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Match No. 775 vs. Italy Match No. 777 vs. Finland Match Results

England National Football Team Match No. 776

England 3 Spain 0 [1-0]

Wednesday, 28 February 2001

Match Summary and Report

Villa Park, Birmingham, 28 February 2001 - The team that faced Spain.
Back row - Nicky Butt, Sol Campbell, David James, Rio Ferdinand, Nick Barmby, Andrew Cole.
Front row - Paul Scholes, David Beckham (captain), Phil Neville, Michael Owen, Chris Powell.


Match Summary

Status: Friendly match.
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham, capacity 42,500.
Attendance: 41,129.
Goals: England - Nick Barmby, 37th min.
England - Emile Heskey, 54th min.
England - Ugo Ehiogu, 69th min.
Cautions: None.
Expulsions: None.
Officials: Referee - Kyros Vassaras, 35 (01-Feb-1966), Thessaloniki, Greece, FIFA-listed 1998.
Assistant referees - Not known.
Conditions: Kickoff 8:00 p.m. GMT.
Miscellany: The England team wore black armbands and observed a minute's silence in memory of former England player Stan Cullis, as well as the ten people who died in the Selby rail crash earlier today.
  Spain - Javi Moreno 78th min. penalty saved by Nigel Martyn. After Ehiogu had brought down Moreno who was sprinting into the box.




Goal Attempts 10 12
Attempts on Target 8 5
Hit Bar/Post 0 0
Corner Kicks Won 7 3
Offside Calls Against 2 2
Fouls Conceded 16 9
Time of Possession 47% 53%


England Team


17th in FIFA ranking of 14 February 2001; 13th in Elo world ranking before this match and 12th after this match.

Colours: White shirts with red stripe down left side, navy blue shorts with red stripe down right side, white socks - The "2001" home uniform.
Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 53, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
1st match,
W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 3 - A 0.
Captain: David Beckham, 2nd captaincy.  When Beckham went off at half-time, Sol Campbell took the captain's armband.

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-James, David B., sub off 46th min. 01-Aug-1970 30 G

Aston Villa FC

3 0 1997-active
2-Neville, Philip J., sub off 78th min. 21-Jan-1977 24 D Manchester United FC 31 0 1996-active
3-Powell, Christopher G.R., sub off 46th min. 08-Sep-1969 31 D Charlton Athletic FC 1 0 2001-2002
4-Butt, Nicholas, sub off 46th min. 21-Jan-1975 26 M Manchester United FC 10 0 1997-active
5-Ferdinand, Rio G., sub off 46th min. 07-Nov-1978 22 D Leeds United AFC 11 0 1997-active
6-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 26 D Arsenal FC 38 0 1996-active
7-Beckham, David R.J., sub off 46th min. 02-May-1975 25 M

Manchester United FC

38 1 1996-active
8-Scholes, Paul, sub off 46th min. 16-Nov-1974 26 M Manchester United FC 31 10 1997-2004
9-Cole, Andrew A. 15-Oct-1971 29 F

Manchester United FC

11 0 1995-2001
10-Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 21 F Liverpool FC 25 8 1998-active
11- Barmby, Nicholas J. 11-Feb-1974 27 M Liverpool FC 19 4 1995-2001

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
13-Martyn, A. Nigel, sub on 46th min. for James SAVED PENALTY 11-Aug-1966 34 G Leeds United AFC 15 0 1992-2002
15- Ehiogu, Ugochuku, sub on 46th min. for Ferdinand 03-Nov-1972 28 D Middlesbrough FC 2 1 1996-2002
19- Heskey, Emile W. I., sub on 46th min. for Beckham 11-Jan-1978 22 F Liverpool FC 12 2 1999-active
20-Lampard, Frank J., sub on 46th min. for Butt 20-Jun-1978 22 M West Ham United FC 2 0 1999-active
23-Ball, Michael J., sub on 46th min. for Powell 02-Oct-1979 21 D Everton FC 1 0 2001
24-McCann, Gavin P., sub on 46th min. for Scholes 10-Jan-1978 23 M Sunderland AFC 1 0 2001
12-Neville, Gary A., sub on 78th min. for P Neville 18-Feb-1975 26 D Manchester United FC 42 0 1995-active


Not Used:
14-Wes Brown, 16-Kevin Phillips, 17-Teddy Sheringham, 18-Robbie Fowler, 21-Jamie Carragher, 22-Richard Wright, 25-Ashley Cole, 26-Joe Cole.

