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Wednesday, 16 August 2006
Football Association Nationwide Friendly Match

England 4 Greece 0 [4-0]

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford, Greater Manchester
Attendance:
45,864; Kick-off: 8.08pm BST;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: Jonathan Pearce

England - John Terry (six-yard header 14 13:57), Frank Lampard (twelve-yard shot, deflected of Lagos 30 29:12), Peter Crouch (rebounded three-yard tap-in 35 34:47, seven-yard downward header 42 41:20).  Match Summary
England Squad

Greece Squad
Results 2005-2010 no yellow or red cards

England kicked-off. 92 minutes (45 & 47).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Germany

England

Type

Greece

Referee (black) - Wolfgang Stark
36 (20 November 1969), Landshut, FIFA listed 1999.

Assistant Referees - Harry Ehing, 42 (24 June 1964) and Carsten Kadach, 42 (22 January 1964).

Fourth official - Philip Dowd (26 January 1963), Stoke-on-Trent, England.

8 Goal Attempts 9
5 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 8
5 Offside Calls Against 1
11 Fouls Conceded 7
51.7% Possession 48.3%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (16th August 2006) 5th
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The 2006 away uniform - Red shirts with a St. George trim on right shoulder, white shorts with red hem trim, red socks.
Capt: John Terry, 1st captaincy Coach:  Steve McClaren, 45, appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
1st match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 4 - A 0.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W., off 46th min. 26 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 27 14 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. off 79th min. 31 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 82 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 80th min. 25 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 52 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 79th min. 26 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 48 9
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 27 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 53 0
6 Terry, John G. 25 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 30 2
7 Hargreaves, Owen L. 25 20 January 1981 M

FC Bayern München AG, Germany

35 0
8 Lampard, Frank J. 28 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

46 12
9 Defoe, Jermain C., off 69th min. 23 7 October 1982 F

Tottenham Hotspur FC

17 1
10
Crouch, Peter J. 25 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

12 8
11 Downing, Stewart, off 69th min. 22 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 6 0
England Substitutes
13 Kirkland, Christopher E., on 46th min. for Robinson 26 2 May 1981 G Wigan Athletic FC, on loan from Liverpool FC 1 0
21 Richardson, Kieran E., on 69th min. for Defoe 21 21 October 1984 M Manchester United FC 5 2
23 Lennon, Aaron J., on 69th min. for Downing 19 16 April 1987 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 0
16 Carragher, James L.D., on 79th min. for Neville 28 28 January 1978 RB Liverpool FC 30 0
24 Bent, Darren A., on 79th min. for Gerrard 22 6 February 1984 F Charlton Athletic FC 2 0
14 Bridge, Wayne M., on 80th min. for Cole 26 5 August 1980 LB Chelsea FC 24 1

unused substitutes:

12-Luke Young, 15-Phil Neville, 17-Wes Brown, 18-Michael Dawson, 19-Jermaine Jenas, 20-Shaun Wright-Phillips, 22-Ben Foster.

team notes:

Gary Neville and unused substitute, Phil, are brothers.
   
4-4-2

Robinson (Kirkland) -
Neville
(Carragher), Ferdinand, Terry, Cole (Bridge) -
Gerrard
(Bent), Hargreaves, Lampard, Downing (Lennon) -
Defoe
(Richardson), Crouch.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals 37.1 3.0

 

