Match No. 644 - Wednesday, 26th April 1989, 8:00pm

  • Assist: Chris Waddle. "The first arrived after Jera, having beaten Rocastle to Waddle's deep, searching cross from the left, then headed the ball square across his own penalty area straight to Lineker who gratefully nodded it in..." Gary Lineker27th of 48 goals, 5'
  • Assist: Gary Lineker. "A marvellous pass from Stevens up the right-hand touchline to Lineker instigated England's second, and Beardsley' first, goal after 12 minutes. Lineker turned inside a defender to create the chance and beardsley repeated the process before driving the ball past Nallbani." Peter Beardsley6th of 9 goals, 12'
  • Assist: Gary Lineker. "Three minutes before [Gascoigne] came on Beardsley made it 3-0 after Webb had headed back a centre from Pearce and Lineker had chested the ball down." Peter Beardsley7th of 9 goals, 64'
  • Assist: Paul Gascoigne. "In the 72-minute [Gascoigne] headed another accurate cross from Pearce back from the far post and Waddle, much happier playing wide last night, was the grateful recipient." Chris Waddle5th of 6 goals, 72'
  • Assist: Paul Parker. "Parker, winning his first cap, replaced Stevens and in the 88th minute the QPR defender's pass set Gascoigne in motion for a fitting finale. Gascoigne ran at the defence, dipped a shoulder and scored with a flourish." Paul Gascoigne1st of 10 goals, 88'
    • 1
    • Peter ShiltonDerby, 105th of 125 caps
      39 years, 7 months, 8 days
    • 2
    • Gary StevensRangers, 31st of 46 caps
      26 years, 0 months, 30 days
    • 76'
    • 3
    • Stuart PearceNotts Forest, 11th of 78 caps
      27 years, 0 months, 2 days
    • 4
    • Neil WebbNotts Forest, 14th of 26 caps
      25 years, 8 months, 27 days
    • 5
    • Des WalkerNotts Forest, 5th of 59 caps
      23 years, 5 months, 0 days
    • 6
    • Terry ButcherRangers, 59th of 77 caps
      30 years, 3 months, 29 days
    • 7
    • Bryan RobsonMan Utd, 75th of 90 caps
      32 years, 3 months, 15 days
      (c)51st captaincy
    • 10
    • Gary LinekerBarcelona, 40th of 80 caps
      28 years, 4 months, 26 days
    • 11
    • Chris WaddleSpurs, 40th of 62 caps
      28 years, 4 months, 12 days
    • 12
    • Paul ParkerQPR, 1st of 19 caps
      25 years, 0 months, 22 days
    • 76'
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    • 1
    • Blendi NallbaniBlendi Nallbani.
      Born 30th May 1971, Tirana, Albania.
      17 years old on his debut for Albania v Engladn at Wembley in 1989.
    • 2
    • Hysen ZmijaniHysen Zmijani.
      Born 29th Apr 1963, Shkodër, Albania.
    • 3
    • Agim BubeqiAgim Bubeqi.
      Born 7th Apr 1963, Vlorë, Albania.
    • 4
    • Skënder HodjaSkënder Hodja.
      Born 30th May 1960, Albania.
      (c)
    • 5
    • Skënder GegaSkënder Gega.
      Born 14th Nov 1963, Tropojë, Albania.
    • 6
    • Fatbardh JeraFatbardh Jera.
      Born 8th Nov 1960, Shkodër, Albania.
    • 7
    • Ylli ShehuYlli Shehu.
      Born 13th Mar 1966, Tirana, Albania.
    • 8
    • Artur LekbelloArtur Lekbello.
      Born 23rd Feb 1966, Albania.
    • 9
    • Lefter MilloLefter Millo.
      Born 2nd Aug 1966, Derviçan, Albania.
    • 10
    • Fatmir HasanpapaFatmir Hasanpapa.
      Born 19th Apr 1965, Albania.
    • 31'
    • 11
    • Sulejman DemollariSulejman Demollari.
      Born 15th May 1964, Tirana, Albania.
    • 13
    • Alban NogaAlban Noga.
      Born 14th Nov 1969, Albania.
    • 31'

Notes

  • Hillsborough DisasterFirst England match after the Hillsborough disaster which occured 11 days previously. All players wore black armbands.
  • Player MilestoneBryan Robson's 75th Cap
  • Player MilestonePaul Parker's 1st Cap
  • Goal MilestonePaul Gascoigne's 1st Goal

Sources

  • Wembley - The Complete Record 1923 - 2000 by Glen Isherwood (Sports Books 2006)
  • England - The Quest for the World Cup - A Complete Record by Clive Leatherdale (Two Heads Publishing 1994)
  • YouTube
  • England: The Complete Post-War Record by Mike Payne (Breedon Books Publishing Company 1993)
  • The Guardian "England help lift the shadows", Thursday 27th April 1989, page 18.

Managers

Referee

  • Norway Einar Halle

Attendance

  • 60,602

Half Time Score

ELO Ratings

  • No change in rank, gaining 3 ranking points to 1901 points England - 8th
  • Albania - 89th

World Cup 1990 Q

(Group 2)

    •  
    • Pts
    • GD
    • L
    • D
    • W
    • P
    • Sweden
    • 10
    • +6
    • 0
    • 2
    • 4
    • 6
    • England
    • 9
    • +10
    • 0
    • 3
    • 3
    • 6
    • Poland
    • 5
    • -4
    • 3
    • 1
    • 2
    • 6
    • Albania
    • 0
    • -12
    • 6
    • 0
    • 0
    • 6
    • Final Standings.