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  • Crouch (56), Wright-Phillips (75), Crouch (80)
  • Zidan (23)
  • Date:2010-03-03
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Wembley
  • Attendance:80602
  • Referee:Torres, C

Live Commentary

90mins

Full Time: ENGLAND 3-1 EGYPT.

88mins

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.

86mins

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

86mins

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

84mins

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

82mins

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

80mins

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.

78mins

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

76mins

...and Mohamed Abdel Shafy replaces Sayed Moawad.

76mins

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

75mins

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.

74mins

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.

73mins

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

73mins

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

71mins

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

69mins

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

67mins

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

66mins

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

64mins

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

64mins

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

63mins

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

63mins

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

61mins

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

59mins

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

57mins

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

56mins

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.

55mins

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.

53mins

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

51mins

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

50mins

Sloppy play by Brown results in England conceding another corner.

50mins

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

49mins

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

48mins

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

46mins

...and Peter Crouch replaces the ineffective Defoe.

46mins

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

46mins

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.

45mins

Half Time: ENGLAND 0-1 EGYPT.

45mins

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

43mins

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.

41mins

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

40mins

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

40mins

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

38mins

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

38mins

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

37mins

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

35mins

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.

33mins

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

31mins

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

30mins

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

28mins

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

27mins

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

25mins

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.

23mins

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.

23mins

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.

22mins

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

21mins

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

19mins

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

17mins

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

15mins

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

14mins

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.

13mins

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

11mins

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

10mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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

6mins

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.

5mins

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

4mins

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

3mins

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

1mins

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

1mins

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

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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.

0mins

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


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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.

England

Egypt

Corners

55

Fouls

1414

Goal attempts

1714

Shots off target

78

Offsides

31

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