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Wednesday, 13 February 2002
A Nationale Nederlanden International Friendly Match

Netherlands 1 England 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
Netherlands Squad
England Squad
Team Records
The Three Lions Squad for the match against Netherlands  February 2002
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Anderton, Darren R. 3 March 1972 29 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 28 2 30 7 0 1

Darren Anderton withdrew from the squad on 11 February because of a leg injury.

Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 26 M Manchester United FC 44 3 47 6 11 6
Bridge, Wayne M. 5 August 1980 21 D Southampton FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Butt, Nicholas 21 January 1975 27 M Manchester United FC 8 7 15 0 0 None
Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18 September 1974 27 D Arsenal FC 39 3 42 0 2 4
Cole, Joseph J. 8 November 1981 20 M West Ham United FC 0 1 1 0 0 None
Ferdinand, Rio G. 7 November 1978 23 D Leeds United AFC 14 5 19 0 0 None
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 21 M Liverpool FC 7 1 8 1 0 1
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11 January 1978 24 F Liverpool FC 9 11 20 3 0 1
James, David B. 1 August 1970 31 G West Ham United FC 3 2 5 1 GA 0 None
King, Ledley B. 12 October 1980 21 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 0 0 0 0 none

Ledley King withdrew from the squad because of a sore throat.

Lampard, Frank 20 June 1978 23 M Chelsea FC 1 3 4 0 0 None
Martyn, A. Nigel 11 August 1966 35 G Leeds United AFC 15 4 19 0 0 None
Neville, Gary A. 18 February 1975 26 D Manchester United FC 45 4 49 0 0 3
Neville, Philip A. 21 January 1977 25 D Manchester United FC 25 9 34 0 0 1
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 22 F Liverpool FC 22 10 32 14 0 2

Michael Owen withdrew from the squad on 11 February because of a slight knee ligament injury.

Phillips, Kevin M. 25 July 1973 28 F Sunderland AFC 4 3 7 0 0 None
Powell, Christopher G.R. 8 September 1969 32 D Charlton Athletic FC 2 2 4 0 0 None
Ricketts, Michael B. 4 December 1978 23 F Bolton Wanderers FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Scholes, Paul 16 November 1974 27 M Manchester United FC 38 2 40 13 0 10
Sinclair, Trevor L. 2 March 1973 28 M West Ham United FC 1 0 1 0 0 None

Trevor Sinclair withdrew from the squad on 11 February because of a viral illness.

Southgate, Gareth 3 September 1970 31 D Middlesbrough FC 35 9 44 1 0 3
Vassell, Darius C. 13 June 1980 21 F Aston Villa FC 0 0 0 0 0 none
Wright, Richard I. 5 November 1977 24 G Arsenal FC 1 1 2 1 GA 0 None
All information is complete to and including England's last match, the fifth of the 2000-01 season, against Sweden on 10 November 2001.


Friday, 25 April 2001 - The Football Association reveal that England will play a return fixture in Netherlands in March 2002.  England and the Netherlands already are scheduled to meet on 15 August.  It is hoped the return fixture will serve as a World Cup 2002 preparation match for both teams.

Sunday, 13 January 2002 - The Sunday People report that Umbro has revealed England will wear their new World Cup red away strip in the friendly against The Netherlands.

Tuesday, 29 January 2002 - In the wake of coin-throwing by fans at the FA cup tie between Arsenal and Liverpool on Sunday, the KNVB announce that the 8,000 England fans who have bought tickets to the friendly against the Netherlands will watch the match from behind giant nets. Closed-circuit television cameras will monitor crowd behaviour.

Wednesday, 30 January 2002 - Liverpool midfielder Jamie Carragher will not be selected for the England squad, the Football Association have announced.  Carragher has been given the mandatory three-match ban for a red card offence involving violent conduct following his ejection from Sunday's FA cup tie at Arsenal for tossing one of the coins thrown at him back into the crowd.  Carragher's ban begins on 10 February.  Under FA policy, players under suspension from league play for violent conduct are considered unavailable for England selection.  However, Carragher will not face further FA disciplinary action, and the police have let him off with a warning and his club with a fine.
Newcastle United midfielder Kieron Dyer may be out of action for up to six weeks with a suspected stress fracture in his foot, his club side manager Bobby Robson said.  It is expected Dyer will be unavailable for the friendly matches against Netherlands and Italy.  Having returned to action from long-term injury on 9 December after an absence of 10 months, Dyer has yet to play for England under Eriksson. He was chosen for Eriksson's first squad for the friendly match against Spain last February, but was forced to withdraw with a shin problem.

Thursday, 31 January 2002 - West Ham United midfielder Michael Carrick is almost certain to be unavailable for selection because of an abdominal problem that will be examined by a specialist.  Club manager Glenn Roeder said the problem has begun to affect Carrick's play and could require surgery or, at the very least, a sustained period of rest. 

Friday, 1 February 2002 - Arsenal central defender Martin Keown has a broken leg.  An x-ray showed he suffered a hairline fracture of the fibula in the midweek match against Blackburn Rovers and he will be out of action for up to six weeks although his leg is not in a cast.
Bobby Robson confirmed that Kieron Dyer will be out of action for six to eight weeks with a stress fracture of his foot.
Leeds United defender Jonathon Woodgate suffered a hamstring strain in Wednesday night's 2-0 defeat at Chelsea and could be out of action for as long as six weeks.  The FA has ruled Woodgate ineligible for England selection until he completes the community service to which he was sentenced on his conviction for affray in December following an attack on a student in Leeds.

Saturday, 2 February 2002 - Arsenal defender Ashley Cole joined the growing list of players unavailable for England after injuring his knee ligament in todays Premiership match against Southampton. He is expected to be out for three weeks.

Tuesday, 5 February 2002 - Leeds United midfielder Lee Bowyer and defender Danny Mills will be unavailable for squad selection as a result of suspensions announced by the Football Association today following disciplinary hearings.  Bowyer, acquitted in December of criminal charges stemming from the beating of a student in Leeds, received a six-game ban on charges of violent conduct and using foul and abusive language to a referee.  He will not return until the 30 March match against Manchester United.  Mills, already serving a four-match ban for violent conduct, received a two-match suspension for using foul and abusive language against a fourth official.  He will not return until the Blackburn Rovers match on 17 March.

Saturday, 9 February 2002 - Sven-Göran Eriksson has named a 24-man squad featuring four newcomers for the friendly match against the Netherlands on Wednesday at the Amsterdam ArenA.  The squad is the eighth Eriksson has named, for his eleventh match in charge.  Because Eriksson viewed the match as his "last chance to experiment" before the World Cup 2002 final tournament, there were many changes from the last squad. The four players who received their first call to the senior squad are defenders Wayne Bridge and Ledley King and forwards Michael Ricketts and Darius Vassell.  Three players have earned recalls.  David James, Sol Campbell and Joe Cole. John Terry, who was also under consideration for selection, has also been ruled ineligible because of a pending assault charge.

Monday, 11 February 2002 - England have been hit by the withdrawal of Darren Anderton and Trevor Sinclair. Anderton reported when England met up but has gone back to Tottenham after picking up a knock during the 2-1 home victory over Leicester City on Saturday.  Sinclair was looking to step up his claims for a place on the left side of England's midfield which has been a problem for Eriksson to fill.  A fine season so far for West Ham, despite him having asked to go on the transfer list, has brought Sinclair into the international picture.  But the former QPR player did not meet up with the rest of the squad after he reported he was feeling unwell. Michael Owen became the third member of the squad to pull out with a knee ligament injury picked up during training. David Beckham and Steve Gerrard will face fitness tests tomorrow.

Wednesday, 13 February 2002 - Tottenham Hotspur defender Ledley King misses out on his England debut after being laid low by a sore throat, a FA spokesman said.  King, an under-21 international, was due to make his first senior start in the friendly along with three other previously uncapped players -- strikers Michael Ricketts and Darius Vassell plus defender Wayne Bridge -- all of whom were named in Sven-Göran Eriksson's starting line-up.  Skipper David Beckham and fellow midfielder Steven Gerrard, who both missed the opening England training session through injury, were also starting the game at the Amsterdam ArenA.

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W W W D D  f 12:a success: 67%
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783 5 September 2001 - England 2 Albania 0 [1-0]
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