All information is
complete to and including England's last match, the eighth of the 2002-03 season,
against Serbia & Montenegro on 3 June 2003.
- 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, 30 January 2003 -
The FA today announced that Middlesbrough FC will host England's
European Championship Qualifier with Slovakia.
Tuesday, 15 April 2003 -
Association have delayed the sale of tickets for England's qualifier
against Slovakia in case they are forced to play the match behind
closed doors. The game at
Riverside Stadium takes place on June 11 but a meeting of Uefa's
disciplinary panel on May 1 could punish the FA for racist abuse by
fans and pitch invasions during England's victory over Turkey.
disciplinary proceedings follow an official complaint from the Turkish
FA and their English counterparts have until April 21 to submit their
Slovakia have already been forced to play a game in an empty
stadium as punishment for their supporters racially abusing England
players last October.
Wednesday, 16 April 2003 -
Georgia to play their next home game against Russia behind closed
doors after incidents in their defeat by Ireland last month.
signals a similar fate awaiting England when UEFA's disciplinary
committee rules next month.
With the FA's cash
crisis bringing more redundancies yesterday, including Director of
Communications Paul Newman, the £2m cost of having no fans at
the June 11 game in Middlesbrough would be a savage blow.
Thursday, 1 May 2003 -
Gary Neville will miss
the final two matches of Manchester United's Premiership campaign and
England's Euro 2004 qualifier against Slovakia next month because of
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 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.
Thursday, 15 May 2003 -
Tickets for England's
final game of the season, against Slovakia, have sold out in record
time. It took fans just 53 minutes to snap up nearly 24,000 tickets,
the quickest ever sale, after the hotline opened at 10.00am this
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.
Tuesday, 10 June 2003 -
Michael Owen will
captain England tonight in his 50th appearance becoming the youngest
ever England player to reach that total.
The crucial Euro 2004 Qualifier
against Slovakia will be Owen's sixth game standing in for regular
skipper David Beckham, who is suspended for this game, but will be the
first time he leads out his country for a competitive game. Not only
will the Liverpool striker take two years off Moore's record, he'll
get his half-century on the board three years faster than two other
members of the '66 World Cup squad, Bobby Charlton and Jimmy Greaves,
and when you compare him to England's two recent 'goal-machines', Owen
will reach fifty five years ahead of Alan Shearer and six quicker than