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Tuesday, 3 June 2003
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 2 Serbia & Montenegro 1 [1-1]


Walker's Stadium, Leicester, Leicestershire
Attendance: 30,900;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST
Live on Sky Sports (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Steven Gerrard (eight-yard tap in following a one-two with Owen 35), Joe Cole (twenty-two yard free-kick 82).
Serbia & Montenegro - Nenad Jestrovi
ć (six-yard header from a Z.Vukić corner 45).
Match Summary
England Squad
Serbia/Montenegro Squad
Results 2000-2005 Serbia & Montenegro - Nemanja Vidić (81).

England kicked-off. 95 minutes (46 & 49).


Match Summary

Officials from Belgium



Serbia & Montenegro

Referee (red) - Paul Allaerts
38 (9 July 1964), FIFA listed 2000.

Assistant Referees - Danny Vanderhoven, 41 (10 September 1961), and Rombout Hennissen, 41 (12 September 1961).

Fourth official - Neale S. Barry, Scunthorpe, England.

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England Team



FIFA (21st May 2003) 7th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2003 home uniform - White shirts with white collar/red v-neck, red panel thinning down sleeves, navy blue shorts with red thinning side panel, white socks with red hoop.
Capt: Michael Owen, 5th captaincy.
Heskey from ht, Phil Neville from 61, Carragher from 87.
Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 55, appointed 31 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
28th match, W 15 - D 9 - L 4 - F 53 - A 26.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 32 1 August 1970 G

West Ham United FC

15 10 GA
2 Mills, Daniel J., off 61st min. 26 18 May 1977 RB Leeds United AFC 16 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 46th min. 22 20 December 1980 LB

Arsenal FC

18 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 23 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 17 3
5 Upson, Matthew J., off 84th min. 24 18 April 1979 CD

Birmingham City FC

2 0
6 Southgate, Gareth, off 46th min. 32 3 September 1970 CD Middlesbrough FC 54 2
7 Lampard, Frank J., off 61st min. 24 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 10 0
8 Scholes, Paul, off 46th min. 28 16 November 1974 M Manchester United FC 56 13
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 61st min. 25 11 January 1978 F Liverpool FC 34 5
10 Owen, Michael J., off 46th min. 23 14 December 1979 F

Liverpool FC

49 20
11 Neville, Philip J., off 87th min. 26 21 January 1977 M

Manchester United FC

39 0
England Substitutes
16 Terry, John G., on 46th min. for Southgate 22 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 1 0
12 Bridge, Wayne M., on 46th min. for A Cole. 22 5 August 1980 LB

Southampton FC

12 0
17 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 46th min. for Scholes 20 18 February 1983 M

Newcastle United FC

3 0
18 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 46th min. for Gerrard 22 20 January 1981 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 12 0
21 Rooney, Wayne M., on 46th min. for Owen 17 24 October 1985 F Everton FC 4 0
14 Carragher, James L.D., on 61st min. for Mills 25 28 January 1978 RB Liverpool FC 9 0
19 Cole, Joseph J., on 61st min. for Lampard 21 8 November 1981 M West Ham United FC 10 1
20 Vassell, Darius, on 61st min. for Heskey 22 13 June 1980 F Aston Villa FC 13 4
15 Barry, Gareth, on 84th min. for Upson 22 23 February 1981 CD Aston Villa FC 8 0
23 Beattie, James S., on 87th min. for Neville 25 27 February 1978 F

Southampton FC

2 0

unused substitutes:

13-Paul Robinson, 22-Ian Walker.


James -
(Carragher), Southgate (Terry), Upson (Barry), A.Cole (Bridge) -
(Hargreaves), Neville (Beattie), Lampard (J.Cole) -
(Jenas) -
(Rooney), Heskey (Vassell).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 28.2 3.7


Serbia & Montenegro Team



FIFA (21st May 2003) 27th
ELO rating 26th to 28th
Colours: Made by Lotto - Blue round-collared shirts with white piping, white shorts with red piping, red socks;
Capt: Zoran Mirković Coach: Dejan Savićević, 36 (15 September 1966), appointed coach 8 May 2001 as part of a three-man panel, taking the solitary position in December 2001.
Serbia & Montenegro Lineup
1 Jevrić, Dragoslav, off 67th min. 28 8 July 1974 G SBV Vitesse, Netherlands 15 0
2 Mirković, Zoran, off 46th min. 31 21 September 1971 RB Fenerbahçe SK, Turkey 57 0
3 Dmitrović, Boban, off 46th min 31 4 February 1972 M SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz, Austria 12 0
4 Vidić, Nemanja, off 82nd min. 21 21 October 1981 CD FK Crevna zvezda 5 0
Nemanja Vidić cautioned in the 81st minute for Unsporting Behaviour, after Njegus gave the ball to Cole, who was then hacked down by Vidić.
5 Stefanović, Dejan, off 50th min 28 28 October 1974 LB SBV Vitesse, Netherlands 21 0
6 Kovačević, Nenad, off 46th min. 22 11 November 1980 M FK Crvena zvezda 3 0
14 Duljaj, Igor, off 46th min. 23 29 October 1979 M FK Partizan 19 2
15 Marković, Slobodan, off 67th min. 24 9 November 1978 M FK Zeleznik 1 0
22 Ilić, Saša, off 67th min. 25 30 December 1977 F

FK Partizan Beograd

17 4
10 Vukić, Zvonimir, off 46th min. 23 19 July 1979 F FK Partizan Beograd 4 0
11 Jestrović, Nenad, off 75th min. 27 9 May 1976 CF

RSC Anderlecht, Belgium

2 1
Serbia & Montenegro Substitutes
13 Brnović, Nenad, on 46th min. for Mirković 23 18 January 1980 M

FK Zeta

9 0
7 Trobok, Goran, on 46th min. for Dmitrović 28 6 September 1974 M

FK Partizan Beograd

14 1
16 Malbaša, Nikola, on 46th min. for N.Kovačević 25 20 September 1977 D FK Partizan 3 0
17 Djordjević, Nenad, on 46th min. for Vukić 23 7 August 1979 D FK Obilić Beograd 5 0
19 Bošković, Branko, on 47th min. for Duljaj 22 21 June 1980 M

FK Crvena zvezda

6 0
20 Krstajić, Mladen, on 50th min. for Stefanović 29 4 March 1974 D SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV, Germany 25 2
12 Zilić, Dragan, on 67th min. for Jevrić 28 14 December 1974 G

FK Sartid

6 0
21 Njegus, Zoran, on 67th min. for Marković 29 25 June 1973 D

Sevilla FC SAD, Spain

7 0
8 Mijatović, Predrag, on 67th min. for Ilić 34 19 January 1969 F Levante UD SAD, Spain 71 28
9 Milosević, Savo, on 75th min. for Jestrović 29 2 September 1973 F RCD Espanyol de Barcelona SAD, Spain 76 32
18 Kovačević, Darko, on 82nd min. for Vidić 29 18 November 1973 F Real Sociedad de Fútbol SAD, Spain 54 9

unused substitutes:


team notes:

Known as Yugoslavia before 11 February 2003.


Jevrić (Ziliić) -
Mirković (Brnović), Vidić (D.Kovačević), Stefanović (Krstajić) -
ć (Njegus), Duljaj (Bošković), N.Kovačević (Malbaša), Dmitrović (Trobok) -
ć (Djordjević), Ilić (Mijatović) -
ć (Milosević)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 14.2 0.5


    Match Report

Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole produced goals of the highest quality to lead England to a 2-1 victory over Serbia and Montenegro at a packed Walkers Stadium as preparations continue ahead of the Euro Qualifier against Slovakia.

David Beckham wasn't playing tonight but his replacements Steven Gerrard and Joe Cole demonstrated that England are far from a one man band.

Gerrard opened the scoring by finishing a wonderful team goal while Cole's individual set-piece was an effort of which the England captain would himself have been proud.

In a packed and colourful Walkers stadium, England started quickly. Secure in the knowledge that Phil Neville was there to run his patrols in front of the back four, the central trio of Lampard, Scholes and Gerrard knew they could take turns to canter forward with a freedom that being one of only a midfield duo does not permit. And, with all four eager to 'show' for the early pass too, the distribution from the back four was swift and sure.

The cohesion and comfort in England's game - fostered in South Africa and La Manga over the last two weeks - was exemplified by one almost telepathic early exchange between Lampard and Ashley Cole down the left flank.

Sven and Tord regularly stress the advantages of continuing club connections at international level too and the easy interplay between Neville and Scholes (Manchester United), Heskey, Gerrard and Owen (Liverpool), and Upson and Cole (former Arsenal team-mates), will have pleased the England coaching staff. 

It also played a vital part in England's opening goal from Steven Gerrard. Neville and Scholes got the ball rolling before Gerrard took over to turn the move into a goal. Steven collected the ball from Scholes on the halfway line before shifting up the gears, playing a slick one-two with Frank Lampard. He then found Owen free on the left before sprinting into the box to convert his team-mate and captain's left-foot centre with a convincing finish.

England's midfield dynamo doesn't know the meaning of the word 'friendly'. He doesn't know the meaning of defeat in an England shirt either. Can it be a coincidence that the Three Lions have never lost when he has played? Moreover, how much will Sven be hoping that his midfield jewel will be fit to play in Euro 2004 (should we get there) having not been able to call on his considerable services at last summer's World Cup Finals?

Thoughts of next summer, however, were interrupted when, on the stroke of half-time, Serbia and Montenegro equalised. Having shown precious little attacking threat up to that point, they scored with their first meaningful effort on goal. Jestrovic climbed impressively to meet Vukic's corner and, though Ashley Cole did his level best to keep out the header, it was too firm to repel.

A raft of half-time substitutions changed the personnel if not the shape of the team. John Terry will have been delighted to make his England debut at the heart of the defence while, up-front, a fired-up Wayne Rooney was clearly keen to carry on where he'd left off against Turkey.

But the changes affected England's rhythm and it wasn't until the 63rd minute that we worked our first clear opening of the second period. Jermaine Jenas jinked into the centre and found his fellow substitute Owen Hargreaves with a cute ball into the inside-right channel. The Bayern Munich double winner hit some fine goals in training on Monday but he was a little too eager to let rip on this occasion, rather scuffing his low left-footed strike.

Joe Cole was also eager to impress and his swerving 75th minute effort brought the best save of the night from Dragan Zilic.

But that was just a warm-up! Having himself been brought down crudely by Vidic on the edge of the area, Cole got up to wrap a splendid free-kick home from 20 yards. You could see the concentration on the little wizard's face as he stepped up to the ball. The strike must go down as one of the finest of his career. He is desperate to prove he can make the grade at this level and his performance tonight made his argument in the most eloquent of fashions.
As the final whistle approached, England's amazingly youthful side (Carragher and Beattie were the only outfield players not born in the 80s) pushed forward with renewed zest. Barry and Rooney would both have joined Cole in getting their first ever England goals had it not been for the Zilic's acrobatics.

This was a good night and two wins in two friendlies have built both form and confidence but the matches against South Africa and Serbia and Montenegro have only ever been about preparation for the crucial European Qualifier with Slovkia next week. Neither Sven nor the players will lose sight of that.
- Daniel Freedman, TheFA.com

Source Notes

BBC Sport
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