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Wednesday, 18 November 1998
A Football Association International Friendly Match

England 2 Czech Republic 0 [2-0]
 

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 38,535;
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler and Andy Gray

England - Darren Anderton (21), Paul Merson (39) Match Summary
England Squad
Czech Republic Squad
 
Results 1995-2000

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Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland

England

Type

Czech Republic

Referee (-) - Urs Meier
39 (22 January 1959), FIFA-listed 1994.

Assistant Referees - M. Freiburghaus and G. Lucca

Fourth Official -
M. Busacca

Teams presented to Jonathan Edwards MBE.
England mascot is Daniel Mawson, 11 years old, Cleator, Cumbria;
24 Goal Attempts 9
6 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
6 Corner Kicks Won 3
1 Offside Calls Against 2
12 Fouls Conceded 11
  Possession  

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (18 November 1998) 11th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 10th to 9th
Colours: The 1997 Umbro home uniform - White shadow pinstriped collared jersey with navy buttoned-collar, navy/red side panels, navy shorts with red/white lower side panel, white socks with navy tops and two red hoops.
Capt: Sol Campbell, second captaincy Manager: Glenn Hoddle, 41 (27 October 1957), appointed 2 May 1996, effective 27 June 1996,
28th and final match, W 17 - D 6 - L 5 - F 42 - A 13.
England Lineup
1 Martyn, A. Nigel 32 11 August 1966 G Leeds United AFC 8 GA
2 Keown, Martin R. 32 24 July 1966 RB Arsenal FC 19 1
3 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 24 18 September 1974 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 24 0
4 Butt, Nicholas 23 21 January 1975 M Manchester United FC 7 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 20 7 November 1978 D West Ham United FC 5 0
6 Le Saux, Graeme P. 30 17 October 1968 D Chelsea FC 32 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 23 2 May 1975 M Manchester United FC 20 1
8 Anderton, Darren R. 26 3 March 1972 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 26 7
9 Dublin, Dion 29 22 April 1969 F Aston Villa FC 4 0
10 Wright, Ian E., off 70th min. 35 3 November 1963 F West Ham United FC 33 9
11 Merson, Paul C., off 77th min. 30 20 March 1968 M Aston Villa FC 21 2
England Substitutes
18 Fowler, Robert B., on 70th min. for Wright 23 9 April 1975 F Liverpool FC 8 2
17 Hendrie, Lee A., on 77th min. for Merson 21 18 May 1977 M Aston Villa FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

12-Gareth Southgate, 13-Richard Wright, 14-Gary Neville, 15-David Batty, 16-Jamie Redknapp.
 
3-4-1-2 with wingbacks Martyn -
Keown, Ferdinand, Campbell -
Anderton, Beckham, Butt, Le Saux
-
Merson (Hendrie) -
Dublin, Wright
(Fowler)

Averages:

Age 27.6 Appearances/Goals - -

 

Czech Republic Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (18 November 1998) 6th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 12th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red v-necked collared jerseys with blue band across chest/sleeves with white piping, red wing collars with white/blue trim, blue v-neck/cuffs, white shorts with blue side trim/red piping, blue socks with white calf band.
Capt: Jiři Němec,
Patrik Berger, second half.
Manager: Jozef Chovanec, 38 (7 March 1960), appointed January 1998;
10th match, W 7 - D 2 - L 1 - F 17 - A 6.
Czech Republic Lineup
1 Kouba, Petr 29 28 January 1969 G FK Viktoria Zizkov 26 GA
2 Latal, Radoslav, off 46th min. 28 6 January 1970 M FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 39 1
3 Votava, Tomas 24 21 February 1974 D AC Sparta Praha Fotbal AS 6 0
4 Novotny, Jiři, off 46th min. 28 7 April 1970 D AC Sparta Praha Fotbal AS 11 2
5 Řepka, Tomas 24 2 January 1974 D ACF Fiorentina SpA, Italy 25 0
6 Berger, Patrik 25 10 November 1973 M Liverpool FC, England 28 14
7 Němec, Jiři, off 46th min. 32 15 May 1966 M FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 45 1
8 Poborsky, Karel 26 30 March 1972 M Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal 40 1
9 Kuka, Pavel, off 73rd min. 30 19 July 1968 F 1. FC Nurnberg VfL eV, Germany 43 17
10 Smicer, Vladimir, off 46th min. 25 24 May 1973 F Racing Club de Lens, France 32 15
11 Bejbl, Radek 26 29 August 1972 M Club Atletico de Madrid SAD, Spain 36 3
Czech Republic Substitutes
12 Lokvenc, Vratislav, on 46th min. for Smicer 25 27 September 1973 F AC Sparta Praha Fotbal AS 16 1
13 Baranek, Miroslav, on 46th min. for Němec 25 1 November 1973 M AC Sparta Praha Fotbal AS 3 1
17 Vonasek, Roman, on 46th min. for Latal 30 8 July 1968 M KSC Lokeren Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium 7 0
18 Kotůlek, Martin, on 46th min. for Novotny 29 11 September 1969 F SK Sigma Olomouc as 7 0
14 Slončik, Radek, on 73rd min. for Kuka 25 29 May 1973 M FC Banik Ostrava 14 0

unused substitutes:

15-Lubos Kozel, 16-Ladislav Maier.

team notes:

Coach Jozef Chovanec played for Czechoslovakia and scored against England in March 1992.
 
3-5-2 with wingbacks Kouba -
Novotn
y (Kotůlek), Votava, Řepka -
Poborsky, Bejbl, Němec (Vonasek), Berger, Latal (Baranek) -
Kuka
(Slončik), Smicer (Lokvenc)

Averages:

Age - Appearances/Goals - -

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

 

Source Notes

This may have been a friendly fixture, with no Euro 2000 qualification points at stake, but England did produce a quality performance to beat the team that they could so easily have played in the Euro 96 final.  Such a positive result against opponents unbeaten in their nine previous internationals lifted England after a pretty miserable autumn.  Hoddle and his players left the field to a great chorus of approval and the clash with world champions France in three months' time was now even more eagerly awaited.

England withstood some early pressure from the Czechs, resulting from enterprising play in midfield by Poborsky and Bejbl, before their trio of 'golden oldies' - Ian Wright, Paul Merson and Dion Dublin - started causing the visiting defence problems with their expert running into space.  England had a confident look about them but they definitely needed a goal,.  It arrived on 22 minutes.

Graeme Le Saux played Wright in down the left and the West Ham striker, in his first England start of the season, burst past Novotny and swept the ball across the box.  Darren Anderton, arriving late and more or less undetected, sent a low left-footer between Kouba and the post.  England warmed to the task after that and fashioned another goal before half-time.

Wright was again involved.  Cutting inside on 39 minutes, he lifted over a cross which Dublin flicked towards the far post.  Merson, the man over, was on hand to guide a cool shot past the 'keeper.  England maintained their control in the second half, though there was one moment of alarm when Nigel Martyn had to fly across his goal to tip over a rasping shot from Lokvenc, a substitute. - The Official F.A. and England Yearbook 1999-2000.

TheFA.com
Czech Republic F.A. official website
Original newspaper reports
The Sun newspaper archives
Rothman's Yearbooks
F.A. Yearbook
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