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FIVE LIONS

Posted on 1 March 2006  - 12:00

We had five players on the pitch at the same time as England beat Uruguay on Wednesday night - equalling our club record.

We had five players on the pitch at the same time as England beat Uruguay on Wednesday night - equalling our club record.

Paul Robinson and Michael Carrick played the full match, Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas came on at half-time and Jermain Defoe entered the fray as a late substitute in the friendly at Anfield.

Most eyes were on Michael as he started in place of Frank Lampard in central midfield and he didn't disappoint, producing a typically assured display that later won the praise of boss Sven Goran Eriksson.

To cap his night, Michael was involved in the build up to both goals as England came from 1-0 down to win 2-1 against the tough South American side.

He set Joe Cole away down the left to allow Cole to cross for ex-Spur Peter Crouch to equalise and then spread the play wide with a 40-yard pass to Gary Neville that led to Shaun Wright-Phillips crossing for Cole's winner in injury time.

The club record was set on April 29, 1987 when Clive Allen, Glenn Hoddle, Steve Hodge, Gary Mabbutt and Chris Waddle played in a European Championship qualifier in Turkey. The previous mark of four players was set in 1921.