All information is
complete to and including England's last match, the ninth of the 2002-03 season,
against Slovakia on 11 June 2003.
Saturday, 25 January 2003 -
The Croatian football association announced the national side will play a
friendly away match against England on 20 August 2003.
Tuesday, 25 February 2003 -
Press reports said the Football Association is planning a friendly match
against Croatia for early next season in preparation for the European
Championship 2004 qualifiers against FYR Macedonia and Liechtenstein in early
September, with 20 August 2003 the date under consideration and Portman
Road in Ipswich the likely venue.
Thursday, 29 May 2003
- The Football Association have confirmed that England will play Croatia in a
friendly match next season, but said the date and venue still had not been
finalised. England and Croatia met only once before, in the scoreless
draw at Wembley on 24 April 1996, during the build-up to the European
Championship 1996 final tournament. Croatia, which lost its independent
status following the Second World War, resumed play in 1992 after breaking off
from Yugoslavia. Their best performance came at the World Cup 1998 final
tournament, where they finished third.
Wednesday, 18 June 2003
- The Football Association finally confirm that England's friendly match
against Croatia will take place at Portman Road in Ipswich on 20
August 2003, kick-off 8pm. Ipswich has never hosted a senior England
match, although Portman Road has been the venue for England Youth matches. The FA's Director of Marketing
and Communications Paul Barber said: "This will be the 13th
different stadium used since we started taking our senior matches around the
country. Since February 2001 the England team has played in the North East,
the North West, the West Midlands, the East Midlands, the South Coast,
Yorkshire, London and now East Anglia."
Monday, 30 June 2003
- Gary Neville was
sent home from Manchester United's pre-season tour of the USA with a
pulled hamstring he picked up in the 4-0 victory against Celtic on 22
June in Seattle. He will need at least three weeks to recover, but it
is likely he will miss England's early season friendly.
Sunday, 13 July 2003 -
The Football Association have announced that all general sale tickets for the
friendly match against Croatia were sold within two and a half hours of
ticket lines opening this morning.
Wednesday, 16 July 2003 -
coach Sven-Göran Eriksson said David Beckham may miss the friendly match
against Croatia to give him time to settle at his new club, Real Madrid.
"We haven't made any decisions about David yet, but we'll see how things go for David and we'll make that decision just
before we pick the squad."
Thursday, 17 July 2003
- Former Ipswich Town and England manager Bobby Robson will
be the Football Association's guest of honour at Portman Road. Robson was in charge of Ipswich
for 13 years before beginning his eight-year tenure as England manager in
Sunday, 27 July 2003
- A scan
revealed Wayne Rooney, who fell awkwardly
Everton's 3-2 friendly match victory over Rangers at Ibrox Park
in Glasgow yesterday, has suffered
ankle ligament damage and will be out of action for a month. He will miss Everton's opening Premiership matches and
friendly. He is expected to be fit for the European Championship qualifiers against FYR
Macedonia and Liechtenstein in September.
Friday, 15 August 2003 -
Eriksson names a 24-man squad that does include Real Madrid's David Beckham.
Monday, 18 August 2003 -
Owen Hargreaves is forced to withdraw from the squad after being unable to
shake off a groin strain picked up in his side's Bundesliga win over VfL
Tuesday, 19 August 2003 -
Sol Campbell and Jonathan Woodgate are forced through injury to withdraw from
the squad and return home for treatment. Matthew Upson is called up as a