WC Qual - UEFA

June 10, 2009

Full-time

England

6 - 0

Andorra

Group F

19:15 +00:00, June 10, 2009

Wembley Stadium, London, England

Referee: Hendrikus Nijhuis

  • 90'

    Sorry, we've had some teccy difficulties. You missed a largely uneventful last fifteen minutes apart from a comedy goal from Crouch. Defoe streaked clear before scuffing his shot and as two defenders dallied over the ball, Crouch got a toe to it and dribbles it over the line. A truly comical goal. The only way Crouch was going to score. So, England lead Croatia by ten points, and are one win away from the world cup.

  • 75'

    Beckham's free kick is weak but Koldo spills it and Defoe finishes it off from close range.

  • 75'

    Free kick for England in range and the crowd scream for Beckham. No goals for him at Wembley - ever - remember. GOAL! Defoe!

  • 74'

    Now Walcott tries to find Defoe again after controlling a long ball from Lampard but Sonejee concedes another corner.

  • 73'

    A needless corner, Johnson gets it short and crosses for an unmarked Defoe to nod into the far corner.

  • 73'

    GOAL! Defoe!

  • 72'

    Johnson's terrible pass is controlled terribly by Sonejee and England have a corner...

  • 71'

    Our commentator (the hysterical one on ITV) reckons it was a red card. Do me a favour Clive.

  • 70'

    What a ridiculous fall from Lima. He jostled with Crouch for position ahead of a cross and when a gangly arm brushed his throat he hurled himself to the ground. Pathetic.

  • 69'

    Super save from Koldo! Lampard finds Walcott in space and he drills a low ball in for Defoe but his touch is saved brilliantly by the keeps. Oh, Defoe was offside.

  • 68'

    The crowd are imploring Beckham to shoot whenever he has the ball...

  • 67'

    Beckham looks for Crouch this time but Lima nods clear. He's had a good game Becks. Not bad for a 34-year-old eh?

  • 66'

    Beckham floats in a corner and Tery heads wide.

  • 65'

    Another beautiful ball from Beckham finds Young who gets to the byline and crosses for Defoe, who can't turn it home then Lamaprd is penalised for offside as Young tries another centre.

  • 64'

    Green has a smidgen of work to do as he comes out of his box to thigh the ball to safety after Jiminez hit a ball forward for Silva.

  • 63'

    Cole is replaced by Bridge and ISN'T booed off, much to my disgust.

  • 62'

    Not only is Crouch having a stinker, now he's getting in the way of certain goals! Lampard's hit is saved and Walcott's follow up is heading for the far corner until the gangly idiot gets in the way.

  • 61'

    Johnson fouls Lima on the edge of the box after Beckham teed him up for a shot. Its like a practice match in this half.

  • 60'

    Possession is up to 83-17. I'll let you decide in which direction.

  • 59'

    Beckham floats the ball into Crouch who controls on the chest and volleys acrobatically over the bar. Corner, for some reason, at which Lescott misses a sitter at the far post.

  • 58'

    Rob Green gets another touch and another cheer from the 60,000 inside the stadium.

  • 57'

    Great ball in from Young who bent it round his man and Crouch can't apply the touch that would have diverted the ball into the net.

  • 55'

    Nice move involving Beckham, Young and Cole - whose cross finds Defoe but his header is weak and wide.

  • 54'

    Andorra have a free kick just inside England's half and lump it in the box where Lima fouls Terry.

  • 53'

    Walcott gets an earful from Androl Lima after bumping into him in the area. Theo looks genuinely scared.

  • 52'

    Silva hammers Ashley Cole with an elbow. Everyone's happy, apart from Cashley of course.

  • 50'

    Young tries to cross again as Beckham continues to pull the strings, then Cole lofts a nice ball into space for the Villa winger but he can't collect.

  • 49'

    Now the other sub, Defoe, has a chance to register an instant goal. He's slid through by Johnson but hits his shot past the post from a narrow angle.

  • 48'

    Mark Vales replaces Toni Lima, who is retiring after the game apparently.

  • 47'

    Young's first involvement is a nice piece of chest control in the area before he whacks a poor shot wide of the target.

  • 46'

    We begin again, minus Rooney and Gerrard, they have been replaced by Jermain Defoe and Ashley Young.

  • 45'

    Half time, and an excellent 45 minutes from England. They got the early goal to settle nerves and have stretched Andorra regularly with crisp passing and decent width. See you in 15.

  • 45'

    Johnson cuts in and has a go at goal but smashes it high and wide with his left foot. One minute added.

  • 44'

    Crouch and Lima are having a bit of a bust up. Seems like the defender has been dishing out the nasties most of the half. England players not happy.

  • 43'

    Lescott gets round the back and swings a cross in as a Andorra player was on the floor. A bit of argy bargy follows.

  • 42'

    Gerrard tries to play in Walcott when he'd have been better off smashing it goalwards. Momentum lost, but Andorra can't keep hold of the ball for long.

  • 41'

    Becks goes for goal, rather greedily, but Koldo saves well at his near post low down.

  • 40'

    Yellow card for a player called Andorra. Seriously. He hauled back Gerrard. Free kick wide left.

  • 39'

    Johnson crosses and despite having six men in the box Rooney is miles clear of any of them to volley the ball into the net. Super goal.

  • 39'

    GOAL! Rooney!

  • 38'

    Beckham swings in another delightful cross that no-one could quite meet. He could play until he's 70 and cross like that.

  • 36'

    Andorra make progress down the left before Moreno knocks the ball out of play.

  • 35'

    Beckham's corner is a belter but Lescott can't get enough meat on it to send it goalwards.

  • 34'

    Johnson goes on a mazy dribble inside, then outside, then inside. He finally wins a corner.

  • 33'

    Moreno gets within 40 yards and punts one over the bar. Goalmouth action at last for Andorra!

  • 33'

    SHOT! Andorra!

  • 32'

    Crouch lays off for Walcott who looks menacing down the right. Lima gets a touch on it and England have another corner. Beckham takes short to Walcott and he again blazes wide.

  • 31'

    Vieira can't even beat the first man when swinging in the free kick. My word. For a team who live on set pieces that is criminal.

  • 30'

    Jiminez, the painter decorator, goes down this time and Andorra have a free kick. They've put numbers in the box too.

  • 29'

    Johnson finds Walcott on the right, he cuts back for Lampard who smashes the ball home from the penalty spot.

  • 29'

    GOAL! Lampard!

  • 28'

    Without their striker (slash holding midfielder) Andorra are now adopting a 5-4-0 formation. I kid you not.

  • 27'

    Silva, the lone striker is down after a oollision with Lescott's arm. Its the third time he's gone down in a heap already. In fairness, there is a little bit of claret visible.

  • 26'

    Beckham whacks a ball through the middle to no-one in particular.

  • 25'

    Another chance for Rooney after great work from Johnson. The right back slips a ball in to Rooney who shimmies but then scuffs his left foot shot wide of the target.

  • 24'

    Johnson drifts in a ball for Walcott but Rooney gets involved with a misjudged aerial flick and Andorra have a goal kick.

  • 23'

    Rob Green gets a big ironic cheer as he finally touches the ball, 23 minutes in.

  • 22'

    Andorra are rubbish, but then its a tiny country. Their entire population wouldn't even fill Wembley you know. Hmm, yes.

  • 21'

    Crouch fails in his own little game of keepy-uppy. If he loses the 'good feet for a big man' tag he's got nothing left.

  • 20'

    Ridiculous effort from Walcott who shoots from 35 yards out after Beckham's corner had been cleared.

  • 19'

    Gerrard cuts in and has a pop and it is deflected over the bar for a corner.

  • 18'

    Johnson is bodychecked by Txema, whose full name is Txema Jose Manuel Luena Garcia. Blimey. What's wrong with Dave?

  • 17'

    Andorra get over the half way line but only two of them make it and are forced to pass to each other. Terry steps in.

  • 16'

    Gerrard looks for Ashley Cole with a flick but Koldo is out. Cole is effectively playing as a left winger.

  • 14'

    A lovely move from England between Gerrard, Rooney and Johnson sees the Liverpool midfielder reacquainted with the ball inside the area but he slips as he was about to pull the trigger.

  • 13'

    More slick passing from England as they try and draw Andorra out but Lampard is denied a free kick as he and Gerrard combine beautifully on the edge of the box.

  • 12'

    Andorra's lone striker is playing so deep he could be a holding midfielder. Its hilarious.

  • 11'

    Gerrard has a dig from the left side of the area and Koldo is down low to turn it behind for a corner. He's having a busy night, but then he should be used to that eh?

  • 10'

    Beckham delivers another inviting cross and Crouch nods a free header miles over. Yet more proof that he's the tallest footballer in history to be rubbish in the air.

  • 9'

    Walcott tries to beat both Garcia and Jiminez and is only just beaten to the subsequent ball by Sonejee.

  • 8'

    Beckham sticks it right under the nose of Koldo but the 'keeper punches clear under pressure. England look in the mood.

  • 7'

    Walcott wins a free kick on the right after a foul from Garcia. Beckham to take...

  • 6'

    Perhaps Andorra will now pop out of their shell? Don't count on it. All ten outfield players are still sitting 30 yards inside their half when England have the ball.

  • 5'

    That was so easy it was untrue. England could have had three in the first four minutes while Rooney should have two.

  • 4'

    Johnson crosses deep and Rooney is all alone as he plants a header past Koldo.

  • 4'

    GOAL! Rooney!

  • 4'

    What a slice of action! A Johnson pass is diverted to Walcott and his powerful effort is saved brilliantly by Koldo and as the ball deflects away Rooney gets a head on it and it hits the bar!

  • 3'

    Great turn from Rooney inside the area, then he aims a delicate chip towards the far top corner over that is saved well by Koldo.

  • 2'

    Stevie G makes an early break but is stopped in his tracks by the centre back Lima inside the area.

  • 1'

    We're off..

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    Here come the teams, to a muted and scantily clad Wembley..

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    Andorra: Alvarez, Ayala, Ildefons Lima, Sonejee, Antoni Lima, Txema Garcia, Jimenez, Andorra, Vieira, Moreno and Silva. Subs from: Fernandez, Gomez, Escura, Moreira, Rodriguez, Genis Garcia and Vales.

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    The reason England's fans are hacked off is due to a tube strike in London, meaning it is nigh on impossible to get to the home of football in any sort of reasonable time. To add insult to injury, the trains have decided not to stop at Wembley station because (wait for this) it will be too busy. I ask you.

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    Given that Andorra can only count one team in international football as worse than them (San Marino, of course) its perhaps a surprise England have only shoved ten goals past them in their previous three meetings. Wembley's disgruntled punters might just settle for half those again tonight.

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    So, Becks appeal is back. He starts for the first time in two years but apart from him, the side is as you'd expect. Gary Neville is on the bench, meaning Fab risks toilet-seat-liberator and yellow card holder Glen Johnson at right back.

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    England: Green, Johnson, A Cole, Lescott, Terry, Walcott, Lampard, Beckham, Gerrard, Crouch and Rooney. Subs from: Robinson, Neville, Bridge, Young, Wright-Phillips, Defoe and C Cole.

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    A win for England tonight and they are almost certain of a place at next summer's World Cup. And let's face it, if they don't get it against an Andorra side who've lost all six of their games so far, Fabio Capello should resign on the spot.

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    Good evening one and all and welcome to live coverage of England's World Cup qualifying game against Andorra in Group Six. Kick off is at 2015 BST, and you can follow all the build up here with me, Chris Murphy.