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Sunday, 16 November 2003
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 2 Denmark 3 [2-2]
 

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford, Greater Manchester
Attendance: 64,159; Kick-off: 4:00pm GMT 
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Wayne Rooney (fifteen-yard shot 5), Joe Cole (seventeen-yard side-footed shot 9)
Denmark - Martin J
ørgensen (seven-yard half-volley 8, penalty 30), Jon Dahl Tomasson (twelve-yard rebound following a thirty-yard Lovenkrands drive 82)
Match Summary
England Squad

Denmark Squad
Results 2000-2005 England - David James (13), Glen Johnson (77)
Denmark - Daniel Jensen (48).

Denmark kicked-off. 92 minutes (46 & 46).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Slovakia

England

Type

Denmark

Referee (black) - Vladimír Hrinäk
39 (25 February 1964), FIFA-listed 1993

Assistant Referees - Dr. Roman Slyško, 30 (4 August 1973) and Roman Csabay, 42 (15 January 1965).

Fourth official - Howard Melton Webb, 32 (14 July 1971), Rotherham.

Former England captain, Ray Wilkins, is the Guest of Honour.

  Goal Attempts  
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  Corner Kicks Won  
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  Fouls Conceded  
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (22nd October 2003) 6th
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2003 home uniform - White shirts with white collar/red v-neck, red panel thinning down sleeves, navy blue shorts with red thinning side panel, white socks with red hoop.
Capt: David Beckham, 29th captaincy, Phil Neville 65th minute. Coach: Sven-Göran Erikkson, 55, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
34th match, W 19 - D 10 - L 5 - F 64 - A 32.
England Lineup
1 James, David B., off 46th min. 33 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

21 14 GA
James cautioned in the 13th minute for Unsporting Behaviour. As Rommedahl sprinted clear of Upson, James raced out and took him down.
2 Neville, Gary A., injured off 15th min. 28 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 61 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 46th min. 22 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 23 0
4 Butt, Nicholas, off 46th min. 28 21 January 1975 M Manchester United FC 31 0
5 Upson, Matthew J. 24 18 April 1979 CD Birmingham City FC 6 0
It was Upson that made a poor defensive header and then dived in on Jørgensen in the penalty area that led to the penalty.
6 Terry, John G. 22 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 6 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 65th min. 28 2  May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 65 13
8 Lampard, Frank J. 25 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 16 1
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 65th min. 18 24 October 1985 F Everton FC 9 3
10 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 46th min. 25 11 January 1978 F Liverpool FC 38 5
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 75th min. 22 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 13 2
England Substitutes
16 Johnson, Glen M., on 15th min. for G.Neville 19 23 August 1984 RB Chelsea FC 1 0
Johnson cautioned in the 77th minute for Unsporting Behaviour. For a foul afterhe brought down Jørgensen.
12 Neville, Philip J., on 46th min. for Butt 26 21 January 1977 M Manchester United FC 44 0
13 Robinson, Paul W., on 46th min. for James 24 15 October 1979 G Leeds United AFC 4 3 GA
15 Bridge, Wayne M., on 46th min. for A.Cole 23 5 August 1980 LB

Chelsea FC

15 0
20 Beattie, James S., on 46th min. for Heskey 25 27 February 1978 F Southampton FC 5 0
17 Parker, Scott M., on 65th min. for Rooney 23 13 October 1980 M Charlton Athletic FC 1 0
19 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 65th min. for Beckham 20 18 February 1983 M Newcastle United FC 4 0
18 Murphy, Daniel B., on 75th min. for J.Cole 26 18 March 1977 M Liverpool FC 9 1

unused substitutes:

14-Danny Mills, 22-Ian Walker.

team notes:

Gary Neville and substitute, Phil, are brothers.
   

4-(1-3)4-2

James (Robinson) -
G.Neville (Johnson), Terry, Upson, A.Cole (Bridge) -
Beckham
(Jenas), Butt (P.Neville), Lampard -
J.Cole (Murphy) -
Rooney
(Parker), Heskey (Beattie).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.0 Appearances/Goals 26.3 2.0

 

Denmark Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (22nd Oct 2003) 14th
ELO rating 12th to 11th
Colours: Made by Hummel - Red shirts with white Hummel zip trim/front collar, white shorts with red Hummel zip trim, red socks
Capt: René Henriksen Coach: Morten Olsen, 54, appointed 16 August 2000.
Denmark Lineup
1 Sørensen, Thomas L. 27 12 June 1976 G

Aston Villa FC, England

31 0
2 Wieghorst, Morten, injured off 29th min. 32 25 February 1971 M Brøndbyernes IF 29 3
3 Henriksen, René 34 27 August 1969 CD Panathinaikos FC, Greece 57 0
4 Nielsen, Per L., off 70th min. 30 15 October 1973 CD Brøndbyernes IF 4 0
5 Jensen, Niclas C.M. 29 17 August 1974 LB BSV Borussia 09 eV Dortmund, Germany 25 0
6 Helveg, Thomas L., off 46th min. 32 24 June 1971 RB FC Internazionale Milano SpA, Italy 80 2
7 Gravesen, Thomas 27 11 March 1976 M Everton FC, England 41 5
8 Grønkjær, Jesper, off 62nd min. 26 12 August 1977 F Chelsea FC, England 41 4
9 Rommedahl, Dennis, injured off 20th min. 25 22 July 1978  F Philips Sport Vereniging NV, Netherlands 38 9
10
Jørgensen, L. Martin, off 84th min. 28 6 October 1975 F Udinese Calcio SpA, Italy 46 7
11 Sand, Ebbe, off 46th min. 31 19 July 1972  F FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 59 20
Denmark Substitutes
20 Pérez, Kenneth, on 20th min. for Rommedahl 29 29 August 1974 F

