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Wednesday, 6 June 2007
European Championship 2008 Group E qualification match

Estonia 0 England 3 [0-1]
 

 

A. Le Coq Arena, Lilleküla, Tallinn
Attendance: 11,000; Kick-off: 9.30pm EEST, 7.30pm BST: 
Live on Sky Sports One (UK); Commentator - Martin Tyler

England - Joe Cole (chest then seventeen-yard volley 37 36:34), Peter Crouch (twelve-yard header 54 53:32), Michael Owen (three-yard volley 62 61:08). Match Summary
Estonia Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Peter Crouch (81).

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Poland

Estonia

Type

England

Referee (yellow) - Grzegorz Gilewski
34 (24 February 1973), Radom, FIFA-listed 2001.

Assistant Referees - Maciej Wierzbowski, 36 (15 February 1971) and Rafał Rostkowski, 34 (6 August 1972).

Fourth official - Marek Mikołajewski, 35 (21 March 1972), Ciechanów, FIFA-listed 2004.

UEFA Delegate - Alvaro Albino, Portugal;
UEFA Referee Observer - Manuel López Fernández, Spain;

7 Goal Attempts 12
2 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
2 Corner Kicks Won 2
4 Offside Calls Against 3
21 Fouls Conceded 8
40.9% Possession 59.1%

Estonia Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (16th May 2007) 110th
ELO rating 115th to 116th
Colours: Made by Nike - Blue shirts with white collar/cuffs, black shorts with white pintrim, white socks with blue trim;
Capt: Mart Poom Coach: Jelle Quirinus Goes, 37 (26 March 1970), appointed 2 October 2004.
Estonia Lineup
1 Poom, Mart 35 3 February 1972 G Watford FC, England 114 0
2 Jääger, Enar 22 18 November 1984 RB Aalesund FK, Norway 42 0
3 Stepanov, Andrei 28 16 March 1979 CD FC Khimki, Russia 68 1
4 Klavan, Ragnar 21 30 October 1985 CD Heracles Almelo, Netherlands 36 1
5 Kruglovm, Dmitri 23 24 May 1984 LB Lokomotiv Moskva, Russia 26 1
6 Dmitrijev, Aleksandr 25 18 February 1982 M FC Levadia 20 0
7 Konsa, Oliver, off 46th min. 22 4 March 1985 F FC TVMK 5 0
8 Lindpere, Joel 25 5 October 1981 M Tromsø IL, Norway 49 4
9 Voskoboinikov, Vladimir 24 2 February 1983 F Torpedo Moskva, Russia 2 0
10 Vassiljev, Konstantin 22 16 August 1984 M FC Levadia 4 0
11 Terehhov, Sergei, off 64th min. 32 18 April 1975 F FC TVMK 93 5
Estonia Substitutes
17 Neemelo, Tarmo, on 46th min. for Konsa 25 10 February 1982 F GIF Sundsvall, Sweden 19 1
18 Kink, Tarmo, on 64th min. for Terehhov 21 6 October 1985 F FC Levadia 9 0

unused substitutes:

12-Artur Kotenko, 13-Alo Bärengrub, 14-Urmas Rooba, 15-Liivo Leetma, 16-Gert Kams.
   

4-2-3-1

Poom -
Jää
ger, Stepanov, Klavan, Kruglovm -
Dmitrijev, Lindpere -
Konsa
(Neemelo), Vassiljev, Terehhov (Kink) -
Voskoboinikov

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 41.7 1.1

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (16th May 2007) 8th
ELO rating 7th
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, 10th captaincy. Coach: Steve McClaren, 45, appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
11th match, W 5 - D 4 - L 2 - F 18 - A 5.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 36 18 GA
2 Brown, Wesley M. 27 13 October 1979 RB Manchester United FC 12 0
3 Bridge, Wayne M. 26 5 August 1980 LB Chelsea FC 25 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 27 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 57 12
5 King, Ledley B. 26 12 October 1980 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 19 0
6 Terry, John G. 26 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 39 3
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 68th min. 32 2 May 1975 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 96 17
8 Lampard, Frank J. 28 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

55 12
9
Crouch, Peter J. 26 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

19 12
Crouch cautioned in the 81st min. for unsporting behaviour, for a foul on Joel Lindpere. Suspended.
10 Owen, Michael J., off 88th min. 27 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 82 37
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 75th min. 25 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 40 7
England Substitutes
15 Dyer, Kieron C., on 68th min. for Beckham 28 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 32 0
16 Downing, Stewart, on 75th min. for Cole 22 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 14 0
14 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 88th min. for Owen 24 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 17 0

unused substitutes:

12-Jamie Carragher. 13-Scott Carson, 17-Alan Smith, 18-Jermain Defoe;
   
4-4-2 Robinson -
Brown, King, Terry, Bridge -
Beckham
(Dyer), Gerrard, Lampard, Cole (Downing) -
Crouch, Owen
(Jenas).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 43.6 9.6

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

The last match of a long, hard season saw England produce a thoroughly professional performance to despatch Estonia with the minimum of fuss and move on to next season's sterner tasks.

It was a good all round display from England with excellent performances all through the team.  David Beckham showed his full range of passing skills, Frank Lampard worked his socks off and Wayne Bridge made some fine runs down the left, sending over a series of telling crosses.  At the back John Terry was in commanding form and made a couple of brilliant tackles and clearances when the home side threatened, whilst Ledley King gave him good support.  Steven Gerrard also showed his pedigree in the midfield, orchestrating the passing and movement that England displayed.  Peter Crouch dominated in the air and his knock-downs and flicks several times led to chances.

The problem was going to be in how to break down the packed home defensive lines?  Michael Owen looked sharp, albeit slightly ponderous as he strives to regain that extra yard to unlock defences.  He did have a good chance in the 28th minute when he received the ball from Beckham's free-kick, but Owen delayed too much and the chance was gone.  In the end the breakthrough came in the 37th minute and came from England's most fluid attack so far.  Bridge hurled a long throw into the box and Crouch flicked the ball on to Joe Cole.  The Chelsea man controlled the ball brilliantly with his chest before hitting a half-volley past goalkeeper Mart Poom.  It was a fine goal and it helped England settle to their task with an even more renewed confidence.

They reappeared after the break with an increased determination and pace and within 15 minutes they had made the game safe.  At the heart of England's next goal was the mercurial Beckham who beat Dmitri Kruglov before sending over a magnificent cross for Crouch to nod past Poom.  It was a superb goal and Crouch's 12th for his country and sixth of the season for England.  Ten minutes later and Beckham produced another wonderful cross to find Owen and this time the ball was despatched past Poom with aplomb.  It was a landmark for Owen too, as it was his 23rd competitive goal for England, thus passing Gary Lineker's record.

Beckham had earlier turned his ankle but with a three goal lead he was able to limp away from the action to a standing ovation.  There was no further scoring as England coolly played out the remaining minutes with some degree of comfort.  The very good performance had been well rewarded and Steve McLaren will also take heart from Russia's draw with Croatia in Zagreb the previous evening, a result that leaves England with everything to play for in the coming months.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
UEFA.com
FIFA.com
Sky Sports
Miroslaw Szacillo of Warsaw
Estonia FA
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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