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Wednesday, 10 September 1997
World Cup 1998 UEFA Group Two Qualification Match

England 4 Moldova 0 [1-0]

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

Match Summary
England Squad
Moldova Squad

England - Paul Scholes (28), Ian Wright (46 45:57), Paul Gascoigne (80), Ian Wright (90).
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Sweden




Referee (charcoal) - Karl-Erik Nilsson
x (x), x, FIFA listed x.

Assistant Referees - Kenneth Petersson (red/yellow) and Peter Ekstrom (yellow).
Reserve Official -
M. Ingvarsson.

Teams presented to Tony Banks, M.P., Minister for Sport.
England and Moldova staff wore black ribbons in respect and for the memory of Princess Diana, who had died ten days previously in France.
A minute silence prior to kick-off was also observed.
This match, according to some reports, has been affectionately called
'The Diana Match'.
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England Team



FIFA (20 August 1997) 7th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 1997 Umbro home uniform - White shadow pinstriped collared jersey with navy buttoned-collar, navy/red side panels, navy shorts with red/white lower side panel, white socks with navy tops and two red hoops.
Capt: David Seaman, only captaincy Manager: Glenn Hoddle, 39 (27 October 1957), appointed 2 May 1996, effective 27 June 1996,
12th match, W 10 - D 0 - L 2 - F 22 - A 4.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David     G     GA
2 Neville, Gary            
3 Neville, Philip            
4 Batty, David            
5 Campbell, Sulzeer            
6 Southgate, Gareth            
7 Beckham, David            
8 Gascoigne, Paul            
9 Ferdinand, Leslie            
10 Wright, Ian            
11 Scholes, Paul            
England Substitutes
17 Ripley, Stuart            
18 Collymore, Stanley            

unused substitutes:

12-Gary Pallister, 13-Ian Walker, 14-Graham Le Saux, 15-Robert Lee, 16-Nicky Butt.
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Moldova Team



FIFA (20 August 1997) 127th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 113th to 114th
Colours: Made by Puma - Blue collared pinstriped jerseys with yellow collars/pinstripes, red shorts, yellow socks with red/blue trim.
Capt: Alexandr Curteian Manager: Ion Caras
Moldova Lineup
1 Romanenco, Denis     G     GA
2 Fistican, Oleg            
3 Tistimitanu, Ion            
4 Culibab, Vitalii            
5 Spinu, Marin            
6 Stroenco, Serghei            
7 Curteian, Alxandr            
8 Sischin, Oleg            
9 Miterev, Iurii            
10 Rebeja, Radu            
11 Rogaciov, Serghei            
Moldova Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Serghei Dinov, 13-Alexandr Popovici, 14-Alexandr Suharev, 15-Serghei Epureanu, 16-Serghei Secu, 17-Boris Cebotari, 18-Vasilii Toloconicov.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

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)