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Wednesday, 24 April 1996
A Green Flag International Friendly Match

England 0 Croatia 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Croatia Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 33,650;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Poland




    Cr oat ia    
Referee (white/black) - Z. Przesmycki
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Z. Urbanczyk and S. Zyjewski.

Reserve Official - K.J. Hawkes, Gloucestershire FA.

Teams presented to Jack Charlton, OBE, ex-England player

This match was preceded by Arsenal women vs. Wembley women.
13 Goal Attempts 4
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



FIFA (24 April 1996) 23rd
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 12th
Colours: The 1995 Umbro home uniform - White v-neck collared shadow striped jersey with navy overlapping collar, navy shorts with white/turquoise side triangle, white socks with two turquoise hoops.
Capt: David Platt, eighteenth captaincy Head coach: Terence Frederick Venables, 53 (6 January 1943), appointed 28 January 1994,
17th match, W 7 - D 9 - L 1 - F 21 - A 10, incl. one abandoned.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David     G     GA
2 Neville, Gary            
3 Pearce, Stuart            
4 Ince, Paul            
5 Wright, Mark            
6 McManaman, Steve            
7 Platt, David            
8 Gascoigne, Paul            
9 Fowler, Robert            
10 Sheringham, Edward            
11 Stone, Steven         5 1
England Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Ugo Ehiogu, 13-Tim Flowers, 14-Sol Campbell, 15-Dennis Wise, 16-Stan Collymore.
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Neville, Wright, Pearce -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Croatia Team



FIFA (24 April 1996) 28th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 12th to 11th
Colours: Made by Lotto - Red and white chequered v-necked collared jerseys with white overlapping collars/cuffs and red/blue trim, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Zvonimir Boban Manager: Miroslav Blazevic, 61 (10 February 1935 in Bosnia)
Croatia Lineup
1 Mrmic, Marijan 30 6 May 1965 G NK Varteks   GA
2 Pavlicic, Dubravko 28 28 November 1967 CD Hercules de Alicante CF SAD, Spain    
3 Jarni, Robert 27 26 October 1968 LB Real Betis Balompie SAD, Spain    
4 Stimac, Igor 28 6 September 1967 CD Derby County FC, England    
5 Jerkan, Nikola 31 8 December 1964 D Real Oviedo SAD, Spain    
6 Bilic, Slaven 27 11 September 1968 D West Ham United FC, England    
7 Asanovic, Aljosa 30 14 December 1965 M Real Vallodolid CF SAD, Spain, on loan from HNK Hajduk Split SDD    
8 Prosinecki, Robert 27 12 January 1969
born in West Germany
M FC Barcelona, Spain    
9 Suker, Davor 28 1 January 1968 F Sevilla FC SAD, Spain    
10 Boban, Zvonimir 27 8 October 1968 M AC Milan SpA, Italy    
11 Boksic, Alen 26 21 January 1970 F SS Lazio SpA, Italy    
Croatia Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Drazen Ladic, 13-Zvonimir Soldo, 14-Mario Stanic, 15-Mladen Mladenovic, 16-Igor Pamic.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Croatia came to contain rather than conquer, and frustrated England with defensive tactics that completely spoiled the game as a spectacle. England would have won comfortably but for five squandered chances, with the lively Robbie Fowler the biggest offender.  The statistics speak for themselves: England had 13 attempts on goal to just four by Croatia. Terry Venables experimented with three rather than four defenders in the back line, Mark Wright flanked by Gary Neville and Stuart Pearce. It worked to a degree, but the Croatians - beautifully composed on the ball - did not give the system a proper test because of their negative approach. England very nearly got the win they deserved ten minutes from the end when Steve McManaman drilled the ball against a post.

Source Notes

Dubravko Pavlicic tragically died, aged 44, of pancreatic cancer, on 4 April 2012.

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