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Last Updated: Wednesday, 9 February, 2005, 21:35 GMT
England 0-0 Holland
David Beckham
England and Holland played out a low-key stalemate at Villa Park.

Shaun Wright-Phillips had England's best chances in the first half, but was twice off target from close range.

Dirk Kuijt came closest to breaking the deadlock after only 11 minutes, but he hit the post from 20 yards with England goalkeeper Paul Robinson helpless.

England gave debuts to Andy Johnson and Stewart Downing, but they had little chance to shine as two under-strength sides settled for a draw.

Sven-Goran Eriksson gave Wright-Phillips his first start, and he had chances to make his mark in a first 45 minutes lacking in real quality.

Holland had their own share of possession and were only denied the lead by the woodwork after 11 minutes.

Romeo Castelen found Kuijt, and he flashed a shot past Robinson from 20 yards, but it rebounded to safety off the post.

Wright-Phillips then had the first of two clear chances to mark his full debut with a goal.

England captain David Beckham pulled the ball back inside the area, but the Manchester City winger miscued his shot from close range and it was deflected for a corner.

And after 19 minutes he missed an even better chance to give England the lead.

Gary Neville was the creator with a perfect cross from the right, but Wright-Phillips again failed to make a proper contact, this time from eight yards.

Michael Owen volleyed over the top as England pressed at the end of the first period.

Eriksson made one mystifying change at half-time - when everyone expected the introduction of either Johnson or Downing, the Swede conservatively replaced Frank Lampard with Owen Hargreaves.

Holland started the second period in threatening fashion, with defender Jan Kromkamp sending a dangerous ball across the face of the England goal with no-one on hand to apply the finishing touch.

Then striker Roy Makaay fired narrowly off target before Eriksson made a double change on the hour, sending on Downing and Johnson for Wright-Phillips and Wayne Rooney.

Castelen had the ball in the net with a powerful drive after 63 minutes, but the goal was ruled out for a foul on Ashley Cole.

Holland wasted another chance in the final minute, when Gary Neville's ill-advised attempt at trickery left the vistitors with a break, but Kuijt shot straight at Robinson.


England: Robinson, Gary Neville, Brown, Carragher, Ashley Cole, Beckham (Dyer 82), Gerrard (Jenas 82), Lampard (Hargreaves 45), Wright-Phillips (Downing 61), Owen, Rooney (Andrew Johnson 61). Subs Not Used: Glen Johnson, James, Phil Neville, Joe Cole, Defoe, Green.

Holland: Van der Sar, Kromkamp, Mathijsen, Boulahrouz, Van Bronckhorst, Landzaat, Heitinga (Van Bommel 62), Van der Vaart, Castelen (Yildirim 64), Makaay, Kuijt. Subs Not Used: De Jong, Melchiot, Timmer.

Att: 40,705

Ref: Peter Frojdfeldt (Sweden).




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