Goals from Paul Gascoigne and David Platt see Graham Taylor'
Turkey 0-2 England
1994 World Cup, Group 2 Qualifier
Ataturk Stadium, Izmir
31 March 1993
Turkey 0-2 England: Goals from Paul Gascoigne and David Platt see Graham Taylor's England win 2-0 in Izmir - the last time England won in Turkey...
In the hostile surrounds of Izmir, it was Arsenal's Tony Adams who provided the defensive rock on which this impressive away victory was founded, in England's first World Cup tie outside Wembley.
From the moment the England team stepped onto the field, they were treated to the difficult atmosphere in one of the most intimidating stadiums in all of the Turkish peninsular. Graham Taylor's side provided the perfect response.
After just six minutes John Barnes, playing only because of a late injury to Ferdinand, curled in a free-kick from the left-edge of the penalty area which Platt, inevitably, headed down and into the net.
Just before half-time England killed off the game with a second goal which was simplicity itself. Goalkeeper Engin was injured in a goalmouth melee and was eventually substituted by Hayrettin, who had suffered at Wembley a few months earlier. The new goalkeeper's first task was to pick the ball out of the net as England made sure of all three points with a second headed goal. A lofted pass forward from Paul Ince hung in the air which Paul Gascoigne, beating a Turkish defender to the ball, met with a firm header.
Turkey: Gin (c) (Hayrettin), Recep, Ogun, G Ali, Tugay, Bulent, Feyyaz, Unal, Mehmet, Oguz, Orhan
England: Woods, Dixon (Clough), Sinton, Palmer, Walker, Adams, Platt (c), Gascoigne, Barnes, Wright (Sharpe), Ince
Referee: Fabio Baldas (Italy)
Manager's View - Graham Taylor
The England manager for the Three Lions' eighth successive win over Turkey, Graham Taylor, caught up with TheFA.com to give his views on the match:
"It was a scrappy stop-start performance in the tricky wet conditions. "The pitch wasn't the best but we showed great character and resilience in the game to put in a very solid team performance. The goalscorers were Platt and Gascoigne, and it was an excellent result played before a very vocal Turkish crowd.
"Tony Adams had a brilliant game that day, he'd not been long back in the international side and was excellent with Des Walker alongside him also playing very well.
"We made two substitutions in the second half, Nigel Clough came on for Lee Dixon and Lee Sharpe replaced Ian Wright. Nigel went into midfield and Ince dropped back to the right-back position vacated by Dixon. His passing was very good and he helped us to break down the Turks' attacks."