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Wednesday, 7 September 2005
2006 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Northern Ireland 1 England 0 [0-0]

Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast
Attendance: 14,069; Kick-off: 7.47pm BST.
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson and Graeme Le Saux

Northern Ireland - David Healy (twelve-yard shot 74 73:16). Match Summary
Northern Ireland Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 Northern Ireland - Damien Johnson (28), Tony Capaldi (63), Chris Baird (77).
England - Wayne Rooney (41).

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


Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland

Northern Ireland



Referee (yellow) - Massimo Busacca
36 (6 February 1969), Bellinzona, FIFA-listed 1998;

Assistant Referees - Matthias Arnet, 37 (2 February 1968) and Stéphane Cuhat, 41 (8 October 1963).

Fourth official - Carlo Bertolini, 39 (16 September 1965), Vira, FIFA-listed 1997.

As a mark of respect to Northern Ireland's squad member Colin Murdoch's father, Desmond, Ireland wore black armbands and a minute's silence was observed.

7 Goal Attempts 13
2 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
1 Corner Kicks Won 8
3 Offside Calls Against 4
8 Fouls Conceded 10
29.8% Possession 70.2%

Northern Ireland Team



FIFA (17th Aug 2005) 116th
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating 88th to 81st
Colours: Made by Umbro - Green v-necked jerseys with a navy blue shoulder panels with white collar, white shorts with navy blue/green trim, green socks with white tops and navy blue pinhoops;
Capt: Aaron Hughes Manager: Lawrence Philip Sanchez, 45 (22 October 1959) appointed 21 January 2004,
18th match, W 5 - D 7 - L 6 - F 19 - A 25.
Northern Ireland Lineup
1 Taylor, Maik S. 34 4 September 1971
born in West Germany
G Birmingham City FC, England 48 0
2 Baird, Christopher P. 23 25 February 1982 RB Southampton FC, England 18 0
Baird cautioned in the 77th min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
3 Capaldi, Anthony C. 24 12 August 1981
born in Norway
LB Plymouth Argyle FC, England 13 0
Capaldi cautioned in the 63rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour.
18 Hughes, Aaron W. 25 8 November 1979 CD Newcastle United FC, England 46 1
5 Craigan, Stephen J. 28 29 October 1976 CD Motherwell FC, Scotland 15 0
6 Davis, Steven 20 1 January 1985 CM Aston Villa FC, England 7 0
7 Gillespie, Keith R. 30 18 February 1975 RM Leicester City FC, England 65 1
8 Johnson, Damien M. 26 18 November 1978 CM Birmingham City FC, England 40 0
Johnson cautioned in the 28th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Frank Lampard.
9 Healy, David J., off 88th min. 26 5 August 1979 F Leeds United AFC, England 46 19
10 Quinn, S. James, off 79th min. 30 15 December 1974 F Peterborough United FC, England 40 4
11 Elliott, Stuart, off 90+2nd min. 27 23 July 1978 LM Hull City AFC, England 30 4
Northern Ireland Substitutes
scoreline: Northern Ireland 1 England 0
15 Feeney, Warren J., on 79th min. for Quinn  24 17 January 1981 F

Luton Town FC, England

8 1
16 Sproule, Ivan, on 88th min. for Healy 24 18 February 1981 F Hibernian FC, Scotland 1 0
17 Duff, Michael J., on 90+2nd min. for Elliott. 26 11 January 1979 D Burnley FC, England 5 0
result: Northern Ireland 1 England 0
unused substitutes: 4-Chris Brunt, 12-Michael Ingham, 13-Steve Robinson, 14-Steve Jones.
team notes: It is the first time Northern Ireland have beaten England since they did so in May 1972.
It is Ireland's first victory over England in Belfast since October 1927.
David Healy's nineteenth goal adds to his tally as Northern Ireland's top goalscorer. His goal ended Northern Ireland's goal drought against England. They had not scored since Terry Cochrane did in May 1980.
4-4-2 Taylor -
Baird, Hughes, Craigan, Capaldi -
Gillespie, Johnson, Davis, Elliott
(Duff) -
Healy (Sproule), Quinn (Feeney) 

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.6 Appearances/Goals 33.5 2.7


England Team



FIFA (17th August 2005) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 3rd to 7th
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared jerseys with large red cross on right shoulder, navy blue shorts with thin white narrowing stripe on right thigh and red hem, white socks with navy blue half-striped tops.
Capt: David Beckham, 48th captaincy Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 57 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
56th match, W 31 - D 15 - L 10 - F 105 - A 54.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 25 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 7 GA
2 Young, Luke P. 26 19 July 1979 RB Charlton Athletic FC 4 0
3 Cole, Ashley 24 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 44 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 76th min. 25 30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 37 6
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 26 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 41 0
6 Carragher, James L.D. 27 28 January 1978 CD Liverpool FC 20 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 30 2 May 1975 DM Real Madrid CF, Spain 84 16
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 80th min. 27 20 June 1978 RM Chelsea FC 35 7
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 19 24 October 1985 LF Manchester United FC 26 9
Wayne Rooney cautioned in the 41st min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on Keith Gillespie, moments after wasting a free-kick. Suspended.
10 Owen, Michael J. 25 14 December 1979 CF Newcastle United FC 72 33
11 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 54th min. 23 25 October 1981 RF Chelsea FC 6 1
England Substitutes
16 Cole, Joseph J., on 54th min. for Wright-Phillips 23 8 November 1981 RM Chelsea FC 26 4
scoreline: Northern Ireland 1 England 0
17 Defoe, Jermain C., on 76th min. for Gerrard 22 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 1
15 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 80th min. for Lampard 24 20 January 1981 M FC Bayern München, Germany 29 0
result: Northern Ireland 1 England 0
unused substitutes: 12-Matthew Upson, 13-Chris Kirkland, 14-Phil Neville, 18-Darren Bent.
team notes: Records have tumbled following this match. It is Sven Göran-Eriksson's first defeat as England manager in any qualification match.
Owen Hargreaves comes on as a substitute for a record 22nd occasion.
4-4-2 for the last half hour
Robinson -
Young, Ferdinand, Carragher,
A.Cole -
Beckham -
(Hargreaves), Gerrard (Defoe) -
Rooney, Wright-Phillips
(J.Cole), Owen

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 34.9 6.7


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

Northern Ireland put a dent in England's World Cup hopes as David Healy's goal gave them a stunning win.  Leeds striker Healy fired home Steve Davis' pass after 73 minutes to give Lawrie Sanchez's side their first victory against England since 1972.  It capped a nightmare England display, in which a petulant Wayne Rooney picked up a yellow card that rules him out of the next qualifier against Austria.  David Beckham came closest for England, hitting the bar with a free-kick.  England's game plan, with Rooney wide on the left and Beckham in a midfield holding role, failed miserably.

But they will still qualify if they win their last two games, against Austria and Poland.

England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson's growing band of critics were provided with an almost limitless supply of ammunition by an abject performance.  It was Eriksson's first defeat in a qualifier, but sheer joy for Northern Ireland.

Eriksson, as expected, recalled Newcastle's new £17m striker Michael Owen, with Joe Cole dropping down to the bench.  But the first 45 minutes was sheer frustration for England against a dogged Northern Ireland side - illustrated perfectly by the sight of Rooney losing his cool completely in the closing stages of the half.  He was deservedly cautioned, and could have been sent off, for raising his arm in a challenge on Keith Gillespie.  Rooney looked out of control as he reacted angrily to an attempt by captain Beckham to calm him down, and brushed aside Manchester United team-mate Rio Ferdinand as the teams left the field at the interval.

England had few moments of danger, coming closest to a goal after 27 minutes when Beckham's brilliant free-kick clipped the angle of post and bar.  And Owen had a half-chance on the stroke of half-time when his overhead kick was clutched by Maik Taylor. 

Eriksson made a change early in the second half, sending on Cole for Shaun Wright-Phillips.  Chelsea's Frank Lampard had been quiet, but he forced a brilliant save from Taylor on the hour when he turned away a 25-yard effort.  England had a scare after 71 minutes when Healy's cross deflected off Jamie Carragher and Paul Robinson had to dive bravely at the feet of James Quinn.

Northern Ireland had more than held their own after the break, and Windsor Park was in ecstasy after 73 minutes as Healy put them in front.  He collected Davis' neat pass and fired high across Robinson into the top corner.  Eriksson immediately attempted to salvage the situation, replacing the bitterly disappointing Steven Gerrard with Jermain Defoe.

Owen almost snatched a late leveller for England with a diving header, but Taylor came to the rescue.  And in the dying seconds, substitute Warren Feeney almost added a second for the home side, his shot rolling inches wide. - BBC Sport

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