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Sunday, 22 May 2016
A Vauxhall European Championships warm-up Friendly Match

England 2 Turkey 1 [1-1]

The Etihad Stadium, Eastlands, Manchester, Greater Manchester
Attendance: 44,866;
Kick-off: 5.15pm BST
Live on ITV HD (UK) - Commentator: Clive Tyldesley and Glenn Hoddle

England - Harry Kane (twelve yard placed shot from an Alli lay-off 3 2:07), Jamie Vardy (close-up strike 83 82:15)
England - Harry Kane (penalty wide off the post 72 71:24)
Turkey - Hakan Ҫalhanoğlu (six-yard tap-in from a Cen cross 13 12:56)
Match Summary
England Squad
Turkey Squad
Results 2015-2020 Turkey - Oguzhan Oyzakup (32 31:30), Mehmet Topal (71 70:50)
England - Jack Wilshire (57 56:58)

England kicked-off. 96 minutes (46:00 & 50:14).


Match Summary

Officials from Germany




Referee (yellow) - Deniz Aytekin
  37 (21 July 1978), Nurnberg, FIFA-listed 2011.

Assistant Referees - Guido Kleve and Mike Pickel

Fourth official - Daniel Siebert

  Goal Attempts  
  Attempts on Target  
  Hit Bar/Post  
  Corner Kicks Won  
  Offside Calls Against  
  Fouls Conceded  

England Team



FIFA (5 May 2016) 10th
EFO ranking Group 4
ELO rating 9th
Colours: The Nike 2016 home uniform - White v-necked jerseys with light blue sleeves and ice blue collared trim/side stripe and white cuffs, white shorts with ice blue side trim, red socks.
Capt: Gary Cahill, third captaincy Manager: Roy Hodgson, 68 (8 August 1947), appointed 1 May 2012,
50th match, W 30 - D 13 - L 7 - F 102 - A 39.
England Lineup
1 Hart, C. Joseph J. 29 19 April 1987 G Manchester City FC 58 40 GA
2 Walker, Kyle A. 25 28 May 1990 RB Tottenham Hotspur FC 15 0
3 Rose, Daniel L. 25 2 July 1990 LB Tottenham Hotspur FC 3 0
4 Dier, Eric J.E. 22 15 January 1994 CM Tottenham Hotspur FC 5 1
5 Cahill, Gary J. 30 19 December 1985 CD Chelsea FC 42 3
6 Stones, John 21 28 May 1994 CD Everton FC 9 0
7 Sterling, Raheem S., off 73rd min. 21 8 December 1994
born in Jamaica
RF Manchester City FC 21 2
8 Wilshere, Jack A.G., off 65th min. 24 1 January 1992 LM Arsenal FC 29 2
Wilshere cautioned in the 57th min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul for tripping Sen after Rose had been fouled.
9 Vardy, Jamie R. 29 11 January 1987 LF Leicester City FC 7 3
10 Kane, Harry E.
missed penalty (72)
22 28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 11 5
Kane's 72nd min. penalty kick hit the outside of the keeper's right post, awarded after Vardy was brought down.
11 Alli, Bamidele J. 20 11 April 1996 RM Tottenham Hotspur FC 7 1
England Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Turkey 1
14 Henderson, Jordan B., on 66th min. (65:46) for WIlshere 25 17 June 1990 M Liverpool FC 24 0
15 Drinkwater, Daniel N., on 73rd min. (72:55) for Sterling 26 5 March 1990 DM Leicester City FC 2 0
result: England 2 Turkey 1

unused substitutes:

12-Ryan Bertrand, 13-Fraser Forster, 16-Ross Barkley, 17-Andros Townsend, 18-Fabian Delph, 19-Tom Heaton.

team notes:

Coach Roy Hodgson was in charge of Switzerland against Fatih Terim's Turkey team in the 1994-95 European Championship qualification campaign (2-1 & 1-2).
Harry Kane's missed penalty ends a run of eleven successful convererted kicks. If he had scored, it would have set a new record.
Hart -
Walker, Cahill, Stones, Rose -
Alli, Dier, Wilshere
(Henderson) -
Kane, Sterling
(Drinkwater), Vardy
notes: switched to 4-4-2 in 55th min. Sterling going into midfield to form the midfield diamond.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 24.4 Appearances/Goals 18.8 1.4


Turkey Team



FIFA (5 May 2016) 13th
EFO ranking Group 6
ELO rating =16th to 18th
Colours: Made by Nike - Red v-necked jerseys with black ribbed trim/side stripe, black shorts, black socks.
Capt: Mehmet Topal Manager: Fatih Terim, 62 (4 September 1953), appointed 22 August 2013 for a third time (1993-96 & 2005-09)
122nd match, W 63 - D 30 - L 29 - F x - A x.
Turkey Lineup
1 Babacan, Volkan 27 12 August 1988 G İstanbul Başakşehir FK 15 0
15 Topal, Mehmet 30 3 March 1986 CD Fenerbahçe SK 57 0
Topal cautioned in the 71st min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul on a sprinting Vardy that led to the penalty-kick (70:33).
3 Balta, Hakan Kadir 33 23 March 1983
born in West Germany
CD Galatasaray SK 45 2
18 Erkin, Caner, off 70th min. 27 4 October 1988 LB Fenerbahçe SK 45 2
5 Ҫalhanoğlu, Hakan, off 78th min. 22 8 February 1994
born in Germany
RM Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Germany 17 6
16 Tufan, Ozan, off 87th min. 21 23 March 1995 DM Fenerbahçe SK 22 1
7 Gönül, Gökhan 31 4 January 1985 RB Fenerbahçe SK 56 1
8 Inan, Selçuk 31 10 February 1985 DM Galatasaray SK 51 8
9 Tosun, Cenk 24 7 June 1991
born in Germany
CF Beşiktaş JK 8 3
20 Şen, Volkan, off 83rd min. 28 7 July 1987
born in West Germany
LM Fenerbahçe SK 15 0
14 Özyakup, Oğuzhan, off 70th min. 23 23 September 1992
born in Netherlands
CM Beşiktaş JK 18 1
Özyakup cautioned in the 32nd min. for Unsporting Behaviour for a foul after a badly timed sliding tackle brought down Sterling.
Turkey Substitutes
scoreline: England 1 Turkey 1
13 Köybaşı, İsmail, on 70th min (69:18) for Erkin 26 10 July 1989 LB Beşiktaş JK 17 0
21 Tekdemir, Mahmut, on 70th min. (69:25) for Özyakup 28 29 January 1988 CD İstanbul Başakşehir FK 3 0
10 Şahan, Olcay, on 78th min. (77:43) for Ҫalhanoğlu 28 26 May 1987
born in West Germany
AM Beşiktaş JK 23 2
22 Oztekin, Yasan, on 83rd min. for Sen 29 19 March 1987
born in West Germany
M Galatasaray SK 5 0
scoreline: England 2 Turkey 1
19 Erdinç, Mevlüt, on 87th min. (86:13) for Tufan 29 25 February 1987
born in France
F En Avant de Guingamp Cotes-d'Armor, France, on loan from Hannoverscher SV von 1896 eV, Germany 34 8
result: England 2 Turkey 1

unused substitutes:

2-Şener Özbayraklı, 4-Ahmet Yılmaz Ҫalik, 6-Alper Potuk, 11- Gökhan Töre, 12-Onur Kıvrak, 17-Yunus Mallı, 23-Harun Tekin, 24-Ҫağlar Söyüncü, 25-Emre Mor.

team notes:

Coach Fatih Terim was in charge of Turkey against Roy Hodgson's Switzerland team in the 1994-95 European Championship qualification campaign (1-2 & 2-1).
Hakan Calhanoglu's goal is the first goal scored by Turkey against England at the eleventh attempt.
4-2-3-1 Babacan -
Gönül, Topal, Balta, Erkin (Köybaşı) -
(Erdinç), Inan -
Ҫalhanoğlu (Sahan), Özyakup (Tekdemir), Şen (Oztekin) -

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 27.0 Appearances/Goals 31.7 2.1


    Match Report by Mike Payne

England made a lively start to this game and within seconds of the first whistle Harry Kane so nearly put Jamie Vardy in for a chance on goal, Vardy not quite reaching the pass.  In the third minute though England did score, although there was an element of luck involved.  Good close work by Raheem Sterling saw him find Deli Alli, and the midfielder's flick set up Kane who confidently side-footed the ball past the goalkeeper.  It was a well taken goal, but replays showed that Kane was offside.  Those things usually go against England but not this time and the goal was given.

Rarely has an International been so open, so early in the match, and on five minutes only a wonderful block tackle by Kyle Walker saved England, with their defence at sixes and sevens.  The action continued and Cenk Tosun, a thorn throughout, forced Joe Hart into his first save,  low down at his near post.  Those warnings were not heeded by England and following another spirited attack by the Turks, the visitors finally scored their first ever goal against England.  A pass inside Danny Rose sent Volkan Sen away and, as Hart came out to try to block at his feet, the ball went across goal and eventually found Hakan Calhanoglu who was left with an easy tap-in.  It was a well taken, and deserved equaliser for Turkey, but it has to be said that leading up to the goal England's defence made several mistakes between them, exposing the frailties that we all worry about.

In the 17th minute Kane, who seemed to be the nominated free-kick taker for England on the night, made a mess of his first effort, and not for the last time either.  And it took 22 minutes before we had the first real sighting of Jack Wilshere, who picked up possession on the right, cut inside, and hit a low shot which the goalkeeper Volkan Babacan easily saved at his near post.

By now the game had become scrappy as Turkey gave away a number of free-kicks and England struggled to make their passing count.  It was slow and ponderous from the home players and the game looked more and more like a practice match for a while.  Having said that, some of the Turkish challenges were rather meaty and the England players were in danger of injury at times.

On 29 minutes Eric Dier headed wide from a Wilshere corner, Kane forced the keeper into another save a minute later and then Oguzhan Oyzakup was booked for a foul, not his first and certainly not his last firm tackle of the night.

With 35 minutes gone Turkey began to sit back and protect their draw and it gave England the chance to play the ball around, gaining confidence through having more possession, but whereas Turkey's midfield had been nippy and mobile, England's was rather static and sedate.  A good break by the ever-willing Rose found Vardy in space, but his shot was blocked, and that ended a disappointing half for England, who did look a little disjointed at times.  The half-time chat with the manager was needed at that point.

England came out of the blocks well after the restart, immediately going on to the front foot.  Alli teed up Vardy, but his shot was blocked and then some good play by England was only ended when Kane was caught offside.  On 53 minutes though Tosun was again left unmarked as he headed wide, and then a turn and shot a minute later by the same player was just a little too close for comfort as far as England were concerned.  In this spell Turkey seemed to be winning all the second balls and England could not clear their lines.  Calhanoglu's glancing header caused England all sorts of problems until Rose cleared the ball for a corner.  Sterling then made a good break down the right to relieve the pressure, but his cross was poor and there was nobody to meet it.

On 66 minutes Wilshere's quiet match was over, valuable game time for the Arsenal man following his injury riddled season, but his ineffectiveness is something Roy Hodgson will have to look at.  On came Jordan Henderson, another recovering from injury, and then Turkey made several changes too.  Four minutes later and there was a golden chance for England.  A mistake by a Turkey defender gave Vardy a typical run at goal, something he has done successfully for Leicester all season.  As he reached the penalty area he turned across Mehmet Topal and the Turkish captain clumsily bundled him over.  It was reminiscent of the incident against West Ham when Vardy was sent off for diving, but there was a definite arm across Vardy, and at that pace any contact was going to bring him down.  As it turned out, it didn't matter as Kane's spot-kick was hit well enough, but not accurately enough, and the ball went wide, off the outside of the left-hand post.

Three minutes later Danny Drinkwater came on for Sterling and soon afterwards, more good work by the hard running Walker set up Kane again, but this time the Spurs forward fouled a defender before heading for goal.  On 83 minutes England won a corner on the right.  Over came the cross and Gary Cahill rose well to head down towards the corner.  Babacan dived to parry the ball but in so doing collided with his defender on the line.  The ball ran free and there was Vardy to smash a shot at goal and the ball went in off the keeper's head!

This was now a good test for England ahead of the forthcoming European Championship tournament, with just seven minutes to go, could they hold on to their lead?  Turkey upped the pace and pushed forward, but in the main England stood up to the challenge well, showing determination and some good skill, with Cahill and John Stones battling for everything.  In fact England came close again when Vardy fed Kane and the striker shot just over.  The one final scare came in the third minute of stoppage time.  For once the defence was exposed and in came Topal to fire in a shot that was brilliantly saved by Hart as he deflected the shot with a strong right hand and Stones completed the clearance.  It was a narrow squeak, but overall England deserved their bit of luck, and they finally saw it through to end Turkey's long unbeaten run.

Although there were plenty of plus signs there was also plenty to work on for Roy Hodgson and his staff.  Hart needs to improve his distribution, the defenders need to make the right decisions at the right times, the midfield needs to show more energy and the strikers need to keep scoring!  Other than that it was fine!  Onwards and upwards.

Source Notes

BBC Sport
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor