Sunday, 25 August 2001 -
England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson announced a
25-man squad to face Germany in Saturday's World Cup 2002
preliminary match at Munich's Olympiastadion and Albania in a second
World Cup qualifier the following Wednesday at St. James' Park in Newcastle.
There were several changes from the last squad, the 26-player squad Eriksson chose for the friendly
match against Netherlands on 15 August 2001.
Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy was given his first call to the senior squad
because injury ruled out Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt.
gave recalls to four players. Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman was
recalled after he was rested against Holland so that the England staff could
look at other goalkeepers. Recalled following injury or fitness concerns
were defender Sol Campbell, whose controversial close season transfer from
Tottenham Hotspur to archrival Arsenal undoubtedly figured in the decision to
leave him out of the squad for the Netherlands match, which was played at Spurs'
home ground, Leeds midfielder Rio Ferdinand and Real Madrid midfielder Steve McManaman.
Three players who withdrew from the last
squad because of injury were called once again: Liverpool midfielder
Steven Gerrard, Liverpool forward Emile Heskey and Manchester United defender
Six players from the last squad were
omitted. Four players lost their squad places through injury:
Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt, who withdrew from the Netherlands squad
with a knee injury, West Ham United goalkeeper David James and Arsenal
defender Martin Keown, the two players hurt in a collision early in the second
half of the Netherlands match, and Leeds United forward Alan Smith, who twisted
his ankle in midweek action against Arsenal. Two players were
dropped: Ugo Ehiogu, the Middlesbrough defender who was called for the
Spain match in February and recalled for the Netherlands match, and Charlton
Athletic defender Chris Powell, who had been summoned for all Eriksson's
The squad contains only four
forwards. Eriksson did not summon a fifth forward to replace the injured
Smith, although there had been speculation he would recall Teddy Sheringham,
who has returned to action with Tottenham Hotspur following an Achilles
tendon injury, or Sunderland's Kevin Phillips. Nor were there recalls
for Tottenham midfielder Darren Anderton, Chelsea defender Graeme Le Saux,
Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour or Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp, who has
yet to regain his first-team place following long-term injury.
United midfielder David Beckham was called although he is struggling with a
groin injury picked up in today's Premiership match against Aston Villa.
Hargreaves, the 20-year-old FC Bayern München AG midfielder given his first call to
the senior squad for the Netherlands match, was summoned once again.
Four players named to
previous England senior squads were chosen once again for the under-21 squad:
Gareth Barry, Joe Cole, Francis Jeffers and Seth Johnson. Michael Ball and Paul
Robinson, who returned to the under-21 squad after brief stints with the senior
squad, apparently remained unavailable for selection through injury.