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Kenny defeats the auld enemy
1977 – Celtic’s Kenny Dalglish scored the winning goal past Ray Clemence as Scotland defeated England 2-1 at Wembley to clinch the British International Championships. Skipper Emlyn Hughes, Ray Kennedy and Phil Neal were also in the England side that day.

In the World Cup
2002 - Jerzy Dudek was on the losing side as Poland went down 2-0 to South Korea in their opening World Cup match in Busan.
1986 - Graeme Souness won his first cap as a Rangers player, skippering Scotland in their 1-0 defeat of Denmark in the World Cup Finals in Mexico. Jan Mølby and Steve Nicol also featured.

Rushie’s last Italian goal
1988 - Ian Rush scored as he won his final Wales cap as a Juventus player as they beat Italy 1-0 in a friendly in Brescia. Future red Dean Saunders also played.

Signing on
2015 - James Milner agreed to sign from Manchester City on 1st July of that year, netting 26 times in 332 reds games before moving on at the end of the 2022/23 campaign, helping us to claim the Premier League title, UEFA Champions League, FIFA Club World Cup, FA Cup, League Cup, UEFA Super Cup and FA Community Shield, as well as skippering the side on many occasions. On the same day, centre-forward Adam Morgan signed for Accrington Stanley.

2007 - Skipper Steven Gerrard and vice-captain Jamie Carragher both signed new four-year contracts. Each subsequently further extended these, although both have now left the club.
1894 – Scottish outside-right Neil Kerr signed from Rangers, netting three times in twelve games before moving to Nottingham Forest the following year.

Happy birthdays
1905 - Centre-half David Davidson was born in Aberdeen. He signed from Forfar Athletic in July 1928, going on to score twice in his 62 reds appearances. He moved on to Newcastle United in January 1930.
1974 - Ex-reserves forward Steven Gillespie was born in Liverpool. He never made our first team and is now with League Two side Fleetwood Town.
1977 – Austrian keeper Alex Manninger was born in Salzburg. He signed from Augsburg on a free transfer in July 2016, featuring on the bench on just four occasions before retiring at the end of the season.

More international goalscorers
2011 – Ex-red Robbie Keane scored his fiftieth international goal, skippering the Republic of Ireland to a 2-0 European Championships qualifying defeat of FYR Macedonia in Skopje. On the same day, ex-red Yossi Benayoun netted as captain as Israel won another qualifier 2-1 in Latvia, while ex-red Fernando Torres struck as Spain beat the USA 4-0 in a friendly in Foxborough, with Pepe Reina and ex-reds Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa also featuring. Future red Oussama Assaidi also scored in Morocco’s 4-0 thumping of Algeria in an African Cup of Nations qualifier in Marrakech, his first for his country and only strike while with SC Heerenveen.
2016 – Future red Gini Wijnaldum scored as the Netherlands won a friendly 2-0 in Austria while winning his last cap as a Newcastle United player. Toni Silva made his senior bow while netting his only goal for Guinea-Bissau while playing for Clube de Futebol União, in their 3-2 African Cup of Nations qualifying defeat of Zambia. Mohamed Salah scored both goals while winning his last cap before making his loan move to Roma permanent as Egypt won an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier 2-0 in Tanzania, while Sadio Mané struck as he played for Senegal as a Southampton player for the last time in their 2-0 win in Burundi. On the same day, Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, Sheyi Ojo, Jordan Rossiter, Martin Škrtel, Brad Smith and future reds Alisson Becker, Ragnar Klavan, Andy Robertson, Dominic Solanke and Virgil van Dijk all also featured in international action, with Abel Xavier taking charge of Mozambique.
2017 – Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Sebastián Coates both played for their countries in friendlies.

