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Wednesday, 2 April 2003
European Championship 2004 Group 7 qualification match

England 2 Turkey 0 [0-0]

Stadium of Light, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear
Attendance: 47,667;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Trevor Brooking, also live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator - Martin Tyler.

England - Darius Vassell (ten yard tap-in after Rustu saved a Ferdinand half-valley 76), David Beckham (penalty 90+1). Match Summary
England Squad
Turkey Squad
Results 2000-2005 England - David Beckham (9),
Turkey - Okan Buruk (34), Fatih Akyel (50
), Bülent Korkmaz (90+1).

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


Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland




Referee (black) - Urs Meier
44 (22 January 1959), Wurenlos, FIFA listed 1994.

Assistant Referees - Rudolf Käppeli, 42 (24 April 1960), and Martin Iseli, 39 (14 January 1964).

Fourth official - Guido Woldhaber, 41 (24 May 1962), FIFA-listed 2002.

Steve Cram MBE, former athlete born in Sunderland is the Guest of Honour

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England Team



FIFA (26th March 2003) 9th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 8th to 6th
Colours: The 2003 home uniform - White collared shadow hooped jerseys with white collar/cuffs trimmed with navy, red v-neck/panel thinning down sleeves, navy shorts with red thinning side panel, white socks with navy hoop.
Capt: David Beckham, 23rd captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 55 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
26th match, W 13 - D 9 - L 4 - F 49 - A 24.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 32 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

13 8 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 28 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 57 0
3 Bridge, Wayne M. 22 5 August 1980 LB

Southampton FC

11 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 22 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 15 2
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 24 7 November 1978 CD

Manchester United FC

31 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 28 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 54 1
Beckham, David R.J. 27 2 May 1975 M

Manchester United FC

59 11
Beckham cautioned in the 9th minute for Dissent. Following a clash with Bülent Korkmaz. Suspended.
Awarded after Ergun Pende brought down Keiron Dyer  
8 Scholes, Paul 28 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 54 13
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 89th min. 17
160 days
24 October 1985 F Everton FC 3 0
10 Owen, Michael J., off 58th min. 23 14 December 1979 F

Liverpool FC

47 20
11 Butt, Nicholas 28 21 January 1975 M Manchester United FC 27 0
England Substitutes
18 Vassell, Darius C., on 58th min. for Owen 22 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 11 4
16 Dyer, Kieron C., on 89th min. for Rooney 24 29 December 1978 M

Newcastle United FC

16 0

unused substitutes:

12-Danny Mills, 13-Paul Robinson, 14-Jonathan Woodgate, 15-Frank Lampard, 17-Emile Heskey.

team notes:

Wayne Rooney becomes the youngest player to start for England at 17 years and 160 days.
David Beckham's penalty was the eighth successive converted kick scored, breaking the record set in 1955 and 1983.

4-4-2 diamond

James -
Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Bridge -
Beckham, Butt, Scholes, Gerrard -
(Dyer), Owen (Vassell)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 33.7 4.3


Turkey Team



FIFA (26th March 2003) 7th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 12th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red v-necked jerseys with white adidas half-sleeve trim and red collar, red shorts with white adidas trim down side, red socks.
Capt: Bülent Korkmaz Coach: Senol Günes, 50 (1 June 1952), appointed coach in 29 June 2000.
Turkey Lineup
1 Reçber, Rüs 29 10 May 1973 G Fenerbahçe SK 76 0
2 Aşik, Emre 29 13 December 1973 M Galatasaray SK 21 2
Korkmaz, Bülent 34 24 November 1968 CD

Galatasaray SK

81 3
Bülent cautioned in the 91st minute for Dissent. He remonstrated with the referee, suggesting Dyer dived to gain the penalty.
Akyel, Fatih 25 26 December 1977 RB Fenerbahçe SK 50 0
Fatih is cautioned in the 50th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, after he fouls Owen.
5 Özalan, Fehmi Alpay 29 29 May 1973 CD

