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England National Football Team Match No. 777

England 2 Finland 1 [1-1]

Saturday, 24 March 2001

England Pre-Match

 

England Squad for Matches Against Finland & Albania March 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 25 M Manchester United FC 35 3 38 1 2 1 E  6 C
Brown, Wesley M. 13-Oct-1979 21 D Manchester United FC 1 1 2 0 0 None
Butt, Nicholas 21-Jan-1975 26 M Manchester United FC 6 4 10 0 0 None
Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 26 D Arsenal FC 35 3 38 0 2 4 C
Carragher, James L.D. 28-Jan-1978 23 D/M Liverpool FC 0 2 2 0 0 None
Carrick, Michael 28-Jul-1981 19 M West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Cole, Andrew A. 15-Oct-1971 29 F Manchester United FC 6 5 11 0 0 2 C
Cole, Ashley 20-Dec-1980 20 D Arsenal FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Cole, Joseph J. 08-Nov-1981 19 M West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Ferdinand, Rio G. 07-Nov-1978 22 D Leeds United AFC 6 5 11 0 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 09-Apr-1975 25 F Liverpool FC 7 8 15 3 0 1 C
Gerrard, Steven G. 30-May-1980 20 M Liverpool FC 1 1 2 0 0 None

Steven Gerrard withdrew from the squad on 25 March, due to a sore back.

Heskey, Emile W.I. 11-Jan-1978 23 F Liverpool FC 3 9 12 2 0 None
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
James, David B. 01-Aug-1970 30 G Aston Villa FC 3 0 3 0 0 None
Lampard, Frank J. 20-Jun-1978 22 M West Ham United FC 1 1 2 0 0 None
Martyn, A. Nigel 11-Aug-1966 34 G Leeds United AFC 11 4 15 0 0 None
McCann, Gavin P. 10-Jan-1978 23 D Sunderland AFC 0 1 1 0 0 None
McManaman, Steven 11-Feb-1972 29 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 23 8 31 3 0 None
Neville, Gary A. 18-Feb-1975 26 D Manchester United FC 38 4 42 0 0 2 C
Neville, Philip J. 21-Jan-1977 24 D Manchester United FC 23 8 31 0 0 1 C
Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 21 F Liverpool FC 16 9 25 8 0 2 C
Powell, Christopher G.R. 08-Sep-1969 31 D Charlton Athletic FC 1 0 1 0 0 None
Scholes, Paul 16-Nov-1974 26 M Manchester United FC 29 2 31 10 0 1 E  7 C
Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 37 G Arsenal FC 58 4 62 0 1 1 C
Sheringham, Edward P. 02-Apr-1966 34 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 9 39 9 0 2 C
Wright, Richard I. 05-Nov-1977 23 G Ipswich Town FC 1 0 1 0 0 None

All information is complete to and including the match against Spain on 28 February 2001.

Notes

Sunday, 18 March 2001 - Coach Sven-Göran Eriksson summoned a 26-player squad for the World Cup 2002 preliminary matches against Finland at Anfield Road in Liverpool on Saturday, 24 March and Albania at Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tiranë on Wednesday, 28 March.  

There were several changes from the unusually large 31-player squad Eriksson chose for his first match in charge, the friendly match against Spain at Villa Park in Birmingham on 28 February 2001, when he sought to play as many senior team candidates as possible in the only preparatory match he had ahead of England's resumption of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The only addition is Steven Gerrard, who was unavailable for selection to the last squad because of injury.

Six players were omitted, four of them dropped and two unavailable for selection because of injury:  Michael Ball, who played as a substitute against Spain but was named to the under-21 squad this time; Nick Barmby, who scored the first goal in an excellent 90-minute performance  against Spain but was unavailable for selection this time because of injury; Kieron Dyer, who withdrew from the last squad because of injury and was unavailable for selection this time due to injury; Ugo Ehiogu, who scored as a substitute against Spain but was not selected this time; Ray Parlour, who withdrew from the last squad because of injury and was not selected this time; and Kevin Phillips, who was an unused substitute against Spain and was not selected this time.

Four players who were unavailable for selection against Spain because of injury remain injured and unavailable:  Darren Anderton, Martin Keown, Jamie Redknapp and Trevor Sinclair, who is still uncapped.

One veteran player who was unavailable for selection against Spain because of injury but is now fit was not selected, Gareth Southgate.

Several older players available but not selected for the Spain squad again were overlooked: David Batty; Paul Ince; Graeme Le Saux; Paul Merson; Stuart Pearce; Dennis Wise.

In addition to Michael Ball, several players who have been named to previous England senior squads were put on the under-21 squad this time:  Gareth Barry, Francis Jeffers, Seth Johnson and Paul Robinson.  Alan Smith, still uncapped at the senior level, was not named to the under-21 squad because of a three-game suspension resulting from a sending-off.

Thursday, 22 March 2001 - Goalkeeper David Seaman, who missed Arsenal's match against Aston Villa last Sunday because of inflammation of the back, was declared fit to play.

Saturday, 24 March 2001 - Midfielder Steven Gerrard was declared fit to start for England after a week in which he had at times been unable to train because of soreness in his back, one of several physical problems that have plagued him throughout his relatively brief career, apparently because his bone growth has outstripped his muscle growth.  The England squad thus incurred no injury withdrawals emerged from a week of training intact for the Finland match this afternoon. 

England Results
No. Date Opposition Venue Type F A Result H.T.
760 04-Sep-1999 Luxembourg Empire Stadium, Wembley, London ECP 6 0 HW [5-0]
761 08-Sep-1999 Poland Stadion Wojska Polskiego, Warszawa ECP 0 0 AD [0-0]
762 10-Oct-1999 Belgium Stadium of Light, Sunderland F 2 1 HW [1-1]
763 13-Nov-1999 Scotland Hampden Park, Glasgow ECP 2 0 AW [2-0]
764 17-Nov-1999 Scotland Empire Stadium, Wembley, London ECP 0 1 HL [0-1]
765 23-Feb-2000 Argentina Empire Stadium, Wembley, London F 0 0 HD [0-0]
766 27-May-2000 Brazil Empire Stadium, Wembley, London F 1 1 HD [1-1]
767 31-May-2000 Ukraine Empire Stadium, Wembley, London F 2 0 HW [1-0]
768 03-Jun-2000 Malta The National Stadium, Ta'Qali F 2 1 AW [1-1]
769 12-Jun-2000 Portugal Philips Stadion, Eindhoven, Netherlands ECF 2 3 NL [2-2]
770 17-Jun-2000 Germany Stade Communal, Charleroi, Belgium ECF 1 0 NW [0-0]
771 20-Jun-2000 Romania Stade Communal, Charleroi, Belgium ECF 2 3 NL [2-1]
772 02-Sep-2000 France Stade de France, Saint-Denis F 1 1 AD [0-0]
773 07-Oct-2000 Germany Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP 0 1 HL [0-1]
774 11-Oct-2000 Finland Olympiastadion, Helsinki WCP 0 0 AD [0-0]
775 15-Nov-2000 Italy Stadio delle Alpi, Torino F 0 1 AL [0-0]
776 28-Feb-2001 Spain Villa Park, Birmingham F 3 0 HW [1-0]

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