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England National Football Team Match No. 7

England 2 Czech Republic 0 [2-0]

Wednesday, 18 November 1998

England Pre-Match

Match Summary and Report Team Records England Pre-Match Czech Republic Pre-Match

England’s opponent on this date originally was to have been Yugoslavia, but the Football Association, following intervention from the Foreign Secretary, withdrew its invitation because of atrocities committed against civilians in Kosovo.  Following unsuccessful efforts to secure Netherlands and then Belgium for this friendly match, the F.A. finally obtained the Czech Republic’s agreement to the date. 

England Squad for the Match Against Czech Republic November 1998
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Anderton, Darren R. 03-Mar-1972 26 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 25 0 25 6 0 1 C
Batty, David 02-Dec-1968 29 D Newcastle United FC 27 10 37 0 0 3 C
Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 23 M Manchester United FC 16 3 19 1 0 1 E 4 C
Butt, Nicholas 21-Jan-1975 23 M Manchester United FC 2 4 6 0 0 None
Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 20 3 23 0 1 3 C
Dublin, Dion 22-Apr-1969 29 F Aston Villa FC 2 1 3 0 0 -
Ferdinand, Rio G. 07-Nov-1978 20 D West Ham United FC 2 2 4 0 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 09-Apr-1975 23 F Liverpool FC 3 4 7 2 0 None
Hendrie, Lee A. 18-May-1977 21 M Aston Villa FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Hinchcliffe, Andrew G. 05-Feb-1969 30 D Sheffield Wednesday FC 7 0 7 0 0 None
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11-Jan-1978 20 M/F Leicester City FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Emile Heskey withdrew from the squad due to being unfit through injury.
Keown, Martin R. 24-Jul-1966 32 D Arsenal FC 17 1 18 1 0 2 C
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Le Saux, Graeme P. 17-Oct-1968 29 D Chelsea FC 28 3 31 1 0 2 C
Martyn, A. Nigel 11-Aug-1966 32 G Leeds United AFC 6 1 7 0 0 None
Merson, Paul C. 20-Mar-1968 30 M Aston Villa FC 8 12 20 2 0 -
Neville, Gary A. 18-Feb-1975 23 D Manchester United FC 29 2 31 0 0 2 C
Redknapp, Jamie F. 25-Jun-1973 25 M Liverpool FC 7 3 10 0 0 2 C
Scholes, Paul 16-Nov-1974 23 M Manchester United FC 13 1 14 4 0 4 C
Paul Scholes withdrew from the squad due to an injury.
Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 35 G Arsenal FC 43 4 47 0 1 1 C
Shearer, Alan 13-Aug-1970 28 F Newcastle United FC 44 2 46 22 17 2 C
Alan Shearer withdrew from the squad due to a hamstring injury.
Southgate, Gareth 03-Sep-1970 28 D Aston Villa FC 26 4 30 1 0 2 C
Wright, Ian E. 03-Nov-1963 35 F West Ham United FC 16 16 32 9 0 -
Wright, Richard I. 05-Nov-1977 21 G Ipswich Town FC 0 0 0 0 0 None

All information is complete to and including the match against Luxembourg on 14 October 1998.


Tuesday, 17th November, 1998 - Glenn Hoddle revealed yesterday that he will speak to Manchester United midfielder David Beckham about his on-the-field behaviour.  Hoddle said; "David has been left alone since the World Cup to a certain degree. He has had a fair crack of the whip. He has to deal with this element in his game. He has to curb it."  Beckham was red carded for kicking out at Argentine defender Diego Simeone at the World Cup in France this summer but is a likely starter for England tomorrow night in a friendly at Wembley against the Czech Republic.  Blackburn Rovers midfielder Tim Sherwood was sent off against United at the weekend for raising his arm to Beckham after fouling him. Beckham clearly ran to confront Sherwood and held his face on the ground after being hit in the chest by Sherwood's wrist and forearm.  
Beckham's United colleague Paul Scholes is a major doubt for the England team tomorrow night as Hoddle is set to field Dion Dublin in attack after injuries have forced Alan Shearer and Michael Owen out of the squad. 
There are also major doubts over Emile Heskey, whose ankle injury forced him out of Leicester's game at the weekend at West Ham.  Jamie Redknapp, Ian Wright and Paul Merson also missed training as they recovered from minor knocks, although all three are expected to train today along with Gareth Southgate, who was given time off yesterday to attend the birth of his baby.

Friday, 13th November, 1998 - Glenn Hoddle has brought three uncapped players into the squad for next week's friendly against the Czech Republic but has resisted any temptation to recall Paul Gascoigne.  Ipswich goalkeeper Richard Wright, Aston Villa midfielder Lee Hendrie and Leicester striker Emile Heskey are the new additions, while Liverpool forward Robbie Fowler also earns a call-up ahead of Manchester United striker Andrew Cole.  Liverpool midfielder Paul Ince is left out of the squad as he is unavailable for England's next competitive game against Poland in March, while Tim Flowers, Phil Neville and Ray Parlour are dropped.  Tony Adams, Michael Owen and Teddy Sheringham miss out through injury but Jamie Redknapp is included despite suffering from a knee problem.  Hoddle revealed he had been impressed with Gascoigne's performances for Middlesbrough but felt it was too early to bring the troubled star back into the England squad.

Thursday, 12th November, 1998 - Tony Adams will miss the friendly with the Czech Republic next Wednesday.  The Arsenal veteran is struggling to be fit for the end of November after knee and ankle problems have sidelined him for the past three weeks.

Wednesday, 11th November, 1998 - Michael Owen is out of the Czech Republic friendly after sustaining a hamstring injury.  Owen suffered the injury in a 3-1 Worthington Cup defeat by Tottenham Hotspur last night and as well as missing the England international, Owen will also be out for two Liverpool matches.


England Results
No. Date Opposition Venue Type F A Result H.T.
738 10-Sep-1997 Moldova Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP 4 0 HW [1-0]
739 11-Oct-1997 Italy Stadio Olimpico, Roma WCP 0 0 AD [0-0]
740 15-Nov-1997 Cameroon Empire Stadium, Wembley, London F 2 0 HW [2-0]
741 11-Feb-1998 Chile Empire Stadium, Wembley, London F 0 2 HL [0-1]
742 25-Mar-1998 Switzerland Wankdorfstadion, Bern F 1 1 AD [0-1]
743 22-Apr-1998 Portugal Empire Stadium, Wembley, London F 3 0 HW [1-0]
744 23-May-1998 Saudi Arabia Empire Stadium, Wembley, London F 0 0 HD [0-0]
745 27-May-1998 Morocco Complexe Mohammed V, Casablanca T/C 1 0 AW [0-0]
746 29-May-1998 Belgium Complexe Mohammed V, Casablanca, Morocco T/C 0 0 ND [0-0]

3-4 on penalty kicks at end of regulation time.

747 15-Jun-1998 Tunisia Le Stade Vélodrome, Marseille, France WCF 2 0 NW [1-0]
748 22-Jun-1998 Romania Stade Municipal, Toulouse, France WCF 1 2 NL [0-0]
749 26-Jun-1998 Colombia Stade Félix-Bollaert, Lens, France WCF 2 0 NW [2-0]
750 30-Jun-1998 Argentina Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne, France WCF 2 2 ND [2-2]

2-2 full-time, 2-2 after extra time, 3-4 on penalty kicks.

751 05-Sep-1998 Sweden Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna kommun, Stockholms län ECP 1 2 AL [1-2]
752 10-Oct-1998 Bulgaria Empire Stadium, Wembley, London ECP 0 0 HD [0-0]
753 14-Oct-1998 Luxembourg Stade Josy Barthel, Stad Lëtzebuerg ECP 3 0 AW [2-0]