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Saturday, 6 October 2001
World Cup 2002 UEFA Group Nine qualification match

England 2 Greece 2 [0-1]

Match Summary
England Squad

Greece Squad
Team Records
 
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The Three Lions Squad for the match against Greece  October 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Barmby, Nicholas J. 11 February 1974 27 M Liverpool FC 12 10 22 4 0 None
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 26 M Manchester United FC 42 3 45 4 9 6
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Butt, Nicholas 21 January 1975 26 M Manchester United FC 7 7 14 0 0 None

Butt joined the squad a day late after passing a medical, he pulls out of the squad on 5 October due to his rib injury.

Carragher, James L.D. 28 January 1978 23 M Liverpool FC 1 5 6 0 0 1
Cole, Andrew A. 15 October 1971 29 F Manchester United FC 9 5 14 0 0 3
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1981 19 D Arsenal FC 6 0 6 0 0 1
Ehiogu, Ugochuku 3 November 1972 28 D Middlesbrough FC 0 3 3 1 0 None
Ferdinand, Rio G. 7 November 1978 22 D Leeds United AFC 12 5 17 0 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 9 April 1975 26 F Liverpool FC 10 10 20 5 0 1
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 21 M Liverpool FC 6 1 7 1 0 1
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11 January 1978 23 F Liverpool FC 7 11 18 3 0 1
Keown, Martin R. 24 July 1966 35 D Arsenal FC 37 2 39 2 1 3
Martyn, A. Nigel 11 August 1966 35 G Leeds United AFC 13 4 17 0 0 None
McManaman, Steven 11 February 1972 29 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 25 11 36 3 0 1
Mills, Daniel R. 18 May 1977 24 D Leeds United AFC 0 2 2 0 0 None
Murphy, Daniel B. 18 March 1977 24 M Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Neville, Gary A. 18 February 1975 26 D Manchester United FC 43 4 47 0 0 3
Neville, Philip A. 21 January 1977 24 D Manchester United FC 25 8 33 0 0 1
Scholes, Paul 16 November 1974 26 M Manchester United FC 36 2 38 13 0 9
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Seaman, David A. 19 September 1963 37 G Arsenal FC 63 4 67 0 1 1

David Seaman is forced to pull out of the squad on 4 October due to a persistent shoulder injury.

Sheringham, Edward P. 2 April 1966 35 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 30 11 41 10 0 2
Sinclair, Trevor L. 2 March 1973 28 M West Ham United FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 3 September 1970 31 D Middlesbrough FC 34 9 43 1 0 3
Walker, Ian M. 31 October 1971 29 G Leicester City FC 1 2 3  GA 0 None

Ian Walker was given a late call as a replacement for Nigel Martyn on 4 September.

Wright, Richard I. 5 November 1977 23 G Arsenal FC 1 1 2 1 GA 0 None
All information is complete to and including England's last match, the third of the 2000-01 season, against Albania on 5 September 2001.

Diary

Friday, 9 March 2001 - The Football Association have announced that the final qualification match against Greece will be played at Manchester United's home at Old Trafford.

Sunday, 30 September 2001 - Teddy Sheringham is recalled to the England squad for next weekend's World Cup qualifier against Greece as Frank Lampard has paid the price for his recent drinking spree as he was dropped.  With Michael Owen and Alan Smith out injured, Sheringham won a recall ahead of Chris Sutton and Kevin Phillips, while Trevor Sinclair also won his first England summons since February last year.  Martin Keown and Ugo Ehiogu were also back in the absence of Sol Campbell and Wes Brown due to injury, while Nicky Butt could join the 23-man squad if he passes a fitness test on Monday on a rib injury sustained at White Hart Lane on Saturday.  Even though there is a major doubt over Butt, and while Michael Carrick and Owen Hargreaves are in the Under-21s, Lampard still loses out in the wake of his ill-advised drinking spree the day after the terrorist atrocities in the United States. 
On his first day in charge of England, Eriksson made clear his strong aversion to players, whether on international duty or not, stepping out of line or drinking to excess during the season.  And Lampard, hardly a central figure in the senior squad, has become the first player to lose out after crossing Eriksson's path on this subject in the wake of his club fine for public indiscipline.
There is still another doubt over David Seaman's shoulder, but Rio Ferdinand was said to be fine despite limping at the end of Leeds United's game at Ipswich Town on Sunday.

Monday, 1 October 2001 - Nicky Butt passes his medical examination and joins up with the squad, although there is still a doubt over David Seaman's persistent shoulder injury.

Tuesday, 2 October 2001 - David Seaman rested his problematic shoulder for England's first training session. Seaman has been receiving treatment on his right shoulder, which caused him to miss Arsenal's game at Derby last weekend.  Sven-Goran Eriksson was due to give an update on his first-choice goalkeeper's fitness this evening.  However, it seems likely the Arsenal goalkeeper will be given until Friday if necessary to prove his fitness.  Three other players also missed England's training session at Manchester United's former base The Cliff.  United midfielder Nicky Butt was not present for the initial training sessions. Midfielders Steven Gerrard (back) and Steve McManaman (hamstring) also did not take part, although there was no immediate news on whether this was anything more than a precautionary move.

Wednesday, 3 October 2001 - Sven-Goran Eriksson was given a boost today when three of his players returned to training ahead.  David Seaman, Steven Gerrard and Steve McManaman were all missing yesterday.  But the trio were back in action and looking as if they were suffering no ill effects when England were put through their paces.  The only absentee was Nicky Butt, who was having treatment on his rib injury.  The presence of Gerrard in particular is vital to England's hopes - they have won all seven internationals in which he has been involved.

Thursday, 4 October 2001 - Eriksson's injury problems intensified when first choice keeper David Seaman was forced to pull out of the squad.  Nicky Butt will be reassessed again after training.  Nigel Martyn looks set to replace Seaman in goal at Old Trafford on Saturday.  Leicester City keeper Ian Walker has meanwhile been called up to the squad as back up to Martyn and Richard Wright. Seaman had been due to win his 68th cap against Greece and he had previously been an ever-present in competitive games under Eriksson.

Friday, 5 October 2001 - Nicky Butt has become the latest player to be ruled out.  Butt, who was not expected to start the game, has been troubled by a rib injury all week following last weekend's game at Tottenham Hotspur and was forced to pull out today due to the continuing pain.  The Manchester United midfielder will attend Saturday's game at Old Trafford yet the role of central midfield back-up to Steven Gerrard is likely to fall to Jamie Carragher.

England Form: last six games
W W W W W  f 16:a success: 83%
778 28 March 2001 - Albania 1 England 3 [0-0]
Stadiumi Kombetar, Tiranë (18,000)
Rraklli
Owen, Scholes,
Andrew Cole.
WCP AW
779 25 May 2001 - England 4 Mexico 0 [3-0]
The Pride Park Stadium, Derby
(33,597)
Scholes, Fowler, Beckham, Sheringham Fr HW
780 6 June 2001 - Greece 0 England 2 [0-0]
Olympiakó Stádio Spiros Louis, Athína (29,300)
Scholes, Beckham WCP AW
781 15 August 2001 - England 0 Netherlands 2 [0-2]
White Hart Lane, Tottenham
(35,238)
van Bommel, van Nistelrooij Fr HL
782 1 September 2001 - Germany 1 England 5 [1-2]
Olympiastadion, München (63,000)
Jancker
Owen (3), Gerrard, Heskey
WCP AW
783 5 September 2001 - England 2 Albania 0 [1-0]
St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
(51,046)
Owen, Beckham
Riihilahti
HW
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