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Wednesday, 7 February 2007
Football Association Nationwide Friendly Match

England 0 Spain 1 [0-0]
 

Old Trafford, Sir Matt Busby Way, Trafford, Greater Manchester
Attendance: 58,207;
Kick-off: 8.00pm GMT;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson

Spain - Andres Iniesta (25-yard shot 63 62:12). Match Summary
England Squad

Spain Squad
Results 2005-2010 no yellow or red cards

England kicked-off. 92 minutes (45 & 47).

 

Match Summary

Officials from Germany

England

Type

Spain

Referee (black) - Michael Weiner
37 (21 March 1969), Giesen, FIFA-listed 2002;

Assistant Referees - Carsten Kadach, 43 (22 January 1964) and Sönke Glindemann, 42 (17 June 1965).

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

Teams presented to representatives of both the Football Association and Spanish Football Association, led by David Dein and Brian Barwick.

9 Goal Attempts 8
2 Attempts on Target 2
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 2
9 Offside Calls Against 5
13 Fouls Conceded 15
52.9% Possession 47.1%

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th January 2007) 6th
ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home uniform - White shirts with red horizontal stripe with two navy Umbro diamonds/three lions abstracted side panel, navy blue shorts with two white Umbro diamonds, white socks with two navy Umbro diamonds and thin band.
Capt: Steven Gerrard, 2nd captaincy. Gary Neville 46 min, Rio Ferdinand 65 mins. Coach: Steve McClaren, 45, appointed 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
7th match, W 3 - D 2 - L 2 - F 11 - A 4.
England Lineup
1 Foster, Ben A. 23 3 April 1983 G Watford FC, on loan from Manchester United FC 1 1 GA
2 Neville, Gary A., off 65th min. 31 18 February 1975 RB Manchester United FC 85 0
3 Neville, Philip J., off 74th min. 30 21 January 1977 LB Everton FC 55 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G., off 46th min. 26 30 May 1980 M Liverpool FC 53 10
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 28 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 57 0
6 Woodgate, Jonathan S., sub off 65th min. 27 22 January 1980 CD Middlesbrough FC 6 0
7 Carrick, Michael 25 28 July 1981 M

Manchester United FC

12 0
8 Lampard, Frank J., off 79th min. 28 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

52 12
9 Dyer, Kieron C. 28 29 December 1978 M Newcastle United FC 29 0
10 Crouch, Peter J. 26 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

17 11
11 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., off 70th min. 25 25 October 1981 M Chelsea FC 12 1
England Substitutes
12 Barry, Gareth, on 46th min. for Gerrard 25 23 February 1981 D Aston Villa FC 9 0
14 Richards, Micah L., on 65th min. for G. Neville 18 24 June 1988 D Manchester City FC 2 0
15 Carragher, James L.D., on 65th min. for Woodgate 29 28 January 1978 D Liverpool FC 32 0
21 Defoe, Jermain C., on 70th min. for Wright-Phillips 24 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 22 3
20 Downing, Stewart, on 74th min. for P. Neville 22 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 10 0
18 Barton, Joseph A., on 79th min. for Lampard 24 2 September 1982 M Manchester City FC 1 0

unused substitutes:

13-Paul Robinson, 16-John Terry, 17-Michael Dawson, 19-Scott Parker.

team notes:

Gary Neville and Phil are brothers.
   

4-3-3

Foster -
G.Neville (Richards), Ferdinand, Woodgate (Carragher), P.Neville (Downing) -
Gerrard
(Barry), Carrick, Lampard (Barton) -
Wright-Phillips
(Defoe), Crouch, Dyer.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 34.5 3.2

 

Spain Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (17th January 2007) 12th
ELO rating 10th
Colours: Made by Adidas - Red shirts with yellow pinstripes, yellow adidas sleeve trim, white shorts with red/blue adidas trim and yellow hem, blue socks with yellow adidas trim;
Capt: Iker Casillas Coach: Luis Aragonés Suárez, 68 (28 July 1938), appointed 1 July 2004, 
33rd match, W 20 - D 9 - L 4 - F 62 - A 23.
Spain Lineup
1 Casillas Fernández, Iker 25 20 May 1981 G Real Madrid CF 66 0
15 Capdevila Méndez, Joan 29 3 February 1978 LB RC Deportivo de La Coruña 8 0
22 Pablo 25 3 August 1981 CD Club Atlético de Madrid SAD 19 0
4 Ramos García, Sergio, off 46th min. 20 30 March 1986 RB Real Madrid CF 21 2
5 Puyol Saforcada, Carlos, off 46th min. 28 13 April 1978 CD FC Barcelona 54 1
6 Albelda, David A. 29 1 September 1977 M Valencia CF SAD 41 0
7 Villa Sánchez, David, off 74th min. 25 3 December 1981 F Valencia CF SAD 19 9
8 Xavi 27 25 January 1980 M FC Barcelona 44 3
21 Jiménez Silva, David J., off 65th min. 21 8 January 1986 M Valencia CF SAD 2 0
10 Morientes Sánchez, Fernando, off 46th min. 30 5 April 1976 F Valencia CF SAD 45 26
11 Angulo Valderrey, Miguel Ángel, off 56th min. 29 23 June 1977 M Valencia CF SAD 5 0
Spain Substitutes
9 Torres Sanz, Fernando J., on 46th min. for Morientes 22 20 March 1984 F Club Atlético de Madrid SAD 40 15
2 Vicente Navarro, F. Javier, on 46th min. for Puyol 32 6 February 1974 D Sevilla FC 2 0
 19 López Ruano, Ángel D., on 46th min. for Sergio Ramos 25 10 March 1981 M RC Celta de Vigo 2 0
 16 Iniesta Luján, Andrés, on 56th min. for Angulo 22 11 May 1984 M FC Barcelona 9 1
 17 Arizmendi de Lucas, Ángel J., on 65th min. for Silva 22 3 March 1984 F RC Deportivo de La Coruña 1 0
 18 bregas Soler, Francesc, on 74th min. for Villa 19 4 May 1987 M Arsenal FC, England 15 0

unused substitutes:

3-Antonio Lopez, 14-Xabier Alonso, 23-José Reina;
   

4-4-2

Casillas -
Sergio Ramos
(Ángel), Puyol (Javi Navarro), Pablo, Capdevila -
Angulo (Iniesta), Albelda, Xavi, Silva (Arizmendi de Lucas) -
Villa (Fàbregas), Morientes (Torres). 

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.2 Appearances/Goals 29.5 3.7

 

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

England woefully underperformed to slip to their first home defeat under coach Steve McClaren in an international friendly against Spain at Old Trafford.  Spain were on the back foot at the start of each half, but the visitors survived to take control of the match.

Fernando Morientes blazed over the bar in the first-half, while David Villa's shot was well saved by England debutant Ben Foster just before the hour.  Soon afterwards substitute Andres Iniesta arrowed a shot past Foster.  Iniesta had only been on the pitch for five minutes when he quickly collected Rio Ferdinand's defensive clearance, before sending an unstoppable shot into the roof of the net.  Spain face a real struggle to qualify for Euro 2008, but they were far the better side and this despite making three substitutions at the interval.

England also made a raft of substitutions - six in all - with Joey Barton making his international debut, coming on for Frank Lampard with 11 minutes to go.  So poor were England that it was hard to remember Spain's goalkeeper Iker Casillas having to make a save.  Any optimism engendered by England's bright approach at the start of each quickly evaporated as Spain took control in midfield with Xavi a key influence.  While Xavi dictated the game's tempo, England's hotch-potch of a midfield struggled to regain some semblance of control.

More worryingly ahead of the Euro 2008 qualifiers against Israel and Andorra in March, this game provided further compelling evidence as to the incompatibility of Steven Gerrard and Lampard to play together in midfield.  Deployed to the left of Gerrard, who was given a central midfield position, Lampard looked a shadow of the player he is for Chelsea.  Gerrard was rested for the second half, with Gareth Barry replacing the Liverpool midfielder, but the switch did little to provide England with any better balance.

At least Gerrard had the consolation of playing the pass of the first half, picking out Peter Crouch with a ball played with the outside of his right foot just before the interval.  Unfortunately Crouch was unable to deliver a similar level of precision and his shot was well wide.  With the right-footed Phil Neville playing as left-back, and Lampard just ahead of him, perhaps it was not altogether surprising that Spain's best attacks came down England's flank in those opening 45 minutes.

Since leaving Liverpool, Morientes cannot stop scoring goals for Valencia, but he made an awful hash of a chance when it looked easier to score than miss on 18 minutes.  After Spain had carved open England down the right, Morientes deceived Gary Neville only to then embarrassingly scoop the ball high over the bar with only Foster to beat. - BBC Sport

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official Teamsheet
RFEF website
Sporting Life
TheFA.com
Football Line-ups
SkySports.com
Marcel Hoefsmit, Friend and Dutch Historian

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