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673 Squad vs. Australia
675 Squad vs. New Zealand
Monday, 3 June 1991
NZFA Centenary Celebration Match by Winfield

New Zealand 0 England 1 [0-0]
Match Summary
New Zealand Squad

England Squad
Team Records
The Three Lions Squad for the Summer Tour of Australasia pre-first New Zealand  June 1991
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Barrett, Earl D. 28 April 1967 24 CD Oldham Athletic FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Barrett was added to the squad on 20 May
Batty, David 2 December 1968 22 M Leeds United AFC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Charles, Gary A. 13 April 1970 21 RB Nottingham Forest FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Clough, Nigel H. 19 March 1966 25 F Nottingham Forest FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Coton, Anthony P. 19 May 1961 29 G Manchester City FC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 none
Curle, Keith 14 November 1963 27 CD Wimbledon FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Curle is unavailable to play for England because of a broken jaw
Deane, Brian C. 7 February 1968 23 F Sheffield United FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Deane was added to the standby squad on 20 May, and full squad on 23 May
Dorigo, Anthony R. 31 December 1965
in Adelaide, Australia
25 LB Leeds United AFC 2 4 6 0 0  
Hirst, David 7 December 1967 23 F Sheffield Wednesday FC 1 0 1 0 0 None
Hirst was added to the squad on 20 May
Hodge, Steve B. 25 October 1962 30 M Nottingham Forest FC 18 6 24 0 0 1
Lineker, Gary W. 30 November 1960 30 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 62 4 66 40 (4) 6 (5) None
Martyn, A. Nigel 11 August 1966 24 G Crystal Palace FC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 none
Parker, Paul A. 4 April 1964 27 M Queen's Park Rangers FC 14 1 15 1 0 2
Pearce, Stuart 24 April 1962 31 LB Nottingham Forest FC 37 1 38 1 0 2
Platt, David A. 10 June 1966 24 M Aston Villa FC 12 7 19 7 (1) 0 None
Salako, John A. 11 February 1969
in Ibadan, Nigeria
22 LF Crystal Palace FC 0 1 1 0 0 None
Thomas, Geoffrey R. 5 August 1964 26 M Crystal Palace FC 4 0 4 0 0 None
Walker, Desmond S. 26 November 1965 25 CD Nottingham Forest FC 31 2 33 0 0  
Walters, Mark E. 2 June 1964 26 F Rangers FC, Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 none
Wise, Dennis F. 16 December 1966 24 M Chelsea FC 2 1 3 1 0 None
Woods, Christopher C.E. 14 November 1959 31 G Rangers FC, Scotland 12 9 21 6ᵍᵃ 0  
Wright, Ian E. 3 November 1963 27 F Crystal Palace FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Wright, Mark 1 August 1963 27 CD Derby County FC 35 3 38 1 (1) 1  

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the ninth of the 1990-91 season, against Australia on 1 June 1991


Monday, 13 May 1991 - Crystal Palace forward John Salako is the surprise inclusion in Graham Taylor's 20-man squad for the summer tour of Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia, starting on 27 May. The tour party leaves just two days later the Wembley international against Argentina a week on Saturday and includes 14 of the players named by Taylor to face the World Cup runners-up. No players from Arsenal, Liverpool or Manchester United have been released for the tour. Rangers were happy to release Chris Woods and the untried Mark Walters for the tour, wanted Gary Stevens to be rested.

Monday, 20 May 1991 - Striker David Hirst found himself added to the party for England's senior tour to Australasia after some magnificent finishing for England B in Walsall tonight. Hirst thrilled the record Bescot Stadium crowd by adding two more goals to the 32 he had registered for promoted Sheffield Wednesday. Earl Barrett, who played solidly at the back, has also been added to the senior party, whilst Brian Deane has been asked to standby.
Ranger Chris Woods can stake his claim to the number one jersey - and there is nothing much his rival David Seaman can do about it. Graham Taylor has told his two keepers they are dead-heat in his judgement, but he is determined to make one of them first choice by the start of the new season. Woods will be accompanying Taylor to Australasia next month, whereas Seaman will be staying at home. Taylor has left it up to the club managers to decide whether to release players for the trip, and Arsenal, after the strains of the Football League, have withdrawn their big names.

Tuesday, 21 May 1991 - Mark Wright has clambered from the wreckage of Derby's relegation season to claim the highest accolade, the captaincy of his country, in tonight's opening Cup game against the Soviets. Wright, likely to leave the Baseball Ground this summer, becomes England's 31st post-war leader, and the third in Taylor's seven-match reign, in the absence of Gary Lineker.
David Platt took England boss Graham Taylor into seventh heaven at Wembley, in front of the men who want to spend £5 million for him. Marseille had representatives watch Platt score twice in a 3-1 win against the Russians, taking Taylor's record as England boss to seven games unbeaten. Platt recently turned down a £4 million transfer to Bari. Other Italian clubs, Lazio's manager, Carlo Regalia, and secretary, Maurice Mancini, were in attendance also, and Arsenal are also in the hunt for his signature.

