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Saturday, 11 October 2008
2010 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group 6 qualification match

England 5 Kazakhstan 1 [0-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
89,107; Kick-off: 5:15pm BST;
Live on ITV One (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Rio Ferdinand (six-yard header 52 51:04), Aleksandr Kuchma (headed own goal, Rooney pressure from a Lampard free-kick 64 63:20), Wayne Rooney (eight-yard header 76 75:54, four yard tap-in from Beckham free-kick 86 85:09), Jermain Defoe (eighteen-yard shot 90 89:10)
Kazakhstan -
Zhambyl Kukeev (twelve-yard shot following a Cole backpass 68 67:08). 
Match Summary
England Squad
Kazakhstan Squad
Results 2005-2010 no yellow or red cards

Kazakhstan kicked-off. 93 minutes (46 & 47).


Match Summary


Officials from Belgium




Referee (yellow) - Paul Allaerts
44 (9 July 1964), Mol, FIFA-listed 2000.

Assistant Referees - Danny Huens, 38 (1 September 1970) and Vincent Despiegeleer.

Fourth official - Peter Vervecken, 41 (9 December 1967), Arendonk, FIFA-listed 2002.

Teams presented to FA Chairman Sir David Richards.

20 Goal Attempts 5
10 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 1
4 Offside Calls Against 0
13 Fouls Conceded 19
65.9% Possession 34.1%

England Team



FIFA (8th October 2008) 14th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home shirt - White v-neck jersey with red horizontal stripe/navy double diamond trim and abstract side panel, white shorts with navy pintrim/double diamond, white socks with navy thin band/double diamond.
Capt: Rio Ferdinand, second captaincy Manager: Fabio Capello, 62 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
8th match, W 6 - D 1 - L 1 - F 20 - A 6.
England Lineup
1 James, David B. 38 1 August 1970 G Portsmouth FC 43 36ᵍᵃ
2 Brown, Wesley M. 28 13 October 1979 RB Manchester United FC 20 1
3 Cole, Ashley 27 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 68 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 28 30 May 1980 RM/CM Liverpool FC 69 13
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 29 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 71 2
6 Upson, Matthew J. 29 18 April 1979 CD West Ham United FC 10 0
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 79th min. 19 16 March 1989 RF/M Arsenal FC 5 3
8 Lampard, Frank J. 30 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 65 13
9 Heskey, Emile W.I. 30 11 January 1978 CF/F Wigan Athletic FC 49 5
Rooney, Wayne M., off 87th min. 22 24 October 1985 LF/F Manchester United FC 47 16
11 Barry, Gareth, off 46th min. 26 23 February 1981 LM Aston Villa FC 24 1
England Substitutes
16 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 46th min. for Barry 26 25 October 1981 LM Manchester City FC 20 4
scoreline: England 3 Kazakhstan 1
15 Beckham, David R.J., on 79th min. for Walcott 33 2 May 1975 M LA Galaxy, United States 106 17
scoreline: England 4 Kazakhstan 1
17 Defoe, Jermain C., on 87th min. for Rooney 26 7 October 1982 F Portsmouth FC 31 6
result: England 5 Kazakhstan 1
unused substitutes: 12-Scott Carson, 13-Glen Johnson, 14-Wayne Bridge, 18-Peter Crouch;
team notes: Jermain Defoe became the latest substitute to enter the match so far, 87 minutes, and to then score a goal (replacing Woodcock in 1982).
The fifteenth goal scored by a substitute in qualification history.
The third substitute goal at the new National Stadium.
Wayne Rooney's two goals puts him equal with Michael Owen and Shaun Wright-Phillips. All three have scored three goals at the new stadium.
It is Joe Cole's first match that he has missed at the new stadium. It means that Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry are now equal with him with number of appearances at the new stadium, all three have played nine of the ten matches. Rio Ferdinand has eight.
Coach Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976.
1st     4-3-3 James -
Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, Cole -
Gerrard, Lampard, Barry -
Walcott, Heskey, Rooney.
2nd  4-4-2 James -
Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, Cole -
(Beckham), Gerrard, Lampard, Wright-Phillips -
Heskey, Rooney

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.8 Appearances/Goals 42.8 5.2


Kazakhstan Team



FIFA (8th October 2008) 131st
EFO ranking n/a

ELO rating 122nd
Colours: Made by Umbro - Blue crew neck jerseys with yellow trimmed collar/underarm panels/cuffs/hem, blue shorts with yellow side trim/hem, blue socks.
Capt: Ruslan Baltiev Manager: Bernd Storck, 45 (25 January 1963 in Germany), appointed caretaker coach 15 September 2008,
1st match, W 0 - D 0 - L 1 - F 1 - A 5.
Kazakhstan Lineup
1 Mokin, Aleksandr 27 19 June 1981 G FC Almaty 5 0
14 Logvinenko, Yuri 20 22 July 1988 LB FK Aktobe 2 0
3 Kirov, Aleksandr, off 85th min. 24 4 June 1984 CD FC Almaty 1 0
4 Kuchma, Aleksandr 27 9 December 1980 CD FC Astana 37 2
the 44th own goal scored for England
5 Kislitsyn, Aleksandr 22 3 August 1986 RB FC Shakhter Karagandy 1 0
16 Ibraev, Sabyrkhan 20 22 August 1988 RM FC Tobol Kostanay 2 0
7 Nuserbaev, Tanat 20 1 January 1988 F FC Ordabasy Shymkent 1 0
8 Skorykh, Sergei 24 25 May 1984 CM FC Tobol Kostanay 19 0
9 Ostapenko, Sergei, off 76th min. 22 23 February 1986 F FC Almaty 17 4
10 Baltiev, Ruslan 30 16 September 1978 LM FC Tobol Kostanay 68 10
21 Kukeev, Zhambyl 20 20 September 1988 CM FC Almaty 12 1
Kazakhstan Substitutes
scoreline: England 3 Kazakhstan 1
17 Maltsev, Gleb, on 76th min. for Ostapenko 20 7 March 1988 F FC Irtysh Pavlodar 1 0
13 Sabalakov, Tajgat, on 85th min. for Kirov 22 9 July 1986 M FC Tobol Kostanay 1 0
result: England 5 Kazakhstan 1
unused substitutes: 2-Kairat Nurdauletov, 15-Ilya Vorotnikov, 18-Andrey Morev, 20-Maxim Azovskiy, 23-Bekzat Beissenov.
4-4-2 Mokin -
Kislitsyn, Kuchma, Kirov
(Sabalakov), Logvinenko -
Ibraev, Kukeev, Skoryh, Baltiev -
(Maltsev), Nuserbaev.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.3 Appearances/Goals 15.0 1.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

A month had elapsed since England's sensational win in Croatia, and against the visitors from Kazakhstan an expectant crowd looked for more of the same.  But England have a habit of following a good performance with one not quite so good, and at Wembley only a late flurry of activity spared their blushes.  There was only ever going to be one winner but England had one of those infuriating nights when the result was better than the performance.

The first half was instantly forgettable as England failed to show the attacking form that Fabio Capello had promised.  They looked disjointed and lacklustre and actually made Kazakhstan look a reasonable outfit.  Indeed, the visitor's debutant winger Tanat Nusserbayev, looked the best player on the field in that opening 45 minutes.  His counterpart, Theo Walcott, the hero in Croatia, apart from the early minutes, had a more disappointing evening.  England's best efforts of the first-half came from a curling Walcott shot and a long range right-footer from Frank Lampard, which hit a stanchion.  Other than that, it was pretty sterile stuff and the crowd showed their displeasure as the half-time whistle blew.

It could have been much worse after the restart as within two minutes the visitors should have been ahead.  Sabrykhan Ibrayev's cross found Sergey Ostapenko and he headed the ball down for what seemed an easy chance for Nusserbayev.  With an open goal at his mercy he only succeeded in slicing the ball over the bar.  It was a big relief for England and thankfully, five minutes later they at last made a breakthrough of their own.  Not unexpectedly the goal came from a set piece as Lampard's well hit corner saw the goalkeeper floundering and captain Rio Ferdinand was able to head an easy goal.  The relief amongst players and fans was obvious.

Still though, Kazakhstan caused problems and David James was forced into a good save from that man Nusserbayev again.  England took a while to settle after the break but ever so gradually the rhythm started to return.  When England scored again after 64 minutes it seemed the match was won.  This time it was a free-kick from Lampard that caused problems for the Kazakhstan defence as, under pressure from Rooney, Alexandr Kuchma headed into his own net.  It looked all over but then, four minutes later, the visitors were handed a way back into the game.  Ashley Cole had had a pretty fraught night from the fans and he did himself no favours when his awful back pass fell short of James and gave Zhambyl Kukeyev the chance to score his first international goal.  It was actually very well taken in the end. 

If truth be told the goal was no real threat to England and towards the end they reasserted their strength.  On 76 minutes Walcott's fine work set up Wayne Rooney for a good header to make it 3-1.  David Beckham was then sent on with just over 10 minutes to go and he quickly made an impact, with a telling free-kick that again found Rooney finishing clinically.  Then in the last minute the scoreline was given a more than flattering look when another substitute, Jermaine Defoe, ran on to an Emile Heskey pass to make it 5-1.

Not the most satisfying of performances by England, but once again they (eventually) scored five goals and it keeps the team at the top of the group.  As for Kazakhstan, they probably didn't deserve such a large defeat, but their problems are at the back, especially in second-halves.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor