England play Croatia in the World Cup semi-final on Wednesday evening and it will only the second time the two sides have met in a major tournament.
With the game not too far away, we’ve taken a look back at a painful night for English football, when Steve McClaren’s short reign as the national team boss came to an abrupt halt.
Croatia became the first, and remain the only, side to beat England in a competitive fixture at the ‘New’ Wembley.
England only needed a draw against Slaven Bilic’s men to qualify but somehow conspired to lose 3-2. Russia’s slender 1-0 victory over Andorra meant that the Three Lions failed to qualify for a major tournament for the first time since 1994.
We’ve taken a look back at the players who took part in that fateful November night to see where they are now.
GK: Scott Carson
Scott Carson had a disastrous game in only his second cap for England. The then Liverpool ‘keeper has since went on to play for numerous clubs and currently keeps goal for Championship side Derby County.
RB: Micah Richards
The former Man City full back was a regular for England during McClaren’s reign, making 11 appearances, however, he fell out of favour under Fabio Capello, only earning two more England caps. He is currently on the books of Championship side Aston Villa but is out of favour.
CB: Sol Campbell
The defeat to Croatia ended up being Campbell’s final game for England. He went on to win the FA Cup with Portsmouth in 2008. He retired from football in 2012 and is now looking to become a manager. He was an assistant manager at Trinidad and Tobago for a short spell in 2017.
CB: Joleon Lescott
Lescott left Everton in 2009 for Man City and won a couple of Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup. Had a couple of unsuccessful stints at Aston Villa and Sunderland. Currently works as a loanee player liaison agent for Man City.
LB: Wayne Bridge
Bridge left Chelsea in 2009 after a six-year stint at the club, winning the Premier League, League Cup twice and FA Cup. He was voted into the 2012/13 Championship team of the year. Bridge appeared in the 2016 edition of “I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!“
CDM: Gareth Barry
Barry broke the record for most appearances in the Premier League era in 2017. He was part of the Man City side that won the FA Cup in 2011 and Premier League in 2012. He is currently under contract at Championship side West Brom.
RM: Shaun Wright-Phillips
Son of Ian Wright, Shaun Wright-Phillips went on to play for Man City and QPR after leaving Chelsea in 2008. Wright-Phillps played in the USA with New York Red Bulls and Phoenix Rising.
CM: Steven Gerrard (c)
The former Liverpool and England captain retired from football in 2016 after 17 years at his boyhood club and a short spell at LA Galaxy. Gerrard won 114 caps for England, the fourth highest in Three Lions history. He currently manages Rangers.
CM: Frank Lampard
Lampard was on the scoresheet that evening, scoring a penalty to make it 1-2. The Chelsea legend retired in 2016 after becoming the London club’s all-time top scorer. He is now manager of Championship team Derby County.
LM: Joe Cole
The former Chelsea and Liverpool man has experienced a mixed career, he currently plays in the USA for Tampa Bay Rowdies.
ST: Peter Crouch
Crouch scored the equaliser that would have seen England through. He currently plays for Stoke City after spells at Tottenham and Portsmouth following his exit from Liverpool.
SUB: Jermain Defoe
Defoe was awarded an OBE in 2018 for services to his own charity; the Jermain Defoe Foundation. Currently plays for Bournemouth after spells at Portsmouth, Toronto and Sunderland.
SUB: David Beckham
Beckham came on as sub that night and provided the assist for Crouch’s equaliser. The international superstar retired in 2013 after spells at AC Milan, LA Galaxy and PSG. Beckham has recently been granted permission to build a Miami-based football team in the MLS.
SUB: Darren Bent
Bent came on with 10 minutes to go but it was too late to make an impact. The former Tottenham striker is currently without a club after being released by Derby.
Manager: Steve McClaren
Rebuilt his career at FC Twente, winning the Eredivisie in 2010 but had unsuccessful stints at Notts Forest, Newcastle and Derby twice. Now in charge of QPR after being appointed this summer.