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Wednesday, 8 September 2004
World Cup 2006 UEFA Group 6 qualification match

Poland 1 England 2 [0-1]

Match Summary
Poland Squad
England Squad
Team Records
   
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The Three Lions squad for the matches against Austria and Poland  September 2004
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 29 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 71 3 74 14 38 1 9
Bridge, Wayne M. 5 August 1980 24 D Chelsea FC 9 9 18 1 0 1
Butt, Nicholas 21 January 1975 29 M Newcastle United FC 24 12 36 0 0 1

Nicky Butt pulled out of the squad on 2 September, due to a hamstring injury. 

Carragher, James L.D. 28 January 1978 26 D Liverpool FC 4 10 14 0 0 1
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1980 23 D Arsenal FC 32 0 32 0 0 2
Cole, Joseph J. 8 November 1981 22 M Chelsea FC 2 16 18 2 0 None
Defoe, Jermain C. 7 October 1982 21 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 0 4 4 1 0 None
Dyer, Kieron C. 29 December 1978 25 M Newcastle United FC 7 17 24 0 0 None
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 24 M Liverpool FC 29 1 30 4 1 4
Green, Robert P. 19 January 1980 24 G Norwich City FC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 None
Hargreaves, Owen L. 20 January 1981 23 M FC Bayern München AG, Germany 7 15 22 0 0 None
James, David B. 1 August 1970 34 G Manchester City FC 24 6 30 25 GA 0 3
Jenas, Jermaine A. 18 February 1983 21 M Newcastle United FC 0 7 7 0 0 None
King, Ledley B. 12 October 1980 23 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 5 9 0 0 None
Lampard, Frank J. 20 June 1978 26 M Chelsea FC 17 8 25 5 0 1
Neville, Gary A. 18 February 1975 29 D Manchester United FC 64 5 69 0 0 5
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 24 F Real Madrid CF, Spain 52 10 62 27 6 3
Robinson, Paul W. 15 October 1979 24 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 4 5 4 GA 0 None
Smith, Alan 28 October 1980 23 F Manchester United FC 4 6 10 1 0 1 2
Terry, John G. 7 December 1980 23 D Chelsea FC 12 1 13 0 0 None
Upson, Matthew J. 18 April 1979 25 D Birmingham City FC 4 2 6 0 0 None
Vassell, Darius 13 June 1980 24 F Aston Villa FC 6 16 22 6 0 None
Wright-Phillips, Shaun C. 25 October 1981 22 F Manchester City FC 0 1 1 1 0 None

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the second of the 2004-05 season, against Austria on 4 September 2004.

Diary

Friday, 5 December 2003 - England were placed in a half-British group for qualifying for the 2006 World Cup, which took place in Frankfurt this evening and will involve the Three Lions playing home-and-away fixtures with five other nations in total, beginning two months after the conclusion of Euro 2004. The other countries are Northern Ireland, Wales, Poland, Austria and Azerbaijan.

Tuesday, 13 January 2004 - Austria will provide the first opponents for England as they begin the journey to the World Cup Finals in Germany in 2006. England are in a group alongside Wales and Northern Ireland as well as Austria, Poland and Azerbaijan.

Sunday, 29 August 2004 - Sven-Göran Eriksson has left out Emile Heskey for the World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Poland. But Eriksson has kept faith with Alan Smith and Jermain Defoe, who played in the recent friendly with Ukraine. Joe Cole has returned after injury but Phil Neville was still excluded, even though Glen Johnson has dropped back down to the under-21s. Norwich keeper Robert Green was called up to replace Chris Kirkland. Joe Cole has returned to the squad after injury, with Eriksson heartened that the Chelsea midfielder has started to earn a more regular place at club level. Shaun Wright-Phillips has, meanwhile, been included even though there are doubts over his fitness with a back injury.

Tuesday, 31 August 2004 - Eriksson will assess the fitness of injured winger Shaun Wright-Phillips on tomorrow. Meanwhile, Nicky Butt has a hamstring injury which threatens his place in both the upcoming qualifiers. "He's a doubt and it's almost for sure he can't play on Saturday. But we can only take a decision with him, the physios and the doctors. At this time I am not thinking of bringing someone else in."

Thursday, 2 September 2004 - Shaun Wright-Phillips joined the 22-man squad in the session at Arsenal's London Colney complex after recovering from his ankle knock. However, Nicky Butt will miss the Austria game because of his hamstring injury. The Newcastle midfielder is also doubtful for next week's second qualifier against Poland, and is back in Newcastle-upon-Tyne for treatment. Steven Gerrard is expected to be fit despite missing the end of Thursday's training.  Gerrard was troubled by a groin problem but the England coaching staff are confident he will train tomorrow. 

Friday, 3 September 2004 - Gerrard was not fit enough to train today. Eriksson said: "It's not serious. We will take a decision on Saturday lunchtime whether he'll play.  If there's a risk of him making it worse he will not play. We will leave it as late as possible."

Saturday, 4 September 2004 - Steven Gerrard had started the day still remaining a doubt to play because of his troublesome groin injury. However, in the early afternoon, he was passed fit to play and took his place in the starting line-up.

England begin brightly in their opening World Cup qualification match, but lose a two-nil lead to draw the match with Austria. Their are injury concerns over Wayne Bridge, who has suffered an achilles injury. DAvid Beckham also suffered with a rib injury during the match, and Steven Gerrard was withdrawn towards the end of the match as a precaution.

Monday, 6 September 2004 - Nicky Butt will not be joining up with the squad as he continues to receive treatment to a hamstring injury in Newcastle. Steven Gerrard sat out the last few minutes of training today as a precautionary measure, but Wayne Bridge did take part in the full training session in Vienna. David Beckham, in the meantime, left training early.  He will be assessed again on by the medical team tomorrow morning.

Tuesday, 7 September 2004 - Eriksson is confident captain David Beckham will be fit to face Poland.  "He had a scan yesterday and there is nothing broken so he will try to train today. I can't say I'm sure he will play because I am not sure but I think he will play."

England Form: last six games
L W W D W D  f 15:a success: 67%
814 13 June 2004 - France 2 England 1 [0-1]
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Bairro Dona Leonor, Lisboa (62,487/64,000)
Lampard
Zidane (2 (1 pen)) 
ECF NL
815 17 June 2004 - England 3 Switzerland 0 [1-0]
Estádio Municipal de Coimbra, Fonteda Cheira, Coimbra (28,214/30.000)
Rooney (2), Gerrard  NW
Haas
816 21 June 2004 - Croatia 2 England 4 [1-2]
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Bairro Dona Leonor, Lisboa (57,047/63,000)
N.Kovač, Tudor
Scholes, Rooney (2), Lampard
NW
817 24 June 2004 - Portugal 2 England 2 [0-1]
AET [1-1] & Penalties [6-5]
Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Bairro Dona Leonor, Lisboa (62,564/65,000)
Postiga, Rui Costa
Owen, Lampard
AD
818 18 August 2004 - England 3 Ukraine 0 [1-0]
St James' Park, Gallowgate, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (35,387)
Beckham, Owen, Wright-Phillips Fr HW
819 4 September 2004 - Austria 2 England 2 [0-1]
Ernst Happel Stadion, Leopoidstod, Wien (48,500)
Kollmann, Ivanschitz
Lampard, Gerrard
WCP AD
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