All information is
complete to and including England's last match, the seventh of the 2002-03 season,
against South Africa on 22 May 2003.
Thursday, 23 May 2002 - The UEFA
website reported that England will host Yugoslavia in a friendly match on
Wednesday, 4 June 2003. The Football Association has yet to confirm
Monday, 24 February 2003 -
Montenegro, the team formerly known as Yugoslavia, are to play
a friendly against England at Leicester City's Walkers Stadium on 4
June. Staging the match would be a major boost for cash-strapped
Leicester, who only came out of administration last week.
The match is a warm-up
for England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia at the Riverside
Stadium a week later. "The Walkers Stadium is one of a number
of options we are considering", a Football Association spokesman told
BBC Radio Leicester.
Wednesday, 5 March 2003 -
Leicester City have officially been chosen to
host England's friendly fixture with Serbia & Montenegro in the summer,
on 3rd June. The FA's Director of Marketing and Communications Paul Barber
said "We're delighted to be staging a senior international at the
Walkers Stadium. It has been a very difficult time for everyone connected
with the club, so it is appropriate that the national team fixture
coincides with such an upturn in Leicester City's fortunes. The Walkers
Stadium is a terrific stage for international football and I'm sure we
can look forward to a tremendous atmosphere in front of a capacity crowd
Thursday, 1 May 2003 -
Gary Neville will miss
the final two matches of Manchester United's Premiership campaign and
England's summer campaign.
defender is facing surgery after suffering further "discomfort" from
the foot injury which wrecked his chances of appearing in the World
28-year-old, who has not started a league game for United since the
4-0 win over Liverpool at the beginning of April, will undergo surgery
to remove a screw originally inserted into his foot during an
operation last summer and will be out for between two and three
Wednesday, 7 May 2003 -
is waiting on Nelson Mandela's
arrangements before committing to England's trip to South Africa. The
FA is trying to arrange for Eriksson and his squad to meet the
statesman and its success in that task is likely to dictate whether
Beckham travels to Durban.
Beckham is suspended against
Slovakia because of the booking he received in the last competitive
game, against Turkey.
Monday, 12 May 2003 -
Eriksson has named Everton's injured striker Wayne Rooney in his 25-man
squad for three upcoming matches. Rooney
suffered knee ligament damage in Everton's final match of the
season against Manchester United on Sunday, and could yet be ruled out of their
first game. Players involved in next Saturday's FA
Cup final between Arsenal and Southampton will not travel to South Africa but
will join the squad on their return. Francis Jeffers has been ruled out
after failing to recover from a knee ligament injury.
Monday, 19 May 2003 -
Gareth Barry has been called into England's squad for the summer internationals.
Barry's original omission was a surprise with England's two first-choice
left-backs not travelling to South Africa for Thursday's friendly. Ashley
Cole and Wayne Bridge will be absent because of their participation in the FA
Cup final - but will join up with the squad for the summer's other two games.
Eriksson has also been hit by the withdrawal through injury of Chelsea's John
Terry. Terry has a thigh injury and will take no part in the South Africa game,
although he is hoping to be available for Serbia & Montenegro and Slovakia.
Everton insist Wayne
Rooney may not regain fitness in time for
England's qualifier against Slovakia.
has been at the centre of an embarrassing club-versus-country row ever
since he suffered a medial knee ligament injury in Everton's home
defeat to Manchester United on the final day of the Barclaycard
Moyes announced after that game that Rooney would not be able to
travel to South Africa this week for a friendly, sparking an ongoing
row between Everton and the Football Association even after the player
had a scan and those results were sent to FA headquarters at Soho
the FA seemed to doubt Everton's word that the youngster was unfit to
fly for the match in Durban on Thursday.
accompanied by Moyes and Everton physio Mick Rathbone - therefore had
to report to a Heathrow hotel on Sunday for further checks by
England's medical staff before being ruled out of the trip to South
England hope Rooney
will be able to meet up with the England squad at their La Manga
training camp on Friday but there are still doubts from Goodison Park
that he will be fit to travel to Spain.
Thursday, 22 May 2003 -
England beat South Africa 2-1 in Durban.
Jamie Carragher has been called into the squad
for the games against Serbia & Montenegro and Slovakia. Carragher, who
has not figured in an England squad for more than a year, will join the squad
for a five-day training camp in Spain. His last appearance under Eriksson was as a substitute in the pre-World Cup friendly with Paraguay at Anfield. Carragher will join the squad on Sunday - after the friendly
against South Africa - as cover for John Terry, who has a thigh injury.
Terry remains hopeful of being fit enough to take part in the La Manga training
camp ahead of the friendly with Serbia & Montenegro and
the Euro 2004 qualifier with Slovakia.
But if the Chelsea player misses the June internationals Eriksson now has
another defensive option.
Saturday, 24 May 2003 -
David Beckham returns to England after fracturing his right scaphoid
in the match against South Africa. Beckham was injured
after landing awkwardly under a first-half challenge from Thabang
Molefe. He continued playing but came off early in the second half and
was taken to a hospital for X-rays.