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Saturday, 8 September 2007
European Championship 2008 Group E qualification match

England 3 Israel 0 [1-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 85,372; Kick-off: 5.00pm BST; 
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson

England - Shaun Wright-Phillips (six-yard side-footed volley 20 19:35), Michael Owen (eighteen-yard turn and half-volley 49 48:52), Micah Richards (six-yard header from Gerrard corner 66 65:28). Match Summary
England Squad
Israel Squad
Results 2005-2010 Israel - Shimon Gershon (15), Arik Benado (45), Yoav Ziv (55), Dudu Aouate (66).
- John Terry (67).

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


Match Summary

Officials from Netherlands




Referee (red) - Pieter Vink
40 (13 March 1967), Noordwijkerhout, South Holland, FIFA-listed 2004;

Assistant Referees - Adriaan Inia, 43 (27 October 1963) and Hans Ten Hoove, 40 (20 September 1966).

Fourth official - Björn Kuipers, 34 (28 March 1973), Oldenzaal, FIFA-listed 2006;
UEFA Referee Observer - Kaj Natri, Finland.

A minute tribute was paid to Luciano Pavoritti before the match.

17 Goal Attempts 1
9 Attempts on Target 0
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
6 Corner Kicks Won 0
3 Offside Calls Against 4
19 Fouls Conceded 13
57.4% Possession 42.6%

England Team



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, twelfth captaincy. Manager: Stephen McClaren, 46  (3 May 1961), appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
13th match, W 6 - D 4 - L 3 - F 22 - A 7.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 38 20 GA
2 Richards, Micah L. 19 24 June 1988 RB Manchester City FC 6 1
3 Cole, Ashley 26 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 59 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 71st min. 27 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 58 12
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 28 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 61 0
6 Terry, John G. 26 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 41 3
Terry cautioned in the 67th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul. (often reported as Joe Cole's, because the television stations reported it as such)
7 Barry, Gareth 26 23 February 1981 CM Aston Villa FC 11 0
8 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 83rd min. 25 25 October 1981 RM Chelsea FC 14 2
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 71st min. 29 11 January 1978 F Wigan Athletic FC 44 5
10 Owen, Michael J. 27 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 84 38
11 Cole, Joseph J. 25 8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 42 7
England Substitutes
14 Neville, Philip J., on 71st min. for Gerrard 30 21 January 1977 D Everton FC 57 0
17 Johnson, Andrew, on 71st min. for Heskey 26 10 February 1981 F Everton FC 8 0
15 Bentley, David M., on 83rd min. for Wright-Phillips 23 27 August 1984 M Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

12-Wes Brown, 13-David James, 16-Stewart Downing, 18-Jermain Defoe.

Robinson -
Richards, Ferdinand, Terry,
A.Cole -
(Bentley), Gerrard (Neville), Barry, J.Cole -
(Johnson), Owen.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 41.6 6.3


Israel Team



FIFA (22nd August 2007) 33rd
EFO ranking

ELO rating 40th
Colours: Made by Puma - Blue crew necked jerseys with white trimmed cuffs/shoulder panels on rear, white shorts with blue side panels, blue socks with white calf hoop.
Capt: Yosef Benayoun Manager: דרור קשטן Dror Kashtan, 62 (1 October 1944), appointed June 2006,
12th match, W 5 - D 4 - L 3 - F 20 - A 13.
Israel Lineup
1 Aouate, David 29 17 October 1977 G RC Deportivo de La Coruña SAD, Spain 30 0
Aouate cautioned in the 66th min. for Dissent, for complaining about the third England goal.
2 Spungin, Yuval 20 3 April 1987 RB Maccabi Tel Aviv FC 6 0
3 Ben Haim, Tal 25 31 March 1982 CD Chelsea FC, England 35 0
4 Benado, Arik, off 57th min. 34 12 May 1973 CM Beitar Jerusalem FC 94 0
Benado cautioned in the 45th min. for Dissent, for complaining about a Richards tackle on him.
5 Gershon, Shimon 29 6 October 1977 CD Beitar Jerusalem FC 46 4
Gershon cautioned in the 15th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a bad challenge on Gerrard.
14 Ziv, Yoav 26 16 March 1981 LB Beitar Jerusalem FC 10 0
Ziv cautioned in the 55th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a bad tackle on Wright-Phillips.
15 Benayoun, Yosef S. 27 5 May 1980 RM Liverpool FC, England 60 14
20 Katan, Yaniv, off 73rd min. 26 27 January 1981 F Maccabi Haifa FC 30 5
9 Yitzhaki, Barak, off 46th min. 22 25 September 1984 F Beitar Jerusalem FC 4 1
10 Badir, Walid 33 12 March 1974 CM Hapoel Tel Aviv FC 74 12
11 Tal, Idan 31 13 September 1975 LM Beitar Jerusalem FC 69 5
Israel Substitutes
8 Tamuz Temile, Toto A., on 46th min. for Yitzhaki 19 4 January 1988
made by Nigeria
F Beitar Jerusalem FC 9 2
12 Golan, Omer, on 57th min. for Benado 24 4 October 1982 F Maccabi Petah Tikva FC 19 1
7 Zandberg, Michael, on 73rd min. for Katan 27 16 April 1980 M Beitar Jerusalem FC 20 4

unused substitutes:

16-Yigal Antebi, 17-Pini Balali, 19-Gal Alberman, 22-Nir Davidovich.


Aouate -
Spungin, Ben Haim, Gershon, Ziv -
Benayoun, Benado
(Golan), Badir, Tal -
(Zanberg) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.5 Appearances/Goals 41.6 3.7


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

England outclassed Israel in this, the latest Group E qualifier, and their quest to reach the European Championship finals next year has moved on.  It was a good all round performance with some exciting individual displays too.

England made a positive start and Steven Gerrard looked in good form.  He produced some lovely passes, especially to the wingers, and chances were soon being created.  Emile Heskey missed a great chance in the 10th minute when he fluffed his shot after Michael Owen had set him up with a knock back.  The only way that Israel looked like scoring was if England gave them a chance on a plate.  A mistake by Joe Cole was only rescued by Micah Richards's pace and tackle, but half way through the first period the pressure was relieved when England scored their first goal.  Gerrard and Heskey had both gone close but when the two Coles, Ashley and Joe, combined in a move down the left, the latter produced an excellent cross to pick out Shaun Wright- Phillips as he sprinted through the middle.  Wright-Phillips expertly volleyed the ball past the Israel goalkeeper Dudu Aouate.

In the 37th minute Owen fired in two shots in quick succession but managed to hit the goalkeeper both times.  The fierce pressure continued right up until the break and 1-0 hardly reflected England's dominance.

It was clear that England needed another goal to put them at their ease and it duly came just four minutes into the second half.  Good work by Heskey, Richards and then Gareth Barry was not defended by Israel, which gave Barry the chance to pass forward to Owen.  The Newcastle player needed no second bidding and turned sharply to shoot home from 18 yards, his 38th goal for his country.

After 66 minutes the icing on the cake came in the form of a first goal from the impressive Richards.  The Manchester City full-back gives England plenty of attacking options and he is a real find.  Gerrard's corner should have been the goalkeeper's ball but he ran in to Owen to leave Richards with the chance to power a header home.  Aouate protested but Owen was blameless and the goal stood.  England were now home and dry and Steve McLaren sent on Andy Johnson and, for his first cap, David Bentley for the last 20 minutes.  It was useful experience for both, indeed, Johnson almost set up Owen for another goal only for a defender to clear the shot off the line.

An easy win for England and now they move on to the next challenge, a visit from the Russians on Wednesday next.  That should prove a much stiffer task.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
ESPN Soccernet
Israeli FA
Football Line-ups