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England National Football Team Match No. 781

England 0 Netherlands 2 [0-2]

Wednesday, 15 August 2001

Match Summary and Report


Match Summary

Status: International friendly match.
Venue: White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London, capacity 36,236.
Attendance: 35,238.
Goals: Netherlands - Mark van Bommel, 38th min.
Netherlands - Ruud van Nistelrooij, 39th min.
Cautions: England - Gary Neville, 38th min., unsporting behaviour for a dangerous two-footed challenge on Bronckhurst.
England - Jamie Carragher, 44th min., unsporting behaviour.
Netherlands - Patrick Kluivert, 55th min., unsporting behaviour.
Expulsions: None.
Referee - Anders Frisk, 38 (18-Feb-1963), Sweden, FIFA-listed 1991.
Assistant referees - Kenneth Petersson, 36 (06-Sep-1964) & Ingemar Larsson, 40 (04-May-1961), Sweden.
Fourth official - Robert Styles, 36 (21-Apr-1964), England
Conditions: Kickoff was delayed 15 minutes to 8:15 p.m. because of traffic congestion; weather hot and humid.
Miscellany: Former Tottenham Hotspur and England player Gary Mabbutt was guest of honour.  The match was the first England have ever played in August.




Goal Attempts 7 12
Attempts on Target 4 5
Hit Bar/Post 0 1
Corner Kicks Won 4 6
Offside Calls Against 3 2
Fouls Conceded 11 12
Time of Possession Not known Not known


England Team


=14th in FIFA ranking of 18 July 2001; 7th in Elo world ranking before this match and 9th after this match.

Colours: White shirts, navy shorts, white socks.  The 2001 "home" uniform.
Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 53, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
6th match,
W 5 - D 0 - L 1 - F 14 - A 4.
Captain: David Beckham, 7th captaincy.

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Martyn, A. Nigel, sub off 46th min. 11-Aug-1966 35 G

Leeds United AFC

17 0 1992-2002
2-Neville, Gary A., sub off 46th min. 18-Feb-1975 26 D Manchester United FC 45 0 1995-active
3-Cole, Ashley, sub off 46th min. 20-Dec-1980 20 D Arsenal FC 4 0 2001-active
4-Carragher, James L.D. 28-Jan-1978 23 M

Liverpool FC

4 0 1999-2007
5-Brown, Wesley M., sub off 46th min. 13-Oct-1979 21 D Manchester United FC 4 0 1999-active
6-Keown, Martin R., sub off 50th min. 24-Jul-1966 35 D Arsenal FC 39 2 1992-2002
7-Beckham, David R.J., sub off 46th min. 02-May-1975 26 M

Manchester United FC

43 4 1996-active
8-Scholes, Paul, sub off 46th min. 16-Nov-1974 26 M Manchester United FC 36 13 1997-2004
9-Cole, Andrew A., sub off 69th min. 15-Oct-1971 29 F

Manchester United FC

14 1 1995-2001
10-Fowler, Robert B., sub off 46th min. 09-Apr-1975 26 M Liverpool FC 19 4 1996-2002
11-Hargreaves, Owen L., sub off 46th min. 20-Jan-1981 20 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 1 0 2001-active

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
12-Powell, Christopher G., sub on 46th min. for Ashley Cole 08-Sep-1969 31 D

Charlton Athletic FC

4 0 2001-2002
13-James, David B., sub on 46th min. for Martyn.  Sub off 48th min.  James injured whilst making a wonderful save from a Hasselbaink shot.  Keown, who had been running back shadowing Hasselbaink, collided with James, knee to shin.... 01-Aug-1970 31 G West Ham United FC 5 0 1997-active
14-Mills, Daniel J., sub on 46th min. for Neville 18-May-1977 24 D Leeds United AFC 2 0 2001-active
15-Southgate, Gareth, sub on 46th min. for Brown 03-Sep-1970 31 D

Middlesbrough FC

43 1 1995-active
17-Carrick, Michael, sub on 46th min. for Beckham 28-Jul-1981 20 M West Ham United FC 2 0 2001-active
18-Lampard, Frank J., sub on 46th min. for Scholes 20-Jun-1978 23 M Chelsea FC 3 0 1999-active
19-Barmby, Nicholas J., sub on 46th min. for Hargreaves 11-Feb-1974 27 M

Liverpool FC

20 4 1995-2001
20-Owen, Michael J., sub on 46th min. for Fowler 14-Dec-1979 21 F Liverpool FC 30 10 1998-active
22-Wright, Richard I., sub on 48th min. for James 05-Nov-1977 23 G Arsenal FC 2 0 2000-2001
15-Ehiogu, Ugochuku, sub on 50th min. for Keown 03-Nov-1972 28 D

Middlesbrough FC

3 1 1996-active
21-Smith, Alan, sub on 69th min. for Andrew Cole 20-Oct-1980 20 F Leeds United AFC 3 0 2001-active


Martyn (James (Wright)) -
G. Neville (Mills), Keown (Ehiogu), Brown (Southgate), Ashley Cole (Powell) -
Beckham (Carrick), Scholes (Lampard), Carragher, Hargreaves (Barmby) -
Andrew Cole (Smith), Fowler (Owen).

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Netherlands Team


10th in FIFA ranking of 18 July 2001; 4th in Elo world ranking before this match and 4th after this match.

Colours: Orange shirts with black trim, black shorts, orange socks; made by Nike.
Coach: Louis van Gaal, 50, appointed 7 July 2000.
10th match, W 6 - D 3 - L 1 - F 25 - A 9.
Captain: Phillip Cocu, handed to Edgar Davids on his 81st min. substitution.

Netherlands Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-van der Sar, Edwin, sub off 46th min. 29-Oct-1970 30 G

Fulham FC

61 0 1995-active
2-Reiziger, Michael 03-May-1973 28 D FC Barcelona, Spain 50 1 1994-active
3-Stam, Jaap, sub off 46th min. 17-Jul-1972 29 D Manchester United FC, England 40 3 1996-active
4-Hofland, Kevin 07-Jun-1979 22 D

PSV Eindhoven

3 0 2000-active
5-van Bronckhorst, Giovanni C. 05-Feb-1975 26 M Arsenal FC, England 22 2 1996-active
6- van Bommel, Mark, sub off 72nd min. 22-Apr-1977 24 M PSV Eindhoven 8 2 2000-active
7-Zenden, Boudewijn, sub off 46th min. 15-Aug-1976 25 F

Chelsea FC, England

31 5 1997-active
8-Cocu, Phillip, sub off 81st min. 29-Oct-1970 30 M FC Barcelona, Spain 56 4 1996-active
9- van Nistelrooij, Rutgerus J.M., sub off 46th min. 01-Jul-1976 25 F

Manchester United FC, England

13 5 1998-active
10-Kluivert, Patrick, sub off 89th min. 01-Jul-1976 25 F FC Barcelona, Spain 55 33 1994-active
11-Overmars, Marc, sub off 46th min. 29-Mar-1973 28 F FC Barcelona, Spain 68 15 1993-active

Netherlands Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
13-Melchiot, Mario, sub on 46th min. for Stam 04-Nov-1976 24 D Chelsea FC, England 5 0 2000-active
15-Makaay, Roy, sub on 46th min. for Zenden 09-Mar-1975 26 F RC Deportivo La Coruña, Spain 13 0 1996-active
16-Waterreus, Ronald, sub on 46th min. for van der Sar 25-Aug-1970 30 G PSV Eindhoven 1 0 2001-active
18-Davids, Edgar, sub on 46th min. for Overmars 13-Mar-1973 28 M Juventus FC, Italy 42 4 1994-active
19-Hasselbaink, Jerrel, sub on 46th min. for van Nistelrooij 27-Mar-1972 29 F Chelsea FC, England 14 6 1998-active
14-Landzaat, Denny, sub on 72nd min. for van Bommel 06-May-1976 25 M Willem II 2 0 2001-active
12-Oude Kamphuis, Niels, sub on 81st min. for Cocu 14-Nov-1977 23 M FC Schalke 04, Germany 1 0 2001-active
17-van Hooijdonk, Pierre, sub on 89th min. for Kluivert 29-Nov-1969 31 F Feyenoord 25 9 1994-active


van der Sar (Waterreus) -
Reiziger, Stam (Melchiot), Hofland, van Bronckhurst -
Cocu (
Oude Kamphuis), Kluivert (van Hooijdonk), van Bommel (Landzaat) -
Zenden (Makaay), van Nistelrooij (Hasselbaink), Overmars (Davids).

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Match Report

Holland End Eriksson's Run

By Josh Benn

England 0 v 2 Holland – White Hart Lane, 15 August 2001

Sven-Göran Eriksson’s fine run of five consecutive wins came to an emphatic end at White Hart Lane as Holland produced 45 minutes of masterful, stylish and penetrative football to outclass a lacklustre England.

Two opportunistic goals inside two minutes midway through the first half were enough to finally separate the sides but given the number of opportunities that the Dutch had, a scoreline of more than double that would not have flattered their efforts.

The first international of the season is traditionally a tricky game for England to negotiate and so it proved on a balmy evening in North London as Holland metered out a harsh footballing lesson to their hosts. Both Eriksson and the Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal had made it clear that this match was a friendly in name only and both regarded it as an important stepping stone towards respective - and vital - World Cup qualifiers on September 1. "Winning is important for the team – even in friendly games" – A serious face ensuring that Eriksson’s pre-match sentiment was clearly communicated to the media.

Holland have always proved to be worthy and dangerous opponents for the national side and apart from the memorable Euro ’96 encounter often have the upper hand in these contests.

England fielded only five players even likely to start in Munich and Eriksson kept faith with two starting strikers, Andrew Cole and Robbie Fowler, who are both currently out of favour with their respective club sides. The absence of Steven Gerrard offered Liverpool’s Jamie Carragher the opportunity to demonstrate his combative midfield ability and in defence Martin Keown and Wes Brown deputised for the probable first choice absent pairing of Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell. Nigel Martyn, the perennial understudy to David Seaman, got a rare start in goal and Ashley Cole and Gary Neville filled the left and right back positions respectively. The increasingly influential David Beckham and his team-mate – Paul Scholes provided the real hub of quality in midfield.

Erikkson has also made clear his penchant for new boy Owen Hargreaves. He has called him a "star of the future" and regular England fans waited with anticipation to see the FC Bayern München AG player make his senior debut along side the Premiership regulars. Hargreaves, making a step-up from club football to the international stage, found it difficult to find rhythm and touch. Although regarded by many as a utility player potentially capable of playing in a variety of positions, Hargreaves looked out of position wide on the left - and at times a little out of his depth. His debut, while not particularly noteworthy, has to be seen in the context of an all-round poor performance by the whole team.

The Dutch, determined to get the most out of this game by way of preparation, fielded the strongest side available to them and the attacking partnership of Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert probably ranks among the best in Europe. The inclusion of Edgar Davids on the bench – currently suspended from competitive games for testing positive for the banned substance Nandrolone – raised more than a few eyebrows in the media. With Edwin Van Der Sar in goal, the exciting Bedouin Zenden on the right and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst in an unfamiliar left-back role the Dutch team may have had liberal Premiership representation but only Jaap Stam actually has any league games under his belt.

Transport delays around White Hart Lane delayed the kick-off by 15 minutes as supporters dribbled into the ground.

The game started brightly and on 7 minutes Zenden, getting behind Ashley Cole on the right wing crossed into the six-yard area to Nistelrooy. Only an excellent challenge from Keown prevented a disastrous start for England.

Two minutes later Holland, having by now found a passing rhythm and control, well above that of England, were moving the ball around with ease. Van Bommel, holding a central midfield position, delivered a devastatingly penetrative through ball past Carragher and between Keown and Brown to the on-side Van Nistelrooy in abundant space. Only an excellent block by Martyn prevented a certain opener and Kluivert’s follow-up was thankfully skewed wide. The ease with which England’s defence was bisected was worrying – all the more so as the replay showed Gary Neville failing to move up with the line and clearly playing Van Nistelrooy on-side,

England’s only early opportunity initially came from a wonderful cross-field pass from Hargreaves to Beckham on the right hand edge of the penalty area. Beckham’s subsequent cross appeared to be handled by Van Bronckhorst – but the muted appeal was turned down – Beckham, retrieving the ball for a second time, turned Van Bronckhorst three times in a mazy run into the penalty area and shot low at Van De Sar – who saved comfortably. It was the first time England had applied pressure to the visitors in the game. Half-chances for Fowler (a lob) and Scholes (a shot) were about as close as England could come to breaking the deadlock.

On 26 minutes a deft interchange between Van Nistelrooy and Kluivert found Cocu in the penalty area. Ashley Cole’s brutal challenge was as close to a penalty as one is likely to witness and the referee, well placed to decide, waved away the concerted Dutch protests – to England’s relief.

With Zenden, a constant threat down the right and Overmars, a little quieter on the left – Holland had the potential to attack from both wings. England, with probably their best pressure of the half, saw good close control and a weak shot from Andrew Cole – kicked away by Van De Sar and a blistering drive from Gary Neville acrobatically turned over the bar on 34 minutes. Hero Neville turned villain minutes later as he was booked for a dangerous, and unnecessary, two-footed tackle.

Two minutes later the game was all but over as Holland, with two pieces of outstanding opportunism, put paid to England’s ambition and Eriksson’s record.

With 39 minutes gone, Marc Van Bommel, with more space than he is likely to find in his local park on a Sunday morning, let fly a scorching drive from 35 yards out. Martyn, initially unsighted, could do nothing to keep out a ball travelling at 70mph into the top corner. One wonders if Steven Gerrard would have given Van Bommel quite as much space as Carragher did.

A failing, evident in the first half and highlighted by Eriksson after the game was that England showed far too much respect to the opposition and Carragher’s inability to close down Van Bommel before the first goal was precisely symptomatic of that observation.

