August 11, 2010



2 - 1



19:00 +00:00, August 11, 2010


Referee: Stéphane Lannoy (FRA)

  • 92'

    Read our full match report on England's 2-1 victory here

  • 92'

    A fantastic rescue act from Gerrard, lively performances from Walcott and Adam Johnson, encouraging signs from Gibbs and a solid performance from Joe Hart. Plenty of positives for England on an intriguing night at Wembley.

  • 92'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Wembley Stadium: Gerrard to the rescue, but it may not be enough to sort out the shattered reputations of Capello and Rooney, the latter of whom is sure to be on the front pages after that sarcastic gesture.

  • 92'

    FULL TIME A new look England team secure the victory they so desperately needed.

  • 91'

    The England youngsters have looked very lively tonight. Fabio Capello will have plenty of food thought ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

  • 90'


  • 89'

    A viscious strike again from Adam Johnson! Wilshere lays the ball off for Johnson, who from 25-yards out forces a smart save from Kiraly.

  • 88'

    I spoke too soon! Great play from Gera as he slips the ball through to Priskin. One on one with Joe Hart, the Man City stopper stays big and makes an excellent save!

  • 87'

    England have taken their foot off the gas here, and Hungary seem content with a 2-1 defeat.

  • 85'

    Gibbs and Young linking up again, the Aresnal youngster's cross isn't the best though and it's a Hungary goal kick.

  • 84'

    What can Jack Wilshere do? He's not got much time to make an impact, only six minutes left.

  • 83'

    Steven Gerrard given a rapturous reception as he exits the pitch.

  • 82'

    Jack Wilshere on for Steven Gerrard

  • 81'

    Ashley Young whips in a deep corner which Bobby Zamora powers towards goal. Kiraly's quick reflexes prevent a goal.

  • 79'

    Joe Hart gathers a Hungarian set piece taken from just inside the England half. The young goalkeeper has been a largely redundant figure.

  • 78'

    England looking far more comfortable now. Gibbs and Adam Johnson in particular are looking lively.

  • 76'

    Ashley brought down and England have a free kick in their own half.

  • 75'

    A fantastic reply to going behind from England, and in particular from Steven Gerrard. Two simply stunning goals.

  • 72'

    GOAL Gerrard again! Good work from Young who finds Gerrard in the penalty area. What the England captain does next is truly world class, wriggling his way through an impossible Hungarian maze before flicking the ball beyond Kiraly! A stunning goal.

  • 69'

    GOAL Steven Gerrard equalises for England! Many apologies! Due to technical difficulties we've been unable to inform for you that England fell behind to a Jagielka own goal. It matters not, as England are now level thanks to a Steven Gerrard thunderbolt. So, in theory, as we were!

  • 60'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Wembley Stadium: We have waited a while but the boos are starting to rain down now. Half an hour of quality needed here and the prospects of that are low.

  • 55'

    Adam Johnson wastes the free kick after his attempted low ball is blocked. From the follow up Johnson hits a dipping shot narrowly over.

  • 54'

    Komlosi on for Liptak

  • 54'

    Free kick to England within shooting range after Rooney is sent tumbling on the edge of the box.

  • 52'

    Szabolcs Huszti, Vilmos Vanczak, Balazs Dzsudzsak taken off for Tamas Hajnal, Zsolt Laczko, Vladimir Koman.

  • 50'

    Ashley Young involved again after Rooney slipped him in behind the Hungary defence. Young's low ball is once again dangerous, and once again misses everyone.

  • 49'

    The second half yet to get going after the introdution of so many substitutes.

  • 48'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Wembley Stadium: Every sub cheered on to the pitch with some gusto. Bobby Zamora is most popular, for a reason that escapes this observer.

  • 46'

    Ashley Young gets his first run at the defence, his cross cleared for a corner. He takes the resulting corner short to Barry, playing a one-two then whipping a dangerous looking ball just beyond the back post.

  • 46'

    Wayne Rooney struggles to come to terms with the word 'friendly' in the first half against Hungary.

  • 45'

    KICK OFF Hungary start the second half

  • 45'

    Zamora, Young, Dawson and Gibbs on for Walcott, Lampard, Terry and Cole.

  • 45'

    Stat Attack: Theo Walcott has managed five successful dribbles in the 1st half vs Hungary, at least three more than any English winger at the 2010 World Cup.

  • 45'

    After a bright start from England, the tempo of the match did flag somewhat as half time approached. In fairness to the players, this is probably down to pre-season rustiness rather than poor form.

  • 45'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Wembley Stadium: First big boo of the night there. Perhaps they'd been saving it up. It seems unfair considering how England have not been quite so bad but perhaps it's been stored up. Capello needs a goal and fast in the second half.

  • 45'

    Stats & Info: England have scored a total of eight second-half goals in the two matches where they haven't scored in the first half at Wembley under Fabio Capello.

  • 45'

    HALF TIME England fans electing to boo after a promising first half performance.

  • 44'

    With youngsters Gibbs and Wilshere on the bench for England, they'll be eager to earn their first caps in the second half.

  • 42'

    The tempo has tailed off slightly and both teams seem to ready for the half time interval.

  • 41'

    Rooney drops deep and collects the ball. From fully 30 yards he unleashes an effort that clatters off Juhasz and out for a corner. Having earned the corner, Rooney gives away a foul and the corner comes to nothing.

