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Saturday, 12 October 2002
European Championship 2004 Group 7 qualification match

Slovakia 1 England 2 [1-0]

Match Summary
Slovakia Squad

England Squad
Team Records
 
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The Three Lions squad for the matches against Slovakia and FYR Macedonia  October 2002
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 27 M Manchester United FC 51 3 54 7 18 1
6
Bridge, Wayne M. 5 August 1980 22 D Southampton FC 4 4 8 0 0 None
Butt, Nicholas 21 January 1975 27 M Manchester United FC 15 8 23 0 0 None
Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18 September 1974 28 D Arsenal FC 48 3 51 1 2 6
Campbell withdrew from the squad to face Slovakia on 8 October due to a stomach upset
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1980 21 D Arsenal FC 14 0 14 0 0 2
Dyer, Kieron C. 29 December 1978 23 M Newcastle United FC 5 7 12 0 0 None
Ehiogu, Ugochuku 11 March 1972 30 D Middlesbrough FC 0 4 4 1 0 None
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 22 M Liverpool FC 10 1 11 1 0 1
Hargreaves, Owen L. 20 January 1981 21 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 5 4 9 0 0 None
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11 January 1978 24 F Liverpool FC 19 11 30 4 0 3
James, David B. 1 August 1970 32 G West Ham United FC 4 6 10 8 GA 0 1
Lampard, Frank J. 20 June 1978 24 M Chelsea FC 2 5 7 0 0 None
Mills, Daniel J. 18 May 1977 25 D Leeds United AFC 8 5 13 0 0 1
Neville, Gary A. 18 February 1975 27 D Manchester United FC 47 5 52 0 0 4
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 22 F Liverpool FC 32 10 42 18 4 2
Robinson, Paul W. 15 October 1979 22 G Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 None
Scholes, Paul 16 November 1974 27 M Manchester United FC 47 2 49 13 0 1
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Seaman, David A. 19 September 1963 39 G Arsenal FC 69 4 73 41 GA 1 None
Smith, Alan 20 October 1980 21 F Leeds United AFC 1 3 4 1 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 3 September 1970 32 D Middlesbrough FC 38 12 50 1 0 3
Thompson, David A. 12 September 1977 25 M Blackburn Rovers FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Vassell, Darius 13 June 1980 22 F Aston Villa FC 5 3 8 3 0 None
Woodgate, Jonathan S. 22 January 1980 22 D Leeds United AFC 1 1 2 0 0 None

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the first of the 2002-03 season, against Portugal on 7 September 2002.

Diary

Friday, 25 January 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 drawing lots.

Thursday, 28 March 2002 - UEFA 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 - A scan 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 Zalaegerszeg of Hungary.

Friday, 6 September 2002 - 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 David Thompson.

Tuesday, 8 October 2002 - Sven-Göran Eriksson has revealed that Sol Campbell is a doubt for Saturday's Euro qualifying opener.The 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, 9th 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. England are due to fly to Bratislava tomorrow.

England Form: last six games
D W D W L D  f 7:a success: 58%
791 2 June 2002 - England 1 Sweden 1 [1-0]
Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii, Saitama-shi (62,561)
Campbell
Alexandersson
WCF ND
792 7 June 2002 - Argentina 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sapporo Dōmu, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi (35,927)
Beckham (pen) NW
793 12 June 2002 - Nigeria 0 England 0 [0-0]
Ōsaka-shi Nagai Rikujō Kyōgijō, Ōsaka-shi (44,864)
  ND
794 15 June 2002 - Denmark 0 England 3 [0-3]
Niigata Sutajiamu, Niigata-shi (40,582)
Sørenson OG (R.Ferdinand), Owen, Heskey NW
795 21 June 2002 - England 1 Brazil 2 [1-1]
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi city (47,436)
Owen
Rivaldo, Ronaldinho
NL
Ronaldinho
796 7 September 2002 - England 1 Portugal 1 [1-0]
Villa Park, Trinity Road, Aston, Birmingham (40,058)
Smith
Costinha
Fr HD
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