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  Wednesday, 12 June 1991
Dunhill Invitation Match

Malaysia 2 England 4 [0-3]

Stadium Merdeka, Wilayah Persekutuan, Kuala Lumpur
Kick-off (MYT): 8.30pm 1.30pm BST
Attendance: 38,000 to 42,000

  Gary Lineker kicked off
   [0-1] Gary Lineker 1 0:42
left-footed shot from 12-yards over Hassan from a Thomas lay-off
[0-2] Gary Lineker 23
right-footed half-volley from 3 yards at the far post after Wright flicked on a Pearce right-sided corner
[0-3] Gary Lineker header 30 HAT-TRICK
glancing header at the near post after Platt chipped the ball in after Hassan saved Lineker shot
[1-3] Matlan Marjan 53
 Matlan left-footed strike into bottom right corner from an Ahmed thro-ball

[2-4] Matlan Marjan 76
 coolly rounded Woods after Batty's back pass went straight to Matlan

[1-4] Gary Lineker header 70
Salako flicked the ball over the keeper for Lineker to angle in another header from 6 yards
Highlights on BBC Sportsnight Commentator: John Motson with Trevor Brooking

Match Summary


Malaysia Squad


England Squad
Referee (black) - Letchmanasamy Kathirveloo
36 (23 January 1955), Malaysia.

Linesmen - tbc

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

Malaysia Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 135th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Yellow v-necked jerseys with black collars/Adidas trim, shoulder and underarm panels, black shorts with yellow Adidas trim, yellow socks with black Adidas trim.
Capt: Ali Ahmad Yusof Head Coach: Rahim Abdullah, 43 (12 September 1947)
Malaysia Lineup
22 Hassan, Abdul Rashid, off 66th min. 36
330 days
17 July 1954 G Johor Darul Ta'zim II FC    GA
3 Singh, Serbegeth 30
296 days
20 August 1960 RD KB Negeri Pahang    
5 Kin Hong, Lee nk not known LD PB Sepak Kedah Darul Aman    
2 Jamil, Mohammed Zaid, off 46th min. nk not known RWB PB Sepak Kuala Lumpur    
18 Jayakanthan, Arumugam nk not known CD PB Selangor    
4 Siew Yai, Chow nk not known LWB PB Sepak Kuala Lumpur    
6 Yusof, Ali Ahmad nk not known RM KB Negeri Pahang    
8 Yusof, Nasir nk not known LM Johor Darul Ta'zim II FC    
7 Marjan, Matlan 22
237 days
18 October 1968 RF PB Sabah    
9 Salleh, Dollah 27
245 days
10 October 1963 CF KB Negeri Pahang    
17 Hassan, Zainal Abidin 29
215 days
9 November 1961 LF KB Negeri Pahang    
Malaysia Substitutes
scoreline: Malaysia 0 England 3
12 Azizol, Abu Haniffa, on 46th min. for Jamil 31
114 days
18 February 1960 M PB Perak    
scoreline: Malaysia 1 England 3
21 Khairul, Azman Mohammed, on 66th min. for Hassan. nk not known G Kelab Bolasepak Negeri Pahang    GA
result: Malaysia 2 England 4

unused substitutes:

11-Sazali Nasir, 20-Subadron Aziz, 23-Manja Man.
5-2-3 Hassan (Khairul) -
Singh, Lee -
Jamil (Azizol), Jayakanthan, Chow -
Ahmad, Nasir -
Matian, Salleh, Zainal


Age n/a Appearances/Goals n/a n/a


England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 2nd
Colours: The 1990 Umbro home uniform - White collared jersey with shadowed diamonds and navy collar/cuff, navy shorts with white panel and red triangle, white socks with navy tops.
Capt: Gary Lineker
(eighth captaincy (18) (10))
Manager: Graham Taylor, 46 (15 September 1944), appointed 23 July 1990,
12th match, W 10 - D 3 - L 0 - F 21 - A 7.
England Lineup
1 Woods, Christopher C.E. 31
210 days
14 November 1959 G Rangers FC, Scotland 24 8ᵍᵃ
2 Charles, Gary A. 21
60 days
13 April 1970 RB Nottingham Forest FC 2 0
final app 1991
3 Pearce, Stuart 29
49 days
24 April 1962 LB Nottingham Forest FC 41 2
4 Batty, David 22
192 days
2 December 1968 DM Leeds United AFC 5 0
5 Walker, Desmond S. 25
198 days
26 November 1965 CD Nottingham Forest FC 36 0
6 Wright, Mark 27
315 days
1 August 1963 CD Derby County FC 40 1
7 Platt, David A. 25
2 days
10 June 1966 AM Aston Villa FC 22 7
8 Thomas, Geoffrey R. 26
307 days
5 August 1964 RM Crystal Palace FC 7 0
9 Clough, Nigel H. 25
85 days
19 March 1966 RF Nottingham Forest FC 4 0
10 Lineker, Gary W. 30
194 days
30 November 1960 LF

Tottenham Hotspur FC

68  45
Lineker's record-equalling fifth hatrick
is the 75th (38th post-war) hattrick scored
2nd oldest player to score a hat-trick
 (held for 2½ years)
quickest to 45 goals
11 Salako, John A. 22
121 days
11 February 1969
in Ibadan, Nigeria
LM Crystal Palace FC 4 0

unused substitutes:

12-Earl Barrett, 13-Tony Coton, 14-Ian Wright, 15-David Hirst, 16-Mark Walters.


Gary Lineker become's England's second highest scorer behind Bobby Charlton. However, Lineker was quicker to score his 45, taking just six years and 77 days, and the younger, by 33 days.
He also became the second oldest hatrician (until November 1993), behind Jack Rowley in 1949, but by far, the most-experienced - by over 30 caps.
He is the fourth captain, after Gilbert Smith, Vivian Woodward, and Bryan Robson in 1983, to score a hattrick, the eighth overall.
In almost identical circumstances 25 years previously when Jimmy Greaves scored four goals against Norway to equal, and then break, the friendly goalscoring record. Lineker's third (20) and fourth (21) goals equalled and then broke the friendly goalscoring record.
Matlan Marjan's goal is the first friendly goal England have conceded in a year and ten days, also making it the first friendly goal conceded in the Taylor reign.
4-4-2 Woods -
Charles, Walker, Wright, Pearce -
Thomas, Batty, Platt, Salako -
Clough, Lineker


Age 26 years 60 days Appearances/Goals 23 4.7


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England's last match of an exhausting tour took them to Kuala Lumpar where over 41,000 people sweltered in 100 per cent humidity in the Merdeka Stadium. The game was another personal triumph for Gary Lineker, who, having missed the game in Wellington because of club tour committments, returned to the side to score all four goals in a wonderful display in the art of finishing.

The excitement began after only 42 seconds. Geoff Thomas' forward pass released Lineker on the left of goal and a rasping shot left the home goalkeeper, Hassan, helpless. It was a marvellous start for England and one of the best of Lineker's England goals. The visitors pushed forward relentlessly from then on and, midway through the half, a Stuart Pearce corner from the right was flicked on by Mark Wright and Lineker was at the far post to knock the ball into the net. On the half hour the supreme England striker collected his fifth international hat-trick with a lovely glancing header at the near post after a delicate chip by David Platt.

This burst of goalscoring left Malaysia shell-shocked, but they kept battling away and [after] half-time Matlan took advantage of some sloppy play by England to score and send the crowd wild with delight. Chris Woods was furious with his defence particularly as it was the first goal he had conceded on the tour, thus ruining his proud record.

However, this minor blot did not affect England's superiority and they coasted through the second half. On 70 minutes another lovely run from John Salako, the real hit of the tour, ended with a cross from the right which was met with a simple header from that man Lineker again. It was another clinical piece of finishing and a marvellous milestone for the Spurs player. It was his 45th goal for England, thus eclipsing Jimmy Greaves to slip into second place in the all-time list of goalscorers. Only Bobby Charlton, with 49 goals, now lay ahead of Lineker.

The only other black mark on an otherwise good day for England came when Matlan, who was already a hero for scoring one goal in the match, suddenly popped up with a second strike, which would probably give him immortality amongst his own countrymen.

It had been a long and very tiring tour for England but they ended it with four wins out of four and given Graham Taylor the chance to see one or two fringe players perform in international football. The wisdom of such a tour certainly raised questions, but there was absolutely no question that the public relation exercise proved a huge success and England won many new friends as a result.


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Gary Lineker produced the second four-goal burst of his international career, taking over from Jimmy Greaves as the second top England scorer of all time and he was now just four goals behind Bobby Charlton's record 49-goal haul. Many considered this should not have been classified as a full international, but there was no doubting Lineker's ability as a deadly finisher as he found the net in the first, twenty-third, thirtieth and seventieth minutes.  Lineker joined the England squad just for this match after taking part in club commitments with Tottenham. This was the second time he had scored four goals in an England shirt, and it included his fifth hat-trick.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
  Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor