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Wednesday, 15 November 2000
An Uleveto International Friendly Match

Italy 1 England 0 [0-0]

Stadio delle Alpi, Santa Rita, Torino
Attendance: 22,714 paid, 30,000 actual;
Kick-off: 8.45pm local, 7.45pm GMT
Live on Sky Sports 2 (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

Italy - Gennaro Gattuso (thirty yard strike 58) Match Summary
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England kicked-off. 92 minutes (45 & 47).


Match Summary

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Referee (yellow) - Sandor Puhl
45 (14 July 1955), Miskolc, FIFA-listed 1988.

Assistant Referees - Bela Mero and Josef Binescik
(spellings need clarification)

Fourth Official - Rosem Roberts

A minute's silence is observed to mark a tragedy in the Agnelli family, long-time patrons of Juventus.

Each team was allowed six substitutions by agreement between the teams.
9 Goal Attempts 7
3 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
4 Corner Kicks Won 6
1 Offside Calls Against 3
11 Fouls Conceded 17

Italy Team



FIFA (15 November 2000) 5th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th
Colours: Made by Kappa - Azure blue crew-neck collared jerseys with darker blue seams, white shorts, azure blue socks.
Capt: Paolo Maldini, 62nd  captaincy. 
Fabio Cannavaro 74th min.
Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni, 61 (17 March 1939), appointed 7 July 2000, 
4th match, W 3 - D 1 - L 0 - F 8 - A 2.
Italy Lineup
1 Buffon, Gianluigi 22 28 January 1978 G

SSD Parma Calcio 1913 Srl

16 GA
2 Coco, Francesco 23 14 June 1977 LM AC Milan SpA 3 0
3 Maldini, Paolo C., off 74th min. 32 26 June 1968 LB AC Milan SpA 114 7
4 Albertini, Demetrio, off 52nd min. 29 23 August 1971 CM AC Milan SpA 76 2
5 Cannavaro, Fabio 27 13 September 1973 RB SSD Parma Calcio 1913 Srl 45 0
6 Nesta, Alessandro, off 67th min. 24 19 March 1976 CD SS Lazio SpA 35 0
7 Di Livio, Angelo, off 52nd min. 34 26 July 1966 RM

ACF Fiorentina SpA

32 0
8 Gattuso, Gennaro I. 22 9 January 1978 CM AC Milan SpA 6 1
9 Inzaghi, Filippo, off 73rd min. 27 5 April 1976 F

Juventus FC SpA

28 11
10 Fiore, Stefano 25 17 April 1975 SM Udinese Calcio SpA 14 1
11 Delvecchio, Marco, off 61st min. 27 7 April 1973 F AS Roma SpA 11 2
Italy Substitutes
16 Di Biagio, Luigi, on 52nd min. for Albertini 29 3 June 1971 CM FC Internazionale Milano SpA 20 2
17 Zenoni, Damiano, on 52nd min. for Di Livio 23 23 April 1977 RM Atalanta BC SpA 1 0
21 Inzaghi, Simone, on 61st min. for Delvecchio 24 5 April 1976 F SS Lazio SpA 2 0
15 Adani, Daniele, on 67th min. for Nesta 26 10 July 1974 CD ACF Fiorentina SpA 1 0
20 Del Piero, Alessandro, on 73rd min. for F. Inzaghi 26 9 November 1974 F Juventus FC SpA 40 13
14 Bertotto, Valerio, on 74th min. for Maldini 27 15 January 1973 LB Udinese Calcio SpA 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Francesco Toldo, 13-Giuseppe Pancaro, 18-Gianluca Pessotto, 19-Massimo Ambrosini.

team notes:

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni played for Italy against England in May 1961.
3-4-3(1-2) Buffon -
Cannavaro, Nesta (Adani), Maldini (Bertotto) -
Di Livio (Zenoni), Albertini (Di Biagio), Gattuso, Coco -
Fiore -
F.Inzaghi (Del Piero), Delvecchio (S. Inzaghi).


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



FIFA (15 Nov 2000) =16th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 14th
Colours: The 1999 Umbro home uniform - White shadow horizontal striped crew neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs, white Umbro sleeves trim, navy shorts with navy Umbro side trim, white socks with navy pintrim.
Capt: David Beckham, first captaincy Caretaker Head Coach: Peter John Taylor, 47 (3 January 1953), appointed as part-time caretaker coach 22 October 2000.
only match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 0 - A 1.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 30 1 August 1970 G

Aston Villa FC

2 1 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 25 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 41 0
3 Barry, Gareth, off 73rd min. 19 23 February 1981 LM Aston Villa FC 6 0
4 Butt, Nicholas, injured off 26th min. 25 21 January 1975 CM Manchester United FC 9 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 22 7 November 1978 CD West Ham United FC 10 0
6 Southgate, Gareth 30 3 September 1970 LB Aston Villa FC 41 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 25 2 May 1975 CM

Manchester United FC

37 1
8 Parlour, Raymond, off 78th min. 27 7 March 1973 RM Arsenal FC 10 0
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 73rd min. 22 11 January 1978 F

