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England in the European Championship 2000
Squad Records

 

European Championship 2000 Final Tournament
10 June - 2 July in Netherlands and Belgium

England Squad Career and Tournament Records

    Before Euro Finals   At Euro Finals
No. Player Age Pos App G Club App Sub On Sub Off Min G  Dis
1 Seaman, David A. 36 G 57 0 Arsenal FC 2 0 0 180 3GA --
2 Neville, Gary A. 25 D 36 0 Manchester United FC 3 0 0 270 0 --
3 Neville, Phillip J. 23 D 26 0 Manchester United FC 3 0 0 270 0 --
4 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 25 D 33 0 Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0 0 270 0 --
5 Adams, Tony A. 33 D 63 5 Arsenal FC 1 0 1 82 0 --
6 Keown, Martin R. 33 D 30 2 Arsenal FC 3 1 0 188 0 --
7 Beckham, David R.J. 25 M 31 1 Manchester United FC 3 0 0 270 0 1C
8 Scholes, Paul 25 M 24 9 Manchester United FC 3 0 2 243 1 --
9 Shearer, Alan 29 F 60 28 Newcastle United FC 3 0 0 270 2 1C
10 Owen, Michael J. 20 F 19 6 Liverpool FC 3 0 3 172 1 --
11 McManaman, Steven 28 F 28 2 Real Madrid CF, Spain 1 0 1 58 1 --
    Before Euro Finals   At Euro Finals
No. Player Age Pos App G Club App Sub On Sub Off Min G  Dis
12 Southgate, Gareth 29 D 36 1 Aston Villa FC 1 1 0 9 0 --
13 Martyn, A. Nigel 33 G 13 0 Leeds United AFC 1 0 0 90 3GA --
14 Ince, Paul E.C. 32 M 50 2 Middlesbrough FC 3 0 0 270 0 1C
15 Barry, Gareth 19 D 2 0 Aston Villa FC 0 0 0 0 0 --
16 Gerrard, Steven G. 20 M 1 0 Liverpool FC 1 1 0 29 0 --
17 Wise, Dennis F. 33 M 16 1 Chelsea FC 3 1 1 197 0 --
18 Barmby, Nicholas J. 26 M 13 3 Everton FC 2 2 0 33 0 --
19 Heskey, Emile W. I. 22 F 7 1 Liverpool FC 2 2 0 69 0 --
20 Phillips, Kevin M. 26 F 5 0 Sunderland AFC 0 0 0 0 0 --
21 Fowler, Robert B. 25 F 14 3 Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 0 --
22 Wright, Richard I. 22 G 1 0 Ipswich Town FC 0 0 0 0 0 --


Caps and goals totals include the  warm-up match England played against Malta on June 3  between the announcement of the squad on June 1 and England's first match at the tournament on June 12. 
No squad members had birthdays during England's participation in the tournament.

Notes

Manager Kevin Keegan named a 28-man squad on May 15, 2000 for the preparatory friendly matches at Wembley Stadium against Brazil on May 27 and the Ukraine on May 31.  This preliminary European Championship squad included all the players named to the eventual squad save Gareth Barry of Aston Villa, who originally was named to the England under-21 squad.  In addition, it included seven players who withdrew because of injuries or were cut:  goalkeeper David James, Aston Villa, defender Rio Ferdinand, West Ham United, forward Andrew Cole, Manchester United, and midfielders Kieron Dyer, Newcastle United, Jamie Redknapp, Liverpool, Ray Parlour, Arsenal, and Jason Wilcox, Leeds United.   

Two squad members had yet to win an England cap, Richard Wright and Steven Gerrard.  Gerrard would make his debut as a substitute against the Ukraine on May 31, just after Keegan had decided on his final Euro 2000 squad, and Wright against Malta in a final warm-up match on June 3.

Three players earned recalls to the preliminary squad after falling out of favour, although their inclusion was not surprising given the form they had displayed for their club sides.  Nick Barmby, who, through injury and loss of form, had not played for England since Glenn Hoddle’s first match in charge, the World Cup qualifier against Moldova in September, 1996, had turned in fine performances for Everton throughout the season.  Steve McManaman earned a recall following some brilliant play in Real Madrid’s successful European Cup campaign.  And goalkeeper David James, whose only cap had come against Mexico in March, 1997 when he was with Liverpool, had consistently shone for Aston Villa. 

Keegan rejected just two of the 28 players who appeared in the six matches England had played thus far in the season, Frank Lampard, the West Ham United midfielder who joined Barry on the under-21 squad, and Steve Guppy, the Leicester City midfielder who had been given a one-match tryout on England’s problematic left side.  Neither had impressed in the October friendly against Belgium in Sunderland.

Perhaps Keegan's most notable omission from the preliminary squad was West Ham United midfielder Trevor Sinclair, who had been named to several squads but was thus far uncapped.  Keegan said he was “very, very unlucky not to get into the 28.''

Long-term injuries forced much more significant exclusions:  left fullbacks Stuart Pearce, West Ham United, and Graeme Le Saux, Chelsea, and midfielders David Batty, Leeds United, and Darren Anderton, Tottenham Hotspur.  Anderton and Le Saux had not appeared for England since the season before, and Pearce and Batty not since the European Championship qualifier in Poland in September. 

As the squad gathered at Burnham Beeches on Sunday evening, May 21, midfielder Jason Wilcox, the only naturally left-footed player on the squad outside striker Robbie Fowler, withdrew for surgery required to remove floating cartilage from his knee.  Keegan promptly summoned left-footed fullback Gareth Barry from the under-21 team as a replacement.  Barry became the third squad member yet to win a senior England cap.

Injuries forced Jamie Redknapp and Ray Parlour to withdraw from the squad on May 30, the day before the Ukraine match.  In training two days before the May 27 Brazil friendly, Redknapp suffered a recurrence of the knee cartilage problem that had required surgery and sidelined him for four months earlier in the season.  Parlour appeared as a substitute against Brazil and suffered knee ligament damage in the match's last minutes. 

Keegan made his European Championship finals squad selection just before the Ukraine match on May 31, but delayed formalizing it until the following day, UEFA’s deadline for filing squad lists, to ensure no changes were required by injuries incurred in that match.  None were. 

With three players (Wilcox, Redknapp and Parlour) having withdrawn and one (Barry) having been added, Keegan had to cut four players to pare the squad to UEFA’s 22-man limit.  The four he chose to drop were David James, Rio Ferdinand, Kieron Dyer and Andrew Cole.  

James' omission was expected; he had always been unlikely to secure a spot on the final squad absent injury to one of the three keepers ahead of him.  

Keegan said failure to recover from a minor foot injury Cole had carried for some time had forced his exclusion, a claim the media greeted with scepticism because of a statement Keegan had made earlier that Cole was fit.  The manager had made it clear he was bent on taking a gamble on Robbie Fowler because of his scoring capability although injury had kept him from all but a few starting appearances for Liverpool and he obviously was not fully fit.  If Keegan's claim that Cole was left behind only because of injury is true, it is Kevin Philips who got the benefit, not Fowler.

Perhaps most questionable was the decision to dispense with the ball-playing skills of Ferdinand and Dyer, two of England's brightest young stars.  Keegan apparently concluded Ferdinand, as a central defender, was both surplus and a risk because he planned to use a 4-4-2 formation requiring only two central defenders and because he felt Tony Adams, Martin Keown, Sol Campbell and Gareth Southgate were all more reliable in that position.  Moreover, the reasoning went, the forced withdrawal of Wilcox, who had both defensive and attacking capabilities on the left, had ensured selection of both Barry to provide defensive cover on the left and Barmby to provide an attacking threat on the left.  The consequence was that room in the squad had to be found somewhere, and Ferdinand was the obvious candidate for the drop.

Keegan reportedly believed Dyer's only claim to a spot on the squad was as cover for David Beckham on the right, that his defensive capabilities were not sufficient to warrant his inclusion, and that Gerrard, as a defensive midfielder, better served the squad's needs. 

And so it was on to Malta for the final warm-up match and then to Euro 2000 with a squad Keegan proclaimed was capable of winning the tournament. 

England Squad Match Records
No. Player Portugal Germany Romania
1 Seaman, David A. St 90, 3GA St 90, 0GA Did not play, injured
2 Neville, Gary A. St 90 St 90 St 90
3 Neville, Phillip J. St 90 St 90 St 90
4 Campbell, Sulzeer J. St 90 St 90 St 90
5 Adams, Tony A. St off 82 Did not play, injured Did not play, injured
6 Keown, Martin R. Sub on 82 St 90 St 90
7 Beckham, David R.J. St 90 St 90, 1C St 90
8 Scholes, Paul St 90, 1G St off  72 St off 81
9 Shearer, Alan St 90 St 90, 1G St 90, 1G, 1C
10 Owen, Michael J. St off  H.T. St off 61 St off 66
11 McManaman, Steven St off 58, 1G Did not play, injured Did not play
No. Player Portugal Germany Romania
12 Southgate, Gareth Did not play Did not play Sub on 81
13 Martyn, A. Nigel Did not play Did not play St 90, 3GA
14 Ince, Paul E.C. St 90, 1C St 90 St 90
15 Barry, Gareth Did not play Did not play Did not play
16 Gerrard, Steven G. Did not play Sub on 61 Did not play, injured
17 Wise, Dennis F. Sub on 58 St 90 St off 75
18 Barmby, Nicholas J. Did not play Sub on 72 Sub on 75
19 Heskey, Emile W. I. Sub on H.T. Did not play Sub on 66
20 Phillips, Kevin M. Did not play Did not play Did not play
21 Fowler, Robert B. Did not play Did not play Did not play
22 Wright, Richard I. Did not play Did not play Did not play

