All information is
complete to and including England's last match, the third of the 2002-03 season,
against FYR Macedonia on 16 October 2002.
Saturday, 28 September 2002 - The
French Football Federation
have denied that negotiations for a friendly between France and
England next February have been completed.
Henry Emile revealed that no deal has been completed for the friendly
to be played on February 12, despite reports in England suggesting
both sides will meet on that date.
Emile has stated that
if no deal can be reached, they will arrange to play another country
on February 12.
Emile said: "Nothing has been
signed. It is completely premature.
Our idea for February
12 is to play in Paris and above all not abroad."
15 October 2002 -
glamour international against European champions France next February
Sven-Göran Eriksson's team were looking forward to assessing the
level of their improvement by playing the French, arguably still the
best team in Europe despite their World Cup failure, but the two
countries have been unable to reach agreement. Instead, Eriksson was
today looking for new opposition, possibly in London next February, in
what will be England's next match after tomorrow's European
Championship qualifier against Macedonia at Southampton. Highbury or
Upton Park are two venues being considered but the Football
Association will delay making that decision until the opposition is
Wednesday, 16 October 2002
talks to play either Denmark or Australia in their first match next
year. The Football Association announced today they had now earmarked
potential replacements for a home friendly, which will probably take
place on the original date. Football Association head of
communications Paul Newman said: "The two most likely options are
Denmark and Australia. Nothing is finalised at the moment and
discussions are on-going. It will obviously be a home game."
Thursday, 17 October 2002 -
Soccer Federation are making a concerted effort in lobbying the FA for
a friendly in February.
USSF are still negotiating the possibility of a clash with England at
Although the US
do have preliminary plans of an international friendly, the now
vacated berth has been deemed as an opportunity that should be
explored 'at any cost'.
currently lie one place above England in eighth place in the latest
Fifa rankings, boosted by continued improvement in their squad, added
to an impressive showing in the World Cup - only losing out to Germany
in the quarter finals in Japan/Korea.
Friday, 18 October 2002 -
Sammy McIlroy has pleaded
with Eriksson to give the nod to a glamour clash with England after
revealing that he is close to sealing a friendly with Wales in
McIlroy, whose side
extended their goal drought to five games with a 0-0 draw against
Ukraine at Windsor Park on Wednesday, is desperate to see his team in
action before their next Euro 2004 qualifier against Armenia in March.
The former Manchester
United midfielder has already opened talks with Wales boss Mark Hughes
in a bid to face Ryan Giggs and Co at the Millennium Stadium early
McIlroy admits that
Wales' resurgence has given him hope for the future with Northern
And McIlroy admits
that a clash with England or Wales would solve any financial headaches
within the cash-strapped Irish Football Association.
McIlroy said: "I would
like to get a game sorted out for February. I've had a word with Mark
Hughes and I'd also be interested in a game with England if possible -
even an England B team if Sven Goran Eriksson does not fancy it.
Wednesday, 13 November 2002 -
Association today announced that England will play Australia on 12
February 2003 at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground at Upton Park.
This historic fixture will be the first time the two nations have met
each other in England, although there has been five fixtures played
previously in Australia, the last of which was in Sydney in 1991.
Tuesday, 17 December 2002 -
There will be many disappointed Socceroo fans following the
announcement from The Football Association (England) that the match
between England and Australia on Wednesday 12 February had sold out
within half an hour of the
tickets going on sale in London - "less than
the time it takes to watch an episode of Neighbours" quotes The FA
Tuesday, 21 January 2003 -
Soccer Australia announced that it has secured Castlemaine XXXX in the United
Kingdom as tour sponsor for the forthcoming international friendly match between
Australia and England, the match to be played in London on Wednesday 12th
February 2003. Castlemaine XXXX, which is marketed and brewed in the UK
under licence by global brewing company, Interbrew UK will be supporting the
Socceroos tour as the official tour sponsor. Soccer Australia has granted tour
rights and accordingly the tour has been designated "The XXXX Tour".
Thursday, 23 January 2003 -
left-back Wayne Bridge fears he will not be fit for England's friendly
against Australia next month.
limped off in the 1-0 defeat to Liverpool last weekend and a second
scan has revealed a calf muscle tear rather than just a strain, which
could keep him out for three weeks.
Monday, 27 January 2003 -
Liverpool goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been ruled
out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
The 21-year-old suffered a tear to the posterior
cruciate ligament in his right knee in a collision with Crystal Palace
striker Dele Adebola during Sunday's FA Cup fourth-round tie at
Selhurst Park. An MRI scan revealed the torn
ligament and the club must now decide how best to treat the injury.
Saturday, 8 February 2003 -
Sven-Göran Eriksson announces his 27 man squad to face Australia on Wednesday.