Liverpool FC

11 1
10 Barmby, Nicholas J. 26 11 February 1974 F Liverpool FC 18 4
11 Dyer, Kieron C., off 83rd min. 21 29 December 1978 CM Newcastle United FC 8 0
England Substitutes
20 Carragher, James L.D., on 26th min. for Butt 22 28 January 1978 CM Liverpool FC 2 0
18 Johnson, Seth A.M., on 73rd min. for Barry 21 12 March 1979 LM Derby County FC 1 0
14 Phillips, Kevin M., on 73rd min. for Heskey 27 25 July 1973 F Sunderland AFC 6 0
16 Anderton, Darren R., on 78th min. for Parlour 28 3 March 1972 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 29 7
15 Fowler, Robert B., on 83rd min. for Dyer 25 9 April 1975 F Liverpool FC 15 3

unused substitutes:

12-Phil Neville, 13-Richard Wright, 17-Michael Ball, 19-Frank Lampard, 22-Paul Robinson.
3-5-2(1-1) James -
G.Neville, Ferdinand, Southgate -
Parlour (Anderton), Beckham, Butt
(Carragher), Dyer (Fowler), Barry (Johnson) -
Barmby -
Heskey (Phillips).


Age 24.7 Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

Gennaro Gattuso's thunderbolt shattered England's young hearts on a mist-shrouded Turin night.  But coach-elect Sven Goran Eriksson should feel at least partially encouraged after watching a gutsy England display against a near full-strength Italy side.  England were unlucky not to be awarded at least one penalty as Peter Taylor's new-look side were beaten by a moment of sheer power from former Rangers star Gattuso.  Although England pressed for a late equaliser, Giovanni Trapattoni's team held firm and there was no way back for the visitors.  England at least had a much better shape than they did against Germany in October, though it would have been difficult for them not to have.

It was one of the most youthful sides ever fielded by England and it took them time to get into their stride.  The Stadio Delle Alpi, home of Juventus, was less than a third full for the match with just 22,000 turning out.

And it was a positively low key opening to a game played in sodden conditions.  Emile Heskey, in his most effective international game to date, had England's first serious attempt on goal when he tried his luck from 25 yards but saw the ball narrowly fly over.  Taylor had to make a change when Nicky Butt limped out of the game and was replaced by Liverpool's Jamie Carragher, who was making his second England appearance.  David James easily held on to a low 20-yard effort from Angelo di Livio as the half-hour mark was reached with the game still in second gear.

England grew in stature with the Italians content to sit back in midfield and let the visitors push tentatively into their half.  Beckham - looking for only his second international goal - caused Gianluigi Buffon to fumble his speculative 30-yard effort before the Italian keeper grabbed the ball to leave the game goalless at half time.

Trapattoni made a double change early in the second period with Roberto Di Biagio and Zenoni asked to inject more life into the Italians.  The game turned moments after Ray Parlour's shot was kept out by Buffon. Beckham was felled in the box and Gattuso, reacting angrily appeared to aim a slap at his head as the England skipper moved back up field.  But the Italians quickly broke forward with the perfect counter-attack which cost England dear.  Gattuso let fly from fully 30 yards with a potent strike which James had no chance of stopping.

England had penalty appeals rejected when Heskey went down in the box under a challenge from Alessandro Nesta as Hungarian referee Sandor Puhl ignored their claims.  Both coaches made several changes and Derby's Seth Johnson almost equalised with his first international touch. He raced into the area to meet a Dyer cross but Buffon pulled off his best save of the night to keep the ball out.  But England also came close to snatching an equaliser when a corner from Beckham picked out Gareth Southgate at the far post and his downward header flew only inches wide.  The game ended amid a torrential downfall and despite being beaten, England's spirits were not dampened too much.  How much Eriksson learnt from the game remains to be seen. It is likely that the next England squad - to face Spain in February - will be vastly different from this one.

This was the last match for Hungarian referee Sandor Puhl, who was retiring at 45 after a long career marked by both distinction and controversy in which he presided over five other England matches.  He earned his FIFA badge in 1988 and refereed the 1994 World Cup final match between Italy and Brazil in Los Angeles.  By then he had taken charge of two England matches, the scoreless draw with France in Sweden at the 1992 European Championship and the 2-0 loss to Norway in Oslo in 1993 that virtually put an end to England's hopes of qualifying for the 1994 World Cup finals.  After refereeing one of the long string of England friendlies leading up to the 1996 European Championship, the 3-1 win against Switzerland at Wembley Stadium in 1995, he handled two crucial Wembley matches, the 1996 European Championship semi-final, when England drew 1-1 with Germany but went out on penalty kicks, and the 1-0 loss to Italy in early 1997, England's first defeat at home in a World Cup qualifier.  But in December, 1997 UEFA suspended Puhl for the remainder of the season because of his performance in a European Champions' League match between Feyenoord and Manchester United.  UEFA said he "failed to inflict the appropriate sanction" after Paul Bosvelt felled United's Irish international defender Denis Irwin with a lunge to the knee during the match in Rotterdam on November 5, 1997.  It noted he had seen the incident but failed to take any action beyond giving a free kick and did not even mention it in his match report.

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