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Wednesday, 16 November 1994
International Friendly Match

England 1 Nigeria 0 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Nigeria Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 37,196;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on
Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - David Platt (41)
Results 1990-1995

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Match Summary

Officials from Sweden




Referee (black) - Leif Sundell
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - M. Ingvarsson and M. Nilsson.

Reserve Official - P.A. Vosper, Middlesex.

Teams presented to Ron Greeenwood C.B.E. ex-England manager.
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England Team



FIFA (25 October 1994) 17th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 12th
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, twelfth captaincy Head coach: Terence Frederick Venables, 51 (6 January 1943), appointed 28 January 1994,
6th match, W 4 - D 2 - L 0 - F 10 - A 1.
England Lineup
1 Flowers, Timothy 27 3 February 1967 G Blackburn Rovers FC 3 1 GA
2 Jones, Robert M. 23 5 November 1971 RB Liverpool FC 7 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P. 26 17 October 1968 LB Blackburn Rovers FC 6 0
4 Lee, Robert M., injured off 25th min. 28 1 February 1966 M Newcastle United FC 2 1
5 Howey, Stephen N. 23 26 October 1971 CD Newcastle United FC 1 0
6 Ruddock, Neil            
7 Platt, David            
8 Beardsley, Peter            
9 Shearer, Alan            
10 Barnes, John            
11 Wise, Dennis            
England Substitutes
14 McManaman, Steven, on 25th min. for Lee            
15 Le Tissier, Matthew P., on 79th min. for Beardsley 26 14 October 1968 AM Southampton FC 5 0
16 Sheringham, Edward, on 79th min. for Shearer            

unused substitutes:

12-Stuart Pearce, 13-David Seaman.
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Nigeria Team



FIFA (25 October 1994) 12th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 25th to 26th
Colours: Made by Nike - Green jerseys with black sleeves and white trim, white/black collar/cuffs, NIGERIA across front, white shorts with black trim with white stars, green and white hooped socks.
Capt: Peter Rufai Manager: Amodu Shalbu
Nigeria Lineup
1 Rufai, Peter     G     GA
2 Eguavoen, Augustine            
3 Iroha, Benedict            
15 Adepoju, Mutiu, off 85th min.            
5 Okechukwu, Uche            
20 Okafor, Uchenna            
7 Finidi, George            
14 Amokachi, Daniel, off 60th min.            
9 Yekini, Rashidi, off 60th min.            
10 Okocha, Agustine            
11 Amunike, Emmanuel            
Nigeria Substitutes
17 Ikpeba, Viktor, on 60th min. for Amokachi            
18 Ekoku, Efangwu, on 60th min. for Yekini            
16 Kanu, Nwankwo, on 85th min. for Adepoju            

unused substitutes:

6-Douglas Bolaji, 8-Wilson Oruma, 19-Nduka Ugbade, 22-Ike Shorunmu.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Nigeria provided more evidence that African football was fast catching up - overtaking even - the rest of the world, and England were very fortunate to win a full-blooded encounter. A well-taken goal by captain David Platt separated the two teams at the end, but it could so easily have been a 3-1 victory to Nigeria but for some desperate defending. The experimental partnership of Neil Ruddock and Stephen Howey did little to boost confidence at the back, and goalkeeper Tim Flowers was often less than certain as to when to come off his line because of a lack of understanding with the central defenders. Terry Venables sent on Steve McManaman, Teddy Sheringham and Matthew Le Tissier in a bid to increase the skill input, but it was the Nigerians who continued to exhibit the better ball control.

Source Notes

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