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Wednesday, 20 August 2008
A Nationwide International Friendly Match

England 2 Czech Republic 2 [1-1]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 69,738;
Kick-off: 8.00pm BST; 
Live on Setanta Sports One (UK) - Commentator: Jon Champion

Czech Republic - Milan Baroš (twelve-yard shot deflected heavily off Ashley Cole 22 21:12), Marek Jankulovski (nineteen-yard free-kick 48 47:18),
England - Wes Brown (six-yard header from Beckham corner 45 44:06), Joe Cole (scrambled in from Beckham corner 90+2 91:31).
Match Summary
England Squad
Czech Republic Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Gareth Barry (11).

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


Match Summary

Officials from Norway



Czech Republic

Referee (charcoal) - Terje Hauge
42 (5 October 1965), Bergen, FIFA-listed 1993.

Assistant Referees - Steinar Holvik, 40 (21 July 1968) and Dag-Roger Nebben, 27 (5 September 1980).

Fourth official - Steven J. Tanner, 37 (21 October 1970), Somerset, England;

15 Goal Attempts 10
9 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 0
1 Offside Calls Against 1
13 Fouls Conceded 15
56.8% Possession 43.2%

England Team



FIFA (6th August 2008) 14th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 9th
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, fifteenth captaincy Manager: Fabio Capello, 62 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, took post 7 January 2008, 
5th match, W 3 - D 1 - L 1 - F 9 - A 4.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 38 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 40 35 ᵍᵃ
2 Brown, Wesley M. 28 13 October 1979 RB Manchester United FC 18 1
3 Cole, Ashley 27 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 65 0
4 Barry, Gareth 26 23 February 1981 CM Aston Villa FC 21 1
Barry was cautioned in the 11th minute for Unsporting Behaviour for a mis-timed tackle on Plašil.
5 Ferdinand, Rio G., off 58th min. 29 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 69 1
6 Terry, John G. 27 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 45 4
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 79th min. 33 2 May 1975 RM LA Galaxy, United States 103 17
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 79th min. 30 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 62 13
9 Defoe, Jermain C., off 46th min. 25 7 October 1982 F Portsmouth FC 29 5
10 Gerrard, Steven G., off 58th min. 28 30 May 1980 LM Liverpool FC 68 13
11 Rooney, Wayne M., off 69th min. 22 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 44 13
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Czech Republic 1
21 Heskey, Emile W.I., on 46th min. for Defoe 30 11 January 1978 F Wigan Athletic FC 46 5
scoreline: England 1 Czech Republic 2
15 Woodgate, Jonathan S., on 58th min. for Ferdinand 28 22 January 1980 CD Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 0
20 Cole, Joseph J., on 58th min. for Gerrard 26 8 November 1981 M Chelsea FC 51 8
18 Downing, Stewart, on 69th min. for Rooney 24 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 19 0
17 Bentley, David M., on 79th min. for Lampard 24 27 August 1984 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 0
19 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 79th min. for Beckham 25 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 19 1
result: England 2 Czech Republic 2
unused substitutes: 12-Paul Robinson, 13-Glen Johnson, 14-Wayne Bridge, 16-Matthew Upson, 22-Theo Walcott, 23-Joe Hart.
team notes: David James concedes a direct free-kick for a record sixth time.
Joe Cole is the eleventh player to score his second goal as a substitute. The second substitute goal at the new National Stadium.
Joe Cole also continues his record of playing in all of England's nine home matches at the new National Stadium. Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry have played in eight of them. Rio Ferdinand seven.
Coach Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976.
4-4-2 James -
Brown, Terry, Ferdinand
(Woodgate), A Cole -
(Jenas), Barry, Lampard (Bentley), Gerrard (J Cole) -
(Heskey), Rooney (Downing).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.5 Appearances/Goals 51.3 6.5


Czech Republic Team



FIFA (6th August 2008) 14th
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating 9th
Colours: Made by Puma - Red v-neck jerseys with blue collar/cuffs, red shorts, red socks with white tops/hoop/single vertical pinstripe.
Capt: Tomáš Ujfaluši Manager: Petr Rada, 49 (21 August 1958), appointed coach July 2008;
1st match, W 0 - D 1 - L 0 - F 2 - A 2;
Czech Republic Lineup
1 Čech, Petr 26 20 May 1982 G Chelsea FC, England 63 0
2 Grygera, Zdeněk, off 46th min. 28 14 May 1980 LB Juventus FC, Italy 57 2
21 Ujfaluši, Tomáš 30 24 March 1978 CD Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 72 2
22 Rozehnal, David S.K. 28 5 July 1980 CD SS Lazio, Italy 49 0
5 Kováč, Radoslav, off 76th min. 28 27 November 1979 DM FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 25 1
6 Jankulovski, Marek 31 9 May 1977 RB AC Milan, Italy 68 11
17 Šírl, Radek, off 76th min. 27 20 March 1981 RM FC Zenit Sankt-Petersburg, Russia 2 0
8 Polák, Jan 27 14 March 1981 CM RSC Anderlecht, Netherlands 42 6
9 Baroš, Milan, off 46th min. 26 28 October 1981 CF Olympique Lyonnais, France 66 32
20 Plašil, Jaroslav, off 90th+3 min. 26 5 January 1982 CM CA Osasuna, Spain 41 3
11 Vlček, Stanislav, off 46th min. 32 26 February 1976 LM RSC Anderlecht, Netherlands 14 0
Czech Republic Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Czech Republic 1
12 Pospěch, Zdeněk, on 46th min. for Grygera 29 14 December 1978 LB FC København, Denmark 9 0
14 Jarolim, David, on 46th min. for Vlček 29 17 May 1979 M Hamburger SV, Germany 20 1
19 Svěrkoš, Václav, on 46th min. for Baroš 24 1 November 1983 F FC Banik Ostrava 4 1
scoreline: England 1 Czech Republic 2
13 Kadlec, Michal, on 76th min. for Šírl 23 13 December 1984 D AC Sparta Praha 8 1
3 Rajnoch, Jan, on 76th min. for Kováč 26 30 September 1981 M FK Mladá Boleslav 1 0
scoreline: England 2 Czech Republic 2
20 Papadopoulos, Michal, on 90th+3 min. for Plašil 23 14 April 1985 F FK Mladá Boleslav 1 0
result: England 2 Czech Republic 2
unused substitutes: 23-Daniel tka.
team notes: Marek Jankulovski's free-kick is the 26th direct free-kick conceded by England. The first for nearly four years. The first under the arch of the new Wembley Stadium (eighth overall at Wembley).
4-5-1 Čech -
Jankulovski, Rozehnal, Ujfaluši, Grygera (Pospěch) -
č (Rajnoch) -
rl (Kadlec), Plašil (Papadopoulos), Polák, Vlček (Jarolim) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 45.4 5.3


    Match Report by Mike Payne

This warm up match for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers again highlighted to manager Fabio Capello just what a huge task he has in front of him.  England were woeful on the night and only a late equaliser gave them an undeserved draw.

The Czech side were far superior in almost every aspect of the play as they passed the ball around Wembley with consummate ease.  They played a simple counter-attacking game and, with England all over the place at times, they often stretched the home defence.  In the 22nd minute the Czechs finally gained their reward.  Play was cleverly switched from left wing to the right wing leaving the England midfield totally exposed.  When the ball came back to the left again the Czechs played in Radek Sirl who gained possession and went round Wes Brown far too easily for the manager's liking.  Sirl then pulled the ball back and in came former Liverpool and Aston Villa player Milan Baros to fire in a shot, which was deflected past David James by Ashley Cole.

England did have some chances and Jermaine Defoe, who worked hard, wasted two good opportunities with less than convincing attempts.  Wayne Rooney, too, was also out of sorts and his best chance came when he headed a David Beckham cross straight at Peter Cech in the visitor's goal.  Steven Gerrard forced Cech into a scrambling save as England tried hard for an equaliser.  But just as it seemed they would go in a half-time with a one goal deficit they finally found a leveller.  A Beckham corner was met by Brown, and the full-back scored his first goal for England with a strong header.

Three minutes after the restart all of England's efforts to get back into the game were thrown away when the Czech Republic regained the lead.  Gareth Barry fouled Jan Polak and Marek Jankulovski curled a superb free-kick into the top corner with James groping.  Capello had brought on three new players as substitutes with Emile Heskey, Joe Cole and Jonathan Woodgate being given run outs.  But it was the Czechs who should have scored again following some farcical play by the England defenders looking for an offside decision that wasn't there.  Vaclav Sverkos burst through with the ball, went around James and looked a certain scorer until his shot went wide.  That was a real let-off for England but their play did not really improve despite several more team changes.

An England defeat looked certain but just as they had equalised for the first time at the end of the first half they did it again right at the end of the match.  A corner from the right was not cleared properly and as the ball bounced around in front of the Czech goal, Joe Cole managed to toe poke the ball beyond his Chelsea teammate Cech and England salvaged an undeserved draw.  It was not a convincing performance though and the crowd showed their displeasure at the end of the game.  Mr Capello has a lot to do.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Marcel Hoefsmit, Netherlands
Official Matchday Programme

Mike Payne - football historian and contributor