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ENGLAND'S win in Trinidad could be scrubbed from the record books — because they used seven subs.

The amazing ****-up would leave David Beckham's shock comeback as captain null and void.


And caps for debut-making Stephen Warnock, Dean Ashton, Joe Hart and Phil Jagielka would be worthless.


FIFA rules state no team can use more than six subs in international friendlies.

But an FA spokesman said: “The opportunity to use seven substitutes was cleared in advance of the game by FIFA, Trinidad and Tobago representative Jack Warner, the FIFA delegate for the game and the match referee.


“There is no way we would have gone ahead using seven subs without the approval that we were given.â€


But a FIFA spokesman declared: “FIFA did not give special dispensation to make up to seven substitutions in the Trinidad & Tobago v England match.â€

Football's world governing body has now launched an investigation into the matter.


It introduced the six sub limit to end the multiple changes frequently made by coaches such as former England boss Sven Goran Eriksson.

Another big loser could be hard-up Shrewsbury, who are celebrating a £500,000 windfall after Hart's England debut.

League Two Shrews inserted the clause when the keeper joined Manchester City for £600,000 in 2006.

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If the match is stricken from the record then the FA are to blame. They should have made absolutely sure that it had been cleared by FIFA.

If the game is void then I feel sorry for Barry, who scored his first England goal and captained the side for the first time, and the debutants.

15:01, UPDATE from Sky Sports...

England's 3-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago will stand as an official international match following a Fifa investigation.

Fifa have since revealed that they did not give their approval to England, but the game will not be wiped from the record books due to a mistake by the referee.
 

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ENGLAND'S friendly win over Trinidad & Tobago will NOT be wiped from the record books.

FIFA today revealed that Sunday's friendly in the Port of Spain will count despite a mistake over substitutions.

Football's world governing body did not give special dispensation for seven rather than the maximum of six substitutions.

But FIFA have now said that it had been a mistake by referee Enrico Wijngaarde.

A statement read: “FIFA can confirm it did not give special dispensation to make up to seven substitutions at the Trinidad & Tobago v England friendly match.

“The referee of this match confirmed to FIFA that he received no instruction to allow for such a special dispensation but that it had been a mistake by the referee.

“As FIFA has received no official protest regarding this match, it shall be considered as an official match.â€

Got this from the teletext but can be found if you googled it, But they want to make up there minds!!
 
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