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Fabio Capello

Fabio Capello has one last chance to shape his England team in a friendly before the World Cup qualifying campaign begins

Brian Barwick watches England v Czech Republic

Brian Barwick, meanwhile, looks sombre as he watches on as news breaks about his impending departure from the FA

Gareth Barry (right) tussles with Czech Republic's Jaroslav Plasil

Gareth Barry (right) tussles with Czech Republic's Jaroslav Plasil as the action gets under way at Wembley

Wayne Rooney

Wayne Rooney tries to get his foot on the ball, but it is the Czech team that makes much of the early running

Milan Baros opens the scoring

And sure enough, the visitors break the deadlock after 21 minutes, Milan Baros clipping home aided by an ugly Ashley Cole deflection

Wayne Rooney and Wes Brown

Rooney congratulates Manchester United team-mate Wes Brown on his headed equaliser for England after a David Beckham cross

Marek Jankulovski curls in a goal for Czech Republic

But the lead doe not last long, Marek Jankulovski curling in a delicious free kick to the despair of Rio Ferdinand and David James

Jermain Defoe

Jermain Defoe's night ends in frustration when he is withdrawn in the second half and replaced by Emile Heskey

Joe Cole (left) and John Terry

Just as it looks like England will slump to a home defeat, Joe Cole pops up with a goal to the delight of skipper John Terry

Fabio Capello (left) and John Terry

Manager Capello and captain Terry shake hands after the game, but both will know that much improvement is needed

Gary Naysmith

Elsewhere, Gary Naysmith gets familiar with the ball as Scotland take on Northern Ireland

Allan McGregor saves a penalty

There is some action, notably when Scotland keeper Allan McGregor saves a penalty from David Healy

George Burley

Ultimately though, Scotland boss George Burley is not the only man looking at his watch as the team's play out a 0-0 draw

Jason Koumas (right) and Ucha Lobjanidze

Jason Koumas (right) gives Wales a lead in their friendly encounter with Georgia

Levan Kenia

Levan Kenia takes the praise of his team-mates after hauling Georgia back level after 66 minutes

Beka Gotsiridze celebrates his goal

And it just gets worse for Wales when Beka Gotsiridze scores the winner at Liberty Stadium in Swansea

Morten Gamst Pedersen, Glenn Whelan and John Arne Riise (from left to right)

Republic of Ireland's Glenn Whelan is caught in a Morten Gamst Pedersen and John Arne Riise sandwich in Norway

Robbie Keane scores for Republic of Ireland

Robbie Keane gets the Irish goal in a rain-drenched Oslo as the teams draw 1-1 in a tough encounter




see also
England 2-2 Czech Rep
18 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Scotland 0-0 Northern Ireland
20 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Wales 1-2 Georgia
20 Aug 08 |  Internationals
Wednesday's football as it happened
20 Aug 08 |  Internationals


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