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England National Football Team Match No.

England 1 Portugal 1 [1-0]

Saturday, 7 September 2002

England Pre-Match

Match Summary and Report Team Records England Pre-Match Portugal Pre-Match

Pre-Match News

Tuesday, 30 July 2002 -  The Football Association announced that England will play Portugal on 7 September 2002 in a friendly match, their first of the new season, at Villa Park in Birmingham, kickoff 4 p.m.  That the fixture is to be played in England is a surprise because earlier news reports had indicated the match would take place in Portugal and because England have not paid a return visit following Portugal's trip to Wembley Stadium in April, 1998, when England ran out 3-0 winners.  Portugal are hosts of the European Championship 2004 final tournament, and an away match there might have been of some value to England.  

The two teams last met in the opening group match at the European Championship 2000 final tournament in Eindhoven, Holland, when Portugal came back from a two-goal deficit to beat England, 3-2.  The September match will be their 19th since 1947, when England trounced Portugal 10-0 in Lisbon in their first meeting.  England hold a decided advantage in the series with nine wins, six draws and only three losses.

Villa Park last hosted England when they beat Spain, 3-0, in the February, 2001 friendly that marked Sven-Göran's debut as national team coach.  The Portugal match will be the 8th England international Villa Park has staged since the first in 1899.

England Squad for the Match against Portugal September 2002
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 27 M Manchester United FC 51 3 54 7 18 1 E  6 C

David Beckham withdraws from the squad on 3 September due to a calf injury.

Bowyer, Lee D. 03-Jan-1977 25 M Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Bridge, Wayne M. 05-Aug-1980 22 D Southampton FC 4 3 7 0 0 None
Butt, Nicholas 21-Jan-1975 27 M Manchester United FC 14 8 22 0 0 None
Cole, Ashley 20-Dec-1980 21 D Arsenal FC 13 0 13 0 0 2 C
Cole, Joseph J. 08-Nov-1981 20 M West Ham United FC 1 6 7 0 0 None
Dunn, David J.I. 27-Dec-1979 22 M Blackburn Rovers FC 0 0 0 0 0 None

David Dunn is called into the squad on 3 September as a replacement for Kieron Dyer.

Dyer, Kieron C. 29-Dec-1978 23 M Newcastle United FC 5 7 12 0 0 None

Kieron Dyer withdraws from the squad on 2 September hours after its announcement due to a shin injury.

Ferdinand, Rio G. 07-Nov-1978 23 D Manchester United FC 22 5 27 0 0 1 C
Gerrard, Steven G. 30-May-1980 22 M Liverpool FC 9 1 10 1 0 None
Hargreaves, Owen L. 20-Jan-1981 21 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 5 3 8 0 0 None
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11-Jan-1978 24 F Liverpool FC 18 11 29 4 0 3 C
James, David B. 01-Aug-1970 32 G West Ham United FC 3 6 9 0 0 1 C
Mills, Daniel J. 18-May-1977 25 D Leeds United AFC 7 5 12 0 0 1 C
Murphy, Daniel B. 18-Mar-1977 25 M Liverpool FC 1 3 4 1 0 None
Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 22 F Liverpool FC 31 10 41 18 3 2 C
Robinson, Paul W. 15-Oct-1979 22 G Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Sinclair, Trevor L. 02-Mar-1973 28 M West Ham United FC 5 4 9 0 0 None
Smith, Alan 20-Oct-1980 21 F Leeds United AFC 0 3 3 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 03-Sep-1970 31 D Middlesbrough FC 37 12 49 1 0 3 C
Woodgate, Jonathan S. 22-Jan-1980 22 D Leeds United AFC 1 0 1 0 0 None


Wednesday, 4 September 2002 - Eriksson decides against bringing in a replacement for David Beckham, and hands the captaincy to Michael Owen.

