0]
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
Lineker AW
675 8 June 1991 - New Zealand 0 England 2 [0-1]
Athletic Park, Wellington
Pearce, Hirst AW