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Wednesday, 9 February 2005
Football Association 'Stand Up, Speak up' International Match

England 0 Netherlands 0 [0-0]

Villa Park, Trinity Road, Witton, Birmingham, West Midlands
Attendance: 40,705; Kick-off: 7:45pm GMT;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson.

  Match Summary
England Squad
Netherlands Squad
Results 2000-2005 no yellow or red cards

Netherlands kicked-off. 92 minutes (45 & 47).


Match Summary


Officials from Sweden




Referee (silver) - Peter Fröjdfeldt
41 (14 November 1963),
Eskilstuna, FIFA-listed 2001;

Assistant Referees - Stefan Wittberg, 36 (2 September 1968) and Frederik Nilsson, 33 (17 January 1972).

Fourth official - Howard Melton Webb, 33 (14 July 1971), Rotherham, England, FIFA-listed 2005.

England wore shirts bearing 'no to racism' in the game.  It was the first time in 133 years the front of the England shirt carried anything other than the three lions badge and manufacturer's logo.

9 Goal Attempts 7
3 Attempts on Target 1
0 Hit Bar/Post 1
4 Corner Kicks Won 3
1 Offside Calls Against 1
11 Fouls Conceded 18
49% Possession 51%

England Team



FIFA (21st January 2005) 8th
EFO ranking Group 3

ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 2004 away uniform - Red crew-neck jerseys with red/white shoulder cross and blue hem, 'No to Racism' on front, silver shorts with red trim and blue hem, red socks with white calf trim.
Capt: David Beckham, 42nd captaincy.
Michael Owen,  82nd minute
Head Coach: Sven-G�ran Eriksson, 57 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
49th match, W 26 - D 15 - L 8 - F 92 - A 46.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 25 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 6 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 29 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 74 0
3 Cole, Ashley 24 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 37 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 82nd min. 24 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 32 5
5 Brown, Wesley M. 25 13 October 1979 CD Manchester United FC 8 0
6 Carragher, James L.D. 26 28 January 1978 CD Liverpool FC 17 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 82nd min. 29 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 78 15
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 46th min. 26 20 June 1978 LM Chelsea FC 30 6
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 61st min. 19 24 October 1985 RF Manchester United FC 21 8
10 Owen, Michael J. 25 14 December 1979 CF Real Madrid CF, Spain 67 29
11 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 61st min. 22 25 October 1981 LF Manchester City FC 4 1
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Netherlands 0
15 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 46th min. for Lampard 24 20 January 1981
born in Canada
M FC Bayern München, Germany 25 0
19 Downing, Stewart, on 61st min. for Rooney 20 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 1 0
21 Johnson, Andrew, on 61st min. for Wright-Phillips 23 10 February 1981 F Crystal Palace FC 1 0
18 Dyer, Kieron C., on 82nd min. for Beckham 26 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 26 0
17 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 82nd min. for Gerrard 21 18 February 1983 M Newcastle United FC 10 0
result: England 0 Netherlands 0
unused substitutes: 12-Glen Johnson, 13-David James, 14-Phil Neville, 16-Joe Cole, 20-Jermain Defoe, 22-Robert Green.
team notes: Gary Neville and unused substitute, Phil, are brothers.
4-3-3 Robinson -
Neville, Carragher, Brown, Cole -
(Dyer), Gerrard (Jenas), Lampard (Hargreaves) -
(Downing), Owen, Wright-Phillips (Johnson).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.9 Appearances/Goals 34.4 5.9


Netherlands Team



FIFA (21st January 2005) 6th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 7th
Colours: Made by Nike - White and black halved v-necked jerseys with white collar/cuffs, black shorts, white socks with black vertical stripe;
Specially designed commissioned anti-racist kit.
Capt: Edwin van der Sar, fourth captaincy Manager: Marcel van Basten, 39 (31 October 1964), appointed 29 July 2004,
7th match, W 4 - D 3 - L 0 - F 15 - A 5.
Netherlands Lineup
1 van der Sar, Edwin 34 29 October 1970 G

Fulham FC, England

96 73 GA
2 Kromkamp, Jan 24 17 August 1980 RB Alkmaar Zaanstreek 2 0
3 Boulahrouz, Khalid 23 28 December 1981 CD Hamburger SV, Germany 4 0
4 Mathijsen, Joris 24 5 April 1980 CD Alkmaar Zaanstreek 2 0
5 van Bronckhorst, Giovanni C. 30 5 February 1975 LB Barcelona FC, Spain 46 3
6 Heitinga, John G.A., off 62nd min. 21 15 November 1983 CM Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 13 1
7 Castelen, Romeo, off 64th min. 21 3 May 1983
born in Suriname
RF Feyenoord Rotterdam 5 0
8 Landzaat, Denny D. 28 6 May 1976 RM Alkmaar Zaanstreek 11 1
9 Makaay, Rudolphus A. 29 9 March 1975 LF FC Bayern München, Germany 42 6
10 van der Vaart, Rafael 21 11 February 1983 LM Amsterdamsche FC Ajax 27 4
11 Kuijt, Dirk 24 22 July 1980 CF Feyenoord Rotterdam 6 1
Netherlands Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Netherlands 0
17 van Bommel, Mark P.G.A., on 62nd min. for Heitinga 27 22 April 1977 M Philips Sport Vereniging 31 7
18 Yıldırım, Uğur, on 64th min. for Castelen 22 8 May 1982 F SC Heerenveen 1 0
result: England 0 Netherlands 0
unused substitutes: 13-Nigel de Jong, 14-Mario Melchiot, 15-Wilfried Bouma (injured), 16-Hendrik Timmer.
team notes: Coach Marco van Basten played for the Netherlands against England in the Euro 1988 Finals, scoring a hattrick. He also played in the group match in the World Cup 1990 Finals.
4-3-3 Van der Sar -
Kromkamp, Boulahrouz, Mathijsen, Van Bronckhorst -
Landzaat, Heitinga
(van Bommel), Van der Vaart -
(Yıldırım), Kuyt, Makaay.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 23.1 1.4


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

England and [Netherlands] played out a low-key stalemate at Villa Park.  Shaun Wright-Phillips had England's best chances in the first half, but was twice off target from close range.  Dirk Kuijt came closest to breaking the deadlock after only 11 minutes, but he hit the post from 20 yards with England goalkeeper Paul Robinson helpless.

England gave debuts to Andy Johnson and Stewart Downing, but they had little chance to shine as two under-strength sides settled for a draw.  Sven-G�ran Eriksson gave Wright-Phillips his first start, and he had chances to make his mark in a first 45 minutes lacking in real quality. 

[Netherlands] had their own share of possession and were only denied the lead by the woodwork after 11 minutes.  Romeo Castelen found Kuijt, and he flashed a shot past Robinson from 20 yards, but it rebounded to safety off the post.  Wright-Phillips then had the first of two clear chances to mark his full debut with a goal.  England captain David Beckham pulled the ball back inside the area, but the Manchester City winger miscued his shot from close range and it was deflected for a corner. 

And after 19 minutes he missed an even better chance to give England the lead.  Gary Neville was the creator with a perfect cross from the right, but Wright-Phillips again failed to make a proper contact, this time from eight yards.  Michael Owen volleyed over the top as England pressed at the end of the first period.

Eriksson made one mystifying change at half-time - when everyone expected the introduction of either Johnson or Downing, the Swede conservatively replaced Frank Lampard with Owen Hargreaves. 

[Netherlands] started the second period in threatening fashion, with defender Jan Kromkamp sending a dangerous ball across the face of the England goal with no-one on hand to apply the finishing touch.  Then striker Roy Makaay fired narrowly off target before Eriksson made a double change on the hour, sending on Downing and Johnson for Wright-Phillips and Wayne Rooney.

Castelen had the ball in the net with a powerful drive after 63 minutes, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Ashley Cole. [Netherlands] wasted another chance in the final minute, when Gary Neville's ill-advised attempt at trickery left the visitors with a break, but Kuijt shot straight at Robinson.

Caborn welcomes anti-racism stand

Sports minister Richard Caborn has praised England and [Netherlands] for taking a stand against racism in football.  Both sides played at Villa Park in Wednesday's friendly wearing strips bearing messages promoting anti-racism.  "It is great to see England and [Netherlands] uniting against racism," said Caborn on Wednesday evening.  But Gary Neville warned against commercialism clouding the issue: "We have to make sure it's conducted in the right manner and not done just for PR."  The Manchester United defender welcomed the anti-racism initiatives but feared some sports companies such as his club's kit sponsors, Nike, were in danger of using such campaigns for free publicity.  "The FA and the England team have always campaigned against racism very well, we have just got to be aware that it is not cheapened slightly by companies like Nike getting a lot of PR out of it for nothing."

England's red shirts had an anti-racism slogan in silver on the front with the Kick It Out badge on the sleeves, while [Netherlands] had a black and white kit.  Caborn added: "I really welcome the fact both football associations have decided to highlight the issue in this way.  The whole footballing world needs to stand up and speak up against the racist minority that have recently given the game a bad name.  But this should not be a one-off. We need to continue to work together to rid football completely of racism."

It was the first time in 133 years of international football the England kit had carried anything on the front other than the three lions badge and manufacturer's logo. [Netherlands] ditched their traditional orange colours for a black and white kit to show their support of the cause. 

England's black players have been the target of racist abuse in several internationals, most recently when Shaun Wright-Phillips and Ashley Cole were targeted during a friendly against Spain in Madrid in November.  Fifa gave the two FAs special permission to wear the shirts and fans were also asked to hold up cards with an anti-racism message during the national anthems.  England coach Sven-G�ran Eriksson earlier said: "The message is a simple one, but very important. The team and the fans will be saying 'no to racism'.  It is a message that will be heard across football and around the world."

As well as Netherlands, Portugal and Russia also used the black and white kits in their games to show their resistance to racism.  It is part of the Stand Up, Speak Up campaign instigated by Arsenal and France striker Thierry Henry, and supported by other top players in Europe.  The campaign is backed by Henry's sponsor Nike, who also manufacture the kit for the three countries involved.  The campaign's symbol is interlocked black and white wristbands, which players across Europe started to wear back in January.  Supporters can buy the wristbands, with funds going to a central Stand Up Speak Up, administered by a non-profit organisation, the King Baudouin Foundation based in Belgium.  The foundation will use the money to conduct research into racism in football.

A spokesman for the Dutch FA said: "It's a big step for us to give up our national colours, but it's something we feel strongly about and are prepared to do.  We don't feel we have a problem in Dutch football. Fans treat black and white players exactly the same.  But we have visited other countries where our black players have been abused, and there is obviously a problem.  It's something that should be highlighted and anything we can do to make sure racism is wiped out, we're happy to go along with."  The Football Association have been at the forefront of moves to marginalise racism from the game with its Kick Racism Out Of Football campaign.

Source Notes

BBC Sport