JJ stars as England crash

Last updated : 13 February 2003 By Martyn Elliott

JJ made his debut as part of Sven’s experimental second-half team and created England’s goal for Francis Jeffers, clinching the man-of-the-match award – although that must have been something of a surprise for the Aussies’ Harry Kewell.

Kieron Dyer started on the left of midfield in the 3-1 defeat, but despite England’s best attacking moments before the break stemming from him he looked out of position.

Elsewhere Aaron Hughes played the full 90 minutes of Northern Ireland’s 1-0 home defeat by Finland, Liverpool’s Sami Hyypia scoring the winner.

Steve Caldwell played the full match for Scotland against Ireland at Hampden Park, but couldn’t prevent Bertie Vogts’ team losing 2-0. No Shay Given for Ireland, although Andy O’Brien made a 90th minute substitute appearance.

Wales, featuring Gary Speed and Craig Bellamy, extended their unbeaten run to nine matches with a 2-2 draw against Bosnia – Celtic’s John Hartson and Cardiff’s Robert Earnshaw with the goals.

Nikos Dabizas bucked the trend by playing the full 90 minutes and appearing on the winning side with Greece defeating Norway 1-0 thanks to a Sotiros Kyrgiakos.