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Friday, 25 May 2001
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 4 Mexico 0 [3-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Mexico Squad
Team Records
 
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The Three Lions Squad for the matches against Mexico and Greece  May 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 26 M Manchester United FC 37 3 40 2 4 6
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Brown, Wesley M. 13 October 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 January 1975 26 M Manchester United FC 7 5 12 0 0 None
Carragher, James L.D. 28 January 1978 23 M Liverpool FC 0 2 2 0 0 None
Carrick, Michael 28 July 1981 19 M West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1981 19 D Arsenal FC 1 0 1 0 0 None
Cole, Joseph J. 8 November 1981 19 M West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Ferdinand, Rio G. 7 November 1978 22 D Leeds United AFC 8 5 13 0 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 9 April 1975 26 F Liverpool FC 7 9 16 3 0 1
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 20 M Liverpool FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11 January 1978 23 F Liverpool FC 3 11 14 2 0 None
James, David B. 3 August 1970 30 G Aston Villa FC 3 0 3 1 GA 0 None
Keown, Martin R. 24 July 1966 34 D Arsenal FC 34 2 36 2 1 3
Martyn, A. Nigel 11 August 1966 34 G Leeds United AFC 11 4 15 0 0 None
McManaman, Steven 11 February 1972 29 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 25 8 33 3 0 1

McManaman was permitted to remain with Real Madrid for the Mexico match.

Mills, Daniel R. 18 May 1977 24 D Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Danny Mills received a late call to the squad as cover for Wes Brown.
Neville, Philip A. 21 January 1977 24 D Manchester United FC 23 8 31 0 0 1
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 21 F Liverpool FC 18 9 27 10 0 2
Parlour, Raymond 7 March 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. 8 September 1969 31 D Charlton Athletic FC 2 0 2 0 0 None
Scholes, Paul 16 November 1974 26 M Manchester United FC 31 2 33 11 0 9
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Seaman, David A. 19 September 1963 37 G Arsenal FC 60 4 64 37 GA 1 1
Sheringham, Edward P. 2 April 1966 35 F Manchester United FC 30 10 40 9 0 2
Smith, Alan 28 October 1980 20 F Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 3 September 1970 30 D Aston Villa FC 34 7 41 1 0 3
All information is complete to and including England's last match, the seventh of the 2000-01 season, against Albania on 28 March 2001.

Diary

Wednesday, 10 January 2001 - The Football Association announce that England will play a friendly match against Mexico at Pride Park, the new 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 - Sven-Goran Eriksson has named a 24-man squad for the friendly match against Mexico and the World Cup 2002 preliminary match against Greece. There were several changes from the last squad. 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.

Monday, 21 May 2001 - Eriksson has stated 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.

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 is 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 has said that Wes Brown's achilles tendon injury has forced his withdrawal from the squad for the Mexico match only.  He is undergoing treatment, Taylor said, and may yet be available for the World Cup 2002 qualification match against Greece.

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

England Form: last six games
L D W W W  f 8:a success: 58%
773 7 October 2000 - England 0 Germany 1 [0-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (76,377)
Hamann WCP HL
774 11 October 2000 - Finland 0 England 0 [0-0]
Olympiastadion, Helsinki (36,210)
  AD
775 15 November 2000 - Italy 1 England 0 [0-0]
Stadio delle Alpi, Torino (30,000)
Gattuso Fr AL
776 28 February 2001 - England 3 Spain 0 [1-0]
Villa Park, Birmingham
(41,129)
Barmby, Heskey, Ehiogu HW
777 24 March 2001 - England 2 Finland 1 [1-1]
Anfield Road, Liverpool
(44,262)
Owen, Beckham
Riihilahti (G.Neville OG)
WCP HW
778 28 March 2001 - Albania 1 England 3 [0-0]
Stadiumi Kombetar, Tiranë (18,000)
Rraklli
Owen, Scholes,
Andrew Cole.
AW
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