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England 2-0 USA Match report
Iceland 0-1 Wales Match report


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By Jonathan Stevenson

2235: So that's it for tonight and you won't be hearing from me until Euro 2008 now. Just saying it makes me tingle with excitement. Join the hilarious Chris Bevan at ridiculous o'clock on Sunday for England's game against Trinidad & Tobago, which kicks off at 2230 BST. And let's hope the next 10 days fairly fly by. Laters.

2232: "A reasonable game, a small step forward for England but what I really want to say is, Terry deserved his goal and the captain's armband. He is an amazing player and an amazing man. I almost teared up when he said that goal was for all the Chelsea fans, you can tell he feels so much for his club and his fans. He is completly devoted to Chelsea and England and wants nothing more than the opportunity to pull on the shirt. Big up JT."
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2227: I haven't felt that useless since the listening part of my A-Level French exam. Sacrebleu.

2226: Full-time Iceland 0-1 Wales

2222: I won't lie to you, I'm finding it difficult re: updates on the Wales match. You see, the only feed I've got is with commentary in Welsh and even though I spent three years in Cardiff, I'm ashamed to say my Cymraeg leaves an awful lot to be desired. Goalscorer Ched Evans has been very lively, though. Almost into injury time now.

2222: "Rating for Jonathan Stevenson: 3 - I'm being generous."
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Not to mention clever and witty, eh?

2218: Player rater latest: A low-key match provides few fireworks over on our web-based Player Rater. At 90 minutes, Steven Gerrard leads the way with 7.59, while John Terry's 7.12 might go some way to making up for his Moscow penalty miss - although probably not. Elsewhere, Gareth Barry is the only one to 'bust a seven' with 7.07 - interestingly Frank Lampard is languishing on 5.43.
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2212: "I'm very happy with the performance, thought they all played very well. The pressing and the tackling was very good, it's another step forward. I'm very happy for John Terry too after what happened, he's a natural leader. Today we saw the English style of playing."
England manager Fabio Capello

2208: "I genuinely don't get what all this fuss with Barry is about. He has average ability, no spectacular aspects to his game in my opinion. Say what you like about Lampard - I know which midfielder I'd want in my team, and it isn't ol' Gareth."
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Did you not just use your eyes to see what happened when Barry came on? Maybe that's why you were The Unused Substitute, The Unused Substitute.

2205: "That goal was for all the Chelsea fans for last week. It's been a difficult week since what happened in Moscow, but getting back into the routine has been a massive plus. I'm a big man and I can take what happened."
England captain John Terry

2203: "Jason Koumas is playing well - he has been at the heart of everything for Wales."
BBC Wales Sport's Rob Phillips

2201: "A satisfying night for Fabio Capello with what was the most impressive of his three matches in charge - although all this must be placed in the context of some pretty lame American opposition. Sadly, through no fault of the Italian coach, England's players and supporters are left with the sense that this was very much a low-key warm-up act for the main business of the summer, namely Euro 2008. Plus points were Terry, Gerrard and the cameo from Barry - marks off for the supporters who jeered Bentley."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2159: Full-time England 2-0 USA

2158: "Capello can definitely take England closer to winning a major tournament, but he can't make England play attractive football. It's impossible to do both with the standard of players available to him."
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2156: Brilliantly, news is breaking that a teenage boy from Leeds has broken the national Rubiks Cube record. Joey Gouly, 17, is the fastest person in the country to have solved the puzzle blindfolded. Genius.

2155: "Why is Theo not being used? Thought these games were meant to be used to look at all the players?"
Alan, Salisbury, via text

2153: Freddy Adu shoots from 22 yards, but it's weak and David James gathers easily. Couple of minutes left of this one.

2151: Sam Vokes' arrival for Freddy Eastwood just after the break amazingly makes Wolves' new signing the 32nd new cap in John Toshack's 32-game reign as Wales boss.

2148: "I live in Sweden and Euro 2008 fever is really beginning to happen here. I can't wait. England's utterly meaningless huffing and puffing only serves as a reminder of where the real action is. Forget this England-USA guff, and bring the REAL action on!"
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Yeah, cheers. Meanwhile, Wayne Bridge comes on for Ashley Cole.

2146: Good goalkeeping from David James there as Eddie Lewis floats in a teasing cross from the right and the Portsmouth stopper has to be alert and at full stretch to tip the ball away from the top corner.

2145: "Lampard is wanted by every big club in Europe willing to pay over 20m. They are not all wrong are they? He is quite simply the best midfielder in England."
Dave, Bristol, via text

No-one said they were pal, but this is international football, not domestic. Two very, very different animals.

2143: Joe Cole wins his 50th cap for England, coming on for Wayne Rooney, while Mo Edu - according to my boss Dan the man with the shortest name in world football (has to be two names) - is brought on for the USA.

2143: "England have not exactly shone against mediocre opposition, but it has been clear they are trying to stick to coach Capello's instructions that they pass the ball rather than launch it. Gerrard has been a real stand-out performer to add gloss to the display."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2141: The petulant Wayne Rooney finally gets himself booked for another silly foul, this time on Frankie Hejduk. So utterly pointless.

2141: "I'm a Villa fan and do admire Barry. But if 20m comes our way I'll pack his bags for him!"
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2139: There's no need, because it's quite a good game. Meanwhile, we're back under way in Iceland.

2138: Oh goody, there's a Mexican wave at Wembley. Someone claw my eyes out immediately.

2136: "Gerrard and Rooney have been absolutely terrific today. They really have shone."
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2133: Peter Crouch has come on for Jermain Defoe, while USA bring on Freddy Adu and Eddie Lewis for DaMarcus Beasley and Josh Wolff.

2131: "Gareth Barry to Steven Gerrard and a goal. All informed sources here at Wembley say that's a strike we will be seeing created and scored for Liverpool next season. No cheers for David Bentley though. It still appears sections of England's support have not forgiven him for pulling out of the European Under-21 championships last summer - let it go lads, life's too short."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2128: Do we think a point was just proven about whether Gareth Barry should start ahead of Frank Lampard? I do. I'm a massive fan of Barry, he just fits better with Steven Gerrard than Lampard does. It's not rocket science, is it?

2126: "United States midfield man Michael Bradley is being "monitored" - as they say in the trade - by Premier League clubs including Middlesbrough, Blackburn and Everton. Not doing himself any favours here with a very average performance. In his defence he is playing a holding role here as opposed to the more attacking role he plays with Heerenveen in Holland - but he needs to show a lot more."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2124: GOAL England 2-0 USA
No wonder everyone wants this boy. Gareth Barry, with probably his first touch, plays a gorgeous pass into the path of Steven Gerrard and he races through and slots expertly past Brad Guzan into the bottom corner. Super goal.

2123: Wes Brown and Frank Lampard are taken off at Wembley, with Glen Johnson and Gareth Barry into the action.

2123: Half-time Iceland 0-1 Wales

2121: GOAL Iceland 0-1 Wales
New boy Ched Evans scores with his first touch in a Welsh shirt with a quite stunning backheel flick from Joe Ledley's low cross. What an impact from the shyest man in Welsh football!

2120: Stand-in skipper Carl Fletcher's glory night is prematurely ended after a clumsy challenge by Palmi Palmason so John Toshack's seventh captain is stretchered off to be replaced by debutant Ched Evans. The Manchester City teenager becomes the 31st new cap of Toshack's three-year reign as Wales coach.

2120: "Spain because they have the most depth and quality. Their midfield quartet is frighteningly good, even if all four first choice players get injured. Torres and Villa to fight for the golden boot I think."
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2118: Great chance again for Jermain Defoe, who turns his man superbly in the USA box, but he can only fire his right-foot shot at Brad Guzan again. Defoe needs a goal today to stake his claim for a start on a regular basis, in truth.

2116: Jermain Defoe beats the offside trap to latch on to a pass from Steven Gerrard, but his early 25-yard shot is easily saved low down by Brad Guzan.

2115: Wayne Rooney tries an ambitious overhead kick, but Hugo Sanchez he is not and he fails to make any contact with the ball in the box.

2114: Just as an aside to keep us going, who's going to win Euro 2008 and why?

2113: "It's all-American with the half-time snacks. Wembley's caterers have decided to make our vistitors feel welcome with a menu of hot dogs with onions and all the trimmings. Sets us up nicely for a second-half goal-fest."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2112: Eddie Johnson has a fine chance to equalise but his left-foot half-volley flies wide of a motionless David James's right-hand upright.

2111: USA bring on Brad Guzan for Tim Howard in goal, while Frankie Hejduk is on in place of Steve Cherundolo. The game gets back under way, meanwhile.

2110: David Beckham is off at half-time and David Bentley comes on in his place. Big chance now for the new man to shine - and is he trying to put himself in the shop window while he's at it?

2109: Wales are enjoying the lions' share of the possession, but they are struggling to create real chances in Iceland.

2106: "What is the Roonsters contribution anyway? When was the last time he scored? He looked good once in his international career vs Switzerland in 2004 and the next day the BBC had an article on how he was faster than Pele."
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He probably was, to be fair. Pele was 63 at the time.

