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Tuesday, 1 June 2004
Football Association Summer Tournament, match two

England 1 Japan 1 [1-0]
 

City of Manchester Stadium, Eastlands, Greater Manchester
Attendance: 38,581; Kick-off: 8.00pm BST; 
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Michael Owen (ten-yard rebound following Gerrard's thirty-yard shot 22 21:21)
Japan - Shinji Ono (eleven-yard side-footed shot 53 52:22).
Match Summary
England Squad

Japan Squad
Results 2000-2005 no red or yellow cards

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Italy

England

Type

Japan

Referee (black) - Roberto Rosetti
36 (18 September 1967), Torino, FIFA-listed 2002

Assistant Referees - Alessandro Stagnoli, 39 (2 February 1965), and Alessandro Griselli, 30 (31 May 1974).

Fourth official - Neale S. Barry, 45 (4 June 1958), Scunthorpe.

Guest of Honour is England legend Sir Tom Finney OBE.

4 Goal Attempts 5
6 Attempts on Target 5
  Hit Bar/Post  
8 Corner Kicks Won 5
0 Offside Calls Against 3
10 Fouls Conceded 10
58% Possession 42%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (12th May 2004) =12th
ELO rating 8th
Colours: The 2004 away uniform - Red crew-neck shirts with red/white cross on each shoulder, blue hem, silver shorts with red trim and blue hem, red socks with white umbro diamond.
Capt: David Beckham, 31st captaincy. Sol Campbell, 82nd minute. Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 56, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
37th match, W 19 - D 12 - L 6 - F 66 - A 35.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 33 1 August 1970 G

Manchester City FC

24 17 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 86th min. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 62 0
3 Cole, Ashley 23 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 25 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 82nd min. 24 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 23 3
5 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 29 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 57 1
6 Terry, John G., off 82nd min. 23 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 8 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 82nd min. 29 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 67 13
8 Scholes, Paul, off 77th min. 29 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 61 13
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 77th min. 18 24 October 1985 F Everton FC 12 3
10 Owen, Michael J., off 77th min. 24 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 55 25
11 Lampard, Frank J., off 82nd min. 25 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 18 1
England Substitutes
21 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 77th min. for Owen 26 11 January 1978 F Liverpool FC 41 4
23 Vassell, Darius, on 77th min. for Rooney 23 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 17 4
20 Dyer, Kieron C., on 77th min. for Scholes 25 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 21 0
17 Butt, Nicholas, on 82nd min. for Lampard 29 21 January 1975 M Manchester United FC 34 0
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 82nd min. for Gerrard 23 20 January 1981 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 18 0
19 Cole, Joseph J., on 82nd min. for Beckham 22 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 16 2
14 Neville, Philip J., on 86th min. for G.Neville 27 21 January 1977 RB Manchester United FC 47 0
15 King, Ledley B., on 88th min. for Terry 23 12 October 1980 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0

unused substitutes:

12-Wayne Bridge, 13-Paul Robinson, 16-Jamie Carragher, 22-Ian Walker, 24-Jermain Defoe.

team notes:

Gary Neville and his immediate replacement, Phil, are brothers.
   

4-(1-2)3-(1-2)3

James -
G.Neville (P.Neville), Terry (King), Campbell, A.Cole -
Lampard
(Butt) -
Beckham
(J.Cole), Gerrard (Hargreaves) -
Scholes
(Dyer) -
Owen
(Heskey), Rooney (Vassell).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.2 Appearances/Goals 37.5 5.3

 

Japan Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (12th May 2004) =25th
ELO rating 20th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Off-white shirts with blue Adidas trim down sleeves, blue shorts with off-white Adidas side trim, off-white socks with blue tops.
Capt: Tsuneyasu Miyamoto Coach: Zico (Artur Antunes Coimbra), 51, appointed manager 5 July 2002.
25th match, W 11 - D 8 - L 6 - F 32 - A 21.
Japan Lineup
1 Narazaki, Seigo 28 15 April 1976 G

Nagoya Grampus Eight

44 0
22 Nakazawa, Yuji 26 25 February 1978 LB Yokohama Marinos 17 2
3 Tsuboi, Keisuke 24 16 September 1979 RB Urawa Reds 19 0
21 Kaji, Akira 24 13 January 1980 RM FC Tokyo 7 0
5 Miyamoto, Tsuneyasu 27 7 February 1977 CB Gamba Osaka 31 1
6 Inamoto, Junichi, injured off 75th min. 24 18 September 1979 IM Fulham FC, England 50 4
18 Ono, Shinji 24 27 September 1979 IM Feyenoord Rotterdam, Netherlands 41 4
14 Santos, Alessandro 26 20 July 1977 LM Urawa Reds 32 4
9 Kubo, Tatsuhiko, off 60th min. 27 18 June 1976 F Yokohama Marinos 24 7
10 Nakamura, Shunsuke 25 24 June 1978 AM Reggina Calcio SpA, Italy 36 9
20 Tamada, Keiji, off 60th min. 24 11 April 1980 F Kashiwa Reysol 5 1
Japan Substitutes
11 Suzuki, Takayuki, on 60th min. for Kubo  27 5 June 1976 F Koninklijke Heusden-Zolder SK, Belgium 31 4
13 Yanagisawa, Atsushi, on 60th min. for Tamada 26 27 May 1977 F UC Sampdoria SpA, Italy 42 12
15 Fukunishi, Takashi, on 75th min. for Inamoto 27 1 September 1976 M Jubilo Urawa 26 0

unused substitutes:

2-Makoto Tanaka, 4-Yasuhito Endo, 8-Mitsuo Ogasawara, 12-Yoichi Doi, 16-Toshiya Fujita, 17-Atsuhiro Miura, 19-Masashi Motoyama, 23-Yoshikatsu Kawaguchi, 25-Takayuki Chano.

team notes:

Zico's brother, Edu, coached Brazil against England in 1984.
   

3-4-1-2

Narasaki -
Tsubol, Miyamoto, Nakazawa -
Kaji, Inamoto
(Fukunishi), Ono, Santos -
Nakamura -
Kubo
(Yanagisawa), Tamada (Suzuki)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 27.8 2.8

 

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

Frank Lampard may have little to reproach himself for, yet the ifs and buts remain as large as ever for Sven-Göran Eriksson as he ponders England's Euro 2004 midfield.  The figure should, above all others, dominate Eriksson's mind over the next ten days. Not Thierry Henry, not even Robert Pires, Patrick Vieira or David Trezeguet, but Zinedine Zidane.  Eriksson's impersonation of a Kevin Keegan midfield at the City of Manchester stadium against Japan may have added to England's attacking options.  Indeed, Lampard himself, who was chosen ahead of Nicky Butt in the holding midfield role, performed admirably in the experimental circumstances.  However, even though England seized the lead on 23 minutes through Michael Owen, they lost control of the game thereafter.

Japan were allowed far too much time and space from which to launch their attacks and Shinji Ono duly equalised seven minutes into the second-half.  Moreover, their own creative attacking midfielder, Shumsuke Nakamura is no Zidane and the French midfield maestro will lick his lips at the prospect of exploiting the gaps in England's midfield.  Then again, all the normal caveats must, of course, apply.

This was a friendly, the players were intent on avoiding injury - even if Gary Neville did, rather worryingly, limp off - and, come June 13, this result will matter not a jot.  Yet like it or not, Butt - or, indeed, Owen Hargreaves, Phil Neville or Ledley King, who have all played in the holding role for their clubs this season - would give England exactly the "balance'' which Eriksson believes is so crucial.  And if Lampard is not at fault, then - whisper it quietly - maybe, just maybe, the time has come for the England coach to at least consider leaving out Paul Scholes instead.  Without an international goal in 26 appearances, he was patently off the pace in the City of Manchester Stadium, not just in his shooting, but also even in his normally exemplary tackling.

Lampard, meanwhile, had to restrain his normal game, with Steven Gerrard and David Beckham attempting to share the defensive burden with him.  The Chelsea midfielder at least settled quickly into the unaccustomed role, breaking up a Japanese attack to launch a counter offensive which resulted in Tsuneyasu Miyamoto heading over his own bar.  From the ensuing corner, John Terry's powerful header was only half-saved by keeper Seigo Narazaki but was just hooked off the line in time. 

Lampard had a shot deflected over the bar but England seized the lead when Narazaki failed to handle Gerrard's speculative long-range effort and Owen swooped on the rebound with glee.  England nevertheless then relaxed on their lead and Japan were, rather worryingly, allowed to swarm forward in numbers.

David James was forced to produce three reaction saves, while Ashley Cole also timed a last-ditch tackle to perfection to deny Keiji Tamada.  Scholes, meanwhile, was racing about recklessly, missing tackles and almost conceding a penalty when he clashed with Alessandro Santos.  And even Wayne Rooney showed his wild side in seemingly attempting to slap Shinji Ono as he fell to the ground.  England needed to rediscover their discipline but, after Lampard had shot just over the bar, they were caught napping in defence just seven minutes after the restart.

Nakamura was allowed far too much space in which to dictate play before setting Santos free down the left flank to cross for Ono to beat James.  Eriksson kept his first-choice XI on for a full 76 minutes, but while Narazaki was called upon to block Owen's shot after a neat turn, Japan still largely dictated the game.  Indeed, while Lampard sat deeper and deeper, Nakamura - again in space - still let fly from 20 yards with a shot which flew just wide of James' upright.  Ono also shot just wide and James failed to hold onto Santos' cross-shot but he was not punished. 

Eriksson finally started making his changes, with Neville being caught in a late tackle by Takayuki Suzuki and replaced by his brother Phil.  Campbell, meanwhile, directed a header just wide and Joe Cole also threatened, but the draw was about as decisive as Eriksson's midfield experiment.  In truth, the question remains unanswered. Time, however, is running out for Eriksson to find the solution and Zidane lies in wait.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
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ESPN
official teamsheet
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