Aston Villa FC, England

74 4
6 Penbe, Ergün 30 17 May 1972 LB Galatasaray SK 31 0
Buruk, Okan, off 59th min. 29 19 October 1973 M FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 34 6
Buruk cautioned in the 34th minute for Unsporting Behaviour after Owen was impeded by Bulent, but no foul given. As Beckham fumes, Okan charges in to remonstrate.
8 Kerimoğlu, Tugay 32 24 August 1970 M Blackburn Rovers FC, England 83 2
9 Mansiz, İlhan 27 10 August 1975 F Beşiktaş JK 17 6
10 Baştürk, Yιldιray, off 70th min. 24 24 December 1978 M Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 26 1
11 Kahveci, Nihat 23 23 November 1979 F Real Sociedad de Fútbol SAD, Spain 19 3
Turkey Substitutes
17 Davala, Ümit, on 59th min. for Buruk 29 30 July 1973
born in West Germany
M Galatasaray SK 37 4
16 Şaş, Hasan, on 70th min. for Baştürk 27 1 August 1976 F

Galatasaray SK

24 2
18 Şükür, Hakan, on 70th min. for Fatih 31 1 September 1971 F Blackburn Rovers FC, England 81 37

unused substitutes:

12-Ömer Çatkiç, 13-Deniz Bariş, 14-Ahmet Yildirim, 15-Tayfun Korkut.


Rüstü -
(Sükür), Alpay, Bülent, Ergun -
(Davala), Tugay, Bastürk (Sas), Emre -
Nihat, Ilhan

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.3 Appearances/Goals 46.5 2.5


    Match Report

The big players rise to the occasion. The great managers find that little bit extra when they have to. At the Stadium of Light, in a new diamond formation that Sven had introduced specifically for this encounter, England produced their finest performance since beating Argentina in the World Cup. They marched to the top of Group 7 on the strenght of this result and the feel-good factor will have reverberated around the country for a few good weeks.

Everyone wanted this game and the feistiness of Beckham's early tackles were clear evidence of that. The skipper was ultimately to have the last word but he might also have had the first. After Rooney, something of a surprise starter, had seen his goal-bound effort blocked on the line by a Turkish arm, the ball dropped to Beckham. Fired up, he tried to smash it home but could only scuff the ball wide.

This was a match that you could hardly take your eyes off for a second and World Cup semi-finalists Turkey soon showed their hand too. On the half-hour Basturk roved forward and unleashed a venomous drive that James did well to parry and then plunge onto the rebound. Then slow-then-fast Turkish style enjoyed superiority for a time until Rooney shook England awake.

Twice in a couple of minutes his blend of power, skill and directness frightened the life out of the visitors. First his audacious juggling bought him a yard of space and his sweeping cross found Gerrard free on the right. The Liverpol man whipped the ball in to Owen, who uncharacteristically got in a muddle and was unable to get his shot away properly.

Then, three minutes before the break, the Everton "Boy Wonder" picked the ball up on the halfway line and motored past two defenders before slipping a clever pass into Owen's angled run. This time he tried to dribble past Rustu but the excellent Turkish 'keeper did well to clutch the ball at his feet.

Just as they had done in Vaduz, England came out for the second half with all guns blazing. Even an injury to Owen could not interrupt the momentum that England were building. Sven might not have chosen to bring on Vassell at that stage but he would have been glad that he did. The quicksliver Villa striker altered the face of the game and could have scored within seconds, Rustu pushing over at full stretch.

On 74 minutes Vassell did what he does best. Chasing a long ball, he weaved in and out of the defence before forcing the 'keeper to concede a corner. All night England had looked dangerous from flag-kicks and Campbell alone might have found the net from three of them. This time, England made it count.

Beckham's kick was only partially cleared to Bridge and he drifted a lovely ball into Ferdinand at the far post. The outstanding Rustu got a hand to his effort but Vassell was there to gobble up the rebound with a low drive. Jubilation swung around the ground - everyone was well aware of the value of this goal.

Turkey poured forward in search of an equaliser and James' brilliant 81st-minute save from Nihat, leaping high into his right, was critical. Sven threw on Dyer for his pace and the Newcastle midfielder was pulled back by Ergun for a penalty that Becks tucked away majestically. Who said England played without passion?! - The Football Association Yearbook 2003-04, pp45-46

Source Notes

BBC Sport
FA Library
Football Association Yearbook 2003-04