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Wednesday, 1 March 2006
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 2 Uruguay 1 [0-1]

Anfield Road, Anfield, Liverpool, Merseyside
40,013; Kickoff: 8.05pm BST:
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson

Uruguay - Omar Pouso (twenty-five yard volley 26 25:20).
England - Peter Crouch (six-yard header 75 74:26), Joe Cole (three-yard tap-in 90+3 92:53).
Match Summary
England Squad
Uruguay Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - David Beckham (44), Jamie Carragher (88),
Uruguay - Diego Lugano (69), Carlos Diogo (82),
Diego Forlán (84).

Uruguay kicked-off. 94 minutes (45 & 49).


Match Summary

Officials from Italy




Referee (black) - Stefano Farina
43 (19 September 1962), Ovada, FIFA-listed 2001.

Assistant Referees - Gabriele Contini, 41 (23 November 1964) and Maurizio Toscano.

Fourth official - Martin Atkinson, 35 (31 March 1971), Bradford, England.

A minutes silence and black armbands will be worn by the England team in honour of Peter Osgood, who died earlier in the day, and Ron Greenwood, the ex-England manager who died last month.

16 Goal Attempts 9
7 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
11 Corner Kicks Won 4
2 Offside Calls Against 1
21 Fouls Conceded 15
66.1% Possession 33.9%

England Team



FIFA (15th February 2006) 9th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 4th to 3rd
Colours: The 2006 away uniform - Red crew neck jersey with St. George flag on right shoulder, white shorts with red triangular shard on hem, red socks.
Capt: David Beckham, 51st captaincy,
Gary Neville 64th minute.
Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 58 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
60th match, W 35 - D 15 - L 10 - F 113 - A 58.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 26 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 19 11 GA
2 Neville, Gary A. 31 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 78 0
3 Bridge, Wayne M., injured off 31st min. 25 5 August 1980 LB Fulham FC, on loan from Chelsea FC 22 1
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 25 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 40 6
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 27 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 45 0
6 Terry, John G., off 46th min. 25 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 22 0
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 64th min. 30 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 87 16
Beckham cautioned in the 44th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a retalitory challenge on Mario Regueiro.
8 Carrick, Michael 24 28 July 1981 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 0
9 Rooney, Wayne M., off 64th min. 20 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 29 10
10 Bent, Darren A., off 82nd min. 22 6 February 1984 F Charlton Athletic FC 1 0
11 Cole, Joseph J. 24 8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 30 5
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Uruguay 1
14 Carragher, James L.D., on 31st min. for Bridge 28 28 January 1978 LB Liverpool FC 23 0
Carragher cautioned in the 88th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul;
15 King, Ledley B., on 46th min. for Terry 25 12 October 1980 CD

Tottenham Hotspur FC

16 0
18 Jenas, Jermaine A., on 46th min. for Gerrard 23 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 0
21 Crouch, Peter J., on 64th min. for Rooney 25 30 January 1981 F Liverpool FC 5 1
Crouch entered the field of play wearing the number 21 on his chest and shorts, yet the number 12 was emblazoned on his back.
19 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 64th min. for Beckham 24 25 October 1981 M Chelsea FC 8 1
scoreline: England 1 Uruguay 1
20 Defoe, Jermain C., on 82nd min. for Bent 23 7 October 1982 F

Tottenham Hotspur FC

16 1
result: England 2 Uruguay 1
unused substitutes: 12-Luke Young, 13-David James, 16-Wes Brown, 17-Kieran Richardson, 22-Rob Green.
records: Peter Crouch became the twentieth player to score their first England as a substitute. There had been six debutants, and Crouch was the fourteenth capped substitute.
4-4-2 Robinson -
Neville, Terry
(King), Ferdinand, Bridge (Carragher) -
(Wright-Phillips), Carrick, Gerrard (Jenas), Cole -
(Crouch), Bent (Defoe).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.4 Appearances/Goals 34.4 3.6


Uruguay Team



FIFA (15th Feb 2006) 21st
EFO ranking Group 7
ELO rating 20th to 21st
Colours: Made by Uhlsport - Sky blue crew neck jerseys with black collar/piping with white panel on sleeves & trim, black shorts with sky blue and white trim, black socks with sky blue trim;
Capt: Diego Lugano Caretaker manager: Gustavo Ferrin, 45 (1 May 1950), appointed caretaker coach on 19 December 2005,
1st match, W 0 - D - 0 - L 1 - F 1 - L 2.
Uruguay Lineup
1 Carini, Fabián H., off 46th min. 26 26 December 1979 G Casteddu Calcio, Italy 46 0
2 Lugano Moreno, Diego A. 25 2 November 1980 CD São Paulo FC, Brazil 10 0
Lugano cautioned in the 69th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a challenge on Joe Cole.
3 Godín, Diego R. 20 16 February 1986 CD Club Cerro Porteño, Paraguay 2 0
17 Diogo Enseñat, Carlos A. 22 18 July 1983 RB

Real Madrid CF, Spain

16 0
Diogo cautioned in the 82nd min. for Dissent.
5 Pouso Osores, Omar H. 26 28 February 1980 CM

CA Peñarol

9 1
6 Lima Olid, Pablo M. 24 26 March 1981 LB Danubio FC 11 0
7 Varela, Gustavo A., off 90th+1 min. 27 14 May 1978 RM FC Gelsenkirchen-Schalke 04 eV, Germany 23 0
15 Pérez Aguado, Diego F., off 88th min. 25 18 May 1980 CM AS Monaco FC, France 23 0
9 Vargas Abella, Gonzalo, off 77th min. 24 22 September 1981 F Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Argentina 2 0
21 Forlán Corazo, Diego, off 87th min. 26 19 May 1979 F Villarreal CF, Spain 33 11
Forlán cautioned in the 84th min. for Dissent after arguing with the referee.
11 Regueiro Pintos, Mario I., off 84th min. 27 14 September 1978 LM Valencia CF, Spain 27 1
Uruguay Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Uruguay 1
12 Viera Galain, M. Sebastián, on 46th min. for Carini 22 7 March 1983 G

Villarreal CF, Spain

11 0
scoreline: England 1 Uruguay 1
16 Pereira, V. Maximiliano, on 77th min. for Vargas 21 8 June 1984 D Defensor SC 2 0
10 Martínez Barrios, Jorge A., on 84th min. for Regueiro 22 5 April 1983 M Club Nacional de Football 8 0
8 Medina Reobasco, Alexander J., on 87th min. for Forlán 25 8 August 1980 F Cádiz CF, Spain 1 0
22 González, Ignacio M., on 88th min. for Pérez 23 14 May 1982 F Danubio FC 27 1
4 Valdez Suarez, Carlos A., on 90th+1 min., for Varela 22 2 May 1983 D FC Treviso, Italy 1 0
result: England 2 Uruguay 1
unused substitutes: 18-Adrian Sarkissian, 20-Juan Salgueiro.

Carini (Viera) -
Diogo, Lugano, Godín, Lima -
(Valdez), Pouso, Pérez (González),
Regueiro (Martínez) -
(Pereira), Forlán (Medina).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.7 Appearances/Goals 18.4 1.3


    Match Report (Mike Payne's exclusive report coming shortly)

Joe Cole struck a last-gasp winner as England came from behind to beat Uruguay at Anfield.  Substitute Shaun Wright-Phillips produced a perfect cross from the right for the outstanding Cole to beat keeper Sebastian Viera at the near post.  England held the upper hand throughout but Uruguay led at the break through Omar Pouso's sizzling 30-yard volley.  But Cole crossed for substitute Peter Crouch to head a deserved equaliser before the Chelsea man's late winner.  The finale, if not England's all-round performance, was reminiscent of their last outing, when Michael Owen's two late goals saw Sven-Göran Eriksson's side shock Argentina.

If Wayne Rooney was the star of the show on that occasion, against Uruguay the Manchester United striker had to play second fiddle to Cole.  And as Eriksson looks to finalise his 23-man squad for the World Cup, Michael Carrick probably enhanced his chances, while striker Darren Bent was a peripheral figure.  But until Cole's all-round display was rewarded with an assist and then the winner, it had looked like being a disappointing evening for the England coach.  His side largely controlled the first half until Pouso's bolt from the blue and they might have been ahead had David Beckham not chipped Cole's flighted pass over the bar with only the keeper to beat. 

But then came a five-minute spell which took the wind out of England's sails.  John Terry looked to have seen off any immediate danger when he headed a corner clear but Pouso unleashed a fabulous volley which left Paul Robinson helpless.  Worse was to follow for Eriksson, who saw Wayne Bridge, a replacement for the injured Ashley Cole, stretchered off with an ankle injury. 

Despite that, England had chances to equalise before the interval.  Terry made a surprise break but saw his shot deflected wide by keeper Fabian Carini and Bent had his first sight of goal when he won a tussle with two defenders and sent a snapshot just wide.  Bent was given a reprieve of sorts when Eriksson made just two changes at the break, replacing Terry and Steven Gerrard with Ledley King and Jermaine Jenas.

With 25 minutes remaining, Beckham flashed a free-kick wide and that was the Real Madrid midfielder's last contribution as he and Rooney were replaced by Wright-Phillips and Crouch.  The changes initially disrupted England's rhythm, but Cole continued to be the game's shining light and not surprisingly created the equaliser.  Jamie Carragher, on for Bridge, picked out the Chelsea midfielder's powering run down the left and Cole found Crouch with a superb cross.

Cole almost gave England the lead from the restart, jinking through and firing in a low shot, which Viera kept out with his legs.  The game looked to be heading for a draw but as against Argentina, England had other ideas.  Wright-Phillips, another of those looking to nail down a place in Eriksson's World Cup squad, crossed from the right and Cole timed his run perfectly to convert. -  BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet