England v Germany (2000) was the final match to be played at the old Wembley Stadium. The match was a 2002 World Cup qualifying game between England and Germany. Germany won the game 1–0, with the goal scored by Dietmar Hamann. England manager Kevin Keegan resigned from his position after this game.[2] The return fixture in Munich, Germany, resulted in a 5–1 victory to England with Swedish Sven-Göran Eriksson as new England manager.


The game took place on 7 October 2000. The demolition of Wembley Stadium had already been announced. Prior to the game, England's team selection was leaked to the media, leading to criticism from Keegan.[3]


Team selection

Both England and Germany fielded 4–4–2 formations.[4] England centre-back Gareth Southgate was unusually played in a defensive midfield position ahead of Paul Ince and Denis Wise.[5]


The only goal of the game was scored by Dietmar Hamann after fourteen minutes. It came from a free kick awarded for a foul on Michael Ballack by Paul Scholes 30 yards from goal. German goalkeeper Oliver Kahn saved shots from Andy Cole and England captain Tony Adams in the first half and a David Beckham free kick in the second. England's David Seaman, who some had blamed for the first goal, saved a shot by Mehmet Scholl on 52 minutes.[6]


England 0–1 Germany
Report Hamann Goal 14'
Attendance: 76,377
GK 1 David Seaman (Arsenal)
RB 2 Gary Neville (Manchester United) Substituted off 45'
CB 5 Tony Adams (c) (Arsenal)
CB 6 Martin Keown (Arsenal)
LB 3 Graeme Le Saux (Chelsea) Substituted off 77'
DM 4 Gareth Southgate (Aston Villa)
RM 7 David Beckham (Manchester United) Substituted off 82'
CM 8 Paul Scholes (Manchester United)
LM 11 Nick Barmby (Liverpool)
CF 9 Andy Cole (Manchester United) YC 24'
CF 10 Michael Owen (Liverpool)
GK 13 Nigel Martyn (Leeds United)
DF 12 Kieron Dyer (Newcastle United) Substituted in 77'
MF 14 Ray Parlour (Arsenal) Substituted in 82'
MF 15 Gareth Barry (Aston Villa) Substituted in 45'
MF 17 Dennis Wise (Chelsea)
FW 16 Emile Heskey (Liverpool)
FW 18 Kevin Phillips (Sunderland)
Kevin Keegan
GK 1 Oliver Kahn (Bayern Munich)
CB 2 Marko Rehmer (Hertha BSC)
CB 3 Thomas Linke (Bayern Munich)
CB 5 Jens Nowotny (Bayer Leverkusen) YC 82'
RM 8 Sebastian Deisler (Hertha BSC)
CM 4 Carsten Ramelow (Bayer Leverkusen)
CM 6 Michael Ballack (Bayer Leverkusen) YC 52'
CM 10 Dietmar Hamann (Liverpool)
LM 11 Marco Bode (Werder Bremen) Substituted off 86'
SS 7 Mehmet Scholl (Bayern Munich)
CF 9 Oliver Bierhoff (c) (Milan)
GK 12 Jens Lehmann (Borussia Dortmund)
MF 13 Paulo Rink (Bayer Leverkusen)
MF 14 Stefan Beinlich (Hertha BSC)
MF 15 Dariusz Wosz (Hertha BSC)
MF 16 Frank Baumann (Werder Bremen)
MF 17 Christian Ziege (Liverpool) Substituted in 86'
FW 18 Oliver Neuville (Bayer Leverkusen)
Rudi Völler

Assistant referees:
Gennaro Mazzei (Italy)
Sergio Zuccolini (Italy)
Fourth official:
Fiorenzo Treossi (Italy)

Match rules

  • 90 minutes.
  • Seven named substitutes.
  • Maximum of three substitutions.


Immediately after the game, Keegan resigned as manager of England. England under-21 coach Howard Wilkinson was appointed as caretaker manager by the Football Association.[7] He was succeeded by Sven-Goran Eriksson, who led England to a 5–1 victory over Germany in the return fixture.[5]

Dietmar Hamann's goal was the last to be scored at the stadium. Hamann later stated in an interview that he regretted the fact that Keegan had resigned after the game, as he had supported Keegan's former club Hamburger SV during Keegan's time at the club.[3]

In May 2005, a poll to name a footbridge at the new Wembley Stadium saw the name Dietmar Hamann Bridge receive the most nominations. It was instead given the name White Horse Bridge.[8]


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  2. ^ "Double farewell: Keegan resigns after England defeat at Wembley". CNN Sports Illustrated. 8 October 2000. Retrieved 6 November 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Davies, David (1 October 2008). "Davies on Keegan: I told him to stay in the toilet...I had to tell FA bosses their coach had just quit". Mail Online. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  4. ^ Wheeler, Chris (23 March 2007). "Goal that got my idol Kev the axe". Mail Online. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Williams, Josh (2 September 2010). "Rewind to 2000: Defeat to Germany pushes Keegan towards exit door". ESPN. Archived from the original on 25 December 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "Wembley's sad farewell". BBC. 7 October 2000. Retrieved 26 September 2010. 
  7. ^ Harding, John (7 October 2010). "On This Day in History: October 7 - Keegan resigns after Didi Hamann scores last Wembley goal". Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Honigsbaum, Mark (25 May 2005). "Horse beats Hurst in Wembley bridge contest". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 

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