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Estonia 0-3 England
Wednesday, 6 June 2007




GOALFLASHES AND MAJOR INCIDENTS (all times BST)

By Andrew McKenzie

2133: Don't forget you can catch the highlights of the game, as well as Scotland's game against the Faroe Islands, on Match of the Day tonight on BBC ONE at 2240 BST.

2129: So a long, hard year of international football ends on a high note for England. They are next in action in a friendly game at home to Germany on 22 August before home qualifiers against rivals Israel and Russia in September.

"The draw between Russia and Croatia is very good news. It puts England back in the group. We have these three home games now. We have to beat Russia at home and then the game away to them in October will be key."
BBC Radio Five Live summariser Graham Taylor

"It would surprise me if David Beckham is left out of the games now. Three of the four goals were created by him in the two games. Could he be regretting that move to LA now? I don't know. Under Fifa regulations LA Galaxy will have to let him go. He will be in the squads, no doubt about that, but there is some travel involved there."
BBC Radio Five Live summariser Graham Taylor

2118: FULL-TIME Estonia 0-3 England
Three goals, three points and a weight off the shoulders of coach Steve McClaren. England players, roundly booed against Andorra, welcome the applause as they leave the field after a comfortable victory in Estonia.

2117: Tarmo Kink is denied a goal right on full-time when his shot beats Paul Robinson but John Terry saves England's day and maintains their clean sheet with a goal-line clearance.

2116: Kieron Dyer is getting on the end of some useful long balls but the Newcastle forward cannot convert again.

2115: Estonia enjoy a late spell of pressure but despite a poor header from skipper John Terry, Estonia cannot end their goal drought.

2112: England make their third and final change, with Jermaine Jenas coming on for Michael Owen, who gets a healthy pat on the head from Steve McClaren. Not too hard Steve, he's delicate you know?

2109: A decent move from England sees Kieron Dyer pick out fellow sub Stewart Downing who tests out his swinger with a right-foot shot that warms the hands of Mart Poom.

2107: Dmitri Kruglov fires in a shot for Estonia but it is well off target. It is not difficult to see why they have yet to score in their qualifying campaign so far.

2106: Peter Crouch blots his copybook with an ugly, lunging forward's challenge which earns him a booking and means he will miss the game against Israel in September.

2104: Back in Tallinn we're very much going through the motions. England appear keen to get a fourth goal without really putting in the effort to go and get it.

2102: It is still 0-0 in Zagreb between Group E rivals Croatia and Russia with about 15 minutes to go.

2101: Kieron Dyer's pace takes him into the box but he is unsure whether to shoot or pick out a team-mate and in the end does neither.

2100: Joe Cole goes off to applause from the England fans. Stewart Downing gets a chance to stretch his legs.

2055: Estonia are beginning to look tired. Have England got the hunger and the energy to take advantage?

2052: David Beckham has done his job and his evening is over as he is replaced by Kieron Dyer.

2050: David Beckham's suspected injury looks to have cleared up. Not only has he set up two of the goals but he is now trying to beat players in the right-back slot. He loses possession but nothing comes of it.

2049: That is Michael Owen's first goal in an England shirt since he notched against Jamaica on 3 June last year. It is his first competitive goal since scoring against Poland in October 2005.

2046: GOAL Estonia 0-3 England
England get a third and David Beckham is again the creator. He is left in acres of space on the right and he picks out an unmarked Michael Owen who guides the ball home with the outside of his right foot.

"It is comfortable for England but being like that you can become complacent. We need to just get the win, get home and start to watch some cricket."
BBC Radio Five Live summariser Graham Taylor

2042: It is still 0-0 between Croatia and Russia in Zagreb and all of a sudden the group table is looking a lot more healthy for our brave boys.

2039: GOAL Estonia 0-2 England
England double their lead and take a heap of pressure off Steve McClaren. It is beautifully created by David Beckham with a first-time delivery behind the Estonia defence and Peter Crouch judges the bounce well before placing a header past Mart Poom.

2037: David Beckham earns himself a free-kick on the right touchline. He takes it himself and finds Peter Crouch at the back post who nods it back into the danger area but Estonia scramble clear.

2036: England have started the second period a bit slack and they lose possession in midfield which results in Konstantin Vassiljev dragging a shot just past Paul Robinson's post.

2034: Paul Robinson flaps at the resulting free-kick but England escape.

2033: Back to the serious business in Tallinn and Estonia earn a free-kick in a dangerous position when Wes Brown is bearen and pulls down Joel Lindpere.

2031: We've just heard that Finland's game with Belgium was held up for six minutes when an owl sat on the crossbar at one end and then flew and sat on the crossbar at the other end. Nothing to do with Estonia against England, just thought you'd be interested. What a hoot that must have been.

2030: There is one change with Estonia, who get the second half under way, taking off Oliver Konsa for fellow striker Tarmo Neemola.

2028: Kieron Dyer and Stewart Downing have been warming up at half-time but David Beckham is out for the second half. He left the field looking a little bit uncomfortable and he doesn't look much better as he comes out for the restart.

2025: Joe Cole is proving something of a lucky omen. In competitive games that he has started England have only ever lost once and that was on penalties to Portugal at the World Cup when he was substituted in the second half. So there you have it Steve, just keep Cole on and we will never lose a game. Simple.

2018: Also playing this evening are England's Group E rivals Russia and Croatia. It is half-time at Zagreb with the game still scoreless. Earlier Israel went top of the group when they won 2-0 win away to Andorra.

"They must increase the pace of the game and I would like to think they can look for the forward pass a bit sooner."
BBC Radio Five Live summariser Graham Taylor

2014: HALF-TIME The first half comes to a close in Tallinn.

2014: Estonia are nearly handed a soft equaliser as Vladimir Voskoboinikov evades Ledley King and John Terry, but Paul Robinson comes out quickly and to their rescue to save.

2012: Wayne Bridge is providing much of England's attacking impetus. He skips past a defender and then picks out Steven Gerrard at the back post, only for his volley to be blocked.

2009: The England fans are happy as they belt out a bit of God Save Our Queen - it must be music to coach Steve McClaren's ears after the battering he took in Andorra.

2008: England threaten a second as Wayne Bridge picks out his Chelsea team-mate Frank Lampard but his stopping header is wide.

2006: GOAL Estonia 0-1 England
England get a goal out of nothing as Peter Crouch nods on a long throw and Joe Cole does the rest, controlling the ball on his chest before turning and firing past Mart Poom.

2005: Steven Gerrard finds himself in a forward position for the first time but he is crowded out.

2002: The pitch is not really helping the game - maybe that is why we are not seeing England's usual free-flowing football. It's not quite Wembley standards but the players seem to be finding it hard to zip the ball about.

2000: Estonia have now passed 500 minutes of international football without a goal. Long may it continue - well for another 60 minutes at least.

1958: A David Beckham free-kick misses everyone and Mart Poom just manages to get enough on the ball to keep out before Michael Owen is unable to get his shot off.

1956: David Beckham looks to have shrugged off whatever knock he had and has a sight at goal but his effort does not trouble Mart Poom.

1954: The first real scare for England as Oliver Konsa almost squeezes his way through Ledley King and John Terry before he goes tumbling in the area. Polish referee Grzegorz Gilewski thankfully signals for a goalkick.

1952: David Beckham's much-heralded return could be nearing its end as Kieron Dyer and Stewart Downing warm up on the sidelines.

1951: David Beckham looks to be struggling again after another long pass is out of Michael Owen's reach.

1949: We have not seen much of Estonia as an attacking force so far. They are happily sitting back in their own half and inviting England to play long balls.

1947: Michael Owen and Peter Crouch combine and the latter is just off target with his side-footed effort.

1945: David Beckham drops deep and plays a hopeful long ball before clutching his leg. He seems to be OK but a worrying moment for the former skipper.

1943: Frank Lampard, who is clearly playing further forward than Steven Gerrard, tries to help on a David Beckham cross but the danger is cleared.

1941: The early signs are that the full-backs Wes Brown and Wayne Bridge will see a lot of the ball as Estonia get plenty of men back.

1940: David Beckham moves inside and finds Wayne Bridge, who does well to get to the line but then produces a poor cross.

1939: David Beckham puts in a cross right on the money but there Michael Owen is just unable to cash in and Mart Poom gathers well.

1937: Ledley King hands Estonia their first chance at goal with a sloppy header, but fortunately it is off target.

1936: Peter Crouch is seeing plenty of the ball early doors, but he cannot pick out a team-mate from Joe Cole's cross.

1934: Michael Owen is upended on the edge of the area to hand David Beckham his first sight on goal. He beats the wall but there is not enough Beckham bend to find the target.

1932: It is a scrappy opening few minutes to the game. Former England boss Graham Taylor is predicting a dour game with probably a 2-0 win for the visitors.

1931: Michael Owen and David Beckham are back in the side for a competitive game for the first time since the World Cup and they get into the game early but England's first attack comes to nothing.

1929: England - in their red shirts - get the game under way in Tallinn.

1926: There are no easy games in international football - so the old maxim goes. Nonetheless, a team ranked below Ethiopia, Benin and Hong Kong cannot upset England. Can they?

1924: It is not just the media reaction which will trouble England's players if they don't win. Their chances of Euro 2008 qualification will genuinely be fading if they slip up here.

1922: The teams are in the tunnel. England don't exactly look nervous - maybe pensive is the word. The players will be aware that media reaction will be less than complimentary should they not win.

1920: That should have been just enough time for you to google around for the answers to the 1915 question. For those of you who didn't, the trio is goalkeeper Paul Robinson, skipper John Terry and Steven Gerrard - who notched two of England's goals that day.

1915: Just three of tonight's England starting line-up began the last qualifying victory against Andorra. Can you name them? Answer at 1920 BST.

1910: The Le Coq Arena in Tallinn is mostly full and it looks like a delightful summer's evening in Estonia.

TEAM NEWS: As expected, England coach Steve McClaren has paired Peter Crouch with Michael Owen up front.

David Beckham retains his place on the right, with Joe Cole on the left and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the middle.

McClaren has made three alterations from the 1-1 friendly draw against Brazil, with Jamie Carragher, Nicky Shorey and Alan Smith making way for Wes Brown, Wayne Bridge and Crouch.

Crouch, Brown and Carragher are all one yellow card away from being suspended for the home clash with Israel in September.

England: Paul Robinson, Wes Brown, Ledley King, John Terry, Wayne Bridge, David Beckham, Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard, Joe Cole, Peter Crouch, Michael Owen.



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