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Wednesday, 15 November 1989
International Friendly Match

England 0 Italy 0 [0-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Italy Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 67,500;
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT

Results 1985-1990

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Match Summary

Officials from Austria




Referee (-) - Hubert Forstinger
43 (2 September 1946).

Linesmen - Roman Steindl and Gerd Adanitsch.

Reserve Official - Robert Harris, Oxfordshire.

Teams presented to Tom Finney, O.B.E., F.A. Honorary Member; ex-England captain.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 1987 Umbro home uniform - White crew-necked buttoned jersey with shadow diamonds, navy collar and red/navy/white cuffs, navy shorts, with white seams and red trim, white socks with navy/red Umbro diamond trim.
Capt: Bryan Robson, 57th captaincy Manager: Robert W. Robson, 56 (18 February 1933), appointed 7 July 1982,
82nd match, W 40 - D 26 - L 16 - F 136 - A 48.
England Lineup
1 Shilton, Peter L., off 46th min. 40 18 September 1949 G Derby County FC 112 69 GA
2 Stevens, M. Gary 26 27 March 1963 RB Rangers FC, Scotland 36 0
3 Pearce, Stuart, off 67th min. 27 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 18 0
4 McMahon, Stephen, off 67th min. 28 20 August 1961 M Liverpool FC 8 0
5 Walker, Desmond            
6 Butcher, Terence I. 30 28 December 1958
born in Singapore
CD Rangers FC, Scotland 66 3
7 Robson, Bryan, off 46th min. 32 11 January 1957 M Manchester United FC 81 24
8 Waddle, Christopher            
9 Beardsley, Peter, off 78th min.            
10 Lineker, Gary W. 28 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 45 29
11 Barnes, John            
England Substitutes
12 Phelan, Michael C., on 46th min. for Robson 27 24 September 1962 M Manchester United FC 1 0
13 Beasant, David J.W., on 46th min. for Shilton 30 20 March 1959 GK Chelsea FC 1 0 GA
14 Hodge, Stephen, on 67th min. for McMahon            
16 Winterburn, Nigel, on 67th min. for Pearce         1 0
15 Platt, David A., on 78th min. for Beardsley 23 10 June 1966 M Aston Villa FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

17-Mark Wright, 18-David Rocastle.

team notes:

Manager Bobby Robson played for England against Italy in May 1961.
Peter Shilton extends his tally as record appearance holder.
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Italy Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 4th
Colours: Made by Diadora - Azure blue crew necked collared jerseys, white shorts, blue socks with white trim.
Capt:   Manager: Azeglio Vicini
Italy Lineup
1 Zenga, Walter     G     GA
2 Bergomi, Giuseppe            
3 Maldini, Paolo            
4 Baresi, Franco            
5 Ferri, Riccardo            
6 Berti, Nicola            
7 Donadoni, Roberto            
8 De Napoli, Fernando            
9 Vialli, Gianluca, off 81st min.            
10 Giannini, Giuseppe            
11 Carnevale, Andrea, off 70th min.            
Italy Substitutes
19 Serena, Aldo, on 70th min. for Carnevale            
18 Baggio, Roberto, on 81st min. for Vialli            

unused substitutes:

12-Stefano Tacconi, 13-Ciro Ferrara, 14-Luigi De Agostini, 15-Luca Fusi, 16-Massimo Crippa, 17-Giancarlo Marocchi, 20-Roberto Mancini.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England stretched their unbeaten run to thirteen matches and nine hours without conceding a goal against the 1990 World Cup hosts and tournament favourites. Bobby Robson experimented by sending on four new caps as second-half substitutes - Dave Beasant, Nigel Winterburn, Mike Phelan and David Platt. Phelan went closest to breaking the scoring deadlock with a thirty-yard volley from a punched clearance by goalkeeper Zenga. The ball missed the target by inches in what was Phelan's only international appearance. Gary Lineker had the ball in the Italian net late in the game, only to have his celebrations cut short because the referee had spotted an obstruction by Terry Butcher a split second before Linker netted. The partnership between Des Walker and Terry Butcher at the heart of the England defence was looking impregnable, and as solid as the 1960s one between Jack Charlton and Bobby Moore.

Source Notes

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