Alkmaar Zaanstreek, Netherlands

1 0
19 Jensen, Daniel M., on 29th min. for Wieghorst 24 25 June 1979 M Real Murcia CF SAD, Spain 2 0
Jensen cautioned in the 48th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, for a bad foul on Phil Neville.
13 Priske, Brian, on 46th min. for Helveg 26 14 May 1977 RB Koninklijke Racing Club Genk, Belgium 3 0
15 Tomasson, Jon Dahl, on 46th min. for Sand 27 29 August 1976 F AC Milan SpA, Italy 55 27
17 Løvenkrands, Peter R., on 62nd min. for Grønkjær 23 29 January 1980 F Glasgow Rangers FC, Scotland 9 0
12 Gaardsøe, Thomas, on 70th min., for Nielsen 23 23 November 1979 CD West Bromwich Albion FC, England 1 0
18 Madsen, Peter P., on 84th min. for Jørgensen 25 26 April 1978 F VfL Bochum 1848 eV, Germany 6 0

unused substitutes:

14-Thomas Røll, 16-Peter Skov-Jensen.
   

4-4-2

Sørensen -
Helveg
(Priske), Henriksen, Nielsen (Gaardsøe), N.Jensen -
Grønkjær
(Løvenkrands), Gravesen, Wieghorst (D.Jensen), Rommedahl (Perez) -
Jorgensen
(Madsen), Sand (Tomasson).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.2 Appearances/Goals 41.0 4.4

 

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

The Football Association are not the only ones to have had no defence for their actions this week.  England may have been inspired by the youthful endeavour of Wayne Rooney and Joe Cole as they both shouldered the goalscoring responsibility in the absence of Michael Owen at Old Trafford.  However, if England managed to cope in attack against Denmark without their leading scorer, there was no disguising the gaping defensive holes in the absence of Rio Ferdinand and Sol Campbell at the back.

This was Sven-Göran Eriksson's first defeat since the February setback against Australia, when a large number of fresh faces were similarly introduced in a friendly.  However, the two strikes by Martin Jorgensen and Jon-Dahl Tomasson's late winner still underlined the defensive weaknesses that, for of all England's youthful promise, continue to blight this side.  Eriksson's team twice seized the lead, firstly through Rooney - who also struck the woodwork - and then through Cole, but they were pegged back on both occasions before Tomasson's decisive strike.

And so a week in which the national team's build-up was marred by yet another controversy over squad selection ended in defeat.  Above all, this England side failed to match the inspiring example of their rugby counterparts, even if Cole and Rooney will both emerge with much credit from their exciting displays.  England had seized an early initiative in their World Cup second-round meeting against Denmark last summer, which ended in a 3-0 victory, and they were similarly on top early on at Old Trafford.  With just five minutes gone, Rooney attempted to play a pass through to Emile Heskey and when the ball rebounded into space, the teenager was onto it in a flash to rifle a shot off the underside of the crossbar.  This time, however, rather than making the most of their advantage, England showed the first signs of the lack of experience and pace at the back which would continue to afflict them thereafter.  Once Joe Cole had lost possession, Denmark broke with conviction and Jorgensen was left in plenty of space to swivel and strike his shot past the exposed figure of David James.

Back came England. Almost immediately from the restart, Heskey knocked the ball down for Rooney to feed Cole and the midfielder buried his shot past Thomas Sorensen with aplomb.  For all of England's attacking pressure, however, they continued to look vulnerable to pace at the back.  Indeed, when Dennis Rommedahl burst past Matthew Upson, goalkeeper James was fortunate to escape with a yellow card for bringing him down just outside the penalty area.

England were forced into an early defensive change when an injury to Gary Neville brought on Glen Johnson for his debut, but still their problems continued.  When Upson produced a weak header, he tried to redeem his mistake but succeeded only in making matters worse as he dived headlong into a rash tackle that brought down substitute Daniel Jensen.  Jorgensen converted the ensuing penalty and while Frank Lampard switched roles with Cole, England were still struggling to rediscover the midfield impetus lacking in the absence of Steven Gerrard.

While Cole was making mistakes, however, he was also responsible for England's moments of invention and one exquisite touch and turn saw him bearing down on goal only for his shot to be blocked. 

Eriksson made four changes at the break, with Wayne Bridge, James Beattie, Phil Neville and Paul Robinson all entering the fray as Chelsea's contingent made up half of England's outfield players.  That did not make England immune to Danish pressure, with Kenneth Perez striking a shot just wide and Jesper Gronkjaer - a Chelsea player himself - only denied by Robinson's reflexes.  However, England threatened themselves, with Rooney thundering a shot against the far post and Cole also testing out Sorensen from long range.

Sorensen also rushed out to block Rooney's path as the Everton striker threatened to break through again, while Robinson had to be similarly alert to deny Perez.  Still the substitutions continued as debutant Scott Parker and Jermaine Jenas were both introduced and England were almost inevitably left disjointed by so many changes.  Lampard came close, while Danny Murphy struck the side-netting, but England were finally undone for a third time.  Robinson initially denied Peter Lovenkrands but when he could then only parry another effort from Jorgensen, former Newcastle striker Tomasson was on hand to bury the rebound.

As long as England, just like the FA, learn their lessons from this week, all will be well, but there is no doubt that both have pressing issues to address in the coming months.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football

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CG