Friday, 24 May 1991 - Leeds continued their end-of-season recruitment campaign when they signed Chelsea's left-back Tony Dorigo. The former Aston Villa player signed a four year contract at Elland Road before returning south to link up with the England squad. The fee has yet to be agreed. Manchester United, Liverpool and Rangers were all believed to be also interested.

Saturday, 25 May 1991 - England had to at least draw today to send them off on their summer tour of Australasia with their first piece of silverware in the Lancaster Gate trophy room. After 15 minutes Gary Lineker popped up to give Taylor's side the lead. England had most of the play in the opening stages of the game. Lineker sneaked around the back of the Argentine defence to nod in a raking diagonal free-kick from Pearce. It was his fortieth goal for England, and his fifth in seven matches for Graham Taylor. Most of the malice in the tackles came from Pearce and Batty, though the South Americans were not averse to the odd body check to stem England's constant pressure. The lessons handed out by Argentina were all about the seedier side of the game. These volatile South Americans are masters of all those dubious arts, and are most certainly not ashamed to exhibit their vast knowledge. After David Platt's 51st minute gave England a two-goal advantage, slack defending allowed Argentina to draw level in the space of six minutes. Even more calamitous was the way the game deteriorated in an ugly final 20 minutes.

Monday, 27 May 1991 - Gary Lineker has been released from part of England's Australasia tour to help ease Tottenham Hotspur's financial crisis. Graham Taylor has bent the rules to give the Spurs striker permission to play in an exhibition match in Tokyo next month after receiving a personal envoy from the Japanese FA. The lucrative fixture was at risk after the loss of crowd-pleaser Paul Gascoigne. Taylor turned down Tottenham's initial request to give Lineker a five-day pass from the three week tour. The squad are due to leave today. Taylor insisted that the players make the whole trip or none of it. He had already ruled out Waddle because he would miss the start of the tour. But Taylor relented after the Japanese plea and Lineker will now miss the game against New Zealand in Wellington on June 8, rejoining the squad in Malaysia two days later.

Thursday, 30 May 1991 - Wimbledon centre-half Keith Curle gritted his teeth and vowed to see England's tour through to its conclusion, even though a broken jaw has cost him any chance of making his debut for Graham Taylor. The uncapped Curle was injured in a training accident with Leeds' midfielder David Batty just 24 hours after arriving in Australia. After being examined by a specialist, 27 year-old Curle was delighted to be told he may not have to be flown straight back home - though he will need an operation to repair the damage in a Sydney hospital. Batty was upset when he learned that he had shattered Curle's hopes of making his England breakthrough.

Friday, 31 May 1991 - Sheffield Wednesday striker David Hirst completes a meteoric rise with his England debut in tomorrow's friendly against Australia. Nigel Clough wins his first full cap in two years as Graham Taylor makes four changes from the team that drew 2-2 with Argentina. Chris Woods returns and Paul Parker switches to right-back. The most disappointed player after the time announcement was Leeds' new signing Tony Dorigo, who was desperate to play against the country in which he grew up.

Saturday, 1 June 1991 - An own goal spared England's embarrassment down-under as they struggled to break down a defiant Australia in the first match of their summer tour in Sydney. Midfielder Ian Gray turned a 40th minute Stuart Pearce cross into his own net to make up for first-half chances missed by Mark Wright, Gary Lineker, David Platt and Nigel Clough. But Graham Taylor's side had to rely on two superb saves by Rangers goalkeeper Chris Woods to stay on level terms before the Aussies' self-destruction. New Zealand referee Barry Tasker booked Aurelio Vidmar for dissent after he gave away a free-kick against Paul Parker who then joined him in the book for a late foul on Zelic. England had a chance from a corner, Pearce running over Clough's low cross angled out to the edge of the penalty area, but Batty blasted his shot over the bar. Two minutes later the Forest connection almost forged a breakthrough, Des Walker and Clough combining to put Pearce in on the left. But a desperate though excellent interception by Wade denied Geoff Thomas his shot.

W DW D W  f 9:a success: 83%
668 6 February 1991 - England 2 Cameroon 0 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (61,075)
Lineker (2 (1pen)) Fr HW
669 27 March 1991 -
England 1
Republic of Ireland 1 [1-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (77,753)
Staunton OG
670 1 May 1991 - Turkey 0 England 1 [0-1]
Atatürk Stadyumu, İzmir (20,000/25,000)
Wise AW
671 21 May 1991 - England 3 USSR 1 [2-1]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (23,789)
Smith, Platt (2 (1 pen))
M.Wright OG
672 25 May 1991 - England 2 Argentina 2 [1-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (44,497)
Lineker, Platt
García, Franco
673 1 June 1991 - Australia 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney
Gray OG Tour AW