World Cup 2010
Match Reports

Andorra 0 England 3
European Championship Qualifier - Group E
Estadi Olimpico de Montjuic, Barcelona, Spain - Wednesday 28 March 2007


After a disappointing result in Tel Aviv on Saturday, it was hoped that there would be a better outcome in Barcelona, and there was. However, despite taking away three points from the match fans are frustrated with England's performances and results of late and made their feelings clear in Spain. Fans want McClaren out of his coaching position of their national team following a goal-less first half and a goal-less draw against Israel, a match where most expected another three points on the board to improve England's chances of qualifying for next year's European Championships.

England were without Frank Lampard for this fixture after he broke his wrist in training with his country men. Losing a regular for this particular match should not have been of too much concern though. The visitors did have the vast majority of possession during the first half, but all efforts to score failed. England did not dazzle, far from it, and they should have been several goals up at the half-time whistle, given the quality of their players on paper.

Fortunately for England, Steven Gerrard rescued his team from an embarrassing result, to say the least, with two second half goals. In the 51st minute of play Downing's shot brought Alvarez into action and it seemed that it was looking a bit brighter for England. Three minutes later England's first goal came when Lennon made a cross to Cole, who headed the ball on to Rooney. The Manchester United player knocked the ball on to Gerrard, who on the volley, shot the ball into Andorra's net from 20 yards. What a relief for England to get on the score sheet.

Wayne Rooney will miss England's next match against Estonia in June after an off-the-ball run-in with Sonejee. Both players were shown the yellow card. A few minutes later Rooney was replaced by Defoe and with Richards going off with an injury after contact with Pujol, McClaren sent on Dyer.

On 76 minutes Gerrard made a run to collect Defoe's pass and took advantage of his opportunity, and from 6 yards out put the ball in Andorra's goal for his and England's second goal.

England wrapped up the game in time added-on when debutant, David Nugent - who had replaced Johnson, knocked in Defoe's shot which was slowly going towards the goal after a half save from Alvarez. This was the first time in almost half a century that Preston North End, through Tom Finney, had a player representing England.

Whilst much of the country is unhappy with England's performance, they have come away with full points from this match. There is a couple of months gap before England take to the field again when hopefully they can put this past week's games behind them and move forward as they aim to qualify for the 2008 European Champsionship.


Teams

ANDORRA:
Alvarez #1, Lima #5, Sonejee #4, Ayala #2, Bernaus #3, Escura #6, Garcia #8, Pujol #10 (Martinez 69 mins - #16), Justo (Fernandez 88 mins - #18), Viera #7, Toscano (Morena 90 mins - #15).
Subs Not Used: Sanchez #23, Rubio #14, Somoza #12, Jimenez #17.

ENGLAND:
Robinson #1, A Cole #3, Ferdinand #5, Richards #2 (Dyer 61 mins - #15), Terry #6 - Captain, Downing #8, Gerrard #4, Hargreaves #7, Lennon #11, Johnson #10 (Nugent 79 mins - #17"), Rooney (Defoe 61 mins - #18).
Subs Not Used: Foster #13, Carragher #12, Barry #14, Carrick #16. (Full Squad)


Match Details

England goals: Gerrard (54 & 76 mins), Nugent (90 + 2 mins)

Andorra Cautions: Lima (12 mins), Toscano (25 mins), Sonejee (58 mins), Garcia (81 mins)
England Cautions: Rooney (59 mins), Hargreaves (78 mins), A Cole (81 mins)

Referee: Bruno Miguel Duarte Paixao (Portugal)

Attendance: 12,800