Tuesday, 3 September 2002 - Eriksson calls up David Dunn, an England U21 captain, into the squad as a replacement for the injured Kieron Dyer.  "I have watched him already this season for Blackburn and he was very close to being in the original squad. It will be a good opportunity to work with David and see what he can do."  Sir Alex Ferguson withdraws David Beckham from the squad in the evening after he is substituted in a club match for Manchester United.  He is suffering a calf injury.

Monday, 2 September 2002 - Eriksson names a 20-man squad to face Portugal at Villa Park on Saturday.  Just hours after the squad is announced, Sir Bobby Robson pulls Kieron Dyer out of the squad due to a recurrence of shin splints.

England Player Injuries Prior to Match Against Portugal, 7 September 2002

Paul Scholes, Midfielder, Manchester United F.C.

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Paul Scholes incurred an ankle injury in Manchester United's second leg European Champions League qualifying victory against Zalaegerszeg, and his club manager Alex Ferguson announced that he will be sidelined for two weeks, which would rule him out of the Portugal friendly.

Gary Neville, Defender, Manchester United  F.C.

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Press reports say Neville is close to returning to training and hopes to make his first-team return for Manchester United in two or three weeks after regaining fitness in reserve team gaames.


Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson revealed Gary Neville, who missed the World Cup finals with a broken metatarsal bone, now has muscle problems in the same foot and probably will be out of action until September.  It is unlikely he will return to full fitness before the Portugal friendly.

Wes Brown, Defender, Manchester United F.C.

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A scan revealed Brown fractured his right ankle and he will be out of action for at leaast three months, until mid-November, which rules him out of the Portugal friendly in September and England's first two European Championship qualifying matches against Slovakia and FYR Macedonia in October.


Wes Brown picked up an ankle injury in Manchester United's first leg European Champions League qualifying  loss to Zalaegerszeg of Hungary.

Robbie Fowler, Forward, Leeds United A.F.C.

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Fowler underwent surgery to shave a piece of cartilage from his hip after doctors identified the cause of his long-standing hip problem.  He will be out eight weeks and will miss the Portugal friendly.  He is expected to return to Premiership play September 28 and might be fit for the Slovakia and Macedonia European Championship matches in mid-October.


Leeds United sent Robbie Fowler home from their tour of Australia and the Far East for examination following reoccurrence in Saturday's match against Chile's Colo Colo of the hip injury he suffered at the end of last season.


England Results
No. Date Opposition Venue Type F A Result H.T.
781 15-Aug-2001 Netherlands White Hart Lane, Tottenham, London F 0 2 HL [0-2]
782 01-Sep-2001 Germany Olympiastadion, München WCP 5 1 AW [2-1]
783 05-Sep-2001 Albania St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne WCP 2 0 HW [1-0]
784 06-Oct-2001 Greece Old Trafford, Manchester WCP 2 2 HD [0-1]
785 10-Nov-2001 Sweden Old Trafford, Manchester F 1 1 HD [1-1]
786 13-Feb-2002 Netherlands Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam F 1 1 AD [0-1]
787 27-Mar-2002 Italy Elland Road, Leeds F 1 2 HL [0-0]
788 17-Apr-2002 Paraguay Anfield Road, Liverpool F 4 0 HW [1-0]
789 21-May-2002 South Korea Jeju World Cup Stadium, Seogwipo F 1 1 AD [1-0]
790 26-May-2002 Cameroon Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe, Japan F 2 2 ND [1-1]
791 02-Jun-2002 Sweden Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii, Saitama, Japan WCF 1 1 ND [1-0]
792 07-Jun-2002 Argentina Sapporo Dome, Sapporo, Japan WCF 1 0 NW [1-0]
793 12-Jun-2002 Nigeria Nagai Stadium, Osaka, Japan WCF 0 0 ND [0-0]
794 15-Jun-2002 Denmark Niigata Prefectural Stadium ("Big Swan"), Niigata, Japan WCF 3 0 NW [3-0]
795 21-Jun-2002 Brazil Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Shizuoka, Japan WCF 1 2 NL [1-1]