England midfield debutant Dennis Wise scores the only goal o
Turkey 0-1 England: England midfield debutant Dennis Wise scores the only goal of the game in Izmir as England beat Turkey to claim both Euro 92 qualifying points...
Turkey 0-1 England
Euro 92, Group 7 Qualifier
Ataturk Stadium, Izmir
01 May 1991
With the maxim that there is no longer such a thing as an 'easy' international these days, England could be fairly well satisfied with the scoreline achieved in the Ataturk Stadium.
Two precious qualifying points put them in the driving seat in Group 7, because the Republic of Ireland and Poland had taken a point off each other in Dublin earlier in the day.
Manager Graham Taylor made a few changes ahead of the match - Gary Pallister was brought in to replace the injured Mark Wright just four days after appearing for England B against Iceland and upfront, the old Leicester City striking partnership of Alan Smith and Gary Lineker was resurrected.
In midfield, two players were given their first cap - Dennis Wise of Chelsea and Geoff Thomas, the Crystal Palace skipper.
And it was Wise who made a name for himself by scoring the only goal of the game just after the half-hour mark. That rare strike won the points and Thomas had a tremendous volley turned over the bar by Hayrettin before he was substituted at half-time.
Fortunately for England their Turkish opponents had virtually forgotten what it was like to score a goal in a competitive international.
With this game, Turkey had failed to find the net in four European Championship matches to date and, equally, had drawn blanks in five games against England dating back to 1984.
But, strangely, they created numerous chances in Izmir as Mehmet and Muhammet began to run things in midfield, Riza and Ali combined to turn England's defence on the right and Tanju won several important balls in the air.
Midway through the first half Turkey should have gone ahead. Gokhan launched Mehmet on a counter-attack down the left, Lineker and Walker collided as they attempted to defuse the danger and Seaman had to keep his nerve to block Rivdan's narrow-angled effort as he broke clear in the box.
Tanju seized on to the rebound but badly mis-hit his shot - Turkey's best chance of the first half had come and gone.
England's winner came by a traditional route, though the final execution looked rather untidy. Turkey always looked vulnerable in the air against the power of Smith and Pallister at set-pieces and when the latter outjumped the Turks to a high Pearce free-kick, Hayrettin was slow to react and the alert Wise touched the ball past him from beyond the far post.
Turkey continued to show skill and imagination in their approaches to goal in the second period but their confidence seemed to evaporate in the penalty area.
Turkey: Hayrettin, Riza, Ogun, Gokhan, Recep, Muhammet, Unal, Ridvan, Mehmet, Tanju, Ali (Feyyaz)
England: Seaman; Dixon, Walker, Pallister, Pearce; Platt, Thomas (Hodge), Wise, Barnes; Smith, Lineker
Referee: Wolf-Gunter Wiesel (Germany)
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Dennis Wise, England's goalscoring hero, spoke to TheFA.com: "I played back in 1991 and it was a fantastic feeling to score the wining goal.
"I'm looking forward to watching the coming qualifier and I hope the boys do well this time round too."