World Cup 2010
Match Reports

England 3-1 Hungary
Friendly
Old Trafford, Manchester, England - Tuesday 30 May 2006


This was England's second-to-last friendly prior to the World Cup. Eriksson had said that the team in this friendly would be the one to walk out to face Paraguay on 10 June. England went with a new formation with Gerrard supporting sole striker, Michael Owen. Carragher was a holding midfielder playing alongside captain, David Beckham, Lampard and Chelsea's Joe Cole.

England almost scored in the first minute of play through a John Terry header but the defender missed the goal. The first half was disappointing but the match started to improve with five mintues remaining of the opening period. Kiraly saved a header from Owen, but England were awarded a penalty moments later when the referee decided that Gerrard was brought down by Feher. The call by the official may have been a bit harsh and some may say justice was done when Lampard's spot-kick was saved by Hungary's goalkeeper. It did look that England may have scored though when the ball went back into play after Kiraly's save, but Hungary managed to keep the ball out of their net. Then the visitors escaped going into the dressing rooms for the break a goal down when Joe Cole met a Beckham cross, but the crossbar prevented England taking the lead.

With Gary Neville suffering from a tight hamstring, he was replaced at half-time by Owen Hargreaves. On his 26th birthday, Steven Gerrard put England into the lead with a good strike 2 minutes into the second half following a Beckham free-kick. Just 4 minutes later another Beckham free-kick resulted in a goal when Terry put the ball into Hungary's net. It was Terry's first goal at international level. The first five minutes of the second half were a vast improvement from England to the first 45 minutes of action. Hungary pulled a goal back on 55 minutes through Dardai, which was a great goal.

Theo Walcott made his senior team debut with 65 minutes on the clock and became the youngest player to represent England. He was 17 years old and 75 days. Not a bad accomplishment when he has yet to make an appearance in the Premiership for his club, Arsenal. At the same Peter Crouch replaced Gerrard.

After having a reasonably quiet night, Robinson had to make a save in the latter stages of the game from Eger, but then Crouch sealed England's win with a nice shot from the edge of the box into the near left corner of Hungary's net.

The team will play another match at Old Trafford on Saturday against Jamaica before flying out to Germany on Monday to begin their final preparations for the World Cup.


Teams

ENGLAND:
Robinson #1, G Neville #2 (Hargreaves 46 mins - #17), Ferdinand #5, Terry #6 (Campbell 76 mins - #16), Ashley Cole #3, Carragher #4, Beckham #7, Lampard #8, Gerrard #9 (Crouch 65 mins - #21), Joe Cole #11, Owen #10 (Walcott 65 mins - #23).
Subs Not Used: James #13, Bridge #12, P Neville #14, Dawson #15, Carrick #18, Jenas #19, Lennon #20, Downing #21, Carson #22, Defoe #25, Johnson #26, Foster #27. (Full Squad)

HUNGARY:
Kiraly #1, Feher #2, Komlosi (Vanczak 9 mins - #16), Halmosi #4, Eger #5, Molnar #6 (Vadocz 83 mins - #18), Huszti #11, Dardai #8, Gera #10, Toth #9 (Torghelle 61 mins - #14), Szabics #7 (Polonkai 73 mins - #17).
Subs Not Used: Vegh #12, Low #13, Rajczi #15.

Match Details

England Goals: Gerrard (47 mins), Terry (51 mins), Crouch (84 mins)
Uruguay Goal: Dardai (55 mins).

England Cautions: Campbell (77 mins), Beckham (90 mins)
Hungary Caution: Feher (41 mins)

Referee: Pieter Vink (Holland)

Attendance: 56,323