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Saturday, 6 September 2003
European Championship 2004 Group 7 qualification match

FYR Macedonia 1 England 2 [1-0]

Gradski Stadion, Karpoš, Skopje
Attendance: 20,500; Kick-off: 6.30pm CET and 5.30pm BST.
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Trevor Brooking

Macedonia - Gjorgji Hristov (four-yard tap in 27 26:53)
England - Wayne Rooney (Heskey headed down, then eighteen-yard half-volley 53
52:10), David Beckham (penalty 63 62:24)
Match Summary
FYR Macedonia Squad

England Squad
Results 2000-2005 Macedonia - Ilcho Naumoski (2), Aguinaldo Braga (65), Gjorgji Hristov (69), Artim Shakjiri (90+1)
England - Sol Campbell (24), David Beckham (42 41:27)

Macedonia kicked-off. 95 minutes (47 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from Belgium

FYR Macedonia



Referee (black) - Frank De Bleeckere
37 (1 July 1966), Oudenaarde, FIFA-listed 1998.

Assistant Referees - Roland van Nylen, 43 (17 June 1960) and Dirk Vanhoutte, 43 (23 October 1959).

Fourth official - Serge Gumienny, 31 (14 April 1972), Sint-Truiden.

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FYR Macedonia Team



FIFA (27th August 2003) 87th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 96th to 97th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red crew necked jerseys with white trimmed collar/cuffs, red shorts, red socks
Capt: Artim Shakjiri Manager: Dragan Kanatlarovski, 43 (8 November 1960), coach of FK Pobeda, appointed interim coach 12 August 2003. Previously managed Macedonia from September 1999 to March 2001.
This era: 2nd match, W 1 - D 0 - L 1 - F 4 - A 5.
In total: 17th match, W 4 - D - 3 - L 10 - F 19 - A 26.
FYR Macedonia Lineup
1 Miloshevski, Petar 29 6 December 1973 G

Malatyaspor SK, Turkey

32 0
2 Stavrevski, Goran 29 2 January 1974 LB Diyarbakırspor SK, Turkey 32 3
3 Grozdanoski, Vlatko, off 65th min. 20 30 January 1983 RM FC Vardar Skopje 14 2
4 Pandev, Goran, off 48th min. 20 27 July 1983 CM AC Ancona SpA, Italy, on loan from Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 8 2
5 Mitreski, Igor 24 19 February 1979 CD FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 15 1
6 Stojanovski, Milan 29 16 September 1973 RB Partizan Beograde, Serbia & Montenegro 19 1
7 Trajanov, Vancho  25 9 August 1978 CM PFC Lokomotiv Plovdiv, Bulgaria 14 2
8 Shumulikoski, Veliche 22 24 April 1981 CM 1. FC Slovácko as, Czech Republic 15 0
Hristov, Gjorgji, off 88th min. 27 30 January 1976 F FC Zwolle, Netherlands 46 15
Hristov cautioned in the 69th minute for Dissent, for either blatant diving, or for audaciously attempting to claim a penalty following a dubious Ashley Cole handball.
10 Shakjiri, Artim  29 23 September 1973 LM West Bromwich Albion FC, England 54 14
Shakjiri cautioned in the 24th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Emile Heskey.
11 Naumoski, Ilcho 30 29 July 1973 F Sturm Graz AK, Austria 7 1
Naumoski cautioned early in the 2nd minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul after he clattered into Nicky Butt.
FYR Macedonia Substitutes
13 Gjuzelov, Igor, on 48th min. for Pandev 27 2  April 1976 D

FC Shakhtar Donetsk, Ukraine

16 1
14 Braga de Jesús, Aguinaldo, on 65th min. for Grozdanoski 29 9 August 1974
born in Brazil
D FC Vardar Skopje 6 0
Braga cautioned in the 65th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Owen Hargreaves.
16 Dimitrovski, Dragan, on 88th min. for Hristov 26 26 July 1977 M FC Pobeda Prilep 7 1

unused substitutes:

12-Jane Nikoloski, 15-Dimitar Kapinkovski, 17-Panche Kjumbev, 18-Slavcho Georgievski.


Milosevski -
Stojanovski, Mitrevsi, Stavrevski -
(Braga), Trajanov, Pandev (Gjuzelov), Shumulikoski, Shakjiri
Naumoski, Hristov

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 23.3 3.6


England Team



FIFA (27th August 2003) 8th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 5th 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, 26th captaincy Manager: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 55 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
31st match, W 18 - D 9 - L 4 - F 60 - A 29.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 33 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

18 12 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 28 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 58 0
3 Cole, Ashley 22 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 21 0
4 Hargreaves, Owen L. 22 20 January 1981
born in Canada
LM FC Bayern München eV, Germany 14 0
5 Terry, John G. 22 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 3 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 28 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 55 1
Campbell cautioned in the 24th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Hristov.
Beckham, David R.J. 28 2 May 1975 CM Real Madrid CF, Spain 62 13
Beckham cautioned in the 42nd minute for Unsporting Behaviour for kicking at Hristov, failing to make contact with the ball.
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 46th min. 25 21 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 13 1
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 75th min. 17
317 days
24 October 1985 FB Everton FC 6 1
10 Owen, Michael J., off 85th min. 23 14 December 1979 F/LF Liverpool FC 52 23
11 Butt, Nicholas 28 21 January 1975 RM Manchester United FC 29 0
England Substitutes
18 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 46th min. for Lampard 22 11 January 1978 RF Liverpool FC 36 5
12 Neville, Philip J., on 75th min. for Rooney 26 21 January 1977 D Manchester United FC 42 0
16 Dyer, Kieron C., on 85th min. for Owen 24 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 18 0

unused substitutes:

13-Paul Robinson, 14-Wayne Bridge, 15-Matthew Upson, 17-Joe Cole.

team notes:

Gary Neville and substitute, Phil, are brothers.
At 17 years and 317 days, Wayne Rooney becomes England's youngest ever goalscorer.
1st     4-4-2 James -
G.Neville, Terry, Campbell, Cole - 
Butt, Beckham, Lampard, Hargreaves -
Rooney, Owen.
2nd  4-3-3 James -
G.Neville, Terry, Campbell, Cole - 
Butt, Beckham, Hargreaves -
 Heskey, Rooney
(P.Neville), Owen (Dyer).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.1 Appearances/Goals 30.1 3.4


    Match Report  (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

Wayne Rooney re-wrote the history books to become England's youngest scorer as Sven-Göran Eriksson's side came from behind to win the crucial Euro 2004 qualifier in Macedonia.  England were in desperate need of inspiration after former Barnsley striker Georgi Hristov punished a woeful first-half display to give Macedonia a deserved lead.  But Everton's Rooney equalised early in the second half - and captain David Beckham kept alive England's hopes of automatic qualification for next summer's finals with the winner from the penalty spot.  It was a night of glory for Rooney, who opened his England account at the tender age of 17 years and 317 days to beat Michael Owen's record.  England coach Eriksson also deserves credit for a bold attacking formation in the second half - but once again he will be concerned by a dreadful defensive display.

Eriksson responded to England's shambolic opening 45 minutes by sending on Emile Heskey for Frank Lampard - and his tactical switch paid off handsomely.

England's seventh straight win, which equalled their post-war record, was marred by incidents off the pitch as well as racist chanting from the crowd in Skopje.  Beckham was, as expected, declared fit after a minor groin strain and Rooney partnered Owen in attack.  Macedonia were in uncompromising mood and emphasised the fact with a series of early tackles which saw Ilco Naumoski booked for foul on Nicky Butt in the opening seconds.

And England had a narrow escape after 12 minutes when Lampard conceded possession and Macedonia captain Artim Shakjiri was harshly adjudged offside when he was clean through on goal.  But England failed to heed the warning signs and Macedonia deservedly took the lead in the 26th minute.  It was a catalogue of defensive disaster for England, with Gary Neville starting the rot by playing Macedonia onside.  And when Vlatko Grozdanovski's cross was hopelessly misjudged by Sol Campbell, Hristov was on hand to score after Goran Pandev's shot was blocked.  England were unable to establish any sort of foothold, with attacking opportunities virtually non-existent.

It had been a desperate opening 45 minutes - and Eriksson made a vital change at the interval.  Heskey replaced Lampard as Eriksson went for a three-pronged strike force.  And it was rewarded almost instantly when Heskey nodded down Beckham's pass for Rooney to beat Milosevski from 20 yards.  And the game was turned around completely on the hour when England went ahead.  John Terry was floored by Macedonia substitute Braga and Beckham scored expertly from the spot.  Braga almost made amends with 20 minutes left when he cut inside the struggling Ashley Cole, but saw his shot deflected on to the top of the net by Campbell.

Source Notes

BBC Sport