2014 – Ex-reds Javier Mascherano and Maxi Rodríguez both netted as Argentina beat Trinidad & Tobago 3-0 in a friendly in Buenos Aires. On the same day, Joe Allen skippered Wales, with Kolo Touré, future reds Mario Balotelli, Ragnar Klavan, Mohamed Salah and Gini Wijnaldum, and ex-reds Alberto Aquilani and Carl Medjani also featuring in friendlies.
1996 - Future red Christian Ziege was on the scoresheet as Germany thumped Liechtenstein 9-1 in a friendly in Mannheim. Mark Kennedy appeared as a substitute for the Republic of Ireland in their 3-1 friendly defeat in the Netherlands on the same day.
1964 - Roger Hunt netted in England’s 1-1 Copa de las Naciones draw with Portugal in São Paulo, Brazil. Peter Thompson was also in the side.

Sadio’s record
2022 - Sadio Mané became Senegal’s all-time top scorer as he bagged a treble that included two penalties in their 3-1 defeat of Benin in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Dakar. He had netted 32 times in ninety appearances at this stage. Future red Dominik Szoboszlai converted a penalty as Hungary beat England 1-0 in a UEFA Nations League group game in Budapest, his last goal for his country before moving to Anfield. Also in international action that day were Trent Alexander-Arnold, Caoimhín Kelleher, future red Fábio Carvalho and ex-reds Conor Coady and Péter Gulácsi.

First caps
2014 – Jon Flanagan won his first senior cap as Roy Hodgson’s England drew 2-2 with Ecuador in Miami. Rickie Lambert struck while making his first appearance as a red, with Raheem Sterling dismissed and Jordan Henderson and future reds Adam Lallana, James Milner and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain also featuring.
2021 – Tom Clayton came off the bench to make his debut for Scotland Under-21’s as they lost a friendly 2-1 to Northern Ireland in Dumbarton. Thiago Alcântara, Alisson Becker, Morgan Boyes, Fabinho, Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and ex-red Péter Gulácsi all also played for their countries that day.

More final caps
2013 – Ex-red Jerzy Dudek won his sixtieth and last cap for Poland, captaining them in their 2-0 friendly defeat of Liechtenstein in Krakow while wearing the number sixty shirt.
1999 - Dietmar Hamann won his last cap as a Newcastle United player, and seventeenth in total, as Germany thumped Moldova 6-1 in a European Championships qualifier in Leverkusen. Fellow future red Markus Babbel also played.
2005 - Yossi Benayoun won his last cap as a Real Racing Club de Santander player in Israel’s 2-2 World Cup qualifying draw with the Republic of Ireland at Lansdowne Road. Future red Robbie Keane struck his 25th senior international goal in this game.

2011 – Stewart Downing won his last cap before his switch to Anfield as England drew 2-2 with Switzerland in a European Championships qualifier at Wembley, while Emiliano Insúa won his fourth and last cap as a reds player as Argentina lost a friendly 2-1 in Poland. Glen Johnson, Dirk Kuyt, Lucas Leiva, Raul Meireles, Christian Poulsen, future reds James Milner and Xherdan Shaqiri, and ex-reds Nikolay Mihaylov and John Arne Riise all also featured for their countries that day.
2012 - Krisztián Németh played his final game for Hungary as a RKC Waalwijk player, up against ex-red Robbie Keane’s Republic of Ireland side in a game that ended goalless in Budapest, with future reds keeper Ádám Bogdán also featuring.

Nic from the spot
2000 - Real Madrid’s Nicolas Anelka was on target in a penalty shout-out after France and Japan had drawn 2-2 in the Hassan II Tournament in Morocco. France won 4-2 on penalties to progress to the Final. Phil Babb, future reds Milan Baroš, Jerzy Dudek, Robbie Keane and Bolo Zenden, and ex-reds Mark Kennedy and Jason McAteer all also represented their countries on this day.
1999 - Anelka also played for France as they lost 3-2 to Russia in a Euro 2000 qualifier at the Stade de France.
2010 – Chelsea’s Anelka featured as China beat France 1-0 in a friendly on the French island of Réunion. On the same day, Kolo Touré struck his first goal as a Manchester City player as Ivory Coast beat Japan 2-0 in a friendly in Switzerland.

