BBC Sport football


Related BBC sites

Page last updated at 21:23 GMT, Wednesday, 10 June 2009 22:23 UK

England v Andorra as it happened



To get involved use 606 or text us your views & comments on 81111. (Not all contributions can be used)

By Caroline Cheese

2220: Off we go then, and, sniff, I believe that's officially the end of the season. Still, chin up, there are only 60 days to wait until the Community Shield... Have an immense couple of months won't you? Bye bye.

2218: Wait, wait, wait. Danny the Stat has done some sums: "By Danny's maths, England still need four points from their remaining three games to be absolutely certain of qualification - Belarus could still get to 24 points as they have five games remaining. In reality, of course, one win is more than likely to be enough for Fabio Capello's men."

2215: England's next qualifier is at home to Croatia on 9 September when we reckon victory will seal their qualification for the World Cup.

England midfielder Frank Lampard: "It's not as easy as it looks. I think we all appreciate what the fans have done tonight. It just sums up England fans."

England coach Fabio Capello: "I like this. I'm very happy for fans. For us the crowd is very important - and we played well for them."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "England rightly pay tribute to their supporters with a lap of honour around Wembley after the final whistle. The fans made a huge effort to beat the transport problems and be here and the team delivered for them. Surely nothing can stop England making their way to South Africa next summer now."

2205: Dutch referee Hendrikus Nijhuis plays 14 seconds of added time before putting Andorra out of their misery. Job done for England, who make it seven wins out of seven in World Cup qualifying. One more and they'll be on the plane to South Africa.

2202: FULL-TIME England 6-0 Andorra

From Big Jamie who just managed to get to Wembley, via text on 81111: "Never has the phrase schoolboy been more apt to describe a team. Absolutely ridiculous."

2200: England win a corner - and Andorra coach David Rodrigo chooses that moment to substitute keeper Jesus Alvarez, who will retire after this game. Hugs all round for the keeper, who surely deserves his extended rest.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "All Wembley wants is a David Beckham goal to round off the easiest of victories for England - and there is every chance he will get another opportunity before the end. Perfect night for England and Capello will be delighted at how his players have rounded off a strenuous season."

2157: The Wembley crowd urge David Beckham to shoot every time he gets the ball. So far, he has declined. The Milan/LA Galaxy man has played well tonight - but his corners have been unusually poor.

2152 GOAL: Jermain Defoe takes the ball past the defender and sprints into the box. He makes an awful hash of his shot - but it deflects into Peter Crouch's path and as two defenders bump into each other, the Portsmouth striker bundles it in. That's more like it, Crouchy, none of that fancy stuff ok?
England 6-0 Andorra

2150: Theo Walcott stays on his feet despite a wild tackle from the defender and crosses for Peter Crouch and... what on earth was that?! Crouchy looks like he's trying to backheel it in but almost trips over his feet.

2148 GOAL: David Beckham's free-kick should be easy-peasy for Jesus Alvarez but he spills it and Jermain Defoe is on hand to rifle in the rebound.
England 5-0 Andorra

2145 GOAL: Another Glen Johnson cross and Jermain Defoe is all on his own as he powers home the header.
England 4-0 Andorra

2143: Ildefons Lima, who has waged a running battle with Peter Crouch all night, throws himself to the floor before running to the referee holding his bottom lip. Replays show the contact was nowhere near his face. An embarrassing, if very entertaining, performance by the Andorra defender.

2141: Superb save by Jesus Alvarez as Jermain Defoe looks to slot in. Defoe was offside but the Andorra keeper didn't know that did he? No, he didn't.

Danny the Stat: "Full time in Rotterdam and it finishes Netherlands 2-0 Norway. That's far more significant for the visitors - they remain rock-bottom of Group Nine and their hopes of qualification are wafer-thin. Netherlands have already qualified and it's now seven wins out of seven for them. And it's finished in South Africa - Italy 4-3 New Zealand. Belter."

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Ashley Cole has had his moments with the Wembley crowd, but he gets a generous ovation from most here as he is replaced by Wayne Bridge. Wayne Rooney's departure has removed much of England's cutting edge, but it is still simply a question of how many Capello's side will score."

Yellow card
2136: Ildefons Lima is booked, for what I didn't see I'm afraid. Ashley Cole gets a very warm cheer from the England fans - as well as a handshake from Fabio Capello - as he is replaced by Wayne Bridge.

2135: The keeper parries Frank Lampard's shot into the path of Theo Walcott, whose sidefooted effort is blocked by none other than Peter Crouch.

2131: And now Beckham lofts a clever ball to the far post where Joloen Lescott fails to finish from close range. Second half possession: England 83%, Andorra 17%.

2128: Lovely crossfield ball from David Beckham and Ashley Young plays in Ashley Cole, Jermain Defoe heading the cross wide.

2125: These Andorra players may be rubbish at football, but they don't mind picking a fight. Ildefons Lima shoves Theo Walcott completely unnecessarily. Even the usually placid Walcott looks a bit narked.

Danny the Stat: "Danny don't normally write about friendlies, but it's a crazy game over in South Africa tonight. A quickfire Vincenzo Iaquinta double has made the score Italy 4-3 New Zealand, with 17 minutes to play. Anyone have a flutter on that scoreline?"

2121: Chance for Jermain Defoe but the angle is tight and he spins a shot just past the far post.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Fantastic to see England's 1966 World Cup squad members who did not play in the final against West Germany being paraded on the pitch at half-time to a hugely deserved ovation after finally receiving medals today. Great Wembley cheer for Jimmy Greaves, so disappointed to be left out by Sir Alf Ramsey that day, as well as some extremely good-natured jeering for the scourge of attackers during his Leeds United days, Norman Hunter. Norman still looks like he might make it tougher for Wayne Rooney than some of Andorra's defenders. Long-overdue recognition."

2118: Under way in the second half - and there will be no hat-trick for Wayne Rooney today. His season is over after he is hauled off at the break along with Steven Gerrard, as Ashley Young and Jermain Defoe come on in their place.

2117: Oh look, Jimmy Greaves is on the telly now. He's seems to be in a very jolly mood. "Who are England playing anyway?" he asks. "Andorra? I've never seen such a bad side in all my life. I mean that."

Jimmy Greaves: "It's just a lovely day out. We've seen London by coach, had a wonderful police escort. It's great to see the lads all again - though we see each other fairly often - and it's been really pleasant. Shame about the game, but that's how it goes!"

Jimmy Armfield on receiving his World Cup medal: "At the time we never thought about getting medals, we were just satisfied the team won. But now it's come, it's been really good. We've really enjoyed seeing each other again and now I've got the medal, it's super. Life was a bit harsher in those days - if you didn't play in the final, no matter you'd played before, you didn't get one, that simple."

2114: Well done to the clever clogs who are texting to remind me that Stephen Ireland plays for Ireland (see 2055). Really, well done, I can't thank you enough.

Danny the Stat: "The Netherlands have increased their lead over Norway. It's 2-0 after Arjen Robben's goal. Meanwhile, quite a game going on in Italy. It might only be a friendly, but extraordinarily, New Zealand are now 3-2 ahead - it's the third time they've taken the lead. Crikey o'blimey. A straightforward 2-0 win in Group Seven for Serbia against the Faroe Islands. Six wins and one defeat now for Serbia - they're eight points clear of France, also the French do have two games in hand."

2106: Fresh from belatedly receiving World Cup winners' medals earlier today, the 11 members of the 1966 England squad who did not play in the final are being presented to the crowd at Wembley. Jimmy Greaves, overlooked for the final despite being fit again, gets the biggest cheer.

Get involved on 606
From TheTottenhamDave on 606: "Not much fun to watch really. Its a bit like a boxer running around the ring trying not to get hit."
Join the debate on 606

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The fact that Wembley was in the throes of a Mexican wave six minutes before half-time tells you all you need to know about this game. It is little more than a Wembley training exercise, with England's attack manoeuvring its way around the Andorra defence. The announcement of the attendance, 57,897, is greeted with a huge roar. Fantastic effort from England's fans and they should be rewarded with more goals after the break."

2101: HALF-TIME England 3-0 Andorra

2100: Glen Johnson is so full of confidence, he shoots with his left foot. Not very well, as it turns out. On TV, we get a replay of Fabio Capello playfully slapping Stuart Pearce on the thigh. Whatever next?

Yellow card
2058:Keeper Jesus Alvarez is carded for complaining to the referee. Andorra in danger of losing their rag here - and Peter Crouch turns to his marker and tells him to calm down.

Yellow card
2055: Xavi Andorra is in the book for a foul. That's Xavi Andorra, who plays for Andorra. You really couldn't make it up.

2054 GOAL: Another sensational right-wing cross by Glen Johnson, picking out Wayne Rooney's darting run and the Manchester United striker nonchalantly volleys it home. Fine finish.
England 3-0 Andorra

Text in your views on 81111
From Jamie via text on 81111: "Surely the big question is what will happen most: England scoring or Robert Green touching the ball?"

2048: Andorra have had a shot. It's a victory of sorts. Sergy Moreno's long-range effort drifts over Rob Green's goal.

2047: I realise England's players won't have had to concern themselves too much with preparations for this game, but did Wayne Rooney and Theo Walcott really have top spend their spare time culturing questionable facial hair? Young Theo has a fluffy 'tache and goatee combo. Rooney, a colleague has pointed out, has a bit of the Henry the Eighth about him.

2044 GOAL: Nice. Glen Johnson slips the ball through to Theo Walcott on the right and he cuts it back for Frank Lampard to lash the ball low into the right-hand corner.
England 2-0 Andorra

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The press box betting experts claim it was 3/1 on England goalkeeper Robert Green not touching the ball inside the first 20 minutes - and he reached 23 before he was allowed a gentle clearance with his feet. Great atmosphere inside Wembley tonight despite plenty of open spaces. Fabio Capello did make a fleeting appearance in his technical area, but there is not much to see in his half of the pitch so far."

2040: England have had 80% possession so far and nine shots. Another big cheer as Rob Green decides to venture out of his goal for his second touch of the ball. What japes.

2038: ROB GREEN TOUCHES THE BALL! He gets a massive cheer for his efforts.

Danny the Stat: "Half-time in Rotterdam where the Netherlands, already confirmed as Group Nine group winners, lead Norway 1-0. That's crushing for Norwegian hopes of challenging for second spot and a possible play-off berth - and good news for Scotland, currently in second place. Meanwhile, unusual scores fans might be interested to learn that the latest in tonight's friendly is Italy 1-2 New Zealand."

2035: That's not something you see very often. A poor corner by David Beckham. It's headed out to Theo Walcott, who drives one wide from distance. England keeper Rob Green is taking the opportunity to catch up on some correspondence, while idly listening to some light jazz.

Get involved on 606
From The Isle of Manc on 606: "Gerrard is just trying too hard... Rooney, Lampard, and Walcott are passing the ball around nicely and adding in some fancy flicks here and there. It seems like Gerrard wants to take on a defender or shoot as soon as he gets the ball and so far, it's not working. He's a brilliant player, but he needs to just play like he usually does."
Join the debate on 606

2031: BBC 5 Live's Mark Lawrenson is horrified that the Andorra right-back has the temerity to wear orange boots - similar to those being worn by Wayne Rooney tonight. There's certainly a substantial skill gap between those two players.

2028: One more goal by Wayne Rooney and he will equal Gary Lineker's record of 10 in a season. Steven Gerrard slips as he shoots and the ball spoons up and into the keeper's arms.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "If you give Wayne Rooney a chance every minute it is a fair bet he will score eventually - three opportunities in three minutes and Andorra's limited ambition of some minor, irritating resistance cannot survive England's brisk start. An early reward for the resilience of the England fans who shrugged off the Tube strike to make it to Wembley."

2025: David Beckham swings over a free-kick from the right, Peter Crouch meets it but can't control the header. A second later, Steven Gerrard's shot is turned around the post by the keeper.

Danny the Stat: "Easy 3-0 win for Guus Hiddink's Russia in Finland tonight. They're second in Group Four on 15 points, that's one point behind Germany. Almost certainly going to be between those two for the top spot now, Finland's hopes are in tatters."

2023: Before the game, Fabio Capello had this to say: "If we score quickly it will be an easy game." No wonder he celebrated with the double clenched fist.

2021: BBC 5 Live's Graham Taylor mentions the words "double figures". Andorra are really not very good.

2019 GOAL: There's goal number one then. Glen Johnson crosses from the right and Wayne Rooney is at the far post to head back past the keeper.
England 1-0 Andorra

2018: Lovely touch by Wayne Rooney and he's into the box... but his clever chip is tipped over by the keeper. From the corner, Theo Walcott's shot is beaten away and Rooney can only head the rebound onto the bar.

2016: Steven Gerrard is playing on the left - and he's already off on a rampaging run, which is brought to an end by a perfect tackle by Ildefons Lima.

2015: The man in goal for Andorra is called Jesus. I shall say no more. England, in their all-white strip, kick us off.

2010: 50,000? That is phenomenal. Tell you what, they can stay on strike. The teams are out and we'll have a blast of Andorra's jaunty national anthem before England's rather dreary one.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The early estimate of the eventual crowd at Wembley tonight is around 55,000 - a superb effort from England's fans given the transport difficulties. How many bigger crowds than that around Europe tonight?"

2008: TEAMS England v Andorra
England: Green, Johnson, Lescott, Terry, Ashley Cole, Walcott, Beckham, Lampard, Gerrard, Rooney, Crouch. Subs: Robinson, Neville, Bridge, Young, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, Carlton Cole.
Andorra: Alvarez, Ayala, Ildefons Lima, Sonejee, Antoni Lima, Txema Garcia, Jimenez, Andorra, Vieira, Moreno, Silva. Subs: Fernandez, Gomez, Escura, Moreira, Rodriguez, Genis Garcia, Vales.
Referee: Hendrikus Nijhuis (Netherlands)

Danny the Stat: "Minnows fans everywhere - look away now. Plucky the Faroe Islands were holding runaway Group Seven leaders Serbia at 0-0 until moments before half-time, when Milan Jovanovic popped up to put the Serbs ahead. Take comfort from this fact - latest score: Italy 0-1 New Zealand."

2001: "We Had To Walk To Wembley" reads a banner in the crowd. Informative. I like it. I wonder if someone else has a banner reading: "We had to get the Overground to Waterloo where we changed onto the Jubilee Line".

Danny the Stat: "Ukraine are 2-1 winners over Kazakhstan. That moves them up to third in Group Six, behind Croatia on goal difference. An England win tonight leaves them both 10 points behind with just four matches to go. Meanwhile, Sweden keep their hopes alive with a 4-0 hammering of Malta. But they're still fourth in Group One and it's looking tough for them."

Get involved on 606
From Ryushinku on 606: "Why do I get the feeling that, even though we'll win, Andorra will get a goal? I'll be glad to be wrong."
Join the debate on 606

Text in your views on 81111
From Neil, Arborfield, via text on 81111: "Cheesy, are there any permutations tonight whereby England would qualify?"
No. They'd be really, really close though. One win away, in fact.

1949: Is it childish that I still find Baden Baden quite funny? Almost certainly. Anyway, David Beckham will make his 100th start for England tonight, and his first in a competitive game for two years. It will be his 112th appearance in an England shirt.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Wembley's admittedly very sparse crowd reacts with a real roar as David Beckham's presence in England's starting line-up is announced. It is a tribute to Beckham's character, as well as his enduring ability to keep possession, that he remains in the side with only 12 months to go to the next World Cup. Who would have thought that when he quit the captaincy in tears in Baden Baden in 2006?"

Text in your views on 81111
From Kev, inside the stadium, via text on 81111: "Becks is practicing his free kicks :) Hat-trick at 20-1."

1939: Plenty of you enraged that Ashley Young isn't getting start tonight. I'd agree with The Anderson, Rafael and Fabio Posse though, although I wish he/she had a less unwieldy user name. I'm encouraged that Capello isn't messing about. But then, he's not a messing about kinda guy is he?

1934: England have played Andorra three times competitively, scoring 10 goals and conceding none. Andorra are officially the second worst international team in Europe, San Marino pipping them to that particular (dis)honour.

1930: In answer to two questions: no, Steven Gerrard is not playing in central defence, the England team is in shirt number order, and yes, David Beckham will wear his precious number seven shirt.

