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Saturday, 12 November 2011
A Street League International Friendly Match

England 1 Spain 0 [0-0]

The National Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 87,189;
Kick-off: 5:15pm GMT; 
Live on ITV One/HD (UK) -
Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Frank Lampard (header 49 48:29) Match Summary
England Squad

Spain Squad
Results 2010-2015 England - James Milner (42 41:20)
Spain - Sergio Ramos (60 59:30), Cesc bregas (61 60:15)

Spain kicked-off. 94 minutes (45:58 & 48:55).


Match Summary

Officials from Belgium



Referee (charcoal) - Frank De Bleeckere
45 (1 July 1966), Oudenaarde, FIFA listed 1998.

Assistant Referees -
Peter Hermans, 45 (27 June 1966) and Walter Vromans, 45 (21 April 1968).
3 Goal Attempts 8
2 Attempts on Target 2
1 Hit Bar/Post 1
1 Corner Kicks Won 6
1 Offside Calls Against 4
18 Fouls Conceded 9
29.4% Possession 70.6%

England Team



FIFA (19 October 2011) 7th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The 2010 home uniform - White open-neck jerseys with coloured crosses across upper panel, royal blue shorts, white socks with royal blue tops.
Capt: Frank Lampard, second captaincy.
Gareth Barry 57th minute.
Manager: Fabio Capello, 65 (18 June 1946), appointed 14 December 2007, effective 7 January 2008,
41st match, W 27 - D 8 - L 6 - F 88 - A 35.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 24 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 15   8 GA
2 Johnson, Glen M. 27 23 August 1984 RB Liverpool FC 35 1
3 Cole, Ashley 30 20 December 1980 LB Chelsea FC 93 0
4 Jones, Philip A., off 57th min. 19 21 February 1992 RM Manchester United FC 2 0
5 Jagielka, Philip N. 29 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 10 0
6 Lescott, Joleon P. 29 16 August 1982 CD Manchester City FC 14 0
7 Walcott, Theo J., off 46th min. 22 16 March 1989 RF Arsenal FC 20 3
8 Parker, Scott M., off 85th min. 31 13 October 1980 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 10 0
9 Bent, Darren A., off 64th min. 27 6 February 1984 CF Aston Villa FC 12 4
10 Lampard, Frank J., off 57th min. 33 20 June 1978 LM Chelsea FC 90 23
11 Milner, James P., off 76th min. 25 4 January 1986 LF Manchester City FC 22 0
Milner cautioned in the 42nd minute for unsporting behaviour, following a harsh and late tackle on Sergio Ramos.
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Spain 0
20 Downing, Stewart, on 46th min. for Walcott 27 22 July 1984 M Liverpool FC 31 0
scoreline: England 1 Spain 0
18 Rodwell, Jack C., on 57th min. (56:02) for Jones 20 11 March 1991 M Everton FC 1 0
17 Barry, Gareth, on 57th min. (56:19) for Lampard 30 23 February 1981 M Manchester City FC 50 2
22 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., on 64th (63:05) min. for Bent 20 26 November 1990 F Manchester United FC 3 0
19 Johnson, Adam, on 76th min. (75:44) for Milner 24 14 July 1987 M Manchester City FC 9 2
13 Walker, Kyle A., on 85th min. (84:30) for Parker 21 28 May 1990 D Tottenham Hotspur FC 1 0
result: England 1 Spain 0

unused substitutes:

12-Scott Carson, 14-Leighton Baines, 15-Gary Cahill, 16-John Terry, 21-Bobby Zamora, 23-Daniel Sturridge, 24-David Stockdale.

team notes:

Coach Fabio Capello played for Italy against England in June (scoring one) and November 1973 (scoring another), and in May and November 1976.
4-3-3 Hart -
G.Johnson, Jagielka, Lescott, Cole -
(Rodwell), Parker (Walker), Lampard (Barry) -
(Downing), Bent (Welbeck), Milner (A.Johnson)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.9 Appearances/Goals 29.4 2.7


Spain Team

Current World & European Champions Colours: Made by Adidas - Red v-neck jerseys with yellow collar/Adidas sleeve trim, royal blue shorts with yellow Adidas side trim, red socks with blue and yellow Adidas trim/yellow hoop.
Rank: FIFA (19 October 2011) 1st
EFO ranking Group 1 (3rd)
ELO rating 1st
Capt: Iker Casillas.
Xavi Alonso, second half.
Manager: Vicente del Bosque González, 60 (23 December 1950), appointed 11 March 2008, effective 15 July 2008,
49th match, W 42 - D 1 - L 6 - F 121 - A 38.
Spain Lineup
1 Casillas Fernández, Iker, off 46th min. 30 20 May 1981 G Real Madrid CF 126 0
15 Ramos García, Sergio, off 75th min. 25 30 March 1986 CD Real Madrid CF 81 6
Sergio Ramos cautioned in the 60th minute for unsporting behaviour for a foul on Darren Bent.
3 Pique Bernabéu, Gerard 24 2 February 1987 CD FC Barcelona 37 4
17 Arbeloa Coca, Álvaro 28 17 January 1983 RB Real Madrid CF 31 0
18 Alba Ramos, Jordi 22 21 March 1989 LB Valencia CF SAD 2 0
14 Alonso Olano, Xabier 29 25 November 1981 RM Real Madrid CF 91 12
16 Busquets Burgos, Sergio, off 64th min. 23 16 July 1988 CM FC Barcelona 36 0
6 Iniesta Luján, Andrés, off 75th min. 27 11 May 1984 RF FC Barcelona 62 10
7 Villa Sánchez, David, off 46th min. 29 3 December 1981 LF FC Barcelona 81 50
8 Hernández Creus, Xavier 31 25 January 1980 LM FC Barcelona 106 10
21 Jiménez Silva, David J., off 46th min. 25 8 January 1986 CF Manchester City FC, England 53 13
Spain Substitutes
scoreline: England 0 Spain 0
23 Reina Páez, José M., on 46th min. for Cassilas 29 31 August 1982 G Liverpool FC, England 24 0
13 Mata García, Juan M., on 46th min. for Silva 23 28 April 1988 F Chelsea FC, England 15 5
10 bregas Soler, Francesc, on 46th min. for Xavi 24 4 May 1987 M FC Barcelona 61 8
Fàbregas cautioned in the 61st minute for unsporting behaviour for jumping into Phil Jagielka.
scoreline: England 1 Spain 0
9 Torres Sanz, Fernando J., on 64th min. (63:20) for Busquets 27 20 March 1984 F Chelsea FC, England 90 27
5 Puyol Saforcada, Carlos, on 75th min. for Ramos 33 13 April 1978 D FC Barcelona 97 3
20 Cazorla González, Santiago, on 75th min. for Iniesta 26 13 December 1984 M Màlaga CF SAD 38 4
scoreline: England 1 Spain 0

unused substitutes:

2-Raúl Albiol, 11-Nacho Monreal, 12-Víctor Valdés, 19-Fernando Llorente, 22-Jesús Navas.
4-3-3 Casillas (Reina) -
Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos
(Puyol), Pique, Jordi Alba -
Xabi Alonso, Busquets
(Torres), Hernández (Fàbregas) -
(Cazorla), Silva (Mata)
, Villa.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.6 Appearances/Goals 64.2 9.5


    Match Report by Mike Payne

Sometimes it is not the performance but the result that is important, at other times it is the performance and not the result that is important, and occasionally the result and the performance are important together.  This match certainly falls into that latter category and England can celebrate cleverly finding a way to beat the current best team in the world.  Frank Lampard will tell his grandchildren of the day when he captained England, and scored a 25 yarder into the top corner to give England victory over the reigning World and European Champions.  Almost all of that statement will be absolutely true!

But this was a strange game, and all of you who read this will have experienced watching your team produce a backs to the wall performance as the opposing team dominates and continually pins them back into their own half for long periods.  Usually you would probably be watching your team in an away match in these circumstances, but this was England, playing at home, at Wembley, under the cosh from start to finish and yet winning by converting one of only two chances that came their way.  Who said possession football is the way to go?

