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Match No. 752 vs. Bulgaria Match No. 754 vs. Czech Republic Match Results

England National Football Team Match No. 753

Luxembourg 0 England 3 [0-2]

Wednesday, 14 October 1998

Match Summary and Report

Match Summary and Report Team Records Luxembourg Pre-Match England Pre-Match


Match Summary

Status: European Championship 2000 Preliminary Group 5 qualification match.
Venue: Stade Josy Barthel, Stad Lėtzebuerg, capacity 8,250;
Attendance: 8,054
Goals: England - Michael Owen, 19th min.
England - Alan Shearer, 38th min. penalty.
England - Gareth Southgate, 88th min.
Cautions: England - David Beckham, 21st min.,
Luxembourg - Manuel Cardoni, 38th min.,
Expulsions: None
Officials: Referee - Sotirios Vorgias, Greece
Assistant Referees-
Simeon Tsolakidis & Dimitrios Kossikidis, Greece
Fourth Official -
Kyros Vassaras, Greece
Conditions: kickoff 8:30 p.m. local time;
Miscellany: Luxembourg - Dany Theis, 5th min. penalty wide past David Seaman.




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


Luxembourg Team

Ranking: 146th in FIFA ranking of 16 September 1998; 160th in Elo world ranking before this match and 160th after this match.
Colours: Red shirts with white side panels, red shorts with white side panels, red socks with white tops; made by ___.
Coach: Paul Philipp, 47, appointed 1 June 1985.
Captain: -

Luxembourg Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Koch, Paul 07-Jun-1966 32 G - - - -
2-Ferron, Ralph 13-May-1972 26 D - - - 1993-2002
3-Funck, Nicolas 17-Oct-1972 25 D - - - 1997-2000
4-Deville, Laurent 24-Nov-1967 30 D - - - -
5-Strasser, Jeff 05-Oct-1974 24 D - - - -
6-Saibene, Jeff 13-Sep-1968 30 M - - - 1986-2001
7-Theis, Dany, sub off 61st min. 11-Sep-1967 31 M - - - 1991-2001
8-Deville, Frank, sub off 85th min. 12-Aug-1970 28 M - - - 1995-2002
9-Christophe, Marcel, sub off 78th min. 19-Aug-1974 24 F - - - 1998-2003
10-Cardoni, Manuel 22-Sep-1972 26 F - - - -
11-Posing, Patrick 09-Sep-1971 27 M - - - 1996-2003

Luxembourg Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
14-Holtz, Luc, sub on 61st min. for Theis 14-Jun-1969 29 - - - - -
18-Amodio, Paolo, sub on 78th min. for Christophe 28-May-1973 25 - - - - -
16-Alverdi, Christian, sub on 85th min. for F. Deville 05-Nov-1973 24 M - - - 1998-2000


Not Used:
12-Phillipe Felgen, 13-Luc Belfort, 15-Jorge Fernandes, 17-Serge Thill.

England Team

Ranking: 11th in FIFA ranking of 16 September 1998; 10th in Elo world ranking before this match and 10th after this match.
Colours: White shirts with navy blue collar and red/navy blue side panels, navy blue shorts with white and red trim, white socks with navy blue tops.  The 1997 "home" uniform.
Coach: Glenn Hoddle, 40, appointed manager 2 May 1996, effective 30 June 1996;
27th match, W 16 - D 6 - L 5 - F 40 - A 13.
Captain: Alan Shearer, 17th captaincy

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 35 G Arsenal FC 47 0 1988-2002
2-Ferdinand, Rio G. 07-Nov-1978 19 D West Ham United FC 4 0 1997-active
3-Neville, Philip J. 21-Jan-1977 21 D Manchester United FC 13 0 1996-active
4-Batty, David 02-Dec-1968 29 M Newcastle United FC 37 0 1991-1999
5-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 23 0 1996-active
6- Southgate, Gareth 03-Sep-1970 28 D Aston Villa FC 30 1 1995-2004
7-Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 23 M Manchester United FC 19 1 1996-active
8-Anderton, Darren R., sub off 63rd min. 03-Mar-1972 26 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 6 1994-2001
9- Shearer, Alan 13-Aug-1970 28 F Newcastle United FC 46 22 1992-2000
10- Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 18 F Liverpool FC 12 4 1998-active
11-Scholes, Paul, sub off 77th min. 16-Nov-1974 23 M Manchester United FC 14 4 1997-2004

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
15-Lee, Robert M., sub on 63rd min. for Anderton 01-Feb-1966 32 M Newcastle United FC 21 2 1996-1998
17-Wright, Ian, sub on 77th min. for Scholes 03-Nov-1963 34 F West Ham United FC 32 9 1991-1998


Not Used:
12-Martin Keown, 13-Tim Flowers, 14-Gary Neville, 16-Nicky Butt, 18-Dion Dublin.

Match Report


England got their three points - and three goals - in a damp Josy Barthel Stadium but the team still looked out of sorts.  In fact they could easily have gone behind just five minutes into the match.  Southgate's hurried header back to Seaman fell short and the goalkeeper fouled Christophe, a building worker by trade, as he seized onto the chance.  Memories of that early goal by San Marino in '93 came flooding back.

England were let off the hook this time as Theis missed by a mile from the penalty mark.  Hugely relieved, the visitors began to dominate the match with Rio Ferdinand looking particularly stylish in possession.  After 18 minutes he passed to Anderton who threaded a ball down the inside-right channel to Michael Owen to run onto and shoot past Koch for his fourth goal in 12 internationals.

Hoddle's team were much more confident now and passed the ball around to emphasise the gap in class.  the unfortunate Theis, guilty of the penalty miss, gave one to England as his hand connected with an Anderton effort.  Alan Shearer drove his kick powerfully into Koch's right-hand corner.  Then England seemed to run out of steam after the second goal and there was a tendency to dwell on the ball in midfield.

England fans in the drenched crowd urged the visitors to keep piling on the attacks.  Shearer obliged with a shot that went wide and a downward header that Koch clutched to his body.  A third goal finally came - from the unlikely source of Gareth Southgate, his first England strike in 30 internationals.  But it was hardly an inspiring night for Hoddle and his troops. - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

Source Notes


Official teamsheet
UEFA Match report