Sven Goran Eriksson and David Platt put the final
touches to their preparations for this Summer's World
Cup and U-21 European Championship Finals, another
England Manager will be seeking to win a Tournament
a bit closer to home.
Masterminded by Greg Fee, F.A. National
League Systems Manager and Mike Appleby, F.A. Leagues
Development Manager, the 'Four Nations Tournament'
will return to the football calendar between Tuesday
14th and Saturday 18th May 2002 at Boston United and
This summer's Four Nations Tournament
will feature England, Scotland, Wales and the Republic
of Ireland, with three games each to be played at York
Street and Rockingham Road.
John Owens' side, undefeated in eleven
internationals now play under their new name, first
introduced in their 2-1 win over the USA at Stevenage
Borough on 20th March.
In 1979 an 'England Semi-Professional
Team' was formed for the first time, with an inaugural
international Four-Nation Tournament hosted by England
at Stafford and Northwich. The tournament was staged
on a knockout basis and featured Holland (amateurs),
Italy (Serie C U-21's) and Scotland (Semi-Pro).
These tournaments ended in 1987,
since when the England side have been reduced to playing
two or three friendly internationals per season.
The match schedule is as follows:
Tuesday 14th May 7.30pm Kick-Off
England v Wales Boston United
Scotland v Rep. of Ireland Kettering Town
Thursday 16th May 7.30pm Kick-Off
England v Rep. of Ireland Boston United
Scotland v Wales Kettering Town
Saturday 18th May 2pm Kick-Off
Wales v Rep. of Ireland Boston United
England v Scotland Kettering Town
Ticket Prices are as follows:
Adults and Children Seated £8 Adults Terrace £6
Children Terrace £2
Family Tickets will also be available for each match, available only
in the Stands for £20 for 2 Adults and 2 Children, a saving of £12.
For further Ticket Information, please
contact Boston United FC on 01205 364 403, and Kettering
Town FC on 01536 483 028.
National Game XI
The name explained: In July 2000, The National Game Division was created
at The F.A. to lead the development and investment of English grassroots
football under the leadership of Director Steve Parkin In order
to reflect the changes at The F.A. and the movement of many Conference
clubs towards full-time status, the 'England National Game XI' replaced
the former 'England Semi-Pro' moniker, with the team representing the
pinnacle of the National Game.