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2000 England v Germany football match

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Date  7 October 2000
Attendance  76,377
2000 England v Germany football match
Event  2002 FIFA World Cup qualification – UEFA Group 9
Venue  Wembley Stadium, London
Referee  Stefano Braschi (Italy)
Weather  Light rain 11 °C (52 °F)

England v Germany (2000) was the final match to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. The match was a 2002 World Cup qualifying game between England and Germany. Germany won the game 1–0, with the goal scored by Dietmar Hamann. England manager Kevin Keegan resigned from his position after this game. The return fixture in Munich, Germany, resulted in a 5–1 victory to England.

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Background

The game took place on 7 October 2000. The demolition of Wembley Stadium had already been announced. Prior to the game, England's team selection was leaked to the media, leading to criticism from Keegan.

Team selection

Both England and Germany fielded 4–4–2 formations. England centre-back Gareth Southgate was unusually played in a defensive midfield position ahead of Paul Ince and Denis Wise.

Summary

The only goal of the game was scored by Dietmar Hamann after fourteen minutes. It came from a free kick awarded for a foul on Michael Ballack by Paul Scholes 30 yards from goal. German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn saved shots from Andy Cole and England captain Tony Adams in the first half and a David Beckham free kick in the second. England's David Seaman, who some had blamed for the first goal, saved a shot by Mehmet Scholl on 52 minutes.

Aftermath

Immediately after the game, Keegan resigned as manager of England. England under-21 coach Howard Wilkinson was appointed as acting coach by the Football Association. He was succeeded by Sven-Goran Eriksson, who led England to a 5–1 victory over Germany in the return fixture.

Dietmar Hamann's goal was the last to be scored at the stadium. Hamann later stated in an interview that he regretted the fact that Keegan had resigned after the game, as he had supported Keegan's former club Hamburger SV during Keegan's time at the club.

In May 2005, a poll to name a footbridge at the new Wembley Stadium saw the name Dietmar Hamann Bridge receive the most nominations. It was instead given the name White Horse Bridge.

References

2000 England v Germany football match Wikipedia


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