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B Team Results

Friday, 25 May 2007
Football Association Friendly 'B' International Match

England B 3 Albania 1 [2-1]

Turf Moor, Burnley;
Kick-off
8.00 p.m. BST;
Live on Sky Sports One (UK);
 

 

 

 



 


England B Squad
Albania Squad
Team Records

Attendance -  
England B - Alan Smith (34), Stewart Downing (37, 58).
Albania -
Besart Berisha (44);
none none
 
 

Match Summary

 

Officials

England B

Type

Albania

Referee (red) - Andrea De Marco,
34 (21 May 1973), FIFA-listed 2007, Genova, Italy,

Assistant referees -
Luca Maggiani, 39 (9 April 1968) & Maurizio Liberti, Italy,

Fourth official - Chris
topher J. Foy, 44 (20 November 1962), St. Helens, Merseyside, England;

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8 Goal Attempts 9
6 Attempts on Target 4
0 Hit Bar/Post 2
8 Corner Kicks Won 1
6 Offside Calls Against 0
14 Fouls Conceded 10
59.3% Possession 40.7%

England B Team

 

Rank:

not applicable Colours: White shirts with red and navy trim, navy blue shorts with white trim, white socks - The 2007 home uniform.
Capt: Michael Owen Coach: Steve McClaren, 45, appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
1st 'B' match, W 1 - D 0 - L 0 - F 3 - A 1.
England B Lineup
1 Carson, Scott P. 21 3 September 1985 G Liverpool FC 2 1 GA
2 Neville, Philip J., sub off 46th min. 30 21 January 1977 D Everton FC 1 0
3 Shorey, Nicholas, sub off 74th min. 26 19 February 1981 D Reading FC 1 0
4 Barry, Gareth, sub off 64th min. 26 23 February 1981 M Aston Villa FC 1 0
5 King, Ledley B. 26 12 October 1980 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
6 Dawson, Michael R. 23 18 November 1983 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
7 Bentley, David M., sub off 72nd min. 22 27 August 1984 M Blackburn Rovers FC 1 0
8 Jenas, Jermaine A. 24 18 February 1983 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 1
9 Smith, Alan, sub off 64th min. 26 28 October 1980 F Manchester United FC 1 1
10 Owen, Michael J. 26 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 2 0
11 Lennon, Aaron J., sub off 10th min. 20 16 April 1987 M Tottenham Hotspur FC 2 0
England B Substitutes
17
Downing, Stewart, on 10th min. for Lennon 22 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 2 2
12 Jagielka, Philip N., on 46th min. for Neville 24 17 August 1982 M Sheffield United FC 1 0
16 Dyer, Kieron C., on 64th min. for Smith 29 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 3 0
14 Taylor, Steven V., on 64th min. for Barry 23 23 January 1986 D Newcastle United FC 1 0
18 Defoe, Jermain C., on 72nd min. for Bentley 24 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
15 Lescott, Joleon P., on 74th min. for Shorey 24 16 August 1982 D Everton FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

13-Robert Green, 19-David Nugent.

   

4-4-2

Carson -
Neville
(Jagielka), Dawson, King, Shorey (Lescott) -
Bentley
(Defoe), Jenas, Barry (Taylor), Lennon (Downing) -
Smith
(Dyer), Owen

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.5 Appearances/Goals 1.5 0.2

 

Albania Team

 

Rank:

not applicable Colours:
made by
Umbro
Red shirts with black trim, black shorts, black socks;
Capt: Altin Haxhi Coach: Otto Barić, 74 (19 June 1932), appointed June 2006;
Albania Lineup
1 Beqaj, Arjan, sub off 79th min. 31 25-Aug-1975 G Anothorsis Famagusta FC 24 0
3 Rustemaj, Blerim 24 04-Feb-1983 D Borussia VfL 1900 eV MŲnchengladbach, Germany - -
4 Dede, Nevil T. 32 10-Jan-1975 D KF TiranŽ 20 0
21 Vangjeli, Kristi 21 05-Sep-1985 D FC Iraklis, Greece 1 0
10 Duro, Klodian, sub off 66th min. 29 21-Dec-1977 M KS Dinamo TiranŽ 16 1
18 Bulku, Ervin 26 03-Mar-1981 D KS Dinamo TiranŽ 4 0
13 Skela, Ervin, sub off 75th min. 20 17-Nov-1986 F FC Energie Cottbus, Germany 23 5
11 Berisha, Besart 21 29-Jul-1985 F Hamburger SV eV, Germany 5 1
20 Mukaj, Devis, sub off 46th min. 30 21-Dec-1976 M KS Dinamo TiranŽ 35 0
23 Haxhi, Altin, sub off 79th min. 32 17-Jan-1975 M PAE Ergotelis, Greece 60 2
8 Bushi, Alban, sub off 72nd min. 33 20-Aug-1973 F PAE Apollon Kalamarias, Greece 61 14
Albania Substitutes
7 Murati, Edvin S., on 46th min. for Mukaj 31 12-Nov-1975 M GC Iraklis Thessaloniki 1908, Greece - -
24 Vrapi, Enri, on 64th min. for Duro 25 23-May-1982 M KF Teuta 2 0
15 Sinani, Vioresin, on 72nd min. for Bushi 30 11-Apr-1977 F KS Dinamo TiranŽ - -
19 Hyka, Jahmir, on 75th min. for Skela 19 03-Mar-1988 M Olympiacos CFP, Greece 2 0
12 Hidi, Isli, on 79th min. for Beqaj 26 15-Oct-1980 G KS Dinamo TiranŽ 1 0
17 Ahmataj, Julian, on 79th min. for Haxhi 27 24-May-1979 M KS Dinamo TiranŽ 1 0

unused substitutes:

22-Daniel Xhafa.

   

4-4-1-1

Beqaj (Hidi) -
 Vangjeli, Dede, Rustemaj, Mukaj
(Murati) -
 Berisha, Bulku, Duro
(Vrapi), Haxhi (Ahmataj) -
 Skela
(Hyka) -
Bushi
(Sinani).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 24.9 2.6

 

 

Match Report

 

Michael Owen had a low-key return to international football as Stewart Downing guided England B to victory.  Besart Berisha hit the bar for Albania after a fine run before England scored twice in the space of three minutes.  Gareth Barry's touch set up Alan Smith, whose low shot arrowed into the corner and soon afterwards Downing pounced on goalkeeper Arjan Beqaj's mistake.  The impressive Berisha scored with a shot, but Downing made it 3-1 with an exquisite chip just before the hour.

Owen, who was playing for England for the first time since he was injured in last summer's World Cup, played the whole game.  His best opportunity came early on, when he side-footed Aaron Lennon's cross wide from a promising position.  Smith is another long-term England absentee, with the Manchester United forward last playing an international game 19 months ago.  But he gave England the lead with a low shot after he collected Barry's excellent lay-off.

Not long afterwards Albania goalkeeper Beqaj was unable to collect David Bentley's cross and Downing reacted quickly to drill the ball home.  Berisha was Albania's most accomplished performer and the Hamburg forward capped a fine performance with a goal, surging past Ledley King, before beating Scott Carson with a powerful shot.  Downing restored England's two-goal lead when he collected an Owen pass and cleverly dinked the ball over Beqaj.  - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
AlbaniaSoccer.com
TheIndependent.co.uk
Albania-Sport.com
Guardian.co.uk

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