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England v Egypt live: Follow the international friendly from Wembley Stadium

03 Mar 2010 22:10:02

England v Egypt live: Follow the international friendly from Wembley Stadium

FULL TIME: ENGLAND 3-1 EGYPTFull-time: A good test of character tonight then, England were woeful in the first half, but some inspired subs really turned the game and in truth Egypt did not get a look in at all in the second-half. Low-key night for John Terry as well, who apart from a first half slip, looked solid at the back. Just what the doctor ordered then. Full-time: Mixed fortunes for the home nations. Good news for Scotland as they win their first friendly at Hampden Park since 1996, defeating Czech Republic 1-0. Not so good news for Wales who lost 1-0 at home to Sweden and Northern Ireland who lost 1-0 in Albania. Full-time: A tale of two halves for England who run out 3-1 winners, as the subs took full advantage. Peter Crouch in particular. At the double: Crouch fires his second past Essam El-Hadary 90mins: Egypt doing the pressing in the closing moments of this game, with 3mins added on. 85mins: What must Defoe and Walcott be thinking as they see their replacements hit all of England's goals? Wayne Rooney is off, this time the arm-band, which is going around like pass-the-parcel, makes its way to Barry, as Carlton Cole comes on. 2-1: Shaun Wright-Phillips puts England ahead 79mins: GOAL That is brilliant. England go 3-1 up and you feel it's game over now. Its more lovely one touch stuff though, as Brown back-heels for Wright-Phillips to hit the  cross for Peter Crouch to tap in, replays show the Spurs striker is offside though. 74mins: GOAL England get the lead they deserve, but that's a howler from El-Hadari in the Egypt goal. Baines' cross finds Milner, who's initial shot produces a good save, but the rebound falls to Shaun Wright-Phillips who's central shot seems to go through the Egyptian keeper. England take a 2-1 lead. 72mins: Gerrard' evening is over as he gives the Captain's arm-band to Wayne Rooney, James Milner comes on in his place. 69mins: England have really improved this half, Egypt have hardly had a look in. When they do though John Terry clears the lines and is given a big cheer by the crowd in doing so. Everything seems to be going well now. 1-1: Peter Crouch makes an immediate impact after coming on as sub 62mins: England are flying now as Wright-Phillip's ball into the box is missed by Crouch which eventually sees Rooney fire over. Elsewhere Scott Brown has put Scotland 1-0 up against the Czech Republic. 61mins: Remember that gear I was talking about? England are in full flow now, Carrick's ball to Crouch is cleverly flicked onto Gerrard who just gets his shot wrong on the  edge of the box  as the chance disappears. 55mins: GOAL England's best move of the night gets its reward. Gerrard's one touch pass falls for Barry on the right-wing who's low cross in the box is met by Peter Crouch who cooly side foots it past El Hadari. Straight after, Shaun Wright-Phillips comes on for the disappointing Walcott. 52mins: Gerrard makes one of his Liverpool style runs towards the Egypt box, but is stopped in his tracks as his options run out and Egypt clear. 49mins: More sloppy play at the back from England and this time Wes Brown gives away a needless corner. Egypt go short and Zidan's testing short is saved comfortably by Green. 48mins: Nice little turn on the edge of the box there from Rooney, but his resulting shot fails to really trouble El Hadari. 2nd Half KO: Peter Crouch replaces his Spurs team-mate Jermain Defoe to no doubt give a height option for England, while Michael Carrick is on for Frank Lampard as we get the second half under way. Half-Time: England meanwhile need to step up a gear. They have had chances but you just want to dive behind the sofa every time Zidan & Co come forward for Egypt. This make shift back-four is not really working so far, which is a worry considering this could be the same-four at the World Cup. Half-time: Elsewhere Wales are also 1-0 down at home to Sweden, with Bolton striker, Johan Elmander firing right at the end of the half. Scotland are still 0-0 with the Czech Republic and Northern Ireland remain 1-0 down in Albania. Not a great night so far for the home nations. Mohamed Zidan's (c) 22nd minute goal seperated the sides after the first half Half-time: England go off 1-0 down and to a chorus of boos from the Wembley crowd. Things can only get better really. 44mins: England finishing the half much better as we have 1 added minute. 39mins: More pressure from England, Wes Brown delivers a cross from deep and Defoe does well to connect with a header that goes just wide, seconds later the Spurs striker is through again and his shot results in a corner...which after being taken Gerrard flicks on to hit John Terry, who did not know too much about it, as it rolls through to the keeper.Phew. 36mins: Good chance for England as Gerrard stand over a free-kick on the left hand side. The Liverpool Captains ball though goes straight through to the keeper and in the end it's all an anti-climax. 33mins: Great chance for England, as a corner is swung in, Gareth Barry's header falls for Lampard whos volley against the ground goes over the bar, you have to hit the target there to be honest. 0-1: Mohammed Zidan punishes Matthew Upson's slip by scoring for Egypt 29mins: That's a bit better, Steven Gerrard's cross into the box is met by Wayne Rooney who heads a difficult chance just wide. 27mins: Play stops as former Spurs man Hossam Ghaly stays down after a great tackle on Gareth Barry, he is back up though, as we continue. England have not really responded that well since going a goal down. 22mins: GOAL Not Matthew Upson's finest hour, as he slips when chasing Zidan who from 18 yards out fires a great finish past Green, Egypt 1-0 up and you have to say it's fully deserved. 21mins: Another corner from Egypt, this time though Robert Green collects, Egypt starting to turn the screw in this match. Wayne Rooney tests the Egyptian defence 16mins: That's unlucky there, Wes Brown loses the ball for England and Egypt string together some great passes going forward, before Zidan fires just off target. Great play. 14mins: As Gareth Barry sends in a low cross which is met by nobody, time to tell you Northern Ireland are 1-0 down in Albania after a goal by Ervin Skela. Not a great start there. 12mins: Great skill from Wayne Rooney who after a neat turn threads a ball through to Jermain Defoe, but he is closed down and the chance is gone. Cracking start to this friendly and it's not often you can say that when England are involved in one. 8mins: First chance for Egypt as Leighton Baines puts it out for a corner, resulting in Jermain Defoe, of all people, clearing the resulting effort on goal off the line. 4mins: A great chance for Frank Lampard who after being found by Theo Walcott can only fire it straight at the keeper. Bright start from England. 1min: Terry's first touch straight from kick-off is.....cheered and booed, not as bad as many people expected. 20.03: A minute silence is observed for Keith Alexander and we are underway... 20.01: Egypt team news (better late than never): El Hadari, Al-Muhammadi, Said, Fathi, Gomaa, Ghaly, Moawad, Hassan, Abd Rabou, Zidan, Ebdelmaby. Subs: El Sayed, Fathallah, Aboutreika, Zaki, Raouf. 19.56: Teams make their way out at Wembley, with England in their new red kit. Much has been said about the bad state of the Wembley pitch. Lets hope it holds up this evening, as injuries would be the last thing Capello needs. Egyptian fans up to date with public affairs. 19.46: John Terry's name was received with a mixture of cheers and boos when his name was announced, should be interesting to hear the reaction on his first touch, and then if he scores...that could be awkward. 19.44: Also, we will be keeping you up to date of Wales and Scotland's home fixtures against Sweden and Czech Republic respectively, as well as Northern Ireland's trip to Albania. 19.33: Of course much of the debate this week is whether former England Captain John Terry will be 'booed' this evening. I would bet my mortgage (if I had one) that he will, weather it's justified though is another debate. 19.29: Leighton Baines claims the left-back spot tonight, which could well be up for grabs if Ashley Cole is not fit enough come the summer. Also at the back is Wes Brown on the right, with Matthew Upson and of course John Terry in the centre. Theo Walcott will line up on the right hand side in England's midfield as he attempts to secure a place to South Africa. The usual suspects of Frank Lampard, Gareth Barry and Steven Gerrard join him in the middle of the park. Jermain Defoe is rewarded for his fine season so far, as he gets the chance to prove himself from the start, lining-up alongside arguably the most in-form striker in Europe, Wayne Rooney. Robert Green starts the game in goal for England. A golden opportunity for the Hammers keeper. That number-one jersey is up for grabs. 19.11: Here is the England team news: Green, Brown, Upson, Terry, Baines, Walcott, Lampard Barry, Gerrard, Rooney, Defoe. Fabio Capello hopes to fine tune his preparations for this summer's World Cup finals when England tackle African champions Egypt in a friendly at Wembley Stadium. Egypt missed out on a place in South Africa after losing in a play-off to Algeria, who England will face in the group stages. Don't miss a kick from Wembley Stadium with our unmissable minute-by-minute commentary. Men of the moment: John Terry (right) heads to training with Wayne Rooney


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