1928: Sir Danny of Statsville has cast his beady eye around Europe and come up with this: "Russia are 1-0 up over Finland thanks to Alexander Kerzhakov's strike. That's a blow for Wales. Sergiy Nazarenko's second has put Ukraine 2-1 up over Kazakhstan. And Sweden have gone goal crazy against Malta, they're now 4-0 up."

Get involved on 606
From The Anderson, Rafael and Fabio Posse on 606: "Good. No funny business with the team selection, despite it being Andorra. I like that. Well done Capello, now for the points."
Join the debate on 606

Text in your views on 81111
From Phil, lying across four seats, via text on 81111: "The Jubilee line is definitely the way forward! Inside the stadium is pretty dead and quite eerie. Hopefully a few more fans will make it in the next hour."

1919: ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE ANDORRA: Green, Johnson, A Cole, Lescott, Terry, Walcott, Lampard, Beckham, Gerrard, Crouch, Rooney. Subs: Robinson, Neville, Bridge, Young, Wright-Phillips, Defoe, C Cole.

1918: BREAKING NEWS David Beckham starts, so does Glen Johnson.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Wembley's announcer reveals he has been asked by England coach Fabio Capello and his players to thank the fans who have battled through the travel difficulties in London to make it here and support the side as they attempt to make it seven wins out of seven in their World Cup qualifying group. The stadium is sparsely populated at present, but there are still 75 minutes to kick off and plenty of time for a healthy crowd to build up."

1912: Two minutes into the second half in Kiev and Serhiy Nazarenko scores his second to put Ukraine 2-1 up against Kazakhstan. A win would put Ukraine level on points with Croatia, but still seven points behind England. That's if England lose to Andorra. Which they won't. So 10 points then.

BBC Radio 5 Live
BBC 5 Live commentator Alan Green: "This morning I was expecting Gary Neville to start and draw alongside Kenny Sansom as England's most-capped full-back, but the whispers are that Neville will be on the bench and Fabio Capello will go with Glen Johnson, who is on a yellow card."

1902: Word up. I know this is asking a lot, what with Tube chaos and all that, but could I ask you to manually refresh this page? Then you'll see my ludicrous name, and not Dan's.

By Dan Warren

1859: Do you know what? It's been lovely to chew the live text fat with you during the past couple of hours. But I'm handing over the reins for the rest of the evening. Now then, if you're going to the match, good luck with that, let's hope that ultimately, football is the winner. And, if that wasn't Cheesy enough for you, the woman replacing me will be... Bye for now...

1855: What with the travel chaos, the on-going dismal weather and all the other worries in the world, a person could get a bit down. Here's one lovely bit of news to cheer you up - The players and staff of England's 1966 World Cup-winning squad who did not get medals - including the likes of Jimmy Greaves, Norman Hunter and Jimmy Armfield - have now received them after a ceremony at 10 Downing Street.
World Cup 1966 winners honoured

1850: Small bit of very specific travel news for you. Although trains from London Euston are not stopping at Wembley Central, BBC London tell me there are two trains per hour from Kilburn High Road which are stopping there. Hopefully that information will have been useful to at least one person - let me know if it was, I'll sleep better.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "Andorra's players have arrived early and are having a pre-match stroll on the Wembley turf. And they could be giving a very public hint as to their hopes for this World Cup qualifier by spending much of their time taking souvenir photographs of each other."

1847: If you're still en route to Wembley then the very best of luck for that final push on your journey. A quick reminder that tonight's game kicks off at the slightly unusual time of 2015 BST. Bad news for people who like nice, easy to remember kick-off times, good news for people who want an extra 15 minutes to get to the game.

1843: Macedonia 2-0 Iceland is a full-time score. In brief - that's good news for Macedonia, not bad news for Scotland and terrible news for Iceland.

Text in your views on 81111
From Max and Will via text on 81111: "Been walking for two hours now from central London, can see the arch now which is keeping our hopes up! But stuck how to cross a motorway! Wish us luck!"

Find a bridge. Essential.

1839: Hmm, be careful what you wish for, Dan (see 1830). Another goal - this one's for Ukraine, Sergiy Nazarenko has levelled things against Kazakhstan.

