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Wednesday, 28 May 2008
Football Association Nationwide Friendly Match

England 2 USA 0 [1-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 71,233; Kick-off: 8.09pm BST:
Live on BBC One (UK) - commentator: John Motson

England - John Terry (twelve-yard header from Beckham free-kick 38 37:19), Steven Gerrard (twelve yard-shot 59 58:03). Match Summary
England Squad
USA Squad
Results 2005-2010 USA - Steven Cherundolo (44), Heath Pearce (70).
England - Wayne Rooney (76).

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

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Greece

England

Type

USA

Referee (red) - Kyros Vassaras
42 (1 February 1966), Thessaloniki, FIFA-Listed 1998.

Assistant Referees - Dimitrios Bozatzidis, 37 (11 February 1971), FIFA-listed 2002 and Dimitrios Saraidaris, 37 (13 August 1970), FIFA-Listed 2004;

Fourth official - Peter Walton, 47, (10 October 1959), England, Select Group of Referees since 2003, (FIFA Assistant Referee 1996-1998);
 

Sir Bobby Charlton presented David Beckham with his 100th England cap before kick-off.

10 Goal Attempts 5
4 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
4 Corner Kicks Won 5
4 Offside Calls Against 2
24 Fouls Conceded 23
61% Possession 49%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (7th May 2008) 11th
ELO rating 9th to 8th
Colours: The 2007 home uniform - White shirts with red horizontal stripe with two navy Umbro diamonds/three lions abstracted side panel, navy shorts with two white Umbro diamonds, white socks with two navy Umbro diamonds and thin band.
Capt: John Terry, 14th captaincy. Coach: Fabio Capello, 62, appointed 14 December 2007, took post 7 January 2008, 
3rd match, W 2 - D 0 - L 1 - F 4 - A 2.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 37 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 38 33 GA
2 Brown, Wesley M., off 57th min. 28 13 October 1979 RB Manchester United FC 17 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 83rd min. 27 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 64 0
4 Hargreaves, Owen L. 27 20 January 1981 M

Manchester United FC

42 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 29 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 67 1
6 Terry, John G. 27 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 44 4
7 Beckham, David R.J.,off 46th min. 33 2 May 1975 M LA Galaxy, USA 101 17
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 57th min. 29 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

61 14
9 Defoe, Jermain C., off 68th min. 25 7 October 1982 F Portsmouth FC 27 3
10 Gerrard, Steven G. 27 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 66 13
11 Rooney, Wayne M., off 79th min. 22 24 October 1985 F

Manchester United FC

43 14
Rooney cautioned in the 76th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a late tackle.
England Substitutes
17 Bentley, David M., on 46th min., for Beckham. 23 27 August 1984 M Blackburn Rovers FC 5 0
21 Barry, Gareth, on 57th min., for Lampard. 26 23 February 1981 M Aston Villa FC 19 0
13 Johnson, Glen M., on 57th min., for Brown. 23 23 August 1984 RB Portsmouth FC 7 0
25 Crouch, Peter J., on 68th min., for Defoe. 27 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

27 14
22 Cole, Joseph J., on 79th min., for Rooney. 26 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 50 7
14 Bridge, Wayne M., on 83rd min., for A. Cole. 27 5 August 1980 LB Chelsea FC 29 1

unused substitutes:

12-Joe Hart, 15-Stephen Warnock, 16-Jonathan Woodgate, 18-Phil Jagielka, 19-David Wheater, 20-Tom Huddlestone, 23-Stewart Downing, 24-Ashley Young, 26-Dean Ashton, 27-Theo Walcott, 28-Gabby Agbonlahor, 29-Joe Lewis;

   
4-4-2

James -
Brown
(Johnson), Ferdinand, Terry, A. Cole (Bridge) -
Beckham
(Bentley), Lampard (Barry), Hargreaves, Gerrard -
Rooney
(J. Cole), Defoe (Crouch).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.3 Appearances/Goals 51.8 4.9

 

USA Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (7th May 2008) 21st
ELO rating 18th to 20th
Colours: Made by Nike - Charcoal shirts with red trim on collar, white shorts, charcoal socks;
Capt: Carlos Bocanegra Coach: Bob Bradley, 50 (3 March 1958), appointed 8 December 2006
18th match, W 14 - D 6 - L 2 - F ? - A ?
USA Lineup
1 Howard, Timothy M., off 46th min. 29 6 March 1979 G Everton FC, England 29 0
12 Pearce, Heath G. 33 13 August 1984 LB FC Hansa Rostock eV, Germany 12 0
Pearce cautioned in the 70th minute for Unsporting Behaviour.
3 Bocanegra, Carlos M. 29 25 May 1979 CD Fulham FC, England 56 9
4 Bradley, Michael S. 20 31 July 1987 M SV Heerenveen, Netherlands 17 1
22 Onyewu, Oguchialu C. 26 13 May 1982 CD Royal Standard de Liège, Belgium 31 4
6 Cherundolo, Steven E., off 46th min. 29 19 February 1979 RB Hannoverscher SV von 1896 eV, Germany 45 2
Cherundolo cautioned in the 44th minute for Unsporting Behaviour, for dragging down Jermain Defoe.
7 Beasley, DaMarcus L. 26 24 May 1982 M Glasgow Rangers FC, Scotland 69 15
8 Dempsey, Clinton D. 25 9 March 1983 M Fulham FC, England 39 9
9 Johnson, Edward 24 31 March 1984 F Fulham FC, England 33 11
16 Wolff, Joshua D. 31 25 February 1977 F unattached 51 9
13 Clark, Ricardo A. 25 10 May 1983 M Houston Dynamo 14 1
USA Substitutes
18 Guzan, Bradley E., on 46th min. for Howard 23 9 September 1984 G CD Chivas USA 6 0
27 Hejduk, Frank D., on 46th min., for Cherundolo 33 5 August 1974 RB Colombus Crew 76 6
11 Lewis, Edward J., on 68th min. for Beasley 34 17 May 1974 M Derby County FC, England 76 9
19 Adu, Fredua K., on 68th min. for Wolff 18 2 June 1989 M Sport Lisboa e Benfica, Portugal 5 0
26 Edu, E. Maurice, on 78th min. for Clark 22 18 April 1986 M Toronto FC 5 0
18 Jaqua, Jonathan, on 89th min. for Johnson 26 28 October 1981 F Sc Rheindorf Altach, Austria 3 0

unused substitutes:

2-Danny Callif.
   
4-4-2 Howard (Guzan) -
Cherundolo
(Hejduk), Onyewu, Bocanegra, Pearce -
Dempsey, Bradley, Clark
(Edu), Beasley (Lewis) -
Johnson
(Jaqua), Wolff (Adu).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 36.0 5.5

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Some international football matches can be memorable for all sorts of reasons, this one will primarily be remembered for the salvation it offered England captain John Terry.  After missing the crucial penalty in the Champions League final for Chelsea against Manchester United in Moscow a week earlier, and looking absolutely distraught at the end of that match, Terry was due an upturn in his luck.  It came in the 38th minute of a poor game against a determined USA team.  David Beckham's free-kick invited somebody to meet the ball and it was Terry with immense power and determination that rocketed a header into the net from 14 yards.  The cheer woke up a sleepy Wembley and even the Manchester United fans were pleased for the Chelsea man.

Earlier England had the better of the game but looked ponderous at times, although it must be said that this was a big improvement on Fabio Capello's previous two games in charge.  Jermain Defoe had the best chance when he connected with Steven Gerrard's cross but failed to convert.

The visitors were solid enough but they were prone to giving away some dangerous free-kicks and in the end it was one of those that paved the way for Terry's opening goal.  Owen Hargreaves looked in good form and was the pick of the midfield in the first half.  He worked his socks off for the team and was always available with a timely interception, sharp tackle and good pass.

At half-time Gareth Barry came on for the exhausted Frank Lampard and this enabled Gerrard to have a little more freedom.  For a while Barry went to the left and Gerrard played through the middle.  In the 59th minute the new partnership carved a second and deciding goal.  Barry hit a superb pass through to Gerrard after spotting the Liverpool man's run and Gerrard finish was of the highest quality as he tucked the ball past substitute goalkeeper Brad Guzan.  England continued to be the better side and after Peter Crouch came on as a substitute they should have had more goals.  Crouch himself should have had at least two, but missed both times.  Wayne Rooney ended a disappointing night for him by being booked, indeed it could have been worse such was the nature of his challenge on Frankie Hejduk.  In the end it was a comfortable win for England and they now move on to a match in Trinidad, which is not universally wanted by the players.  Almost certainly many of this team will not be travelling to the sunshine of the Caribbean, which judging by the tiredness shown in this game is probably just as well.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
SkySports.com/football
ESPN Soccernet
Robert Owens, Scarborough
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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