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Results 1990-95

Sunday, 14 June 1992
European Championship 1992 Finals Group One, match six

France 0 England 0 [0-0]
 

 

Team line-up

 

 


Match Summary
France Squad

England Squad
Team Records

Malmö Stadion, Malmö - Attendance: 26,535
Kick-off
5.15 p.m. local time, 4.15 p.m. BST
  Live on xx (UK) - Commentator: xx

 
France - Luis Fernández (31).
England - David Batty (69).

? kicked-off. 9- minutes (-).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Hungary

France

Type

England

Referee (black) - Sandor Puhl,
37
(x), x, FIFA listed 1988.

Linesmen - Laszlo Varga & Sandor Szilagyi.

Fourth official - Sandor Varga.

 


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

France Team

 

Rank:

x
ELO (6th)
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue shirts with red and white shoulder panels, white shorts, red socks with white trim.
Capt: Manuel Amoros Coach: Michel Platini, 36, appointed 1988,
28th match, W 15 - D 8 - L 5 - F 51 - A 27.
France Lineup
1 Martini, Bruno 30 25 January 1962 G AJ Auxerre 24 ? GA
2 Amoros, Manuel 30 1 February 1962 D Olympique de Marseille 81 1
13 Boli, Basile 25 2 January 1967 D Olympique de Marseille 37 1
14 Drurand, Jean-Philippe 31 11 November 1960 M Olympique de Marseille 21 0
5 Blanc, Laurent 26 19 November 1965 D SSC Napoli, Italy 24 4
6 Casoni, Bernard 30 4 September 1961 D Olympique de Marseille 26 0
7 Deschamps, Didier 23 15 October 1968 M Olympique de Marseille 23 0
8 Sauzée, Frank, sub off 46th min. 26 28 October 1965 M Olympique de Marseille 27 6
9 Papin, Jean-Pierre 28 5 November 1963 F AC Milan, Italy 37 21
10 Fernández, Luis, sub off 75th min. 32 2 October 1959 M AS Cannes 59 6
18 Cantona, Eric 26 24 May 1966 M Leeds United AFC, England 26 12
France Substitutes
20 Angloma, Jocelyn, on 46th min. for Sauzée 26 7 August 1965 D Olympique de Marseille 12 0
11 Perez, Christian, on 75th min. for Fernández 29 13 May 1963 M AS Monaco FC 21 2

unused substitutes:

3-Frank Silvestre, 4-Emmanuel Petit, 12-Christophe Cocard, 15-Fabrice Divert, 16-Pascal Vahirua, 17-Rémi Garde, 19-Gilles Rousset.
   
formation formation -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc

 

England Team

 

Rank:

x
ELO (3rd)
Colours: The 1990 home uniform - White shirts with navy blue trim, navy blue shorts with white & red trim, white socks with navy blue tops.
Capt: Gary Lineker, 17th captaincy Coach: Graham Taylor, 47, appointed 23 July 1990;
23rd match, W 13 - D 9 - L 1 - F 33 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Woods, Christopher C. E. 32 14 November 1959 G Sheffield Wednesday FC 33 x GA
19 Batty, David 23 2 December 1968 M Leeds United AFC 9 0
3 Pearce, Stuart 30 24 April 1962 D Nottingham Forest FC 49 2
4 Keown, Martin R. 25 24 July 1966 D Everton FC 8 1
5 Walker, Desmond S. 26 26 November 1965 D Nottingham Forest FC 46 0
12 Palmer, Carlton L. 26 5 December 1965 M Sheffield Wednesday FC 6 0
7 Platt, David A. 26 10 June 1966 M AS Bari, Italy 31 10
8 Steven, Trevor M. 28 21 September 1963 M Olympique Marseille, France 36 4
20 Shearer, Alan 21 13 August 1970 F Southampton FC 3 1
10 Lineker, Gary W. 31 30 November 1960 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 79 48
11 Sinton, Andrew 26 19 March 1966 M Queens Park Rangers FC 5 0

unused substitutes:

2-Keith Curle, 9-Nigel Clough, 13-Nigel Martyn, 14-Tony Dorigo, 15-Neil Webb, 16-Paul Merson, 17-Alan Smith, 18-Tony Daley.
   
formation formation

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc

 

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne to come

Graham Taylor made several changes for the challenge of France, one of the strong favourites to win the Championship and considered to be the toughest opposition in England's group.  Alan Shearer was brought in to play alongside Gary Lineker, with David Batty of Leeds introduced to stiffen the midfield.  Andy Sinton was also introduced, with Keith Curle, Paul Merson and Alan Smith the men stepping down.  It was a selection carefully thought out by Graham Taylor to counter the anticipated French strengths: he was not to know that the French would adopt the playing philosophy they did.

Their status as favourites with Holland and Germany was the result of three magnificent seasons of flowing football under Michel Platini, with a side that expressed itself in the way he himself had played the game.  So it was to England's immense surprise that they decided to take a cowering, defensive stance, as if their policy was to move into the semi-final with a draw against England and by defeating Denmark in their final group match.

It does take two sides to make a match and it seemed that only England were going for the victory.  The consequence was that England were continually frustrated by France's refusal to open up the match.  Indeed, there was little threat from the twin French striking spearhead of Jean Pierre Papin and Eric Cantona.  They were kept in their place by the excellence of Des Walker and Martin Keown.  Once again the principle concern for England was a shortage of service into the penalty area, where Gary Lineker was not enjoying the easiest of contests with his marker, Basile Boli.  It was a barren match for goal chances, but in the 26th minute England were handed a great opening as a result of a mistake by Bernard Casoni.  The man to profit was Shearer, who cut in for goal from the left.  Lineker had made the perfect run to receive the ball, but sadly Shearer's cross lacked the quality needed to turn the chance into England's first goal of the Championship.

But the real frustration of the game came in the second half, when England won a free-kick 25 yards from goal for a foul by Boli on Lineker.  It was the perfect striking range for Stuart Pearce, whose face now was bloodied by an earlier head butt from Frenchman Boli.  However, it did not appear to affect Pearce's sighting.  He drove a superb free-kick against the underside of the French crossbar, but as it thudded on down the wrong side of the line, England's victory chance had gone, leaving them in need of a win in their final game against the hosts to qualify for the last four. - The F.A. England Year 1992-93, Stanley Paul & Co Ltd, London, 1992, pages 19 & 20.

A game that was eagerly awaited fizzled out into a tame draw, with both sides too cautious and frightened of defeat. A Stuart Pearce free-kick from thirty yards shook the French crossbar, and David Platt was inches wide with a diving header. There were few other England scoring chances of note. One of the features of a disappointing game was the struggle for supremacy between deadly French striker Papin and England defender Des Walker.  Papin was hardly allowed a kick, but managed one moment of magic when his sudden shot was magnificently saved by Chris Woods.  England were struggling to find the back of the net, and searching questions were being asked about Graham Taylor's tactics, which for the purists were too much about the crude long-ball game. - Norman Giller

Source Notes

Official teamsheet
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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