1836: Just a few minutes to go in the Macedonia v Iceland match and Filip Ivanovski has made it 2-0 to the Macedonians. That should wrap up the points and pretty much ensures they'll be the main rivals for Scotland in the race for a potential runners-up play-off spot in Group Nine (Netherlands have already won that group). Scotland still in a good position though, they've got that game in hand.

1832: To keep the "talking about football" vibe going - Finland v Russia has just kicked off. Wales' qualification hopes are slim, but a draw in that one would offer a glimmer of hope.

1831: (see 1830) Heavens. The goals simply won't stop coming now. Tanat Nusrbayev has - perhaps surprisingly - put Kazakhstan 1-0 up in Ukraine. That would be a disastrous result for Ukraine and would pretty much destroy their already-distant hopes of catching England.

1830: It might be "Tube Wednesday" but it's not exactly "Goal Wednesday" at the moment is it? I don't want to get a reputation as a goal repellent... And, even as I type, things start to look up. Kim Kallstrom has put Sweden 1-0 up Malta. To re-iterate - anything less than a comfortable win is just not good enough for the struggling Swedes.

Get involved on 606
From ARSHAVIN: man/monster/machine? on 606: "Capello, if you're listening, I've done your job for you - Green; Johnson, Terry, Upson, Cole; Walcott, Lampard, Gerrard, Young; Crouch, Rooney."
Join the debate on 606

1813: Believe it or not, there are all kinds of other sporting events going on this "Tube Wednesday" (as I have just dubbed it). We've got Twenty20 cricket and rugby involving the British and Irish Lions. Even more excitingly, live text titans Tom Fordyce and Ben Dirs are writing about them. I'm going to put a couple of links to them on this website with the following caveat - you make sure you come back here, yeah? Promise? Good.
Tom Fordyce on the Sharks v Lions
Ben Dirs on the World Twenty20

1806: Just had a look over at the Transport for London website. The Jubilee Line appears to still be operating, albeit with delays. That goes to Wembley Park, Tube fans. Remember, there will be no London Overground service from Euston to Wembley Central from now on.
Transport for London's advice on getting to Wembley

Text in your views on 81111
From Andrew, via text on 81111: "There's a big group of us waiting in Ealing for an 83 bus - nothing for 20 minutes now and we're getting a bit nervous now..."

Get involved on 606
1757: Re: 1742 - cheese666 has quite rightly pointed out over on 606 that Fifa turn to goal difference first rather than head-to-head results when teams are level on points in qualifying groups. Grovelling apologies from me and thanks to cheese666. And that's good news for Scotland - they'll stay in second place should there be a win for Iceland or Macedonia, unless either scores a veritable sackful of goals.
join the debate on 606

Text in your views on 81111
From anonymous via text on 81111: "Re: 1700. I never thought of John's idea to use a hot balloon. I am plotting my route via canal. Not even sure if there is one."

I very much admire your devil-may-care approach, anonymous.

1745: Sticking with the football, two games kick-off at 1800 BST. In England's group, Ukraine host Kazakhstan and will be desperate for victory which will bring them level with Croatia on 11 points. In Group One, Sweden host strugglers Malta and will expect to win. Just as well, they are in real trouble, 10 points behind rivals and group leaders Denmark, and in danger of missing out on qualification for South Africa.

1742: Half-time fans everywhere will have noted that Macedonia lead Iceland 1-0 after the first period of their match in Skopje. If that stays the same, Macedonia will go above Scotland into second place in Group Nine (by virtue of their head-to-head record - Macedonia beat Scotland 1-0 at home), although Scotland will have a game in hand - and a home game with the Macedonians to come.

BBC Sport's Phil McNulty
BBC Sport's Phil McNulty at Wembley: "The roads around Wembley are quite quiet, once you're off the North Circular. Quite a few fans have arrived already, evidently heeding the advice to leave in plenty of time for the match."

BBC Radio 5 Live
Nick Duncalf, travel reporter on BBC Radio Five Live: "Traffic is very heavy on the eastbound A40 from Greenford through to the Hanger Lane interchange. The stretch on the North Circular A406 between Hanger Lane and Wembley is looking OK, but getting busier all the time."

Get involved on 606
From ToastedBlueAndWhiteWelshy on 606: "Hopefully Russia can do the business on Finland tonight; the best hope Wales have right now is to improve seeding for the next tournament, considering we've had tough groups for ages now! Maybe we won't have Germany next time either. England to win 4-0 with a reserve-look side. Joleon Lescott to start instead of Upson?"

Text in your views on 81111
From Stuart in Basingstoke via text on 81111: "Just leaving London for home and the city centre is gridlocked. Good luck if you are going to the game..."

1722: Technology is wonderful isn't it? Our friends over at BBC London have got one of these marvellous new-fangled Twitter things (Stephen Fry I ain't) to help keep you across what's going on around the capital travel-wise. They also have a fully-fledged page full of nifty tips to beat the strike. Helpful.
Follow BBC London Travel on Twitter
Travel news from BBC London

Text in your views on 81111
From Pauly Pizzle via text on 81111: "Take the Northern Line - which seems to be working to Hendon Central, then take the 83 bus to straight outside Wembley Stadium. Easy peasy!"

1713: Let's talk about the football for a bit, shall we? England are on a great run and if they win tonight it will be their ninth successive win in World Cup qualifying - equalling their best sequence, which ran from 1949 to 1957. They can't seal their place at World Cup 2010 tonight, but they go a whopping 10 points clear of Croatia with a victory. Elsewhere in Group Six tonight, Ukraine host Kazakhstan at 1800 BST.

Text in your views on 81111
From anonymous via text on 81111: "I live five minutes from Wembley and it's very hard to notice any England fans here at the moment. Looks like there could be some disappointed fans tonight."

From James and Sam via text on 81111: "We have just arrived at Wembley - honestly the easiest journey of our lives. We have no idea what all the fuss is about! Took a train to London Victoria, then Jubilee Line straight to Wembley Park. I have never seen the underground so empty, absolutely ideal!"

From John, in the sky, via text on 81111: "Just starting up the hot air balloon now, Dan. Depending on wind changes we should arrive at Wembley either 10 mins before kick off, or five days after."

1700: We're not just here for tales of travel woe, of course. It's a relatively busy night of European World Cup qualifying and although England are the only home nation in action, there are other matches which have implications for Scotland and Wales. I'll keep you across any goals we get. For the record, even as I type, Macedonia have just gone 1-0 up over Iceland. A draw in that one would probably suit Scotland best.

1655: From SportsFan on 606: "My journey to watch the match is pretty easy. I stroll round the corner to my local pub and watch in front of the big screen with a nice pint. And rather than waiting in a Tube tunnel at 7pm, I'll be watching the Lions for starters.
Join the debate on 606

1645: So for anyone planning on getting to the match tonight, two things. First of all, from me, get a move on (remember you can follow this text on your mobile). Secondly, from Transport for London, here's some rather more helpful advice: "We are doing all we can to keep trains running on the Jubilee and Metropolitan Tube lines through Wembley Park station, but services will be reduced. London Overground trains will be running a limited service which will serve the nearby Wembley Central Station. Journeys today will be difficult, so if supporters can travel to Wembley without relying on public transport as their sole means of travel, they should consider that option."
Transport for London website

1635: So, how are you planning to get there? What's the best way to Wembley Way? Have you got a fiendishly clever Plan B, or even Plan C? Bus, bike, car, coach or even a humble stroll - which are you using to get there? Are you en route already? Can you tell us where is gridlocked and where is surprisingly quiet? So many questions - so today, possibly more than ever, is a day for getting involved. Text your travel tips to 81111 or have a word over on 606.
Join the debate on 606

1630: Afternoon all. Later tonight, England's players aim to open up a 10-point lead in World Cup qualifying group six with victory over minnows Andorra at Wembley. Before then, England's fans face an arguably greater challenge as they attempt to simply get to Wembley Stadium despite a strike on the Tube which is severely disrupting travel throughout the capital.

Print Sponsor

see also
England 6-0 Andorra
10 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Kazakhstan 0-4 England
06 Jun 09 |  Internationals
Azerbaijan 0-1 Wales
06 Jun 09 |  Internationals

related bbc links: