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Tuesday, 6 September 2011
European Championship 2012 Group G qualification match

England 1 Wales 0 [1-0]
 

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 77,128;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST;
Live on ITV One/HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Ashley Young (seven-yard shot 35 34:31) Match Summary
England Squad
Wales Squad
Results 2010-2015 England - James Milner (20 19:44)

England kicked-off. 92 minutes (45:05 & 47:07)

 

Match Summary

 

Officials from Austria

England

Type

Wales

Referee (black) - Robert Schörgenhofer
38 (21 February 1973), Dornbirn, FIFA-listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - Alain Hoxha, 38 (2 August 1973), Wien, & Klaus Strasser, 41 (28 November 1970).

Fourth official - Oliver Drachta, 34 (15 May 1977), FIFA-listed 2010.

- Goal Attempts -
- Attempts on Target -
- Hit Bar/Post -
- Corner Kicks Won -
- Offside Calls Against -
- Fouls Conceded -
- Possession -

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (24th August 2011) 4th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2010 home uniform - White shirts, royal blue shorts, white socks with blue tops.
Capt: John Terry, 32nd captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 65, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008,
39th match, W 26 - D 7 - L 6 - F 85 - A 33.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 24 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 13 6 GA
2 Smalling, Christopher L. 21 22 November 1989 RB Manchester United FC 2 0
3 Cole, Ashley 30 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 91 0
4 Barry, Gareth 30 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 48 2
5 Cahill, Gary J. 25 19 December 1985 CB Bolton Wanderers FC 5 1
6 Terry, John G. 30 7 December 1980 CB Chelsea FC 70 6
7 Downing, Stewart, off 79th min. 27 22 July 1984 M Liverpool FC 29 0
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 73rd min. 33 20 June 1978 RM

Chelsea FC

88 22
9 Young, Ashley S. 26 9 July 1985 M Manchester United FC 17 3
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 89th min. 25 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 72 28
11 Milner, James P. 25 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 21 0
Milner cautioned in the 20th minute for unsporting behaviour, for a scything tackle on the touchline on a sprinting Gareth Bale.
England Substitutes
15 Parker, Scott M., on 73rd min. (72:23) on for Lampard 30 13 October 1980 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 8 0
17 Johnson, Adam, on 79th min (78:20) for Downing. 24 14 July 1987 M Manchester City FC 8 2
16 Carroll, Andrew T., on 89th min (88:27) for Rooney. 22 6 January 1989 F Liverpool FC 3 1

unused substitutes:

12-David Stockdale, 13-Phil Jagielka, 14-Joleon Lescott, 18-Jermain Defoe.
   
4-3-3(2-1)

Hart -
Smalling, Cahill, Terry, Cole -
Lampard (Parker), Barry, Milner -
Downing (Johnson), Rooney (Carroll), Young.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 41.4 5.5

 

Wales Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (24th Augst 2011) 117th
ELO rating 72nd
Colours: Made by Umbro - Red shirts with white collar/cuffs, red shorts, red socks with white tops.
Capt: Aaron Ramsey Coach: Gary Andrew Speed, 41 (8 September 1969), appointed 14 December 2010,
7th match, W 2 - D 0 - L 5 - F 6 - A 12.
Wales Lineup
1 Hennessey, Wayne R. 24 24 January 1987 G Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 35 0
2 Gunter, Christopher R. 22 21 July 1989 FB Nottingham Forest FC, England 31 0
3 Taylor, Neil J. 22 7 February 1989 D Swansea City FC 5 0
4 Crofts, Andrew L. 27 29 May 1984 M Norwich City FC, England 17 0
5 Blake, Darcy J. 22 13 December 1988 D Cardiff City FC 5 1
6 Williams, Ashley W. 27 23 August 1984 CB Swansea City FC 44 2
7 Ledley, Joseph C. 24 23 January 1987 LM Glasgow Celtic FC, Scotland 40 3
8 Collison, Jack D., off 85th min. 22 2 October 1988 M West Ham United FC, England 11 0
9 Morison, Steven W., off 68th min. 28 29 August 1983 F Norwich City FC, England 10 1
10 Ramsey, Aaron J. 20 26 December 1990 CM Arsenal FC, England 17 4
11 Bale, Gareth F. 22 16 July 1989 LM Tottenham Hotspur FC, England 30 3
Wales Substitutes
18 Earnshaw, Robert, on 68th min. (67:06) for Morison. 30 6 April 1981 F Cardiff City FC 55 16
15 King, Andrew, on 85th min. (84:44) for Collison. 22 29 October 1988 M Leicester City FC, England 10 1

unused substitutes:

12-Boaz Myhill, 13-Danny Collins, 14-James Collins, 16-Joe Allen, 17-Hal Robson-Kanu.
   
4-1-4-1 Hennessey -
Gunter, Blake, Williams, Taylor -
Collison (King) -
Bale, Crofts, Ramsey, Ledley -
Morison (Earnshaw).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 23.5 Appearances/Goals 22.3 1.3

 

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

If ever Wales were going to raise their game from their normal mediocrity, it would be for the game at Wembley against the old enemy, England.  And to be fair the Red Dragons gave a good account of themselves against a below par home side, who do seem to be having difficulty playing at Wembley.

In the opening ten minutes it was a nervous England against a Wales side determined not to give away early goals as they did in Cardiff in March.  England retained possession well but didn't really threaten the Welsh goal.  There was danger from a corner, and if the referee could have seen the TV replay showing Ashley Williams blatantly holding John Terry, then surely a penalty would have been a certainty.  Williams did it again at the next corner, and again got away with it, before Gareth Bale's free-kick was headed wide at the other end, also by Williams.  England's only real problems were all caused by sloppy play and Aaron Ramsey shot over from one half chance created by England's mistakes.

But on the quarter hour England at last began to show some positive intent and Stewart Downing put in two good crosses, defended well by Wales.  Wayne Rooney then chipped over after good interplay with Ashley Young, and it was noticeable that the pace from England's play was starting to increase.  Goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey cut out another cross from Downing and then punched clear from Gary Cahill's head following a free-kick.  On 27 minutes a fine run and cross by Young ended with a volley from Downing which flew over the bar.

England were determined to stifle Bale from producing any of his dangerous runs, but James Milner went too far when stopping the Tottenham man and incurred the wrath of the referee who produced a yellow card.  The pressure from England was gradually increasing though and on 34 minutes they scored a fine goal.  The impressive Chris Smalling fed the ball to Downing and the winger skipped round Joe Ledley before pulling the ball back to Young.  The new Manchester United star hit a clinical first-time shot that beat Hennessey at his near post.  It was a fine goal and at this stage England just about deserved it.  For the remaining ten minutes of the half England dominated with fast possession football and in one attack Rooney came within a whisker of scoring following a clever short corner routine.  Wales were hanging on and another England goal then would surely have sealed victory.  But the visitors reached half-time with just the one goal deficit, so all to play for.

England had grown more assured as the half went on with Cahill, Terry, Smalling, Lampard and Barry giving good solid performances whilst Downing and Young were lively going forward.  You felt that if England scored the next goal it would be all over.

After the break England started where they left off, Young's hard low cross being palmed away by Hennessey and Barry storming into the box to fire a good effort just over.  Downing then went close as did Young again as it looked certain that England would add to their goal advantage.  But gradually, inspired by their two quality players, Bale and Ramsey, Wales came back strongly.  Only a great tackle by Milner stopped Bale in full flow and then Smalling just got a head to another dangerous Bale cross.

On the hour Barry set up Lampard for a shot but the ball flew just over the bar, and then great play by Young set up Milner for a shot which was deflected wide.  The England pressure increased as Hennessey flapped at a cross and Cahill fired the loose ball over the bar.  Rob Earnshaw came on for Steve Morison and then Scott Parker replaced Lampard.  Smalling was harshly penalised for a foul, one of several irritating decisions against England in the second half.  Bale took the free-kick but it sailed harmlessly over Hart's goal.  Wales were relying on just one chance to come their way and on 75 minutes that chance finally arrived.  But all it did was give the crowd the chance to see the miss of the match!

This 'new' Wembley has seen its fair share of sitters missed since it opened but this one took the biscuit.  The ball came into the box from a free-kick and Darcy Blake managed to touch it across goal.  In came Earnshaw to score what seemed an easy goal from two yards out.  Somehow though the Welsh substitute leaned back too far and fired over the top.  Even some of the England players had their heads in their hands!  It was an awful miss and a slice of luck for the home team.

Shortly afterwards Parker then made the pass of the match, to Downing down the right, but this time the winger's cross was poor and easily cleared.  For me, after Lampard went off, England slipped back into their sloppiness and lost their rhythm and composure.  With 80 minutes gone Joe Hart had to make his only save so far when Gunter broke through, although the whistle had already blown, presumably for offside, and then Earnshaw tried to atone for his dreadful miss, with two weak late efforts easily dealt with by England's goalkeeper.

In the end England comfortably managed to see out the remaining minutes and hold on to the win.  However, it was none too convincing and was a very patchy performance, mixing some good stuff with some not so good.  But a win is a win and several players had good games, with Cahill, Terry, Smalling, Lampard, Barry, Downing and Young the pick.  The formation showed that playing one forward at home is okay provided the support is quickly forward to help the frontrunner.  When that support is not as effective then the front man, in this case Rooney, is left isolated too often.  Credit to Wales though for playing well in yet another defeat, and hopefully when they play against lesser opposition they will raise their game to this level again.  Somehow though I very much doubt they will.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
FAW website
ITV.com/football
UEFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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