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Saturday, 11 October 2003
2004 UEFA European Championship Group 7 qualification match

Turkey 0 England 0 [0-0]


Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadyumu, Kadιköy, İstanbul
Attendance: 42,000; Kick-off: 8.00pm local time and 6.00pm BST 
Live on Sky Sports One (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - David Beckham (missed penalty high over crossbar 36) Match Summary
Turkey Squad

England Squad
Results 2000-2005 Turkey - Hakan Şükür (58), Tugay Kerimoglu (62), Rüstu Reçber (80);
England - Nicky Butt (81);

England kicked-off. 96 minutes (47 & 49).


Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (black) - Pierlugi Collina
43 (13 February 1960), Bologna, FIFA-listed 1995.

Assistant Referees - Marco Ivaldi, 42 (4 July 1961), and Narciso Pisacreta, 43 (16 August 1960)

Fourth official - Roberto Rosetti, 37 (18 September 1967), Pecetto Torinese, FIFA-listed 2002.

As David Beckham walks off the pitch at half-time, he clashes with Alpay - the two players who tussled when Beckham missed the penalty. Reports suggest a melee ensues in the tunnel before the sides are separated by officials.

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Turkey Team



FIFA (24th Sept 2003) 8th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 10th to 11th
Colours: Made by Nike - Red crew necked jerseys with white trimmed collar/side panels and piping, red shorts with white piping, red socks with white tops and vertical stripe;
Capt: Bülent Korkmaz Manager: Senol Günes, 51 (1 June 1952), appointed coach in 29 June 2000.
Turkey Lineup
1 Reçber, Rüştü 30 10 May 1973 G

FC Barcelona, Spain

86 0
Reçber cautioned in the 80th minute for Unsporting Behaviour. Dyer is on the charge and Rustu kicks Dyer in the centre-circle.
2 Üzülmez, İbrahim 29 10 March 1974 LB Beşiktaş JK 12 0
3 Korkmaz, Bülent 34 24 November 1968 CD Galatasaray SK 91 3
4 Akyel, Fatih 25 26 December 1977 RB Fenerbahçe SK 59 0
5 Özalan, F. Alpay 30 29 May 1973 CD Aston Villa FC, England 84 4
6 Belözoğlu, Emre, off 79th min. 23 7 September 1980 LM FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 27 3
7 Buruk, Okan, off 67th min. 29 19 October 1973 RM FC Internazionale Milano, Italy 40 7
8 Kerimoğlu, Tugay 33 24 August 1970 CM Blackburn Rovers FC, England 90 2
Tugay cautioned in the 62nd minute for Unsporting Behaviour. As Beckham outpaces the Turk, Tugay hacks Beckham down.
9 Şükür, Hakan 32 1 September 1971 F Galatasaray SK 88 40
Şükür cautioned in the 58th minute for Dissent. Sukur runs through on goal. He makes a swandive for a penalty.
10 Kahveci, Nihat 23 23 November 1979 F Real Sociedad de Fútbol, Spain 23 6
11 Yalçin, A.R. Sergen, off 61st min. 31 5 October 1972 AM Beşiktaş JK 37 5
Turkey Substitutes
scoreline: Turkey 0 England 0
18 Şanlι, Tuncay V., on 61st min. for Yalçin 21 16 January 1982 F Fenerbahçe SK 10 3
17 Mansiz, İlhan, on 67th min.  for Buruk 28 10 August 1975
born in West Germany
F Beşiktaş JK 19 6
13 Penbe, Ergün, on 79th min.  for Belözoglu 31 17 May 1972 M Galatasaray SK 43 0
result: Turkey 0 England 0
unused substitutes: 12-Ömer Çatkiç, 14-Yιldιray Baştürk, 15-Emre Aşik, 16-Ümit Davala.
team notes: This is the tenth meeting between the two countries, and Turkey have still to score.


