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Friday, 25 May 2001
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 4 Mexico 0 [3-0]

The Pride Park Stadium, Pride Park, Derby, Derbyshire
Attendance: 33,597;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Paul Scholes (3), Robbie Fowler (14), David Beckham (25-yard free-kick 29), Teddy Sheringham (thirty-yard freekick in off the post 74).
Mexico - Jose Manuel Abundis (penalty wide 65)
Match Summary
England Squad
Mexico Squad
Team Records
no yellow or red cards
Results 2000-2005

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from Portugal





Referee (yellow) - Lucilio Cardoso Cortez Batistu
36 (26 April 1965), Lisboa, FIFA-listed 1996.

Assistant Referees and Fourth Official - tbc

The two associations agreed to the use of eleven substitutes.
15 Goal Attempts 11
10 Attempts on Target 8
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 6
4 Offside Calls Against 6
15 Fouls Conceded 11
- Possession -

England Team



FIFA (16 May 2001) 14th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 10th
Colours: The 2001 Umbro home uniform - White shadow striped v-neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs/piping and single red vertical stripe down left side, navy shorts with red vertical stripe down right side, white socks with navy/white tops.
Capt: David Beckham, fifth captaincy.
Gareth Southgate, second half
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 53 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001.
4th match, W 4 - D 0 - L 0 - F 12 - A 2.
England Lineup
1 Martyn, A. Nigel, off 46th min. 34 11 August 1966 G

Leeds United AFC

16 GA
2 Neville, Philip J. 24 21 January 1977 RB Manchester United FC 32 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 46th min. 20 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 2 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 21 30 May 1980 CM

Liverpool FC

4 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 46th min. 22 7 November 1978 CD Leeds United AFC 14 0
6 Keown, Martin R., off 46th min. 34 24 July 1966 CD Arsenal FC 37 2
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 46th min. 26 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

41 3
8 Scholes, Paul, off 46th min. 26 16 November 1974 CM Manchester United FC 34 12
9 Fowler, Robert B., off 55th min. 26 9 April 1975 F

Liverpool FC

17 4
10 Owen, Michael J., off 46th min. 21 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 28 10
11 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 67th min. 23 11 January 1978 LM Liverpool FC 15 2
England Substitutes
12 Carragher, James L.D., on 46th min. for Ferdinand 23 28 January 1978 M Liverpool FC 3 0
14 Powell, Christopher G.R., on 46th min. for A.Cole 31 8 September 1969 D Charlton Athletic FC 3 0
15 Southgate, Gareth, on 46th min. for Keown 30 3 September 1970 D Middlesbrough FC 42 1
17 Butt, Nicholas, on 46th min. for Scholes 26 21 January 1975 M Manchester United FC 13 0
18 Carrick, Michael, on 46th min. for Gerrard 19 28 July 1981 M West Ham United FC 1 0
19 Cole, Joseph J., on 46th min. for Beckham 19 8 November 1981 M

West Ham United FC

1 0
21 Smith, Alan, on 46th min. for Owen 20 28 October 1980 F

Leeds United AFC

1 0
22 James, David B., on 46th min. for Martyn 30 1 August 1970 G

Aston Villa FC

4 1 GA
20 Sheringham, Edward P., on 55th min. for Fowler 35 2 April 1966 F Manchester United FC 41 10
16 Mills, Daniel B., on 67th min. for Heskey 24 18 May 1977 D

Leeds United AFC

1 0

unused substitutes:

13-David Seaman.

team notes:

Best start for an England manager since Walter Winterbottom (whose team drew in his fifth match in charge). Biggest victory since 6-0 against Luxembourg in September 1999. England's use of ten substitutes breaks the record set year last year against Malta.
For the first time ever, England scored two free-kicks in the same match. Their seventeenth and eighteenth overall, it was Beckham's second. Sheringham becomes the first substitute to score a free-kick.
Teddy Sheringham, at 35 years and 53 days, becomes the oldest player to score ten goals for England.
4-4-2 Martyn (James) -
P Neville, Ferdinand (Carragher), Keown (Southgate), A Cole (Powell) -
(J Cole), Gerrard (Carrick), Scholes (Butt), Heskey (Mills) -
(Smith), Fowler (Sheringham).


Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals - -


Mexico Team



FIFA (16 May 2001) 13th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 21st to 25th
Colours: Made by Atletica - Green collared jerseys with white collar, white chest band with red trim, red cuffs with white trim, white shorts with green side panel/red piping, green socks with red calf band and white trim.
Capt: Claudio Saurez Manager: Enrique Meza Enriquez, 53 (3 March 1948), appointed team coach 14 September 2000
14th match,
W 5 - D 3 - L 6 - F 21 - A 19.
Mexico Lineup
1 Sanchez Ibarra, Oswaldo J. 24 21 September 1973 G CD Guadalajara   GA
2 Suarez Sanchez, Claudio 32 17 December 1968 D CF Tigres de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 156  
3 Beltran Vargas, Joaquin, off 46th min. 24 29 April 1977 D CF Universidad Nacional AC    
4 Oteo Rojas, David A 27 27 July 1973 D CF Tigres de la Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 1 0
16 Coyote Tapia, H. Alberto, off 77th min. 34 26 March 1967 M CD Guadalajara    
6 Ruiz Garcia, Marco Antonio 31 12 July 1969 M CD Guadalajara    
20 Ruiz del Valle, Victor, off 58th min. 31 7 June 1969 M Deportivo Toluca FC SA de CV    
8 Rodriguez Guerrero, Juan Pablo, off 83rd min. 21 7 August 1979 M

Atlas FC

9 Abundis Sandoval, Jose Manuel 27 11 June 1973 F CF Atlante SA de CV    
Jose Manuel Abundis 65th minute penalty was hit wide of the left-hand post. Awarded after Heskey clumsily brings down Osorno.
15 de Nigris Guajardo, Antonio 23 1 April 1978 F

CF Monterrey

22 Chavez Fernandez, Hugo G., off 46th min. 24 16 October 1976 D CA Monarcas Morelia    
Mexico Substitutes
5 Davino Rodriguez, Dulio C.J.P, on 46th min. for Beltran 25 21 March 1976 D CF America SA de CV    
13 Pardo Segura, Pavel, on 46th min. for Chavez 24 26 July 1976 D CF America SA de CV    
11 Osorno Calvillo, Daniel, on 58th min. for V Ruiz 22 16 March 1979 F

Atlas FC

7 Rangel Torres, J. David, on 77th min. for Coyote 31 12 November 1969 M Deportivo Toluca FC SA de CV    
21 Perez Gomez, Luis Ernesto, on 83rd min. for Rodriguez 20 12 January 1981 M

CF Monterrey


unused substitutes:

12-Eubrey Cabuto, 14-German Villa, 24-Oscar Dautt.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

It was rollover week at Pride Park as Sven Goran Eriksson's England hit the jackpot again.  Mexico did the rolling over as England gave themselves a massive confidence boost ahead of the crucial World Cup qualifier in Greece.  If the side which started this friendly is the one which takes the field in Athens, then England fans have every right to feel buoyant.

Superb goals from Paul Scholes, Robbie Fowler and David Beckham put England in complete control at half time, before substitute Teddy Sheringham capped an impressive night for England with a 30-yard free kick 16 minutes from time.  England's passing was slick and fluent and their football was played at a pace that defied the friendly status - not to mention the energy-sapping season most of these players have just completed.  Three goals to the good at half time, Eriksson took the opportunity of resting his first-choice players and offered first caps to Alan Smith, Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Danny Mills.  They could not have had a safer introduction to international football.   The game had long-since been won, with England establishing a stranglehold on the match inside three minutes.  Scholes, England's most prolific goalscoring midfielder, made the breakthrough, picking up Steven Gerrard's pass and letting fly with an unstoppable drive from fully 30 yards. It was just the start England fans had craved and Scholes' early thunderbolt set the scene for an entertaining game that few could have predicted.

The visitors were swamped by wave after wave of England pressure and it was little surprise when Fowler doubled the account on 14 minutes.  The goal was a cameo of the first half, as fast and fluent England passing saw David Beckham play Gerrard into space down the right and his low centre was swept home by the alert Fowler.  The goal was Fowler's fourth for his country and came against the same opposition as his first England strike.  In fairness to Mexico, England did not have it all their own way.  When the visitors had the ball, they looked keen and dangerous, with Nigel Martyn forced into a couple of smart saves by the lively Antonio De Nigris.  Yet, without the ball, it was as if Mexico were only playing with nine men. England enjoyed acres of space and chances flowed freely before captain Beckham struck a third goal that was as sharp as his mohican haircut.

Joaquin Beltran baulked Michael Owen 25 yards out and Beckham stepped forward to dispatch a trademark right-foot free kick beyond the despairing dive of Oswaldo Sanchez.  It could have been worse for Mexico, as Owen and Gerrard both wasted gilt-edged opportunities to add to the first-half goal frenzy.  Joe Cole and Smith should also both have marked their debuts with goals but were guilty of glaring misses.  But, as the game descended into an effective B international in the second half, Mexico should at least have scored their first-ever goal on English soil.  Emile Heskey's clumsy challenge on substitute Osorno gave Jose Abundis the chance to create a little bit of history for his country. Instead, the Mexican drought continued as Abundis drilled his penalty wide.  Instead, it was England who added to the scoreline as Teddy Sheringham celebrated his imminent return to Spurs with a sensational goal for his country. Joe Cole was fouled 30 yards out and, in the absence of the substituted Beckham, Sheringham stepped forward to rifle a right-foot shot in off the inside of a post.

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