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Wednesday, 14 August 2013
Teenage Cancer Trust, incorporating FA's 150th Year Celebration Match

England 3 Scotland 2 [1-1]
 

The National Stadium, Wembley, London
Attendance: 80,485; Kick-off: 8.00pm BST 
Live on ITV HD (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Scotland - James Morrison (twentytwo-yard shot 11 10:38), Kenny Miller (turn and eighteen-yard shot 49 48:51)
England - Theo Walcott (eight-yard shot after cutting inside  29 28:27), Danny Welbeck (header 53 52:27), Rickie Lambert (header with first touch 70 69:36)
Match Summary
England Squad

Scotland Squad
Results 2010-2015 England - Kyle Walker (56 55:30), Theo Walcott (58 57:03), Frank Lampard (63 62:46)
Scotland - Robert Snodgrass (58 57:02)

Scotland kicked-off. 94 minutes (45:53 & 47:56).

 

Match Summary

 

Officials

England

Type

Scotland

Referee (red) - Felix Brych,
38 (3 August 1975), München, Germany, FIFA listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - Alessandro Álvaro Rocha de Matos, 37 (10 February 1976), Brazil & Tshotleno Enock Molefe, 45 (4 June 1968), South Africa.

Fourth official - Alain Bieri, 34 (13 March 1979), Switzerland.

20 Goal Attempts 8
12 Attempts on Target 5
1 Hit Bar/Post 0
8 Corner Kicks Won 3
2 Offside Calls Against 1
13 Fouls Conceded 5
58% Possession 42%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (8th August 2013) 14th
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2013 home uniform - White shirts with navy blue collar, navy blue shorts, white socks with thin navy blue tops.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 28th captaincy, Lampard 62 mins. Coach: Roy Hodgson, 66, appointed 1 May 2012,
18th match, W 10 - D 7 - L 1 - F 40 - A 17.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 26 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 33 27 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 23 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 6 0
Kyle Walker cautioned in the 56th min. for foul, he is caught on the wrong side of James Forrest as Scotland break and cynically trips him up just outside the centre-circle.
3 Baines, Leighton J. 28 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 18 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 62nd min. 33 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 103 19
5 Cahill, Gary J. 27 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 16 2
6 Jagielka, Philip N., off 84th min. 30 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 19 1
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 75th min. 24 16 March 1989 M Arsenal FC 34 5
Theo Walcott cautioned in the 58th min. for ungentlemanly conduct. He and Robert Snodgrass square-up near the touchline. Snodgrass had elbowed Walcott, and Theo retaliated cynically.
8 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 46th min. 21 1 January 1992 M Arsenal FC 8 0
9 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M. 22 26 November 1990 F Manchester United FC 17 6
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 67th min 27 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 84 36
11 Cleverley, Thomas W., off 67th min. 24 12 August 1989 M Manchester United FC 10 0
England Substitutes
18 Lampard, Frank J., on 46th min. for Wilshere 35 20 June 1978 M Chelsea FC 98 29
Frank Lampard cautioned in the 63rd min. for foul. The new captain chopped down Shaun Maloney near the halfway line.
21 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 62nd min. (61:22) for Gerrard 19 15 August 1993 M Arsenal FC 13 3
17 Milner, James P., on 67th min (66:35) for Cleverley 27 4 January 1986 M Manchester City FC 39 1
20 Lambert, Rickie L., on 67th min (66:50) for Rooney 31 16 February 1982 F Southampton FC 1 1
22 Zaha, D. Wilfried A., on 75th min (74:48) for Walcott 20 10 November 1992 F Manchester United FC 2 0
15 Jones, Philip A., on 84th (83:23) for Jagielka 21 21 February 1992 M Manchester United FC 8 0

unused substitutes:

12-Glen Johnson, 13-Ben Foster, 14-Ashley Cole, 16-Chris Smalling, 19-Jermaine Defoe, 23-John Ruddy.
   
4-3-3 Hart -
Walker, Cahill, Jagielka
(Jones), Baines -
Cleverley
(Milner), Gerrard (Oxlade-Chamberlain), Wilshere (Lampard) -
Walcott
(Zaha), Rooney (Lambert), Welbeck

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 31.6 6.2

 

Scotland Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (8th August 2013) 50th
ELO rating 50th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Navy blue shirts with white Adidas trim, white collars, white shorts with navy blue Adidas trim, red socks with white Adidas trim, and single vertical stripe.
Capt: Scott Brown Coach: Gordon Strachan, 56 (9 February 1957), appointed manager 15 January 2013
5th match, W 2 - D 0 - L 3 - F 5 - A 7.
Scotland Lineup
1 McGregor, Allan J. 31 31 January 1982 G Hull City Tigers, England 30 40 GA
2 Hutton, Alan 28 30 November 1984 RB Aston Villa FC, England 33 0
3 Whittaker, Steven G. 29 16 June 1984 LB Norwich City FC, England 19 0
4 Martin, Russell K.A. 27 4 January 1986 CD Norwich City FC, England 6 0
5 Hanley, Grant 21 20 November 1991 CD Blackburn Rovers FC, England 8 1
6 Maloney, Shaun R., off 86th min. 30 24 January 1983 F Wigan Athletic FC, England 29 1
7 Morrison, James C., off 82nd min. 27 25 May 1986 M West Bromwich Albion FC, England 28 3
8 Brown, Scott 28 25 June 1985 M Glasgow Celtic FC 31 2
9 Miller, Kenneth, off 72nd min. 33 23 December 1979 F Vancouver Whitecaps FC, Canada 69 18
10 Snodgrass, Robert, off 67th min. 25 7 September 1987 M Norwich City FC, England 11 2
Robert Snodgrass cautioned in the 58th min. for ungentlemanly conduct. He and Theo Walcott square-up near the touchline. Snodgrass had elbowed Walcott, and Theo retaliated cynically.
11 Forrest, James, off 67th min. 22 7 July 1991 M Glasgow Celtic FC 8 0
Scotland Substitutes
25 Conway, Craig, on 67th min. (66:08) for Snodgrass 28 2 May 1985 M Cardiff City FC, Wales 5 0
19 Mulgrew, Charles P., on 67th min. (66:26) for Forrest 27 6 March 1986 D Glasgow Celtic FC 7 1
22 Griffiths, Leigh, on 72nd min. (71:55) for Miller 22 20 August 1990 F Wolverhampton Wanderers FC, England 3 0
18 Rhodes, Jordan L., on 82nd min (81:26) for Morrison 23 5 February 1990 F Blackburn Rovers FC, England 10 3
14 Naismith, Steven J., on 86th min. (85:03) for Maloney 26 14 September 1986 M Everton FC, England 23 2

unused substitutes:

12-Matthew Gilks, 13-James McArthur, 15-Chris Burke, 16-Charlie Adam, 17-Andrew Webster, 21-Marshall, 20-Barry Bannan, 23-Gary Mackay-Steven, 24-Graham Dorrans, 26-George Boyd, 27-Gordon Greer, 28-Steven Hammell.
   
4-4-2 McGregor -
Hutton, Martin, Hanley, Whittaker -
Snodgrass
(Conway), Morrison (Rhodes), Brown, Forrest (Mulgrew) -
Maloney
(Naismith), Miller (Griffiths)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.4 Appearances/Goals 24.7 2.4

 

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

Manager Roy Hodgson was able to pick from a much better squad for this first international of the new season.  The visit of Scotland for the first time for 14 years would give England a test before the important World Cup games coming up during the next few weeks.  Scotland immediately settled and with typical gusto came at England from the first whistle.  They love this fixture and to them, beating England is the pinnacle of their player's careers, so there was a natural exuberance at the start.

The first ten minutes saw both sides trying to settle to their own styles, and Jack Wilshere was soon prominent for England, with his vision and touch looking to unlock the Scottish defence.  Few chances were created in the first ten minutes but on eleven minutes Scotland scored a goal with their first real attack.  Awful defending by England as they failed to clear a corner, and Theo Walcott mishit an attempted clearance straight to James Morrison.  England were slow to close down the West Bromwich Albion player, and he had time and space to hit a shot through the defenders.  Joe Hart will be very disappointed with his attempted save and although the ball dipped late, he really should have done better, not for the first time recently.  Scotland needless to say were cock-a-hoop, and their fans had victory sewn up at that stage. 

England struggled to find a rhythm in this opening quarter and for all their possession, there was very little end product.  The trouble with having Wilshere in the side is that too often England try and dribble the ball into the net, 'just like Arsenal', sometimes a shot from distance was on, but the players would try one more pass, and then lose it.  In this spell too many passes went square, Steven Gerrard looked rusty and too often careless play gave the onus back to Scotland.  It actually took England 26 minutes before they had anything like a decent attack.  Walcott combined with Tom Cleverley and the latter saw his close range shot blocked.  But at least England were now showing some signs of improvement and three minutes later they equalised.

Kyle Walker played a pass inside to Cleverley and a wonderful first time pass sent Walcott away, at pace, behind the defence.  He cut inside and for a split second it looked like the chance was lost, but Walcott managed to hit a left foot shot past McGregor for an excellent equaliser.

England now looked a little more settled and Walcott set up Cleverley for a shot, only for the Manchester United player to scuff it for an easy save by the keeper.  There were slight signs of the initial steam blowing out of Scotland at this stage and England started to look better.  Steven Gerrard was not himself though and England were not firing on all cylinders by any means.  In one attack, Danny Welbeck combined with Wayne Rooney only for the latter to shoot wide.  Defensively England struggled, and the canny Kenny Miller was always a threat, and towards the end of the half Wilshere badly lost possession in a central position and Robert Snodgrass shot wide from a good position.  A lovely chipped pass found Rooney who put the ball into the net only to find the offside flag up, wrongly as it turned out when replays were shown.  But England finished the half strongly and a good run from Wilshere and a shot from Gerrard caused Scotland problems.  There was everything to play for after the break, and it had certainly been an entertaining match so far. 

At the start of the second half Frank Lampard came on for Wilshere but it wasn't long before Scotland had the lead again.  On 49 minutes the ball reached Miller on the edge of the England box.  A drop of his shoulder sent Gary Cahill the wrong way and a turn, and left-foot shot by Miller found the bottom left hand corner of Hart's net.  It was a fine, well-taken goal, but two minutes later and it was Allan McGregor at full stretch to keep out a header from his own defender following a Gerrard free-kick.  That warning wasn't heeded and the next time England won a free-kick they scored another equaliser.  Gerrard curled in a delicious ball from the right and Welbeck was in there with a fine downward header.

As the score suggests, both defences looked vulnerable, but this second England goal probably turned the game because they were now more in control than earlier and the calming influence of Lampard was making a big difference.  The Chelsea player was leading by calm authority and switching play at every opportunity.  Walker was booked for a late tackle before Walcott set up Rooney again, but once more they wanted one more pass before shooting and the chance was lost.  Tempers were running high at this stage and Walcott and Snodgrass were both booked as the 'handbags' came out.

On the hour a fine long-range shot by Lampard was fumbled by McGregor but the inrushing Leighton Baines couldn't find any purchase on his shot from the rebound.  Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on for Gerrard and the captain's armband went to Lampard.  The first thing the 'new' skipper did was gain a booking for a late challenge.  Then on 65 minutes a corner was headed across goal by Phil Jagielka and a spectacular volley by Welbeck only just went wide.  Scotland then made two substitutes and it was soon obvious that the quality of the English replacements were far superior to Scotland's.  James Milner came on for the impressive Cleverley and then Rickie Lambert entered the fray for the first time in his career, the excitement etched on the Southampton player's face was there for all to see.  He had come on for the tiring Rooney, who had played well, and Lambert was eager to get himself involved.  And on 70 minutes he certainly did that!

England won a corner, taken by Baines, and as the ball dropped perfectly, Lambert saw his chance.  He leapt superbly to power a glorious header into the Scottish net, his first touch in international football had been sensational.  It was a goal anyone would be proud of and brought back memories of the likes of a Lofthouse or a Milburn or any of the other classic centre-forwards, a wonderful goal.

At this stage Scotland were rocking and England tried to press home their advantage with what would have been a game clinching fourth goal.  Lampard fired in another brilliant long-range effort, which McGregor did well to push round a post.  A fine pass by Oxlade-Chamberlain then sent another substitute, Wilfred Zaha away, but the new Manchester United player unfortunately just pulled his shot wide of the far post.  Scotland hung on and Steven Whittaker's good run and shot gave England a warning that the 'noisy neighbours' were not quite silenced yet.  Into injury time and Lambert missed a sitter from close range, hitting the post following a right-wing cross, and then the same player had another good chance, which he also fluffed.  Amazing to think the new man could so easily have started his England career with a hat-trick.

In the end Lambert's superb goal proved the winner, and this pulsating game came to an end with the crowd happy.  England's fans were delighted with the result and the Scotland fans were delighted with.... well, their team's good performance and for just being at Wembley again.  I've said this many times to the Scottish fans though, if only the boys in blue could play England every game!  Unfortunately, in their next game, against someone like Lichtenstein's reserves, the Scots won't be able to raise their game like they did at Wembley.  And as a passionate England fan, don't you just love it when we beat the Scots!!

Source Notes

BBC Sport
TheFA.com
ScottishFA.co.uk
FIFA.com
RateTheRef.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor

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CG