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England and Rooney set new marks

Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.59CET
F.Y.R. Macedonia 1-2 England Wayne Rooney and David Beckham win it for England.

Match statistics

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Goals scored1
 
2
Yellow cards2
 
2
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

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Published: Saturday 6 September 2003, 22.59CET

England and Rooney set new marks

F.Y.R. Macedonia 1-2 England Wayne Rooney and David Beckham win it for England.

England remain unbeaten in UEFA EURO 2004™ Group 7 after Wayne Rooney - now his country's youngest-ever goalscorer at 17 years and 317 days - and David Beckham struck after half-time in Skopje to secure a 2-1 win against F.Y.R. Macedonia.

English spirit
Victory looked a distant prospect in a first half in which Georgi Hristov opened the scoring for the home side. Yet England again showed their spirit to ensure that, providing they beat Liechtenstein on Wednesday, they will travel to Turkey next month needing just a draw to claim an automatic passage to Portugal.

Beckham fit
As expected, Beckham was fit to captain England after picking up a groin injury playing for Real Madrid CF on Tuesday. In the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard and Paul Scholes, Frank Lampard and Owen Hargreaves took up midfield positions with John Terry partnering Sol Campbell in central defence. The hosts named a full-strength side including Artim Sakiri who plays his football in England.

Sakiri class
Indeed, the West Bromwich Albion FC forward was one of the most productive players in an opening 45 minutes in which England failed to produce a shot worthy of the name. The early exchanges were tense, with Ilco Naumoski booked as early as the second minute for felling Nicky Butt. That was not indicative of the home team's approach, though, as they played the more intelligent football and created the clearer chances.

Interesting battle
In the 14th minute slack play from England allowed Sakiri to find Hristov whose delightful first-time pass set Sakiri free, only for an offside flag to halt what would have been a clear charge on goal. One of the features of the first half was the tussle between Hristov and Campbell. The England defender had the upper hand until a four-minute spell which saw Campbell booked for felling Hristov and the striker score.

Opening goal
Campbell was involved in the 28th-minute opening goal, too, misjudging a Vlatko Grozdanovski cross which allowed Goran Pandev a shot on goal. Although Terry got his foot to that effort, the ball rebounded to Hristov who was able to score via the legs of David James. It was a sign of England's frustration that Beckham was booked for tugging the shirt of Hristov as the half drew to a close, yet he was an influential figure after the break.

Rooney registers
A bold move by Sven-Göran Eriksson saw Lampard replaced by Emile Heskey, who laid on Rooney's historic equalising goal in the 52nd minute. The Liverpool FC striker, much maligned at international level, headed a fine Beckham chipped pass into the path of the on-rushing Everton FC teenager who slotted it first time underneath Milosevski from the edge of the area.

Paying the penalty
Eleven minutes later England took a lead which they were not to relinquish after Terry showed nimble footwork in the Macedonian area before being tripped by substitute Braga. Beckham scored the penalty with ease and England were soon celebrating a seventh successive victory - a post-war record which should be extended against Liechtenstein before the trip to Istanbul.

Last updated: 07/09/03 0.39CET

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Lineups

FYROM

FYROM

England

England

1
MilosevskiPetar Milosevski
1
JamesDavid James
2
StavrevskiGoran Stavrevski
2
G. NevilleGary Neville
3
GrozdanoskiVlatko Grozdanoski
Substitution56
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
4
PandevGoran Pandev
Substitution47
4
HargreavesOwen Hargreaves
5
MitreskiIgor Mitreski
5
TerryJohn Terry
6
StojanoskiMilan Stojanoski
6
CampbellSol Campbell
Yellow Card24
7
TrajanovVanco Trajanov
7
BeckhamDavid Beckham (C)
Yellow Card42
Goal63
8
SumulikoskiVelice Sumulikoski
8
LampardFrank Lampard
Substitution46
9
HristovGeorgi Hristov
Goal28
Substitution88
9
RooneyWayne Rooney
Goal52
Substitution74
10
SakiriArtim Sakiri (C)
10
OwenMichael Owen
Substitution84
11
NaumoskiIlco Naumoski
Yellow Card2
11
ButtNicky Butt

Substitutes

12
NikoloskiJane Nikoloski
13
RobinsonPaul Robinson
13
GjuzelovIgor Gjuzelov
Substitution47
12
P. NevillePhil Neville
Substitution74
14
BragaAguinaldo Braga
Substitution56
Yellow Card65
16
DyerKieron Dyer
Substitution84
16
DimitrovskiDraganco Dimitrovski
Substitution88
18
HeskeyEmile Heskey
Substitution46
15
KapinkovskiDimitar Kapinkovski
14
UpsonMatthew Upson
17
KumbevPance Kumbev
15
BridgeWayne Bridge
18
GeorgievskiSlavčo Georgievski
17
J. ColeJoe Cole

Coach

Dragan Kanatlarovski (MKD)

Referee

Frank De Bleeckere (BEL)

Assistant referees

Roland Van Nylen (BEL), Dirk Vanhoutte (BEL)

Fourth official

Serge Gumienny (BEL)

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