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Wednesday's international football as it happened



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By Caroline Cheese

2224: Righto, I'm off. Well done Scotland and England. Hard lines, Northern Ireland and Wales. See you at the weekend for FA Cup AND Premier League. Whoop whoop.

2219: Elsewhere tonight, Raymond Domenech might have another sleepless tonight after his France side lost 2-0 to all-conquering Spain at home. The home fans apparently spent much of the game calling for poor old Ray's head. Huge result for Argentina coach Diego Maradona as his side win 1-0 at Germany thanks to in-form Real Madrid striker Gonzalo Higuain's goal. And in case you missed it, England's World Cup group opponents' results look like this: Slovenia 4-1 Qatar, Netherlands 2-1 United States,Algeria 0-3 Serbia.

Scotland boss Craig Levein on BBC Sport Scotland: "It was nerve-wracking believe it or not. I was very nervous going into the game but very proud to get the chance to come out and be the manager of Scotland. The first half hour we defended too deeply and picked up the ball outside our box rather than on the halfway line so that was partly my fault but the encouraging thing was that we improved from that. I was pleased that we managed to show composure in the last third the longer the game went on."

From wdadam on Twitter: "I think Milner really made a difference tonight as well."

2212: So I reckon Peter Crouch and Shaun Wright-Phillips might have booked their tickets to South African today... Probably be a good idea if they sat next to each other on the plane actually. That way, Crouch can use the leg room that SWP doesn't need. Michael Carrick did well when he came on I thought, while Leighton Baines did OK. As for poor Theo Walcott...

England coach Fabio Capello: "The first half, we had a lit of chances but we didn't score. I changed some players at half-time. I was happy with the first half, but I told them we had to press more and win back the ball quickly. In the second half, we did this. Peter Crouch is a big option for me, because sometimes you can play long ball. Today we didn't play long ball and he played very well, one-touch, two-touch. Second half, he made the difference."

Scotland midfielder Graham Dorrans on BBC Sport Scotland: "The boys are delighted - it is great to finally get a win under our belt. The first 20 minutes we were nervy but after that I thought we did really well. We improved after the goal went in, got our confidence and our tails up. Great for the gaffer to get his first win - they are one of the opponents we will be up against for the European Championships so it was good to get that. That will set us up in good stead for the summer and we will go into the group confident."

From Gallacticos87 on Twitter: "Fantastic result for Scotland! I'll take stuffy and hard-to-beat over fast flowing football if it gets us results any day!"

England captain Steven Gerrard on John Terry: "I thought he did tremendously tonight. He showed what a great player he is for us, what a great leader he is and how important he is for us."

Two-goal England striker Peter Crouch: "Any player who plays for England in World Cup year is under pressure. All I can do is take the chance when I get one. It's up to the manager whether I start or not. Hopefully I've given the manager something to think about though."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Good night for England coach Fabio Capello. Focus back on football again and a very big night for Peter Crouch and Shaun Wright-Phillips, who did their World Cup chances no harm at all. Capello will hope all his World Cup planning is back on track after the recent upheavals."

International friendlies Danny: "Just for the record, it finished France 0-2 Spain. Will you bet against them this summer?"
Think International friendlies Danny is referring to Spain there, not France. Just clearing that up in case of any confusion.

BBC 5 live summariser Graham Taylor on Peter Crouch: "If you come on, put two goals away and change the face of the game, you've done yourself no harm. I just think there's a good understanding between Emile Heskey and Wayne Rooney and that might win the day in the end. We'll have to see."

From SportsDeskLive on Twitter: "England collect their 500th win in their 882nd international match. They maintain their unbeaten status against African opponents."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting from Wembley: "England win 3-1. Highly satisfactory for Capello and England after the struggles of the first half. Good night for Crouch and SWP."

2154: With just seconds to play at Hampden Park, Scotland almost double their lead as Steven Whittaker has a close range shot blocked by the legs of Czech keeper Jaroslav Drobny. The corner is taken and the whistle blows to make Craig Levein only the second Scotland manager since Jock Stein to win his first game in charge. It is also the Scots' first win in a friendly at Hampden since 1996.

2152: FULL-TIME England 3-1 Egypt

From GazUtd on 606: "So is the World Cup trophy being presented after the match at Wembley?"

Wales boss John Toshack after losing 1-0 to Sweden: "I don't think we can complain about the result. In the first half we had some positive moments but at the end of the game we struggled. If we continue to have the problems we've been having then we'll struggle. We've had the heart of our side ripped out. To be completely honest, we just weren't quite good enough."

2151: FULL-TIME Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic

2149: Good news Tottenham and Wales fans: Gareth Bale says the icepack was merely a precaution and he's fine really. Three minutes of added time to be played at Wembley, where John Terry has just completely missed a diving header.

2148: Three minutes for Scotland to hang on to their 1-0 lead against Czech Republic. They haven't won a friendly at Hampden Park since 1996.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "England have responded really well after the break here and are running out comfortable, and fully deserved, winners. Peter Crouch has made his mark again with two goals. Will the usual misplaced criticisms about scoring against weak teams apply again? They shouldn't - and he might score against the top teams if he started against them more often."

2145: Wayne Rooney is coming off for England so that means the captain's armband will be passed on again - this time to Gareth Barry. Rooney gets a decent ovation from the England fans. Carlton Cole is on.

2143: Peter Crouch: 20 international goals, 37 international games. Not bad eh?

International friendlies Danny: "It's full-time o'clock across much of Europe. Draw your own conclusions from this little selection - Germany 0-1 Argentina; Netherlands 2-1 USA; Italy 0-0 Cameroon; Slovenia 4-1 Qatar."

2142: After a quiet spell at Hampden Scotland attack again and both Kris Boyd and Charlie Adam have efforts blocked by Czech keeper Jaroslav Drobny.

England goal: Shaun Wright-Phillips plays a quick one-two with Wes Brown, who sends the Man City winger away down the right. SWP's ball finds Peter Crouch half a yard offside - but the linesman simply doesn't care (or he doesn't spot it anyway) and Crouch taps in.

2139: GOALFLASH England 3-1 Egypt

International friendlies Danny: "Carlos Bocanegra nets on 89 minutes for the USA in the Netherlands. The home side lead 2-1 - surely that's just a consolation?"

2137: FULL-TIME Albania 1-0 Northern Ireland

England goal: Leighton Baines' cross is met with a thumping shot from James Milner. Great save by Essam Al-Hadari, but the ball comes out to Shaun Wright-Phillips, whose shot is far too close to Al-Hadari... NO IT'S NOT! The keeper has his left hand on it, but the ball still hits the back of the net. Awful clanger.

2135: FULL-TIME Wales 0-1 Sweden

2134: GOALFLASH England 2-1 Egypt

2133: Mohamed Nagi 'Gedo' beats John Terry for pace down the left and plays a dangerous ball across the box - but there's no one on the end of it.

2132: James Milner is coming on finally, and he'll replace Steven Gerrard. The England skipper passes the armband on to Wayne Rooney before he departs the action.

2131: Twenty minutes remaining at Wembley. Egypt not looking anything like the threat they were in the first half... which probably means they'll score in a minute.

2130: Our friends at Infostrada Sports like an omen, and they tell us that England have won 12 of the previous 13 matches in which Peter Crouch has scored. Their only defeat when he found the net was 3-2 at home to Croatia in the infamous Euro 2008 qualifier in November 2007.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "England in the ascendancy now and once again Peter Crouch is the man on target. He has made England look much more of a potent threat up front and there is a menacing look about Fabio Capello's side. Theo Walcott's night ended early, which was a disappointment after a bright start. Fabio Capello appears very unhappy with the refereeing - and is rather animated about it."

Yellow card
2126: Apparently, Fabio Capello requested a South American referee for this game. Meticulous. Paraguay's Carlos Torres got the gig and he's just shown the first yellow of the game to Egypt's Ahmed Fathi for a foul on Gareth Barry.

2125: "Rooney, Rooney, Rooney..." Gareth Barry plays a lovely ball through for Wayne Rooney, who gets there ahead of the keeper and fires a left-foot shot past the far post from a tricky angle.

2123: Amr Zaki is on for Egypt, as is Mohamed Nagy 'Gedo' - who scored five goals at the Africa Cup of Nations to win the Golden Boot. Massive cheer from the visiting fans for him.

International friendlies Danny: "Klaas-Jan Huntelaar has netted a second for the Netherlands to put them 2-0 up against the USA. Very mixed fortunes for the future World Cup Group C rivals tonight - as well as the USA, we've got Slovenia winning, England drawing and Algeria have already been thrashed at home."

2121: After England scored, Shaun Wright-Phillips replaced Theo Walcott. After Scotland scored, Kris Boyd came on for Kenny Miller - and the Rangers striker got a huge ovation from the home fans.

Someone has struck the woodwork
2120: It's been a poor Northern Ireland performance and no mistake - but Stephen Craigan has certainly done his bit. He's hit the woodwork for a second time, this time firing against the post and sparking a crazy goalmouth scramble which ends when the referee somehow spots some kind of handball.

Scotland goal: Scotland open their account under Craig Levein with their first attack of the second half. Lee Wallace gets free down the left and delivers a deep cross to the far post where Barry Robson nods it back for Scott Brown to fire home his second international goal from eight yards out.

2119: GOALFLASH Scotland 1-0 Czech Republic

2117: Christian Wilhelmsson is subbed by Sweden. Apparently the owner of the Saudi Arabian team he now plays for has leant him a private jet to get back to the Middle East. Worryingly for Wales and Tottenham, Gareth Bale has an icepack on his leg.

England goal: England's best move of the game - and it's rewarded with an equaliser. Steven Gerrard, who has been more and more influential in the middle, plays it first time to Gareth Barry on the right and he plays it first time across the box for Peter Crouch to sidefoot in at the near post.

2116: GOALFLASH England 1-1 Egypt

2115: How did they miss that? Czech Republic's Ondrej Kusnir gets free on the right and puts a perfect ball across the Scottish six-yard box but can only look on in horror as two unmarked team-mates fail to connect.

2114: Gareth Bale is replaced by Lewin Nyatanga at the Liberty Stadium. Not good news for Wales fans - Bale has been their best player by an absolute mile.

2112: The home crowd respond as Steven Gerrard goes on the rampage through midfield... but he seems to forget to pass, and is eventually crowded out on the edge of the area.

2111: The Czechs start the second half brightly and Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky sets up Vaclav Sverkos, whose shot from the edge of the area is forced over by Craig Gordon.

2110: Wales striker Rob Earnshaw, on as a half-time sub, wriggles free in the box but sees his shot beaten away by Sweden goalkeeper Eddie Gustafsson.

2108: Wayne Rooney drives at the Egypt defence in typically determined fashion, but curls a shot straight into the arms of the keeper. Rooney has been a rare bright spot for England tonight. But we kinda knew he was quite good already...

From Chris, Belfast via text: "Anyone who criticises the Wembley pitch ought to try and play away in Albania. This game is a giant waste of time, there just can't be any football played in this mudbath."

From optajoe on Twitter: "Jermain Defoe has failed to score in his 7 England starts alongside Wayne Rooney, compared to 5 in 6 without him."

Someone has struck the woodwork
2106: Northern Ireland's Stephen Craigan sends in a looping header which hits the top of the bar. It is, by some way, their best chance of the match.

2104: The England fans pipe up with a bit of God Save The Queen as the second half kicks off at Wembley. Already Wes Brown is lumping a long ball forward in the vague direction of Peter Crouch... hmmmm.

2102: They're back under way at Hampden Park where Scotland boss Craig Levein has made two changes as he bids to break the deadlock. Christophe Berra and Paul Hartley come on to replace Andy Webster and Kevin Thomson.

2100: Don Fabio's changes will not be as recommended by Graham Taylor. Instead: Michael Carrick for Frank Lampard, Peter Crouch for Jermain Defoe.

2058: Graham Taylor, on BBC 5 live, was advocating bringing James Milner on to play at right-back and Stewart Downing to play on the left wing. Jermain Defoe and Wes Brown to make way, Steven Gerrard to play off Wayne Rooney. We shall see...

From YX on 606: "Walcott needs support, he needs someone to make a run outside him. Didn't think I'd say this but England miss Johnson."

International friendlies Danny: "Is it too obvious to say Spain are World Cup favourites? Well, if so, then obvious me up. Sergio Ramos has just put them 2-0 up in France on the stroke of half-time."

2052: Simon Church has a golden chance to equalise against Sweden. The Reading striker only has the keeper to beat but the ball just bobbles off his shin... What's up with Olof Mellberg? The former Villa defender is giving the referee both barrels after conceding a free-kick. That rant went on for fully 30 seconds.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Egypt lead at half-time but at least signs of some England threat as the interval approached. Frank Lampard has been unusually careless in front of goal. It will be interesting to see what changes Fabio Capello makes in the second half. Egypt have carried a threat and again players are slipping on this much-criticised Wembley surface, as Matthew Upson will testify."

2050: Wayne Rooney cutting an increasingly frustrated figure during that half. Shortly before the half-time whistle, the Manchester United striker ran towards a free-kick and almost whacked it straight at the defender, who was admittedly standing too close. He pulled away at the last moment though.

2049: HALF-TIME England 0-1 Egypt

2048: Second half under way in Tirana, Albania and Swansea, Wales.

International friendlies Danny: "Not too convincing for most of the capacity crowd at the new Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. World Cup hosts South Africa had to come from behind for a 1-1 draw against Namibia."

2047: Chance for Scotland as Barry Robson hammers a free-kick goalwards from just outside the penalty area but Czech goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny fists it away seconds before half-time.

2045: HALF-TIME Scotland 0-0 Czech Republic

2044: Four minutes of the first half remaining at Wembley and England are finally starting to put together a decent spell of pressure. If you need cheering up - and who doesn't? - I recommend the half-time music in Albania - available now on the BBC Sport website's live stream of Albania v Northern Ireland.

2043: Scotland have a flurry of corners but they come to nothing and it is still goalless at Hampden Park as they near half-time.

2042: Jermain Defoe is in and he gets good contact on his left-foot shot - but it's a good save by Essam Al-Hadari.

2040: Here's a chance for England to test the keeper... A free-kick on the left... but Steven Gerrard puts it too close to Essam Al-Hadari in the Egypt goal. Disappointing.

From skillachi on 606: "How are Egypt not in the World Cup? They are playing England off the park on their own turf."

International friendlies Danny: "On the stroke of half-time, Gonzalo Higuain nets for Argentina and they lead Germany 1-0 at the interval."

2036: Another good chance for Frank Lampard, this time from a Leighton Baines corner. The ball is bouncing awkwardly but he manages to get his foot round it, only to see the shot hit the ground and bounce well over.

2034: I apologise. Mohamed Nagy 'Gedo' scored the winner in the Africa Cup of Nations final, not Mohamed Zidan... And we've just had a slo-mo of Wayne Rooney throwing a massive paddy after losing out on a challenge. Frightening.

2033: The Czechs are having all the chances at Hampden and could not have come closer to taking the lead as Graham Dorrans is forced to clear off the line from Petr Hubnik.

2032: HALF-TIME Albania 1-0 Northern Ireland

2032: HALF-TIME Wales 0-1 Sweden

International friendlies Danny: "David Villa has put Spain 1-0 ahead in France. Big old game that (just in case you hadn't realised). In future England World Cup opponent news, Dirk Kuyt has made it Netherlands 1-0 USA from the penalty spot. Meanwhile, Slovenia are 3-1 up on Qatar - the Slovenians heading for a big win against the team ranked 92nd in the world by Fifa."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Bad, bad moment for Matthew Upson as his stumble gifts Egypt the opening goal. Beautifully taken by Mohamed Zidan and they have been a threat from the first whistle. Good atmosphere being created by thousands of Egyptian fans inside Wembley. A real test for England - which is exactly what Fabio Capello wanted."

Sweden goal: Not been a great first half for the home nations... Sebastian Larsson's corner is headed out as far as Bolton striker Johan Elmander, who lifts a stunning right-foot volley into the top corner.

2029 GOALFLASH Wales 0-1 Sweden

Egypt goal: Well, well. Mohamed Zidan brilliantly takes down a ball from the halfway line, Matt Upson slips over, and Zidan is left to sidefoot a clinical finish past Rob Green. They probably deserve that too.

2025: GOALFLASH England 0-1 Egypt

2025: Scotland skipper Darren Fletcher gives the ball away and Tomas Rosicky slips it through to Vaclav Sverkos who is denied by a good save from Craig Gordon.

2024: Another chance for the Czech Republic as a free-kick is headed on to the far post where a sliding Michal Kadlec finds the side-netting. It's not been a hugely inspirational start to Craig Levein's reign as Scotland boss.

International friendlies Danny: "Full-time: Algeria 0-3 Serbia. Not exactly going to send shockwaves through the England camp that one (remember Algeria are England's second Group C opponents in South Africa). Slovenia play England in the final Group C match, and they're currently 2-0 up on Qatar with half an hour gone."

2021: Leighton Baines wins a vital header in the area, flicking the ball away from Sayed Moawad's left-wing cross. I am quite surprised the game in Tirana has gone ahead. The pitch is hideous. Worse than Wembley's even. Albania still leading Northern Ireland 1-0 there.

2019: Mohamed Zidan wallops a shot just over for Egypt. Very open game. Very open indeed.

BBC 5 live's Chris Waddle: "Wes Brown and Leighton Baines can go forward a lot more. There's a lot of space for then."

2016: Lively opening at Wembley. Wayne Rooney turns the defender brilliantly and sets up strike partner Jermain Defoe, but as the Spurs man is about to shoot, he is challenged.

2014: Early chance for the Czech Republic at Hampden but Jaroslav Plasil heads a free-kick over the Scotland bar from close range.

2013: A major let-off for Wales as Ola Toivonen sees a header ruled out for offside after a fine cross from Rasmus Elm. The striker looked level with a couple of Welsh defenders.

Albania goal: The hosts get the goal their first-half play deserves. Ervin Skela curls home a magnificent 25-yard free-kick in the 27th minute.

2012: GOALFLASH Albania 1-0 Northern Ireland

2011: Leighton Baines clumsily knees the ball out for a corner to Egypt. Wael Gomaa is unmarked at the corner and his shot hits the turf before being cleared off the line by Jermain Defoe.

2009: Albania definitely having the better of things on an awful pitch at the Qemal Stafa Stadium in Tirana and Northern Ireland keeper Maik Taylor has to tip over a decent long-range dipping effort from Ervin Skela.

2007: What a chance. Theo Walcott bursts between two defenders and cuts the ball back for Frank Lampard, who sidefoots the shot too close to the keeper. That's why Walcott's in the side then.

2006: Matt Upson almost leaves his backpass a little short for Rob Green but the West Ham keeper is out quickly to mop up the mess. England looking a bit jittery early doors...

2005: John Terry gets his first touch and there are a few boos - but it's not deafening by any means.

2003: Ched Evans sets up Jack Collison after a strong run forward but the West Ham midfielder sees his shot deflected past the post. Wales having the best of the early stages against Sweden.

2002: And they're under way at Wembley where England are wearing their red away shirts, white shorts and red socks. Egypt all in white.

2001: Craig Levein's first game as Scotland boss is under way at Hampden Park.

1958: Anthems at Wembley. England have never lost against an African nation, I'm hearing (from Infostrada Sports).

1956: Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 side have lost 2-1 at home to Greece in their European Championship qualifier. Kyriakos Papadopoulos and Giannis Papadopoulos got the goals for the visitors, with Nathan Delfouneso replying.

1955: TEAMS England v Egypt
England: Green, Brown, Terry, Upson, Baines, Walcott, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, Rooney, Defoe. Subs: James, Milner, Warnock, Carrick, Lescott, Shawcross, Beckham, Wright-Phillips, Crouch, Heskey, Cole, Downing, Hart.
Egypt: El Hadari, Al-Muhammadi, Said, Fathi, Gomaa, Ghaly, Moawad, Hassan, Abd Rabou, Zidan, Ebdelmaby. Subs: El Sayed, Fathallah, Aboutreika, Zaki, Raouf.

1954: The camera in the Wembley tunnel seems very keen on John Terry... Don't think I can read much into his facial expression. It's stern.

1952: I'm still waiting for full line-ups from Wembley. You'll get them as soon as I do. That's a promise.

International friendlies Danny: "England's second opponents in Group C in South Africa are Algeria and they're having a horrible evening at home to Serbia. Zoran Tosic has put the visitors 3-0 up with 25 minutes still to go. Speaking of South Africa, the World Cup hosts are 1-0 down at home to Namibia at half-time."

From nickcarr1 on Twitter: "I think I'd rather have Fabio himself at right back than Wesley Brown. If Egypt score tonight, it'll be his fault. Trust me!"

1948: They're under way between Wales and Sweden, and Albania and Northern Ireland.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty tweeting from Wembley: "Mixed reception for deposed England captain John Terry when his name was read out. Some jeering but hardly unanimous disapproval."

1945: That game in Albania was in jeopardy after a significant amount of rain in Tirana over the last few days. The mud at the Qemal Stafa Stadium was apparently "ankle deep" yesterday, according to BBC 5 live. Albania have a striker called Bogdani... just thought I'd point that out.

1944: TEAMS Albania v Northern Ireland
Albania: Hidi, Lila, Dallku, Vangjeli, Angolli, Lala, Curri, Bulku, Duro, Skela, Bogdani. Subs: Beqaj, Cana, Kapllani, Hyka, Bakaj, Vila, Salihi.
Northern Ireland: Taylor, Little, McGivern, McCartney, Craigan, O'Connor, McGinn, Davis, Healy, Lafferty, McCann. Subs: Tuffey, Carson, Kirk, Shiels, Patterson, Evans.

From Thomas via text: "Stuff all of these tactical discussions. The first two names on Capello's teamsheet are colours. A first for the England team?"
Since the last time they played together?

1940: Olof Mellberg gets his 100th cap for Sweden tonight against Wales. The 32-year-old former Villa defender is now at Olympiakos.

1938: Aston Villa striker Nathan Delfouneso has just scored for England's Under-21s against Greece Under-21s. Stuart Pearce's side were already 2-0 down though. Eleven minutes to go at the Keepmoat Stadium.

1935: There will be a minute's silence ahead of the game at Wembley tonight in memory of Keith Alexander, who died at the age of 53 last night. Both teams will wear black armbands.

1931: TEAMS Wales v Sweden
Wales: Myhill, Gunter, Williams, Collins, Morgan, Bale, Collison, Davies, Vaughan, Evans, Church. Subs: Hennessey, Eardley, Dorman, Nyatanga, Crofts, Cotterill, Earnshaw, Vokes, King.
Sweden: Gustafsson, Mellberg, Majstorovic, Safari, Larsson, Rasmus Elm, Svensson, Kallstrom, Elmander, Toivonen, Wilhelmsson. Subs: Isaksson, Olsson, Granqvist, Lustig, Wendt, Wernbloom, Viktor Elm, Hysen.

1931: Now then, if you live in the UK and you're reading this on the web, I'd recommend a manual refresh and there'll be all manner of video/audio magic to entertain you.

1928: If you missed it earlier, England have come up with an almost-complete pre-World Cup plan. There'll be a training camp in Austria on 17 May after the FA Cup final. They will face Mexico at Wembley on a date to be confirmed. There'll be another training camp in Austria where there will also be a friendly against Japan on 30 May. The squad will be announced on 1 June.

From anon via text: "So many wannabe England managers out there that know better than Capello... here's one fan that thinks he's done a good job so far so will let him pick the team!"

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Fabio Capello has given Robert Green the nod ahead of David James as England goalkeeper tonight - a significant move. Surprised Joe Hart does not start as this would have been the perfect opportunity to test his international pedigree. Capello gave the game away somewhat yesterday when his response to being asked about Hart was: "He's young." Too young to be first-choice keeper it seems."

1922: TEAMS Scotland v Czech Republic
Scotland: Gordon, Hutton, Caldwell, Webster, Wallace, Dorrans, Darren Fletcher, Brown, Thomson, Robson, Miller. Subs: Marshall, Alexander, Iwelumo, Boyd, Kenneth, Whittaker, Adam, Hartley, Berra, Dixon.
Czech Republic: Drobny, Kusnir, Hubnik, Sivok, Kadlec, Plasil, Holek, Hubschman, Rosicky, Necid, Sverkos. Subs: Danek, Rajnoch, Papadopulos, Skacel, Pudil, Blazek, Moravek.

From BlueJolz on Twitter: "I don't care about players' private lives. From now on in, England fans and the media need to get behind the team."

1918: TEAM NEWS WALES v Sweden
With Craig Bellamy absent through injury, Wales manager John Toshack again pairs Ched Evans and Simon Church up front for the friendly against Sweden. Aaron Ramsey's horrific injury allows Simon Davies to return after an 11-month absence with a foot injury. Hull's Boaz Myhill starts in goal in place of Wayne Hennessey while Aston Villa defender James Collins will captain the side at Swansea's Liberty Stadium. Blackpool's David Vaughan also gets a chance to shine after some impressive displays in the Championship.

From Dean_machine on 606: "Capello talks about having to play regularly and in-form players being in the team. If this is the case then why is Walcott in the squad let alone the team? Why is Milner once again being used as a squad player? And why is Joe Hart not playing in goal?"

1914: Here is the Wales team to face Sweden in Swansea: Myhill, Gunter, Williams, Collins, Bale, Davies, Collison, Morgan, Vaughan, Church, Evans.

International friendlies Danny: "World Cup fans might like to cast their eyes further afield to see a few tasty matches between some highly-fancied qualifiers. Here are some of the best of the 1945 GMT kick-offs - Germany v Argentina, Italy v Cameroon and Netherlands v USA. And England's final Group C opposition Slovenia host Qatar. And at 2000 GMT, it's France v Spain."

1911: I'm not Fabio Capello. That much we know. But perhaps Walcott's selection over Milner is a chance for the Arsenal forward to prove he deserves a place in the squad? Milner is already on the plane, I would think.

From keeaannoo on 606: "What has Walcott done this season to start in front of Milner?"

1909: Northern Ireland are the only one of the home nations playing away tonight. Tirana in Albania is their destination as they look for a first win on their travels in 13 months. Nigel Worthington plumps for an all-new back line of Andrew Little, Stephen Craigan, George McCartney and Ryan McGivern.

BBC 5 live summariser Graham Taylor: "I'm not surprised by the team. This is the game to have a look at things like the Rooney/Defoe partnership."

1905: Here's the England team then: Green, Brown, Upson, Terry, Baines, Walcott, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, Rooney, Defoe.

1904: A Craig Bellamy-less Wales are up against a Zlatan Ibrahimovic-less Sweden at Swansea's Liberty Stadium. Bellamy was left out by John Toshack, who wouldn't be drawn on the striker's international future, except to say: "We wouldn't want to be in a position where we have to rely too heavily on him. So the more games that other players get, the better we will be."

1901: Scotland's first game under Craig Levein is against the not-as-good-as-they-used-to-be Czech Republic at Hampden Park. Kris Boyd has returned to the squad - but finds himself in the same position as when he quit the squad 18 months ago, ie on the bench. Kenny Miller will play in front of West Brom's Graham Dorrans.

1858: And by the way, if you thought Don Fabio stripping John Terry of the England captaincy was a touch harsh, here's what Egypt coach Hassan Shehata would have done (as quoted by the Sunday Mirror): "Both players [Terry and Ashley Cole] would be excluded and kicked out of the team - no matter who they are and how much the team needs them. This could never happen in the Egyptian team. We endorse strong bonds and respectful relationships."

1855: England are up against seven-times Africa Cup of Nations champions Egypt on the stodgy Wembley pitch. We think we know most of Fabio Capello's team (with some exceptions, which you'll probably notice): A Goalkeeper, Brown, Terry, Upson, A Left-Back, Milner, Lampard, Barry, Gerrard, A Striker, Rooney.

1850: Yes, after the thrilling drama of Handshakegate on Saturday comes Boogate. Will England fans boo John Terry? Will Scotland's supporters boo Kris Boyd if he comes on? That's what tonight's all about… as well as an opportunity to see England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland in action.

1847: ...oooooooooooooooooooooo."

1845: "Boooooooooooooooooo....

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International Match results

3 Mar 2010 23:59 UK

  • Albania1-0Northern Ireland
  • Algeria0-3Serbia
  • Angola1-1Latvia
  • Armenia1-3Belarus
  • Austria2-1Denmark
  • Belgium0-1Croatia
  • Bosnia-H2-1Ghana
  • Cyprus0-0Iceland
  • England3-1Egypt
  • France0-2Spain
  • FYR Macedonia2-1Montenegro
  • Georgia2-1Estonia
  • Germany0-1Argentina
  • Greece0-2Senegal
  • Hungary1-1Russia
  • Italy0-0Cameroon
  • Ivory Coast0-2South Korea
  • Luxembourg1-2Azerbaijan
  • Malta1-2Finland
  • Moldova1-0Kazakhstan
  • Netherlands2-1USA
  • Nigeria5-2Congo DR
  • Poland2-0Bulgaria
  • Portugal2-0China PR
  • Romania0-2Israel
  • Scotland1-0Czech Republic
  • Slovakia0-1Norway
  • Slovenia4-1Qatar
  • South Africa1-1Namibia
  • Switzerland1-3Uruguay
  • Turkey2-0Honduras
  • Wales0-1Sweden

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Football on the BBC
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