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Saturday, 25 May 1991
England Challenge Cup, match three

England 2 Argentina 2 [1-0]


Match Summary
England Squad
Argentina Squad

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 44,497;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Gary Lineker (15), David Platt (50)
Argentina - García, Franco
Results 1990-1995

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Match Summary




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Referee (-) - Zoran Petrovic,
x (x), Yugoslavia, FIFA listed x.

Linesmen - Peter Mikkelsen, Denmark and Emilio Soriano Aladren, Spain.

Reserve Official - John J. Shawcross, Cheshire.

Teams presented to The Right Honourable Douglas Hurd, C.B.E., M.P., Secretary of State for the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

This match was preceded by England U19 vs. Spain U19.

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1990 Umbro away uniform - Red collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/white cuffs, white shorts with red/blue triangle, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Gary Lineker, fifth captaincy Manager: Graham Taylor, 46 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
8th match, W 6 - D 2 - L 0 - F 13 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 27 19 September 1963 G Arsenal FC 7 5 GA
2 Dixon, Lee            
3 Pearce, Stuart 29 24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 37 1
4 Batty, David            
5 Walker, Desmond            
6 Wright, Mark 27 1 August 1963 CD Derby County FC 37 1
7 Platt, David A. 24 10 June 1966 M Aston Villa FC 18 7
8 Thomas, Geoffrey R. 26 5 August 1964 M Crystal Palace FC 3 0
9 Smith, Alan M. 28 21 November 1962 F Arsenal FC 7 1
10 Lineker, Gary W. 30 30 November 1960 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 65 40
11 Barnes, John            
England Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Paul Parker, 13-Chris Woods, 14-Lee Sharpe, 15-Peter Beardsley, 16-Nigel Clough.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


Argentina Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 12th to 11th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Sky blue and white striped v-necked jersys with white collar/sleeves with sky blue Adidas trim, black shorts with sky blue/white hem, white socks with sky blue Adidas trim.
Capt: Oscar Ruggeri Manager: Alfio Basile, 47, appointed autumn 1990.
Argentina Lineup
1 Goycochea, Sergio     G     GA
2 Vazquez, Sergio            
3 Enrique, Alberto            
4 Basualdo, Fabian            
5 Gamboa, Fernando            
6 Ruggeri, Oscar            
7 Garcia, Claudio            
8 Franco, Dario            
9 Simeone, Diego            
10 Martellotto, German            
11 Boldrini, Ariel            
Argentina Substitutes

unused substitutes:

12-Albjandro Lanari, 14-Ricardo Altamirano, 15-Nestor Fabbri, 16-Gustavo Zapata, 17-Antonio Mohammed.
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Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

England carelessly let a two-goal lead slip in a four-minute spell midway through the second-half of a game that was always niggly and bad-tempered, with the Argentineans giving better than they received in the nasty tackles department. Gary Lineker scored in the fifteenth minute (his fortieth goal) and David Platt made it 2-0 five minutes after half-time. Lineker had the hollow honour of collecting the Challenge Cup as the Argentineans trudged off to a chorus of boos. Nothing had been achieved in the area of repairing the poor relationships between the two nations.

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