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Wednesday, 29 May 2013
FA's 150th Year Celebration Match

England 1 Republic of Ireland 1 [1-1]


The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 80,126; Kick-off: 7:59pm BST.
Live on ITV HD (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Ireland - Shane Long (header 13 12:44)
England - Frank Lampard (tap in 23 22:16)
Match Summary
England Squad

Ireland Squad
Results 2010-2015 no red or yellow cards

Republic of Ireland kicked-off. 92 minutes (45:03 & 46:59).


Match Summary


Officials from the Home Nations



Republic of Ireland

Referee (sky blue) - William Collum
34 (18 January 1979), Glasgow, Scotland, FIFA listed 2006.

Assistant Referees - Philip Thomas, Trealaw, Wales and Eamon Shanks, 45 (28 March 1968), Northern Ireland

Fourth official - Steven McClean, 32 (1 April 1981), Scotland, FIFA listed 2010;

11 Goal Attempts 7
6 Attempts on Target 1
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
9 Corner Kicks Won 4
0 Offside Calls Against 4
8 Fouls Conceded 14
66.6% Possession 33.4%

England Team



FIFA (9 May 2013) 7th
EFO ranking Group 1 (2nd)
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2013 home uniform - White crew neck jerseys with navy blue collar, blue shorts, white socks with thin blue tops.
Capt: Ashley Cole, first captaincy, Frank Lampard 54th minute. Manager: Roy Hodgson, 65 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
16th match, W 9 - D 6 - L 1 - F 35 - A 13.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J., off 46th min 26 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 31 23 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M., off 46th min 28 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 47 1
3 Cole, Ashley, off 54th min. 32 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 102 0
4 Carrick, Michael 31 28 July 1981 CM Manchester United FC 28 0
5 Cahill, Gary J. 27 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 14 2
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 30 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 17 1
7 Walcott, Theo J. 24 16 March 1989 RM Arsenal FC 32 4
8 Lampard, Frank J. 34 20 June 1978 CM Chelsea FC 96 29
9 Sturridge, Daniel A., off inj. 30 (30:00) 23 1 September 1989 F Liverpool FC 6 1
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 27 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 82 35
11 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., off 87th min. 19 15 August 1993 LM Arsenal FC 11 2
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Republic of Ireland 1
18 Defoe, Jermain C., on 33rd min. (32:55) for Sturridge 30 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 54 19
15 Jones, Philip A., on 46th min. for Johnson 21 21 February 1992 RB Manchester United FC 6 0
13 Foster, Ben A., on 46th min. for Hart 30 3 April 1983 G West Bromwich Albion FC 6 4 GA
12 Baines, Leighton J., on 54th min. (53:11) for Cole 28 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 16 1
16 Milner, James P., on 87th min. (86:46) for Oxlade-Chamberlain 27 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 37 1
result: England 1 Republic of Ireland 1

unused substitutes:

14-Joleon Lescott, 17-Jack Rodwell, 19-Danny Welbeck, 20-Alex McCarthy.

team notes:

Jermain Defoe comes on as a substitute for a record 33rd occasion.
Coach Roy Hodgson had managed Switzerland against the Republic in a friendly in March 1992 (1-2). It was his first defeat as an international coach.
4-4-2 Hart (Foster) -
(Jones), Cahill, Jagielka, Cole (Baines) -
Walcott, Lampard, Carrick, Oxlade-Chamberlain
(Milner) -
Rooney, Sturridge

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 42.4 6.7


Republic of Ireland Team



FIFA (9 May 2013) 39th
EFO ranking Group 7
ELO rating 32nd to 31st
Colours: Made by Umbro - Green v-neck jerseys with darker green/red toned collar trim and white cuffs/undersleeve, white shorts with green trim, green socks with lighter green pinhoops.
Capt: Robbie Keane,
Glenn Whelan 66th minute.
Manager: Giovanni Trapattoni, 74 (17 March 1939 in Italy), appointed 13 February 2008;
54th match, W 22 - D 20 - L 12 - F 71 - A 51.
Republic of Ireland Lineup
1 Forde, David 33 20 December 1979 G Millwall FC, England 8 4 GA
2 Coleman, Séamus 24 11 October 1988 RB Everton FC, England 12 0
12 Kelly, Stephen M.D. 29 6 September 1983 LB Reading FC, England 33 0
4 O'Shea, John F. 32 30 April 1981 CD Sunderland AFC, England 88 1
5 St Ledger-Hall, Sean P. 28 28 December 1984
born in Solihull
CD Leicester City FC, England 34 3
6 Whelan, Glenn D., off 74th min. 29 14 January 1984 CM Stoke City AFC, England 48 2
7 McGeady, Aiden J., off 68th min. 27 4 April 1986
born in Paisley
LM FC Spartak Moskva, Russia 58 2
8 McCarthy, James 22 12 November 1990
born in Glasgow
CM Wigan Athletic FC, England 13 0
9 Long, Shane P. 26 22 January 1987 F West Bromwich Albion FC, England 36 9
10 Keane, Robert D., off 66th min. 32 8 July 1980 F LA Galaxy, USA 124 54
15 Walters, Jonathan R. 29 20 September 1983
born in Moreton
RM Stoke City AFC, England 18 4
Republic of Ireland Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Republic of Ireland 1
19 Cox, Simon R., on 66th min (65:42) for Keane 26 28 April 1987
born in Reading
F Nottingham Forest FC, England 23 3
11 McClean, James, on 68th min. (67:50) for McGeady 24 22 April 1989
born in Londonderry
M Sunderland AFC, England 10 0
26 Hendrick, Jeffrey P., on 74th min. (73:11) for Whelan 21 31 January 1992 M Derby County FC, England 2 0
24 Sammon, Conor, on 82nd min. (81:21) for Walters 26 6 November 1986 F Derby County FC, England 4 0
result: England 1 Republic of Ireland 1

unused substitutes:

13-Richard Keogh, 14-Darren O'Dea, 16-Keiren Westwood, 17-Paul McShane, 18-Stephen Quinn, 20-David Meyler, 21-Robbie Brady, 22-Andy Keogh, 23-Darren Randolph, 25-Wes Hoolahan, 27-Damien Delaney.

team notes:

Coach Giovanni Trapattoni played for Italy against England in May 1961, and the managed Italy against England in November 2000 and March 2002.
4-4-2 Forde -
Coleman, O'Shea, St Ledger, Kelly -
(Sammon), McCarthy, Whelan (Hendrick), McGeady (McClean) -
Long, Keane

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.3 Appearances/Goals 42.9 6.7


    Match Report by Mike Payne

This friendly international, arranged as part of the Football Association's 150th anniversary celebrations, proved to be a struggle for the England players especially at the end of a long, hard season. There were some good moments but overall the players looked rather jaded and leg-weary as the Irish team showed some typical fighting spirit.

England had the better of the opening few minutes, although the Irish were quick to close people down and prevent the home side finding a rhythm. In the fourth minute a long ball over the top from Frank Lampard to Wayne Rooney saw the Manchester United player try an audacious volley. He didn't quite connect properly and the ball went wide. But it was a good run by the striker and the pass was exquisite. The same two players tried a quick one-two in another England attack, but Lampard was blocked off by an Irish defender. In fact on 13 minutes, slightly against the run of play, it was the Republic who scored with their first real attack of the game.

Lampard lost possession in midfield and the ball found its way out to Seamus Coleman on the right wing. The Everton player was not closed down and had time and space to send in a brilliant curving cross towards the middle. Shane Long nipped behind Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill, and ahead of Glen Johnson. To leap high to glance a magnificent header wide of the despairing dive of Joe Hart and into the far corner of the net. It was a fine goal by the WBA player, and the vociferous Irish fans in the stadium were ecstatic.

