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Rooney revels in England win

Published: Thursday 3 April 2003, 0.59CET
England 2-0 Turkey Wayne Rooney impresses as Darius Vassell and David Beckham goals beat Turkey.

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Published: Thursday 3 April 2003, 0.59CET

Rooney revels in England win

England 2-0 Turkey Wayne Rooney impresses as Darius Vassell and David Beckham goals beat Turkey.

Two late goals gave England a memorable victory against Turkey to give them the lead in UEFA EURO 2004™ qualifying Group 7. Darius Vassell and David Beckham scored the goals, but the real inspiration was 17-year-old striker Wayne Rooney on his first competitive start.

New-look England
England manager Sven-Göran Eriksson sprang a surprise before kick-off, as he drafted Rooney in alongside Michael Owen. The Swede also changed the midfield to a diamond, with Paul Scholes behind the front two and Nicky Butt in for Kieron Dyer to anchor, while Sol Campbell returned from an achilles injury in defence. Turkey partnered Nihat Kahveci and Ilhan Mansiz in attack in preference to Hakan Sükür.

Beckham goes close
The game began with both teams full of determination - shown by the number of free-kicks and Beckham's ninth-minute booking. However, three minutes later the England captain shot just wide after pouncing on a loose ball.

Rooney takes control
Nihat and Ilhan were proving dangerous at the other end, although Rio Ferdinand and Campbell were assured at the back for England. Yildiray Bastürk had a strong 25-metre effort saved by the diving David James on 32 minutes, but Rooney then took control with his strong runs, twice finding Owen in dangerous positions late in the half.

Scholes shot
Rooney continued to inspire England after the break, though the first opportunity of the period fell to Nihat, whose shot was saved by James. Owen departed just before the hour with an apparent injury, Vassell coming on, but England showed they would not be swayed as Scholes ran from deep and forced a diving save from Rüstu Reçber.

Intense pressure
That began a spell of intense England pressure. First, Gerrard headed a Beckham corner just past the far post. Then Gary Neville chipped over Fatih Akyel and squared to Vassell, whose shot was turned over by Rüstu. The goalkeeper then tipped wide a Beckham free-kick and the resultant corner also worried the Turkish defence.

Vassell scores
But Turkey could not hold out indefinitely, and another corner saw England go ahead. The ball came out to Scholes and after his shot was blocked, possession fell to Wayne Bridge, who crossed to Ferdinand. His effort was saved by Rüstu - but fell nicely for Vassell, who made no mistake from close range.

Penalty clincher
A looping Nihat header forced James to save near the end, but Turkey had never scored against England, and not only did that record not change, but the home team secured a second. Substitute Dyer stole the ball from Ergün in the Turkish box and was fouled for his efforts. Beckham converted the penalty to clinch victory.

Eriksson praise
After the game, Eriksson said of his selection of Rooney: "It was good to keep it secret as long as possible - he only knew it today at 4pm. He is very strong. He turns with the ball and he beats people. But all the team played well today. It was three very good points."

Last updated: 30/03/04 12.15CET

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Lineups

England

England

Turkey

Turkey

1
JamesDavid James
1
Rüştü ReçberRüştü Reçber
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
2
Emre BelözoğluEmre Belözoğlu
3
BridgeWayne Bridge
3
KorkmazBülent Korkmaz (C)
Yellow Card90+1
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard
4
Fatih AkyelFatih Akyel
Yellow Card49
Substitution78
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
Yellow Card90+1
5
Alpay ÖzalanAlpay Özalan
6
CampbellSol Campbell
6
PenbeErgün Penbe
7
BeckhamDavid Beckham (C)
Yellow Card9
Goal90+2
7
Okan BurukOkan Buruk
Yellow Card34
Substitution59
8
ScholesPaul Scholes
8
Tugay KerimoğluTugay Kerimoğlu
9
RooneyWayne Rooney
Substitution88
9
Ilhan MansizIlhan Mansiz
10
OwenMichael Owen
Substitution57
10
Yıldıray BaştürkYıldıray Baştürk
Substitution70
11
ButtNicky Butt
11
Nihat KahveciNihat Kahveci

Substitutes

13
RobinsonPaul Robinson
12
Ömer ÇatkıçÖmer Çatkıç
16
DyerKieron Dyer
Substitution88
16
Hasan ŞaşHasan Şaş
Substitution70
18
VassellDarius Vassell
Substitution57
Goal75
17
Ümit DavalaÜmit Davala
Substitution59
12
MillsDanny Mills
18
Hakan ŞükürHakan Şükür
Substitution78
14
WoodgateJonathan Woodgate
13
Deniz BarışDeniz Barış
15
LampardFrank Lampard
14
Ahmet YıldırımAhmet Yıldırım
17
HeskeyEmile Heskey
15
KorkutTayfun Korkut

Coach

Sven-Göran Eriksson (SWE) Şenol Güneş (TUR)

Referee

Urs Meier (SUI)

Assistant referees

Rudolf Käppeli (SUI), Martin Iseli (SUI)

Fourth official

Guido Wildhaber (SUI)

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