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Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Football Association Nationwide Friendly Match

England 3 Egypt 1 [0-1]
 

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 80,602; Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT
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Live on ITV One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Egypt - Mohammed Zidan (eighteen-yard shot 23 22:52)
England - Peter Crouch (twelve-yard tap-in 56
55:59, six-yard tap-in 80 79:30), Shaun Wright-Phillips (eighteen-yard placed shot 75 74:30)
Match Summary
England Squad
Egypt Squad
Results 2005-2010 Egypt - Ahmed Fathy (66)

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Paraguay

England

Type

Egypt

Referee (charcoal) - Carlos Manuel Torres Nuñez
39 (27 April 1970), Asunción, FIFA-listed 1998.

Assistant Referees - Milciades Saldivar Franco, 28 (8 June 1981) & Rodney Ubaldo Aquino Maldonado, 25 (16 April 1984)

Fourth official - Mark Clattenburg, 34 (13 March 1975), Consett, county Durham, England.

Black armbands worn as a mark of respect, following the death of Macclesfield Town FC manager, Keith Alexander.

16 Goal Attempts 6
9 Attempts on Target 4
  Hit Bar/Post  
5 Corner Kicks Won 5
3 Offside Calls Against 1
14 Fouls Conceded 14
51.4% Possession 48.6%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (3rd March 2010) 8th
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2010 away uniform - Red shirts with white cuffs, white shorts with red trim, red socks.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 8th captaincy. Wayne Rooney (73-86), Gareth Barry (86). Coach: Fabio Capello, 63, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
22nd match, W 16 - D 2 - L 4 - F 56 - A 18.
England Lineup
1 Green, Robert P. 30 18 January 1980 G West Ham United FC 9 7 GA
2 Brown, Wesley M. 30 13 October 1979 RB Manchester United FC 23 1
3 Baines, Leighton J. 25 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 1 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 73rd min. 29 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 78 16
5 Upson, Matthew J. 30 18 April 1979 CD West Ham United FC 19 1
6 Terry, John G. 29 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 59 6
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 57th min. 20 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 9 3
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 46th min. 31 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 77 20
9 Defoe, Jermain C., off 46th min. 27 7 October 1982 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 39 11
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 86th min. 24 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 58 25
11 Barry, Gareth 29 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 36 2
England Substitutes
15 Carrick, Michael, on 46th min. for Lampard 28 28 July 1981 M Manchester United FC 21 0
20
Crouch, Peter J., on 46th min. for Defoe 29 30 January 1981 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 37 20
19
Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 57th min. for Walcott 28 25 October 1981 M Manchester City FC 30 6
13 Milner, James P., on 73rd min. for Gerrard 24 4 January 1986 M Aston Villa FC 7 0
22 Cole, Carlton M.G., on 86th min. for Rooney 26 12 November 1983 F West Ham United FC 7 0

unused substitutes:

12-David James, 14-Stephen Warnock, 16-Joleon Lescott, 17- Ryan Shawcross, 18-David Beckham, 21-Emile Heskey, 23-Stewart Downing, 24-Joe Hart.
 
4-4-2 Green -
Brown, Terry, Upson, Baines -
Walcott (Wright-Phillips), Lampard (Carrick), Barry, Gerrard (Milner) -
Rooney (Cole), Defoe (Crouch).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.6 Appearances/Goals 37.1 7.7

 

Egypt Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (3rd March 2010) 17th
ELO rating 13th
Colours: Made by Puma - Plain white shirts, plain white shorts, white socks with red tops/vertical stripe.
Capt: Ahmed Hassan Coach: Hassan Shehata حسن شحاتةa, 60 (19 June 1949), appointed November 2004,
84th match, W 52 - D 17 - L 15 - F 162 - A 70.
Egypt Lineup
1 El Hadary, Essam K.T. 37 15 January 1973 G El-Ismaily SC 121 0
20 Gomaa Kamel El Hooty, Wael 34 3 August 1975 LB Al-Ahly SC 94 0
3 El-Mohamady, Ahmed E.E.A. 22 9 September 1987 M Engineering for the Petroleum & Process Industries, Cairo (ENPPI) 39 1
14 Moawad, Sayed, off 76th min. 31 25 February 1979 M Al-Ahly SC 42 0
17 Hassan, Ahmed, off 64th min. 34 2 May 1975 M Al-Ahly SC 174 31
6 Saïd Zakaria, Hany M., off 86th min. 29 22 April 1980 CD Zamalek SC 57 0
7 Fathy, Ahmed 25 10 November 1984 RB Al-Ahly SC 66 2
Fathy cautioned in the 66th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for pushing Gareth Barry out of the way.
8 Abd Rabo Abdel Mottaleb Ibrahim, Hosni 25 1 November 1984 M Al-Ahly SC 80 14
9 Zidan, Mohamed A., off 76th min. 28 11 December 1981 F BV Borussia 1909 eV Dortmund, Germany 35 8
10 Motaeb, Emad, off 64th min. 27 20 February 1983 F Al-Ahly SC 61 31
12 Ghaly, Hossam E. 28 15 December 1981 M Al-Nassr FC, Saudi Arabia 35 2
Egypt Substitutes
19 Zaki, Amr H., on 64th min. for Motaeb 26 1 April 1983 F Hull City AFC, England, on loan from Zamalek SC 57 29
15 Gedo, on 64th min. for Hassan 25 30 October 1984 F Al-Ittihad Al-Sakndary SC 9 6
24 Abdel-Shafy, Mohamed, on 76th min. for Moawad 24 1 July 1985 D Zamalek SC 7 1
22 Aboutrika, Mohamed M.M., on 76th min. for Zidan 31 7 November 1978 M Al-Ahly SC 69 24
4 Salem, El-Moatasem, on 86th min. for Said 29 2 September 1980 D El-Ismaily SC 6 0

unused substitutes:

2-Mahmoud Fathalla, 11-Ahmed Eid Abdel Malek, 13-Abdelaziz Tawfik, 16-Abdelwahed El Sayed, 18-Abdel El Saqua, 21-Ahmed Raouf, 25-Al Sayed Hamdy.

team notes:

This is the most experienced team that have faced England.
 
3-5-2 El Hadary -
Gomaa, Saïd (Salem), Fathy -
El-Mohamady, Hassan (Geddo), Ghaly, Abd Rabo, Moawad (Abdel-Shafy) -
Zidan (Aboutrika), Motaeb (Zaki)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 29.1 Appearances/Goals 73.1 8.1

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England chose a tricky match against the new African Cup Champions, Egypt, for a warm up friendly fixture as the clock counts down to the World Cup in South Africa.  As it turned out, in the first 45 minutes the Egyptians showed just why they had succeeded in the recent tournament. 

England began well and after just four minutes Frank Lampard had a golden chance to give England the lead.  Wayne Rooney combined with Theo Walcott down the right and the Arsenal winger's cross was tailor-made for Lampard, but his first time shot was blocked by the Egyptian goalkeeper Al Hadari.  The Chelsea man should have scored and he knew it too.  Still, England looked positive and confident, although they did lack the assertive play that was needed.  Only Gareth Barry in the midfield was consistently battling away and too often it was as individuals rather than collectively that England attacked. 

At the other end there were moments of slackness and Jermaine Defoe cleared one scuffed shot off the line, as Egypt threatened from a corner.  Mohammed Zidan was particularly lively for the visitors and he shot just over after another good attack.  England's problem was that they were not pressing as a team and they allowed Egypt to dictate for long spells.  In the end it came as no real surprise when the visitors took a deserved lead, albeit with a little help from Matthew Upson.  Upson and the under pressure John Terry had looked reasonably secure in the middle of the defence, but in the 23rd minute a pass came in from the left towards Zidan, Upson slipped at a crucial moment, and the striker had a clear shot at goal which he despatched with aplomb. 

Egypt grew in confidence, with Hassan running the show in midfield, but England did up their game a little, and the one consolation for them was that they were still creating chances.  Rooney, whose touch wasn't quite as sharp as usual on the night, headed wide and Defoe fired in a good shot, which was well saved again by the keeper.  The Spurs striker also headed a Wes Brown cross just over as England fought for parity at the break.  The best chance again fell to Lampard from a corner but again he failed with his attempted shot and the ball bounced over. 

The first half ended with England still trailing, there had been plenty of endeavour but no real cohesion.  Rooney showed he shared the crowd's frustrations and screamed at his teammates for more effort.  Barry had worked tirelessly but Gerrard, captain for the night, failed to make any of his trademark surging runs into the danger area.  Walcott faded after a promising start, Leighton Baines did nothing wrong at left-back on his debut, but Brown had a poor match on the other flank, repeatedly giving the ball away. 

At the break Fabio Capello decided to make two changes bringing on Peter Crouch for Defoe and Michael Carrick for Lampard.  And right from the restart it was obvious that he had told his players to press the Egyptians back further and quicker.  Soon Rooney nearly broke through before England found a peach of an equaliser in the 56th minute.  Swift one-touch passing from Carrick to Gerrard to Barry ended with a first-time cross that Crouch swept home in brilliant fashion.  It was lightening quick and a quality finish. 

John Terry despite all his recent problems was still England's best and most disciplined defender and all credit to him for rising above all the hoo hah that has surrounded him lately. 

With 15 minutes left England turned the game around with another well worked goal, and again the substitutes were involved.  Baines's cross was deflected to James Milner who hit a powerful shot with his left foot, which the keeper parried.  The ball bounced out to Shaun Wright-Phillips and his shot found the net.  There was a slight swerve on the shot but Al Hadari will be disappointed with his contribution to the goal.

On 80 minutes England made the game safe with another excellent goal from the prolific Crouch.  This time Brown had his best moment of the game with a good pass to send Wright-Phillips away.  Again a first-time cross gave Crouch his chance and that is now 20 international goals for the big man.  It rounded off a fine second half comeback and sent the crowd home happy.  It was also the England team's 500th win and sends us on our way to the World Cup in good spirits.  Although Crouch was named official man of the match, the best player on the night was undoubtedly Barry who had a superb game throughout the whole 90 minutes.  He even ended the game as captain, the third, after Gerrard and Rooney, to wear the armband during the evening.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
FIFA.com
SkySports.com
TheFA.com
AngelFire.com/ak/EgyptianSports
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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