2059: "No fine words needed to describe that 45 minutes of "action". Dull as ditchwater until Terry's big moment - still England have 18 substitutes to choose from so things might liven up after the break. The crowd are in an end of season mood and sadly they are getting an end of season game."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2056: Wayne Hennessey makes a great one-handed save at point blank range from Palmi Palmason who let fly with his left peg from eight yards out.

2056: Half-time England 1-0 USA

2055: Wayne Rooney escapes without a caution for a ridiculous lunge on Eddie Johnson. Why, Wayne, why?

2054: "John Terry will not regard it as consolation for his Champions League final misery, but there is genuine pleasure from crowd and England team-mates when he heads his side in front - from near the penalty spot ironically. Terry has the added incentive of trying to stake his claim for the captaincy on a permanent basis under Capello - so a good moment all-round."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2051: "Terry was 12 yards out? Pity he couldn't take that penalty with his head."
Will, Liverpool, via text

2050: "Wales are enjoying a lot of posession but they're all square passes, they aren't getting anywhere and they aren't breaking Iceland down."
BBC Wales Sport pundit and former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe

2049: David Beckham tees up Steven Gerrard, but his shot is blocked by the wall. Owen Hargreaves then lashes a shot miles over the bar.

2048: Suddenly, England are ablaze, Jermain Defoe cynically taken down on the edge of the box after a good pass from Ashley Cole. I think David Beckham fancies this one...

2046: GOAL England 1-0 USA
You know when England scored against Brazil last year? Well this is a carbon copy. David Beckham swings over a cross from the right and John Terry climbs high and powers a header into the bottom corner. Now what was I saying...

2045: England can't even string two passes together. They are rubbish rubbish rubbish. I still love Fabio though - he'll get us right.

2042: Steven Gerrard gets away down the left after a fine reverse pass from Wayne Rooney, but his cross is directed just wide by Jermain Defoe. Should have scored.

2040: "The Laugardalsvollur Stadium pitch seems very bobbly as both sets of players are finding the ball difficult to control."
BBC Wales Sport pundit and former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe

2039: "I'm in a villa at the top of a massive hill in Rhodes and slightly drunk, I've just flicked through 400 digital channels and can't find the game, it seems like I'm not missing much."
Sunburnt Rich drinking Mythos, via text

Just keep drinking pal, I'd say.

2037: Has anyone spotted why England aren't at Euro 2008 yet?

2036: The game has started in Reykjavik.

2034: Good football from USA but Eddie Johnson ruins the move with a tame cross-shot straight at David James.

2033: "I don't think Craig Bellamy will be too disappointed to be on the bench for Wales but he will be eager to come on tonight. John has played it right because Craig is all-guns-blazing type of player that doesn't know how to take it easy and after virtually seven months out injured, Craig needs to be eased back into to playing."
BBC Wales Sport pundit and former Wales captain Kevin Ratcliffe

2032: "Fabio Capello ventures into his technical area to get a closer look at the action - sadly there is not a lot to report. He applauds a shot from Beckham that is well off target. Fabio is either very cold or very easily pleased."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2031: Action at Wembley, crikey! Wayne Rooney bursts down the right and crosses for Steven Gerrard, but the Liverpool man takes too long and his shot from 20 yards is blocked.

2030: The teams are out in Iceland at the Laugardalsvollur Stadium. Usual spelling.

2027: David Beckham slices a shot horribly over the bar from 25 yards after US give the ball away to Steven Gerrard.

2026: Wayne Rooney looks ridiculously frustrated already. He is dropping deeper and deeper to try and get hold of the ball and then when the referee blows up for a foul he smashes the ball into the advertising hoardings. Silly.

2024: "There isn't a player on the pitch who can just go past people."
BBC Radio Five Live's Chris Waddle

2023: "No doubting tonight's Wembley favourite. David Beckham is cheered to the echo by what is now a very decent crowd - just for standing over a free-kick, never mind taking it. Worrying start from referee Kyros Vassaras. Too fussy."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

2021: David Beckham swings over a low free-kick from the left that evades everyone in the box and drifts out for a goalkick. This game needs a livener, as if you needed telling.

2020: Full teams Iceland v Wales
Iceland: Sturluson, Birkir Mar Saevarsson, Thorarinsson, Gunnarsson, Indridi Sigurdsson, Palmason, Kristjan Orn Sigurdsson, Jonsson, Hallfredsson, Thordarson, Thorvaldsson.
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Williams, Morgan, Nyatanga, Collison, Fletcher, Koumas, Edwards, Ledley, Eastwood.

2017: Michael Bradley takes out David Beckham down the right after David James's enormous throw threatened to send the former captain away down the right. Patchy start all round.

2015: "Strange start. Are England lacking in confidence? They seem all over the place."
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I think that's just how England play, isn't it?

2012: Seems like England might just be going 4-3-3, with Gerrard supporting Rooney and Defoe. It's not particularly obvious, though.

2009: We are under way at London's Wembley Stadium.

2007: "Wow - was that Bleeding Gums Murphy doing the USA National Anthem?"
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2005: There are four (attractive) ladies singing the English national anthem. Just thought I'd say, that's all.

2004: Kelly Rowland is singing the US national anthem. Not without some technical hitches, though, poor girl. Did someone forget to do the testing?

2003: "The Wales team still looks quite strong and considering the withdrawals speaks volumes for how John Toshack has blooded the younger players."
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2001: People - stop banging on about there being no football this summer. We all know the Euros will be awesome even without England, so chill out. The teams are out at Wembley, by the way.

1958: "I know why Bentley is not playing. It was around this time of the season he was too tired to play for the Under 21s."
Deano in London, via text

1954: "There was one Champions League trophy sitting on a wall, one Champions League trophy sitting on a wall and if one John Terry should accidentally fall, there'll be no Champions League trophy sitting on the wall."
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I am pro Terry, but that did make me laugh out loud.

1951: "As a Scotsman and a Rangers fan can I just say - come on DaMarcus Beasley and come on the USA! 1-0 with Beasley getting the goal!"
Scott in Dunfermline, via text

As an Englishman, can I just say - Uefa Cup final?

1947: David Beckham wins his 101st cap at Wembley tonight and he was presented with his commemorative 100th cap by Sir Bobby Charlton a bit earlier. Legend.

1945: "Let's hope there are a few late - make that very late - arrivals. This is a very sparsely-populated Wembley at the moment. Not the most glamorous opposition in world football admittedly, but lots of empty spaces."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1941: Full teams England v USA
England: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Terry, Ashley Cole, Beckham, Hargreaves, Lampard, Gerrard, Defoe, Rooney.
USA: Howard, Onyewu, Cherundolo, Pearce, Bocanegra, Dempsey, Bradley, Clark, Beasley, Johnson, Wolff.

1938: "I'm the only Englishman in an American office. I just apologised to the person I work next to for anything I throw at him during the game. To make it worse for him his wife is Croatian so it's been a long year or two of me throwing things at him."
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Advice to the bloke next to you - throw stuff back. With interest.

1935: Famously difficult to forecast, these friendlies, so let's get the Stevo prediction out of the way nice and early. I'm going 3-1 England, with Defoe among the goalscorers.

1932: "Beckham's about as prepared and physically fit for this match as my nan! Where is Bentley or Joey Cole?"
Gabriel in London, via text

Your nan must be a miracle of science, my friend. Has she thought about joining MLS?

1929: "Interesting partner for Wayne Rooney in Jermain Defoe, starting for the first time in 20 months. Capello is right to want Rooney back to the attacking destroyer of 2004 - not the "all things to all men" performer that has seen him under-achieve on the England stage in recent years."
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley

1926: "All I can say is COME ON ENGLAND! Friendly game I know but just let them play and get on with it. Capello is a proven, great manager on the same par as Ferguson or Paisley. Let's just get behind whatever team he plays."
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1922: Wales team to play Iceland: Hennessey, Gunter, Ashley Williams, Craig Morgan, Nyatanga, Ledley, Collison, Fletcher, Koumas, Dave Edwards, Eastwood.

1919: OK, the Capello-baiting can stop - we don't know for sure his formation, so let's hold fire before criticising his selection. I fancy a cheeky 4-3-3, with Hargreaves holding, Lampard and Beckham as a two and Gerrard and Rooney supporting Defoe up top. Golden.

1915: "Not one Villa player in the starting XI - that is absolutely shocking. Cappello is a muppet! Agbonlahor has shown more quality this season than Defoe has shown in his whole career!"
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1911: Some good chat from BBC Radio Five Live's Mike Ingham: "I've been a great supporter of England games, but I'm finding it hard to get up for this one just a week after the most incredible occasion in Moscow. England had better play well tonight because USA are just the sort of team to embarrass them even further."

1907: England team just in: James, Brown, Ferdinand, Terry, A Cole, Hargreaves, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Rooney, Defoe.

1903: I'm only kidding. I'm actually in the pro-Terry camp. All this rubbish about him not being a 'real man' because of his tears - oh please, what is this, 1951? I'm delighted he's been named England captain tonight - but what do you think? Text your chat to 81111 and get in the 606 mixer to boot.
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1900: It is now 164 hours and 26 minutes since Manchester United won the Champions League in Moscow. Do you think John Terry's stopped crying yet?

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