If one goal wasn’t bad enough, a second goal was hot on its heels. Kluivert, turning Carragher inside out, set up Zenden for a superb central strike at England’s goal. Although Martyn’s fine parry prevented a goal – the predatory Van Nistelrooy pounced to dispatch the rebound into the back of the net for Holland’s second. England were rocking at this point and only poor finishing from Jaap Stam moments later – when his free header was pushed well wide – prevented England going three goals adrift.

Holland’s performance in the first half was already equalling one of the best by any visiting side in recent years and just before the break an exquisite example of breathtaking individual brilliance from van Nistelrooy almost threatened to knock England out cold. His elegant chip over a statuesque Martyn was only denied by the thickness of the crossbar. For a moment, the whole game seemed to be in suspended animation.

Holland continued to stroke the ball around and a frustrated challenge by Jamie Carragher on Zenden results in a caution for the Liverpool player. The half-time break was as welcome for England as it was unwelcome for the Dutch.

Eriksson is beginning to explore a different approach to friendly matches from any of his predecessors. By agreeing wholesale and unlimited substitutions during a match he can at once both satisfy club demands to ‘go easy’ on players with other domestic and European priorities as well as having the opportunity to look at as many players as he can in a competitive fixture. It almost has the ring of an ‘A’ and ‘B’ international rolled into one.

With a combined total of thirteen changes made by both sides during the interval the overall assessment of the game is muddied considerably. Only Keown, Carragher and Andrew Cole retain their places at the start of the second half. Five changes for the opposition, including the departure of the Manchester United complement, and arrival of the Chelsea pair Hasselbaink and Melchiot merely adds to the disjointed picture.

Holland appear to have picked up where they left off when Hasselbaink running onto an intelligent through ball from Edgar Davids forces an excellent block from the new West Ham signing David James. In making the save, James and Keown collide – knee to knee – and both are substituted, making James’ substitution probably one of the quickest on record at 58 seconds. The new Arsenal No. 2 Richard Wright replaces James in goal and the Middlesbrough defender Ugo Ehiogu replaces Keown to form an early pre-season club partnership with Gareth Sougthgate at the back. Only Alan Smith remains on the bench as England’s last potential substitution.

The home nation offer sterner resistance during the opening exchanges of the second period and the additional arrival of Nicky Barmby, Frank Lampard, Michael Carrick, Danny Mills, Chris Powell and Michael Owen does much to alter the complexion and psychology of the game. Holland, without the dangerous wingers Zenden and Overmars – find their options limited to more centrally focussed attacks.

Davids, roundly booed by the White Hart Lane crowd looked composed and experienced in the midfield and linked up well with the intelligent Kluivert. Despite this, the visitors make virtually no chances, content instead to try and frustrate England in their attempts to redeem something from the match.

With the inevitable arrival of Alan Smith (Andrew Cole giving way) a new and aggressive element is introduced. Smith, partly by example and partly by reputation – does much to fire up the crowd and raise the tempo of the game – rather in same way that someone like Duncan Ferguson does. His touches and tackles are straight and often painfully to the point.

Danny Mills, reminiscent of Steve Stone from a few years back, was workmanlike down the right and had made some headway in trying to cross into the danger area.

Up front, Michael Owen has a number of half chances – none of which were taken. With better service, Owen has the potential to turn a game in a few seconds – his best attribute being his often frightening pace. Jaap Stam, in his recently publicised biography, made derisory remarks about Owen, calling him "over-rated" and "having poor control". Owen had the clearest opportunity to put Stam in his place and salvage at least something from the game when he intercepted a poor back pass by Melchiot, turned inside Hofland and blasted an excellent scoring chance over substitute ‘keeper Waterhreus and over the bar. Stam one, Owen nil.

One of the tests of a new manager is how he reacts after a defeat and for Eriksson it was noticeable how calm he was. Never one to show emotions at either ends of the scale – his analysis was thoughtful and reasoned. While lamenting the poor display by England - gently criticising them for showing too much respect for the Dutch by playing too deep and giving them a lot of space in which to play - he was also proportionately complimentary about the Dutch and their performance.

Although, it may appear that the Dutch coach Van Gaal got more from the game in preparation for the upcoming World Cup Qualifier – it should not be overlooked that Eriksson – and his England players – may have been able to learn more about their vulnerabilities than the Dutch did.

It was refreshing to see that most the media were fairly forgiving of Eriksson’s first defeat – concentrating instead on admiring the talents of the Dutch and raising the stakes for the Germany game. Such is the unpredictability of football that Holland are struggling to even qualify for a World Cup play-off berth while England are still angling for an automatic top-spot.

No-one in world football will fail to take notice of the game in Munich on September 1st and England have a score to settle like no other. Despite this defeat, England are clearly a side on the up and the game in three weeks looks as open now as it ever did. A victory for Eriksson would undoubtedly cement his acceptance as national coach and reinforce the belief that he can take England further forward than any coach in the last 35 years.



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