World Cup 2010
Match Reports

Israel 0 England 0
European Championship Qualifier - Group E
Ramat-Gan Stadium, Tel Aviv, Israel - Saturday 24 March 2007


Another dreary England performance and another disappointing result in a vital European Championship qualifying game. When will the goals go in again for England? At least they didn't suffer a defeat in Israel, but the team clearly needs to do better if they are to qualify for next year's finals. With Peter Crouch injured, and Owen still out with a long term injury, Everton's Andy Johnson made his first competitive start for his country - partnering Wayne Rooney in England's attack.

It took the visitors just over 20 minutes to launch a promising attack. Johnson turned the ball back, after going down the wing, to Gerrard who played the ball nicely through to Lampard, but Aouate came off his line to smoother any chance England had of taking the lead.

Nineteen year old, Toto Tamuz fired a long shot from the left just before the half-hour mark, which forced Robinson to dive to make the save. Tamuz was involved in another Israel attack a couple of minutes later when he headed the ball from just over 6 yards out but his effort went to the right of England's goal.

In the second half Lampard was unlucky not to break the deadline hitting the ball on the volley, after a cross from Gerrard. Aouate managed to grab the ball after his initial stop saw the ball free to his right for a split second. Rooney pounced to try to tap the ball in the net but Israel's goalkeeper reacted fast to gather the ball. Ben Haim, who had dashed to help his goalkeeper prevent a goal, and Rooney ended up squaring up to each other and both players went into the referees book.

Andy Johnson saw his header in the 67th minute go wide after another cross was sent in by Gerrard. There was a great chance for England following a corner which Carragher rose to meet. The Liverpool player's header agnoisingly hit the crossbar.

Aouate made another good save, this time from Defoe, late in the game, and in the dying moments of the encounter, Defoe had the ball in the back of the net, but the goal was not given as the Tottenham player was offside.

The 4,000 travelling England fans showed their frustration with the result by booing the team. Israel had only lost once in this stadium in the last seven years and England did not change that statistic today. The Three Lions have now failed to score in four of their last five games, and you can only hope they turn things around on Wednesday when they play Andorra.


Teams

ISRAEL:
Aouate #1, Spungin #2, Ben Haim #3, Gershon #5, Ziv #14, Benayoun #15 - Captain, Benado #4, Badir #10, Ben Shushan #7 (Alberman 87 mins - #19), Balili (Sahar 69 mins - #9), Tamuz #8 (Barda 75 mins - #11).
Subs Not Used: Toama #18, Golan #12, Antebi #20, Davidovitch #22.

ENGLAND:
Robinson #1, P Neville #2 (Richards 72 mins - #12), Carragher #3, Ferdinand #5, Terry #6 - Captain, Hargreaves #7, Gerrard #4, Lampard #8, Lennon #11 (Downing 83 mins - #16), Rooney #9, Johnson #10 (Defoe 80 mins - #18).
Subs Not Used: Foster #13, Barry #14, Carrick #15, Dyer #17. (Full Squad)


Match Details

Israel Cautions: Benado (10 mins), Ben Haim (63 mins)
England Cautions: Carragher (13 mins), Rooney (62 mins)

Referee: Tom Henning Ovrebo (Norway)

Attendance: 35,000