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Saturday, 26 March 2011
European Championship 2012 Group G qualification match

Wales 0 England 2 [0-2]
 

Millennium Stadium, Westgate Street, Cardiff, South Glamorgan
Attendance: 68,959;
Kick-off: 3.00pm GMT;
Live on Sky Sports 1HD and 3D (UK) - Commentator: Martin Tyler

England - Frank Lampard (penalty 7 6:37), Darren Bent (six-yardtap-in 15 14:01) Match Summary
Wales Squad
England Squad
Results 2010-2015 England - Wayne Rooney (37 36:37), Glen Johnson (84 83:08);
Wales - Andrew Crofts (56 55:50), Joe Ledley (70 69:37), David Vaughan (81 80:59), Craig Bellamy (82 81:05), James Collins (86 85:45),

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (46:14 & 47:30).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Portugal

Wales

Type

England

Referee (black) - Olegário Manuel Bartolo Faustino Benquerença
41 (18 October 1969), Leiria, FIFA-listed since 2001.

Assistant Referees - Bertino Cunha Miranda, 38 (18 May 1972), Porto and João Ferreira dos Santos, 42 (5 November 1968), Porto.

Fourth official - Artur Manuel Ribeiro Soares Dias, 31 (14 July 1979), Vila Nova de Gaia, FIFA-listed 2010.

Welsh National anthem sung by Miss Wales, Courtenay Hamilton

3 Goal Attempts 7
0 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
4 Corner Kicks Won 5
2 Offside Calls Against 1
13 Fouls Conceded 9
47.6% Possession 52.4%

Wales Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th March 2011) 116th
ELO rating 78th
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red shirts, red shorts with white hem, red and white hooped socks.
Capt: Aaron Ramsey, 1st Captaincy (Wales' youngest ever) Coach: Gary Andrew Speed, 41 (8 September 1969), appointed 14 December 2010,
2nd match, W 0 - D 0 - L 2 - F 0 - A 5
Wales Lineup
1 Hennessey, Wayne R. 24 24 January 1987 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 30 0
2 Gunter, Christopher R. 21 21 July 1989 RB Nottingham Forest FC, England 26 0
3 Collins, Daniel L. 30 6 August 1980 LB Stoke City FC, England 10 0
4 Crofts, Andrew L. 26 29 May 1984 M Norwich City FC, England 16 0
Andrew Crofts cautioned in the 56th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a late tackle on Jack Wilshere.
5 Collins, James M. 27 23 August 1983 CB Aston Villa FC, England 38 2
James Collins cautioned in the 86th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for continuingly pulling at Darren Bent. Suspended
6 Williams, Ashley E. 26 23 August 1984 CB Swansea City FC 25 1
7 Ledley, Joseph C. 24 23 January 1987 LM Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland 36 3
Joe Ledley cautioned in the 70th min. for Dissent for complaining about not getting a free-kick after being pushed off the ball by Glen Johnson.
8 Bellamy, Craig D. 31 13 July 1979 F Cardiff City FC, on loan from Manchester City FC, England 60 18
Craig Bellamy cautioned in the 82nd min. for Dissent for complaining about the decision to caution David Vaughan.
9 Morison, Steven W., off 65th min. 27 29 August 1983 F Millwall FC, England 5 0
10 Ramsey, Aaron J. 20 26 December 1990 CM Arsenal FC, England 12 2
11 King, Andrew, off 65th min. 22 29 October 1988 M Leicester City FC, England 7 1
Wales Substitutes
15 Vaughan, David O., on 65th min. for King 28 18 February 1983 M Blackpool FC, England 22 1
David Vaughan cautioned in the 82nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a late tackle.
18 Evans, Ched, on 65th min. for Morison 22 28 December 1988 F Sheffield United FC, England 13 2

unused substitutes:

12-Glyn Myhill, 13-Neal Eardley, 14-Daniel Gabbidon, 16-Joseph Allen, 17-Simon Church.
   
4-5-1  Hennessey -
Gunter, J Collins, Williams, D Collins -
Bellemy, Crofts, Ramsey, Ledley, King
(Vaughan) -
Morison
(Evans).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.3 Appearances/Goals 24.1 2.45

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (9th March 2011) 6th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2010 home uniform - White shirts, royal blue shorts, white socks with blue tops.
Capt: John Terry, 29th captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 64, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008,
35th match, W 24 - D 5 - L 6 - F 78 - A 30.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 23 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 9 3 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 26 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 32 1
Glen Johnson cautioned in the 84th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for an innocuous challenge on Ched Evans.
3 Cole, Ashley 30 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 88 0
4 Parker, Scott M., off 88th min. 30 13 October 1980 CM West Ham United FC 5 0
5 Dawson, Michael R. 27 18 November 1983 CB Tottenham Hotspur FC 4 0
6 Terry, John G. 30 7 December 1980 CB Chelsea FC 67 6
7 Lampard, Frank J. 32 20 June 1978 RM

