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Wednesday, 15 August 2001
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 0 Netherlands 2 [0-2]

Match Summary
England Squad

Netherlands Squad
Team Records
The Three Lions Squad for the match against the Netherlands  August 2001
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Barmby, Nicholas J. 11 February 1974 27 M Liverpool FC 10 9 19 4 0 None
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 26 M Manchester United FC 39 3 42 4 6 6
Brown, Wesley M. 13 October 1979 21 D Manchester United FC 1 2 3 0 0 None
Butt, Nicholas 21 January 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 January 1978 23 M Liverpool FC 0 3 3 0 0 None
Carrick, Michael 28 July 1981 20 M West Ham United FC 0 1 1 0 0 None
Cole, Andrew A. 15 October 1971 29 F Manchester United FC 8 5 13 0 0 3
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1980 20 D Arsenal FC 3 0 3 0 0 1
Ehiogu, Ugochuku 3 November 1972 28 D Middlesbrough FC 0 2 2 1 0 None
Fowler, Robert B. 9 April 1975 26 F Liverpool FC 9 9 18 4 0 1
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 January 1981
born in Canada
20 M FC Bayern München eV, Germany 0 0 0 0 0 None
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11 January 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.

James, David B. 1 August 1970 31 G West Ham United FC 3 1 4 1 GA 0 None
Keown, Martin R. 24 July 1966 35 D Arsenal FC 36 2 38 2 1 3
Lampard, Frank 20 June 1978 23 M Chelsea FC 1 1 2 0 0 None
Martyn, A. Nigel 11 August 1966 34 G Leeds United AFC 12 4 16 0 0 None
Mills, Daniel R. 18 May 1977 24 D Leeds United AFC 0 1 1 0 0 None
Neville, Gary A. 18 February 1975 26 D Manchester United FC 40 4 44 0 0 2
Neville, Philip A. 21 January 1977 24 D Manchester United FC 25 8 33 0 0 1

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

Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 21 F Liverpool FC 20 9 29 10 0 2
Powell, Christopher G.R. 8 September 1969 31 D Charlton Athletic FC 2 1 3 0 0 None
Scholes, Paul 16 November 1974 26 M Manchester United FC 33 2 35 13 0 9
Smith, Alan 28 October 1980 20 F Leeds United AFC 0 2 2 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 3 September 1970 30 D Middlesbrough FC 34 8 42 1 0 3
Wright, Richard I. 5 November 1977 23 G Arsenal FC 1 0 1 1 GA 0 None

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

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the ninth of the 2000-01 season, against Greece on 6 June 2001.


Wednesday, 10 January 2001 - The Football Association announce that 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 match, which will be the first England have ever played in August, is scheduled as preparation for the World Cup qualification match against Germany in Munich on 1 September.  For The Netherlands, the fixture serves as a preparation for the critical World Cup qualification match against the Republic of Ireland.  England will play a return match in Netherlands in February 2002 as both teams, should they have qualified, prepare for the World Cup final tournament.

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 FA had suggested 4 or 11 August as the starting date to allow extra preparation time ahead of England's warmup friendly against The Netherlands and the qualifier against Germany.  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.

Friday, 10 August 2001 - Coach Sven-Göran Eriksson has summoned a 26-man squad for the friendly match against The Netherlands. The 20-year-old Bayern Munich 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

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.

Saturday, 11 August 2001 - Steven Gerrard withdrew from the squad after picking up an ankle knock during training this morning as Liverpool prepared for tomorrow's Charity Shield match against Manchester United in Cardiff.  Gerrard 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.

Sunday, 12 August 2001 - Press reports reveal that Eriksson has agreed that he will not use any player for much more than 45 minutes, 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.

Tuesday, 14 August 2001 - Nicky Butt and Emile Heskey withdrew from the squad this morning after failing to recover from minor knee knocks picked up in Sunday's Charity Shield match between their clubs.  Both missed the 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 yesterday and complained of a stiff back today.  The spate of withdrawals has gone without replacements, however, Eriksson has called up Arsenal's new reserve goalkeeper Richard Wright.

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