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11/10/2013 08:11, Report by Nathan Thomas

#13 - Record Reds

Our look at greatest moments of United's internationals move on to England's Reds-inspired win over Albania in 2001...

Players: Gary Neville, Wes Brown, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes, Andy Cole, Teddy Sheringham
Match: Albania 1-3 England, 28th March 2001, Qemal Stafa stadium, Albania

Much of United's success during the 1990s was down to a strong presence of talented academy graduates in the first-team squad. Those same players would go on to infiltrate the national team set-up, a fact displayed most potently in a World Cup qualifying match against Albania in 2001.

In the Qemal Stafa stadium, manager Sven-Goran Eriksson named five United youth products in his matchday squad. With two United imports also present, in the shape of Teddy Sheringham and Andy Cole, United had an impressive seven players representing the national team - a club record. With Teddy and Wes Brown on the bench, the five starting reds (Gary Neville, David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Paul Scholes and Cole) attempted to help England notch an important three points on the way to securing World Cup qualification.

It was to be a game in which England struggled to get going; however, it didn't stop two Reds from making telling contributions to the 3-1 win. Goals from Scholes and Cole secured the victory after future Red Michael Owen had put the Three Lions 1-0 in front on 73 minutes.

By the time the final whistle had blown, England had all seven of the United contingent of the squad on the pitch. It was the largest representation of one club since six Liverpool players started England's friendly against Switzerland in September 1977.

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