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Wednesday, 12 August 2009
International Friendly Match

Netherlands 2 England 2 [2-0]
 

Amsterdam ArenA, Bijlmer-Centrum, Amsterdam
Attendance: 49,000; Kick-off: 8.45pm CEST, 7.45pm BST;
Live on ITV One (UK) - commentator: Clive Tyldesley

Netherlands - Dirk Kuijt (six-yard shot from a poor backpass 10 9:30), Rafael van der Vaart (twelve-yard shot rebounded from another poor backpass 37 36:52).
England - Jermain Defoe (dribble then eighteen-yard low curler 49 48:30, one-yard tap-in 77 76:07).
Match Summary
Netherlands Squad
England Squad
Results 2005-2010 no yellow or red cards

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

 

Match Summary

Officials from Italy

Netherlands

Type

England

Referee (charcoal) - Nicola Rizzoli
37 (5 October 1971), Bologna, FIFA-listed 2007.

Assistant Referees - Nicola Andrea Nicoletti, 38 (19 April 1971) and Roberto Maria Romagnoli, both Macerata.

Fourth official - Richard Liesveld, 36 (10 May 1973), Waverveen, Netherlands.

Black armbands worn and a minutes applause, in respect of the death of Sir Bobby Robson on 31 July 2009.

13 Goal Attempts 17
6 Attempts on Target 5
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
5 Corner Kicks Won 3
4 Offside Calls Against 5
17 Fouls Conceded 13
53.2% Possession 46.8%

Netherlands Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (5th August 2009) 3rd
ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Made by Nike - Orange shirts with red/white/blue collar, orange shorts, orange socks;
Capt: Rafael van der Vaart.
André Ooijer, second half.
Coach: Lambertus van Marwijk, 57 (19 May 1952), appointed 4 March 2008, took post 1 August 2008.
12th match, W 8 - D - 3 - L 1 - F 24 - A 9.
Netherlands Lineup
1 Stekelenburg, Maarten 26 22 September 1982 G Amsterdamsche FC Ajax NV 21 0
2 Heitinga, John G.A. 25 15 November 1983 RB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 47 6
3 Ooijer, André A.M. 35 11 July 1974 CD Philips SV, NV 52 3
4 Mathijsen, Joris 29 5 April 1980 CD Hamburger SV eV, Germany 47 3
5 Braafheid, Edson R. 26 8 April 1983 LB FC Bayern München eV, Germany 3 0
6 de Jong, Nigel 24 30 November 1984 M Manchester City FC, England 35 1
7 van Persie, Robin, off 46th min. 26 6 August 1983 AM Arsenal FC, England 38 13
8 Schaars, Stefanus Johannes, off 82nd min. 25 11 January 1984 M Alkmaar Zaanstreek 10 0
9 Kuijt, Dirk, off 78th min. 29 22 July 1980 F Liverpool FC, England 54 13
10 van der Vaart, Rafael F., sub off 46th min. 26 11 February 1983 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 69 15
11 Robben, Arjen, off 55th min. 25 23 January 1984 AM Real Madrid CF, Spain 43 11
Netherlands Substitutes
14 Sneijder, Wesley, on 46th min. for van der Vaart 25 9 June 1984 M Real Madrid CF, Spain 55 11
18 Babel, Ryan G., on 46th min. for van Persie 22 19 December 1986 F Liverpool FC, England 34 5
17 Afellay, Ibrahim, on 55th min. for Robben 23 2 April 1986 M Philips SV, NV 17 0
20 Huntelaar, Klaas-Jan, on 78th min. for Kuijt 26 12 August 1983 F Milan AC, Italy 24 13
19 Mendes da Silva, David M., on 82nd min. for Schaars 27 4 August 1982 M Alkmaar Zaanstreek 5 0

unused substitutes:

12-Dirk Marcellis, 13-Gregory van der Wiel, 15-Demy de Zeeuw, 16-Michel Vorm.
 
4-2-3-1 Stekelenburg -
Heitinga, Mathijsen, Ooijer, Braafheid -
de Jong, Schaars
(Mendes) -
van Persie
(Babel), van der Vaart (Sneijder), Robben (Afellay)  -
Kuijt
(Huntelaar).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.3 Appearances/Goals 38.1 5.9

 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (5th August 2009) 7th
ELO rating 4th
Colours: The 2009 home uniform - Plain white shirts with white collar, plain white shorts, plain white socks.
Capt: John Terry, 24th captaincy Coach: Fabio Capello, 63, appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008, 
16th match, W 12 - D 2 - L 2 - F 43 - A 13.
England Lineup
1 Green, Robert P. 29 18 January 1980 G West Ham United FC 5 4 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 24 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 16 0
3 Cole, Ashley, off 84th min. 28 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 74 0
4 Barry, Gareth, off 46th min. 28 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 31 2
5 Ferdinand, Rio G. 29 7 November 1978 CD Manchester United FC 74 2
6 Terry, John G. 28 7 December 1980 CD Chelsea FC 54 6
7 Beckham, David R.J., off 46th min. 34 2 May 1975 M LA Galaxy, USA. 113 17
8 Lampard, Frank J. 31 20 June 1978 M

Chelsea FC

72 17
9 Heskey, Emile W.I., off 46th min. 31 11 January 1978 F Aston Villa FC 54 7
10 Rooney, Wayne M., off 58th min. 23 24 October 1985 F

Manchester United FC

53 24
11 Young, Ashley S., off 68th min. 24 9 July 1985 M Aston Villa FC 6 0
England Substitutes
17 Wright-Phillips, Shaun C., on 46th min. for Beckham 27 25 October 1981 M Manchester City FC 26 4
18 Carrick, Michael, on 46th min for Barry 28 28 July 1981 M Manchester United FC 18 0
19
Defoe, Jermain C., on 46th min. for Heskey 26 7 October 1982 F Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 10
20 Cole, Carlton M.G., on 58th min. for Rooney 25 12 November 1983 F West Ham United FC 3 0
13 Milner, James P., on 68th min. for Young 23 4 January 1986 M Aston Villa FC 1 0
14 Bridge, Wayne M., on 84th min. for A Cole. 29 5 August 1980 LB Manchester City FC 34 1

unused substitutes:

12-Paul Robinson, 15-Matthew Upson, 16-Joleon Lescott, 21-Joe Hart, 22-Theo Walcott.
 
4-4-2 Green -
Johnson, Ferdinand, Terry,
A.Cole (Bridge) -
Beckham
(Wright-Phillips), Barry (Carrick), Lampard, Young (Milner) -
Rooney
(C.Cole), Heskey (Defoe).

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28.1 Appearances/Goals 50.2 6.9

 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

It is a difficult time to arrange a friendly international, just three days before the new Premiership season gets underway, but manager Fabio Capello needed this get together.  Next month England continue their quest for World Cup qualification so this match in Amsterdam was important for many reasons, not least to obtain a form guide for his players.  As it turned out it was a very good game.

The first half was end to end open play and there was plenty of bite in the tackles, but from the start some of the England's players were guilty of sloppy and lazy play.  Several times a poor pass gave possession away cheaply and as early as the 10th minute it cost England a goal.  Rio Ferdinand gained possession on the right of goal and tried to play the ball back to Rob Green.  Unfortunately it was badly executed and Dirk Kuyt was quick to seize the chance of an interception.  Green at first drove him wide of goal but Kuyt still had time to pull the ball back inside the sprawling keeper before drilling a low shot in at the near post.  John Terry made a valiant attempt to block the shot but failed.  Ferdinand held his hand up to the error and it must be said that he looked off the pace at times.

The England's players were guilty of sloppy and lazy play.  Several times a poor pass gave possession away cheaply and as early as the 10th minute it cost England a goal.  Rio Ferdinand gained possession on the right of goal and tried to play the ball back to Rob Green.  Unfortunately it was badly executed and Dirk Kuyt was quick to seize the chance of an interception.  Green at first drove him wide of goal but Kuyt still had time to pull the ball back inside the sprawling keeper before drilling a low shot in at the near post.  John Terry made a valiant attempt to block the shot but failed.  Ferdinand held his hand up to the error and it must be said that he looked off the pace at times.

To their credit England came back and had some excellent passages of play after the goal.  Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey worked hard up front and soon England had chances.  A good move and a clever pass by Glen Johnston gave Frank Lampard a shot, which Maarten Stekelenburg blocked well, and then Rooney saw a blistering shot fly just wide.  David Beckham, looking as sharp as anyone, was putting some quality balls into the box and he even went close himself when he tried to head an Ashley Young cross which was just too high.  All in all it seemed that England had ridden through the mistake that cost them a goal and it all looked promising.  But in the 38th minute the visitors contrived to give their hosts another total gift.  Ferdinand again casually played the ball square, this time to Gareth Barry, and Barry, without looking tried to lay it off to Ashley Cole.  Former Chelsea man Arjen Robben was alive to the predictability of it all and although Green blocked his shot brilliantly the ball ran loose to Rafael van den Vaart who smashed the ball into the net.

England had a reasonable penalty shout when Barry's back heel was blocked with his arm by de Jong. Green managed to block another Kuyt effort and tipped another Robben shot over.  Meanwhile Beckham set up Barry for a long shot that flew just over for England and the half ended with Holland 2-0 in front.  In many ways it had been a curious half, as England had played well at times, but you cannot give teams with the fire power of Holland two absolute gift goals, they don't need help like that.

Obviously a few words were said at the break and England made changes at half-time.  On came Jermaine Defoe, Michael Carrick and Shaun Wright-Phillips for Heskey, Barry and the best player of the first half, Beckham, and it was noticeable straight away how England pushed up on Holland, putting them on the back foot a little more.  Within four minutes of the restart England pulled a goal back.  Rooney looked to be flattened but the Italian referee played a brilliant advantage as he saw Lampard's long pass send Defoe clear.  The striker took the ball in his stride brilliantly and finished with a superb left foot shot in off the post.  He was obviously delighted as were the several thousand England fans present.  England looked more determined all round the team and Holland struggled to get out of their own half at times in the second half.  Capello then brought on Carlton Cole for Rooney and the West Ham striker gave an excellent display of powerful centre-forward play.  He held the ball up, brought other players into the action and was desperately unlucky not to score himself on at least two occasions.  On 67 minutes we saw the introduction of James Milner for his first cap and again the substitution (for Young) proved a huge success. 

Milner played on the left wing and turned his marker inside out on a number of occasions.  He also put in some quality crosses with both Defoe and Carlton Cole going close.  At the other end Holland were restricted to long-range efforts, all dealt with in a much sharper frame of mind by the England defence. 

It came as no real surprise when England scored a deserved equaliser.  The ball drifted out to the England left where John Heitinga seemed in control, but Milner brilliantly beat him to the ball, sprinted to the byeline and drilled in a low cross for Defoe to gleefully score his second of the night.

As the half wore on it looked as though England might go on and win the match, so dominant was their second half performance.  And it is worth noting that apart from their two gift goals Holland created very little by way of clear chances.  Some of Capello's fringe players did themselves no harm with their performances in Amsterdam and for once the substitutions all paid off for him.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Official teamsheet
TheFA.com
Goal.com
SkySports.com
Voetbalstats.nl
Knvb.nl
ITV One/ITV.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
Marcel Hoefsmit - friend and contributor

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CG