Notes

Manager Kevin Keegan had settled on his team, and he persisted with it to the end.  Six squad members played every minute of England's three matches--Gary Neville, Phil Neville and Sol Campbell on the back line, Paul Ince and David Beckham in midfield and Alan Shearer at the front.  Another two, midfielder Paul Scholes and forward Michael Owen, started all three matches.  As for the other three positions, injuries forced Keegan's hand, but even there he remained constant with the replacements.  Central defender Martin Keown played every minute after Tony Adams had to leave the pitch near the end of the first match against Portugal.  Midfielder Dennis Wise, who came on when Steve McManaman was injured early in the second half of the Portugal match, started both later matches.  And, of course, goalkeeper Nigel Martyn played the third match against Romania when David Seaman, who was set to start, injured himself a few minutes before kick-off.

The so-called central spine of the team--celebrated four years earlier when England reached the semi-finals in the same competition under Terry Venables--was still in place, but noticeably older, slower and less mobile.  Through the centre of the team, Keegan relied heavily on players well into their 30's--Seaman/Martyn in goal, Adams/Keown in defence and Ince in midfield--or almost 30--Shearer in attack.  And outside the centre, he used another player approaching his mid-30's, Wise, once McManaman made his early exit.

Four squad members got no playing time--third goalkeeper Richard Wright, young defender Gareth Barry, and forwards Robbie Fowler and Kevin Phillips.  Defender Gareth Southgate, so prominent at the 1996 tournament, came on only for the last nine minutes of the Romania match in an ultimately futile effort to shore up England's defences and protect the draw they needed to advance from the group stage.  Also used sparingly were veteran attacking midfielder Nick Barmby, who appeared twice as a late substitute, and young defensive midfielder Steven Gerrard, who came on for half an hour against Germany.

European Championship 2000 Leading Goalscorers
Rank

Players

Apps. Mins. G PK
1= Savo Milosevic, Yugoslavia 4 309 5 0
1= Patrick Kluivert, Netherlands 5 418 5 0
3 Nuno Gomes, Portugal 5 358 4 0
4= Zlatko Zahovic, Slovenia 3 270 3 0
4= Sérgio Conceição, Portugal 5 349 3 0
4= Thierry Henry, France 5 469 3 0
7= David Trezeguet, France 3 135 2 0
7= Vladimír Smicer, Czech Republic 3 250 2 0
7= Alan Shearer, England 3 270 2 1
7= Gaizka Mendieta, Spain 4 255 2 2
Rank

Players

Apps. Mins. G PK
7= Alfonso, Spain 4 269 2 0
7= Filippo Inzaghi, Italy 4 322 2 1
7= Hakan Sükür, Turkey 4 360 2 0
7= Sylvain Wiltord, France 5 187 2 0
7= Youri Djorkaeff, France 5 290 2 0
7= Francesco Totti, Italy 5 361 2 0
7= Marc Overmars, Netherlands 5 372 2 0
7= Boudewijn Zenden, Netherlands 5 412 2 0
7= Frank de Boer, Netherlands 5 480 2 1
7= Zinédine Zidane, France 5 495 2 1

Notes

After finishing top scorer at the 1996 tournament with five goals, Alan Shearer scored another two this time.  His seven goals secure second place among the leading scorers in European Championship finals history, behind only Michel Platini, who scored nine for France as they won the 1984 tournament.  

David Beckham was the only England player among the 50 named at the close of group play as finalists for the tournament all-star team.  Holland had nine players on the list and France and Italy each had eight.  Five other teams--Belgium, Germany, Norway, Slovenia and Sweden--had only one player honoured, while Denmark had none.  Having gone home early with England, Beckham did not get a spot on the final all-star team.  

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