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Saturday, 7 September 2002
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 1 Portugal 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Portugal Squad

Team Records
 
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The Three Lions squad for the match against Portugal  September 2002
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 27 M Manchester United FC 51 3 54 7 18 1
6

David Beckham withdraws from the squad on 3 September due to a calf injury.

Bowyer, Lee D. 3 January 1977 25 M Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Bridge, Wayne M. 5 August 1980 22 D Southampton FC 4 3 7 0 0 None
Butt, Nicholas 21 January 1975 27 M Manchester United FC 14 8 22 0 0 None
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1980 21 D Arsenal FC 13 0 13 0 0 2
Cole, Joseph J. 8 November 1981 20 M West Ham United FC 1 6 7 0 0 None
Dunn, David J.I. 27 December 1979 22 M Blackburn Rovers FC 0 0 0 0 0 None

David Dunn is called into the squad on 3 September as a replacement for Kieron Dyer.

Dyer, Kieron C. 29 December 1978 23 M Newcastle United FC 5 7 12 0 0 None

Kieron Dyer withdraws from the squad on 2 September hours after its announcement due to a shin injury.

Ferdinand, Rio G. 7 November 1978 23 D Manchester United FC 22 5 27 0 0 1
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 22 M Liverpool FC 9 1 10 1 0 1
Hargreaves, Owen L. 20 January 1981 21 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 5 3 8 0 0 None
Heskey, Emile W.I. 11 January 1978 24 F Liverpool FC 18 11 29 4 0 3
James, David B. 1 August 1970 32 G West Ham United FC 3 6 9 7 GA 0 1
Mills, Daniel J. 18 May 1977 25 D Leeds United AFC 7 5 12 0 0 1
Murphy, Daniel B. 18 March 1977 25 M Liverpool FC 1 3 4 1 0 None
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 22 F Liverpool FC 31 10 41 18 3 2
Robinson, Paul W. 15 October 1979 22 G Leeds United AFC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 None
Sinclair, Trevor L. 2 March 1973 28 M West Ham United FC 5 4 9 0 0 None
Smith, Alan 20 October 1980 21 F Leeds United AFC 0 3 3 0 0 None
Southgate, Gareth 3 September 1970 32 D Middlesbrough FC 37 12 49 1 0 3
Woodgate, Jonathan S. 22 January 1980 22 D Leeds United AFC 1 0 1 0 0 None

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the first of the 2002-03 season, against Brazil on 21 June 2002.

Diary

Wednesday, 10 July 2002 - Eriksson has scrapped plans for a pre-season England friendly on 14 August because of Premiership club opposition, and that a friendly away match against Portugal on 7 September will be the only match played before England open their European Championship qualification campaign away to Slovakia on 12 October.

Tuesday, 30 July 2002 - The Football Association have officially announced that England will play Portugal on 7 September 2002 in a friendly match, their first of the new season, at Villa Park in Birmingham. 
That the fixture is to be played in England is a surprise because earlier news reports had indicated the match would take place in Portugal and because England have not paid a return visit following Portugal's trip to Wembley Stadium in April, 1998, when England ran out 3-0 winners.  Portugal are hosts of the European Championship 2004 final tournament, and an away match there might have been of some value to England.

Saturday, 3 August 2002 - Alex Ferguson has revealed that Gary Neville, who missed the World Cup finals with a broken metatarsal bone, now has muscle problems in the same foot and probably will be out of action until September.  It is unlikely he will return to full fitness before the Portugal friendly.

Thursday, 15 August 2002 - A scan revealed Wes Brown fractured his right ankle and he will be out of action for at least three months, until mid-November, which rules him out of the Portugal friendly in September and England's first two European Championship qualifying matches against Slovakia and FYR Macedonia in October. Brown picked up the injury in Manchester United's first leg European Champions League qualifying loss to Zalaegerszeg of Hungary.

Tuesday, 20 August 2002 - Gary Neville is close to returning to training and hopes to make his first-team return for Manchester United in two or three weeks after regaining fitness in reserve team games.

Tuesday, 27 August 2002 - Paul Scholes incurred an ankle injury in Manchester United's second leg European Champions League qualifying victory against Zalaegerszeg, and his club manager Alex Ferguson announced that he will be sidelined for two weeks, which would rule him out of the Portugal friendly.

Monday, 2 September 2002 - Eriksson names a 20-man squad to face Portugal at Villa Park on Saturday.  Just hours after the squad is announced, Sir Bobby Robson pulls Kieron Dyer out of the squad due to a recurrence of shin splints.

Tuesday, 3 September 2002 - Eriksson is infuriated as he watches Manchester United 1-0 win over Middlesbrough at Old Trafford. Despite being told by United that Paul Scholes was unfit to play against Portugal, the England international started in United's line-up. David Beckham also limped off with a calf problem and United withdrew him from the England squad claiming he has been troubled by the injury all week.
Eriksson has called up David Dunn, an England U21 captain, into the squad as a replacement for the injured Kieron Dyer.  "I have watched him already this season for Blackburn and he was very close to being in the original squad. It will be a good opportunity to work with David and see what he can do."

Wednesday, 4 September 2002 - Eriksson decides against bringing in a replacement for David Beckham, and hands the captaincy to Michael Owen.

England Form: last six games
D D W D W L  f 8:a success: 58%
790 26 May 2002 - England 2 Cameroon 2 [1-1]
Kobe Universiade Memorial Stadium, Kobe City, Japan (36,424)
Vassell, Fowler
Eto'o, Geremi
Fr ND
791 2 June 2002 - England 1 Sweden 1 [1-0]
Saitama Sutajiamu Niimarumarunii, Saitama-shi (62,561)
Campbell
Alexandersson
WCF ND
792 7 June 2002 - Argentina 0 England 1 [0-1]
Sapporo Dōmu, Toyohira-ku, Sapporo-shi (35,927)
Beckham (pen) NW
793 12 June 2002 - Nigeria 0 England 0 [0-0]
Ōsaka-shi Nagai Rikujō Kyōgijō, Ōsaka-shi (44,864)
  ND
794 15 June 2002 - Denmark 0 England 3 [0-3]
Niigata Sutajiamu, Niigata-shi (40,582)
Sørenson OG (R.Ferdinand), Owen, Heskey NW
795 21 June 2002 - England 1 Brazil 2 [1-1]
Shizuoka Stadium Ecopa, Fukuroi city (47,436)
Owen
Rivaldo, Ronaldinho
NL
Ronaldinho
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