Not wanting to tire the players too much after a long season, or risk injury, the second period of play saw Eriksson make an expected flurry of substitutions. With captain, Beckham, missing as he is not eligible for the next competitive game in a week's time due to suspension (he also has a broken wrist curtesy of the last friendly against South Africa), England's coach gave Frank Lampard a place in the starting line-up.
A display like the one this evening from England next week against Slovakia will be welcome, as the home side put on a good show for their fans, showing how
entertaining they can be. Man of the match, Gerrard, helped make, and scored England's first goal. A good exchange of the ball between Gerrard, Scholes, Lampard and Owen saw the England team slice through their oppositions defence, with Owen delivering the final cross to his awaiting club-mate. Gerrard beat Jevric to drill the ball into the net.
England's lead was short lived as Serbia and Montenegro equalised on the stroke of half-time. The visitors scored from a corner thanks to a header by Jestrovic and poor marking by Matthew Upson. As the game moved on it seemed that a draw was inevitable, however Joe Cole had other ideas when he was fouled by Vidic. He took the awarded free-kick, 20 yards out, and punished Serbia and Montenegro. England could have had a two goal advantage through either Barry or Rooney, but neither players could capitalise on their chances.
James, Mills (Carragher 61 mins), Southgate (Terry 45 mins), Upson (Barry 85 mins), A Cole (Bridge 46 mins), P Neville (Beattie 88 mins), Gerrard (Jenas 46 mins), Lampard (J Cole 61 mins), Scholes (Hargreaves 46 mins), Owen (Rooney 45 mins), Heskey (Vassell 61 mins).
Subs Not Used: Robinson, Walker. (Full Squad)
SERBIA & MONTENEGRO:
Jevric (Zilic 67 mins), Mirkovic (Nenad Brnovic 46 mins), Didic (Darko Kovacevic 82 mins), Stefanovic (Krstajic 50 mins), Karkovic (Njegus 67 mins), Duljac (Boskovic 47 mins), Kovacedic (Malbasa 46 mins), Dmitrovic (Trobok 46 mins), Sasa IIic (Mijatovic 68 mins), Zvonimir Vukic (Nenad Djordjevic 46 mins), Jestrovic (Milosevic 74 mins).
Subs Not Used: Kalac, Tiatto.
England Goals: Gerrard (35 mins), J Cole (82 mins)
Serbia & Montenegro Goal: Jestrovic (45 mins)
Serbia & Montenegro Caution: Didic
Referee: Paul Allaerts (Belgium)