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Wednesday, 22 August 2007
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 1 Germany 2 [1-2]
 

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 86,133; Kick-off: 8.08pm BST;
Live on BBC One (UK) - commentator: John Motson

England - Frank Lampard (right-footed fifteen yard placed shot from a Richards lay-off 9 8:55),
Germany - Kevin Kurányi
(two yard shot after Robinson could only parry Schneider's cross 26 25:26), Christian Pander (thirty-yard strike 40 39:16).
Match Summary
England Squad
Germany Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Joe Cole (34).

England kicked-off. 95 minutes (46 & 49).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Switzerland

England

Type

Germany

Referee (black) - Massimo Busacca
38 (6 February 1969), Bellinzona, FIFA-listed 1998;

Assistant Referees - Stephane Cuhat, 43 (8 October 1963) and Francesco Buragina, 40 (7 January 1966).

Fourth official - Michael Leslie Dean, 39 (2 June 1968), Heswall, England, FIFA-listed 2003;

12 Goal Attempts 9
6 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 4
5 Offside Calls Against 4
16 Fouls Conceded 13
56% Possession 44%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (22nd August 2007) 12th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home uniform - White v-neck jersey with red horizontal stripe/navy double diamond trim and abstract side panel, navy shorts with white pintrim/double diamond, white socks with navy thin band/double diamond.
Capt: John Terry, eleventh captaincy. Manager: Stephen McClaren, 46 (3 May 1961), appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
12th match, W 5 - D 4 - L 3 - F 19 - A 7.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W., off 46th min. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 37 20 GA
2 Richards, Micah L. 19 24 June 1988 RB Manchester City FC 5 1
3 Shorey, Nicholas 26 19 February 1981 LB Reading FC 2 0
4 Carrick, Michael, off 55th min. 26 28 July 1981 CM

Manchester United FC

14 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 46th min. 28 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 60 0
6 Terry, John G. 26 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 40 3
7 Beckham, David R.J. 32 2 May 1975 RM LA Galaxy, USA 97 17
8 Lampard, Frank J. 29 20 June 1978 CM

Chelsea FC

56 13
9 Smith, Alan, off 57th min. 26 28 October 1980 F Newcastle United FC 18 1
10 Owen, Michael J., off 57th min. 27 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 83 37
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 70th min. 25 8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 41 7
Cole cautioned in the 34th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a late challenge.
England Substitutes
13 James, David B., on 46th min. for Robinson 37 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 35 31 GA
12 Brown, Wesley M., on 46th min. for Ferdinand 27 13 October 1979 D Manchester United FC 13 0
15 Barry, Gareth, on 55th min. for Carrick 26 23 February 1981 D Aston Villa FC 10 0
17 Dyer, Kieron C., on 57th min. for Smith 28 29 December 1978 M West Ham United FC 33 0
21 Crouch, Peter J., on 57th min. for Owen 26 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

20 12
18 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 70th min. for Cole 25 25 October 1981 M Chelsea FC 13 1

unused substitutes:

14-Steven Taylor, 16-Phil Neville, 19-Stewart Downing, 20-Jermain Defoe, 22-Scott Carson.

team notes:

Kieron Dyer makes a record 25th substitute appearance, on this, his last England appearance.
Not since Denmark's Michael Gravgaard in August 2005, has an opposition player scored on their debut, as did Christian Pander tonight.
 

4-4-2

Robinson (James) -
Richards, Terry, Ferdinand
(Brown), Shorey -
Beckham, Lampard, Carrick
(Barry), Cole (Wright-Phillips) -
Smith
(Dyer), Owen (Crouch).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 37.5 7.3

 

Germany Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (22nd August 2007) 5th
EFO ranking

ELO rating 6th to 4th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red nehru collared jerseys with black right arm and side with a yellow pintrim/collar & cuffs, black trim down left side, white adidas sleeve trim, white shorts with black adidas side trim, red socks with black adidas trim;
Capt: Bernd Schneider,
 Philipp Lahm 91st minute.
Manager: Joachim Löw, 47 (3 February 1960), appointed 12th July 2006;
12th match, W 10 - D 1 - L 1 F 38 - A 7
Germany Lineup
1 Lehmann, Jans G. 37 10 November 1969 G Arsenal FC, England 47 0
22 Metzelder, Christophe T. 26 5 November 1980 CD Real Madrid CF, Spain 33 0
3 Friedrich, Arne 28 29 May 1979 RB Hertha-Berliner SC von 1892 eV 50 0
17 Mertesacker, Per 23 29 September 1984 CD SV Werder Bremen von 1899 eV 34 1
16 Lahm, Philipp 23 11 November 1983 DM FC Bayern München eV 35 2
6 Pander, Christian 23 28 August 1983 LB FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV 1 1
15 Hitzlsperger, Thomas 25 5 April 1982 LM VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV 26 3
19 Schneider, Bernd, off 90th+1 min. 33 17 November 1973 RM Bayer 04 Leverkusen 79 3
22 Odonkor, David, off 54th min. 23 21 February 1984 F Real Betis Balompié, Spain 11 0
31 Kurányi, Kevin D. 25 2 March 1982
born in Brazil
F FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV 44 19
28 Trochowski, Piotr A., off 72nd min. 23 22 March 1984 CM Hamburger SV eV 5 0
Germany Substitutes
34 Hilbert, Roberto J., on 54th min. for Odonkor 22 16 October 1984 M VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV 3 0
38 Rolfes, Simon, on 72nd min. for Trochowski 25 21 January 1982 M Bayer 04 Leverkusen 3 0
35 Castro, Gonzalo, on 90th+1 min. for Schneider 20 11 June 1987 M Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Timo Hildebrand, 33-Stefan Kießling, 37-Patrick Helmes, 40-Serdar Taşçι.
 
4-1-3-2

Lehmann -
 Friedrich, Mertesacker, Metzelder, Pander -
 Lahm -
Schneider
(Castro), Trochowski (Rolfes), Hitzlsperger -
Odonkor
(Hilbert), Kurányi.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.3 Appearances/Goals 33.2 2.6

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

If England could have chosen the first team to beat them at their new stadium then Germany would probably have been bottom of the list, but alas it is Germany who will forever hold that "honour", just as they had been the last country to win at the old Wembley. 

A poor performance by the home side gifted the Germans a victory although it must be said the visitors looked far superior in many aspects of the game.  England began quite well, passing the ball around crisply and with purpose, and Joe Cole was particularly sharp down the left.  On the other side of the pitch Micah Richards continued with his attacking play down the right flank and after just nine minutes the Manchester City player was instrumental in England opening the scoring.  He powered his way past Christian Pander before cleverly flicking the ball inside to Frank Lampard.  With aid of a slight deflection Lampard's shot beat Jens Lehmann at his near post and England were one up.  It was good to see Lampard back on the scoresheet again after a year long lean spell.

As with many earlier German teams the goal did not unduly ruffle them.  In fact they started to take control with some close passing and good possession football.  Having said that it was a bad error from Paul Robinson that was to give them a way back into the game.  Bernd Scneider's cross really should have been dealt with by the goalkeeper but Robinson's positioning and footwork was all wrong and in the end he had to claw the ball out from under his crossbar.  He could only flap at it and Kevin Kuranyi sensed blood and swept the loose ball home from close range.  It was a bad mistake by Robinson, not his first recently, and he almost conceded another goal when he completely misjudged another cross from the right, this time from Piotr Trochowski.  Luckily Christoph Metzelder missed the chance.

With typical German precision though the visitors had now assumed control and with just five minutes to go before the break they took the lead.  This time Robinson had no chance as Pander fired in a tremendous 30 yard left-foot drive which no goalkeeper in the world would have saved.  Lehmann saved with his legs from Lampard and there was still time for Michael Owen to have two half chances before the interval.  Lehmann made an excellent save from the first but then almost gave England an equaliser when he fumbled Alan Smith's flick, but the angle was just too tight for Owen to squeeze the rebound home.

Two substitutions for England at half-time and four more over the third quarter of the match compounded the disjointed attempts by the home side to push forward in search of an equaliser.  Peter Crouch, Kieron Dyer and Shaun Wright-Phillips did add a little more zest to England's play, but the Germans defended as they usually do, with steel and efficiency.  Chances were created though and Dyer should have done better with a side-foot chance after David Beckham set him up, but the ball flew wide.  Lampard also fluffed a shot when well placed and the nearest that England came to scoring in this half was when Gareth Barry saw his header cleared off the line by Phillip Lahm.

The match ended in disappointment for the 86,000 present and the many people watching on television.  Friendly or not, it would have been a nice boost for everyone if we could have beaten the old enemy, and it would have given England the confidence to go into the upcoming European Championship games on a high.  Alas it was not to be.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
TheIndependent.co.uk
Dfb.de
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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