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  Saturday, 9 October 2004
2006 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group 6 qualification match

England 2 Wales 0 [1-0]

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Greater Manchester
Kick-off (BST): 3.00pm
Attendance: 65,224

Michael Owen kicked off 94 minutes 45:07 & 48:58  
[1-0] Michael Owen 4 3:05
 Lampard's 20-yard shot hit the heels of Owen 16-yards out to take it past Jones
[2-0] David Beckham 76 75:06
 right-footed 25-yard curling shot from edge of penalty area into top far corner

David Beckham
83 82:01
Mark Pembridge 54 53:32
Commentator: John Motson with Graeme Le Saux

Match Summary

Officials (black) from Norway

England Squad


Wales Squad

Terje Hauge
39 (5 October 1965),
Bergen, FIFA-listed 1993.
  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
Assistant Referees   Hit Bar/Post  
Steinar Holvik
36 (21 July 1968),
Ole Borgan
39 (10 October 1964).
  Corner Kicks Won  
Fourth official
Henning Øvrebø, 38 (26 June 1966), Oslo, FIFA-listed 1994.
  Offside Calls Against  
Black armbands are worn, and a one minute silence is held before kickoff, as a mark of respect for the murdered Ken Bigley on Thursday in Iraq   Fouls Conceded  

England Team



FIFA (6th October 2004) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2003 home uniform - White collared shadow hooped jerseys with white collar/cuffs trimmed with navy, red v-neck/panel thinning down sleeves, navy shorts with red thinning side panel, white socks with navy hoop.
Capt: David Beckham
(fortieth captaincy)
Michael Owen, 85th minute
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 56 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
46th match, W 25 - D 14 - L 7 - F 91 - A 45.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 24 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 5ᵍᵃ
2 Neville, Gary A. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 71 0
3 Cole, Ashley 23 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 34 0
4 Butt, Nicholas 29 21 January 1975 CM Newcastle United FC 37 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 25 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 34 0
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 30 18 September 1974 CD Arsenal FC 63 1

Beckham, David R.J., off 85th min. 29 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 76


Beckham cautioned in the 82nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a deliberate collision on Ben Thatcher. Suspended. - Beckham later admitted that this booking was deliberate.  Following an earlier clash with Thatcher (79:35), Beckham knew his ribs were fractured, he re-entered the field after treatment, collided into Thatcher (81:56), cautioned (82:01), then was removed.
8 Lampard, Frank J. 26 20 June 1978 LM Chelsea FC 27 6
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 87th min. 18 24 October 1985 CF Manchester United FC 18 8
10 Owen, Michael J. 24 14 December 1979 LF Real Madrid CF, Spain 64 28
11 Defoe, Jermain C., off 70th min. 22 7 October 1982 RF Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 1
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Wales 0
18 Smith, Alan, on 70th min. (69:15) for Defoe 23 28 October 1980 F

Manchester United FC

11 1
scoreline: England 2 Wales 0
15 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 85th min. (84:36) for Beckham 23 20 January 1981
born in Canada
M FC Bayern München, Germany 24 0
12 King, Ledley B., on 87th min. (86:36) for Rooney 23 12 October 1980 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 11 0
result: England 2 Wales 0
unused substitutes: 13-David James, 14-John Terry, 16-Joe Cole, 17-Shaun Wright-Phillips.
team notes: Gary Neville and squad member, Phil, are brothers.
4-3-3 Robinson -
Neville, Ferdinand, Campbell, Cole -
(Hargreaves), Butt, Lampard -
(Smith), Rooney (*King), Owen.
*When King replaced Rooney in the 85th minute, England played in the 4-4-2 formation, with King taking a midfield role.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 39.7 5.3


Wales Team



FIFA (1st Sept. 2004) =57th
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating 50th to 54th
Colours: Made by Kappa - Red crew necked jerseys, red shorts, red socks;
Capt: Gary Speed Manager: Leslie Mark Hughes, 40 (1 November 1963), appointed 3 August 1999, resigned September 2004, effective 13th October 2004.
40th & final match, W 12 - D 15 - L 13 - F 42 - A 45.
Hughes had decided in September 2004 to leave this post for the managerial vacant job at Blackburn Rovers FC.
Wales Lineup
1 Jones, Paul S. 37 18 April 1967 G

Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England

42 0
2 Delaney, Mark A. 28 13 May 1976 CD Aston Villa FC, England 30 0
3 Thatcher, Benjamin D. 28 30 November 1975
born in Swindon
LB Manchester City FC, England 6 0
17 Koumas, Jason, off 74th min. 24 25 September 1979 RM West Bromwich Albion FC, England 13 1
5 Gabbidon, Daniel L. 25 8 August 1979 CD Cardiff City FC 15 0
6 Pembridge, Mark A., off 59th min. 33 29 November 1970 DM Fulham FC, England 54 6
Pembridge cautioned in the 54th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a lunge on Jermain Defoe on the halfway-line
7 Davies, Simon I. 30 23 April 1974 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 20 4
8 Bellamy, Craig D. 25 13 July 1979 CM Newcastle United FC, England 29 7
9 Hartson, John 29 5 April 1975 CF The Celtic FC, Scotland 44 13
10 Speed, Gary A. 35 8 September 1969 CM Bolton Wanderers FC, England 84 7
11 Giggs, Ryan J. 30 29 November 1973 LM Manchester United FC, England 49 8
Wales Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Wales 0
15 Robinson, Carl P., on 60th min. (59:03) for Pembridge 27 13 October 1976 M Sunderland AFC, England 19 0
18 Earnshaw, Robert, on 74th min. (73:06) for Koumas 23 6 April 1981
born in Zambia
F West Bromwich Albion FC, England 16 8
result: England 2 Wales 0
unused substitutes: 4-Andy Melville (injured), 12-James Collins, 13-Mark Crossley, 14-Carl Fletcher, 16-John Oster.
team notes: Coach Mark Hughes debuted for Wales against England, and scored the only goal in May 1984. The last time these two countries met.
4-1-4-1  Jones -
Davies, Delaney, Gabbidon, Thatcher -
(Robinson) -
(Earnshaw), Bellamy, Speed, Giggs -
Koumas was a last minute replacement when original full back Andy Melville was injured in the warm-up.  Simon Davies dropped to right back with Mark Delaney moving to central defence and Jason Koumas coming onto the right wing.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.5 Appearances/Goals 38.7 4.2


    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

David Beckham scored a spectacular goal to seal England a comfortable World Cup qualifying victory over Wales.  England were ahead from their first attack as Frank Lampard's shot flew in off the heel of Michael Owen. And Beckham put the gloss on the tie when he curled a shot into the top right-hand corner of Paul Jones' goal.

Jones was outstanding, producing fine stops from Owen, Wayne Rooney and Beckham, whose late booking rules him out of Wednesday's game in Azerbaijan.  Otherwise, there was little to complain about for England coach Sven-Göran Eriksson, who was able to recall fit-again Rooney and Sol Campbell, as well as Rio Ferdinand following his eight-month ban for missing a drugs test.

All three went straight back into the starting line-up, Campbell and Ferdinand effortlessly resurrecting their central defensive partnership for the first time in 20 internationals and at the expense of the unfortunate John Terry and Ledley King.  Rooney was confirmed as a deep-lying striker behind the pacy partnership of Owen and Jermain Defoe.  And, despite playing only twice this season after injury, the teenager ran the game from the off.

Wales, whose preparations were rocked by an injury to Andy Melville during the warm-up, looked on edge every time Rooney got the ball and England's confident start was underlined by a goal inside four minutes.  Nicky Butt's neat ball to the edge of the penalty area was laid off by Owen into the path of Lampard, whose shot clipped Owen's heel and flew past the helpless Jones.

Rooney nearly made it 2-0 after 12 minutes when he eased past Mark Pembridge and sprinted towards goal, before unleashing a low drive that Jones pushed on to the post and behind.  Vindication of Eriksson's decision to field three strikers was served midway through the first half when all three combined in a sweeping England move.  Defoe's deft flick set Rooney free and he teed Owen up for a shot which produced an unorthodox save with his legs by the befuddled Jones.

At the other end, England keeper Paul Robinson was virtually redundant.  He would have been relieved to see Gary Speed's clever flick, turn and volley sail over his crossbar from John Hartson's knock-down on 25 minutes.  And Wales captain Speed was again unfortunate not to test the keeper more when his diving header from a Ryan Giggs free-kick flew straight into Robinson's hands.

But, despite enjoying spells of possession around the half-way line, Wales hardly threatened in the final third, while England looked menacing every time they attacked.  Rooney could have eased the home side into the comfort zone 10 minutes into the second half as he burst into the penalty area after outmuscling Mark Delaney.  But, with Owen and Defoe in space to his right, Rooney opted to shoot from a tight angle and produced a fine save from the alert Jones.

The Wolves keeper also did well to read a Beckham chip after another patient England build-up had threatened a sublime goal for the captain.  But Beckham was not to be denied his moment of glory and he sealed England's win with a superb strike 12 minutes from time.  Butt again provided the pass, easily holding off Hartson's challenge and feeding Beckham for a chip beyond Jones and into the top right-hand corner.

Beckham might have had another two minutes later, only to be denied by a superb point-blank save from Jones after Danny Gabbidon's mistake.  Gabbidon blocked Rooney's goalbound follow-up and then denied the striker with a desperate last-ditch lunge after Rooney had breezed past three defenders.  Beckham limped off injured in the closing stages, but not before a reckless challenge on Ben Thatcher that earned the England captain the booking that means he will be suspended for Wednesday's game against Azerbaijan.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet