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

England 2 Estonia 0 [1-0]

Bobby Charlton awarded Wayne Rooney a golden boot prior to this match to commemorate what was believed to be his fiftieth England goal.

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 7.45pm

Attendance: 75,427.

England kicked-off 93 minutes 45:20 & 48:02
[1-0] Theo Walcott 45 44:39
right-footed 6-yard placed shot down to keeper's left from a Ross Barkley thro' ball
[2-0] Raheem Sterling 85 84:19
 shot from 6-yards after Jamie Vardy opened up the defence with his low pass
  Artur Pikk 73 72:35
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley with Glenn Hoddle

Match Summary

Officials from Hungary England Squad


Estonia Squad
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
1 Offside Calls Against 0
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 (5) captaincy)
Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (9 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
44th match, W 26 - D 13 - L 5 - F 91 - A 32.
the fiftieth post-war captain
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 28
173 days
19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 55 37ᵍᵃ
2 Clyne, Nathaniel E. 24
187 days
5 April 1991 RB Liverpool FC 8 0
3 Bertrand, Ryan D. 26
65 days
5 August 1989 LB Southampton FC 5 0
4 Milner, James P. 29
278 days
4 January 1986 CM Liverpool FC 57 1
5 Cahill, Gary J. 29
294 days
19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 38 3
6 Smalling, Christopher L. 25
321 days
22 November 1989 CD Manchester United FC 20 0
the 168th player to reach the 20-app milestone
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 83rd min. 26
207 days
16 March 1989 RF Arsenal FC 42 8
8 Barkley, Ross, off 88th min. 21
308 days
5 December 1993 RM Everton FC 16 1
9 Sterling, Raheem S. 20
305 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
LF Manchester City FC 18 2
10 Kane, Harry E. 22
73 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 3
11 Lallana, Adam D., off 73rd min. 27
152 days
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
55 days
15 August 1993 LM Arsenal FC 23 12 4
19 Vardy, Jamie R., on 83rd min. (82:12) for Walcott 28
271 days
11 January 1987 RF Leicester City FC 3 1 0
scoreline: England 2 Estonia 0
  20 Alli, Bamidele J., on 88th min (87:09) for Barkley 19
181 days
11 April 1996 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
1210 the 74th Hotspur player to represent England
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: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's father, Mark Chamberlain, also played for England (1982-84).


England have now gone 28 qualification matches unbeaten (W21 D7), victorious in their last twelve.
They are also unbeaten in nineteen competitive home matches, their best form since the 20 in 1984-96.
Jamie Vardy is the ninetieth different England player to feature at the National Stadium.
Deli Alli is the 25th player to make his England debut as a substitute at the National Stadium.
Manager 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 -
(Alli), Milner, Lallana (Oxlade-Chamberlain) -
(Vardy), Kane, Sterling.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 25 years 282 days 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
336 days
7 November 1984 G Seinäjoen Jalkapallokerho, Finland 19 0
23 Teniste, Taijo 27
251 days
31 January 1988 RB Sogndal IL Fotball, Norway 41 0
15 Klavan, Ragnar 29
344 days
30 October 1985 CD FC Augsburg 1907, Germany 106 3
17 Jääger, Enar 30
325 days
18 November 1984 CD Valeranga Fotbal, Norway 116 0
3 Pikk, Artur 22
218 days
5 March 1993 LB FC Levadia
73rd minute for tripping Walcott as he was sprinting towards the penalty area.
19 Kallaste, Ken, off 88th min. 27
39 days
31 August 1988 RM Nõmme Kalju FC 19 0
6 Dmitrijev, Aleksandr, off 70th min. 33
233 days
18 February 1982 RCM FC Infonet 94 0
18 Mets, Karol 22
146 days
16 May 1993 LCM Viking Stavanger, Norway 20 0
10 Zenjov, Sergei 26
172 days
20 April 1989 LM Gabala FK, Azerbaijan 47 9
9 Purje, Ats, off 70th min. 30
67 days
3 August 1985 F Nõmme Kalju FC 53 7
14 Vassiljev, Konstantin 31
54 days
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
155 days
7 May 1988 F Sligo Rovers FC, Republic of Ireland 60 3
2 Lindpere, Joel, on 70th min. (69:16) for Dmitrijev, 33
4 days
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
211 days
12 March 1989 M FC Levadia 23 1
result: England 2 Estonia 0
unused substitutes: 4-Alo Barengrub, 5-Markus J´┐Żrgenson, 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 28 years 167 days Appearances/Goals 54.91 3.5
=most experienced opposing XI in 2015-16


    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 visitors 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 block 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