England v Croatia World Cup semi-final is a rematch of Portman Road clash in 2003
When England square off with Croatia for a place in the World Cup final in just a few hours time, it will bring back memories of a famous night in Portman Road history.
Ipswich Town’s home hosted its first – and so far only – senior international back on August 20, 2003, and it saw England do battle with the team who will be their foes on Wednesday.
And, in what is hopefully a foreshadowing of the huge semi-final clash, England won the friendly match 3-1.
Captain David Beckham, sporting a pony tail and top knot at the time, put England ahead from the penalty spot after just eight minutes after Croatian defender Josip Simunic handled his cross.
Beckham crossed to Michael Owen to make it 2-0 after 50 minutes, before being substituted to a rapturous reception.
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Croatia pulled one back through Ivica Mormar after 78 minutes, before Frank Lampard struck England’s third with ten minutes left.
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