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Wednesday, 29 April 1981
World Cup 1982 UEFA Group Four Qualification Match

England 0 Romania 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Romania Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 62,500;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST

Results 1980-1985

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Match Summary

Officials from West Germany




Referee (-) - Heinz Aldinger
x (-).

Linesmen - Gunter Linn and Horst Joos

Reserve Linesman - A.K. Buksh, Middlesex

Teams presented to The Rt. Hon. William Whitelaw, C.H., M.C., M.P., Secretary of State for the Home Department.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th to 6th
Colours: The 1976 Admiral away uniform - Red collared jerseys with white/blue sleeve trim and white/blue trimmed cuffs, white shorts with blue/white side stripes, red socks with white/blue stripes on top.
Capt: Dave Watson, first captaincy Manager: Ronald Greenwood, 59 (11 November 1921), appointed as caretaker 17 August 1977, permanent on 17 December 1977,
37th match, W 23 - D 8 - L 6 - F 68 - A 30
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L. 31 18 September 1949 G Nottingham Forest FC 34 27 GA
2 Anderson, Viv            
3 Sansom, Kenneth G. 22 26 September 1958 LB Arsenal FC 14 0
4 Robson, Bryan 24 11 January 1957 M West Bromwich Albion FC 7 0
5 Watson, David V. 34 5 October 1946 CHB Southampton FC 59 4
6 Osman, Russell C. 22 14 February 1959 CD Ipswich Town FC 3 0
7 Wilkins, Raymond C. 24 14 September 1956 M Manchester United FC 37 2
8 Coppell, Steven            
9 Francis, Trevor            
10 Brooking, Trevor D., off 70th min. 32 2 October 1948 IL West Ham United FC 42 3
11 Woodcock, Anthony S. 25 6 December 1955 F 1. FC Köln eV, Germany 17 6
England Substitutes
15 McDermott, Terence, on 70th min. 29 8 December 1951 M Liverpool FC 16 2

unused substitutes:

12-Phil Neal, 13-Ray Clemence, 14-Mick Mills, 16-Peter Barnes.
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Romania Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 21st to 20th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow jerseys with red/blue Adidas trim, blue shorts with yellow/red Adidas trim, blue socks with yellow Adidas trim.
Capt: Costica Stefanescu Manager: Valentin Stanescu
Romania Lineup
1 Iordache, Vasile     G     GA
2 Negrila, Nicolae            
3 Munteanu, Ion            
4 Sames, Stefan            
5 Stefanescu, Costica            
6 Beldeanu, Aurel            
7 Crisan, Zoltan            
8 Iordanescu, Anghel            
9 Camataru, Rodion            
10 Stoica, Tudorel            
11 Balaci, Ilie            
Romania Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Gheorghe Cristian, 13-Nicolae Ungureanu,14-Cornel Dinu, 15-Aidel Ticleanu, 16-Marcel Raducanu.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Anxiety anchored the England forwards in front of goal, and they missed vital chances that could have clinched victory in this World Cup qualifying match against their closest group rivals. England's defence generally dominated the Rumanian forwards, but there was one amazing escape when Peter Shilton's feet slipped from under him as he reached for a dipping header from Balaci during a rare raid in the thirty-third minute. Shilton was lying on the ground as he scooped the ball clear with two Rumanian forwards bearing down on him. England's players went off to the sound of boos and jeers, and with their prospects of qualifying for the World Cup looking remote. They had only away games against Switzerland and Hungary in which to salvage a place in the finals.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Official Teamsheet
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author