  • 41'

    The delivery finds Rooney beyond the back post, his looped header floats harmlessly wide.

  • 39'

    Hungary seem to have weathered the storm for the moment, restricting England to possession outside of the penalty area. As I type they concede a cheap corner...

  • 37'

    Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard are both operating confidently in this new system. Could we finally see these two flourish at international level?

  • 36'

    Will Capello look to make changes at half-time? He must be tempted to give this eleven more than 45 minutes.

  • 34'

    Typically bullish play from Rooney, closing down the Hungary defence at every opportunity. A very solid performance from England.

  • 33'

    Kiraly is looking settled as he catches Adam Johnson's latest corner.

  • 32'

    Dangerous free kick for England for yet another foul on Walcott. Gerrard goes for goal and Kiraly reacts sharply to tip the ball over the bar.

  • 32'

    Phil Jagielka tries to make a nuisance of himself in the Hungary penalty area.

  • 31'

    England earn another corner after some lungbusting stuff from Walcott. The delivery is good from Adam Johnson, but Hungary are equal to it.

  • 30'

    England fans unveil a tongue-in-cheek banner at Wembley.

  • 27'

    Steven Gerrard is almost through on goal as England clear a Hungary free kick. Kiraly reacts quickly though and hoofs clear.

  • 26'

    Hungary earn themselves a corner, Dzsudzsak has a pop at goal, Terry deflects the ball over for a corner. Juhasz claims over the back of Terry to connect with the ball, foul given and free kick to England.

  • 24'

    Walcott's career is summed up in 10 seconds of football. His blinding pace gets him to the byline before unleashing a truly spooned cross. Fortunately for him it finds Adam Johnson, who cushions the ball to Rooney. The England striker is crowded out though and Hungary clear.

  • 22'

    Walcott's pace is causing Vanczak all sorts of problems, earning another England set piece. This one is poor though and the danger passes.

  • 21'

    Ashley Cole breaks forward again. His first touch from Barry's through ball is perfect, his cross isn't and it's a goal kick to Hungary.

  • 19'

    The opposition must be taken into account, but this is still a much-improved performance from England. It looks like a matter of time before they open the scoring.

  • 17'

    Gerrard and Rooney combine well again and almost work an opening. This England attack looks vibrant and full of energy.

  • 16'

    From the throw-in Hungary win a corner which Joe Hart confidently punches clear.

  • 15'

    Hungary looking to get into the game, and they're helped by Glen Johnson, who needlessly gives away a throw.

  • 13'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Wembley Stadium: Far too excitable from Johnson but great work from Walcott. Again, we are wondering what might have been in South Africa. Though Capello may just be proved correct about Johnson's high emotions getting in the way.

  • 12'

    The delivery is headed out for a throw. From the resulting throw-in England launch another attack. Glen Johnson feeds Walcott, who does excellently to get to the byline and pull back to Adam Johnson. The Man City man wastes the chance, blazing over when it looked easier to score.

  • 11'

    A very late challenge on the lively Theo Walcott by Vanczak. Another opportunity for England to get the ball in the box...

  • 10'

    Jagielka forced to concede a corner after Huszti breaks down the left. The referee blows his whistle as soon as the corner is taken, England free kick.

  • 9'

    ESPN's John Brewin at Wembley Stadium: England look a real threat here. And the two players who have produced it are Adam Johnson and Theo Walcott...

  • 8'

    Kiraly comes out and punches clear unconvincingly. A very bright start from England.

  • 7'

    Walcott get his first run at Hungary and earns yet another corner. Johnson's delivery is cleared for an additional corner.

  • 6'

    Panic in the Hungarian defence, Szelesi makes a hash of the clearance and Jagielka goes close again.

  • 5'

    Another corner for England with Ashley Cole's first forray forward earning the set piece.

  • 4'

    From Hungary's first free kick they could've taken the lead. Akos Elek is unmarked, but can only guide his header straight at Joe Hart.

  • 3'

    Rooney slots the ball into the net following a fantastic through ball from Gerrard. Unfortunately for England the flag is raised.

  • 2'

    England win a corner. Lampard's delivery lands at the feet of Jagielka who flicks the ball just over.

  • 1'

    England keeping the ball well early on. First free kick for a foul on Gareth Barry.


    KICK OFF England get the match underway.


    ESPN's John Brewin at Wembley Stadium: The teams are on the pitch but as yet I have heard no boos for the England players. Should we disappointed?


    England receive a lukewarm reception from a sparsely populated Wembley Stadium. Time for the national anthems.


    The teams are in the tunnel, what sort of reception awaits the England team when they walk onto the pitch at Wembley?


    Fabio Capello has adapted his tactics to deploy Steven Gerrard in a more advanced role behind lone striker Wayne Rooney, a formation many people wanted to see used in South Africa.


    The future starts here for England. With the likes of Jagielka, Adam Johnson and Joe Hart in the starting XI, this is a new look England team.


    HUNGARY: Kiraly, Liptak, Vanczak, Juhasz, Szelesi, Vadocz, Dzsudzsak, Rudolf, Elek, Gera, Huszti.


    ENGLAND: Hart, Glen Johnson, Jagielka, Terry, Ashley Cole, Barry, Lampard, Walcott, Gerrard, Adam Johnson, Rooney.


    Adam Johnson makes his full international debut for England against Hungary tonight, with Phil Jagielka partnering John Terry in the centre of defence. Join us from 19:45