It was obvious from the start that manager Fabio Capello had been working on a plan to counteract the possession football that Spain have found so successful for them over the past few years.  In the first half England set themselves up with two banks of four and with Scott Parker doing all the hard work in front of the back four, whilst Darren Bent ploughed a lone furrow up front.  The system would invite Spain to play through the middle and hopefully defenders would be able to mop up every attack as it came at them.  The plan worked perfectly.  In this case it certainly helped that Capello was an Italian, because this was a typical Italian style performance, made famous over the years in so many Italian team's victories in various competitions.  Spain held the ball and passed it around in their usual style, but when they met the England defensive barrier, they lacked the guile and creativity to break through.

England for their part defended superbly and Joleon Lescott and Phil Jagielka had magnificent games at the heart of the home defence.  Their positional play and levels of concentration were exemplorary, and it also inspired those around them, as everyone worked their socks off to carry out Capello's plan to the letter.

Spain did create chances through the game, a side of their talent always will, but to be honest Joe Hart had as easy a first half as he has had for ages.  In fact the first half was largely boring to watch for an English fan as there was very little by way of goalmouth action.  I must be in the minority I know, but watching Spain play their brand of football bores me to death, it is like watching Arsenal, why make one pass when 132 would do!  There was little in the first half to enthuse over as the game was dominated by pretty football being stifled by terrific and resolute defending.

It was a goal four minutes after the restart that livened up the game and that was mainly because the goal was scored, surprisingly, by England.  They had not created a chance worthy of the name in the first 45 minutes but here was a free kick out on the left wing that gave them the opportunity to put the Spanish defence under pressure for the first time.  The lively James Milner took the kick and flighted a beautiful, inswinging centre into the middle where Darren Bent, so often starved of the ball in that first half, rose to head the ball down and goalwards.  Substitute goalkeeper Pepe Reina dived and the ball struck the post before rebounding across goal.  And there was England's captain, on hand to nod in the easiest of his 23 England goals from all of one yard out!  (Sorry to his grandkids for ruining Frank's story).  The distance was reminiscent of Nobby Stiles's one International goal scored against West Germany back in 1966, although he had to kick that one in.

So, the phrase 'cat amongst pigeons' certainly came to mind at that point and Spain almost produced an immediate response when Sergio Busquets sent a ball through the middle, which David Villa anticipated superbly.  Hart came out and managed to force Villa wide, in fact wide enough as it turned out, as Villa went round the keeper but couldn't quite hit the target with his shot.

From then on Spain upped the pace, but England matched them, and with Parker making some brilliant interceptions, tackles and passes, and being a proverbial pain to the Spaniards, and Lescott, Jagielka and the ever-reliable Ashley Cole defending magnificently, Hart still had a relatively quiet time.  Spain actually had around 23 goal attempts during the game but only two were on target and Hart easily saved both of those.  However, substitute Fabregas will be kicking himself for not scoring at least one goal in that last half hour.  One pass sent him clean through to the right of goal and a cross shot to the far corner would probably have succeeded, but thankfully for England his old Arsenal brain kicked in and he decided to try one more pass, and man-of-the-match Parker touched the ball away from the attacker as the pass came square.

Fabregas was also guilty of the miss of the match when right at the death he finally escaped the clutches of England's vice-like defence to meet a perfect Villa cross, but only succeeded in scuffing his shot wide of the goal, much to the delight and relief of the home fans.


The best of Spain's efforts had earlier fallen to Villa after Glen Johnson's weak header had given the Barcelona player the chance to volley goalwards.  For once Hart was stretched but the ball hit the outside of the post and was cleared.


England's defenders had deserved that slice of luck and the discipline they had shown throughout was absolutely superb.  It must have pleased the manager no end and Capello can also be pleased with the contribution of Phil Jones and substitute Jack Rodwell as the young brigade continue to shine for England.  A win against the World Champions, and all this without Rooney, Terry, Gerrard, Ferdinand, Young etc etc.  So much for Spain, blimey it was our reserve team that beat them!!


Seriously though, a splendid win, not one to get carried away with, but one to savour nonetheless.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor