England's Euro 2008 campaign got off to a flying start in what was Steve McClaren's first competitive match in charge. The game was one-sided with Andorra unable to mount an attack on England's goal during the 90 minutes of play. It was surprising that England did not score more than five goals after dominating the match, but the Three Lions did crush their opposition and got the three points they wanted from the game so there can be no complaints. It was a shame for the fans that there wasn't more of a game between the sides but it was pleasing to see England in full control.
With only five minutes on the clock England took an early lead. Peter Crouch continued his goal scoring streak for his country after Defoe passed the ball to Chelsea's latest signing, Ashley Cole, who in turn slotted the ball to the Liverpool forward to strike the ball into the net. It was simple but effective football. Crouch's Liverpool team-mate, Gerrard, got England's second goal which was entertaining. Cole crossed the ball to Gerrard, who chested the ball down and struck the ball passed Alvarez.
Gerrard was involved in England's third goal when he made a lovely cross to Defoe, who, on the volley, put England further ahead of Andorra. There was no way back for Andorra in a match where all they could do was to sit back and defend.
Within two minutes of the whistle being blown to signal the start of the second-half, England extended their lead to four goals. Earning a recall to the England squad, Phil Neville found himself back in the England team after a lengthly absence from the international playing field. The Everton player sent in a long header to Jermaine Defoe, who got his second goal of the evening.
Aaron Lennon made his mark on the game within in a couple minutes of stepping on to the pitch, after he whipped in a cross to Peter Crouch which the forward headed into Andorra's goal. With his two goals in this match, Crouch now has scored ten goals in thirteen matches. Crouch could have had a hat-trick after being set-up by Johnson, who replaced Defoe, but the tall forward put the ball wide.
Hargreaves came close to scoring his first international goal a few times, but was unlucky not to increase England's tally. Today, near misses did not matter with England embarrassing their opposition. They now move on to their next qualifier which comes on Wednesday when the team travels to Macedonia.
Robinson #1, Brown #5, A Cole #3, P Neville #2 (Lennon 65 mins - #16), Terry #6, Downing #11 (Richardson 64 mins - #15), Gerrard #4, Hargreaves #7, Lampard #8, Crouch #9, Defoe #10 (Johnson 71 mins - #18).
Subs Not Used: Dawson #12, Kirkland #13, Carrick #14, Bent #17. (Full Squad)
Alvarez #1, Lima #5, Luena #7, Ayala #2, Javi Sanchez #3 (Juli Sanchez 46 mins - #12), Sivera #6 (Garcia 77 mins - #16), Sonejee #4, Pujol #10 (Jimenez 49 mins - #15), Ruiz #11, Silva #9, Vieira #8.
Subs Not Used: Alfonso Sanchez #13, Fernandez #18, Rubio #17, Moreno #14.
England Goals: Crouch (5 & 67 mins), Gerrard (13 mins), Defoe (38 & 47 mins).
England Caution: Brown (45 mins)
Andorra Cautions: Sivera (69 mins), Jimenex (90+1 mins)
Referee: Bernhard Brugger