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Wednesday, 12 October 2005
World Cup 2006 UEFA Group 6 qualification match

England 2 Poland 1 [1-1]

Match Summary
England Squad
Poland Squad

Team Records
   
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The Three Lions squad for the matches against Austria and Poland  October 2005.
Player Birthdate Age Pos Club St Sub App G Capt
Beckham, David R.J. 2 May 1975 30 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 82 3 85 16 49 2
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4
David Beckham is unavailable for the Poland match through suspension.
Bent, Darren A. 6 February 1984 21 F Charlton Athletic FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Campbell, Sulzeer J. 18 September 1974 30 D Arsenal FC 63 3 66 1 3 7
Sol Campbell was injured in the match against Austria and will not feature against Poland.
Carragher, James L.D. 28 January 1978 27 D Liverpool FC 8 13 21 0 0 1
Cole, Ashley 20 December 1980 24 D Arsenal FC 44 0 44 0 0 6
Ashley Cole withdrew from the squad on 4 October due to a stress fracture of his foot.
Cole, Joseph J. 8 November 1981 23 M Chelsea FC 9 18 27 4 0 1
Crouch, Peter J. 30 January 1981 24 F Liverpool FC 2 0 2 0 0 None
Defoe, Jermain C. 7 October 1982 22 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 11 15 1 0 None
Ferdinand, Rio G. 7 November 1978 26 D Manchester United FC 36 6 42 0 0 1
Gerrard, Steven G. 30 May 1980 25 M Liverpool FC 37 1 38 6 1 4
Steven Gerrard was injured in the match against Austria and will not feature against Poland.
Green, Robert P. 18 January 1980 25 G Norwich City FC 0 1 1 1 GA 0 None
Jenas, Jermaine A. 18 February 1983 22 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 10 13 0 0 None
King, Ledley B. 12 October 1980 24 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 8 13 0 0 None
Kirkland, Christopher E. 2 May 1981 24 G West Bromwich Albion FC, on loan from Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 GA 0 None
Lampard, Frank J. 20 June 1978 27 M Chelsea FC 28 8 36 9 0 1
Neville, Philip J. 21 January 1977 28 D Everton FC 32 20 52 0 0 2
Owen, Michael J. 14 December 1979 25 F Newcastle United FC 62 11 73 32 7 4
Richardson, Kieran E. 21 October 1984 20 M Manchester United FC 1 3 4 2 0 None
Robinson, Paul W. 15 October 1979 25 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 12 4 16 7 GA 0 None
Rooney, Wayne M. 24 October 1985 19 F Manchester United FC 23 3 26 10 0 4
Smith, Alan 28 October 1980 24 M Manchester United FC 5 10 15 1 0 1
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Terry, John G. 7 December 1980 24 D Chelsea FC 18 1 19 0 0 None
Warnock, Stephen 12 December 1981 23 D Liverpool FC 0 0 0 0 0 None
Stephen Warnock was called into the squad on 4 October as a replacement for the injured Ashley Cole.
Wright-Phillips, Shaun C. 25 October 1981 23 M Chelsea FC 3 3 6 1 0 None
Young, Luke P. 19 July 1979 26 D Charlton Athletic FC 3 2 5 0 0 None

All information is complete to and including England's last match, the fourth of the 2005-6 season, against Austria on 8 October 2005.

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.

Friday, 30 September 2005 - Michael Owen limped out of Newcastle United training. He should be fit for England's World Cup qualifiers.

Sunday, 2 October 2005 - Sven-Göran Eriksson has recalled Alan Smith and Sol Campbell to the 24-man England squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers. Smith, who has been utilised as a midfielder at Old Trafford this season, played in both England's matches in the summer Tour of the USA and last scored for the Three Lions in a friendly against Portugal three years ago. For central defender Campbell the call-up to the England squad comes on the back of an excellent run of form following a return from long-term injury. England would seem to have an embarrassment of riches at centre back as along with Campbell, Eriksson can call on John Terry, Rio Ferdinand, Ledley King and Jamie Carragher. Charlton Athletic duo Darren Bent and Luke Young retain their places in the squad. Bent has enjoyed an outstanding start to the season whilst Young has the chance to add to his haul of caps after playing in four of England's last five matches. Along with Bent there are four other strikers in the squad, though Wayne Rooney is suspended for the match against Austria. Those players unavailable for selection due to injury include Gary Neville, Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick.

Tuesday, 4 October 2005 - Ashley Cole has withdrawn from the England squad after suffering a stress fracture of his foot. Liverpool left-back Stephen Warnock has been called up in his place. David Beckham missed training on Tuesday to be with his ill son Romeo but will join the squad on Wednesday.  Beckham stayed in Madrid on Tuesday as his son underwent hospital tests. Striker Michael Owen was also absent as he recovers from the dead leg that forced him to force Newcastle's game against Portsmouth on Saturday - but he is expected to be fit to play. Eriksson said that the loss of Cole was a blow but that he had plenty of alternatives. The last time Cole was unavailable - against Sweden in a friendly in March last year - Carragher played at left-back in a match England lost 1-0. Eriksson said that he had already made up his mind who to play in the centre of defence - with John Terry, Sol Campbell and Rio Ferdinand all in contention. Tuesday's training session took place at Manchester United's Carrington training complex, but several players who were in action on Sunday took part in a recovery session rather than full training.

Thursday, 6 October 2005 - David Beckham trained today after his delayed arrival. Michael Owen also completed the session to prove his fitness. The pair are now set to take their places in the team for Saturday's World Cup qualifier against Austria. It leaves boss Eriksson with no injury worries is set to pick Rio Ferdinand ahead of Sol Campbell, at least according to reports. Ferdinand is set to partner John Terry at centre-half - even though Ferdinand has spoken about his own poor form. Jamie Carragher is poised to replace the injured Ashley Cole at left-back. Striker Peter Crouch is tipped to start alongside Michael Owen on Saturday in place of the suspended Wayne Rooney.  Eriksson said earlier this week that he had already made up his mind who to play in the centre of defence. And the England coach is poised to revert to a 4-4-2 formation against Austria after his experiment with playing 4-5-1 against Northern Ireland.

Friday, 7 October 2005 - Eriksson admits it would be "unacceptable" for England to fail to reach the 2006 World Cup in Germany. He said: "It is not acceptable not to qualify - you can't even think about England not being at the World Cup. We are going to qualify and that's it. It is dangerous to think 'if'. In my head that doesn't exist." He admitted his players were still feeling the pain of the defeat at Windsor Park. "I think it should hurt. It's one month since we played Northern Ireland and it's been a very long month. It has been a long month, especially for me. I didn't have any other games to be involved in. The players had matches. We must win the match against Austria and then see what happens after that." And he insisted he still enjoys his job as England boss. He said: "I enjoy it very much but enjoy it more when we win games and not lose football games. It's the same when you are a club manager and you are criticised. It's only when you are with England that it's like a new world war. My feelings are we are going to have a good performance and qualify for the World Cup." Meanwhile, according to The Mirror newspaper, David Beckham has handed the responsibility of taking penalties over to Frank Lampard. Eriksson is also set to prefer Sol Campbell to Rio Ferdinand in defence against Austria. Ferdinand was tipped to start the match after being paired with John Terry in training this week, but it is understood that Campbell will be chosen. It would be the first time Eriksson has ever dropped 26-year-old Ferdinand for a competitive fixture.

Saturday, 8 October 2005 - England defeat Austria by a single Frank Lampard penalty.  In the process, England lose David Beckham to suspension after two cautionable offences get him sent off, and Sol Campbell leaves the pitch due to an hamstring injury.

Sunday, 9 October 2005 - Steven Gerrard will miss England's World Cup qualifier against Poland on Wednesday after injuring his shin against Austria.  Defender Sol Campbell had already been ruled out because of a hamstring problem and captain David Beckham is suspended following his sending off.  Liverpool have said that Gerrard may be sidelined for two to three weeks.

The Football Association is not planning to appeal against the red card David Beckham received in the win over Austria.  The FA's director of football Trevor Brooking said: "It was a harsh decision.  But the regulations won't allow us an appeal - we'll have to take that one."

Monday, 10 October 2005 - Paul Robinson and Luke Young both sat out training today as England began preparations for the final World Cup qualifier with Poland.  Robinson was suffering from a tight thigh muscle while Young reported a dead leg to the England medical staff.  Neither injury was thought to be serious and both should be able to train on Tuesday ahead of the game.

Tuesday, 11 October 2005 - Eriksson has hinted Shaun Wright-Phillips, Ledley King, Wayne Rooney and Rio Ferdinand will all start against Poland.  David Beckham (suspended), Steven Gerrard, Sol Campbell (both injured) and Peter Crouch (dropped) will be the men to make way.  Eriksson said: "Rooney is back, which is positive, so he will play up front.  Shaun is the natural replacement for Beckham but we will do some tactical work and decide after that 100%."  Michael Owen will lead the side, having taken the captain's armband when Beckham was sent off against Austria on Saturday.  That red card rules him out of Wednesday's game, but the Football Association has asked Real Madrid if he can stay with the squad anyway.

England Form: last six games
W W L W L W   f 8:a success: 67%
827 28 May 2005 - USA 1 England 2 [0-2]
Soldier Field, Near South Side, Chicago, Illinois (42,637/47,637)
Dempsey
Richardson (2)
Tour AW
828 31 May 2005 - Colombia 2 England 3 [1-2]
Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA (50,807)
Yepes, Ramirez
Owen (3)
NW
829 17 August 2005 - Denmark 4 England 1 [0-0]
Parken Stadion, Indre Østerbro, København (41,438)
Rommedahl, Tomasson, Gravgaard, Larsen
Rooney
Fr AL
830 3 September 2005 - Wales 0 England 1 [0-0]
Millennium Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff (70,715)
J.Cole WCP AW
831 7 September 2005 - Northern Ireland 1 England 0 [0-0]
Windsor Park, Donegall Avenue, Belfast (14,069)
Healy AL
832 8 October 2005 - England 1 Austria 0 [1-0]
Old Trafford, Trafford, Manchester (64,822)
Lampard (pen) HW

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