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England National Football Team Match No. 781

England 0 Netherlands 2 [0-2]

Wednesday, 15 August 2001

England Pre-Match


England Squad for Match Against The Netherlands 15 August 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
Barmby, Nicholas J. 11-Feb-1974 27 M Liverpool FC 10 9 19 4 0 None
Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 26 M Manchester United FC 39 3 42 4 6 1 E  6 C
Brown, Wesley M. 13-Oct-1979 21 D Manchester United FC 1 2 3 0 0 None
Butt, Nicholas 21-Jan-1975 26 M Manchester United FC 7 7 14 0 0 None

Nicky Butt withdrew from the squad because of a minor knee injury on 14 August.

Carragher, James L.D. 28-Jan-1978 23 D/M Liverpool FC 0 3 3 0 0 None
Carrick, Michael 28-Jul-1981 20 M West Ham United FC 0 1 1 0 0 None
Cole, Andrew A. 15-Oct-1971 29 F Manchester United FC 8 5 13 1 0 3 C
Cole, Ashley 20-Dec-1980 20 D Arsenal FC 3 0 3 0 0 1 C
Ehiogu, Ugochuku 03-Nov-1972 28 D Middlesbrough FC 0 2 2 1 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 09-Apr-1975 26 F Liverpool FC 9 9 18 4 0 1 C
Gerrard, Steven G. 30-May-1980 21 M Liverpool FC 4 1 5 0 0 None

Steven Gerrard withdrew from the squad because of an ankle injury on 11 August.

Hargreaves, Owen L. 20-Jan-1981 20 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 0 0 0 0 0 None
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11-Jan-1978 23 F Liverpool FC 5 11 16 2 0 None

Emile Heskey withdrew from the squad because of minor knee surgery on 14 August.

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Cpt Dis
James, David B. 01-Aug-1970 31 G West Ham United FC 3 1 4 0 0 None
Keown, Martin R. 24-Jul-1966 35 D Arsenal FC 36 2 38 2 1 3 C
Lampard, Frank J. 21-Jun-1978 23 M Chelsea FC 1 1 2 0 0 None
Martyn, A. Nigel 11-Aug-1966 34 G Leeds United AFC 12 4 16 0 0 None
Mills, Daniel J. 18-May-1977 24 D Leeds United AFC 0 1 1 0 0 None
Neville, Gary A. 18-Feb-1975 26 D Manchester United FC 40 4 44 0 0 3 C
Neville, Philip J. 21-Jan-1977 24 D Manchester United FC 25 8 33 0 0 1 C

Phil Neville withdrew from the squad because of a strained back on 15 August.

Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 21 F Liverpool FC 20 9 29 10 0 2 C
Powell, Christopher G.R. 08-Sep-1969 31 D Charlton Athletic FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Scholes, Paul 16-Nov-1974 26 M Manchester United FC 33 2 35 13 0 1 E  8 C
Smith, Alan 28-Oct-1980 20 F Leeds United AFC 0 2 2 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 03-Sep-1970 30 D Middlesbrough FC 34 8 42 1 0 3 C
Wright, Richard I. 05-Nov-1977 23 G Arsenal FC 1 0 1 0 0 None

Richard Wright is a late addition to the squad on 15 August.

All information is complete as of the time the squad was announced on 10 August 2001and includes England's match against Greece on 6 June 2001, the last of the 2000-01 season.


Wednesday, 10 January 2001 - The Football Association announced England will play a friendly match against The Netherlands at White Hart Lane, home of Tottenham Hotspur, on 15 August.

The fixture was made after consultation with England's new coach, Sven-Göran Eriksson, who is expected to take charge soon following his resignation from SS Lazio in Italy, and acting part-time manager Peter Taylor, who will serve at least temporarily on Eriksson's staff.

The Holland match, the first England have ever played in August, was scheduled as preparation for the World Cup qualification match against Germany in Munich on 1 September.  It will be the fifth time White Hart Lane has hosted an England international, the last coming on 30 November 1949, when Italy were beaten 2-0 in a friendly match.  For The Netherlands, the fixture serves as a preparation for the critical 1 September World Cup qualification match against the Republic of Ireland.  England will play a return match in Holland in February 2002 as both teams, should they have qualified, prepare for the World Cup final tournament.

The August fixture, which comes just after the new Premiership season opens, undoubtedly will draw the ire of the clubs represented on the England squad and constitutes an apparent about-face in F.A. policy.  During former manager Kevin Keegan's tenure, the F.A. consistently yielded to club pressures and sent the England team into crucial qualifying matches and even final tournament play without adequate match preparation.

England last met Holland in their 4-1 triumph in the European Championship finals group match at Wembley on 18 June 1996.

Friday, 19 January 2001 - Premiership clubs rejected the Football Association's recommendation that next season start early to allow the England team adequate time to prepare for the crucial World Cup 2002 qualification match against Germany and, should they qualify, the World Cup final tournament in Japan and Korea.

The F.A. had suggested 4 or 11 August as the starting date to allow extra preparation time ahead of England's warmup friendly against The Netherlands on 15 August and the qualifier against Germany on 1 September.  Those dates also would have allowed an earlier closing date for the season, which is essential to the England team's prospects because the starting date for the World Cup final tournament is 31 May.  

But only two clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool, voted for the 4 August starting date, and only seven supported the 11 August date, which was also backed by the Premier League executive.  The remaining 11 clubs voted in favour of 18 August, which is only one day earlier than the present season started, apparently fearing that an earlier date would reduce attendances because many fans would be away on holiday.  

No decision has yet been made on when the season will end.  But rejection of the early starting date will harm the England team regardless because it means either an end-of-season date too close to the start of the World Cup to allow the national team adequate time to prepare or further congestion in an already-crowded fixture list that will increase the injury and exhaustion risks the players face.  

Friday, 10 August 2001 - Coach Sven-Göran Eriksson summoned a 26-man squad for the friendly match against The Netherlands at White Hart Lane on Wednesday, 15 August 2001.

There were several changes from the last squad, the 24-player squad Eriksson chose for the friendly matches against Mexico on 25 May 2001 and the World Cup 2002 preliminary match against Greece on 6 June 2001.  

The 20-year-old FC Bayern München AG midfielder Owen Hargreaves, Canadian by birth but eligible for England because it was his father's birthplace, was given his first call to the senior squad.

Eriksson gave recalls to six players.  Four players unavailable through injury when the last squad was summoned have been given a recall:  Nick Barmby, Frank Lampard, Gary Neville and Richard Wright.  Andrew Cole also returns to the squad; he was suspended for the World Cup preliminary match against Greece because he had drawn two yellow cards in the competition, and for that reason he was omitted from the squad chosen for both the warm-up match against Mexico and the Greece qualifier.  Ugo Ehiogu also was recalled, named to the squad for the first time since Eriksson's first match in charge, against Spain on 28 February 2001.  

A seventh player earned a recall of sorts.  Michael Carrick--named to the last squad for the Mexico and Greece matches but shipped to the under-21 squad after he made his debut against Mexico and just before the Greece match on the assurance he would rejoin the senior squad--resumed his place in the senior squad.

Six players from the last squad were omitted.  Three of them were deemed unavailable for selection because of injury or fitness concerns:  Rio Ferdinand (fitness concerns following recovery from hamstring injury), Steve McManaman (fitness concerns as a result of shortage of match action with Real Madrid due to the late start of the Spanish season and preseason training) and Teddy Sheringham (Achilles tendon injury).  Joe Cole, who earned his first cap in a substitute appearance against Mexico and then was transferred to the under-21 squad along with Carrick before the match with Greece, was named again to the under-21 squad, although he immediately withdrew for lack of fitness.  Ray Parlour was dropped.  David Seaman was rested so that Eriksson can look at two other goalkeepers in the Netherlands friendly but was given assurance he will be recalled for the World Cup preliminary match against Germany on 1 September.

Sol Campbell, who missed the matches against Mexico and Greece through long-term injury, was not recalled to the squad.  Eriksson gave fitness concerns as the sole reason for his omission, denying that threats against Campbell following his controversial transfer from Tottenham Hotspur to arch rival Arsenal had played any part in his exclusion from the match against the Netherlands, which will be played at Tottenham's home, White Hart Lane.  While it is true Campbell has not returned to full fitness yet and appeared rusty in a pre-season appearance for his new club, Arsenal, the Netherlands friendly would have been an ideal opportunity for him to get rid of some of that rust.  The media speculated that security fears and avoidance of the angry barracking Campbell will undoubtedly get on his return to White Hart Lane--a hostile atmosphere at odds with the purpose of the friendly against Netherlands--were largely responsible for Campbell's exclusion.

Still unavailable for selection through long-term injury is Kieron Dyer, who is recovering from shin splints and a more recent calf muscle tear.

Danny Mills, given a late call which made him the 25th player summoned for the Mexico and Greece matches, remained on the squad.  

There was no recall for Gavin McCann or Kevin Phillips, both of whom were members of Eriksson's first squad for the Spain match in February.   Nor was there a return following long-term injuries for England veterans Darren Anderton, Graeme Le Saux and Jamie Redknapp, who have not figured in any of Eriksson's squads. 

In addition to Joe Cole, three players named to previous England senior squads were chosen once again for the under-21 squad:  Gareth Barry, Francis Jeffers and Seth Johnson.  Michael Ball and Paul Robinson, who returned to the under-21 squad after brief stints with the senior squad, were unavailable for selection through injury.

Saturday, 11 August 2001 - Steven Gerrard withdrew from the England squad after picking up an ankle knock during training this morning as Liverpool prepared for tomorrow's Charity Shield match against Manchester United in Caerdydd.  Gerrard, who did not travel with the Liverpool squad to Caerdydd, has suffered for months from a ligament injury to the same ankle, but the new injury reportedly is not a reoccurrence of that problem and is not regarded as serious.

Saturday and Sunday, 11 and 12 August 2001 - Press reports reveal that England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has agreed that he will not use any player for much more than 45 minutes in the friendly match against The Netherlands on Wednesday, and particularly that he will not make excessive demands on players who appear in tomorrow's Charity Shield match between Liverpool and Manchester United.  The agreement apparently was made in the hope of maintaining good relations with the two clubs that have provided half the England squad--13 of 26 players.  It comes in the wake of club dissatisfaction with the scheduling of an international match before the Premiership season has begun, although Premiership clubs earlier voted against the Football Association's proposal to begin the season earlier to accommodate international fixture demands, including the Netherlands friendly, in a season that begins with vital World Cup qualification matches and ends with the World Cup final tournament in Japan and South Korea.  That club dissatisfaction peaked with a threat by Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier to withhold his players from the England squad, a threat he withdrew after Eriksson met with him.  

Eriksson has also been most accommodating in failing to summon several players who could have played against The Netherlands because of slight fitness questions--Sol Campbell, Rio Ferdinand and Steve McManaman--and he has rested David Seaman.  

The upshot is that two England teams of diminished quality will face The Netherlands on Wednesday, one in the first half and one in the second.  That is possible because the two sides have apparently agreed to allow up to 11 substitutions, an arrangement which is permissible in friendly matches.  Whether the friendly fixture will serve the purpose for which it was made--preparation for the critical World Cup qualifier against Germany on 1 September--is now highly dubious.

Tuesday, 14 August 2001 - Nicky Butt and Emile Heskey withdrew from the England squad this morning after failing to recover from minor knee knocks picked up in Sunday's Charity Shield match between their clubs, Manchester United and Liverpool.  Both missed the England squad's training session at White Hart Lane yesterday because of soreness in their knees.

Wednesday, 15 August 2001 - Phil Neville withdrew from the squad after failing a late fitness test.  He strained his back in training on Tuesday and complained of a stiff back today.  He was replaced on England's 22-man playing list by goalkeeper Richard Wright.


England Player Injuries Affecting The Matches Against The Netherlands.

Phil Neville, Defender, Manchester United FC
Date Details
15-Aug-2001 Complaining of a stiff back, Neville failed a late fitness test and withdrew from the England squad.
14-Aug-2001 Neville strained his back in training with the England squad.
Nicky Butt, Midfielder, Manchester United F.C.
Date Details
14-Aug-2000 Butt withdrew from the England squad this morning as a result of a sore knee, the result of a knock picked up in the Charity Shield match.  The injury is not considered serious.
13-Aug-2001 Butt, who played in Manchester United's Charity Shield match against Liverpool yesterday, missed the England squad's training session at White Hart Lane today with an undisclosed injury.
Emile Heskey, Forward, Liverpool F.C.
Date Details
14-Aug-2000 Heskey withdrew from the England squad this morning as a result of a sore knee, the result of a knock picked up in the Charity Shield match.  The injury is not considered serious.
13-Aug-2001 Heskey, who played in Liverpool's Charity Shield match against Manchester United yesterday, missed the England squad's training session at White Hart Lane today with an undisclosed injury.

Kieron Dyer, Midfielder, Newcastle United F.C.

Date Details
12-Aug-2001 Media reports state Dyer is still struggling with his protracted shin injury as well as his recent calf strain and may be out until December.
08-Aug-2001 Dyer says he received scan results yesterday showing a muscle tear that will keep him out of action for another month.  While he will miss England's matches against Holland and Germany, the scan showed no recurrence of the shin problem that has kept him sidelined the past six months.  It had been feared the bone grafts used to repair a stress fracture of his shinbone had given way, but the scan revealed no lasting damage.
04-Aug-2001 Dyer's agent, Jonathan Barnett, is reported to have said that Dyer's injury "is nothing like it was made out," that he will be in training next week and "is aiming to be ready for the Holland friendly." 
31-Jul-2001 Dyer, out since double surgery for shin splints last February and hoping to make his comeback in Rob Lee's testimonial match against Athletic Bilbao on 11 August, broke down in training yesterday and has been told to rest for a week.  According to manager Bobby Robson,  an x-ray showed no damage to the shin bone and "all the surgeon can think is that there's been some muscle reaction in the calf surround the bone."  Dyer already was unlikely to play in England's warmup friendly against Holland on 15 August, and the setback now all but rules him out of the World Cup qualifiers against Germany on 1 September and Albania on 5 September.
Steven Gerrard, Midfielder, Liverpool F.C.
Date Details
12-Aug-2001 Houllier says Gerrard may be out for two weeks and media reports claim he is doubtful for England's qualifiers against Germany and Albania.
11-Aug-2001 Gerrard picked up an ankle knock during training this morning as Liverpool prepared for tomorrow's Charity Shield match against Manchester United in Caerdydd, did not travel to Caerdydd with the rest of the Liverpool squad and withdrew from the England squad for the match against Holland.  Gerrard had suffered for months from a ligament injury to the same ankle, but the new injury reportedly is not a reoccurrence of that problem and is not regarded as serious.
04-Aug-2001 Gerrard came on as a second-half substitute in Liverpool's friendly last night against Wolverhampton Wanderers with no apparent ill-effects.  However, according to Press Association reports, he remains unlikely to feature in England's friendly against Holland.
19-Jul-2001 Gerrard told the press he is recovering from his ankle ligament injury more quickly than expected and that he hopes to be fit to play by the end of the month, which would mean he might be fit to play for England against Germany and perhaps even against Holland.
13-Jul-2001 Houllier said a scan confirmed Gerrard has ligament damage and that he hopes Gerrard will be fit to play by Liverpool's season opener against West Ham United on 18 August.
11-Jul-2001 Houllier said Gerrard will not play again for six weeks and will then need four weeks to regain full fitness, which would definitely rule him out of both the Holland and Germany matches.  Gerrard  will undergo a  scan tomorrow to determine more precisely the seriousness of his injury.
10-Jul-2001 Houllier said Gerrard's injury is more serious than first thought and he will be out for four to six weeks, thus casting doubt on his availability for England's friendly match against Holland on 15 August and World Cup 2002 qualifier against Germany on 1 September.
09-Jul-2001 Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier said Gerrard will be out three weeks and will miss the club's pre-season tour to the Far East.
08-Jul-2001 Gerrard twisted his  ankle at Liverpool's training camp in Switzerland.  The injury is unrelated to the chronic muscle problems that ruled him out of several England matches last season.
Sol Campbell, Defender, Arsenal F.C.
Date Details
11-Aug-2001 Although omitted from the England squad announced yesterday allegedly because of fitness concerns, Campbell coasted through 70 minutes of Arsenal's preseason friendly match against Barnet, which was played at competitive pace, and was the last starter to be substituted.
09-Aug-2001 Campbell is reportedly struggling to gain match fitness with his new club following his long injury layoff and looked rusty in Arsenal's friendly match against Norwich two days ago.
Rio Ferdinand, Defender, Leeds United A.F.C.
Date Details
10-Aug-2001 Ferdinand passed a fitness test and played 90 minutes as Leeds United beat Sparta Rotterdam 6-1 in Holland, but was not included in the England squad announced today for the match against Holland because of fitness concerns.
08-Aug-2001 Ferdinand has been unable to train since picking up a hamstring injury two weeks ago during Leeds' preseason visit to Sweden and is doubtful for England's friendly against Holland on 15 August.
Teddy Sheringham, Forward, Tottenham Hotspur F.C.
Date Details
08-Aug-2001 Media reports state that Sheringham has a continuing Achilles tendon problem that will keep him sidelined for his club side's first two Premiership matches and preclude his selection for the match against Holland on 15 August 2001.


England Results
No. Date Opposition Venue Type F A Result H.T.
772 02-Sep-2000 France Stade de France,  Saint-Denis F 1 1 AD [0-0]
773 07-Oct-2000 Germany Empire Stadium, Wembley, London WCP 0 1 HL [0-1]
774 11-Oct-2000 Finland Olympiastadion, Helsinki WCP 0 0 AD [0-0]
775 15-Nov-2000 Italy Stadio delle Alpi, Torino F 0 1 AL [0-0]
776 28-Feb-2001 Spain Villa Park, Birmingham F 3 0 HW [1-0]
777 24-Mar-2001 Finland Anfield Road, Liverpool WCP 2 1 HW [1-1]
778 28-Mar-2001 Albania Stadiumi Kombetar Qemal Stafa, Tiranë WCP 3 1 AW [0-0]
779 25-May-2001 Mexico Pride Park Stadium, Derby F 4 0 HW [3-0]
780 06-Jun-2001 Greece Olympiako Stadio Athinas Spyros Louis, Athína WCP 2 0 AW [0-0]