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Wednesday, 13 October 1993
World Cup 1994 UEFA Group Two qualification match

Netherlands 2 England 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
Netherlands Squad
England Squad

Stadion Feijenoord, De Veranda, Rotterdam
Kick-off: 8.15pm local, tbc BST
Live on ITV (UK) -
Commentator: Brian Moore and Ron Atkinson

Netherlands - Ronald Koeman (61), Dennis Bergkamp (67)
Netherlands - Ronald Koeman
Results 1990-1995

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Match Summary

Officials from Germany




Referee (black) - Karl Josef Assenmacher
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Bernd Kuhn and Egbert Engler.

Reserve Official - Dr Joe Mifsud, Malta.

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Netherlands Team



FIFA (23 Sept 1993) 13th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Made by Lotto - Orange collared jerseys with shadowed dutch lions and white collar/cuffs with red/blue trim, white shorts, orange socks with white trim.
Capt: Ronald Koeman Manager: Dirk Nicolaas Advocaat, 46 (27 September 1947).
Netherlands Lineup
1 de Goey, Ed     G     GA
2 de Wolf, Jake            
3 de Boer, Frank            
4 Koeman, Ronald            
5 Koeman, Erwin            
6 Wouters, Jan            
7 Overmars, Marc            
8 Rijkaard, Frank            
9 de Boer, Ronald            
10 Bergkamp, Dennis            
11 Roy, Bryan            
Netherlands Substitutes
12 Winter, Aron, on 74th min., for Overmars            
13 van Gobbel, Ulrich, on 90th +1 min., for R. de Boer            

unused substitutes:

14-Wim Jonk, 15-John Bosman, 16-Theo Snelders.
4-4-2 De Goey -
F.de Boer, E.Koeman, R.Koeman, de Wolf -
Rijkaard, Wouters,
R.de Boer (van Gobbel) -
Roy, Bergkamp, Overmars


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



FIFA (23 Sept 1993) =5th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 12th to 13th
Colours: The 1993 Umbro home uniform - White collared shadowed zig-zag jersey with navy collar/red trim, navy shadowed zig-zag shorts with red hem, white socks with navy tops/red trim.
Capt: David Platt, seventh captaincy Manager: Graham Taylor, 49 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
37th match, W 17 - D 13 - L 7 - F 55 - A 31.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 30 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 11 9 GA
2 Parker, Paul A. 29 4 April 1964 RB Manchester United FC 18 0
3 Dorigo, Anthony            
4 Palmer, Carlton L., on 46th min. 27 5 December 1965 CM Sheffield Wednesday FC 18 1
5 Adams, Tony            
6 Pallister, Gary A. 28 30 June 1965 CD Manchester United FC 11 0
7 Platt, David A. 27 10 June 1966 M UC Sampdoria SpA, Italy 44 20
8 Merson, Paul C., off 68th min. 25 20 March 1968 M Arsenal FC 13 1
9 Shearer, Alan 22 13 August 1970 CF Blackburn Rovers FC 7 2
10 Sharpe, Lee S. 22 27 May 1991 M Manchester United FC 8 0
11 Ince, Paul            
England Substitutes
15 Sinton, Andrew, on 46th min. for Palmer 27 19 March 1966 M Queens Park Rangers FC 11 0
12 Wright, Ian E., on 68th min. for Merson 29 3 November 1963 F Arsenal FC 15 1

unused substitutes:

13-Chris Woods, 14-Chris Waddle, 16-Teddy Sheringham.
4-4-2(1-1) Seaman -
Parker, Pallister, Adams, Dorigo -
Palmer, Ince, Platt, Sharpe -
Merson -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England's World Cup hopes all but evaporated in controversial circumstances in Rotterdam. Early in the second-half of an even game, Dutch defender Ronald Koeman was lucky to escape with only a booking when he cynically pulled down David Platt as the England captain was clear through on goal. The rules clearly state that a defender should be sent off for this type of professional foul. It was Koeman, the man who should have been in the dressing-room, who popped up at the other end of the pitch in the sixty-first minute to chip in a twice-taken free-kick to give Holland the lead. Six minutes later Dennis Bergkamp beat David Seaman with a low shot from outside the penalty area to wrap up the game and virtually end England's World Cup life ... and Graham Taylor's reign as England manager. In a fascinating fly-on-the-wall television documentary shown some months later we got a taste of the sort of pressure Taylor was under. He was filmed on the touchline almost having a nervous breakdown, using the f--- word more than thirty times, and giving a new catchphrase to the country, 'Do I not like that.'

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbook
Norman Giller
, Football Author