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Saturday, 27 March 1999
European Championship 2000 Group Five qualification match

England 3 Poland 1 [2-1]

Match Summary
England Squad
Poland Squad

Team Records
   
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The Three Lions squad for the match against Poland  March 1999
Kevin Keegan's first squad
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Adams, Tony A. 10 October 1966 32 D Arsenal FC 57 0 57 4 13 2
Tony Adams withdrew from the squad on 26 March because of a 'flu virus and lower back inflammation.
Anderton, Darren R. 3 March 1972 27 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 0 27 7 0 1
Darren Anderton withdrew from the squad on 25 March with a groin injury.
Armstrong, Christopher P. 19 June 1971 27 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Chris Armstrong was called up to the squad on 26 March following injuries to Sutton, Fowler and Owen.
Batty, David 2 December 1968 30 M Newcastle United FC 27 10 37 0 0 3
David Batty withdrew from the squad on 23 March with a chest virus.
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 23 M Manchester United FC 18 3 21 1 0 4
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Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18 September 1974 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 21 3 24 0 2 3
Cole, Andrew A. 15 October 1971 27 F Manchester United FC 0 3 3 0 0 None
Ferdinand, Rio G. 7 November 1978 20 D West Ham United FC 3 3 6 0 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 9 April 1975 23 F Liverpool FC 3 5 8 2 0 None
Robbie Fowler withdrew from the squad on 25 March with a knee and ankle injury.
Hinchcliffe, Andrew G. 5 February 1969 30 D Sheffield Wednesday FC 7 0 7 0 0 None
Andy Hinchcliffe withdrew from the squad on 23 March with a back injury.
Keown, Martin R. 24 July 1966 32 D Arsenal FC 19 1 20 1 0 2
Le Saux, Graeme P. 17 October 1968 30 D Chelsea FC 30 3 33 1 0 2
Lee, Robert M. 1 February 1966 33 M Newcastle United FC 13 8 21 2 0 1
Rob Lee was placed on standby on 23 March following a string of injuries.
Martyn, A. Nigel 11 August 1966 32 G Leeds United AFC 7 2 9 0 0 None
McManaman, Steven 11 February 1972 27 M Liverpool FC 17 5 22 0 0 None
Neville, Gary A. 18 February 1975 24 D Manchester United FC 29 2 31 0 0 2
Neville, Philip A. 21 January 1977 22 D Manchester United FC 10 3 13 0 0 None
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 19 F Liverpool FC 8 5 13 4 0 1
Michael Owen withdrew from the squad on 25 March with a hamstring injury.
Parlour, Raymond 7 March 1973 26 M Arsenal FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Redknapp, Jamie F. 25 June 1973 25 M Liverpool FC 8 3 11 0 0 2
Scholes, Paul 16 November 1974 24 M Manchester United FC 13 2 15 4 0 4
Seaman, David A. 19 September 1963 35 G Arsenal FC 44 4 48 24 GA 1 1
Shearer, Alan 13 August 1970 28 F Newcastle United FC 45 2 47 22 18 2
Sherwood, Timothy A. 6 February 1969 30 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 3 September 1970 28 D Aston Villa FC 26 4 30 1 0 2
Sutton, Christopher R. 10 March 1973 26 F Chelsea FC 1 1 2 0 0 None
Chris Sutton withdrew from the squad on 25 March with a groin injury.
Walker, Ian M. 31 October 1971 27 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 2 3 0 0 None
Ian Walker was called up to the squad on 22 March as cover for Nigel Martyn.
All information is complete to and including England's last match, the fifth of the 1998-99 season, against France on 10 January 1999.

Diary

Thursday, 18 March 1999 - Kevin Keegan has named Chris Sutton in his first England squad. The Fulham manager has only four games in his career as England coach and will consider Sutton to score the goals needed for an essential England win against Poland on March 27th at Wembley. England need a victory to stand any chance of making the finals next summer in Netherlands and Belgium but Sutton has played no part for England since former coach Glenn Hoddle dumped him from his squad before the last World Cup. Sutton refused to play in a 'B' International last year in the build up to France 98 and Hoddle never forgave him using his notorious 'World Cup Diaries' book to question the player's attitude and character. Arsenal contribute midfielder Ray Parlour and new Tottenham Hotspur signing Tim Sherwood is also selected.

Monday, 22 March 1999 - Liverpool star Michael Owen is a doubt for the next England Euro 2000 tie with a hamstring injury - but new coach Kevin Keegan knows he has a favoured option in reserve to cover for the teenage striker.  Keegan is interested in pairing Andrew Cole and Alan Shearer in attack against Poland.  England have to win the game to stand a realistic chance of qualifying for the finals in the summer of 2000 and the Fulham manager again confirmed last night that he is charge for only four matches as the squad gather for the first time to train under him.  Keegan has recalled Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Ian Walker after a rib injury ruled Leeds 'keeper Nigel Martyn out of contention for the game next Saturday.

Tuesday, 23 March 1999 - Kevin Keegan is already finding life tough as England coach.  A stack of injuries welcomed the part time coach on his first full day of training with the national squad.  He is now considering fielding an inexperienced midfield of Tim Sherwood and Ray Parlour and may have to call up new names into his party for the vital Euro 2000 qualifier against Poland.  Nigel Martyn, David Batty and Andy Hinchcliffe have already withdrawn through injury and Michael Owen is unlikely to start, he is suffering with a sore hamstring and undergoing treatment.  Goalkeeper David Seaman has a damaged shoulder and Manchester United star David Beckham is also injured but the 22 year old is a likely starter although he has a sore calf.  Striker Chris Sutton is also injured but his groin injury is expected to recover.  Keegan will decide whether to call on replacements today but Newcastle midfielder Robert Lee is already on stand by.

Thursday, 25 March 1999 - Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman has been cleared to play for England on Saturday.  In a workout in front of the press at Wembley this morning Seaman added to the efforts of yesterday's intense training session to see if the shoulder problem would stand up to diving and catching. The veteran came through the examination and is an almost certain starter for England against Poland.  Tottenham Hotspur striker Chris Armstrong was given a shock call up last night after Chris Sutton, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen were all sent home with injuries.  Darren Anderton also joined them on the invalid list.  Armstrong has not been involved at international level before but will be on the bench on Saturday to understudy for the strike partnership of Andrew Cole and team captain Alan Shearer.

Friday, 26 March 1999 - England defender Tony Adams has pulled out of the side to play Poland after his 'flu condition worsened.  Adams was a certain starter for new coach Kevin Keegan who takes charge of his first match as caretaker tomorrow afternoon in London in a game the English must win to stay in contention.  Arsenal team mate Martin Keown will replace Adams in defence as Keegan suffers the tenth injury to his squad picked last week.

England Form: last six games
D L W W L  f 8:a success: 50%
750 30 June 1998 - Argentina 2 England 2 [2-2]
AET [2-2] & Penalties [4-3]

Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne (35,500)
Batistuta (pen), Zanetti
Shearer (pen), Owen
WCF ND
Beckham
751 5 September 1998 - Sweden 2 England 1 [2-1]
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna
(35,394)
A.Andersson, Mjällby
Shearer
ECP AL
Ince
752 10 October 1998 - England 0 Bulgaria 0 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (72,974)
  HD
753 14 October 1998 - Luxembourg 0 England 3 [0-2]
Stade Josy Barthel, Lëtzebuerg (8,000 to 8,200)
Owen, Shearer (pen), Southgate AW
754 18 November 1998 -
England 2
Czech Republic 0 [2-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (38,535)
Anderton, Merson Fr HW
755 10 February 1999 - England 0 France 2 [0-0]
Wembley Stadium, Wembley (74,111)
Anelka (2) HL
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