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Wednesday, 10 September 2003
European Championship 2004 Group 7 qualification match

England 2 Liechtenstein 0 [0-0]
 

 

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford, Greater Manchester
Attendance: 64,931; Kick-off: 8:00pm BST 
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Michael Owen (ten-yard diving header 46 45:38), Wayne Rooney (ten-yard half-volley 52 51:03). Match Summary
England Squad

Liechtenstein Squad
Results 2000-2005 Liechtenstein - Martin Stocklasa (20), Peter Jehle (29), Andreas Gerster (55)
England - Wayne Bridge (59)

Liechtenstein kicked-off. 93 minutes (46 & 47).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Denmark

England

Type

Liechtenstein

Referee (red) - Knud Erik Fisker
42 (17 September 1960), FIFA-listed 1994.

Assistant Referees - Bill René Hansen, 40 (15 March 1963), and Jorgen Jepsen, 41 (30 September 1961).

Fourth official - Emil Laursen, 32 (23 September 1970), FIFA-listed 2002.

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England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (27th August 2003) 8th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2003 home shirt - White shirts with white collar/red v-neck, red panel thinning down sleeves, white shorts with red thinning side panel, white socks with red hoop.
Capt: David Beckham, 27th captaincy Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 55, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
32nd match, W 19 - D 9 - L 4 - F 62 - A 29.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 33 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

19 12 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 28 18 February 1975 D Manchester United FC 59 0
3 Bridge, Wayne M. 23 5 August 1980 D Chelsea FC 14 0
Bridge cautioned in the 59th minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 58th min. 23 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 20 3
5 Terry, John G. 22 7 December 1980 D Chelsea FC 4 0
6 Upson, Matthew J. 24 18 April 1979 D Birmingham City FC 5 1
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 58th min. 28 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 63 13
8 Lampard, Frank J. 25 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 14 1
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 70th min. 17 24 October 1985 F Everton FC 7 2
10 Owen, Michael J. 23 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 53 24
11 Beattie, James S. 25 27 February 1978 F Southampton FC 4 0
England Substitutes
12 Neville, Philip J., on 58th min. for Gerrard 26 21 January 1977 D Manchester United FC 43 0
15 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 58th min. for Beckham 23 20 January 1981 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 15 0
17 Cole, Joseph J., on 70th min. for Rooney 21 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 12 1

unused substitutes:

13-Paul Robinson, 14-Sol Campbell, 16-Kieron Dyer, 18-Emile Heskey.

team notes:

Gary Neville and substitute, Phil, are brothers.
   

4-3-(1-2)3

James -
G.Neville, Terry, Upson, Bridge - 
Beckham
(Hargreaves), Gerrard (P.Neville), Lampard -
Rooney
(Cole) -
Owen, Beattie.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.6 Appearances/Goals 23.8 3.8

 

Liechtenstein Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (27th Aug 2003) =145th
ELO rating 177th to 176th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue shirts with white Adidas trim on shoulders, blue shorts with white side Adidas trim, blue socks with white Adidas trim.
Capt: Daniel Hasler Coach: Walter Hörmann, Coach of FC Vaduz. Caretaker coach, appointed August 2003, to take charge of Liechtenstein's final three European qualification matches.
3rd match, W 0 - D 1 - L 2 - F 2 - A 7.
Liechtenstein Lineup
1 Jehle, Peter 21 22 January 1982 G Grasshopper Club Zürich, Switzerland 32 0
Jehle cautioned in the 29th minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
2 Telser, Martin 24 16 October 1978 RB FC Vaduz 42 1
3 Stocklasa, Michael, off 46th min. 22 December 1980 LB FC Vaduz 32 1
4 Hasler, Daniel 29 18 May 1974 CD FC Vaduz 51 1
5 Ritter, Christoff 22 18 January 1981 CD Chur 97, Switzerland 25 0
6 Stocklasa, Martin 24 29 May 1979 M FC Vaduz 39 4
Stocklasa cautioned in the 20th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, for persistent fouling. He had fouled Wayne Bridge, then Frank Lampard.
7 Beck, Roger, off 57th min. 20 3 August 1983 F VfB Hohenems, Austria 4 1
8 Gerster, Andreas 20 24 November 1982 M FC Vaduz 16 0
Gerster cautioned in the 55th minute for Unsporting Behaviour. He had committed a foul on Beattie.
9 D'Elia, Fabio, off 73rd min. 20 19 January 1983 M FC Vaduz 14 0
10 Frick, Mario 28 7 September 1974 F Ternana Calcio, Italy 45 5
11 Burgmeier, Franz 21 7 April 1982 M FC Vaduz 12 2
Liechtenstein Substitutes
14 Maierhofer, Sandro, on 46th min. for Ml.Stocklasa 18 31 May 1985 D FC Balzers 4 0
16 Beck, Thomas, on 57th min. for R.Beck 22 21 February 1981 F FC Chiasso, Switzerland 29 0
17 Büchel, Ronny, on 73rd min. for D'Elia 21 19 March 1982 M Chur 97, Switzerland 23 0

unused substitutes:

12-Martin Heeb, 13-Jürgen Ospelt, 15-Matthias Beck, 18-Franz-Josef Vogt.

team notes:

Martin and Michael Stocklasa were brothers, as were Thomas and Roger Beck.
   

4-2-3-1

Jehle -
Telser, Hasler, Ritter,
Mn.Stocklasa (Maierhofer)
Ml.Stocklasa, Gerster -
R Beck
(T.Beck), Frick, Burgmeier -
D'Elia
(Büchel).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 22.8 Appearances/Goals 28.4 1.4

 

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

Wayne Rooney dragged England to the top of Group Seven by inspiring Sven-Göran Eriksson's side to victory over stubborn Liechtenstein at Old Trafford.  The teenage striker scored his second goal in as many games after helping set up Michael Owen for England's opener in the first minute of the second half.  Victory moved Eriksson's side above Turkey and ensures that a draw in Istanbul next month would be enough to send England to next summer's Euro 2004 finals in Portugal.  But the performance was far from convincing as England yet again had to rely on a strong second-half showing - and a remarkable contribution from Rooney - to ensure a victory that had appeared inevitable.

Eriksson resisted the temptation to rest David Beckham and Steven Gerrard, despite yellow cards and the threat of suspension in Turkey hanging over their heads.  

But even with their talismanic duo included in midfield, England lacked a spark of invention against the most ordinary of international opponents.  In fact, much of England's pedestrian lethargy may have been precisely because of the pair's fear of making a challenge that could have grounded them for the trip to Istanbul.  Despite the first-half frustrations, England always looked likely to crack open a Liechtenstein defence which proved obdurate but appeared to be playing on borrowed time.

But for all the experience in England's starting line-up, it was Everton youngster Rooney who gradually and methodically picked Liechtenstein apart.  The 17-year-old forward, playing in a deep-lying role behind Owen and James Beattie, was a constant menace to the visiting defence.  He saw a first-time shot fly over early on then had a clever looping header well tipped over by the alert Liechtenstein keeper Peter Jehle.  Despite England's struggle to break the international minnows down, Jehle remained the busiest Liechtenstein player.  And when England did find a way past him, they were denied by the crossbar.

First, Beckham saw a sweeping far-post effort brush the bar after a fine left-wing run and cross by the effervescent Rooney, then James Beattie slammed an effort against the woodwork after chesting down Beckham's cross.

In between, Rooney fizzed a spectacular overhead kick over the bar and Owen fired wide of an open goal after Jehle had fumbled under a hefty challenge from Beattie.  It appeared only a matter of time before England made the breakthrough.  And the crucial goal arrived in the opening minute of the second half as Rooney teed up Gerrard for a cross which was flicked home by the head of Owen with Jehle stranded.  Owen's goal, his 24th in 53 England internationals, took him level with Sir Geoff Hurst in England's all-time goalscoring top ten.

But still England's current top scorer could not upstage Rooney, who sealed victory with a fine goal six minutes after Owen's breakthrough.

Beckham superbly found Gerrard at the far post and the Liverpool midfielder's lay-back was joyfully swept home by a grateful Rooney.  With victory assured, Eriksson withdrew Beckham and Gerrard from the threat of a yellow peril and England effectively settled for what they had. 

The result set an England post-war record of eight successive victories and, remarkably, means Eriksson's side have now scored twice in all 13 major qualifying games the Swede has taken charge of.  Yet the more important statistic remains England's current position in the Group Seven table and the knowledge that Eriksson's men are a single point from Portugal 2004.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football
UEFA.com

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