Date:Tuesday November 15 2011
England played out another win and another clean sheet in front of the smallest Wembley crowd in 13 years, 2 friendles in a few days hardly grabbed the publics attention, the result though had plenty of plusses.
The game was hardly a classic, England were the better side and could have scored more in a decent first half, the second half was in true training ground friendly style though and had few moments to get the heart racing.
England went with only 3 players who started aganst Spain, Hart, Barry and Jones, the rest were all predictable changes as Cappello took the chance to experiment a bit and see what the competition is like for places.
The bonuses from the game will no doubt be the performances of Walker who likes he may give Glen Johnson a real push for a starting spot, Jones who in midfield once more gave a few glimpses of his talent and of Downing who created the goal and put in a few telling deliveries.
The much feted 2000th goal looks like going down as an og, Downing swung in the cross and Barry looked to have made the perfect contact as it crept inside the post, countless replays though showed the telling contact came from Majstorovic as he tried to put Barry off his header.
Phil Jones almost got a great goal, bursting through from midfield he did everything right except guide the ball home, the ball dribbling agonisingly wide.
Jack Rodwell had a decent game of note also, he managed to get in one hook shot, but it will be his miss just before half-time that will live in his memory, Downing's perfect ball was right on his head but he could only glance against a post when he should really of scored.
The second half was pretty much a non entity, as so often in friendlies the flurry of substitutions ruin the flow, England were still on top and most of their scares at the back were mainly down to errors rather than Swedish flair, the night though was white as England overcame another hoodoo and gained another one in the win bank, this year was undefeated, if we are still saying the same next November however, we will have something to shout about!
Date:Tuesday November 15 2011
McCarthy Not Expected To Be Capped? (Thursday May 23 2013)
Injury Strikes Carroll Again! (Thursday May 23 2013)
We'll Look Like Them, Can We Play Like Them! (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Underperforming 'Golden Generation' (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Rodwell Gets England Call (Tuesday May 21 2013)
England Wait On Cleverley (Tuesday May 21 2013)
Delfouneso Replaces McManaman (Monday May 20 2013)
Carroll Worthy Of Return (Monday May 20 2013)
McManaman Ruled Out (Saturday May 18 2013)
Captain Cole? (Saturday May 18 2013)
|McCarthy Not Expected To Be Capped?
» England : 23/05/2013 10:21:00
|Injury Strikes Carroll Again!
» England : 23/05/2013 09:46:00
|We'll Look Like Them, Can We Play Like Them!
» England : 21/05/2013 16:52:00
|Underperforming 'Golden Generation'
» England : 21/05/2013 16:41:00
|Rodwell Gets England Call
» England : 21/05/2013 16:26:00
|England Wait On Cleverley
» England : 21/05/2013 16:17:00
|Delfouneso Replaces McManaman
» England : 20/05/2013 11:49:00