Chelsea FC

85 21
8 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 82nd min. 19 1 January 1992 LM Arsenal FC 3 0
9 Bent, Darren A. 27 6 February 1984 CF Aston Villa FC 9 3
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 70th min. 25 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 70 26
Wayne Rooney cautioned in the 37th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a late tackle on Andrew Crofts. Suspended
11 Young, Ashley S. 25 9 July 1985 M Aston Villa FC 13 1
England Substitutes
15 Milner, James P., on 70th min. for Rooney 25 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 17 0
16 Downing, Stewart, on 82nd min. for Wilshere 26 22 July 1984 M Aston Villa FC 25 0
13 Jagielka, Philip N., on 88th min. for Parker 28 17 August 1982 D Everton FC 8 0

unused substitutes:

12-Rob Green, 14-Joleon Lescott, 17-Jermain Defoe, 18-Andy Carroll.
   
 4-3-3(2-1) Hart -
Johnson, Dawson, Terry, Cole -
Lampard, Parker
(Jagielka), Wilshere (Downing)
-
Young, Rooney
(Milner) -
Bent

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.7 Appearances/Goals 35.0 5.1

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

England went to the top of their group with this win against Wales in Cardiff.  All the pre-match hype, building up a Welsh team that against anyone else would not even be rated, was left floundering as England showed their class and brushed away what was in the end a weak challenge.  Because of the exclusivity the match could not be seen on terrestrial television, which is annoying, especially as England produced some excellent play during the match, worthy of a larger audience.

Wales, like Scotland, in any sport, only ever seem to want to raise their game when they play the English, and this football match was in that category.  But on this occasion, despite the passionate home crowd, it proved an easy win for the visitors.  Right from the start England stamped their authority on the match and with Fabio Capello opting for a 4-3-3 formation it meant England began on the front foot.  They were also playing at a high tempo, and the passing and movement was excellent. The young Wales team hardly had any possession in the early stages and, as it turned out, the game was effectively over after just 14 minutes.

A good move in the seventh minute led to the opening goal.  'New' skipper John Terry combined with Ashley Cole and then released the lively Ashley Young.  The winger immediately attacked the box and when his Aston Villa teammate James Collins made a rash challenge to send Young sprawling in the area the referee had an easy decision to give a penalty.  Up stepped Frank Lampard to send Wayne Hennessey the wrong way and England's bright start was confirmed.

England were already in complete control and Wales could hardly find a way to move out of their own half.  Joe Hart in the England goal was largely just a spectator, and in the 14th minute England's dominance was rewarded with a second goal.  Glen Johnson fed Young down the right and he confidently sent in a centre to the middle where Darren Bent met the ball perfectly to side-foot home.  The crowd were stunned, and better still for England, silenced!  So much for the pre-match building up of Gary Speed's team as England completely outclassed their opponents.

Scott Parker, showing his typical club form, busily protected the back four, Jack Wilshere showed all his blossoming passing skills and all round talent, and Young reiterated how his England pedigree was growing in stature with every game.  Even allowing for how poor Wales were, England's first half performance gave their fans every encouragement and it was good to see.  One blot on the half was a needless booking for Wayne Rooney, which means he now misses the next game, against Switzerland.  The Manchester United player had a quiet game in Cardiff.

The rest of the first half saw England totally in control and pushing forward continually.  A lack of urgency was probably the only reason England didn't add to their goals, that and some alert goalkeeping by Hennessey.

It is very rare these days to have any easy international match, especially in a tournament, but this one was probably the easiest match England have experienced since some of those big wins in the 1970's and 80's.  To their credit Wales were a little brighter after the interval but over 70 minutes of the match had gone before they gave Hart his first save.  The much-hyped Craig Bellamy never received a pass worthy of the name and even with the absent Gareth Bale it would have been a struggle for the powder puff red dragons.  The match was an ideal scenario for Terry as the skipper was able to snuff out anything Wales had to offer with ease, and the captain did his job with his usual authority and strength.  There really should now be no argument as to his selection for the armband.  Alongside him Michael Dawson was equally strong and with Johnson and Cole playing to their strengths too, it was all too easy for the England defence.

The nearest England came to adding to their score was late on, after Stewart Downing had replaced Wilshere, the Villa winger hit a rasping drive that flew just wide.  Bent also went close to his second goal as man-of-the-match Young almost set him up again.  Those attempts, had they gone in would have given the scoreline a much more realistic look, such was the England team's dominance.

So, an easy win in a hostile atmosphere, and a good performance from some of Capello's blossoming youngsters.  It was a very good day for England.

Source Notes

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

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