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  Sunday, 5 September 2021
2022 FIFA World Cup UEFA Group I qualification match


England 4 Andorra 0 [1-0]
 
The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 5.00pm
Attendance: 67,171
96½ minutes 48:22 & 48:13 Ludo Clemente kicked off
after both teams 'took the knee'
a minutes applause for Terry Cooper, Paul Mariner & Doug Holden
[1-0] Jesse Lingard 18 17:46
 left-footed 12yd shot from centre of the area into bottom right corner
[1-0] Jesse Lingard scores with a lob: offside 20:24
the 1100th England home goal

[1-0] Reece James strike hits the crossbar 48:00
[2-0] Harry Kane penalty 72 71:43
 right-footed strike to keepers right
 (García fouled Mount 70:09; awarded 70:11)
VAR checked: penalty award stood

[3-0] Jesse Lingard 78 77:32
 right-footed strike from the corner of penalty area low to keeper's left from a Bukayo Saka pass
[4-0] Bakayo Saka header 85 84:20
 headed in to the far left of the goal from 6 yds after Jesse Lingard crossed in a short Alexander-Arnold corner
the 250th goal by a Manchester United player
  Marc Vales 38 37:54
Marc Rebés 45+2 46:43


Tryone Mings 82
81:57
Jordi Rúbio 64 63:45
Christian García 71 70:20
  
Ricard Fernández
88 87:17
Chus Rúbio 90+2 91:46
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon
 
"SAKA'S HAPPY RETURN" The Metro
Officials (black) from Greece England Squad Type Andorra Squad
Referee
Anastasios Papapetrou
36 (13 June 1985)
, Athens, FIFA listed 2016.
9 Goal Attempts 1
5 Attempts on Target 0
Assistant Referees 1 Hit Bar/Post 0
Tryfon Petropolous
36/37 (1984), Tripolis
Iordanis Aptosoglou
37/38 (1983), Athens
5 Corner Kicks Won 0
Fourth official
Athanasios Tzilos
37 (1 October 1983), Larisa.
 

FIFA Referee Assessor - Miroslav Tulinger, Czech Republic
FIFA Match Commissioner - Igor Radojičić, Serbia
6 Offside Calls Against 0
13 Fouls Conceded 16
88.1% Possession 11.9%
 
Video Assistant Officials from Greece  
Aristolelis Diamantopoulos
38 (7 May 1983), Arkadia
Assistant VAR official - Andreas Meintanas, 42, Mesolonghio
England Team
 
Rank: FIFA (12th August 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 5th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home uniform - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, blue shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Jordan Henderson
P 8 - W 6 - D 2 - L 0 - F 17 - A 4.
Harry Kane
61:34
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 51 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
63rd match, W 41 - D 12 - L 10 - F 130 - A 40
England Lineup
1 Johnstone, Samuel L. 28
164 days
25 March 1993 G West Bromwich Albion FC 2 0ᵍᵃ
2 James, Reece T., off 62nd min. 21
271 days
8 December 1999 RB/CM Chelsea FC 8 0
3 Trippier, Kieran J. 30
351 days
19 September 1990 LB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 34 1
4 Alexander-Arnold, Trent J. 22
333 days
7 October 1998 LM/RB Liverpool FC 14 1
5 Coady, Conor D. 28
192 days
23 February 1993 RCD Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 6 1
6 Mings, Tyrone D. 28
176 days
13 March 1993 LCD Aston Villa FC 14 0
82nd min. Suspended
        
7 Bellingham, Jude V.W., off 62nd min. 18
68 days
29 June 2003 RM BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 8 0
8 Henderson, Jordan B. 31
80 days
17 June 1990 CM/RM Liverpool FC 66 1
1263 9 Bamford, Patrick J., off 62nd min. 28 5 September 1993 CF Leeds United AFC 1 0
the 33rd United player to represent England only app 2021
10
Lingard, Jesse E. 28
264 days
15 December 1996 RF Manchester United FC 31 6
11
Saka, Bukayo A.T.M. 20 5 September 2001 LF Arsenal FC 11 2
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Andorra 0
19 Mount, Mason T., on 62nd min. (61:02) for Bellingham 22
238 days
10 January 1999 RM Chelsea FC 23 16 4
7
23 Grealish, Jack P., on 62nd min. (61:22) for James 25
360 days
10 September 1995 LM Manchester City FC 14 8 0
6
20
Kane, Harry E., on 62nd min.
(61:34) for Bamford
28
39 days
28 July 1995
 
