• Date: Wed 03 March 2010
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Ref: Torres, C
  • Attendance: 80,602
England

England

Crouch (56)

Wright-Phillips (75)

Crouch (80)

3 - 1
Egypt

Egypt

Zidan (23)

England vs Egypt

Team Lineups

England

Robert Green
Wes Brown
John Terry
Matthew Upson
Leighton Baines
Theo Walcott (Shaun Wright-Phillips, 57)
Frank Lampard (Michael Carrick, 46)
Gareth Barry
Steven Gerrard (James Milner, 73)
Wayne Rooney (Carlton Cole, C, 86)
Jermain Defoe (Peter Crouch, 46)

Egypt

Essam El-Hadary
Ahmed Al-Muhammadi
Hany Said, H (Moatasem Salem, 86)
Ahmed Fathi
Wael Gomaa
Hossam Ghaly
Sayed Moawad (Mohamed Abdel Shafy, 76)
Ahmed Hassan (Mohamed Nagy Gedo, 64)
Hosni Abd Rabo
Mohamed Zidan (Mohamed Aboutrika, 76)
Emad Moteab (Amr Zaki, 64)

Match Report
England responded to the shock of going a goal down to beat Egypt 3-1 in an entertaining friendly international at Wembley. Peter Crouch, a half-time substitute for the ineffective Jermain Defoe, who was starting his first England match for 16 months, scored twice while Shaun Wright-Phillips, who came on for Steven Gerrard midway through the second period, was also on target. It was always going to be a tough game against a team that won the Africa Cup of Nations for a third successive time in January, particularly as England were without injured quartet Rio Ferdinand, Aaron Lennon, Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole. Fabio Capello handed an international debut to Everton left-back Leighton Baines while Theo Walcott earned a recall to the starting line-up. Robert Green was preferred to David James and Joe Hart in goal. England started brightly and in the sixth minute Wayne Rooney and Walcott combined well down the right. The Arsenal man pulled the ball back for Frank Lampard who should have scored from ten yards out, only to stab a weak shot straight at goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary. However, Egypt, who failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, were very adventurous and played some attractive football. It did not come as too much of a surprise when they took the lead midway through the first period. Matthew Upson's untimely slip allowed the very impressive Mohamed Zidan to find room and blast a fine shot past the despairing dive of Green. Having taken the lead, Egypt sat back and let England come at them and, in the 35th minute, the hosts should have equalised when a corner somehow found its way through to Lampard who scuffed a shot into the ground before the ball bounced harmlessly over the bar. Egypt started the second half well but the match turned in the 56th minute when England equalised out of the blue. Some slick one-touch passing by Michael Carrick and Gerrard allowed Gareth Barry to cross for Crouch to pass the ball into the net. It was a superb move not in keeping with the rest of England's play up until that point. Gerrard and Rooney had half-chances before England moved ahead with 15 minutes left. It came about because of a howler by the otherwise steady El-Hadary who pushed James Milner's drive out to Wright-Phillips. The Manchester City man's effort seemed to be straight at the Egypt keeper who contrived to let the ball slip through his fingers and into the back of the net. Five minutes later England confirmed their second-half superiority with a third goal. Wright-Phillips, who was very lively after he came on for the hapless Walcott, combined well with Wes Brown before crossing for Crouch, looking suspiciously offside, to sidefoot the ball home.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: ENGLAND 3-1 EGYPT.

88

Capello will be delighted with his team's second-half showing, not so with the first 45 minutes when Lampard, Gerrard and Defoe were all poor.

86
Substitution
 

.. while Egypt bring on Moatasem Salem for Ahmed Said.

86
Substitution
 

More changes as Rooney is replaced by Carlton Cole...

84

The game is won now as the two teams go through the motions of the closing minutes. It's been an entertaining game though.

82

Quite a turnaround, Capello's second-half substitutes have lifted England, Crouch, Carrick and Wright-Phillips.

80
Goal
 

ENGLAND 3-1 EGYPT. Wright-Phillips, who has looked very lively since coming on, combines well with Brown before crossing for CROUCH to sidefoot the ball home.

78

England have been much better since Crouch's goal and deserve to be ahead.

76
Substitution
 

...and Mohamed Abdel Shafy replaces Sayed Moawad.

76
Substitution
 

Mohamed Aboutrika comes on for Egypt's goalscore Zidan....

75
Goal
 

ENGLAND 2-1 EGYPT. A howler by El-Hadary who saves Milner's drive but pushes the ball to WRIGHT-PHILLIPS. The effort seems to be straight at the Egypt keeper who contrives to let it slip through his fingers and into the back of the net.

74

Gerrard hands the captain's armband to Rooney for the last 17 minutes as Nagy Gedo beats the lumbering Terry for pace and sends in a low cross that no-one latch on to.

73
Substitution
 

Another change by Capello as Gerrard is replaced by James MIlner.

73

Zidan's free-kick is cleared by Crouch, who has offered far more to England than Defoe managed in the first period.

71

Baines hacks Zaki down so Egypt have a free-kick in a dangerous position.

69

It's all England now, they've really picked up the pace of the match since Crouch's equaliser.

67
Yellow Card
 

Ahmed Fathi is booked for a blatant body-check on Barry.

66

Rooney almost gives England the lead but he's forced wide and can only pull his shot wide.

64
Substitution
 

...and Ahmed Hassan makes way for Mohamed Nagy Gedo.

64
Substitution
 

Egypt make a double change as Amr Zaki replaces Moteab....

63

Wright-Phillips gets to the byline and pulls the back for Crouch to try an acrobatic overhead kick that he unfortunately completely misses.

63

Much better passing by England now. Egypt are sitting back and letting Capello's side come at them as Gerrard lashes a shot wide.

61

A tricky run by Wright-Phillips lifts the crowd although he eventually runs the ball out of play.

59

Hopefully the goal will settle England down as they'd struggled until that moment.

57
Substitution
 

Capello responds to the equaliser by bringing Shaun Wright-Phillips on for the hapless and hopelessly out of form Walcott.

56
Goal
 

ENGLAND 1-1 EGYPT. Some slick one-touch passing by Carrick and Gerrard allows Barry to cross for CROUCH to pass the ball into the net. A superb move not in keeping with the rest of England's play.

55

It's starting to get embarrassing as Egypt try a few fancy flicks in midfield while England hoof the ball in the general direction of Crouch's head.

53

Greedy by Gerrard who tries to beat one too many defenders when team-mates were better placed.

51

Green has to get down low to claim Zidan's low drive. Egypt remain the better side.

50

Sloppy play by Brown results in England conceding another corner.

50

Rooney twists and turns before firing in a shot that El-Hadary gathers easily.

49

Crouch manages to clear Zidan's deep corner away from danger.

48

Egypt are still looking lively as they earn an early corner.

46
Substitution
 

...and Peter Crouch replaces the ineffective Defoe.

46
Substitution
 

Capello has made a couple of changes at the break, Lamparrd makes way for Michael Carrick...

46

Egypt get the second half underway. The prawn sandwich brigade haven't managed to make it back in time though. There are plenty of empty seats on the halfway line.

Half time
 

Half Time: ENGLAND 0-1 EGYPT.

45

Not a great 45 minutes by England, maybe they won't be winning the World Cup Final in four months' time after all.

43

England are enjoying their best spell of the match as Brown, who is now seeing a lot of the ball on the right-hand side, curls in another cross that the keeper eventually claims.

41

Defoe should score as he bursts into the area but then sees his shot saved by El-Hadary.

40

A half-chance for England as Brown whips in a decent cross that Defoe heads wide.

40

Egypt seem happy to sit back and let England come at them after dictating proceedings for the opening half-hour.

38

Terrible by Gerrard whose free-kick from such a promising position drifts straight through to the keeper.

38

Defoe wins a free-kick on the left-hand side of the penalty area.

37

The crowd start to show their disapproval as Walcott pushes the ball far too far forward and it drifts out of play.

35

It should be 1-1 as a corner somehow finds it way through to Lampard who scuffs a shot into the ground and it bounces harmlessly over the bar.

33

Rooney's starting to look very annoyed as he rages at his under-performing team-mates.

31

There's no doubt about it, Egypt deserve their lead.

30

Gerrard chips the ball to Rooney who deflects a header just wide of the goal.

28

Since the goal the boos seem to have intensified every time Terry touches the ball. Fickle football fans, never!

27

England seem to have been surprised by Egypt's desire to take the game to them virtually from the first whistle.

25

It was an unfortunate time for Upson to slip but is he really the best defensive alternative in Ferdinand's absence? Ditto Brown at right-back.

23
Goal
 

ENGLAND 0-1 EGYPT. It's a pity Egypt won't be in South Africa as they're playing some great stuff. Upson's slip allows ZIDAN some room and he blasts a fine shot past the despairing dive of Green.

23

Green collects the corner. Capello may opt to bring on Hart for the second half to see how the Manchester City goalkeeper copes at international level.

22

Baines concedes another corner but the Everton man has started well.

21

Better by England until Walcott is dispossessed. Both teams are putting together some high-quality passing moves.

19

Baines does well to head the ball clear from deep inside his own penalty area but Egypt are looking very dangerous.

17

Mohamed Zidan finds space down the right but rifles a shot over the bar. Egypt certainly won't be any pushovers tonight.

15

Corner for England but Lampard's effort is headed clear.

14

Defoe's pocket is picked just as he is drawing his leg back to get a shot in on goal. Gareth Barry and Rooney had created the opening.

13

The north Africans are playing keep-ball as England struggle to move out of first gear.

11

Egypt are growing in confidence as Emad Moteab powers a header too high.

10

Defoe clears the ball off the line, although the effort didn't really have enough power to start any alarm bells ringing.

9

The ball bounces off Baines' knee and Egypt have their first corner of the match.

7

Rooney's low long-range drive is fumbled by the Egypt keeper who gathers the ball at the second attempt.

6

Rooney and Walcott combine well down the right. The Arsenal man pulls the ball back for Frank Lampard who should score from ten yards out but only manages to stab a weak shot straight at goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary.

5

Green is forced to rush off his line to mop up a poor Upson back-pass.

4

Quite a lively opening to the match with a vibrant atmosphere on a cold Wembley evening.

3

Brown, from right-back, launches a long ball forward for Walcott to chase but Egypt easily cope with it.

1

A few half-hearted boos greet Terry's first touch of the ball.

1
Kickoff
 

England, in red shirts and white shorts, get the match underway.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello has opted to go with Robert Green rather than Joe Hart in goal but there are starts for Wes Brown, Matthew Upson, Leighton Baines and Theo Walcott. Jermain Defoe partners the in-form Wayne Rooney in attack.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

England go into the match with the John Terry/Wayne Bridge furore still very much to the fore while Rio Ferdinand, Aaron Lennon, Glen Johnson and Ashley Cole are injured.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

However, it won't be easy against a team that, although they failed to qualify for this summer's World Cup finals in South Africa, did win the Africa Cup of Nations for a third successive time in January.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

England are the favourites to beat Egypt in tonight's friendly international at Wembley.