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Wednesday, 18 August 2004
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 3 Ukraine 0 [1-0]


St. James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne & Wear Attendance: 35,387; Kick-off: 7:45pm BST:
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Mark Lawrenson

England - David Beckham (four-yard sliding tap-in 27 26:44), Michael Owen (six-yard header 50 49:55), Shaun Wright-Phillips (sixty-yard run and fifteen yard shot 72 71:41).  Match Summary
England Squad
Ukraine Squad
Ukraine - Andriy Rusol (10), Anatoliy Tymoschuk (33), Andriy Vorobey (61).
Results 2000-2005

Ukraine kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).


Match Summary


Officials from Scotland




Referee (yellow) - Michael McCurry
39 (4 June 1964), Glasgow, FIFA-listed 1996.

Assistant Referees - Richard Stewart Shearer, 43 (19 September 1960), and Alan Cunningham, 38 (22 February 1966), both Glasgow.

Fourth official - Alan Wiley, 43 (27 May 1960), England.

Guest of Honour - Sir Derek Dooley.

18 Goal Attempts 11
7 Attempts on Target 4
- Hit Bar/Post -
8 Corner Kicks Won 1
3 Offside Calls Against 0
5 Fouls Conceded 21
57.3% Possession 42.7%

England Team



FIFA (4th August 2004) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2004 away uniform - Red crew-neck jerseys with red/white shoulder cross and blue hem, silver shorts with red trim and blue hem, red socks with white calf trim.
Capt: David Beckham, 37th captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 56 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
43rd match, W 23 - D 13 - L 7 - F 85 - A 42.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 34 1 August 1970 G Manchester City FC 29 23 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 46th min. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 68 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 62nd min. 23 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 31 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 24 30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 29 4
5 Terry, John G. 23 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 12 0
6 King, Ledley B. 23 12 October 1980 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 29 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 73 14
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 75th min. 26 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 24 5
9 Smith, Alan, off 46th min. 23 28 October 1980 F Manchester United FC 9 1
10 Owen, Michael J. 24 14 December 1979 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 61 27
11 Butt, Nicholas, off 53rd min. 29 21 January 1975 CM Newcastle United FC 36 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Ukraine 0
12 Johnson, Glen M., on 46th min. for Neville 19 23 August 1984 RB Chelsea FC 2 0
20 Dyer, Kieron C., on 46th min. for Gerrard 25 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 24 0
21 Defoe, Jermain C., on 46th min. for Smith 21 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
scoreline: England 2 Ukraine 0
17 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 53rd min. for Butt 22 25 October 1981 F Manchester City FC 1 1
16 Carragher, James L.D., on 62nd min. for Cole 26 28 January 1978 LB Liverpool FC 13 0
scoreline: England 3 Ukraine 0
15 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 75th min. for Lampard 21 18 February 1983 M Newcastle United FC 7 0
result: England 3 Ukraine 0
unused substitutes: 13-Paul Robinson, 14-Matthew Upson, 18-Owen Hargreaves, 19-Darius Vassell, 22-Chris Kirkland.
records: Shaun Wright-Phillips is the sixth substitute to score on his debut.

James -
(Johnson), Terry, King, Cole (Carragher)
Beckham, Butt
(Wright-Phillips), Lampard (Jenas), Gerrard (Dyer) -
(Defoe), Owen

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.1 Appearances/Goals 34.5 4.7


Ukraine Team



FIFA (4th August 2004) 85th
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating 53rd to 55th
Colours: Made by Lotto - Blue v-necked collared jerseys with yellow collar/sleeve and side panel, blue shorts, blue socks;
Capt: Andriy Shevchenko Manager: Oleh Volodymyrovych Blokhin, Олег Володимирович Блохін, 52 (5 November 1952), appointed 18 September 2003.
6th match, W 0 - D 2 - L 4 - F 2 - A 7.
Ukraine Lineup
1 Shovkovsky, Olexandr V. 29 2 January 1975 G FC Dynamo Kyiv 51 0
2 Nesmachnyi, Andriy M., off 64th min. 25 28 February 1979 LB FC Dynamo Kyiv 25 0
3 Fedorov, Serhiy V. 29 18 February 1975 CD FC Dynamo Kyiv 19 1
4 Tymoschuk, Anatoliy O. 25 30 March 1979 CM FC Shakhtar Donetsk 38 1
Tymoschuk cautioned in the 33rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a clumsy challenge on Steven Gerrard, who required treatment.
5 Yezerskiy, Volodymyr I. 27 15 November 1976 RB FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 7 0
6 Shelayev, Oleh M. 27 5 November 1976 CM FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 3 0
7 Shevchenko, Andriy M., off 53rd min 27 29 September 1976 F AC Milan, Italy 53 22
8 Rusol, Andriy A. 21 16 January 1983 CD FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 4 0
Rusol cautioned in the 10th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a deliberate obstruction on Michael Owen.
9 Gusev, Oleh A., off 64th min. 21 25 April 1983 RM FC Dynamo Kyiv 8 0
10 Rotan, Ruslan P., off 67th min. 22 29 October 1981 LM FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 6 0
11 Vorobey, Andriy O. 25 29 November 1978 F

FC Shakhtar Donetsk

37 5
Vorobey cautioned in the 61st min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a wild challenge on David Beckham.
Ukraine Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Ukraine 0
16 Voronin, Andriy V., on 53rd min for Shevchenko 25 21 July 1979 F TSv Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 15 2
20 Radchenko, Olexandr B., on 64th min. for Nesmachnyi 28 19 July 1976 D FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk 11 0
17 Kormiltsev, Serhiy G., on 64th min. for Husev 30 22 January 1974 M FC Torpedo Moskva, Russia 15 0
18 Zakarliuka, Serhiy, on 67th min. for Rotan 28 17 August 1976 M FC Illichivets Mariupol 5 0
result: England 3 Ukraine 0
unused substitutes: 14-Andriy Husin, 15-Serhiy Rebrov, 19-Serhiy Nazarenko, 21-Serhiy Matyukhin, 23-Vitaliy Reva.
team notes: Coach Oleh Blokhin played for the USSR against England in June 1973, June 1984 (93rd app), and earned his 103rd appearance as a substitute in March 1986.
4-4-2 Shovskovskyi -
Yezereskyi, Rusol, Fedorov, Nesmachnyi
(Radchenko) -
(Kormiltsev), Shelayev, Tymoschuk, Rotan (Zakarliuka) -
Vorobey, Shevchenko

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 22.6 2.6


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

Shaun Wright-Phillips scored a brilliant debut goal as England cruised to victory against Ukraine.  Manchester City's youngster, on as a substitute, crowned a solo run with a stunning finish after 71 minutes.  It sealed England's win, set up by goals from the new Real Madrid pairing of David Beckham and Michael Owen.  Beckham diverted in John Terry's cross after 28 minutes and Owen headed home a centre from the England captain five minutes after the interval.

England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson was delighted with the outcome after recent speculation surrounding his future.  But it was Wright-Phillips who will grab the headlines, stealing the show in a low-key friendly at St James' Park.  England made a sluggish start and survived a scare after only three minutes, when goalkeeper David James fumbled a drive from Oleg Husev and was fortunate not to be punished.

And the visitors squandered another early opportunity when Andriy Shevchenko set up Ruslan Rotan, but he side-footed wastefully over the top.  Beckham was anxious to make headlines for the right reasons after his miserable summer at Euro 2004 in Portugal. And he almost created the opener for Alan Smith with a cross that brought an over-head kick from the Manchester United which flew wide.  Beckham turned from creator to goalscorer after 28 minutes to put England ahead.  The goal owed much to a large slice of fortune, with Terry's misplaced cross landed at Beckham's feet at the far post for a simple finish.  England coach Eriksson made three substitutions at the interval, replacing Gary Neville, Steven Gerrard and Smith with Jermain Defoe, Glen Johnson and Kieron Dyer.

Dyer received a hostile reception from his own fans, who jeered him after a reported bust-up with Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson.  It was the new Real Madrid pairing that doubled England's lead after 50 minutes, with Beckham crossing perfectly for Owen to head home from eight yards.  Eriksson decided it was time to send on Wright-Phillips for his debut - and he responded in style with a brilliant goal with 19 minutes left.  He ran from inside his own half before pulling a right-foot shot across Alexander Shovkovsky.

Dyer booed at Newcastle

Kieron Dyer was booed every time he touched the ball after coming on as a second-half substitute in England's friendly against Ukraine. Dyer is said to have had a bust-up with Magpies boss Sir Bobby Robson over his desire to play in central midfield. And the noisy Newcastle public left Dyer in no doubt where their support lay, roundly jeering the midfielder throughout his appearance. Dyer replaced Steven Gerrard on the left of midfield but had little impact. 

The player's agent Jonathan Barnett earlier said the player is happy at St James' Park.  "There's no situation with Kieran, it's complete and utter rubbish," Barnett said.  "There was no big bust-up and he's not looking for a transfer. There's never been any talk of him leaving, not from the player or the club."  Barnett added: "He loves Newcastle and loves the Newcastle fans.  "He had a private conversation with Sir Bobby Robson and what was said should remain private between them."  On Monday, Newcastle rejected reports that Dyer had refused to play on the right of midfield in their Premiership opener against Middlesbrough on Saturday.

A Newcastle spokesman told BBC Sport: "There's no truth in it at all, it's like Sir Bobby said after the match - it's utter rubbish."  Dyer replaced James Milner after 68 minutes of the 2-2 Riverside draw. 

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
ESPN Soccernet