England stepped up a gear and with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain looking lively and Johnson making some good breaks down the right, the pressure mounted on the Irish back line. It took just ten minutes to find an equaliser, and it came with a typical piece of opportunism from the goal-hungry Lampard. The Chelsea midfield player timed his run into the box with his usual perfection and when the good work from Daniel Sturridge down the left ended with a cross into the middle, who was there to guide the ball home, but Lampard. It was a well taken goal and his 29th for England, but Sean St Leger will be kicking himself for missing an easy clearance just prior to Lampard's strike.

Both defences looked vulnerable at this stage with England struggling against a series of crosses and corners, and Ireland caught out by passes behind their back four. Unfortunately England's quality on that final pass into the danger area was poor, with Johnson and Theo Walcott guilty of wasting good positions. Another blow for England came just after the half-hour when Sturridge had to go off with what looked like a nasty injury. He had not had the best of games but Sturridge is one of those players who has a handy knack of scoring a goal out of nothing, so he would be missed for the rest of the match.

On 35 minutes a good move, one of England's best of the half, gave Oxlade- Chamberlain the opportunity for a shot. But it went tamely into the arms of solid goalkeeper David Forde and another chance was lost. At the other end England's twin centre-halves were struggling with the runs of Robbie Keane, and Long was a constant thorn, having said that though, Joe Hart's only involvement at this stage had been to pick the ball out of the net. McGeady then put one effort wide and then Walcott almost broke through only for the Irish defence to scramble the ball away. Apart from another run from Johnson, the half ended with honours even. It had been an open end to end half, with not too much quality on show, and the score was about right.

In the second half England did tighten up a little with Phil Jones coming on for Johnson and Ben Foster given a run out in goal. Within two minutes of the restart we almost had the perfect goal of the night. Ashley Cole, so proud to be named captain for the game, to celebrate winning 100 appearances, was presented with a magnificent 'Golden Cap' to honour his achievement just before kick-off. During the game he gave his usual solid performance, but on 47 minutes he almost celebrated with his first ever goal for his country. A wonderful run by Walcott ended with a low cross into the box. Cole's eyes lit up as he drove into the box to meet the cross and it seemed a certain goal. But right at the death St Leger made up for his earlier error by making a crucial interception to clear the ball. It would have been a perfect way for Cole to top his remarkable career, but alas it wasn't to be.

Not long after that Cole was substituted by Leighton Baines and the captain's armband was passed to Lampard, with the full-back leaving to a deserved rousing reception. The match meanwhile, meandered along, with not a lot to report. Both managers made quite a few substitutions and when the hour was up only blocked shots from Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lampard and for Ireland, Coleman, saw anything like a goal. Jones was looking strong down the right and Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain were both full of running. One of the best moves by England saw the latter break swiftly, passed to substitute Jermaine Defoe who in turn moved the ball on to Walcott. The Arsenal player fired in a shot but Forde was down quickly to push the ball round a post.

One of the annoying features from an England fans point of view was the number of times Ireland latched on to the 'second' ball. But the visitors never really created anything and Foster's only involvement came when he fumbled a long cross from the left. Luckily for him the referee blew for an infringement. Both Walcott and Oxlade-Chamberlain had further half chances and then, with about ten minutes to go England fashioned their best goal chance of the half. Rooney, who had flitted in and out of the game, found Oxlade-Chamberlain with a good pass and the Arsenal youngster realised this was a golden chance. But Forde had other ideas and quickly closed the striker down, making himself as big as possible and blocking the shot.

There was further late pressure from England and on 86 minutes Forde again saved the day with a good block, this time from Walcott. After that the Irish held on fairly comfortably, and at the final whistle there was no doubt who was more pleased with the draw, as the Irish threw their arms in the air in celebration and their supporters cheered to the rafters!

It is difficult to be too critical of England's overall performance, although for one or two players it was probably a game too far after their hard season. Not to worry though, as in four day's time we have an easy fixture.... a trip to the Maracana Stadium in Brazil! Happy days.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor