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Saturday, 13 October 2007
European Championship 2008 Group E qualification match

England 3 Estonia 0 [3-0]


Match Summary

England Squad
Estonia Squad

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance:
86,655; Kick-off: 3.00pm BST; 
Live on BBC One (UK) -
Commentator: John Motson

England - Shaun Wright-Phillips (seven-yard shot thro' keeper's legs 11 10:04), Wayne Rooney (seventeen-yard shot 32 31:20), Taavi Rähn (eighteen-yard headed own goal 33 32:57).
Results 2005-2010 Estonia - Taavi Rähn (12), Joel Lindpere (73).

Estonia kicked-off. 95 minutes (47 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Denmark

England

Type

Estonia

Referee (red) - Nicolai Vollquartz
42 (7 February 1965), FIFA-listed 1999;

Assistant referees - Anders Norrestrand, 32 (18 September 1975) and Bo Abildgaard, 44 (20 March 1963).

Fourth official -
Thomas Vejlgaard, 35 (18 September 1972).

UEFA Referee Observer - László Vagner, Hungary.

9 Goal Attempts 6
4 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
3 Corner Kicks Won 6
6 Offside Calls Against 1
6 Fouls Conceded 13
69.8% Possession 30.2%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (19th Sept 2007) 9th
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home shirt - White shirts with red horizontal stripe with two navy Umbro diamonds/three lions abstracted side panel, white shorts with two navy blue Umbro diamonds, white socks with two navy Umbro diamonds and thin band.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 3rd captaincy. Coach: Steve McClaren, 45, appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
15th match, W 8 - D 4 - L 3 - F 28 - A 7.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 40 20 GA
2 Richards, Micah L. 19 24 June 1988 RB Manchester City FC 8 1
3 Cole, Ashley, injured off 53rd min. 26 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 61 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 27 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 60 12
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 46th min. 28 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 63 1
6 Campbell, Sulzeer J. 33 18 September 1974 CD

Portsmouth FC

70 1
7 Barry, Gareth 26 23 February 1981 M Aston Villa FC 13 0
8 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C. 25 25 October 1981 M Chelsea FC 16 3
9 Rooney, Wayne M. 21 24 October 1985 F

Manchester United FC

39 13
10 Owen, Michael J., off 70th min. 27 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 86 40
11 Cole, Joseph J. 25 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 44 7
England Substitutes
12 Lescott, Joleon P., on 46th min. for Ferdinand 25 16 August 1982 D Everton FC 1 0
14 Neville, Philip J., on 49th min. for A Cole 30 21 January 1977 D Everton FC 59 0
15 Lampard, Frank J., on 70th min. for Owen 29 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

57 13

unused substitutes:

13-David James, 16-David Bentley, 17-Peter Crouch, 18-Jermain Defoe.
   

4-4-2

Robinson -
Richards, Campbell, Ferdinand
(Lescott), A.Cole (Neville) -
Wright-Phillips, Gerrard, Barry,
J.Cole -
Owen
(Lampard), Rooney.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.8 Appearances/Goals 45.5 7.2

 

Estonia Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (19th Sept 2007) 127th
ELO rating 116th
Colours: Made by Nike - Blue shirts with white collar/cuffs, black shorts with white pintrim, blue socks with white vertical stripe;
Capt: Mart Poom Coach: Viggo Jensen, 60 (15 September 1947), appointed July 2007, 
4th match, W 1 - D 1 - L 2 - F 3 - A 7.
Estonia Lineup
1 Poom, Mart 35 3 February 1972 G Watford FC, England - - GA
2 Jääger, Enar 22 18 November 1984 RB Aalesunds FK, Norway - -
3 Stepanov, Andrei 28 16 March 1979 CD FC Khimki, Russia - -
4 Piiroja, Raio 28 11 July 1979 CD Fredrikstad FK, Norway - -
5 Kruglovm, Dmitri 23 24 May 1984 LB Torpedo Moskva, Russia - -
6 Dmitrijev, Aleksandr 25 18 February 1982 M MTÜ JK FC Levadia Tallinn - -
15 Kink, Tarmo, off 62nd min. 21 6 October 1985 F MTÜ JK FC Levadia Tallinn - -
18 Saag, Kaimar 19 5 August 1988 F MTÜ JK FC Levadia Tallinn - -
9 Klavan, Ragnar 21 30 October 1985 M Heracles Almelo, Netherlands - -
10 Lindpere, Joel 25 5 October 1981 M Tromsø IL, Norway - -
Lindpere cautioned in the 73rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for an obstruction on Rooney.
21
Rähn, Taavi 26 16 May 1981 M FK Ekranas, Lithuania - -
Rähn cautioned in the 12th min. for Ungentlemanly Conduct, for protesting England's first goal. Suspended.
In an attempt to clear the ball from outside his own box, he cleanly headed Ashley Cole's cross onto his own post and into the net.
Estonia Substitutes
24 Viikmäe, Kristen, on 62nd min. for Kink 28 10 February 1979 F MTÜ JK FC Flora - -

unused substitutes:

2-Teet Allas, 7-Martin Reim, 13-Urmas Rooba, 19-Alo Bärengrub, 29-Sergei Terehhov, 30-Mihkel Aksalu.
   

4-4-2

Poom -
Jääger, Stepanov, Piiroja, Kruglovm -
Dmitrijev, Lindpere, Rä
hn, Klavan -
Kink
(Viikmäe), Saag.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age tbc Appearances/Goals tbc tbc

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Steve McLaren described Estonia as "dogged opponents" but in all honesty this game was won and lost in just 34 minutes as England set up the clash in Russia next Wednesday as the pivotal group match.

Estonia kicked off and immediately lost possession, a sign of their poor standard, and it gave Michael Owen a great chance to score after just 15 seconds of the match.  Goalkeeper Mart Poom managed to block Owen's shot but England were soon pushing forward again.  Other half chances came and went but the early goal England craved did arrive in the 11th minute.  Micah Richards gave a short pass to Shaun Wright-Phillips and the winger shot instantly, diagonally, and through Poom's legs into the net.

Wayne Rooney was looking very sharp and one brilliant chip deserved a goal but just cleared the bar with Poom scrambling back.  The Manchester United player was then crudely hacked down by Raio Piiroja but gained his revenge in the best possible way by scoring a second England goal.  Joe Cole, also looking lively, crossed into the middle and although Rooney's shot took a deflection it was definitely his goal, and his first for England in three years.  Two minutes later England scored a third goal, the best of the match.  Unfortunately for Estonia it was scored by their own defender, Taavi Rahn.  He tried to head behind for a corner from the edge of the area but only succeeded in finding the net with Poom having no chance to save.

So, 34 minutes gone and the game was won for England.  At half-time most people present thought that McLaren would make full use of his substitutes but he only made one change at the interval, giving Joleon Lescott his debut.  The Everton defender made an early mistake, which was rectified by Ashley Cole's clearance.  Unfortunately Cole sustained a nasty ankle injury in the incident and had to be carried off.  He looks doubtful for the next game.

After that the game just petered out.  England completely lost interest, Estonia were so poor that there was no way back for them, and McLaren showed no real urgency to score more goals by leaving Peter Crouch and Jermaine Defoe on the bench.  By the time the game ended the stadium was almost empty.  Mind you, a certain Rugby World Cup semi-final for the other England team, kicking off later, may have had something to do with that.

It was an easy win for the England football team though and a mismatch of a game against an Estonia side that celebrate a goal every two years!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football
UEFA.com
Soccerlens.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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