250 for Ireland
1989 - John Aldridge, Ray Houghton, Steve Staunton and ex-red Kevin Sheedy all appeared in the Republic of Ireland’s 250th full international match, as they beat Hungary 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier at Lansdowne Road, with István Kozma winning his only cap as a Girondins de Bordeaux player for the visitors.
1992 - All of the Irish bar Sheedy also played for their country, losing 2-0 to Italy in a US Cup match in Boston.

Also in international action
2005 - Milan Baroš and Vladimír Šmicer both struck for the Czech Republic as they thumped Andorra 8-1 in a World Cup qualifier in Liberec, with Vladi’s goal being his final one as a reds player. Ex-red Rigobert Song nabbed his first goal while with Galatasaray in Cameroon’s 4-1 qualifying win in Benin, while future red Dirk Kuyt struck as the Netherlands beat Romania 2-0 in his home stadium. Philipp Degen won his fourth and final cap as a Basel player as Switzerland won a qualifier 3-1 in the Faroe Islands. Jerzy Dudek, Luis García, John Arne Riise and future reds Ragnar Klavan, Maxi Rodríguez, Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin all also played in World Cup matches, while John Welsh skippered England Under-20’s including future red James Milner in the Toulon Tournament.

2006 - Kuyt also represented his country, alongside Jan Kromkamp who was winning his eleventh and final cap, as the Netherlands were held to a 1-1 friendly draw by Australia, also in Feyenoord. Future reds Nuri Şahin and Kolo Touré also played for their countries that day.
2008 – Torres also played for Spain as they beat the USA 1-0 in a friendly in Santander, alongside Xabi Alonso and Álvaro Arbeloa, with Javier Mascherano and future red Maxi Rodríguez also in friendly action.
2015 – Future reds keeper Kamil Grabara appeared for Poland Under-16’s in their 1-1 friendly draw in Romania.
2018 – Virgil van Dijk skippered the Netherlands as they drew 1-1 with Italy in a friendly in Turin, with Gini Wijnaldum and ex-red Ryan Babel also in action. On the same day, Marko Grujić played as Serbia lost 1-0 to Chile in Austria.

1963 – Ian St. John played for Scotland in their 4-3 friendly defeat in Norway.
1972 – Kevin Keegan and Larry Lloyd both featured as England Under-23’s won 3-0 in Poland.
1994 – Ex-red Jim Magilton appeared in Northern Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to Colombia in Boston.
1997 – Future reds Brad Friedel, Paul Ince and Bolo Zenden all turned out for their countries, with Ince skippering England in their 2-0 win over Italy in Le Tournoi in Nantes.
1999 – Jamie Carragher played for England Under-21’s as they beat Sweden 3-0 in a European Championships qualifier in Huddersfield, with future red Frode Kippe playing for Norway Under-21’s in their 2-1 win in another qualifier in Albania.
2001 – Ex-red Rigobert Song appeared as Cameroon beat Canada 2-0 in a Confederations Cup group game in Japan.

Rafa honoured
2008 – Reds boss Rafael Benítez was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from the Miguel Hernandez University (Elche) in Spain.

No longer in charge
1969 - Sir Matt Busby resigned as Manager of Manchester United for the first time. He had led our deadly rivals to the European Cup, five League titles and two FA Cups. He was soon to be replaced by Wilf McGuinness, a former ‘Busby babe’.

A new deal
2009 – The club announced a three-year partnership deal with international tyre company Maxxis. On the same day, David N’Gog played for France Under-21’s in the Toulon Tournament as they beat Qatar 1-0.

Also on the move
2007 - Don Hutchison was released by Coventry City after four goals in forty outings. He found a new club later in the summer when he joined Luton Town.
2019 – The departures of left-back Alberto Moreno and forward Daniel Sturridge were announced. Moreno struck three times in 141 reds games after signing for £12m from his hometown club Sevilla in August 2014. Sturridge had signed from Chelsea for £12m in January 2013, netting an impressive 67 times in 160 reds games.
2021 – The club announced that midfielder Liam Coyle, forward Joe Hardy, midfielder Abdi Sharif and right-back Jack Walls had all been released.

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