England faced Macedonia hero Pandev in 2002 – here’s where the starters are now

Don’t wait around for updates – sign up for our daily football email newsletter today!

Goran Pandev created his own bit of unique history on Sunday evening; the North Macedonian striker bagged his country's first goal at a major tournament.

It had to be Pandev to score too, and the 38-year-old is by far North Macedonia's greatest footballing export; he was part of Jose Mourinho's treble-winning Inter Milan side in 2010, and he's been a Serie A mainstay for the better part of the last decade.

However, at 38 Igor Angelovski, North Macedonia's manager, had to coax Pandev out of retirement when he took the hot-seat.

Pandev's international career has spanned almost two decades, and he once featured against England in 2002….

2002: the year of Asia's first World Cup; Ronaldo's questionable – and now infamous – trim, and the year Barcelona's Ansu Fati was born.

However, in October of that year, England faced North Macedonia – then just Macedonia – in a European qualifying match for the chance to go onto Portugal in 2004.

A couple of months after being lobbed by Ronaldinho, David Seaman started between the sticks at the tender age of 39, one year older than Pandev is now, in his final international appearance.

The Three Lions started with a backline of Gary Neville, Ashley Cole, Sol Campbell, Jonathan Woodgate, and Wayne Bridge.

Should this England side have won a major trophy? Let us know in the comments section

Neville and Cole are on punditry duties for Euro 2020 with ITV, whilst Sol Campbell has managed a couple of lower league sides, he even ran for London mayor in the early 2010s.

Woodgate was yet to experience his disastrous Real Madrid debut, but the Englishman is currently in the Bournemouth dugout, narrowly missing out on promotion to the Premier League at the first time of asking.

Bridge completed the back five; he retired in 2014, and competed on the 2016 iteration of 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here'.

Sven-Goran Eriksson opted for a star-studded midfield of David Beckham, Paul Scholes, and Steven Gerrard.

All three remain in football; Beckham has just launched a new MLS franchise, Inter Miami, and Scholes is on the board at Salford City.

Gerrard is arguably the most successful, and after his retirement, the Liverpudlian took the helm at Rangers, who he guided to their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade this season.

Alan Smith and Michael Owen rounded out the side, and Owen – after an injury-ravaged career – is now a regular pundit on TV screens.

Leeds-born Smith was unknowingly becoming his home sides final England player until Kalvin Phillips pulled on the shirt in 2020; he now owns a football academy, XL Soccer World Academy, in Orlando.

Don't miss a thing with our football updates!

Want to be on the ball with all of the latest football news?

Well then sign up for the brilliant Daily Star football email newsletter!

From the latest transfer news to the agenda-setting stories, get it all in your email inbox – don't miss a thing.

How do you sign up?

It only takes a matter of seconds.

Simply type your email address into the box at the top of this article and hit 'subscribe'.

And that's it, job done. You'll receive an email with all of the top news stories every single morning.

You can find out more information on our email newsletter on this link here.

Macedonia were able to hold England to a surprise 2-2 draw that evening, despite constant chatter of how many would England score, and a young Pandev made an appearance off the bench.

Beckham and Gerrard pulled England level, twice.

The Three Lions eventually qualified for the tournament; by the time Eriksson's side arrived at the 2004 Euros they had a shiny new toy in their ranks, a young Wayne Rooney.

READ MORE: Kylian Mbappe calls out France team-mate Olivier Giroud over “public” criticism

READ MORE: David Alaba grabs angry Marko Arnautovic's face to 'get Austria team-mate to shut up'

  • David Beckham
  • Gary Neville
  • Steven Gerrard
  • Euro 2020
  • England Football Team

Source: Read Full Article