CF
 
Tottenham Hotspur FC 63 54 40 ¹¹
9
97th penalty-kick scored (133) ~ 98th substitute goal
 
result: England 4 Andorra 0
unused substitutes: 12-Kyle Walker, 13-Nick Pope, 14-Luke Shaw, 15-John Stones, 16-Harry Maguire, 17-Declan Rice, 18-Kalvin Phillips, 21-Raheem Sterling, 22-Jordan Pickford.
team notes: This is the first time England have made eleven changes to their previous match since June 1982, when the two teams were in two different countries on consecutive nights.
Sam Johnstone is the 65th player to earn a second appearance under Gareth Southgate.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.
stadium notes: This is the 150th clean sheet England have kept in the 303 matches at Wembley.
The fourteenth time they have recorded a 4-0 victory here.
This is a record twelfth consecutive World Cup victory at the Stadium, starting back in October 2012.
England have won the last twenty home WCP & ECP matches.
This is also Southgate's eighth World Cup match at Wembley, equal with Alf Ramsey, and now one more than Bobby Robson managed.
manager records: Southgate is statistically the best manager after 63 matches in charge.
It is Southgate's thirtieth match at the National Stadium, eight more than Roy Hodgson managed, and his 22nd victory, five more than Hodgson.
records: Unbeaten in 26 World Cup qualification matches, having not lost since October 2009 (W20 D5).
 
4-3-3 Johnstone -
James
(Grealish), Coady, Mings, Trippier -
Bellingham (Mount), Henderson, Alexander-Arnold -
Lingard, Bamford (Kane), Saka
notes: for the second half Alexander-Arnold went to right-back. James then swapped positions with Henderson.
Averages (Starting XI): Age 26 years 43 days Appearances/Goals 17.7 0.8
  
Andorra Team
 
Rank: FIFA (12th August 2021) 156th
EFO ranking
n/a
ELO rating
186th
Colours: Made by Macron - Red v-necked wing-collared jerseys with blue winged collars & blue/yellow cuffs, red shorts, and red socks.
Capt: Marcio Vieira
Ildefons Lima 85:31
Head Coach: Jesús Luis 'Koldo' Álvarez de Eulate Güerge, 51 (4 September 1970 in Vitoria, Spain), appointed 2 February 2010.
89th match, W 5 - D 13 - L 71 - F - - A -.
Andorra Lineup
1 Gómes Moreira, Josep A. 35
276 days
3 December 1985 G Inter Club d'Escaldes 76 0
18 Rúbio Gómez, Jesus 26
361 days
9 September 1994 RB
FC Santa Coloma
 
30
  
0
 
90th+2 min. for a lunging challenge on Lingard on the touchline. Suspended
     
14 García González, Christian 22
213 days
4 February 1999 RD
AD Alcorcón B, Spain
 
4
 
0
 
71st min. for the push on Mount on the six yard line. PENALTY Suspended
     
3 Vales González, Marc 31
154 days
4 April 1990 CD
 
Sandefjord Fotball, Norway
 
75
 
4
 
38th min. for lunging into Lingard as they both ran for the ball: Suspended
     
20 Llovera González-Adrio, Max 24
240 days
8 January 1997 LD EC Granollers, Spain 44 0
15 Nicolás Schellens, Moisés San, off 86th min. 27
353 days
17 September 1993 LB Atlètic Club d'Escaldes 62 0
10 Clemente Garcés, Ludovic, off 75th min. 35
119 days
9 May 1986 RM Inter Club d'Escaldes 42 0
4 Rebés Ruiz, Marc 27
64 days
3 July 1994 RCM
 
Stade Beaucairois 30, France
 
42
 
3
 
45th+2 min. for a tackle on Saka outside the penalty area: Suspended
     
8 Vieira de Vasconcelos, Márcio, off 86th min. 36
330 days
10 October 1984 LCM Atlètico Monzón, Spain 106 0
23 Rúbio Gómez, Jordi, off 74th min. 33
308 days
1 November 1987 LM
 
Inter Club d'Escaldes
 
52
 
0
 
64th min. for catching the heel of Saka as he attempted a tackle from behind
     
9 Sánchez Alburquerque, Aarón, off 66th min. 25
92 days
5 June 1996
in Salamanca, Spain
CF UE Engordany 25 0
Andorra Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Andorra 0
19 Fernández Betriu, Ricardo, on 66th min. (65:30) for Sánchez 22
170 days
19 March 1999 CF
 
SD Formentera, Spain
 
16
 
0
 
88th min. for a poor challenge on Henderson on the halfway/touch line
     
scoreline: England 2 Andorra 0
21 García Renom, Marc, on 74th min. (73:48) for Jordi Rúbio 33
168 days
21 March 1988 LB CF Montañesa, Spain 50 0
16 Martínez Palau, Alexandre, on 75th min. (74:00) for Clemente 22
330 days
10 October 1998 RM FC Santa Coloma, on loan from FC Andorra 36 1
scoreline: England 4 Andorra 0
6 Lima Solà, Ildefons, on 86th min. (85:31) for Vieira 41
269 days
10 December 1979
in Barcelona, Spain
CD Inter Club d'Escaldes 131 11
mst apps mst gls
17 Cervós Moro, Joan, on 86th min. (85:46) for Nicolás 23
193 days
24 February 1998 LB AE Prat, Spain 28 0
result: England 4 Andorra 0
unused substitutes: 2-Cristian Martínez, 5-Emili García, 7-Xavier Vieira, 11-Sergio Moreno, 12-Iker Álvarez, 13-Francisco Pires, 22-Victor Bernat.
team notes: The last two substitutes had waited on the touchline since 80:30 before being allowed to come onto the field of play after England had scored their fourth goal.
Head Coach Koldo, as Andorra's goalkeeper, has conceded all of the goals that England have scored against Andorra. The sixteen have come in the two matches of the 2006-07 European Championship qualifying campaign, and the 2008-09 World Cup qualifying campaign.
 
5-4-1 Gómes -
Js.Rúbio, García, Vales, llovera, Nicolás (Cervós) -
Clemente (A.Martínez), Rebés, Vieira (Lima), Jd.Rúbio (M.García) -
Sánchez (Fernández)
Averages (Starting XI): Age 29 years 297 days Appearances/Goals 50.7 0.6
 
    Match Report by Mike Payne

As regular England watchers, who like me have seen over 60 years of games before, will know that these sorts of matches come along at regular intervals.  Expected to win by a hatful of goals, confronted by several changes in the team and playing reserves or youngsters, and being met by a stubborn and determined opponent, who makes it very difficult to break them down.  We've seen it all so many times before.  This was one of those games, painful to watch at times, but in the end a comfortable victory to send the fans home 'happy'.

In fact, manager Gareth Southgate made eleven changes to the side that beat Hungary a few days previously, and in many ways this game followed a similar pattern to the game in Budapest.  A very slow start and a first-half devoid of positive football from England for long spells.  Patrick Bamford was making his debut and his first two contributions were fouls, although he did try to send Jesse Lingard through on goal, but the goalkeeper was out quickly to beat Lingard to the ball.

The first fifteen minutes were littered with silly fouls by both teams, as the Greek referee was rather quick on the whistle at times.  On 17 minutes a run to the bye-line saw Lingard pull the ball back to Bukayo Saka, and his shot was goalbound but for a deflection off a desperate defender.  The ref gave a goal-kick for that one, much toeryone's dismay.  But a minute later and England broke through.  Tyrone Mings won a tackle and Jude Bellingham showed neat footwork to find Saka.  His cross was blocked but the ball ran to Lingard who scuffed a shot home.  It was a good goal, but not a clean strike.

Three minutes later and Bamford sends Lingard away again, and this time he chipped the goalkeeper beautifully, only to turn and see the linesman's flag up for offside.  Lingard was the most lively of the England forwards and he was constantly a danger to the hard-working Andorra defence.  Jordan Henderson shot over in the next attack and then Lingard was caught offside again.  Bamford was pulled up for another foul and he was finding it hard to make an impact.  In truth he looked a little out of his depth.  To be fair the final pass into the Andorra box was poor and the Leeds star was feeding off scraps for much of the time.  He almost reached a Saka cross with a lunge, and on 35 minutes Conor Coady tried an overhead kick following a corner.  Two minutes later and Bellingham should have done better.  A lovely pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold was expertly brought under control, before cutting inside to shoot wide of the near post, when he could have perhaps laid it across goal.

More scrappy play from England before the break saw little chance of adding to the one goal, and the final action saw Alexander-Arnold have a free-kick on the edge of the box after the lively Saka was fouled.  The kick was awful however, flying over the bar, so 1-0 it was at half-time.

It seemed there was a little more urgency from England after the restart and two minutes in Bamford had a chance but lifted a half-volley over the bar.  Then, on 50 minutes, James, who had a poor first-half at right-back and switched with Alexander-Arnold to midfield in the second, suddenly cut inside to unleash a great shot which cannoned back off the crossbar.  That came right out of the blue!  Five minutes later, good play by Henderson as he crossed to Bamford, who headed the ball down for Lingard to fire over again.

England were starting to get a little frustrated by their inability to break down the Andorra defence, who, to be fair were working very hard.  When a long passing move ended with Kieran Trippier losing control, Southgate had seen enough and decided to change things.  He brought on Harry Kane, Jack Grealish and Mason Mount for Bamford, James and Bellingham, and immediately the ball started to move forward quicker.

Saka was brought down by Jordi Robio, who was one of six Andorran players to be booked.  Mings was the only England player to pick up a yellow card, and he will miss the next game as a result.

In this part of the game it was a tough watch for the fans, as England continued to go sideways and back more often than not with their passing.  However, Grealish had other ideas, and he combined with Mount to send the Chelsea player into the box.  A clumsy challenge by Christian Gonzalez gave the referee an easy decision to award a penalty.  Up stepped Kane, who drilled the ball home emphatically for his 40th England goal.

Funnily enough, after that goal there was a burst of pressure from the visitors, although I use the term loosely, as Sam Johnstone had very little to do in goal, and he must think keeping goal for England is as easy as it was when he was at Preston!!

England were now pushing forward more and on 78 minutes Lingard struck again.  Saka and Grealish were involved in the build up before  Lingard's shot to the far post was too good for Josep Moreira in goal.  Soon after Grealish put in a quick burst down the left, centred to Kane who just had to score.  He didn't, his sliced shot striking a post from about two yards out.  To save his acute embarrassment, the linesman put his flag up for offside.  Oh, lucky Harry!

England won a couple of corners, and from the second on 84 minutes, Alexander-Arnold took it short and quickly to Lingard, catching Andorra asleep.  Lingard's cross was headed in brilliantly by Saka, who not only deserved his goal, but scored it on his birthday.  The crowd were absolutely delighted, as were all the England fans watching, after his experience a few weeks earlier at the same end of Wembley.

In the remaining minutes Lingard almost had a hat-trick but for another desperate block on the line by a defender, and then Kane almost added a fifth only to be foiled by a fine save by Moreira.

So, another 4-0 win, and England totally in charge of the group table at the half-way stage of the qualifying rounds.  Some good individual displays from some of the youngest members of the squad, and Southgate will move on to the game in Poland with plenty of options for selection should he need them.
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
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  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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