However, another youngster who did make his debut, Darius Vassell, scored a superb on the hour goal to level the match for England after Patrick Kluivert handed Holland the lead with a fortunate first half strike than cannoned off Sol Campbell.
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Simon Davies will have enjoyed his evening at the Millennium Stadium as Wales, ranked 101st in the world, finished all square with Argentina - second only to France in the rankings.
Craig Bellamy opened the scoring for the Welsh in front of 63,000 fans against a team captained by Juan Sebastian Veron. Although Julio Cruz grabbed a second-half equaliser, Wales fully deserved their draw.
Boss Mark Hughes was delighted with the outcome. "I asked my players, individually, for a big, big performance from everyone of them - and that is what I got,"
Kasey Keller's USA lost by a single goal to Italy, but it was Blackburn's Brad Freidel on duty on this occasion, while Germany, with Christian Ziege in the squad fell behind to Israel. It was only a temporary setback and the Germans ran out 7-1 winners.
Steffen Iversen and Oyvind Leonhardsen were on duty in Belgium where Norway were overcome 1-0 by their hosts.
Ledley King suffered the disappointment of missing out on an England debut against Holland in Amsterdam due to a sore throat.