• Date: Wed 09 September 2009
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Ref: Mallenco, AU
  • Attendance: 87,319
England

England

Lampard (7) P

Gerrard (18)

Lampard (59)

Gerrard (66)

Rooney (77)

5 - 1
Croatia

Croatia

Eduardo (71)

England vs Croatia

Team Lineups

England

Robert Green
Glen Johnson, G
John Terry
Matthew Upson
Ashley Cole, A
Aaron Lennon (David Beckham, 81)
Gareth Barry
Frank Lampard
Steven Gerrard (James Milner, 81)
Wayne Rooney
Emile Heskey (Jermain Defoe, 60)

Croatia

Vedran Runje
Darijo Srna
Ivica Krizanic
Josip Simunic
Danijel Pranjic
Mario Mandzukic
Ognjen Vukojevic
Nikola Pokrivac (Ivan Rakitic, 46)
Niko Kranjcar
Da Silva Eduardo (Ivan Klasnic, 73)
Ivica Olic (Mladen Petric, 46)

Match Report

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Full time
 

FULL-TIME: ENGLAND 5-1 CROATIA

90

Two minutes of stoppage time must be navigated first though

89

England are just seconds away from booking their place in the World Cup finals as Group Six winners. The full-time whistle will certainly be greeted with a massive roar from an excited crowd!

88

This is exhibition stuff now from England as they spray the ball around and play out time on what has been an impressive night for the Three Lions

86

Beckham slides in to win the ball in midfield and the Wembley crowd enjoyed that from the former captain

85
Yellow Card
 

Terry is booked for a clumsy tackle and earns himself a yellow card

84

Croatia coach Slaven Bilic looks a beaten man on the sidelines. It's fair to say his players have let him down tonight

83

Barry chases back to win possession for his side after giving the ball away and England are keeping the tempo up right until the final whistle

81
Substitution
 

David Beckham and James Milner come on for Lennon and Gerrard

77
Goal
 

ENGLAND 5-1 CROATIA: ROONEY profits from a goalkeeping howler as he fails to make a simple clearance and the striker side-foots home with ease. The keeper won't want to see that again!

76

Petric slips his marker but his 18-yard shot is plucked out of the air by Green

75

England are playing keep ball to the delight of this full house inside Wembley. That goal against won't please Capello though

73
Substitution
 

Ivan Klasnic replaces goalscorer Eduardo

71
Goal
 

ENGLAND 4-1 CROATIA: EDUARDO nudges the ball over the line after Green makes a superb double save to deny Croatia. That's hard luck on the keeper

70

Kranjcar gives Robert Green something to do with a 25-yard shot which is straight at the under-worked keeper

68

England are keeping their foot on the gas and this scoreline could get embarrassing on a great night for English football

66
Goal
 

ENGLAND 4-0 CROATIA: It's party time inside Wembley as Rooney chips the ball up into the danger zone and GERRARD picks out the top corner with an accurate 10-yard header

62

It's all England now and Croatia are looking a well beaten side

60
Substitution
 

Defoe comes on for Heskey as England make a first change

59
Goal
 

ENGLAND 3-0 CROATIA: Johnson chips a cross from the byline right on to the head of LAMPARD who converts with a deft header from 10 yards

56

Johnson climbs all over Eduardo on the back post and denies the striker a clean header. The referee says no penalty and England are perhaps a little fortunate there

55

Heskey is caught offside needlessly again and he's not having the happiest of nights so far

53

Pranjic hauls down Lennon to end his dangerous run and is lucky to avoid a caution. Fabio Capello certainly thought it deserved a yellow card!

51

Mandzukic clips a quickly taken corner over the bar with the England defenders caught napping. That could easily have been a goal

49

Eduardo fails to link up play with a loose pass and the Arsenal striker has been peripheral at best so far tonight

47

Petric wins an early corner off Terry as Croatia start with a better intensity about them

46
Substitution
 

The visitors have made two changes with Mladen Petric on for Olic and Ivan Rakitic replacing Nikola Pokrivac

46

Croatia kick-off the second half needing to up their game after a poor first 45 minutes

Half time
 

HALF-TIME: ENGLAND 2-0 CROATIA

45

Heskey holds his head as he passes up another one-on-one chance with some poor control. He should have scored twice already tonight!

44
Yellow Card
 

Simunic is booked for a petulant flick as half-time approaches

43

Lampard is next to waste a chance as he slashes at a shot from 15 yards it it flies high, wide and not to handsome

42

Lennon plays in Heskey with a neat angled through-ball but the keeper prevents the striker from scoring a much-needed goal with a good one-on-one save

40

Heskey is flagged offside needlessly and at times he has looked a little laboured in this high-energy England display

38

England are playing keep ball as we move towards half-time and this has been a good start from Capello's side who have grown in confidence

35

Vedran Runje denies Lennon with a quality save when the winger got in behind and attempted to life the ball over the keeper with an angled shot. Rooney set him up with a cute through-ball

34

Heskey slips over and concedes possession. He's done that half a dozen times already tonight and a half-time change of footwear might be in order

32

Olic goes down looking for a cheap free-kick and the Wembley fans don't like that. Both Croatia strikers will probably get jeered now!

30

Eduardo fools two defenders with a clever turn but slices a 25-yard shot well wide of the mark to ironic cheers

28

Lampard tests the keeper with a stunning 35-yard free-kick which he blocks at the base of his upright before Croatia clear the danger

27

Ivica Krizanic pulls back Heskey right under the referee's nose but he surprisingly keeps his cards in his pocket

25

Croatia just can't seem to find any sort of quality in the attacking half and Olic and Eduardo are feeding on the most meagre of scraps at the moment

24

Heskey gets up well and flicks on for Rooney in behind the last defender but the flag goes up for offside

22

Ivica Olic beats the offside trap but his first touch is poor and allows John Terry to smother the danger

20

Croatia are a pale shadow of the side that inflicted England's only previous competitive defeat at Wembley two years ago. At the back they are a shambles!

18
Goal
 

ENGLAND 2-0 CROATIA: GERRARD finds himself in acres of space arriving late at the back post and he nods Lennon's deep cross back across goal and into the net with a downward header

16

Mario Mandzukic hooks a half-chance over the bar as a cross drops to him in the box. He had time to take a touch and that should have been a shot on goal

15

England are dominating possession and pinning Croatia back in their own half as we approach the 15 minute mark

13

Lennon cuts the ball back and Barry's 25-yard drive brings a good save out of the keeper. It's all England at the moment

11

Ognjen Vukojevic trips Lennon and the Croatia players just don't seem able to cope with the Tottenham winger's searing pace

9

Rooney runs across goal and chips in a cross but Gerrard can only head it well over the bar. Heskey set that move up with some good closing down

7
Goal
 

ENGLAND 1-0 CROATIA: FRANK LAMPARD steps up and confidently drills the spot-kick into the corner of the net to give the home side an early lead

6

Josip Simunic sticks out a lazy leg and gives away a clear penalty as he trips the speeding Lennon in the box. There is no doubt about that one!

5

Eduardo's first touch brings a chorus of boos with the England fans remembering the Arsenal striker's controversial dive in the Champions League

4

Steven Gerrard and the England team appeal for a penalty off the hand of Ivica Krizanic but the referee waves away the shout - that looked the right call

3

Niko Kranjcar takes down Gareth Barry and it's a niggly start from the visitors

2

Nikola Pokrivac catches Rooney with a clumsy tackle and is perhaps lucky not to see yellow in these early stages

1
Kickoff
 

England get this match underway on a perfect night for football in the capital

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Croatia are missing several key players with the headline absentee being Luka Modric of Tottenham with a broken leg

Awaiting Kickoff
 

The only change from the side that defeated Slovenia in a friendly on Saturday is Aaron Lennon in on the right side of midfield for the ineffective Shaun Wright-Phillips

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello has resisted the temptation to alter his frontline with Emile Heskey again preferred to in-form substitute Jermain Defoe alongside Wayne Rooney

Awaiting Kickoff
 

England host Croatia in a World Cup qualifier at Wembley tonight where a win will confirm their place in next summerÂ’s finals with eight wins from as many games