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Match No. 782 vs. Germany Match No. 784 vs. Greece Match Results

England National Football Team Match No. 783

England 2 Albania 0 [1-0]

Wednesday, 5 September 2001

Match Summary and Report

St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 5 September 2001 - The team that faced Albania.
Back row - Emile Heskey, David Seaman, Rio Ferdinand, Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Michael Owen.
Front row - Gary Neville, David Beckham (captain), Paul Scholes, Steve Gerrard, Nick Barmby.


Match Summary

Status: World Cup 2002 UEFA Preliminary Group 9 qualification match.
Venue: St. James' Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, capacity 52,167.
Attendance: 51,046.
Goals: England - Michael Owen, 44th min.
England - Robbie Fowler, 88th min.
Cautions: Albania - Edvin Murati, 34th min., unsporting behaviour. is booked for hacking at the heels of Beckham.
Albania - Besnik Hasi, 42nd min., ungentlemanly conduct.
Beckham is fouled again and his attempt to take a quick free-kick is blocked by Besnik Hasi, who earns a yellow card for his troubles.
England - Steven Gerrard, 45th min., unsporting behaviour.
booked for a clumsy challenge on Arjan Xhumba.
Expulsions: None.
Officials: Referee - Juan Antonio Fernandez Marin, 43 (03-Dec-1957), Spain, FIFA-listed 1995.
Assistant Referees - Rafael Guerrero Alonso, 38 (20-Apr-1963), and Carlos Martin Nieto, 43 (15-Feb-1958), Spain.
Fourth Official - Eduardo Itturalde Gonzalez, 34 (20-Feb-1967), Spain, FIFA-listed 1998.
Conditions: Kickoff at 8:01 pm BST.
Miscellany: A one-minute silence is observed in respect of Brian Moore, a football commentator who died on Saturday, 1 September 2001.




Goal Attempts - -
Attempts on Target - -
Hit Bar/Post - -
Corner Kicks Won - -
Offside Calls Against - -
Fouls Conceded - -
Time of Possession - -


England Team


15th in FIFA ranking of 22 August 2001; 7th in Elo world ranking before this match and 7th after this match.

Colours: White shirts with red stripe down left side, white shorts with red stripe down right side, white socks - The "2001" home shirt.
Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 53, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
8th match,
W 7 - D 0 - L 1 - F 21 - A 5.
Captain: David Beckham, 9th captaincy.

England Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Seaman, David A. 19-Sep-1963 37 G

Arsenal FC

67 0 1988-2002
2-Neville, Gary A. 18-Feb-1975 26 D Manchester United FC 47 0 1995-active
3-Cole, Ashley 20-Dec-1980 20 D Arsenal FC 6 0 2001-active
4-Gerrard, Steven G., sub off 83rd min. 30-May-1980 21 M

Liverpool FC

7 1 2000-active
5-Ferdinand, Rio G. 07-Nov-1978 22 D Leeds United AFC 17 0 1997-active
6-Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18-Sep-1974 26 D Arsenal FC 42 0 1996-active
7-Beckham, David R.J. 02-May-1975 26 M

Manchester United FC

45 4 1996-active
8-Scholes, Paul 16-Nov-1974 26 M Manchester United FC 38 13 1997-2004
9-Heskey, Emile W. I., sub off 55th min. 11-Jan-1978 23 F

Liverpool FC

18 3 1999-active
10- Owen, Michael J. 14-Dec-1979 21 F Liverpool FC 32 14 1998-active
11-Barmby, Nicholas J., sub off 64th min. 11-Feb-1974 27 M

Liverpool FC

22 4 1995-2001

England Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
17- Fowler, Robert B., sub on 55th min. for Heskey 09-Apr-1975 26 F

Liverpool FC

20 5 1996-active
16-McManaman, Steven, sub on 64th min. for Barmby 11-Feb-1972 29 M

Real Madrid CF, Spain

36 3 1994-2001
14-Carragher, James L.D., sub on 83rd min. for Gerrard 28-Jan-1978 23 M

Liverpool FC

6 0 1999-2007


Seaman -
G Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Cole -
Beckham, Gerrard (Carragher), Scholes, Barmby (McManaman) -
Owen, Heskey (Fowler).

Not Used:
12-Gareth Southgate, 13-Richard Wright, 15-Owen Hargreaves, 18-Andrew Cole.

Albania Team


=86th in FIFA ranking of 22 August 2001; 96th in Elo world ranking before this match and 97th after this match.

Colours: Red shirts with black and white side panels, black shorts, red socks; made by Puma.
Coach: Sulejman Demollari, appointed late summer 2001,
2nd match, W 0 - D 0 - L 2 - F 0 - A 4.
Captain: Fotaq Strakosha.

Albania Lineup

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
1-Strakhosa, Fotaq 28-Mar-1965 36 G Ionikos Nikeas FC, Greece 51 0 1990-active
2-Dede, Nevil 10-Jan-1975 26 D SK Tiranë 6 0 1995-active
3-Cipi, Geri 28-Feb-1976 25 D KAA Gent, Belgium 16 0 1995-active
4-Xhumba, Arian 09-Jul-1967 33 D PAS Giannina FC, Greece 40 0 1994-active
5-Fakaj, Ervin P. 15-Jun-1976 25 D KAA Gent, Belgium 21 1 -active
6-Hasi, Besnik, sub off 46th min. 29-Dec-1971 29 M RSC Anderlecht, Belgium 7 0 2000-active
7-Murati, Edvin 12-Nov-1975 25 M Losc Lille Métropole, France 14 2 -active
8-Bellai, Arian 01-Feb-1970 30 M PAS Giannina FC, Greece 20 1 1995-active
9-Vata, Fatmir 19-Sep-1971 29 M DSC Arminia Bielefeld, Germany 14 0 -active
10-Rraklli, Altin, sub off 63rd min. 17-Aug-1970 31 F SpVgg Unterhaching, Germany 47 9 1992-active
11-Bogdani, Erion, sub off 56th min. 14-Apr-1977 24 F Reggina Calcio, Italy 15 3 -active

Albania Substitutes

Player Birthdate Age Pos Club App G Career
18-Bushi, Alban, sub on 46th min. for Hasi 20-Aug-1973 28 F İstanbulspor , Turkey 36 8 1995-active
17-Tare, Igli, sub on 56th min. for Bogdani 25-Jul-1973 28 F Brescia Calcio, Italy 33 3 -active
14-Mukaj, Devis, sub on 63rd min. for Rraklli 21-Dec-1976 24 M NK Varteks Varazdin, Croatia 17 1 1998-active

with the two wide midfielders playing as wingbacks:

Strakosha -
Fakaj, Cipi, Xhumba -
Dede, Bellai, F. Vata, Hasi (Bushi), Murati -
Rraklli (Mukaj), Bogdani (Tare).

Not Used:
12-Arian Beqaj, 13-Indrit Fortuzi, 15-Rudi Vata, 16-Ervin Skela.

Match Report




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