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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 June 2007, 21:23 GMT 22:23 UK
England U21 5-0 Slovakia U21
David Nugent and Kieran Richardson
Richardson scored England's first goal
England Under-21s thrashed Slovakia in a friendly as Stuart Pearce's side rattled in four second-half goals.

Kieran Richardson's penalty put England ahead after Ashley Young was tripped.

Just past the hour Nigel Reo-Coker's deflected volley extended England's lead before defender Steven Taylor stabbed home the third goal.

Tom Huddlestone curled home the fourth while Leroy Lita grabbed the fifth with a calm finish, England going on to win a practice penalty shoot-out 4-3.

Pearce, the U21s coach, saw the shoot-out as good preparation for the European Championships which start next week in Holland.

Having famously missed a penalty in a 1990 World Cup semi-final shoot-out before redeeming himself against Spain at Euro 96, Pearce wanted to test his players under the pressure of match conditions.

The senior England team has not won a shoot-out since Pearce drilled in his penalty against Spain, and Sven-Goran Eriksson recently outlined his regret at not taking a "mental coach" to last year's World Cup.


  • England U21 coach Stuart Pearce:

  • "I was disappointed at half-time. We let the opposition pass the ball too much and gave them too much room.

    "I said a few things and they reacted to that and put a good performance on.

    "Ever since we met up for the training camp we have had a penalty shoot-out after every training session.

    "We are learning from it. To have a penalty shoot-out in front of a crowd like that is invaluable experience."


    England U21: Hart, Onuoha (Baines 46), Hoyte (Rosenior 71), Taylor, Cahill, Huddlestone, Reo-Coker (Lita 62), Milner (Noble 46), Young (Whittingham 78), Richardson (Routledge 46), Nugent (Derbyshire 71).
    Subs Not Used: Alnwick, Ferdinand, Vaughan.

    Goals: Richardson 35 pen, Reo-Coker 61, Taylor 77, Huddlestone 82, Lita 84.

    Slovakia U21: Kamenar, Pekarik, Maslo, Bakos (Nemcek 89), Jonas, Izvolt (Harsanyi 72), Lisivka, Mraz, Jurco, Opiela, Jendrisek (Majtan 46).
    Subs Not Used: Smieska, Karlik, Viskup, Grendel.

    Booked: Pekarik.

    Att: 20,193.

    Ref: M Whitby (Wales).



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