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Neil Ashton's tactics board...at-a-glance guide to the action Wembley
Published : 11 Jun 2009 02:34:06Rss feed
Not even striking Tube drivers could deter England supporters coming overland by bike, on foot or by car to support the team. Nearly 58,000 were in the stadium, short of the 70,000 the FA originally anticipated for the game, but England supporters can pat themselves on the back this morning for overcoming the odds. Tiny Andorra, with a population of just 82,000, could not boast a single supporter in the stadium, unless you count the 11 mascots from the principality, who walked on to the pitch with England. CLASS ACTS... 1. WAYNE ROONEY Sensational finish to the season for the striker, scoring with the sweetest of volleys from Glen Johnson's cross to put England 3-0 ahead before half-time. First Englishman to score 10 season since Gary Lineker in 1991. 2. GLEN JOHNSON Portsmouth's player of the season season was under instruction to provide ammunition from the right. Yes, this was only Andorra, but his crosses could be a valuable weapon in South Africa. KEY MOMENTS 4 mins - Glen Johnson's sweetly curled cross from the right finds Wayne Rooney at the back post and the Man United striker heads England into an early lead. 1-0. 29 mins - Johnson is at it again, sliding the ball into Theo Walcott's path and the Arsenal winger finds Lampard running into the area to put England 2-0 ahead. 39 mins - Yes, you guessed it. Johnson swings in another and Rooney applies the flicked volley at the near post. Stunning goal. Effortless. 3-0. 73 mins - England fans have sang a new song 'Fabio Capello's red and white army' and Jermain Defoe heads in. The supplier of the cross? Yes, it's Johnson. 4-0. 76 mins -David Beckham's free-kick is spilled by under-siege Alvarez and Defoe takesadvantage, driving in the rebound. 5-0. 81 mins -Defoe causes problems in the Andorra defence, who allow Crouch to virtually walk in another goal. 6-0.