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Tuesday, 30 May 2006
Football Association International Friendly Match

England 3 Hungary 1 [0-0]

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Stretford, Greater Manchester
Attendance: 56,323; Kick-off: 8.09pm BST;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson

England - Frank Lampard (penalty saved 42 41:05)
England - Steven Gerrard (twelve-yard header from Beckham free-kick 47 46:11), John Terry (four-yard header from Beckham free-kick 50 49:58), Peter Crouch (eighteen-yard strike 84 83:36).
Hungary - Pál Dárdai (thirty-yard curling strike 55 54:02).
Match Summary
England Squad
Hungary Squad
Results 2005-2010 Hungary - Csaba Fehér (41).
England - Sol Campbell (77), David Beckham (89).

Hungary kicked-off. 93 minutes (45 & 48).


Match Summary

Officials from the Netherlands




Referee (black) - Pieter Vink
39 (13 March 1967), Noordwijkerhout, South Holland, FIFA-listed 2004;

Assistant Referees - Adriaan Inia, 42 (27 October 1963) and Wynand Rutgers, 43 (9 August 1962);

Fourth Official - Christopher J. Foy, 43 (20 November 1962), St. Helen's, Merseyside, England.

Two surviving members of the Hungarian 1953 win were Guest of Honours: Gyula Grosics and Jenõ Buzánszky. Ferenc Puskás was too poorly to travel.

13 Goal Attempts 9
7 Attempts on Target 3
3 Hit Bar/Post 0
10 Corner Kicks Won 4
0 Offside Calls Against 2
21 Fouls Conceded 17
54.2% Possession 45.8%

England Team



FIFA (17th May 2006) 10th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 2005 home uniform - White collared jerseys with large red cross on right shoulder, navy blue shorts with thin white narrowing stripe on right thigh and red hem, white socks with navy blue half-striped tops.
Capt: David Beckham, 52nd captaincy. Head Coach: Sven-Göran Eriksson, 58 (5 February 1948), appointed 30 October 2000, took post 12 January 2001, 
61st match, W 36 - D 15 - L 10 - F 116 - A 59.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 26 15 October  1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 20 12 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 46th min. 31 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 79 0
3 Cole, Ashley 25 20 December 1980 LB Arsenal FC 45 0
4 Carragher, James L.D. 28 28 January 1978 DM/RB Liverpool FC 24 0
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 27 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 46 0
6 Terry, John G., off 76th min. 25 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 23 1
7 Beckham, David R.J. 31 2 May 1975 RM Real Madrid CF, Spain 88 16
Beckham cautioned in the 89th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a needless tackle on Petér Halmosi at the corner flag.
8 Lampard, Frank J.
missed penalty (42)
27 20 June 1978 CM

Chelsea FC

39 9
9 Gerrard, Steven G., off 65th min. 26 30 May 1980 AM Liverpool FC 41 7
10 Owen, Michael J., off 65th min. 25 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 76 36
11 Cole, Joseph J. 24 8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 31 5
England Substitutes
17 Hargreaves, Owen L., on 46th min. for Neville 25 20 January 1981
born in Canada

FC Bayern München eV, Germany

30 0
scoreline: England 2 Hungary 1
24 Crouch, Peter J., on 65th min. for Gerrard 25 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

6 2
23 Walcott, Theo J., on 65th min. for Owen 17
75 days
16 March 1989 F

Arsenal FC

1 0
youngest player
16 Campbell, Sulzeer J., on 76th min. for Terry 31 18 September 1974 D

Arsenal FC

67 1
Campbell cautioned in the 77th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for a late challenge on Sándor Torghelle.
scoreline: England 3 Hungary 1
unused substitutes: 12-Wayne Bridge, 13-David James, 14-Phil Neville, 15-Michael Dawson, 18-Michael Carrick,19-Jermaine Jenas, 20-Aaron Lennon, 21-Stewart Downing, 22-Scott Carson, 25-Jermain Defoe, 26-Andrew Johnson, 27-Ben Foster.
team notes: Theo Walcott becomes England's youngest player, breaking Wayne Rooney's three year-old record. He also creates a record of only having played 23 first team matches before his debut, none in the Premier League.
Owen Hargreaves comes on as a substitute for a record 23rd occasion.
Peter Crouch is the ninth player to have scored two goals as a substitute. The third time substitutes have scored in consecutive matches.
4-1-3-1-1 (4-5-1)
4-4-2 after 65 mins
Robinson -
(Hargreaves), Ferdinand, Terry (Campbell), A.Cole -
Carragher -
Beckham, Lampard,
J.Cole -
(Crouch) -
When Gary Neville was substituted at half-time, Carragher took over the right-back berth, allowing Owen Hargreaves to take over the holding role between defense and midfield.
Walcott and Crouch entered the field, replacing Gerrard and Owen, and creating the 4-4-2 formation.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.8 Appearances/Goals 46.5 6.8


Hungary Team



FIFA (17th May 2006) 76th
EFO ranking Group 8
ELO rating 61st to 62nd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red crew neck jerseys with grey side panels/chest sashes, white adidas sleeve trim, white shorts with green side panel and white adidas side trim, green socks with white/red tops;
Capt: Pál Dárdai Manager: Péter Bozsik, 44 (30 October 1961), appointed 16 March 2006.
2nd match, W 1 - D 0 - L 1 - F 3 - A 3.
Hungary Lineup
1 Király, Gábor 30 1 April 1976 G Crystal Palace FC, England 65 0
2 Fehér, Csaba 30 2 September 1975 RB Willem II Tilburg, Netherlands 35 0
Fehér was cautioned in the 41st min. for Dissent. He was complaining about the penalty decision, after no contact on Gerrard was made, despite the two-footed studs-up lunged attempt to do so.
3 Komlósi, Ádám, sub off 9th min. 28 6 December 1977 CD Debreceni VSC 8 0
4 Halmosi, Péter 26 25 September 1979 LB Debreceni VSC 9 0
5 Éger, László 29 7 May 1977 CD Debreceni VSC 5 0
6 Molnár, Balázs, sub off 83rd min. 28 1 July 1977 CM Zalaegerszegi Torna Egylet FC 11 0
7 Szabics, Imre, sub off 73rd min. 25 22 March 1981 F 1. FC Köln, Germany 18 9
8 Dárdai, Pál 30 16 March 1976 CM Hertha, Berliner SC von 1892 eV, Germany 44 4
9 Tóth, Balázs, sub off 62nd min. 24 24 September 1981 LM Malatya SK, Turkey 12 0
10 Gera, Zoltán 27 22 April 1979 RM West Bromwich Albion FC, England 35 9
11 Huszti, Szabolcs 23 18 April 1983 F FC Metz, France 19 5
Hungary Substitutes
16 Vanczák, Vilmos, on 9th min. for Komlósi 22 20 June 1983 D Újpest FC 10 0
scoreline: England 2 Hungary 1
14 Torghelle, Sándor, on 62nd min. for Tóth 24 5 May 1982 F Panathínaikos AO, Greece 20 6
17 Polonkai, Attila, on 73rd min. for Szabics 26 11 June 1979 M Rákospalotai Egyetértés AC 3 0
18 Vadócz, Krisztián, on 83rd min. for Molnár 21 29 May 1985 M AJ Auxerroise, France 2 0
scoreline: England 3 Hungary 1
unused substitutes: 12-Zoltán Vógh, 13-Zsolt Lőw, 15-Péter Rajczi.
Coach Péter Bozsik is the son of József Bozsik, who played and scored for Hungary against England in November 1953. He also played in the match of May 1954.
4-4-2 Király -
Fehér, Éger, Komlósi
(Vanczák), Halmosi -
Gera, Molnár
(Vadócz), Dárdai, Tóth (Torghelle) -
(Polonkai), Huszti.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 23.7 2.5


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

England's World Cup preparations continued with a 3-1 win over Hungary.  Steven Gerrard and John Terry both headed home free-kicks from David Beckham in the space of four minutes early in the second half.  Pal Dardai pulled a goal back with a brilliant long-range shot before Peter Crouch's excellent low strike late on.  Theo Walcott came on to become England's youngest ever international, while in the first half Gabor Kiraly saved a penalty from Frank Lampard. Sven-Göran Eriksson had promised that the line-up for this match would start against Paraguay in England's opening World Cup match.

Gerrard played as the advanced midfielder, supporting Michael Owen, while Jamie Carragher played as a holding midfield role with Beckham, Lampard and Joe Cole across the middle of the park.  And England almost scored within a minute of deploying their new formation but Terry could not keep his header on target after connecting with a Beckham corner.

The home team dominated possession, pressing and probing, while full-backs Ashley Cole and Gary Neville looked to push forward and provide width as often as possible.  But England's midfield took time to adjust to their new shape and the next serious attempt at goal came from Szabolcs Huszti, who shot wide of Paul Robinson's goal from 20 yards after 22 minutes.  And the Old Trafford crowd, far from capacity, had little to cheer before the game exploded into life five minutes before the break. 

Kiraly made a point-blank save, parrying Owen's header after the striker connected with Beckham's cross.  Seconds later the keeper dived low to his right to save Lampard's penalty after Csaba Feher was harshly adjudged to have brought down Gerrard.  Owen might have scored with the rebound but his header clipped the crossbar.  Joe Cole then made a superbly-timed run across the Hungary defence and appeared to have deftly headed England ahead from Beckham's superb cross but the ball hit the post and was cleared by Laszlo Eger.

Gerrard, wearing the number nine shirt, put England ahead two minutes after the restart. Beckham had supplied the cross for Gerrard's goal with a free-kick - and it was with another dead-ball delivery from the skipper that Terry headed his first goal for England after 51 minutes.

Dardai's curling strike reduced Hungary's deficit - and banished any notion of a second-half rout.  Neville had been replaced by Owen Hargreaves at the break, the defender complaining of a tight hamstring, but the more significant introduction was that of Walcott after 65 minutes.  At 17 years and 75 days Walcott, who has yet to play for Arsenal in the Premiership, became England's youngest full international.  Eger almost equalised with a long-range strike that Robinson superbly saved.

But the final goal came from Crouch, whose neat turn and shot from the edge of the box was followed by an 80s robotics-style celebration. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Hungarian FA website
Nemzeti Sport Online