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Friday, 9 October 2015
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

England 2 Estonia 0 [1-0]

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 75,427;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Theo Walcott (right footed six yard shot from a Barkley pass 45 44:39), Raheem Sterling (close range six yard shot from a Vardy pass 85 84:19) Match Summary
England Squad
Estonia Squad
Results 2015-2020 Estonia - Artur Pikk (73 72:35)

England kicked-off. 93 minutes (45:20 & 48:02).


Match Summary

Officials from Hungary




Referee (red) - István Vad
 36 (30 May 1979), FIFA listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - István Albert, 35 (17 January 1980), and Laszlo Viszokai, 34 (16 May 1981).

Fourth official - Zsolt Varga, 41 (16 December 1973).
Additional Assistant Referees - Sandor Ando-Szabo, 36 (17 August 1979) and Jozsef Erdos, 38 (12 July 1977).

UEFA Referee Observer - Morgan Norman
, Sweden.
UEFA Delegate - Charles Schaack
, Luxembourg.

26 Goal Attempts 9
9 Attempts on Target 0
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
10 Corner Kicks Won 3
  Offside Calls Against  
8 Fouls Conceded 14
63% Possession 37%

England Team



FIFA (1 October 2015) 10th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The Nike 2014 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes and silvery white trim, white shorts with silvery white trim, white socks.
Capt: Gary Cahill, first captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
44th match, W 26 - D 13 - L 5 - F 91 - A 32.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 28 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 55 37 GA
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 24 5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 8 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 26 5 August 1989 LB Southampton FC 5 0
4 Milner, James P. 29 4 January 1986 CM Liverpool FC 57 1
5 Cahill, Gary J. 29 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 38 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 25 22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 20 0
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 83rd min. 26 16 March 1989 RF Arsenal FC 42 8
8 Barkley, Ross, off 88th min. 21 5 December 1993 RM Everton FC 16 1
9 Sterling, Raheem S. 20 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 18 2
10 Kane, Harry E. 22 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 3
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 73rd min. 27 10 May 1988 LM Liverpool FC 16 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Estonia 0
15 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 73rd min (72:08) for Lallana 22 15 August 1993 M Arsenal FC 23 4
19 Vardy, Jamie R., on 83rd min. (82:12) for Walcott 28 11 January 1987 F Leicester City FC 3 0
scoreline: England 2 Estonia 0
20 Alli, Bamidele J., on 88th min (87:09) for Barkley 19 11 April 1996 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
result: England 2 Estonia 0

unused substitutes:

12-Kyle Walker, 13-Jack Butland, 14-Phil Jones, 16-Phil Jagielka, 17-Andros Townsend, 18-Jonjo Shelvey, 21-Kieron Gibbs, 22-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Gary Cahill became the fiftieth post-war captain. Bobby Charlton awarded Wayne Rooney a golden boot prior to this match to commemmorate his new goalscoring record.
Coach Roy Hodgson had managed Switzerland against Estonia in the World Cup qualification matches on August 1992 and November 1993 (6-0 and 4-0).
4-3-3 Hart -
Clyne, Cahill, Smalling, Bertrand -
(Alle), Milner, Lallana (Oxlade-Chamberlain) -
(Vardy), Kane, Sterling.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.2 Appearances/Goals 25.5 1.5


Estonia Team



FIFA (1 October 2015) 87th
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 92nd to 93rd
Colours: Made by Nike - Blue collared jerseys with white collars/cuffs, black shorts, blue socks;
Capt: Ragnar Klavan Manager: Karl Magnus Pehrsson, 39 (25 May 1976 in Sweden), appointed 5 December 2013,
21st match, W 8 - D 4 - L 9 - F  - A .
Estonia Lineup
1 Aksalu, Mihkel 30 7 November 1984 G Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho, Finland 19 0
23 Teniste, Taijo 27 31 January 1988 RB Sogndal IL Fotball, Norway 41 0
3 Pikk, Artur 22 5 March 1993 LB FC Levadia 7 0
Pikk cautioned in the 73rd minute for a Foul. He tripped Walcott as he was springting towards the penalty area.
15 Klavan, Ragnar 29 30 October 1985 CD FC Augsburg 1907 eV, Germany 106 3
17 Jääger, Enar 30 18 November 1984 CD Valeranga Fotbal, Norway 116 0
6 Dmitrijev, Aleksandr, off 70th min. 33 18 February 1982 CM FC Infonet 94 0
18 Mets, Karol 22 16 May 1993 CM Viking Stavanger, Norway 20 0
19 Kallaste, Ken, off 88th min. 27 31 August 1988 RM Nõmme Kalju FC 19 0
9 Purje, Ats, off 70th min. 30 3 August 1985 F Nõmme Kalju FC 53 7
10 Zenjov, Sergei 26 20 April 1989 LM Gabala FK, Azerbaijan 47 9
14 Vassiljev, Konstantin 31 16 August 1984 F Jagiellonia Bialystok, Poland 82 20
Estonia Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Estonia 0
7 Puri, Sander, on 70th min. (69:01) for Purje 27 7 May 1988 F Sligo Rovers FC, Republic of Ireland 60 3
2 Lindpere, Joel, on 70th min. (69:16) for Dmitrijev, 33 5 October 1981 AM Nõmme Kalju FC 103 7
scoreline: England 2 Estonia 0
13 Luts, Siim, on 88th min. (87:17) for Kallaste 26 12 March 1989 M FC Levadia 23 1
result: England 2 Estonia 0

unused substitutes:

4-Alo Barengrub, 5-Markus Jurgenson, 8-Maksim Gussev, 11-Ingemar Teever, 12-Marko Meerits, 16-Ilja Antonov, 20-Gert Kams, 21-Nikita Baranov, 22-Pavel Londak.
4-4-2 Aksaku -
Teniste, Jaager, Klavan, Pikk -
(Luts), Dmitrijev (Lindpere), Mets, Zenjov -
(Puri), Vassiljev

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.9 Appearances/Goals 54.9 3.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England approached their final European Championship group matches with a determined attitude to try and keep their 100% record intact. The match against Estonia at Wembley proved a fairly comfortable win in the end. The visitors were well-drilled and organised and their experienced players revelled in the atmosphere of our premier stadium. For England it was a case of how to break them down to score. Once they did that it was pretty much a done deal.

England forced several early corners and from one Gary Cahill knockdown, Theo Walcott hit a first-time volley that goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu did well to see, let alone save. Then on 12 minutes good work by the lively Adam Lallana set up the marauding Ross Barkley, who burst into the box, but then lost his footing at the wrong moment. There was suspicion of a nudge but that was waved away by the referee. Two minutes later and a Ryan Bertrand cross was pushed out by Aksalu straight to Barkley. The midfield player's instant shot was on target, but again it was saved by the keeper.

England were dominating possession and Joe Hart was restricted to a few back passes as Estonia showed no inclination to attack. Instead the vistors relied on an organised defence that frustrated England's attackers. England's task was to find a way round this problem. Their approach play was good but there was not enough telling passes to stretch Estonia. Their attacks continued though as Lallana had a low shot deflected over the bar, and then Cahill headed wide from a corner. A rare venture to the other end saw James Milner bloack a shot by Taijo Teniste and then Konstantin Vassiljev put in a fine cross which Chris Smalling did exceptionally well to deflect over his own crossbar.

As the half progressed England began to find a little more space as Barkley and Lallana continued to impress. Harry Kane almost broke through on 35 minutes and then Walcott shot hust wide four minutes later. Walcott tried again two minutes after that and so nearly opened the scoring, but once again his shot flew wide. Finally, in the last minute of the half England scored the goal their play had deserved. Good play down the left involving Smalling, Raheem Sterling and Bertrand saw the ball eventually find Barkley. This time the midfielder did find that elusive incisive pass. Walcott delayed his run to perfection as Barkley's superb delivery found the Arsenal man in behind the Estonia back four. Before the goalkeeper or defenders could react, Walcott cleverly guided the ball into the net. It was a splendid goal and the half ended with England in a commanding position.

The pattern of play did not change after the restart as England pushed forward to try and seal the match. Sterling hit a shot just too high and then on 50 minutes and excellent free-kick routine almost brought a second goal. Milner squared the ball to Lallana and his fierce shot again brought the best out of Aksalu. Kane followed up but Estonia cleared the loose ball away from danger. Four minutes later brilliant play by Barkley so nearly brought the goal of the campaign so far. He jinked his way past two defenders with some nifty footwork but then fired his shot just the wrong side of the far post.

Another fingertip save stopped Barkley once more but with five minutes to go England settled the result with another good goal. After all the intricate passing and possession that had gone before, England resorted to route one for this goal, but it was no less effective. Hart's long kick was headed on by Kane to the ever-willing Jamie Vardy, a substitute on for Walcott. Vardy raced clear down the left and hit the perfect low cross into the path of Sterling who rammed home number two.

Dele Alli of Spurs, came on for a debut, replacing man of the match Barkley, and England coasted through the remaining minutes to record yet another victory in the group matches. The 'Perfect Ten' match was now the target when England visit Lithuania in three days time.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor