All information is
complete to and including England's last match, the first of the 2002-03 season,
against Portugal on 7 September 2002.
- The European Championship qualification draw puts second-seeded
England in Group Seven with Turkey, as well as Slovakia, FYR Macedonia and
Liechtenstein. But no fixtures can be finalised.
Monday, 11 March 2002
- In Istanbul, the Group Seven representatives fail, after
five hours, to find a resolution in creating a fixture list.
Eventually the teams agreed to let UEFA resolve the fixture list by
Thursday, 28 March 2002
conduct a random draw
settling all fixtures.
Thursday, 11 July 2002 - The opening game on the road to the
Euro 2004 Finals is against Slovakia and will be plated in Bratislava.
Wednesday, 14 August 2002
England's first home game of their Euro 2004 qualifying
campaign against Macedonia will take place at Southampton's new St
Mary's stadium, the Football Association revealed today.
Thursday, 15 August 2002 -
revealed Wes Brown fractured his right ankle and he will be out of action
for at least 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. Brown
picked up the injury in Manchester United's first leg European
Champions League qualifying loss to
- The BBC have secured the rights to televise live England's
overseas Euro 2004 qualifiers against Slovakia on October 12 and
Liechtenstein on March 29 next year.
Saturday, 5 October 2002 -
Rio Ferdinand is sidelined for at least a month after having an
exploratory knee operation. His manager, Alex Ferguson said
"The problem has been bothering Rio for
some time now, and we have decided to have the operation now to leave
him free for as much of the season as possible."
There were signs of a breakdown in communications between
United and the Football Association last night as a senior FA
spokesman, Paul Newman, said: "We knew
nothing about this. Sven will meet with United's
medical staff tomorrow."
Eriksson confirmed that David Seaman would return for England on
Saturday. He will today name a squad of 23 players for the two
matches, and has confirmed that Seaman, who was omitted for the
preparatory match against Portugal four weeks ago, will earn his 74th
cap. The England coach does not normally disclose any of his choices
in advance, but made an exception to quell the speculation caused by
the 39-year-old goalkeeper's recent fallibility.
Sunday, 6 October 2002 -
Eriksson has chosen his squad to take on Slovakia and Macedonia in the
opening Euro 2004 campaign. He includes the uncapped Paul Robinson and
Tuesday, 8 October 2002 -
Eriksson has revealed that Sol Campbell is a doubt for Saturday's Euro
Swede's main concern is that a stomach bug has hit Sol Campbell and
the Arsenal centre-back is a doubtful starter for the match in
Bratislava. Having already lost Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand for
the Euro 2004 opener on Saturday following his knee operation, the
news will come as a blow to the team.
Wednesday, 9 October 2002 -
Captain David Beckham
and defender Ashley Cole missed training today
due to niggling injuries but are expected to be fit for the match.
due to fly to Bratislava tomorrow.