Seven Man Utd players were capped for England on this day in 2001.
There’s a big difference between international and club football – the pace, the style and of course, the players. But when seven club-mates all turn out for the national team it certainly takes a few variables out of the equation.
That was the situation on this day in 2001, when seven Manchester United players played in a World Cup qualifier against Albania in Tirana.
The starting eleven looked like this: David Seaman (Arsenal), Gary Neville (Man Utd), Ashley Cole (Arsenal), Nicky Butt (Man Utd), Sol Campbell (Tottenham) , Rio Ferdinand (Leeds Utd), David Beckham (Man Utd), Paul Scholes (Man Utd), Andy Cole (Man Utd), Michael Owen (Liverpool) , Steve McManaman (Real Madrid).
When Sven Goran-Eriksson brought on Wes Brown and Teddy Sherringham for Campbell and Owen respectively, it took the Man Utd quota of players up to seven and it clearly proved lucky for England, who ran out 3-1 winners.
For Eriksson it was the perfect start to his England managerial career having won three games out of three – something only two previous England bosses had managed to achieve.