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Sunday, 12 October 2014
European Championship 2016 Group E qualification match

Estonia 0 England 1 [0-0]

A. Le Coq Arena, Lilleküla, Tallinn
Attendance: 10,195;
Kick-off: 7.00pm EEST, 5.00pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley

England - Wayne Rooney (twenty-yard free-kick 73 72:58) Match Summary
Estonia Squad

England Squad
Results 2010-2015 Estonia - Ragnar Klavan (29 28:15 & 48 47:29)
England - Leighton Baines (45+1 45:32), Jordan Henderson (53 52:52), Jack Wilshere (87 86:06)
Red Card: Estonia - Ragnar Klavan (48 47:36)

England kicked-off. 95½ minutes (46:29 & 48:59).


Match Summary

Officials from Croatia




Referee (yellow) - Marijo Strahonja
39 (21 August 1975), Zagreb, FIFA listed 2004.

Assistant Referees - Siniša Premuzaj, 41 (1 April 1973), and Igor Krmar, 41 (2 April 1973)

Fourth official - Ivica Modric, 39 (9 October 1975)
Additional Assistant Referees - Ante Vucemilovic-Simunovic
, 40 (13 June 1974) and Domagoj Vuckov, 38 (10 February 1976).

UEFA Referee Observer - Luciano Luci
, Italy

8 Goal Attempts 31
1 Attempts on Target 6
0 Hit Bar/Post 0
1 Corner Kicks Won 5
1 Offside Calls Against 2
15 Fouls Conceded 9
23% Possession 77%

Estonia Team



FIFA (18 Sept 2014) 81st
EFO ranking n/a
ELO rating 94th
Colours: Made by Nike - Blue button collared jerseys with white collars/cuffs, black shorts, white socks;
Capt: Ragnar Klavan,
Sergei Pareiko, 48th minute.
Manager: Karl Magnus Pehrsson, 38 (25 May 1976 in Sweden), appointed 5 December 2013,
10th match, W 3 - D 2 - L 5 - F 6 - A 9.
Estonia Lineup
1 Pareiko, Sergei 37 31 January 1977 G FC Volga Nizhny Novgorod, Russia 59 0
19 Pikk, Artur 21 5 March 1993 LB FC Levadia 2 0
Klavan, Ragnar 28 30 October 1985 CD FC Augsburg 1907 eV, Germany 99 3
Klavan cautioned in the 29th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, for persistently fouling Danny Welbeck as they both ran out wide. He was then cautioned in the 48th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, blatantly pushing Fabian Delph off the ball thirty yards out. Dismissed for two cautionable offences.
4 Morozov, Ivan 27 27 May 1989 CD Debreceni VSC, Hungary 27 0
17 Jääger, Enar 29 18 November 1984 RB unattached 109 0
18 Mets, Karol 21 16 May 1993 DM FC Flora 11 0
13 Vunk, Martin, off 83rd min. 30 21 August 1984 CM Nõmme Kalju FC 67 1
8 Anier, Henri 23 17 December 1990 CF FC Erzgebirge Aue eV, Germany 19 5
14 Vassiljev, Konstantin, off 46th min. 30 16 August 1984 CM GKS Piast Gliwice, Poland 73 17
10 Zenjov, Sergei, off 80th min. 25 20 April 1989 LM Blackpool FC, England 37 7
16 Antonov, Ilja 21 5 December 1992 RM FC Levadia Tallinn 11 0
Estonia Substitutes
scoreline: Estonia 0 England 0
2 Lindpere, Joel, on 46th min. for Vassiljev 33 5 October 1981 AM FC Baník Ostrava, Czech Republic 96 7
scoreline: Estonia 0 England 1
11 Ojamaa, Henrik, on 80th min. (79:06) for Zenjov 23 20 May 1991 F Motherwell FC, Scotland, on loan from Legia Warszawa SA, Poland 20 0
5 Kruglov, Dimitri, on 83rd min. (82:39) for Vunk 30 24 May 1984 M FC Levadia 92 3
result: Estonia 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

3-Alo Bärengrub, 6-Aleksandr Dmitrijev, 7-Kaimar Saag, 9-Rumo Hunt, 12-Mihkel Aksula, 20-Gert Kams, 21-Artjom Artjunin, 22-Pavel Londak, 23-Taijo Teniste (injured).

team notes:

Ragnar Klavan became the eighteenth player to be sent off against England.
4-1-4-1 Pareiko -
Jääger, Morozov, Klavan, Pak -
Mets -
Antonov, Vassiljev
(Lindpere), Vunk (Kruglov), Zenjov (Ojamaa) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26.5 Appearances/Goals 46.7 3.0


England Team



FIFA (18 Sept 2014) 18th
EFO ranking Group 3
ELO rating =11th
Colours: The Nike 2014 away uniform - Red crew necked jerseys with shadowed pinstripes, white shorts with red trim, red socks.
Capt: Wayne Rooney, sixth captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 67 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
35th match, W 19 - D 11 - L 5 - F 67 - A 27.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 27 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 47 33 GA
2 Chambers, Calum 19 20 January 1995 RB Arsenal FC 3 0
3 Baines, Leighton J. 29 11 December 1984 LB Everton FC 29 1
Baines cautioned in the 45th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, for jumping up at the same ball as Ilja Antonov.
4 Henderson, Jordan B. 24 17 June 1990 RM Liverpool FC 17 0
Henderson cautioned in the 53rd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, for tripping Joel Lindpere.
5 Cahill, Gary J. 28 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 31 3
6 Jagielka, Philip N. 32 17 August 1982 CD Everton FC 32 3
7 Wilshere, Jack A.G. 22 1 January 1992 DM Arsenal FC 24 0
Wilshere cautioned in the 87th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul, for pulling back Ilja Antonov.
8 Delph, Fabian, off 61st min 24 21 November 1989 LM Aston Villa FC 3 0
9 Welbeck, Daniel N.T.M., off 80th min. 23 26 November 1990 F Arsenal FC 30 11
10 Rooney, Wayne M. 28 24 October 1985 F Manchester United FC 99 43
11 Lallana, Adam D. 26 10 May 1988 AM Liverpool FC 11 0
England Substitutes
scoreline: Estonia 0 England 0
17 Oxlade-Chamberlain, Alexander M.D., on 61st min. (60:21) for Delph 21 15 August 1993 LM Arsenal FC 18 3
19 Sterling, Raheem S., on 64th min. (63:53) for Henderson 19 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RM Liverpool FC 11 0
scoreline: Estonia 0 England 1
20 Lambert, Rickie L., on 80th min. (79:24) for Welbeck 32 16 February 1982 F Liverpool FC 10 3
result: Estonia 0 England 1

unused substitutes:

12-Nathaniel Clyne, 13-Ben Foster, 14-Kieran Gibbs, 15-Jonjo Shelvey, 16-James Milner, 18-Andros Townsend, 21-Fraser Forster.

team notes:

Coach Roy Hodgson had managed Switzerland against Estonia in the World Cup qualification matches on August 1992 and November 1993 (6-0 and 4-0).
Wayne Rooney's 43rd goal for his country was only his second free-kick scored, and England's 28th.
4-4(1-2-1)-2 Hart -
Chambers, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines -
Wilshere -
(Sterling), Delph (Oxlade-Chamberlain) -
Lallana -
Welbeck (Lambert), Rooney

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 25.6 Appearances/Goals 29.6 5.5



    Match Report by Mike Payne

Once again, sadly, England could not give a fan-pleasing display in this, the latest fixture in their quest to reach the European Championships.  But, they did manage to win more comfortably than the score suggests and now sit proudly at the top of their table, with nine points out of nine, and I'm sure all England fans would have taken that at the start of this campaign.  Quite a lot of criticism came England's way after the San Marino game, mostly from people who think they should win every one of their games 10-0!  But the realistic fans know that is not possible, however they do crave just a little bit more from their team during these relatively easy games.  The match in Estonia was a case in point.

Roy Hodgson brought Adam Lallana into the starting line-up, and also brought back Leighton Baines and Fabian Delph, so there was plenty of energy available.  But it was Estonia who made a first break down the left that almost brought a goal.  Delph appeared to be fouled but Sergie Zenjov ran down the left cut inside and only a deflection of Gary Cahill's boot sent the ball wide for a corner.  The England players were furious that the foul had not been given, and it could have proved costly.   As it was, the England players regained their composure and began to produce their usual pattern of keeping possession by going from side to side trying to open up the home defence.  It was all a bit too pedestrian and not a lot was going forward, although in one attack, following a free-kick, Jordan Henderson saw a shot blocked.

On the quarter hour the first decent England attack saw skipper Wayne Rooney go, oh so very close.  A beautifully flighted clipped pass from Jack Wilshere found Rooney storming through the middle.  As the ball came over his right shoulder he hit it with a powerful volley.  Unfortunately the ball flew inches over the bar, but had that gone in we would have been talking about it for years!

England kept possession well but once again there was little end product, although Rooney had another chance when Baines put in one of his trademark crosses from the left.  Rooney actually missed a sitter because he decided to try and side-foot the ball with his right foot instead of blasting it with his left.  Shortly after that miss, Cahill was lucky when his touch let him down and he fouled Zenjov.  The referee decided against a yellow card for the Chelsea man.  Having said that the Estonians were not averse to a few meaty challenges themselves, that also went unpunished.

By now the play was almost continuously in the Estonia half and Rooney teed up Delph in the 23rd minute, but the shot from 20 yards flew over the crossbar.  At the other end England still had to remain on their guard to keep an eye on the nippy Estonia forwards in any breakaway, but they were few and far between and England always looked comfortable in defence.  Then on 36 minutes Lallana's cross was cut out by Sergei Pareiko but from the goalkeeper's throw out Wilshere nipped in to rob a defender and surge into the box.  As he was bundled over, Wilshere got his shot away, but it hit the side-netting.  Wilshere's passing and workrate had certainly been a feature of a dull first-half.  The only other 'highlight' before the break came when Baines was unluckily booked for a good challenge, that was ludicrous in view of some of the other challenges in the half that had gone unpunished.

Three minutes after the restart a brisk England attack was brought crashing to an end when Estonia's skipper, Ragnar Klavan, blatantly body-checked Delph as he burst through on to a Rooney pass.  Klavan had already picked up the only Estonia booking of the first half and when the referee produced a second yellow card it was swiftly followed by a red.  On 55 minutes Rooney sent the ball wide to Henderson, who had himself just been booked, and the Liverpool player sent in a dangerous cross from the right, but somehow the Estonian defenders cleared the ball.  Two minutes later a Baines free-kick clipped off the wall for a corner and then Roy Hodgson decided to make some changes.  On came Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain for Delph, and then four minutes later Raheem Sterling replaced Henderson.  If England wanted to win this game then it was pretty obvious that an injection of some sort was needed to add some thrust to a powder-puff attack. 

To some extent it worked as England stepped up the pressure.  Cahill headed wide from a corner and then Oxlade-Chamberlain had a fine chance following a brilliant cross from the right by Calum Chambers.  Any sort of firm contact on the header would have given England the lead, but actually it didn't look as though Oxlade-Chamberlain made any contact.  But one sensed that the pressure was increasing and certainly the ten man home side were starting to be stretched.

On 73 minutes the breakthrough finally came.  Inevitably, perhaps, the goal came from a free-kick after Sterling was fouled on the left hand corner of the penalty box.  Rooney took the kick and managed to get the ball over the wall and then dip it past the goalkeeper's despairing dive.  It was a fine strike and a fitting reward for the virtually total domination of the visitors.

On 79 minutes Ricky Lambert replaced the subdued Danny Welbeck and England coasted to the end of the match.  Rooney shot over from one late attack and then in the third minute of added time the skipper had a superb opportunity to wrap things up.  A wonderful pass from Wilshere sent Rooney clear but as the goalkeeper came out Rooney's attempted chip shot was blocked by Pareiko.  It was a good save but Rooney should have scored.  When you look back over the past two games Rooney has probably had enough chances to reach Bobby Charlton's record goals tally.  As it is he remains one behind Jimmy Greaves on 43 goals.  The final action saw Rooney fire another free-kick over the bar.

If there was a complaint about this England performance then it has to be said that they must find a way to turn their total dominance into goals.  Having said that it must also be applauded that it was very much a case of 'Job Done' here in Tallinn.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor