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Saturday, 7 October 2000
World Cup 2002 UEFA Group Nine qualification match

England 0 Germany 1 [0-1]

Wembley Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 76,377;
Kick-off: 3.00pm BST
Live on Sky Sports 2 (UK) -
Commentator: Martin Tyler

Germany - Dietmar Hamann (Scholes fouled Ballack 30 yards out and Hamann's freekick which bounces in front of Seaman and into the net off his gloves 13). Match Summary
England Squad
Germany Squad
Team Records
England - Andrew Cole (24).
Germany - Michael Ballack (52), Jens Nowotny (82).
Results 2000-2005

? kicked-off. 92 minutes (45 & 47).


Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (yellow) - Stefano Braschi
43 (6 June 1957), Barberino di Mugello, FIFA-listed 1996.

Assistant Referees - Gennaro Mazzei and Sergio Zuccolini.

Fourth Official -
Fiorenzo Treossi

Teams presented to HRH The Duke of Kent, F.A. President.
11 Goal Attempts 10
5 Attempts on Target 8
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 5
4 Offside Calls Against 4
19 Fouls Conceded 14

England Team



FIFA (6 Sept 2000) 14th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 11th to 13th
Colours: The 1999 Umbro away uniform - Red shadow pinbanded jersey with navy collar/cuffs, white shorts, red socks.
Capt: Tony Adams, fifteenth and final captaincy Manager: Joseph Kevin Keegan OBE, 49 (14 February 1951), appointed as caretaker manager 2 February 1999, full-time 14 May 1999.
18th and final match, W 7- D 7 - L 4 - F 26 - A 15.
England Lineup
1 Seaman, David A. 37 19 September 1963 G

Arsenal FC

61 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 46th min. 25 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 40 0
3 Le Saux, Graeme P., off 77th min. 31 17 October 1968 LB Chelsea FC 36 1
4 Southgate, Gareth 30 30 September 1970 DM Aston Villa FC 39 1
5 Adams, Tony A. 33 10 October 1966 CD Arsenal FC 66 5
6 Keown, Martin R. 34 24 July 1966 CD/RB Arsenal FC 35 2
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 82nd min. 25 2 May 1975 RM Manchester United FC 36 1
8 Scholes, Paul 25 16 November 1974 CM

Manchester United FC

29 10
9 Cole, Andrew A. 28 15 October 1971 F Manchester United FC 9 0
Cole cautioned in the 24th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a crude tackle from behind on Scholl.
10 Owen, Michael J. 20 14 December 1979 F Liverpool FC 24 8
11 Barmby, Nicholas J. 26 11 February 1974 LM

Liverpool FC

17 3
England Substitutes
15 Dyer, Kieron C., on 46th min. for Neville 21 29 December 1978 CM Newcastle United FC 7 0
12 Barry, Gareth, on 77th min. for Le Saux 19 23 February 1981 LB Aston Villa FC 4 0
14 Parlour, Raymond, on 82nd min. for Beckham 27 7 March 1973 CM Arsenal FC 8 0

unused substitutes:

13-Nigel Martyn, 16-Emile Heskey, 17-Dennis Wise, 18-Kevin Phillips.
1st  4-4(1-3)-2 Seaman -
Neville, Adams, Keown, Le Saux -
Southgate -
Beckham, Scholes, Barmby -
Cole, Owen.
2nd   3-5-2 Seaman -
Keown, Adams, Le Saux
(Barry) -
(Parlour), Dyer, Southgate, Scholes, Barmby -
Cole, Owen.


Age 28.5 Appearances/Goals - -


Germany Team



FIFA (6 Sept 2000) 9th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 13th to 11th
Colours: Made by Adidas - White collared v-neck jerseys with dark/green/white sleeves, white collars/cuffs/Adidas trim down sleeves, black shorts with dark green side panels and white Adidas side trim, white socks with black Adidas trim.
Capt: Oliver Bierhoff Manager: Rudolf Voller, 40 (13 April 1960), appointed caretaker coach on 2 July 2000,
3rd match W 3 - D 0 - L 0 - F 7 - A 1.
Germany Lineup
1 Kahn, Oliver R. 31 15 June 1969 G

FC Bayern Munchen eV

30 GA
2 Rehmer, Marko 28 29 April 1972 RB

Hertha Berliner SC von 1892 eV

16 1
3 Linke, Thomas 30 26 December 1969 LB

FC Bayern Munchen eV

20 0
4 Ramelow, Carsten 26 20 March 1974 CM Bayer 04 Leverkusen 12 0
5 Nowotny, Jens D. 26 11 January 1974 CD Bayer 04 Leverkusen 25 0
Nowotny cautioned in the 82nd min. for Handball after Ballack chips to the far post, Nowotny handles the ball in.
6 Ballack, Michael 24 26 September 1976 CM Bayer 04 Leverkusen 12 0
7 Scholl, Mehmet 29 16 October 1970 F

FC Bayern Munchen eV

32 7
8 Deisler, Sebastian T. 20 5 January 1980 RM Hertha Berliner SC von 1892 eV 9 1
9 Bierhoff, Oliver 22 1 May 1968 F

AC Milan SpA, Italy

51 30
10 Hamann, Dietmar J.W. 27 27 August 1973 CM Liverpool FC, England 29 3
11 Bode, Marco, off 86th min. 31 23 July 1969 LM SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV 25 5
Germany Substitutes
14 Ziege, Christian, on 86th min. for Bode 28 1 February 1972 D Liverpool FC, England 53 8

unused substitutes:

12-Jens Lehmann, 13-Paulo Rink, 14-Stefan Beinlich, 15-Darius Wosz, 16-Frank Baumann, 18-Oliver Neuville.

team notes:

Coach Rudi Voller played for West Germany against England twice, in September 1987, and then the World Cup semi-final in 1990.
3-5-2(1-1) Kahn -
Rehmer, Nowotny, Linke -
Deisler, Ramelow, Hamann, Ballack, Bode
(Ziege) -
Scholl -


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne


Source Notes

England delivered a performance almost tailor-made to force coach Kevin Keegan into exile as Germany spoiled the Wembley farewell with a priceless World Cup qualifying win.  Keegan's tactical limitations were exposed as cruelly as England's technical deficiencies in a display as rundown as the famous stadium itself.  And as Keegan walked off with a chorus of catcalls ringing in his ears after England's dismal effort, he was ready to hand his resignation to shocked FA officials.

The pressure finally proved too much for Keegan, under fire after the failures of Euro 2000, as England penned the worst possible final page in Wembley's history books.  It was also a sad farewell to the Twin Towers for Arsenal goalkeeper David Seaman after his blunder gifted Dietmar Hamann an early goal that turned out to be Germany's winner.  Coach Keegan called on England to give Wembley something to remember them by before the bulldozers move in - but they failed to deliver as the curse of Germany returned to haunt them again.  Germany demonstrated their rediscovered resilience under new coach Rudi Voller, while Keegan once again left himself exposed to allegations of tactical naivety with a controversial team selection that backfired.  Wembley has seen many glorious occasions and historical landmarks in its 77-year history - but this would not have been remembered as one of them except for the drama that unfolded behind the scenes after the final whistle.  England were short on ideas and invention as the rain lashed down at Wembley, and Germany deserved the win for their greater organisation alone.

Keegan wanted to continue the reversal in fortunes that came with the Euro 2000 victory over Germany, instead Voller's side revived bitter memories of the years of hurt to get England's World Cup 2002 campaign off to the worst possible start.

It left England in desperate need of a result in Finland on Wednesday - and Keegan feeling he had no option other than to quit.  Keegan showed his gambler's instinct to the last by giving Gareth Southgate the holding midfield role ahead of established figures Paul Ince and Dennis Wise.  But it was Germany who settled quicker to their task at rain-soaked Wembley - and the conditions played a crucial part in Hamann's opener after 13 minutes.  England were slow to form a defensive wall after Paul Scholes fouled Michael Ballack fully 30 yards from goal.  And Seaman was equally slow to react to Hamann's instant right foot strike as it skidded along the turf, only getting a hand to the ball as it slipped agonisingly into the net.  It was a nightmare revisited for the pony-tailed Arsenal veteran, who admitted his worst Wembley moment - before Hamann's intervention - was allowing Paul Gascoigne's long range free-kick to beat him in an FA Cup semi-final.

England had their own set-piece opportunity six minutes later, but David Beckham's free kick was comfortably collected by Oliver Kahn.  Germany grew in confidence throughout the first half, while England struggled to establish any sort of supremacy, with Michael Owen and Andy Cole starved of worthwhile service.  Cole did escape the close attentions of the German defence briefly to test Kahn with a header in one of England's few threatening first half moments.  And Germany were swift to demonstrate their danger again when Seaman was forced to save low to his right from Carsten Ramelow's shot.

England's best moment of a bitterly disappointing opening period came three minutes before the interval, when captain Tony Adams stole in on Beckham's free kick at the far post, forcing a spectacular diving save from Kahn. Keegan's lack-lustre England needed to find attacking impetus from somewhere - and Newcastle's Kieron Dyer was chosen to provide it.  He replaced Manchester United's Gary Neville as England looked to change the shape of the game.  But Germany remained dangerous - and Seaman needed to make amends for his earlier blunder to stop them doubling their advantage after 52 minutes. The dangerous Mehmet Scholl turned Martin Keown inside the penalty area, and brought a fine one-handed save from Seaman as Oliver Bierhoff waited to pounce inside the six-yard area. Beckham looked to be England's best creative hope, and he brought more acrobatics from Kahn with a trademark 25-yard drive which the Germany keeper touched over the bar.  England had finally forced Germany into retreat, and Owen wasted a chance to equalise when his control was poor after he was put through.

And as Germany's composure was seriously disturbed for the first time, England saw another opportunity wasted when Nicky Barmby's cross drifted behind his team-mates as they raced into the penalty area.  Beckham was still striving to put England back on terms, and another long range effort was narrowly off target after 78 minutes.  England's desire to attack left them vulnerable on the break, and Germany almost took advantage, but were given a reprieve when sweeper Jens Nowotny stumbled at point blank range.  Beckham immediately limped off with what looked like a recurrence of the knee injury that made him doubtful before the game, and with him went England's last hope of starting their World Cup campaign with a win.  Wembley's farewell fireworks were washed away by the rain - but nothing could dampen German celebrations after they ruined the party Keegan and England had planned for the great old stadium's final day.  And for Keegan himself, that final walk down Wembley's tunnel may have been the sight of a legend striding into football exile.

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