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Wednesday, 12 February 2003
A Castlemaine XXXX Tour International Friendly Match

England 1 Australia 3 [0-2]


Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, West Ham, London
Attendance: 34,590;
Kick-off: 8.15pm GMT Kick-off delayed due to traffic congestion.
Live on Sky Sports One (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

Australia - Tony Popovic (three-yard header back across goal from a Lazardis thirty-yard freekick 17), Harry Kewell (thirty-yard run to round James and slot the ball in 41), Brett Emerton (thirteen yard shot through Robinson;s legs 83).
England - Franny Jeffers (flicked in a six yard header from a Jenas cross 69)
Match Summary
England Squad
Australia Squad
Results 2000-2005 Australia - Stan Lazaridis (31).

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (47 & 47).


Match Summary

Officials from Spain




Referee (black) - Manuel Enrique Mejuto González
37 (16 April 1965), La Felguera, FIFA listed 1999.

Assistant Referees - Oscar D. Martinez Samaniego, 37 (27 December 1965), & Carmelo Miramón Moreno

Fourth official - was David Pugh, England, but became Edward K. Wolstenholme, 50 (summer 1954), Middleton, England.

Trevor Brooking CBE, former West Ham United and England legend was the Guest of Honour. Other special guests were Tony Gale, former West Ham United defender, Craig Johnston, lived in Australia, born in South Africa and capped at England U21, and Alan Parry, ITV Commentator.

12 Goal Attempts 12
Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 6
1 Offside Calls Against 3
12 Fouls Conceded 12
56% Possession 44%

England Team



FIFA (15th January 2003) 8th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th to 7th
Colours: The 2002 Umbro away uniform - Dark red v-neck jersey with navy rear collar/cuffs trimmed with England flag, navy shoulder seams, white shorts with red side panel and navy seams, red socks with navy band, trimmed with England flag.
Capt: David Beckham, 21st captaincy.
Danny Mills, second half.
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 55 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
24th match, W 11 - D 9 - L 4 - F 45 - A 24.
England Lineup
1 James, David B., off 46th min. 32 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

11 8 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 46th min. 27 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 55 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 46th min. 22 20 December 1980 LB

Arsenal FC

17 0
4 Lampard, Frank J., off 46th min. 24 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 8 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 46th min. 24 7 November 1978 CD

Manchester United FC

29 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J., off 46th min. 28 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 53 1
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 46th min. 27 2 May 1975 M

Manchester United FC

57 9
8 Scholes, Paul, off 46th min. 28 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 52 13
9 Beattie, James S., off 46th min. 24 27 February 1978 F

Southampton FC

1 0
10 Owen, Michael J., off 46th min. 23 14 December 1979 F

Liverpool FC

45 19
11 Dyer, Kieron C., off 46th min. 24 29 December 1978 M

Newcastle United FC

14 0
England Substitutes
13 Robinson, Paul W., on 46th min. for James 23 15 October 1979 G

Leeds United AFC

1 1 GA
12 Mills, Daniel J., on 46th min. for Neville 25 18 May 1977 RB Leeds United AFC 14 0
14 Konchesky, Paul M., on 46th min. for Cole 21 15 May 1981 LB

Charlton Athletic FC

1 0
17 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 46th min. for Lampard 22 20 January 1981
born in Canada
M FC Bayern München eV, Germany 11 0
16 King, Ledley B., on 46th min. for Ferdinand 22 12 October 1980 CD

Tottenham Hotspur FC

2 0
15 Brown, Wesley M., on 46th min. for Campbell 23 13 October 1979 CD

Manchester United FC

7 0
19 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 46th min. for Scholes 19 18 February 1983 M

Newcastle United FC

1 0
18 Murphy, Daniel B., on 46th min. for Beckham 25 18 March 1977 M Liverpool FC 6 1
21 Jeffers, Francis, on 46th min. for Owen 22 25 January 1981 F

Arsenal FC

1 1
23 Rooney, Wayne M., on 46th min. for Dyer 17
111 days
24 October 1985 F Everton FC 1 0
20 Vassell, Darius C., on 46th min. for Beattie 22 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 9 3

unused substitutes:

22-Richard Wright, 24-Joe Cole, 25-Matthew Upson, 26-Scott Parker, 27-Sean Davis.

team notes:

England are the only country ever to replace an entire team at half-time. This is the third team that Eriksson and England have used eleven substitutes.
Wayne Rooney becomes the youngest player to appear for England at 17 years and 111 days, breaking the record set 125 years ago by James Prinsep.
1st     4-4-2

James -
Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Cole -
Beckham, Lampard, Scholes, Dyer -
Beattie, Owen.

2nd   4-3-3

Robinson -
Mills, Brown, King, Konchesky -
Hargreaves, Murphy, Jenas -
Vassell, Jeffers, Rooney.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 31.1 3.8

Averages (Second XI):

21.9 4.9 0.4


Australia Team



FIFA (15th January 2003) 50th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 16th to 15th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green crew-necked jerseys with golden yellow sleeves and green Adidas sleeve trim/collar/cuffs, golden yellow shorts with green Adidas side trim, green socks.
Capt: Paul Okon Coach: Frank Farina, 38 (5 September 1964), appointed August 1999.
Australia Lineup
1 Schwarzer, Mark 30 6 October 1972 G

Middlesbrough FC, England

20 0
15 Neill, Lucas E. 24 9 March 1978 RB Blackburn Rovers FC, England 3 0
3 Moore, Craig A. 27 12 December 1975 CD

Rangers FC, Scotland

21 2
4 Okon, Paul M., off 87th min. 30 5 April 1972 LB Leeds United AFC, England 26 0
16 Chipperfield, Scott K., off 76th min. 27 30 December 1975 M

FC Basel 1893, Switzerland

25 8
6 Popovic, Anthony, off 72nd min. 29 4 July 1973 M Crystal Palace FC, England 40 7
7 Emerton, Brett M. 24 22 January 1979 M Feyenoord Rotterdam, Netherlands 23 5
8 Skoko, Josip, off 46th min. 27 10 December 1975 M KRC Genk, Belgium 24 2
9 Viduka, Mark A., off 85th min. 27 9 October 1975 F

Leeds United AFC, England

20 2
10 Kewell, Harold, off 56th min. 24 22 September 1978 F

Leeds United AFC, England

13 4
11 Lazaridis, Stanley 30 16 August 1972 LB Birmingham City FC, England 45 0
Lazardis cautioned in the 31st minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul as he goes in too hard on Beckham out wide.
Australia Substitutes
13 Bresciano, Mark, on 46th min. for Skoko 23 11 February 1980 M

SSD Parma Calcio 1913 Srl, Italy

7 0
12 Aloisi, John, on 56th min. for Kewell 27 5 February 1976 F

CA Osasuna, Spain

25 15
5 Vidmar, Antony, on 72nd min. for Popovic 32 4 July 1970 CD Middlesbrough FC, England 54 2
17 Grella, Vincenzo, on 76th min. for Chipperfield 23 5 October 1979 M

Empoli FC SpA, Italy

1 0
14 Sterjovski, Mile, on 85th min. for Viduka 23 27 May 1979 F Lille Olympique SC, France 4 0
2 Muscat, Kevin, on 87th min. for Okon 29 7 August 1973 D Rangers FC, Scotland 38 10

unused substitutes:

18-Zeljko Kalac.


Schwarzer -
Neill, Popovic
(Vidmar), Moore, Lazaridis -
Emerton, Okon
(Muscat), Skoko (Bresciano), Chipperfield (Grella) -
(Aloisi), Viduka (Sterjovski).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.2 Appearances/Goals 23.6 2.5


    Match Report

Sven's bright new era got off to a rather average start at Upton Park, as Frank Farina's Australian side overwhelmed the hosts with a forceful performance that will have brought joy to Socceroos fans all over the world. It was night a night of joy for Three Lions fans, though the seeds that Sven planted may yet blossom in years to come.

It had actually started pretty well. England were into their stride swiftly from the whistle, with Owen in particular seeming to relish the challenge of international football during a sticky period for him and for Liverpool in the Premiership. His combination with James Beattie looked promising too and Owen only just failed to latch onto the Southampton man's audacious back-heel on six minutes. 

The early sparring saw both teams go near. No sooner had Becks and Campbell nearly re-created the World Cup goal against Sweden, than Kewell marched straight down the other end to strike a viciously swerving effort that James finger-tipped away.

In the event it was the visitors, to the delight of their sizeable and boisterous band of supporters, who found the net first. Lazaridis swung in a deep free-kick from the right and Crystal Palace centre-back Popovic rose at the far post to head home. It was a serious setback from England responded quickly.

After Owen had frightened the life out of Schwarzer by dispossessing him and firing into the side netting on 20 minutes, it was Scholes who then created a clear-cut opportunity for himself, swivelling on the edge of the box before snapping a shot across the goal.

Australia were impressive, both for their resistance and their attacking style. Kewell's dancing feet soon created enough space for a Viduka header which brought a fabulous tip-over from James on his home patch. That came in the 28th minute and from that moment until half-time the visitors claimed the ascendancy - and a second goal. Kewell won a physical battle with Rio Ferdinand, his former Leeds team-mate, before lazily drifting around James to fire the ball in.

England's future took the stage for the second half and, irrespective of the Upton Park result, where there is Wayne Rooney, Jermaine Jenas and Francis Jeffers, there is also hope. Two minutes after his arrival Rooney spun out to the left and delivered an inch perfect ball to Darius Vassell at the far post. The Villa striker's angled strike forced Schwarzer to drop to his left to keep the ball out. Now it was definitely "game on".

Rooney, now England's youngest debutant at 17 years 111 days, had cracked in his first shot at goal when Jenas wriggled free on the right and provided a Beckhamesque centre which Jeffers flicked past Schwarzer with his head on 70 minutes. The prolific Jeffers had already managed 12 goals in 12 games for the Under-21s - this was his first for the Seniors.

An equaliser failed to materialise and Emerton's 84th minute effort made the game safe for the Aussies. Aloisi, substituting for Kewell, took the ball deep into England territory and, when it rebounded to the Feyenoord player, he opened up his body to slide the ball in left-footed under Paul Robinson. - The Football Association Yearbook 2003-04, pp43, 45

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
FA Library
Football Association Yearbook 2003-04