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Wednesday, 20 August 2003
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 3 Croatia 1 [1-0]

Match Summary
England Squad
Croatia Squad
Team Records
   
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The Three Lions squad for the match against Croatia  August 2003
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Beattie, James S. 27 February 1978 25 F Southampton FC 1 1 2 0 0 None
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 28 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 57 3 60 11 24 1 8
Bridge, Wayne M. 5 August 1980 23 D Chelsea FC 7 5 12 0 0 None
Butt, Nicholas 21 January 1975 28 M Manchester United FC 17 10 27 0 0 None
Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18 September 1974 29 D Arsenal FC 51 3 54 1 2 6

Sol Campbell withdraws from the squad on 19 August after suffering a shoulder injury.

Cole, Ashley 20 December 1980 22 D Arsenal FC 19 0 19 0 0 2
Cole, Joseph J. 8 November 1981 21 M Chelsea FC 1 9 10 1 0 None
Dyer, Kieron C. 29 December 1978 24 M Newcastle United FC 7 9 16 0 0 None
Ferdinand, Rio G. 7 November 1978 24 D Manchester United FC 27 5 32 0 0 1
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 23 M Liverpool FC 17 1 18 3 0 2
Hargreaves, Owen L. 20 January 1981 22 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 5 8 13 0 0 None

Owen Hargreaves withdraws from the squad on 18 August after picking up a groin strain.

Heskey, Emile W.I. 11 January 1978 25 F Liverpool FC 23 11 34 5 0 3
James, David B. 1 August 1970 33 G West Ham United FC 10 6 16 11 GA 0 1
Kirkland, Christopher E. 2 May 1981 22 G Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 None
Lampard, Frank J. 20 June 1978 25 M Chelsea FC 5 6 11 0 0 None
Mills, Daniel J. 18 May 1977 26 D Leeds United AFC 11 6 17 0 0 2
Murphy, Daniel B. 18 March 1977 26 M Liverpool FC 1 6 7 1 0 None
Neville, Philip J. 21 January 1977 26 D Manchester United FC 28 12 40 0 0 1
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 23 F Liverpool FC 40 10 50 22 6 2
Robinson, Paul W. 15 October 1979 23 G Leeds United AFC 0 2 2 2 GA 0 None
Scholes, Paul 16 November 1974 28 M Manchester United FC 55 2 57 13 0 1
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Sinclair, Trevor L. 2 March 1973 30 M Manchester City FC 6 5 11 0 0 None
Terry, John G. 7 December 1980 22 D Chelsea FC 0 1 1 0 0 None
Upson, Matthew J. 18 April 1979 24 D Birmingham City FC 2 1 3 0 0 None

Matthew Upson is called into the squad on 19 August as a replacement to Campbell and Woodgate.

Woodgate, Jonathan S. 22 January 1980 23 D Newcastle United FC 3 1 4 0 0 None

Jonathan Woodgate withdraws from the squad on 19 August after picking up a minor injury.

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the ninth of the 2002-03 season, against Slovakia on 11 June 2003.

Diary

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 - England 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 1982.

Sunday, 27 July 2003  - A scan revealed Wayne Rooney, who fell awkwardly in 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 England's 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 Bochum.

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 replacement.

England Form: last six games
L W W W W W  f 11:a success: 83%
799 12 February 2003 - England 1 Australia 3 [0-2]
Boleyn Ground, Upton Park, London (34,590)
Jeffers
Popovic, Kewell, Emerton
Fr HL
800 29 March 2003 - Liechtenstein 0 England 2 [0-1]
Rheinpark Stadion, Vaduz (3,548)
Owen, Beckham ECP AW
801 2 April 2003 - England 2 Turkey 0 [0-0]
Stadium of Light, Sunderland (47,667)
Vassell, Beckham (pen) HW
802 22 May 2003 - South Africa 1 England 2 [1-1]
Amalgamated Banks of South Africa Stadium, Durban (48,000)
McCarthy (pen)
Southgate, Heskey
Fr AW
803 3 June 2003 - England 2 Serbia & Montenegro 1 [1-1]
Walkers Stadium, Filbert Way, Leicester (30,900)
Gerrard, J.Cole
Jestrović
HW
804 11 June 2003 - England 2 Slovakia 1 [0-1]
The Riverside Stadium, Middlehaven, Middlesbrough (35,000)
Owen (2 (1 pen))
Janocko
ECP HW
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