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England National Football Team Match No. 779

England 4 Mexico 0 [3-0]

Friday, 25 May 2001

England Pre-Match


England Squad for Match Against Mexico & Greece June 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 26 M Manchester United FC 37 3 40 2 4 1 E  6 C
Brown, Wesley M. 13-Oct-1979 21 D Manchester United FC 1 2 3 0 0 None

Wes Brown withdrew from the Mexico match because of an Achilles tendon injury.

Butt, Nicholas 21-Jan-1975 26 M Manchester United FC 7 5 12 0 0 None
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, Ashley 20-Dec-1980 20 D Arsenal FC 1 0 1 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 8 5 13 0 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 09-Apr-1975 26 F Liverpool FC 7 9 16 3 0 1 C
Gerrard, Steven G. 30-May-1980 20 M Liverpool FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11-Jan-1978 23 F Liverpool FC 3 11 14 2 0 None
James, David B. 01-Aug-1970 30 G Aston Villa FC 3 0 3 0 0 None
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Keown, Martin R. 24-Jul-1966 34 D Arsenal FC 34 2 36 2 1 3 C
Martyn, A. Nigel 11-Aug-1966 34 G Leeds United AFC 11 4 15 0 0 None
McManaman, Steven 11-Feb-1972 29 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 25 8 33 3 0 1 C

McManaman was allowed to withdraw from the Mexico match because his club side, Real Madrid, had a
match the following day in which victory would secure them first place in the Spanish league.

Mills, Daniel J. 18-May-1977 24 D Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None

Danny Mills received a late call to the squad when injury forced Wes Brown's withdrawal from the Mexico match.

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 18 9 27 10 0 2 C
Parlour, Raymond 07-Mar-1973 28 M Arsenal FC 3 7 10 0 0 None

Ray Parlour withdrew from the Mexico match because of a thumb injury requiring minor surgery.

Powell, Christopher G.R. 08-Sep-1969 31 D Charlton Athletic FC 2 0 2 0 0 None
Scholes, Paul 16-Nov-1974 26 M Manchester United FC 31 2 33 11 0 1 E  8 C
Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 37 G Arsenal FC 60 4 64 0 1 1 C
Sheringham, Edward P. 02-Apr-1966 35 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 10 40 9 0 2 C

Teddy Sheringham signed with Tottenham Hotspur on 26 May, the day after the match against Mexico.

Smith, Alan 28-Oct-1980 20 F Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 03-Sep-1970 30 D Middlesbrough FC 34 7 41 1 0 3 C

All information is complete to and including the match against Albania on 28 March 2001.


Wednesday, 10 January 2001 - The Football Association announced England will play a friendly match against Mexico at Pride Park, home of Derby County, on 25 May 2001. 

The Mexico match, which will serve as preparation for England's World Cup 2002 qualification match in Greece on 6 June, is the first full international to be held at Pride Park, although two of Derby County's former homes staged British Championship matches against Ireland, the Baseball Ground England's 2-1 victory on 11 February 1911 and the Derbyshire County Cricket Club England's 9-0 win on 9 March 1895.  The award of the match to Derby represents recognition of the large attendances Pride Park drew for two recent England under-21 matches.

England last played Mexico in their 2-0 friendly match victory at Wembley Stadium on 29 March 1997. 

Soon after meeting Mexico, the England squad will leave for a week-long training session at La Manga in southern Spain, the camp former England manager Glenn Hoddle used to prepare his squad for World Cup 1998, where, it is hoped, the players will become used to the heat they will face in Greece.  From La Manga, they will fly straight to Greece about three days before the qualification match.

Sunday, 20 May 2001 - Coach Sven-Göran Eriksson summoned a 24-man squad for the friendly match against Mexico at Pride Park in Derby on Friday, 25 May and the World Cup 2002 preliminary match against Greece at Olympic Stadium in Athens on 6 June.

There were several changes from the last squad, the 26-player squad Eriksson chose for the World Cup 2002 preliminary matches against Finland at Anfield Road in Liverpool on 24 March 2001 and against Albania at Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tiranë on 28 March 2001.

Eriksson gave recalls to four players:  Martin Keown, Ray Parlour, Alan Smith, who is uncapped, and Gareth Southgate.  

Six players were omitted.  Four of them were unavailable for selection because of injury:  Sol Campbell, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and Richard Wright.  Andrew Cole is suspended for the World Cup qualifier against Greece because he picked up his second caution of the preliminary competition against Albania, and since the Mexico friendly is a warmup for the Greece qualifier, Eriksson did not select him.  Gavin McCann was dropped.

Still unavailable for selection through injury are Darren Anderton, Keiron Dyer and Jamie Redknapp.  Nick Barmby has only just returned from injury and was probably deemed not ready for international play.   

There was no recall for Ugo Ehiogu or Kevin Phillips, both of whom were members of Eriksson's first squad for the Spain match in February.   Ehiogu was unavailable for selection because he is to undergo surgery for a hernia, but Phillips was fit.  Nor was there a recall for Graeme Le Saux, who is now fit following his return from long-term injury.

Several players who have been named to previous England senior squads have been named once again to the under-21 squad:  Michael Ball, Gareth Barry, Seth Johnson and Paul Robinson.

Monday, 21 May 2001 - Coach Sven-Göran Eriksson announced that with his consent Steve McManaman will not be available for the match against Mexico because his club side, Real Madrid, have an important end-of-season match against Alaves the next day.  McManaman will join the squad the following week at their training camp in La Manga, Spain ahead of the match against Greece.

Tuesday, 22 May 2001 - Uncapped Leeds United defender Danny Mills was given a late call to join the squad because Manchester United defender Wes Brown has an Achilles tendon problem and was unable to take part in training today at Derby County's Pride Park.  The England coaching staff gave Brown 24 hours to prove his fitness.  Mills figured briefly in the England squad in June 1999 when Kevin Keegan gave him a call for the European Championship match in Bulgaria.  Mills, then with Charlton Athletic, did not play on that occasion and has not been recalled since.  If Brown is forced to withdraw, the England squad will be reduced to two recognized right backs in Manchester United's Phil Neville and Liverpool's Jamie Carragher.  After an excellent season with Leeds, Mills was an obvious choice as cover for Brown.  

Wednesday, 23 May 2001 - England assistant coach Peter Taylor announced that Wes Brown's achilles tendon injury has forced his withdrawal from the squad for the Mexico match.  He is undergoing treatment, Taylor said, and may yet be available for the World Cup 2002 qualification match against Greece on 6 June.

Thursday, 24 May 2001 - Coach Sven-Göran Eriksson announced Ray Parlour will be unavailable for the Mexico match because of an injured thumb.  He went for x-rays on Wednesday after training and ended up having minor surgery.

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]
777 24-Mar-2001 Finland Anfield Road, Liverpool WCP 2 1 HW [1-1]
778 28-Mar-2001 Albania Stadiumi Kombetar Qemal Stafa, Tiranë WCP 3 1 AW [0-0]