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Wednesday, 15 November 2006
A National Nederlanden International Friendly Match

Netherlands 1 England 1 [0-1]

Amsterdam ArenA, Bijlmer-Centrum, Amsterdam
45,090; Kick-off: 8.00pm CET, 7.00 pm GMT;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: Steve Wilson, Live on Sky Sports One (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler; also streamed live on TheFA.com (outside UK).

England - Wayne Rooney (four-yard scrambled tap-in 37 36:47),
Netherlands - Rafael van der Vaart (eight-yard strike 86 85:53).
Match Summary
Netherlands Squad

England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Ashley Cole (75)

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from Slovakia




Referee (black) - Ľuboš Micheľ
38 (16 May 1968), Stropkov, FIFA listed 1994.

Assistant Referees - Vlastislav Laskovsky, 41 (9 October 1965) and Marian Ruzbarsky, 38 (30 August 1968).

Fourth official - Pavel Olsiak, 34 (28 October 1972), Lučenec.

Although TheFA.com streamed this match live on their website, it was not available to subscribers in either England or Netherlands. At a cost of £3.99

9 Goal Attempts 8
3 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 2
3 Offside Calls Against 7
17 Fouls Conceded 8
60.3% Possession 39.7%

Netherlands Team



FIFA (18th October 2006) 7th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 5th to 4th
Colours: Made by Nike - Orange collared jerseys, white shorts, blue socks with white trim.
Capt: André Ooijer,
Joris Mathijsen 84th minute
Manager: Marcel van Basten, 42 (31 October 1964), appointed 29 July 2004,
31st match, W 20 - D 9 - L 2 - F 55 - A 17.
Netherlands Lineup
1 Timmer, Hendrik, off 46th min. 34 3 December 1971 G Feyenoord Rotterdam 3 0
2 Boulahrouz, Khalid, off 61st min. 24 28 December 1981 RB Chelsea FC, England 19 0
3 Ooijer, André A.M., off 84 min. 32 11 July 1974 CD Blackburn Rovers FC, England 29 2
4 Mathijsen, Joris 26 5 April 1980 CD Hamburger SV eV, Germany 17 1
5 Emanuelson, Urby V.D. 20 16 June 1986 LB Amsterdamsche FC Ajax NV 4 0
6 Schaars, Stefanus Johannes 22 11 January 1984 CM Alkmaar Zaanstreek 6 0
7 van der Vaart, Rafael F. 23 11 February 1983 RF Hamburger SV eV, Germany 40 7
8 Landzaat, Denny D. 30 6 May 1976 RM Wigan Athletic FC, England 32 1
9 Kuijt, Dirk, off 61st min. 26 22 July 1980 CF Liverpool FC, England 27 5
10 Seedorf, Clarence 30 1 April 1976 LM AC Milan, Italy 78 11
11 Robben, Arjen 22 23 January 1984 LF Chelsea FC, England 27 8
Netherlands Substitutes
16 Stekelenburg, Maarten, on 46th min. for Timmer 24 22 September 1982 G Amsterdamsche FC Ajax NV 3 0
18 Huntelaar, Klaas-Jan, on 61st min. for Kuijt 23 12 August 1983 F Amsterdamsche FC Ajax NV 4 2
12 Jaliens, Kew R., on 61st min. for Boulahrouz. 28 15 September 1978 D Alkmaar Zaanstreek 4 0
19 Vennegoor of Hesselink, Johannes, on 84th min. for Ooijer 28 7 November 1978 F The Celtic FC, Scotland 10 0

unused substitutes:

13-Tim de Cler, 14-David Mendes da Silva, 15-Evander Sno, 17-Hedwiges Maduro, 20-John Heitinga.

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.


Timmer (Stekelenburg) -
(Jaliens), Mathijsen, Ooijer (Vennegoor of Hesselink), Emanuelson -
Landzaat, Schaars, Seedorf -
van der Vaart, Kuijt
(Jan Huntelaar), Robben.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.4 Appearances/Goals 25.6 3.2


England Team



FIFA (18th October 2006) 5th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared jerseys with large red cross on right shoulder, navy blue shorts with thin white narrowing stripe on right thigh and red hem, white socks with navy blue half-striped tops.
Capt: John Terry, sixth captaincy. Manager: Stephen McClaren, 45 (3 May 1961), appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
6th match, W 3 - D 2 - L 1 - F 11 - A 3.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 32 17 GA
2 Richards, Micah L. 18 24 June 1988 RB Manchester City FC 1 0
3 Cole, Ashley 25 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 57 0
Cole was cautioned in the 75th min. for Dissent for time-wasting.
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 26 30 May 1980 RM Liverpool FC 52 10
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 28 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 56 0
6 Terry, John G. 25 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 35 2
7 Carrick, Michael 25 28 July 1981 CM

Manchester United FC

11 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 28 20 June 1978 LM

Chelsea FC

51 12
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 21 24 October 1985 CF

Manchester United FC

36 12
10 Johnson, Andrew, off 74th min. 25 10 February 1981 RF Everton FC 5 0
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 78th min. 25 8 November 1981 LF Chelsea FC 38 6
England Substitutes
19 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 74th min. for Johnson 25 25 October 1981 M Chelsea FC 11 1
17 Richardson, Kieran E., on 78th min. for J Cole 22 21 October 1984 M Manchester United FC 8 2

unused substitutes:

12-Wayne Bridge, 13-Ben Foster, 14-Wes Brown, 15-Jamie Carragher, 16-Michael Dawson, 18-Phil Neville, 20-Jermain Defoe, 21-Peter Crouch.

team notes:

Injured squad member Gary Neville and unused substitute, Phil, are brothers.
4-3-3 Robinson -
Richards, Ferdinand, Terry,
A.Cole -
Gerrard, Carrick, Lampard -
(Wright-Phillips), Rooney, J.Cole (Richardson).
Johnson completed 74 minutes as an unfamiliar right-winger, except when the England goal was scored, where Johnson played as centre-forward, Cole on the right, Rooney on the left.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.8 Appearances/Goals 34.0 3.9


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

Rafael Van der Vaart's late equaliser deprived England of a morale-boosting victory against Netherlands in Amsterdam.  Wayne Rooney turned in his first England goal in more than a year after 37 minutes from Joe Cole's cross.  England controlled a poor game and looked to have given under-pressure coach Steve McClaren a lift after the dismal defeat in Croatia.  But Van der Vaart was on the spot to score from 10 yards after England failed to clear Arjen Robben's throw.

England had plus points in the performance of 18-year-old debutant Micah Richards, but it was another frustrating international night for Everton's Andrew Johnson, who was utilised in an unfamiliar position on the wing for much of a drab encounter.  McClaren's side had chances to win the game, but will have been left frustrated by conceding a late leveller against a Dutch side short on quality.  Goalkeeper Paul Robinson, harshly criticised for his mis-kick that led to Gary Neville's own goal in Croatia, demonstrated his quality with a fine early save from Robben after he escaped the attentions of Richards.  But England were largely untroubled for the rest of the half, with McClaren's side creating the clearer opportunities.

Steven Gerrard should have given England the lead in the 12th minute when he collected a poor back-pass from Chelsea's Khalid Boulahrouz, but his finish was tame and Netherlands 'keeper Henk Timmer blocked.  And Rooney was guilty of a miss after 15 minutes when the ball ran loose after Johnson tangled with the Dutch defence.  He chose to head rather than volley and his finish was poor, allowing Timmer to make an easy save.  But he made no mistake when England took the lead eight minutes before the interval - with much of the credit going to Cole.  He curled in a brilliant cross which Rooney touched home with an instinctive finish.

England maintained a measure of control in the second half, and Rooney had an opportunity to double the lead after 69 minutes, but he shot straight at substitute keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.  Michael Carrick then fired inches wide from 25 yards as Netherlands appeared to be running out of attacking ideas.  Netherlands were desperately short of inspiration, with only Robben offering any sort of hope.  He caused England a rare moment of anxiety with 14 minutes left when his low, driven cross flashed across the face of goal.

England looked to be holding on comfortably, only for Holland to take advantage of poor defending to equalise after 86 minutes.  Robben's long throw was allowed to travel to the far post, despite the presence of several England defenders, and Van der Vaart hammered low past Robinson from 10 yards.  Steven Gerrard almost won it for England in injury-time with a surging run into the box, but Stekelenburg saved. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Dutch FA website
Marcel Hoefsmit, Dutch Historian