Germany 1, England 0
WEMBLEY, England (AP) _ Germany beat England 1-0 in a 2002 World Cup qualifier Saturday in the last game at Wembley Stadium before it is demolished and rebuilt.
Germany, which has never lost a road game in World Cup qualifying, scored in the 14th minute. Midfielder Dietmar Hamann’s quickly taken 35-yard free kick slid past an unprepared English defense and off the fingertips of goalkeeper David Seaman.
England’s coach, Kevin Keegan, resigned after the game.
``I probably had a longer run than I could’ve expected,″ Keegan said. ``I just don’t feel I can find that little bit of extra that you need at this level to find that winning formula.″
Wembley was built 77 years ago, and it was there that England won its only major title by beating Germany 4-2 in the 1966 World Cup final.
Now, though, England is in danger of failing to reach the World Cup for the second time in eight years. The team is already six points behind Germany in Europe’s Group 9 _ and needs to find a coach in a hurry. England plays Finland at Helsinki on Wednesday.
Soaked by hours of rain, the lush Wembley field was torn up badly early in the game, and players slid and skidded for most of the 90 minutes.
There was no excuse for England’s lapse on the lone goal.
Paul Scholes lost the ball and then fouled Germany’s Mehmet Scholl. England’s defenders hadn’t even started to line up to try to block the free kick when Hamann ran up and sent a low, right-footed shot past an outstretched Seaman.
England gave away the ball far too often, allowing Germany to control the match with good passing.