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England 5-1 Kazakhstan REPORT Scotland 0-0 Norway REPORT Slovenia 2-0 Northern Ireland REPORT Wales 2-0 Liechtenstein REPORT


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By Caroline Cheese

2146: There we must leave it. Job done for England and Wales. Disappointment for Scotland and Northern Ireland. It hasn't exactly been memorable has it? Unless your name is Chris Iwelumo of course... Bye everyone!

2143: And in Scotland's group, Holland complete a 2-0 win over Iceland, Joris Mathijsen and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar with the goals. They lead Group Nine with six points, two more than Scotland and having played a game less.

2141: Group Seven is very open. France are second bottom on four points, but they are only two points behind joint leaders Serbia and Lithuania. Germany's 2-1 win over Russia puts them two points clear of Wales in Group Four.

2138: That agonising defeat for Nigel Worthington's side means Northern Ireland sit second from bottom in Group Three on one point. Poland and Slovenia are joint top on seven points. Northern Ireland host San Marino on Wednesday.

2137: FULL-TIME Slovenia 2-0 Northern Ireland

2135: Jonny Evans is booked for late, rash challenge on Zlatan Ljubijankic. The Northern Ireland defender, at fault for Slovenia's second goal, will miss Wednesday's home game against San Marino.

2133: And it finishes: Romania 2-2 France. Unbelievably, Raymond Domenech may have saved himself. France host Tunisia in a friendly on Tuesday.

2127: GOAL Slovenia 2-0 Northern Ireland
Jonny Evans dithers over his headed clearance and Zlatan Ljubijankic steals in before beating Maik Taylor. A mad two minutes and World Cup 2010 is already looking very distant for Northern Ireland. The visiting fans are shell-shocked.

2126: GOAL Slovenia 1-0 Northern Ireland
There's only one word for that: heartbreak (if you're a Northern Ireland fan of course). The visitors pay for not closing down sub Valter Birsa and his perfect inswinging cross from the right is tapped in at the far post by Milivoje Novakovic.

2124: Slovenia swap a midfielder for a striker as Valter Birsa replaces Mirnes Sisic. Meanwhile, George McCartney screams at Miso Brecko after the Slovenian defender tumbles over in the box from a Northern Ireland free-kick. The referee isn't having that and books McCartney.

2120: Jonny Evans loses his marker as Keith Gillespie's free-kick comes over - but he can't get a proper connection on the shot and Slovenia survive again. Northern Ireland look the more likely scorers though. The hosts are becoming increasingly frustrated.

2118: Kyle Lafferty skips inside, holding off a couple of defenders as he does so, before setting up Keith Gillespie - but the shot is deflected wide.

2116: Ryan McGiven comes on for his competitive debut for Northern Ireland, Grant McCann making way.

2114: Unbelievable. Yoann Gourcuff draws France level at 2-2 in Romania. Could there be a reprieve for Raymond Domenech? By all accounts, it was a great goal too.

2113: Kazakhstan coach Bernd Storck reckons his side were hampered by their boots in their defeat at Wembley. "You cannot find studs in Kazakhstan. If you lose studs, you must buy new ones. We were buying new studs here only yesterday."

2110: "I'm watching Romania v France and Lobont has made some great saves for Romania. France (trailing 2-1) looking dangerous..."
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2108: In Group Eight, Italy drop points in Bulgaria with a 0-0 draw. Marcelllo Lippi's side lead by three points from the Republic of Ireland - who face Cyprus on Wednesday.

2106: Awful mistake by the Slovenia defender Andrej Komac, giving the ball straight to Kyle Lafferty but Samir Handanovic stands up well and blocks the shot. Will Komac be booed by the home fans now?

2104: "What's the name of the stadium in Maribor? We went to Maribor to play Slovenia at six-a-side. We were unlucky, only narrowly got beat 53-3."
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It's the marvellously-named Ljudski Vrt, Butch

2100: David Healy turns brilliantly on the edge of the box and tries to chip one in - but it's over the bar. Northern Ireland are doing very nicely here.

2057: "We're yet to have a shot on target in this game."
BBC Radio 5 Live commentator Ian Dennis in Slovenia

2056: "I'd like to think a lot of them will go home and reflect, and feel ashamed of themselves. You don't come to Wembley to boo your own players. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone's human."
England captain Rio Ferdinand on the booing of Ashley Cole

2055: Andrei Arshavin has pulled one back for Russia against Germany and it's now 2-1.

2050: The Slovenia fans show impressive stamina. They have not stopped chanting since the game kicked off. Their side look a bit nervy though.

2047: We're off again in Maribor.

2042: "Re 2026: Come on Romania. I am French and I want them to win against France in order to get rid off Domenech once for all."
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2037: In the other games in this group, Pawel Brozek has given leaders Poland the lead against the Czech Republic in Chorzow. Slovakia lead San Marino 3-1.

2032: HALF-TIME Slovenia 0-0 Northern Ireland

2031: David Healy is unceremoniously bundled to the ground on the right wing, giving Northern Ireland a promising free-kick. A decent delivery from Grant McCann, but Slovenia clear.

2028: "Sorry am I missing something? Did England not win 5-1? They say in life you get what you deserve, and English fans deserve English football and the England team. We deserve the 40 years of hurt, the defeats on penalties. We win 5-1 and we're still acting hysterical and booing our own players. I'm beginning of get sick of football in this country..."
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2026: There may be hope for Ray Domenech yet. Franck Ribery has pulled one back and it's now Romania 2-1 France. In Brussels, Everton's Marouane Fellaini has put Belgium 2-0 up against Armenia.

2025: Steve in Belfast wants more updates from the game in Slovenia. Steve love, there's not an awful lot happening to tell you about. Northern Ireland look quite bright, but chances are hard to come by.

2021: Unbelievable amount of people texting in to say that Ashley Cole was booed was because of his misdemeanours in his private life. Yes, because the rest of the team are whiter than white in that area aren't they?! I fear I may be turning into my very angry colleague Jonathan Stevenson, but honestly...

2017: "It is not easy to play against teams that are not so big and are always defending. It is not easy to find space and to give good passes but, sure, after 45 minutes I was not happy. I put Shaun Wright-Phillips on at half-time because I wanted to have more pace on the left and we switched to 4-4-2. That meant Wayne Rooney was much closer to Emile Heskey and he played very well."
England boss Fabio Capello

2015: Chelsea's Michael Ballack is on the scoresheet in Dortmund as Germany take a 2-0 lead over Russia.

2013: There's some argie-bargie in the box as Slovenia wait to take a free-kick, and Kyle Lafferty ends up in the book along with Slovenia's Mirnes Sisic. Lafferty will have to be on his best behaviour now...

2008: "Re 1953: Of course you can boo if you want to - we live in a country where you can have your cake and eat it too. But that doesn't stop you being an idiot, we won 5-1 for reason's sake!"
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2005: Northern Ireland are a shade fortunate not to concede a penalty. Chris Baird comes in with a clumsy challenge on Zlatko Dedic, but the Slovenian forward goes over a bit too easily. Up the other end, Kyle Lafferty wraps his foot round a volley but it goes narrowly wide.

2003: If you're a disgruntled England/Scotland/Wales fan, just be grateful you're not a France supporter. Romania now lead 2-0 after 17 minutes. What will Raymond Domenech do to deflect attention away from this? (If you don't remember, the France boss asked his embarrassed TV presenter girlfriend to marry him seconds after France were knocked out of Euro 2008).

2000: Incidentally, if Gerrard/Lampard debates are your bag, I recommend you pop over to 606. I must warn you though, it's not pretty.
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1956: Bad news for Wales, as Lukas Podolski gives Germany an early lead against Russia. Germany will go above Wales as it stands.

1953: "Re 1935: I disagree with you Simon. Wearing the shirt on the pitch is an honour and Cole messed up. I paid a lot for my ticket and I can boo if I want to!"
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It's not like he did it just to annoy you though. It was a mistake. Everyone makes them. How is it productive to boo your own player? Like I say, it's embarrassing.

1953: Ukraine are held at home by Croatia, which means England lead Group Six by two points from Ukraine and five from Croatia.

1952: Raymond Domenech's job must be hanging by the slenderest of threads now. Romania have the lead against France, Florentin Petre with the goal after six minutes.

1951: Mirnes Sisic spins a shot just wide for Slovenia, who opened their campaign with a draw away to Poland and a home win over Slovakia. This is a tough ask for Nigel Worthington's side.

1945: And we're off...

1942: FULL TEAMS Slovenia v N Ireland
Slovenia: Handanovic, Brecko, Komac, Suler, Cesar, Sisic, Koren, Novakovic, Dedic, Kirm, Ilic. Subs: Seliga, Morec, Ljubijankic, Birsa, Jokic, Matic, Zlogar.
Northern Ireland: Taylor, McAuley, McCartney, Evans, Baird, Gillespie, Davis, Healy, Lafferty, McCann, Hughes. Subs: Mannus, McGivern, O'Connor, Feeney, Shiels, Paterson, Thompson.

1940: Uefa boss Michel Platini is in the crowd at Maribor as the teams come out to a rapturous reception.

1938: It's still 0-0 between Ukraine and Croatia with just over 10 minutes remaining.

1935: "I simply cannot boo a player wearing the same shirt I am. How's it constructive? Mindless!"
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1933: Don't go anywhere, people. Slovenia v Northern Ireland is coming up in less than 15 minutes. Can Super Dave Healy end his goal drought?

1931: "John Toshack won't be happy with that despite the fact they got three points. Toshack is about passing and moving and there wasn't the fluency we would have hoped. Wales struggled to get the result but they got the three points and that is the most important thing."
BBC Wales pundit Ian Walsh

1929: "I've got nothing against Gerrard. If I had to choose between Gerrard and Lampard for Everton then I'd choose Gerrard. BUT he clearly doesn't have the same effect for England as he does for Liverpool. Yes, Lampard has had a poor couple of seasons for England but he is re-discovering his form from 2003-2005 when he was England's best player. Sadly Gerrard has never played well for England apart from against Andorra."
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1927: Danny the Stat speaks... "The Player Rater marks have risen after the first half of England v Kazakhstan, but it's the visiting players who have benefitted the most. Kukeyev outshines Rooney, scoring 7.08 to 7.02. But supersub David Beckham has, improbably, beaten the lot with his 7.16. I suspect, dear users, that this will all change soon enough..."
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1925: Wales go top of Group Four with that win over Liechtenstein, who stay bottom. Germany, who are two points behind John Toshack's side, play Russia later.

1921: FULL-TIME Wales 2-0 Liechtenstein

1920: Liechtenstein keeper Peter Jehle pulls off a magnificent stop to deny Wales midfielder Simon Davies.

1919: TEAM NEWS Slovenia v N Ireland
Northern Ireland manager Nigel Worthington makes four changes. Steven Davis, Kyle Lafferty, Gareth McAuley and Grant McCann return after missing the 0-0 draw with the Czech Republic. West Brom midfielder Robert Koren captains Slovenia.

1915: Four minutes remaining at a very quiet Millennium Stadium. Routine win for Wales this, in front of a half-full stadium. Not exactly inspirational.

1912: "Gerrard phoned in his performance tonight. Why is he afraid to shoot in an England shirt?"
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1910: Incidentally, Ukraine and Croatia are locked at 0-0 with 50 minutes gone. A draw there would be another boost for England.

1908: GOAL Wales 2-0 Liechtenstein
A sigh of relief at the Millennium. Ched Evans' header deflects in off Mario Frick's knee for an own goal.

1904: Hmmm. I think that's what you call a flattering scoreline. A young Kazakhstan side tired dramatically in the last 20 minutes, allowing England to run riot. Still, as Fabio will tell you: "Nine out of nine. That's all that matters."

1903: FULL-TIME England 5-1 Kazakhstan

1900: GOAL England 5-1 Kazakhstan
Emile Heskey slips the ball through for Jermain Defoe to run on and slot the ball past the keeper. Kazakhstan have gone now.

1859: Goodness me. David Beckham actually beat his man there! That hasn't happened since 2001 has it? Emile Heskey almost bundles the cross home. The fans are singing the national anthem now. How things change...

1856: GOAL England 4-1 Kazakhstan
David Beckham delivers the free-kick from the right and the Kazakhstan defence is all at sea again. Wayne Rooney picks up the pieces, slotting home despite the keeper's effort to claw it away. Rooney is off to be replaced by Jermain Defoe.

1855: Carl Robinson is on at the Millennium Stadium, winning his 50th cap. Wales are trying to up the tempo as they look to kill off the game with 23 minutes left.

1854: Emile Heskey heads straight at the keeper as he looks for his first international goal for five and a half years.

1854: "It is just impossible to describe the ovation given to David Beckham when he came on for Theo Walcott. England have scored three goals and the loudest cheer of the night is reserved for the 33-year-old substitute. Absolutely deafening."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at Wembley

1853: "The third goal should kill it off. Once again, it's a ball into the box and poor defending from Kazakhstan. That's what let them down, because they've been an attractive side to watch otherwise."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1850: Theo Walcott gets a pat on the back from Fabio Capello as he comes off to be replaced by David Beckham - who wins his 106th cap for England, drawing level with Sir Bobby Charlton.

1847: GOAL England 3-1 Kazakhstan
Theo Walcott gets to the byeline and passes back to Wes Brown whose right-wing cross is expertly headed in by Wayne Rooney.

1844: Wales bring on Ched Evans for Sam Vokes up front. Not much else to talk about from Cardiff.

1843: "The mistake was horrific but the boos are totally uncalled for. How the hell is a player supposed to play with that kind of treatment?"
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1841: Ashley Cole is getting booed by the England fans every time he gets the ball - which is pathetic really, and embarrassing too.

1838: GOAL England 2-1 Kazakhstan
Ashley Cole chests the ball down by the touchline and lofts a stunning pass inside for... Kazakhstan's Zhambyl Kukeyev, who coolly fires into the corner. Absolute shocker from Cole, who was attempting to find his keeper but got it spectacularly and disastrously wrong. "I like," texts a colleague.

1837: "Well done Lampard for getting his delivery spot on twice, any arguments for the retention of Beckham are now dead and buried."
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1834: GOAL England 2-0 Kazakhstan
Frank Lampard swings over the free-kick and Alexandr Kuchma beats Wayne Rooney to the header - deflecting it into the net for an own goal. Rooney does the decent thing by hardly celebrating.

1834: The game in Cardiff us up and running again.

1833: Wes Brown clips the heels of Tanat Nusserbayev as he sprints into the box, but the Kazakh dangerman doesn't go down. Lucky.

1831: England attempt a different corner, Frank Lampard delivering it to Steven Gerrard outside the box but the Liverpool skipper takes far too long to set himself.

1829: "Just like to congratulate the Kazakh keeper on his mullet. Bringing back the days of Barry Venison!"
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1826: Incidentally, that point for the Faroe Islands against Austria is their first for three years in qualifying. Party time in Torshavn. Austria, let's remember, beat France last month. Crucial game for France coach Raymond Domenech coming up later against Romania. If they lose, the rumour is that Domenech will be replaced by Gerard Houllier.

1825: "It's been disappointing for big parts and frustrating. Liechtenstein are very organised and are working hard for each other. We've got the goal and missed a penalty and it should be a lot clearer than it is."
BBC Wales pundit Ian Walsh

1824: Panic stations for England as Tanat Nusserbayev unleashes a fierce strike, and David James allows it to slip through his fingers. He's very lucky to see it go behind.

1822: GOAL England 1-0 Kazakhstan
Shaun Wright-Phillips sees a good effort from just outside the box saved by the keeper - who gets nowhere near the resulting corner, allowing Rio Ferdinand to nod in at the far post.

1821: Rio Ferdinand robs Tanat Nusserbayev with what looks like a good tackle, but the free-kick is given. The England skipper is enraged. England survive - but surviving isn't really what's expected.

1819: HALF-TIME Wales 1-0 Liechtenstein

1816: Shaun Wright-Phillips is on for Gareth Barry at the start of the second-half at Wembley. There's a horrible mess in the England defence and Tanat Nusserbayev balloons a shot over. Worrying times.

Gareth Bale is brought down on the edge of the area - but Craig Bellamy's effort is saved by Peter Jehle. That's the third spot-kick Wales have missed in this qualifying campaign.

1815: Penalty to Wales

1813: GOAL Wales 1-0 Liechtenstein
Simon Davies is played in by Chris Gunter and his cut-back is slammed in at the near post by David Edwards - and that's his first international goal. Hurrah! Let's hope the floodgates have opened.

1812: "Re 1801: Isn't the collective noun in this case 'an inevitability of boos'?"
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1810: Aaaaaargh. Are the goals cursed today? Jason Koumas slides the ball across goal for Wales, but Sam Vokes cannot get the vital touch.

1809: "With all the Gerrard/Lampard bashing - the stats show that Barry gave the ball away the most by far in the first half."
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1807: Let's see if Danny the Stat can cheer us all up... "Some of the most mediocre results in Player Rater's illustrious history for England v Kazakhstan. Theo Walcott's somehow nabbed a creditable 7.47, almost everyone else has five-point-something. Snooze." That'll be a no then. Ho-hum.
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1805: Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips is out warming up on his own at half-time at Wembley.

1805: "Ah, the unmistakeable sound of half-time booing at Wembley. Did we honestly expect anything else? After a frankly tepid 45 minutes, the England fans are well within their rights to have a go. Despite Zagreb, no-one's qualified for anything yet. Fabio has much to do."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at Wembley

1804: "Wayne Rooney played centrally against Croatia, 10 yards behind Emile Heskey. That is a position where he can affect a game. For some reason, Fabio Capello has played Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard, with Gareth Barry in between as a holding midfielder. We don't need a holding midfielder. I would move Barry out left and push Rooney in alongside Heskey."
BBC 5 Live analyst Graham Taylor

1801: A scattering of boos (not sure that is the correct collective noun) at Wembley, but nothing special - a bit like England's performance then.

1801: HALF-TIME England 0-0 Kazakhstan

1800: There are goals elsewhere. The Faroe Islands have managed a 1-1 draw at home to Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria. Nice.

1757: Remember goals? I miss them...

1754: Wales go close as Craig Bellamy skims a shot just past the post. Meanwhile, the England crowd are trying to rouse their team with five minutes remaining in the first half. Did we imagine that Croatia game?

1751: Emile Heskey holds off three Kazakhstan defenders before playing in Frank Lampard, but the Chelsea midfielder is pulled back for offside. A close call, but probably just off.

1750: "First murmurings of discontent after the latest over-hit Frank Lampard cross into the box, but groans soon turn to cheers when David Beckham starts warming up on the touchline."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at Wembley

1749: Not much happening at the Millennium Stadium. Carl Fletcher is a bit groggy after taking an elbow in the nose. He's soldiering on though.

1746: Fabio Capello stands, arms folded, no doubt plotting his next cunning move. He is just the latest manager to discover that England are pathologically incapable of playing anything other than 4-4-2.

1744: Leaving aside that pass (see 1736), Steven Gerrard has had a pretty poor opening half-hour at Wembley. This formation is not exactly convincing either. Everything's brilliant apart from that though.

1743: Cheers around the ground at Wembley as Frank Lampard's ferocious shot smacks into the stanchion behind the goal and rebounds into the netting. Good effort.

1738: "In the past, the crowd might have got restless by now, but no sign of that today."
BBC 5 Live analyst Mark Lawrenson

1736: Steven Gerrard swings a stunning ball over to Theo Walcott and the Arsenal man wins a corner. Matt Upson's header is blocked.

1734: Welcome back Craig Bellamy. The Wales striker's shot is deflected onto the bar inside four minutes in Cardiff.

1734: "England are playing at a great tempo. The left-back doesn't know what to do when Walcott gets the ball."
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1731: And they're off at the Millennium Stadium.

1731: Theo Walcott goes on a jinking run, cutting in and sending a left-foot strike narrowly high. The England winger appears to be carrying on from where he left off against Croatia.

1729: As the camera pans down the Wales team during the anthems, there are swathes of empty seats visible behind them. An astonishing sight.

1728: "Craig Bellamy is the only player with true pace and everyone is looking forward to seeing him play tonight. He's captain and is an inspiring presence. It's great to see him back."
BBC Wales pundit Ian Walsh

1726: Almost a disaster for England as Rulsan Baltiyev causes problems down the left. The ball comes off Matt Upson, who waits for David James to collect, but the keeper is a bit slow and eventually scrambles it clear as Baltiyev closes down.

1725: Decent chance for England as Frank Lampard bursts into the penalty area but his well-struck shot is excellently blocked by Alexandr Kuchma.

1724: Tanat Nusserbayev thwacks a right-footed shot just wide for Kazakhstan. Their manager Bernd Storck looks like he's emptied a bucket of grease on his hair. Not a good look.

1724: The Millennium Stadium is no more than half-full as kick-off approaches in Cardiff.

1721: Rulsan Baltiyev clips Theo Walcott's heel in cynical fashion. Naughty. The free-kick almost reaches Emile Heskey but Kazakhstan clear. Ashley Cole seems to be wearing the wrong boots - keeps slipping over.

1720: Ashley Cole wins a free-kick out left, taken by Frank Lampard - but it's a terrible delivery, pinging straight into the defender.

1718: England go close with their first attack, Theo Walcott escaping down the left and crossing for Emile Heskey who is just about denied by the defender.

1718: And here are the Wales v Liechtenstein line-ups:
Wales: Hennessey, Gunter, Morgan, Williams, Bale, Davies, Fletcher, Koumas, Edwards, Bellamy, Vokes. Subs: Myhill, Ricketts, Cotterill, Collins, Vaughan, Evans, Robinson.
Liechtenstein: Jehle, Ritzberger, Gerster, Martin Stocklasa, Martin Buchel, D'Elia, Frick, Polverino, Fischer, Burgmeier, Beck. Subs: Benjamin Buchel, Michael Stocklasa, Ronny Buchel, Vogt, Hasler, Christen.

1716: Here are the full teams by the way. Sorry for the delay. Joleon Lescott - who many people expected to start - does not even make the bench.
England: James, Brown, Cole, Ferdinand, Upson, Gerrard, Barry, Lampard, Walcott, Heskey, Rooney. Subs: Carson, Johnson, Bridge, Beckham, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, Crouch.
Kazakhstan: Mokin, Kirov, Kuchma, Kislitsyn, Nusserbayev, Skorykh, Ostapenko, Baltiyev, Ibrayev, Kukeyev, Logvinenko. Subs: Morev, Nurdauletov, Maltsev, Vorotnikov, Sabalakov, Maxim Azovskiy, Beissenov.

1715: Amid the last strains of Vindaloo, Belgian referee Paul Allaerts gets the game under way.

1713: Three of the back four as well as the keeper are making their first competitive starts for Kazakhstan. Crikey.

1712: Stevo (see 1706) is spot on. The atmosphere is absolutely rocking at Wembley. Amazing what one good result can do...

1711: Kazakhstan are sporting a mainly blue kit, with a yellow strip around the neck which makes them look like they're wearing scarves. Odd. Anyway, the caretaker coach dropped 17 of the 21 players from the previous squad and shipped in a load of Under-21 players so this is very much an experimental side for the visitors.

1707: Here comes the teams at Wembley, England led out by Rio Ferdinand, who skippers the side for the first time in a competitive game. According to a popular tabloid newspaper, the Kazakhstan team all bought new boots in a sports store yesterday - all in size eight. Surely a wind-up...

1706: "There has been lots of chat in the past month about Wembley and how England's fans have not quite made the team feel at home yet. Well today they are making up for lost time. It's a belting atmosphere and Fabio and his boys could not wish for better support. Fortress Wembley? Why not?"
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at Wembley

1705: "George Burley will take some flak for the formation because it did not work. But if Iwelumo had put that one away, we would have been praising him for the substitutions."
BBC Radio Scotland football pundit and former Scotland defender Willie Miller

1702: TEAM NEWS Wales v Liechtenstein
Wales boss John Toshack keeps faith with young central defenders Ashley Williams and Craig Morgan, meaning James Collins is on the bench. Wayne Hennessey has recovered from illness to keep his place in goal. Sam Vokes partners Craig Bellamy in attack.

1700: "We are going nowhere. Dropping two points at home to Norway is not good enough. We did not look like beating Norway. I am angry and annoyed."
BBC Radio Scotland football pundit James Traynor

1655: Only 20 minutes until kick-off at Wembley. England are expected to line up in a 4-3-3 system, with Steven Gerrard, Frank Lampard and Gareth Barry in midfield behind a front three of Theo Walcott, Wayne Rooney and Emile Heskey.

1652: There are a few boos around Hampden Park. Scotland were much-improved in the second half but couldn't get the ball in the back of the net. But that game was all about one man: Chris Iwelumo. The Wolves striker looks bewildered as he trudges off the pitch.

1651: FULL-TIME Scotland 0-0 Norway

1649: Steven Fletcher and Chris Iwelumo throw themselves at Kirk Broadfoot's cross from the right - Fletcher comes closest to connecting but is millimetres away. George Burley has his head in his hands.

1645: David Weir is beaten by the bounce, letting in John Carew but his shot is deflected just over by Gary Caldwell. Double boost for Scotland as the ref points to a goal-kick. At the other end, Chris Iwelumo manages to set up Shaun Maloney - but his swerving effort is too high.

1642: Scotland survive a huge scare as sub Morten Gamst Pedersen chips up a delicious cross for Steffen Iversen, who chests down and shoots - but Craig Gordon blocks brilliantly. Seven minutes remaining at Hampden.

1641: "England might struggle a bit today. I think we'll win but we aren't great at breaking teams down that put 10 men behind the ball, and that's what Kazakhstan will do for most of the game."
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1640: "As Britain bakes, a few hundred tanked-up fans were having a big kick-about outside a pub around the corner from Wembley. Typical English, the loudest cheers were for the clowns who could kick it highest."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at Wembley

1638: Kjetil Waehler is at the far post to connect with a Norway corner but puts his diving header wide.

1637: "Looking much better now Scotland, Norway are camped in their own half."
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1634: "I still can't get over that miss."
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I'm not sure I ever will. As for Iwelumo...

1633: Chris Iwelumo knocks the cross down for Shaun Maloney but his shot is deflected wide. Scotland do look more dangerous now.

1631: Shaun Maloney beats two on the left and cuts in before unleashing a fierce shot just past the post.

1630: The Scotland crowd want a penalty as Steven Fletcher is hauled to the ground by Norway captain Brede Hangeland. Nothing doing. Scotland are doing their best to up the tempo with less than 20 minutes remaining.

1627: "What a sitter just missed! Would Boyd have missed? Burley, we all think you know the answer to that one."
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1626: "I am shocked. I am absolutely shocked."
BBC 5 Live analyst Pat Nevin

1625: Just to add. Iwelumo and his team-mates stood still for several seconds, struggling to believe how the ball did not go into the back of the net. The Scotland crowd briefly cheered what they thought would be a certain goal, then fell silent, then started booing. It's one of the worst misses I have ever seen.

1624: Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. Oh my goodness. That is a SHOCKING miss. Gary Naysmith plays the ball in from the left and debutant Chris Iwelumo misses from TWO YARDS OUT!

James, Brown, Ferdinand, Upson, A Cole, Barry, Gerrard, Lampard, Walcott, Heskey, Rooney

1618: "Eh? Why's John Carew running rampant? Didn't Burley prepare a game plan for dealing with the behemoth? He's been incandescent for Villa lately."
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Incandescent?! Cripes...

1614: Boos around Hampden Park as George Burley opts to take off James McFadden, replacing him with Chris Iwelumo. The Birmingham striker doesn't look too happy either - giving Burley a right old earful. The second change sees Steven Fletcher coming on for James Morrison. Norway introduce Daniel Braaten for Bjorn Helge Riise.

1613: Norway fling over a corner to the far post where Kjetil Waehler nods just past the post. Scotland are complaining - with some justification - about the treatment of keeper Craig Gordon but the referee still doesn't seem bothered. Looks like a double change from Scotland coming up...

1610: But wait... Barry Robson runs onto a pass right in front of goal about 40 yards out - and is cynically clattered by Jon Hoiland. Booking for the Norway defender.

1609: It's the man again. John Carew, who appears to be unchallengeable once he gets the ball, gallops down the left-hand channel but shoots straight at Craig Gordon.

1605: All the Scotland subs are warming up - but Kris Boyd "looks like he's ready to come on", reckons BBC 5 Live's Pat Nevin. We'll see...

1603: No changes for either side as the second half gets under way.

1600: You won't believe this, but it is true I assure you. The Scotland crowd are being recorded at half time singing the 1982 World Cup anthem We Have A Dream, which is being re-recorded for BBC Children In Need. Samuel L Jackson, Dougray Scott and Ugly Betty star Ashley Jensen have already recorded their bits for the single. Chris Hoy, Ally McCoist and Fred MacAulay will also be getting involved.

1559: "Scotland have not done enough in midfield and Norway have looked more threatening than us. John Carew has taken on Caldwell, Weir and anyone and beaten them."
BBC Radio Scotland pundit Jim Traynor

1557: I've missed him, you (might have) missed him - but Danny the Stat is back from his improbably long holiday! Here's what he says: "What a half for the Riises. John Arne is leading the way on Player Rater with a seven-busting 7.67. Younger brother Bjorn Helge has an equally impressive 7.00. Admittedly that's not quite equally impressive, in fact. No great scores for the Scotland players after a flat half - but it can all change."
Scotland v Norway Player Rater

1553: "There is a Kazakhstani at Wembley Central station handing out leaflets to visitors from the world's ninth-biggest country. In the 45 seconds I was inside the station, he was asked to "high five" six times. It's going to be a long day for some."
BBC Sport's Jonathan Stevenson at Wembley

1549: "It's a very mediocre game of football. Scotland have the only real player of quality on the field in McFadden and if we're to get anything from the game I expect it to come from him. The Norwegians will be a lot happier at half time, Scotland have a bit of improving to do."
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1549: "Never thought I'd be saying this, but come on Scotland! Nothing to do with my bet that all home nations will win of course..."
English guy in Glasgow via text on 81111

1547: HALF-TIME Scotland 0-0 Norway

1546: John Arne Riise manages to land a shot in the first row of the crowd - which is some feat at Hampden Park. The former Liverpool defender looks to have injured himself in the process, and I'm not surprised.

1543: This hasn't been a pretty half of football, to be honest. James McFadden looks terribly isolated up front and I will be amazed if they don't go 4-4-2 in the second half.

1541: David Weir comes to Scotland's rescue as John Carew looks to stab home after the ball is headed back across goal. Weir smothers the shot, allowing Craig Gordon to collect.

1538: "Both teams will be happy I think. Scotland are getting the crosses in, they're just not quite creating the chances, while Norway look dangerous on the break."
BBC 5 Live analyst Pat Nevin

1534: Norway win a free-kick 35 yards out, and it looks perfect for John Arne Riise to have a go - but instead he slips it down the channel, and it's all a bit of a mess to be honest.

1530: Good spell of pressure from Scotland, but it's going to have to be an impeccable cross to trouble this Norwegian defence.

1528: There is just a sliver of sunshine on the pitch - on Scotland's left - and those people with tickets on that side of the stadium are having to shield their eyes. Perfect afternoon for football.

1526: "Norway will win this one they have got so much space out there."
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1524: Scotland break down the right. James Morrison races into the box, looks up... and sees only one team-mate waiting for the cross. Norway clear.

1522: John Carew gets a decent shot in from a tricky angle on the left, and Craig Gordon can only parry it to Bjorn Helge Riise - but he blazes wastefully over. Carew is proving something of a handful for the Scotland defence.

1517: Skipper Brede Hangeland gets his head on the corner for Norway, but it's a weak effort which drifts wide. Lots of pushing and shoving at that corner - but the ref didn't seem all that bothered. By the way, Massimo Busacca is the same ref who took charge of Scotland's famous win over France.

1516: Formation fans will be delighted to know Barry Robson is playing wide right, while Scott Brown is sitting in front of the back four in a fancy 4-1-4-1.

1512: "Re 1449: Hamburg advice. London bar just off the Reeperbahn will be showing the England game."
Anon via text on 81111

1510: Scotland looking good in the opening stages - but there's a warning sign, as John Carew goes rampaging through the middle before his shot is deflected wide.

1503: That's a promising run by Shaun Maloney down the left and Scotland eventually win the corner. Norway are a lofty bunch though and their defence clear quite comfortably.

1502: Norway kick the game off in Glasgow.

1459: I think Flower of Scotland might be my favourite national anthem. It's an absolute belter.

1457: A piper and couple of beefy men with big drums are whipping the crowd up into a proper frenzy now... just in time for the arrival of the teams. Cue the Hampden roar. Awesome.

1457: TEAMS
Scotland: Gordon, Broadfoot, Weir, Caldwell, Naysmith, Brown, D Fletcher, Robson, Morrison, McFadden, Maloney. Subs: McGregor, Alexander, Iwelumo, Boyd, Hartley, Steven Fletcher, Berra.
Norway: Knudsen, Haland, Waehler, Hangeland, John Arne Riise, Bjorn Helge Riise, Stromstad, Grindheim, Winsnes, Iversen, Carew. Subs: Jarstein, Pedersen, Haestad, Braaten, Skjonsberg, Elyounossi.

1454: "I thought Boydy would have played up front, but I'm not the manager and hopefully they can build on a good result in Iceland and win."
Injured Rangers and Scotland captain Barry Ferguson

1451: Nothing gets a party started in Scotland like the Proclaimers. Hampden Park is rocking and rolling to I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles).

1449: "Sat having a beer on deckchairs next to a dual carriageway on a stag in Hamburg. Just wondering where to watch the England game tonight - any Hamburg experts got any recommendations?"
Anon via text on 81111

1447: Manchester United's Darren Fletcher will lead Scotland today as he wins his 40th cap. "Hopefully I will lead by example. I think that's the most important thing."

1442: "Would have liked to see Iwelumo playing from the start, guaranteed to be really hungry and desperate to make a good impression. Got to have faith in George though, c'way the scots!!!"
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1440: "We need to score goals today, and if we don't, it'll be a poor result for us."
BBC Scotland pundit and former Scotland international Billy Dodds

1438: "Am in Kyoto checking for updates on the Scotland game on my mobile. It's getting on for midnight but got a stack of beers in my hotel room. Dreading my next phone bill already! 'mon Scotland!"
Rory from Edinburgh, on holiday in Japan, via text on 81111

1437: "We are trying to keep the continuity from Iceland. We had two enforced changes and those are the changes we have made and we'll play a similar system. The pitch is great, the sun is out, which is unusual, the players are excited, we're excited and hopefully we can put on a good performance."
Scotland manager George Burley

1434: The news from sunny Glasgow is that George Burley's troops will line up in a 4-3-3 formation, with Shaun Maloney and James Morrison either side of James McFadden. I'm not sure I like the sound of this.

1431: "Re 1419: It wasn't nearly as confusing as Frank Lampard saying that English fans are entitled to their opinion as long as they don't boo the team!! That's almost a Henry Ford-ism."
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1425: Gordon Smith may think it's "must-win" for Scotland, Norway boss Age Hareide doesn't agree. "No matter what happens on Saturday it won't decide a thing. You can't say if one of us loses then we would have no chance of being second." So there we are.

1419: Confusing message from Scotland chief exec Gordon Smith this week, telling manager George Burley that his job is safe but the game against Norway is a "must-win". Hmmm. The signs are promising for Scotland though. Norway have won only three of their last 10 - and opened their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw at home to Iceland.

1416: "While I'm stuck in work until 7pm, my mate is on a boat on the Thames with beers, then heading to Wembley. Tell him to be nice and stop rubbing it in!"
Anon via text on 81111
To be fair, I think we'd all be rubbing it in in that situation

1414: "Any word on the Scots XI? It's sunny up here as well, the first of many miracles?"
Alan, Glasgow, via text on 81111

Scotland make two changes with David Weir and James Morrison replacing the suspended Stephen McManus and injured Kris Commons while Norway have 33-year-old Jon Knudsen making his debut in goal and former Tottenham striker Steffen Iversen starting after recovering from a leg injury.

1405: Always a pleasure looking at the random texts in the inbox, and today is no different. "Hi just came away from my marmalade making to say have a great weekend! From paddington." Lovely stuff. Text your thoughts - particularly if you are a bear of Peruvian origin - to 81111 or say hello to the fabulous folk of 606.
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1400: It's hard to be unhappy today. The sun is shining (well, it is where I am anyway) and international football is about to take over the television schedules until 2200 BST. And there's nothing the recession can do about it. Ha!

see also
World Cup qualifying photos
11 Oct 08 |  Football
England 5-1 Kazakhstan
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Scotland 0-0 Norway
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Iwelumo vows to shake off howler
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Wales 2-0 Liechtenstein
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals
Bellamy pleased to sneak victory
11 Oct 08 |  Internationals

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