Greece Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (16th August 2006) 32nd
ELO rating 23rd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Blue shirts with white adidas trim/piping/pin-swags, blue shorts with white adidas trim, blue socks with white adidas trim.
Capt: Theo Zagarakis
Antonios Nikopolidos second half.
Coach: Otto Rehhagel, 68 (9 August 1938), appointed 9 August 2001, first match in charge 5 September 2001,
60th match, W 30 - D 15 - L 15 - F ? - A ?.
Greece Lineup
1 Nikopolidos, Antonios 35 14 January 1971 G Olympiakos Piraeus CFP 72 0
14 Fyssas, Panagiotis, off 29th min. 33 12 June 1973 D Hearts of Midlothian FC, Scotland 54 4
24 Vyntra, Loukas 24 5 February 1981 D Panathinaikos AO 10 0
28 Antzas, Paraskevas, off 46th min. 29 18 August 1976 D PAE Skoda Xanthi FC 16 0
5 Dellas, Traianos, off 64th min. 30 31 January 1976 D AEK Athens FC 30 1
21 Katsouranis, Konstantinos 27 21 June 1979 M Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal 30 1
7 Zagorakis, Theodoros, off 46th min. 33 27 October 1971 M PAOK Thessaloniki FC 117 3
8 Giannakopoulos, Stylianos 32 12 July 1974 M Bolton Wanderers FC, England 61 12
9 Charisteas, Angelos 26 9 February 1980 F Amsterdamsche FC Ajax, Netherlands 52 14
10 Karagounis, Georgios 29 6 March 1977 M Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal 54 4
27 Samaras, Georgios, off 46th min. 21 21 February 1985 F Manchester City FC, England 4 2
Greece Substitutes
29 Lagos, Panagiotis, on 29th min., for Fyssas 21 18 July 1985 M Iraklis Thessaloniki 1908 5 0
25 Kyrgiakos, Sotirios, on 46th min., for Antzas 27 23 July 1979 D Glasgow Rangers FC, Scotland 20 1
6 Basinas, Angelos, on 46th min. for Zagorakis 30 3 January 1976 M RC Deportivo Mallorca, Spain 70 4
22 Salpigidis, Dimitrios, on 46th min. for Giannakopoulos 24 18 August 1981 F PAOK Thessaloniki FC 10 0
20 Amanatidis, Ioannis, on 46th min. for Samaras 24 3 December 1981 F Eintracht Frankfurt AG, Germany 10 0
32 Anatolakis, Georgios, on 64th min. for Dellas 32 16 March 1974 D Olympiakos Piraeus CFP 16 0

unused substitutes:

11-Dimitrius Papadopoulos, 12-Costas Chalkias, 16-Pantelis Kafes, 17-Fanis Gekas.
   
4-4-2  

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.0 Appearances/Goals 45.5 3.7

 

    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

England made a flying start under new boss Steve McClaren with a four-goal first-half blast to beat Greece.  John Terry marked his first match as captain by nodding in the opening goal after Stewart Downing had headed the ball into the penalty area.  Frank Lampard then scored with a deflected shot and soon after it was his close-range effort which rebounded for Peter Crouch to stab home.  Crouch rounded off the scoring with a downward header into the top corner.

The Liverpool striker scored a hat-trick against Jamaica the last time England played at Old Trafford.  And he could have repeated the feat had he got on the end of a teasing low cross from Downing.  Crouch also steered a Steven Gerrard cross wide of the upright when he might have tucked the ball away.  Gerrard provided good width throughout for England in his role on the right, where former captain David Beckham has played for so long.  He was also able to cut inside, and it was his powerful burst through the centre which led to Crouch's second goal.

And there were other bright performances for England, from the tenacious patrolling of Owen Hargreaves in the holding role, to the return to goalscoring form of Lampard.  One Hargreaves tackle on the edge of his area was outstanding and his man of the match display would have further impressed Manchester United, who are reportedly ready to pay £13m to sign him. 

But for McClaren, although it was a good result, his first match in charge since taking over from Sven-Göran Eriksson was not the sternest test.  Greece barely managed a shot in the first half and England were fully in control. 

However, it took two superb second-half clearances off the line from Ashley Cole to ensure the McClaren era begun with a shut-out.  And substitute keeper Chris Kirkland dived well to his right to palm away a decent Giorgios Karagounis strike.  Substitute Aaron Lennon looked lively when he came on late in the second half - and Jermain Defoe, on from the start, also showed good touches.

Overall McClaren will be delighted with the win and the performance.  And it should be remembered that he has Wayne Rooney, Joe Cole and Michael Owen to come back.  The McClaren evolution - in which he has promised the team will play without fear - has made a good impression after 90 minutes.

But he will need to help England improve their ability to defend set-pieces if the signs of promise are to be fulfilled. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Greek Football Federation
The FA.com
SkySports.com/football

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CG