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  • Date: Wed 20 August 2008
  • Venue: Wembley Stadium
  • Ref: Hauge, T
  • Attendance: 69,738
England

England

Brown (45)

Cole, J (90)

2 - 2
Czech Republic

Czech Republic

Baros (22)

Jankulovski (48)

England vs Czech Republic

Team Lineups

England

David James
Wes Brown
Rio Ferdinand (Jonathan Woodgate, 57)
John Terry
Ashley Cole, A
David Beckham (Jermaine Jenas, 80)
Gareth Barry
Frank Lampard (David Bentley, 79)
Jermain Defoe (Emile Heskey, 46)
Wayne Rooney (Stewart Downing, 69)
Steven Gerrard (Joe Cole, J, 57)

Czech Republic

Petr Cech
Zdenek Grygera (Vaclav Sverkos, 46)
Tomas Ujfalusi
David Rozehnal
Marek Jankulovski
Stanislav Vlcek (David Jarolim, 46)
Radoslav Kovac (Jan Rajnoch, 76)
Jan Polak
Jaroslav Plasil (Michal Papadopulos, 90)
Radek Sirl (Michal Kadlec, M, 76)
Milan Baros (Zdenek Pospech, 46)

Match Report

Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full-Time: ENGLAND 2-2 CZECH REPUBLIC.

90
Substitution
 

Michal Papadopulos comes on for Plasil.

90
Goal
 

ENGLAND 2-2 CZECH REPUBLIC, Joe COLE rescues England as he bundles the ball home from close range after the flag-kick bobbles around the area.

90

Downing beats his man and gets a cross in from the left, before Bentley wins a corner on the opposite flank.

90

Four minutes of added time to be played.

89

Heskey aims a nod-down back to Downing and his shot drifts well wide from 25 yards.

88

Heskey wins a header, but is penalised for a push on Rozehnal.

87

Capello has plenty to ponder with crucial World Cup qualifiers coming up and this performance has not helped one bit.

84

Jenas feeds Joe Cole inside the box, but the offside flag is up and Cech hammers the resulting free-kick upfield.

83

Seven minutes to play and the game looks to be petering out, surely England will want to try and salvage a draw at least.

81

Rozehnal clears away as Downing gets the ball in from the left.

80
Substitution
 

Beckham makes way for Jermaine Jenas.

79
Substitution
 

David Bentley gets a run out as the anonymous Lampard is replaced.

78

Heskey and David Rozehnal are both down as the corner is cleared away from danger.

77

Ashley Cole wins a corner on the left and collecting a pass from namesake Joe.

76
Substitution
 

The Czechs introduce Michal Kadlec and Jan Rajnoch for Kovac and Sirl.

73

The crowd are getting a bit restless now and it's no surprise really on this dismal showing.

71

Beckham lofts yet another aimless ball into the area and Cech collects at the far post.

70

Twenty minutes to go and England are beginning to resemble a disorganised rabble.

69
Substitution
 

Stewart Downing takes over from Rooney, who has found it hard going tonight.

68

Plasil's cute pass sends Sverkos in for a shot on goal, but his drive is straight at James.

66

Woodgate heads away as James dithers as he comes for a high ball.

63

Rooney is beginning to find a bit of space as he begins to drop a bit deeper.

61

Cech and Ujfalusi collide going for a high ball into the area by Beckham and play is held up as the defender stays down.

60

James charges off his line towards the right touchline and is beaten to the ball by Sverkos, but the Czech cannot direct his shot on target from an acute angle.

59

Gerrard may have been carrying a slight knock, could explain his dismal display.

57
Substitution
 

Jonathan Woodgate and Joe Cole are thrown on for Ferdinand and Gerrard.

57

Kovac feeds sub Jarolim and his fires a shot high and wide from 30 yards.

56

Rooney finally finds some space and plays in Heskey, but Ujfalusi is in quickly to clear the danger.

54

The second Czech goal has certainly put England on the back foot.

52

Gerrard almost gets in on the left, but has to check back on to his right foot and the chance goes begging.

49

A fantastic set-piece from the left-back, James had absolutely no chance of making a save.

48
Goal
 

ENGLAND 1-2 CZECH REPUBLIC, JANKULOVSKI curls an exquisite free-kick into the top corner of the net with James rooted to the spot.

47

The Czechs win a free-kick right on the edge of the area, shortly after Polak shot narrowly wide.

46
Substitution
 

The Czechs have brought on David Jarolim, Zdenek Pospech and Vaclav Sverkos for Baros, Vlcek and Grygera.

46
Substitution
 

Emile Heskey has replaced Defoe.

46

The Czech Republic start the second period at a rain-soaked Wembley.

Half time
 

Half-Time: ENGLAND 1-1 CZECH REPUBLIC.

45
Goal
 

ENGLAND 1-1 CZECH REPUBLIC, a Beckham corner reaps dividends as BROWN arrives right on cue to power a header past the stranded Cech.

43

Half-time is just around the corner and Capello looks a bit fed-up to be honest, as Pearce barks out the instructions.

41

Beckham lofts a dreadful ball into the area from 40 yards out and Cech has no trouble in plucking the ball out of the air.

39

Gerrard tries to curl in an ambitious 30-yard shot after a rare fluent move by England, Cech makes the save.

38

Gerrard feeds Defoe in the inside left channel and his fierce left-foot shot is parried away by the alert Cech.

37

You cannot believe how quiet Wembley is at the moment and even a Rooney shot brings a mere flicker of noise.

35

Gerrard collects a long crossfield pass from Brown and his shot is deflected away for a corner.

33

The Czechs launch a quick counter-attack, but Jan Polak shoots well wide of target from 25 yards.

32

Cech is again on hand to gather a Defoe drive from distance.

31

Beckham's corner is cleared back out to him and from the second cross Cech is in the right place to grab a Rooney header.

31

Ujfalusi has to clear for a corner as Brown bends in a good cross from the right.

29

Half an hour gone and it's all a bit static in the rain at Wembley.

27

Defoe finally gets a chance to shoot on sight, but his right-foot effort is straight at Cech from 15 yards.

25

The rain is pouring down at Wembley as the home fans remain steadfastly silent.

23

England got caught totally on the hop there, with their right flank cut wide open by Marek Jankulovski and Radek Sirl.

22
Goal
 

ENGLAND 0-1 CZECH REPUBLIC, BAROS turns away from Terry 12 yards out and his shot is deflected past James by the covering Ashley Cole.

20

Gerrard lifts the ball into the area and Cech makes a comfortable catch.

17

David Beckham takes the free-kick and drives it straight into the defensive wall, what a waste.

16

Gerrard dives over a tackle from Tomas Ujfalusi and wins a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area.

15

Milan Baros is released in the inside right channel, shrugs off Ferdinand and drives a low shot across goal, forcing David James into a smart, low save and Wes Brown completes the clearance.

14

No clear chances for either side as yet, but the Czechs are starting to see a bit more of the ball.

12
Yellow Card
 

Barry clatters into Jaroslav Plasil in midfield and gets the first yellow card of the game.

10

Gerrard and Zdenek Grygera go flying into a 50-50 challenge and the referee gives England a free-kick.

8

Gerrard drives in a low right-foot drive from all of 35 yards, with Petr Cech forced to get down quickly to make the block.

7

The first Czech attack of the game ends with Stanislav Vlcek scuffing a shot wide of the far post from 12 yards out.

6

Radoslav Kovac is given a talking to for a foul on Rooney, but it was more of a slip really.

5

Capello looks impassive on the bench, with Stuart Pearce taking notes alongside him.

4

The home fans are completely silent, where has the Wembley roar gone these days?

3

Gareth Barry has clearly been handed the anchor role in midfield, with Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard given licence to roam forward.

1

A quiet start to the game, with England enjoying most of the possession.

1
Kickoff
 

England get the game underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Meanwhile, the England attack is led by Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Capello has named John Terry as the captain of his side, with the Chelsea man preferred to Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello's England take on the Czech Republic in their latest friendly international at Wembley.