A focus on the England men in action over the weekend..
A focus on the England men in action over the weekend, including a save that will be talked about for years...
David Seaman celebrated his 1,000th game with a save that will be talked about for years - and one that helped Arsenal reach their third successive FA Cup Final.
"It wasn't bad for a 39-year-old," chuckled the England goalkeeper after his wonderstop from Sheffield United's Paul Peschosolido towards the end of The Gunners 1-0 win at Old Trafford. Seaman was actually in front of Peschosolido when the striker headed goalwards but somehow backtracked and managed to scoop the ball away one-handed in mid-air.
"It was the best save I have ever seen," said another legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel afterwards. Seaman himself said: "I thought it was in but managed to fling out a hand. My first job was to get behind the ball to stop it travelling any further, then I had to get it away."
Arsenal's goalkeeping coach Bob Wilson - who won the Double in 1971 - doesn't think Seaman should retire yet. "He doesn't have to decide until the summer but my thoughts are he can on for another season. It is a great tribute to play a thousand games - it is amazing and he deserves all the plaudits."
Sol Campbell, Frannie Jeffers and Ashley Cole were also in the Arsenal team against Sheffield. They now face Southampton, who beat Watford 2-1 in the other semi with England internationals Wayne Bridge and James Beattie in the side.
Manchester United warmed up for Wednesday's massive Premiership showdown at Arsenal with a 6-2 win at Newcastle. Paul Scholes, without a goal since January, banged in a hat-trick as Man Utd bounced back from an early striker by Jermaine Jenas.
David Beckham didn't play but Arsene Wenger expects the England skipper to be back at Highbury. "United still rely on the players that came through at the start of the 1990s. If I had to name their essential players, it would be Beckham and Scholes - even now."
Scholes was inspired after his side's defeat against Real Madrid. "That was the best response possible from everyone," he said.
Chelsea's Carlton Cole is beginning to make a real name for himself. The striker was picked in David Platt's last England under-21 squad and his second goal in consecutive games for Chelsea was enough to beat Bolton.
Trevor Sinclair - remember him from the World Cup? - was also on target for West Ham in their 2-2 draw against Aston Villa, for whom Darius Vassell beat England team-mate David James from the penalty spot.
England strikers Emile Heskey and Michael Owen each scored in Liverpool's 2-0 victory against Fulham while Wayne Rooney set up Everton's winner at West Brom. "We all know Wayne can make you stand up when he has the ball," said Everton's assistant-manager Alan Irvine.
Results, April 12 and 13
FA Cup Semi-Finals
Arsenal 1 Sheffield United 0
Southampton 2 Watford 1
Birmingham 2 Sunderland 0
Blackburn 1 Charlton 0
Chelsea 1 Bolton 0
Leeds 2 Spurs 2
Liverpool 2 Fulham 0
Manchester City 0 Middlesbrough 0
Newcastle 2 Manchester United 6
West Brom 1 Everton 2
West Ham 2 Aston Villa 2
From Joe Bernstein