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Wednesday, 13 February 2002
A Nationale Nederlanden International Friendly Match

Netherlands 1 England 1 [1-0]

Amsterdam ArenA, Zuidoost, Amsterdam
Attendance: 42,000 to 48,500;
Kick-off: 8.30pm local, 7.30pm GMT
Live on ? (UK) -
Commentator: ?

Netherlands - Patrick Kluivert (twelve yard shot deflected past Martyn by Campbell 26 25:20)
England - Darius Vassell (six yard overhead kick from a Beckham cross 61 60:05)
Match Summary
Netherlands Squad
England Squad
no yellow or red cards
Results 2000-2005

? kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48:02).


Match Summary

Officials from France




Referee (dark green) - Laurent Duhamel
33 (10 October 1968), FIFA-listed 1999.

Assistant Referees - Alain Duteil and Philippe Bombart

Fourth Official -

Black armbands are to be worn as a mark of respect to HRH The Princess Margaret, who died on 9 February.
5 Goal Attempts 11
2 Attempts on Target 7
  Hit Bar/Post  
2 Corner Kicks Won 3
1 Offside Calls Against 5
12 Fouls Conceded 11
- Possession -

Netherlands Team



FIFA (13 February 2002) 8th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 5th
Colours: Made by Nike - Orange v-necked jerseys with black collars/cuffs, black shorts, orange socks with black trim.
Capt: Frank de Boer, 53rd captaincy.
Edgar Davids, 69th minute.
Joint part-time coaches: Dirk Nicolaas Advocaat, 54 (27 September 1947), and Willem van Hanegem, 57 (20 February 1944), appointed on 25 January 2002, until Advocaat takes the post on 1 July 2002.
first match, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 1 - A 1
Netherlands Lineup
1 van der Sar, Edwin 31 29 October 1970 G

Fulham FC, England

65 52 GA
2 Ricksen, Fernando J.H.H. 25 27 July 1976 RB Rangers FC, Scotland 2 0
3 Reiziger, Michael J. 28 3 May 1973 CD FC Barcelona, Spain 52 1
4 de Boer, Franciscus, off 69th min. 31 15 May 1970 CD

FC Barcelona, Spain

92 11
5 van Bronckhorst, Giovanni C. 27 5 February 1975 LB Arsenal FC, England 26 2
6 van Bommel, Mark M.P.G., off 46th min. 24 22 April 1977 CM Philips Sport Vereniging 11 4
7 de Boer, Ronaldus, off 59th min. 31 15 May 1970 RM Rangers FC, Scotland 65 13
8 Cocu, Phillip J.W., off 46th min. 31 29 October 1970 CM

FC Barcelona, Spain

59 5
9 van Nistelrooij, Rutgerus J.M., off 65th min. 25 1 July 1976 F Manchester United FC, England 18 8
10 Kluivert, Patrick S. 25 1 July 1976 F FC Barcelona, Spain 59 34
11 Overmars, Marc, off 88th min. 28 29 March 1973 LM

FC Barcelona, Spain

71 15
Netherlands Substitutes
12 Davids, Edgar S., on 46th min. for van Bommel 28 13 March 1973 M

Juventus FC, Italy

45 4
17 Boateng, George, on 46th min. for Cocu 26 9 May 1975
born in Ghana
M Aston Villa FC, England 2 0
19 Sikora, Victor T., on 59th min. for R. de Boer 23 11 April 1978 F SBV Vitesse 4 0
14 Hasselbaink, Jerrel Floyd, on 65th min. for van Nistelrooij 29 27 March 1972 F

Chelsea FC, England

18 7
13 Paauwe, Patrick, on 69th min. for F. de Boer 26 27 December 1975 M Feyenoord Rotterdam 4 0
15 Makaay, Rudolphus A., on 88th min. for Overmars 26 9 March 1975 F RC Deportivo La Coruńa SAD, Spain 16 0

unused substitutes:

16-Sander Westerveld, 18-Mario Melchiot.

team notes:

This is Dick Advocaat's second period as manager of the Dutch team, having been in charge for two years and managed the team against England in 1993. Willem van Hanegem played against England in 1969 & 1970.
The de Boer brothers are twins, of which Frank extends his tally as the record Dutch appearance holder.
4-4-2 van der Sar -
Ricksen, Reiziger,
F de Boer (Paauwe), van Bronckhorst -
R de Boer (Sikora), van Bommel (Davids), Cocu (Boateng), Overmars (Makaay) -
van Nistelrooi
j (Hasselbaink), Kluivert.


Age - Appearances/Goals - -


England Team



FIFA (13 February 2002) 10th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2001 Umbro home uniform - White shadow striped v-neck jersey with navy collar/cuffs/piping and single red vertical stripe down left side, navy shorts with red vertical stripe down right side, white socks with navy/white tops.
Capt: David Beckham, twelfth captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 54 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001.
11th match, W 7 - D 3 - L 1 - F 25 - A 9.
England Lineup
1 Martyn, A. Nigel, off 46th min. 35 11 August 1966 G

Leeds United AFC

20 16 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 77th min. 26 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 50 0
3 Bridge, Wayne M., off 46th min. 21 5 August 1980 LB Southampton FC 1 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 77th min. 21 30 May 1980 CM

Liverpool FC

9 1
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 23 7 November 1978 CD Leeds United AFC 20 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J., off 46th min. 27 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 43 0
7 Beckham, David R.J. 26 2 May 1975 RM

Manchester United FC

48 6
8 Scholes, Paul, off 77th min. 27 16 November 1974 LM Manchester United FC 41 13
9 Ricketts, Michael B., off 46th min. 23 4 December 1978 F

Bolton Wanderers FC

1 0
10 Vassell, Darius C., off 77th min. 21 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 1 1
11 Heskey, Emile W.I. 24 11 January 1978 F

Liverpool FC

21 3
England Substitutes
13 James, David B., on 46th min. for Martyn 31 1 August 1970 G West Ham United FC 6 1 GA
14 Powell, Christopher G.R., on 46th min. for Bridge 32 8 September 1969 D

Charlton Athletic FC

5 0
15 Southgate, Gareth, on 46th min. for Campbell 31 3 September 1970 D

Middlesbrough FC

45 1
20 Phillips, Kevin M., on 46th min. for Ricketts 28 25 July 1973 F

Sunderland AFC

8 0
12 Neville, Philip J., on 77th min. for G Neville 25 21 January 1977 D Manchester United FC 35 0
17 Butt, Nicholas, on 77th min. for Gerrard 27 21 January 1975 M

Manchester United FC

16 0
18 Lampard, Frank J., on 77th min. for Vassell 23 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 5 0
19 Cole, Joseph J., on 77th min. for Scholes 20 8 November 1981 M West Ham United FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

21-Richard Wright.

team notes:

Right-back Gary Neville, and the player who substituted him, Phil, are brothers.
4-3-3 Martyn (James) -
G Neville (P Neville), Ferdinand, Campbell (Southgate), Bridge (Powell) -
Beckham, Gerrard
(Butt), Scholes (Cole) -
(Lampard), Ricketts (Phillips), Heskey.


Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals - -


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Source Notes

Darius Vassell celebrated his England debut with a spectacular strike to earn England a draw in Amsterdam.  The 21-year-old Aston Villa striker volleyed home David Beckham's cross on the hour to secure a result which Sven-Göran Eriksson's England thoroughly deserved.  Vassell was one of three uncapped players handed a starting place by Eriksson.

Wayne Bridge stepped in at left-back while Vassell and Michael Ricketts formed the nucleus of an unlikely three-pronged attack alongside Emile Heskey.  Three debutants would suggest a major experiment by the England coach. In fact, Eriksson's starting team was a relatively settled one.  The remaining eight starters can, barring injury, safely have their suits measured for Japan and may even be assured of starting England's World Cup match against Sweden.

That kind of stability afforded Bridge the confidence to step in and make an assured debut, though it was Vassell who caught the eye.  In his pace, the striker carried a secret weapon to which the Dutch offered little defence.  England were comfortable, and increasingly threatening as the game wore on.  But the biggest early danger to Dutch goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar came from his own defender, Michael Reiziger.

The Barcelona defender, under pressure from Heskey, chested Gary Neville's right-wing cross dangerously towards his keeper and was relieved to see the keeper scramble the ball round a post as Heskey closed in.

But England grew in confidence, defending efficiently throughout their 4-3-3 formation and breaking swiftly when the chance arose with the impressive Steven Gerrard pivotal.  The Dutch, despite oozing class throughout the side, rarely threatened.  And, when their breakthrough came midway through the first half, it was adorned with a huge slice of good fortune.  Sol Campbell struggled to deal with a high ball into the area, heading away at the second attempt under pressure from the menacing Ruud van Nistelrooy.  But his eventual clearance fell straight into the path of Patrick Kluivert, whose shot looped off the outstretched leg of the frantic Campbell and beyond the groping reach of a stranded Nigel Martyn.

England's response was creditably positive.

Four half-time changes, including a taste of the action for the increasingly-frustrated Kevin Phillips, heralded a concerted push for an equaliser.  It nearly came when Beckham's free-kick forced a smart save from Van der Sar, substitute Chris Powell volleying the rebound over the bar.  It nearly came when Phillips pressured Van der Sar into an error, only for the Dutch keeper to redeem himself with a point-blank save from Beckham on the follow-up.  But when it finally came, it was well worth waiting for.  Beckham, predictably, was involved and his accurate centre was greeted by a queue of England players, with Vassell at the front.  The Aston Villa striker did not need asking twice and spectacularly beat Van der Sar with an acrobatic right footed volley that flew into the top corner of the net.

BBC Football
Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Marcel Hoefsmit, Dutch Historian