World Cup 2010
Match Reports

England 0 Germany 1
World Cup Qualifier
Wembley Stadium, London, England - Saturday 7 October 2000


The last England match under the famous twin towers of Wembley will best be forgotten. The perfect ending to an era would have been for England to emerge triumphant, however the Germans were there to spoil the party, and that is just what they did.

On a rare occasion England had a fully fit squad, giving Kevin Keegan many options.

The opening period of the match was slow, however Germany's Hamann livened up the proceedings with a goal after 14 minutes of play. Scholes conceded a freekick 30 yards from England's goal. Hamann took the resulting kick and put the ball passed a sprawling Seaman and in to the bottom right corner of England's net.

England's first chance of the game came after 20 minutes when Andy Cole was tripped as he headed towards the German goal. Beckham took the freekick but the ball was easily caught by Kahn. Le Saux tried his luck just before the 30 minute mark, after a Gary Neville throw was headed on by Martin Keown to the Chelsea player, but his volley was wide of the goal.

Scholes committed another foul later in the first half but this time Seaman has no trouble in collecting the ball. Just before the break England again look for the equaliser when Adams headed the ball towards the goal from a freekick, but Kahn retrieved the ball and England's chance was gone.

England replaced Gary Neville with Kieron Dyer for the second half, an injury substitution. The home side looked much brighter, but it was Germany who almost extend their lead. Scholl ran past two defenders and aimed the ball at the bottom corner but Seaman made an excellent stop, putting the ball beyond the by-line.

Beckham tried a 30-yard effort after 59 minutes of play but the shot was tipped over the crossbar by Kahn. The vice-captain again tried to score from long range five minutes later but the ball landed on the German goal net.

The best chance for England to equalise came 73 minutes into the match when the strung together a series of passes. Barmby crossed the ball to Cole but the Manchester United player could not seize the opportunity.

Whilst not playing in the match fully fit, Beckham was substituted six minutes from time due to his knee injury and was replaced by Ray Parlour, a blow for England.

On the stroke of full-time Germany broke away but Desiler's shot sailed over Seaman's bar. England's dream of a fairytale ending to their last game at the current Wembley on a high note did not materialise as they crashed 1-0 to their arch rivals.

At the end of the game Kevin Keegan announced that he had resigned as England coach, explaining that he did not have the tactical awareness for the position. The FA immediately appointed Under-21 coach Howard Wilkinson as the acting coach.


Teams

ENGLAND:
Seaman, G Neville (Dyer 46 mins), Le Saux (Barry 77 mins), Southgate, Adams, Keown, Beckham (Parlour 83 mins), Scholes, Andy Cole, Owen, Barmby.
Subs Not Used: Martyn, Heskey, Wise, Phillips. (Full Squad)

GERMANY:
Kahn, Rehmer, Linke, Ramelow, Nowotny, Ballack, Scholl, Deisler, Bierhoff, Hamann, Bode (Ziege 87 mins).
Subs Not Used: Lehmann, Rink, Beinlich, Wosz, Baumann, Neuville.


Match Details

Germany Goal: Hamann (14 mins)

England Caution: Andy Cole
Germany Cautions: Ballack, Nowotny

Referee: Stefano Braschi (Prato)

Attendance: 76,377