Reçber -
Akyel, Özalan, Korkmaz, Üzülmez -
Buruk (Mansiz), Kerimoğlu, Belözoğlu
(Penbe) -
Yalçin (Şanlι) -
Kahveci, Şükür.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.0 Appearances/Goals 57.9 6.4


England Team



FIFA (24th Sept 2003) 6th
EFO ranking Group 1 (4th)

ELO rating 7th
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, 28th captaincy Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 55 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001,
33rd match, W 19 - D 10 - L 4 - F 62 - A 29.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 33 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

20 12 ᵍᵃ
2 Neville, Gary A. 28 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 60 0
3 Cole, Ashley 22 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 22 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 23 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 21 3
5 Terry, John G. 22 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 5 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 29 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 56 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 28 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 64 13
8 Scholes, Paul, off 88th min. 28 16 November 1974 LM Manchester United FC 59 13
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 71st min. 17 24 October 1985 F Everton FC 8 2
10 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 67th min. 25 11 January 1978 F Liverpool FC 37 5
11 Butt, Nicholas 28 21 January 1975 CM Manchester United FC 30 0
Butt cautioned in the 81st minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a high foul.
England Substitutes
scoreline: Turkey 0 England 0
16 Vassell, Darius C., on 67th min. for Heskey 23 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 15 4
12 Dyer, Kieron C., on 71st min. for Rooney 24 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 19 0
13 Lampard, Frank J., on 88th min. for Scholes 25 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 15 1
result: Turkey 0 England 0
unused substitutes: 12-Phil Neville, 13-Paul Robinson, 14-Matthew Upson 16-Wayne Bridge.
team notes: Gary Neville and unused substitute, Phil, are brothers.
After a record 21 appearances, Steven Gerrard has yet to be on the losing side playing for England.
David Beckham's penalty miss ended a sequence of eleven successful converted kicks.


James -
Neville, Terry, Campbell, Cole - 
Beckham, Butt, Gerrard, Scholes
(Lampard) -
(Vassell), Rooney (Dyer).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 34.7 3.4


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

England secured their ticket to Portugal, despite a dramatic missed penalty from captain David Beckham in İstanbul.  Beckham blazed a first-half spot-kick high over Rustu Recber's crossbar after Tugay had upended Steven Gerrard in the penalty area.  The miss prompted hostile taunts from the home side, led by Aston Villa defender Alpay, and reproduced the ugly clashes which flared the last time the sides clashed at the Stadium of Light in April.  But England held their nerve in an intimidating atmosphere, preserving their record of never having conceded a goal in 10 matches against Turkey as they earned the point that takes them to the finals of Euro 2004.  Sven-Göran Eriksson's side knew that another clean sheet would be enough to secure qualification and, despite several chances to win the game, a disciplined England defence provided the bedrock for qualification.

The pressure that had been building on England's shoulders all week was magnified by the hostile crowd inside Fenerbahce's Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.  But England's players showed little evidence of the weight of pressure and expectation they were carrying as they settled well. They were quickly at ease and displayed some slick passing, while the home team surprisingly betrayed the more nerves.  And England would have been in the comfort zone had Paul Scholes accepted an invitation to end his 22-month international goal drought.  Gary Neville whipped in a teasing left-foot cross, but Scholes headed over the bar having lost his marker.

Wayne Rooney, filling in for the injured Michael Owen, was unlucky not to register a third successive goalscoring appearance for England when he lobbed onto the roof of the net after Beckham pounced on Alpay's loose pass to put him clear.  Stung by England's lively opening, Turkey woke from their sleepy start with an Emre shot that David James did well to tip over.  James also reacted well to palm Nihat's deflected effort over the bar, but was not so convincing from the resulting corner as Okan Buruk caused the keeper to flap and prompt a frantic scramble.

But England remained the better side and deserved more from the first half than the humiliation which followed them down the tunnel at half-time.

The shambolic scenes were prompted by Beckham's remarkable penalty miss on 37 minutes.  Steven Gerrard, an increasingly prominent presence in the game, ran with menace at the Turkey defence and won the penalty from a befuddled Tugay.  But Beckham slipped as he planted his standing foot and the result was a miss of sky-high proportions.  Alpay's relief was understandable, but his reaction unforgiveable as he went nose-to-nose with the deflated Beckham, then continued his taunting as the pair headed down the tunnel at half-time.

But England - safe in the knowledge that a disciplined defence would see them through - had the last laugh.

The vital draw means that, despite continued speculation over his future as England boss, Eriksson remains unbeaten in England qualifying matches.  And, six years to the day since England drew 0-0 in Italy to qualify for the 1998 World Cup, Eriksson and his under-fire players were delighted to have made their point.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Turkish FA