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Wednesday, 12 September 2007
2008 UEFA European Championship Group E qualification match

England 3 Russia 0 [2-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
86,106; Kick-off: 8.00pm BST;
Live on BBC One (UK) - Commentator: John Motson

England - Michael Owen (seven-yard shot 7 6:11, sixteen-yard half-volley 31 30:35), Rio Ferdinand (ten-yard shot, deflecting off keeper 84 83:50). Match Summary
England Squad
Russia Squad
Results 2005-2010 England - Joe Cole (78).

England kicked-off. 94 minutes (46 & 48:12).


Match Summary

Officials from Sweden




Referee (yellow) - Martin Hansson
36 (6 April 1971), Holmsjö, FIFA-listed 2001;

Assistant referees -
Stefan Wittberg, 39 (2 September 1968) and Henrik Andren, 39 (21 July 1968).

Fourth official -
Martin Ingvarsson, 41 (9 December 1965), FIFA-listed 1997;
UEFA Referee Observer -
Jaap Uilenberg, Netherlands.

Television viewing figures on BBC One in the UK revealed that 10.7 million watched this game.

15 Goal Attempts 8
7 Attempts on Target 3
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
4 Corner Kicks Won 3
4 Offside Calls Against 1
12 Fouls Conceded 6
47% Possession 53%

England Team



FIFA (22nd August 2007) 12th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 7th
Colours: The 2007 home uniform - White v-neck jersey with red horizontal stripe/navy double diamond trim and abstract side panel, navy shorts with white pintrim/double diamond, white socks with navy thin band/double diamond.
Capt: John Terry, thirteenth captaincy. Head Coach: Stephen McClaren, 46 (3 May 1961), appointed Head Coach 4 May 2006, took post 1 August 2006, 
14th match, W 7 - D 4 - L 3 - F 25 - A 7.
England Lineup
1 Robinson, Paul W. 27 15 October 1979 G Tottenham Hotspur FC 39 20ᵍᵃ
2 Richards, Micah L. 19 24 June 1988 RB Manchester City FC 7 1
3 Cole, Ashley 26 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 60 0
4 Gerrard, Steven G. 27 30 May 1980 CM Liverpool FC 59 12
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 28 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 62 1
6 Terry, John G. 26 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 42 3
7 Barry, Gareth 26 23 February 1981 CM Aston Villa FC 12 0
8 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C. 25 25 October 1981 RM Chelsea FC 15 2
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 80th min. 29 11 January 1978 F Wigan Athletic FC 45 5
Owen, Michael J., off 90th+2 min. 27 14 December 1979 F Newcastle United FC 85 41
11 Cole, Joseph J., off 88th min. 25 8 November 1981 LM Chelsea FC 43 7
Cole was cautioned in the 78th min. for Unsporting Behaviour, for two consecutive and debatable fouls.
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Russia 0
18 Crouch, Peter J., on 80th min. for Heskey 26 30 January 1981 F

Liverpool FC

21 12
scoreline: England 3 Russia 0
14 Neville, Philip J., on 88th min. for J Cole 30 21 January 1977 D Everton FC 58 0
16 Downing, Stewart, on 90th+2 min. for Owen 23 22 July 1984 M Middlesbrough FC 15 0
result: England 3 Russia 0
unused substitutes: 12-Wes Brown, 13-David James, 15-Alan Smith, 17-Andrew Johnson.
records: Michael Owen becomes the fourth player to score forty goals for England. He is also the top scorer at the new National Stadium with three goals.
Rio Ferdinand breaks Kenny Sansom's record in becoming the most experienced player to score their first goal for England. Ferdinand scoring his first goal for England on his 62nd appearance, Sansom on his 46th appearance.
4-4-2 Robinson -
Richards, Ferdinand, Terry,
A.Cole -
Wright-Phillips, Gerrard, Barry,
J.Cole (Neville) -
(Crouch), Owen (Downing).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.9 Appearances/Goals 42.6 6.5


Russia Team



FIFA (22nd August 2007) 24th
EFO ranking Group 2

ELO rating 21st to 25th
Colours: Made by Nike - Red v-neck jerseys with white trimmed collar/cuffs, white shorts, blue socks.
Capt: Andrei Arshavin Manager: Guus Hiddink, 60 (8 November 1946 in Netherlands), appointed 10 April 2006, took post on 1 July 2006;
Russia Lineup
16 Malafeev, Vyacheslav A. 28 4 March 1979 G FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - - GA
2 Berezutskiy, Vasili V. 25 20 June 1982 RB PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
27 Berezutskiy, Aleksei V. 25 20 June 1982 LB PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
22 Anyukov, Aleksandr G., off 80th min. 24 28 September 1982 RM FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - -
5 Ignashevićh, Sergei N. 28 14 July 1979 CD PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
15 Bilyaletdinov, Diniyar R. 22 27 February 1985 CM FC Lokomotiv Moskva - -
20 Semshov, Igor P., off 40th min. 29 6 April 1978 CM FC Dinamo Moskva - -
17 Zyryanov, Konstantin G. 29 5 October 1977 CM FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - -
18 Zhirkov, Yuri V. 24 20 August 1983 F PFC Tsentralnyi Sportivnyi Klub Armii Moskva - -
10 Arshavin, Andrei S. 26 29 May 1981 LM FC Zenit Saint Petersburg - -
26 Sychev, Dmitri Y., off 63rd min. 23 26 October 1983 F FC Lokomotiv Moskva - -
Russia Substitutes
scoreline: England 2 Russia 0
23 Bystrov, Vladimir V., on 40th min. for Semshov 23 31 January 1984 M FC Spartak Moskva 16 2
19 Pavlyuchenko, Roman A., on 63rd min. for Sychev 25 15 December 1981 F FC Spartak Moskva - -
11 Kerzhakov, Aleksandr A., on 80th min. for Anukov 24 27 November 1982 F Sevilla FC, Spain - -
result: England 3 Russia 0
unused substitutes: 7-Dmitry Torbinsky, 12-Anton Shunin, 13-Pavel Pogrebnyak, 25-Denis Kolodin.
Coach Guus Hiddink becomes the second manager to oppose England with three different countries, following the feat by Carlos Alberto Parreira (Kuwait, Brazil and Saudi Arabia), having done so with Netherlands June 1996, Korea Republic June 2002 and now Russia.


Malafeev -
, Ignashevićh, A.Berezutskiy -
(Kerzhakov), Semshov (Bystrov), Zyryanov, Bilyaletdinov, Arshavin -
(Pavlyuchenko), Zhirkov.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.7 Appearances/Goals    


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Without a doubt this England performance was one of the best under Steve McLaren's reign as manager and his team took a giant step towards the European Championship of 2008.  He was helped by two goals from a rejuvenated Michael Owen and a brilliant performance from Emile Heskey.

The first half was an even affair, possession wise, but the big difference on this night was in England's ability to take the chances that came their way.  Another player who had a big impact was Gareth Barry who dominated the central midfield.  England made a positive start and an early goal really settled the team and the home crowd.  It came in the seventh minute when Barry took a corner.  The ball came back out to him and his second cross found Owen, who had time and space to shoot home off the inside of a post.  The home players showed their obvious delight and three minutes later it could have been 2-0.  Heskey, a thorn in the Russian side all night, put in a shot, which rebounded off goalkeeper Vyacheslav Malafeev.  Unfortunately for England Owen just lost his balance at the vital time as he tried to latch onto the loose ball.

It was not all England though and the Russians showed their pedigree on a number of occasions.  Paul Robinson was called into action to stop shots by Andrei Arshavin and Dmitri Sychev, and the visitor's approach play was impressive at times.  But, unusually for a Guss Hiddink side, the Russian defence looked less than secure and on 31 minutes England did score their second goal.  Again Heskey caused mayhem in the heart of the penalty area and his clever knock-down into the path of Owen gave the striker another opportunity to close in on Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record for England.  His fierce dipping drive brought Owen his 40th International goal and Malafeev had no chance.

Although England were two goals up the Russians were far from finished and the defenders had to be on their toes throughout the rest of the half.  Arshavin was particularly dangerous and once, only a brilliant tackle by Barry prevented the Russian breaking through.  The visitors did have the ball in the net when Arshavin's cross found Konstantin Zvryanov who brilliantly turned and shot past Robinson.  As the Russians celebrated the Swedish referee indicated a handball by the scorer and the goal was ruled out.

The second half began with Sychev twice going close and there was still plenty for England to do.  But their players all stood up to be counted and the back four all played well, with everyone in the team working so hard, especially during a period of dominance from Russia in the middle of the half.  But when England teams play like this, with all eleven players pulling their weight, they are a match for anyone, and in the end it was the Russians who finally crumbled.

There were just six minutes to go when Owen's short pass found Rio Ferdinand, of all people, marauding into the Russian penalty area.  Ferdinand shot hard and the ball squirmed under Malafeev to clinch the result for England.  This was the sort of performance the fans love, lots of effort, good goals and an excellent win.  Rightly the cheers resounded around the ground as the players went off and the new Wembley Stadium had at last had a memorable England win to start a new list of games to remember.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor