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Wednesday, 10 February 1999
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 0 France 2 [0-0]
 

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 74,111;
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT
Live on
Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler and Andy Gray

France - Nicola Anelka (69. 76) Match Summary
England Squad
France Squad
 
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Germany

England

Type

France

Referee (yellow) - Heinz Helmut Krug
42 (19 May 1956), Gelsenkirchen, FIFA-listed 1991.

Assistant Referees - G. Schraer and T. Bastian.

Fourth Official - B. Zerr.

Teams presented to George Hardwick, ex-England captain; England mascot is Dominic Thorne, 11 years old, Finchley, London;

Presentation of trophy preceded this match for the England Members Club 'Player of the World Cup' to Michael Owen by Stephen Featherstone;
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England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (27 January 1999) 11th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th to 10th
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: Alan Shearer, eighteenth captaincy Caretaker Manager: Howard Wilkinson, 55 (13 November 1943), appointed as caretaker manager 2 February 1999.
first match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 2.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A., off 46th min. 35 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 48 24 GA
2 Dixon, Lee M., off 72nd min. 34 17 March 1964 RB Arsenal FC 22 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P. 30 17 October 1968 LB Chelsea FC 33 1
4 Ince, Paul E.C. 31 21 October 1967 M Liverpool FC 45 2
5 Adams, Tony A. 32 10 October 1966 D Arsenal FC 57 4
6 Keown, Martin R., off 86th min. 32 24 July 1966 D Arsenal FC 20 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 23 2 May 1975 M Manchester United FC 21 1
8 Redknapp, Jamie F., off 86th min. 25 25 June 1973 M Liverpool FC 11 0
9 Shearer, Alan 28 13 August 1970 F Newcastle United FC 47 22
10 Owen, Michael J., off 64th min. 19 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 13 3
11 Anderton, Darren R. 26 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 6
England Substitutes
13 Martyn, A. Nigel, on 46th min. for Seaman 32 11 August 1966 G Leeds United AFC 9 GA
17 Cole, Andrew A., on 64th min. for Owen 27 15 October 1971 F Manchester United FC 3 0
14 Ferdinand, Rio G., on 72nd min. for Dixon 20 7 November 1978 D West Ham United FC 6 0
15 Wilcox, Jason M., on 86th min. for Keown 27 15 July 1971 M Blackburn Rovers FC 2 0
16 Scholes, Paul, off 86th min. for Redknapp 24 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 15 4

unused substitutes:

12-Nigel Winterburn, 18-Robbie Fowler.
 
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Averages:

Age 28.6 Appearances/Goals - -

 

France Team

 
Current World Champions Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue v-necked collared jerseys with red chest band and three white pinbands underneath, white/red collar/cuffs/Adidas trim/piping, white shorts with blue/red Adidas trim/red hem trim, red socks with blue trim.

Rank:

FIFA (27 January 1999) 2nd
EFO ranking

ELO rating 1st
Capt: Didier Deschamps Manager: Roger Leon Maurice Lemerre-Desprez, 57 (18 June 1941), appointed 27 July 1998,
6th match, W 4 - D 2 - L 0 - F 11 - A 5.
France Lineup
16 Barthez, Fabian 27 28 June 1971 G AS Monaco FC 23 GA
15 Thuram, Lillian 27 1 January 1972 D Parma AC SpA, Italy 44 2
3 Lizarazu, Bixente 29 9 December 1969 D FC Bayern Munchen eV, Germany 44 2
17 Petit, Emmanuel 28 22 September 1970 M Arsenal FC, England 29 2
5 Blanc, Laurent, off 46th min. 33 19 November 1965 D Olympique de Marseille 78 13
6 Djorkaeff, Youri, off 83rd min. for Wiltord 30 9 March 1968 M FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 51 19
7 Deschamps, Didier, off 90th min +3 30 15 October 1968 M Juventus FC SpA, Italy 82 4
8 Desailly, Marcel 30 7 September 1968 D Chelsea FC, England 52 2
12 Anelka, Nicolas, off 84th min. 19 14 March 1979 F Arsenal FC, England 5 3
10 Zidane, Zinedine 26 23 June 1972 M Juventus FC SpA, Italy 45 11
11 Pires, Robert, off 46th min. 26 29 January 1973 F Olympique de Marseille 23 3
France Substitutes
18 Leboeuf, Frank, on 46th min. for Blanc 30 22 November 1968 D Chelsea FC, England 21 2
21 Dugarry, Christophe, on 46th min. for Pires 26 24 March 1972 F Olympique de Marseille 31 4
13 Wiltord, Sylvain, on 83rd min. fort Djorkaeff 24 10 May 1974 F FC Girondins de Bordeaux 1 0
4 Vieira, Patrick, on 84th min. for Anelka 22 23 June 1976 M Arsenal FC, England 11 0
2 Candela, Vincent, on 90th+3 for Deschamps 25 24 October 1973 D AS Roma SpA, Italy 15 1

unused substitutes:

12-Stephane Porato, 14-Alain Boghossian.

team notes:

Coach Roger Lemerre played for France in their 5-0 defeat against England in March 1969. A match that also featured Youri Djorkaeff's father, Jean.
 
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Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

Source Notes

By the time the world champions came to Wembley, Hoddle was no longer in charge of the home team. Howard Wilkinson, The F.A.'s Technical Director, stepped into the breach.  The French conjured up some breathtaking football, particularly in the second period, which must have left England feeling outclassed.  It was Arsenal's Nicolas Anelka who won the game with some smart finishing.

England had played with control and confidence in the early minutes.  France's World Cup goalkeeper, Barthez, made a classy save from a close-range Michael Owen effort after a typical Shearer knockdown and then made a successful grab for Beckham's curling free-kick.  From England's best chance Keown volleyed badly wide from ten yards.  Then France began to assert themselves, parading their impressive range of passing.  And it was European and World Player of the Year, Zinedine Zidane, who was pulling the strings.

Just after the hour the midfield maestro put a perfect pass into Anelka's stride and the Gunners star crashed a shot against the underside of the bar and out.  Replays later showed that a goal should have been given.  But the youngster, still only 19, was in irresistible form and would not be denied.  On 68 minutes he ran onto another Zidane peach to rifle the ball past Martyn, England's substitute 'keeeper, and eight minutes later he turned in Dugarry's left-wing cross for 2-0.

England, apparently, had no heart for a fight.  France exploited some lapses in concentration on the part of their opponents to run the show.  The home team found it hard to get the ball and to make matters worse, there were knocks for Keown (hamstring) and Dixon (Concussion).  England needed a pick-me-up - and soon.  - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

TheFA.com
Original newspaper reports
Official Programme
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbook
additional information - Steve Rooke

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