Spain Team


7th in FIFA ranking of 14 February 2001; 7th in Elo world ranking before this match and 7th after this match.

Colours: Red shirts with yellow trim, white shorts, red socks; made by Adidas.
Coach: José Antonio Camacho Alfaro, 55, appointed 15 September 1998,
23rd match, W 15 - D 4 - L 4 - F 62 - A 19.
Captain: Aberlardo, handed to Luis Enrique at half-time, until he himself was substituted after 65 minutes, after which Sergi took the armband.

Spain Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Casillas, Iker, sub off 64th min. 20-May-1981 19 G

Real Madrid CF

7 0 2000-active
2-Manuel Pablo 25-Jan-1976 25 D RC Deportivo La Coruña SAD 6 0 2000-active
3-Romero 23-Jun-1971 29 D RC Deportivo La Coruña SAD 2 0 2000-active
4-Guardiola, Josep 18-Jan-1971 30 M

FC Barcelona

41 5 1992-2001
5-Aberlardo, sub off 46th min. 19-Apr-1970 30 D

FC Barcelona

54 3 1991-2001
6-Mendieta, Gaizka 27-Mar-1974 26 M Valencia CF SAD 23 4 1999-2002
7-Raúl, sub off 81st min. 27-Jun-1977 23 F

Real Madrid CF

41 18 1996-active
8-Luis Enrique, sub off 65th min. 08-May-1970 30 M

FC Barcelona

53 12 1991-2002
9-Urzáiz Aranda, Ismael, sub off 46th min. 07-Oct-1971 29 F Athletic Club Bilbao 25 8 1996-2001
10-Iván Helguera 28-Mar-1975 25 M

Real Madrid CF

16 0 1998-active
11-Unai 20-Jan-1977 24 D

Villarreal CF SAD

1 0 2001

Spain Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
16-Javi Moreno, sub on 46th min. for Urzáiz Aranda 10-Sep-1974 26 F CD Alavés SAD 1 0 2001
18-Paco, sub on 46th min. for Abelardo 18-Apr-1970 30 D RC Deportivo La Coruña SAD 20 0 1998-2001
13-Cañizares, Santiago, sub on 64th min.  for Casillas 18-Dec-1969 31 G

Valencia CF SAD

27 0 1993-active
12-Sergi, sub on 65th min. for Luis Enrique 28-Dec-1971 29 D

FC Barcelona

52 1 1994-2002
14-Victor, sub on 65th min. for Mendieta 23-Feb-1976 25 M RC Deportivo La Coruña SAD 3 0 2000-active
15-Etxeberría, Joseba, sub on 81st min. for Raúl 05-Sep-1977 23 F

Athletic Club Bilbao

33 8 1997-active
17-Baraja, Rubén, sub on 81st min. for Guardiola 11-Jul-1975 25 M Valencia CF SAD 4 1 2000-active


Not Used:

Match Report


Eriksson's first match.  The sides agreed to seven substitutes.  Since he had only this match as a  preparation exercise before England resume their World Cup qualifying campaign, Eriksson wanted to try out an entirely new team in the second half, but Spain would not agree to that many substitutions.  Three debuts:  Powell as starter and Ball and McCann as substitutes.  Only one substitution forced, Powell's at half-time because of a slight strain.  Ehiogu returned for his second cap almost five years since his first, a few minutes against China in May, 1996.  

Although the conditions, particularly the bitter cold, were definitely not to their liking, Spain began with enthusiasm and dominated possession for the first 35 minutes, but when England scored, much against the run of play, they turned tail and ran off like whipped puppies with their tails between their legs.  Camacho's statement that Spain played the ball, England played football.  


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