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European Championship Qualifying

Wembley Stadium (ATT 77,128) 6th September 2011 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: R Schorgenhofer

England England vs Wales Wales

England 1

A Young (35)


Wales 0

Live Commentary

Last Updated at 9:36 pm, September 6th 2011

  1. 90+2

    Johnson brought down on the right by Taylor so a late free-kick for England. But that is that and the hosts take the three points.

  2. 90+1

    Match is fizzling out as England try and see out the time with what they have after a so-so display.

  3. 90

    Bale is back on his feet to see out the final stages of the game.

  4. 90

    Bale currently on the ground after a knock on the head.

  5. 89

    Young tries to add an England second but he pulls his shot wide of the target. Rooney off and Andy Carroll on.

  6. 87

    Another shot from Earnshaw from outside the box which Hart saves but it was no real threat.

  7. 86

    Bale with a long throw into the England box - it breaks for Ledly but he can't find a telling cross back into a crowded penalty area.

  8. 85

    King on in place of Collison.

  9. 85

    Ramsey tries to work an opening to shoot but his effort hits Parker.

  10. 84

    Andy King due to come on shortly for Wales.

  11. 82

    Earnshaw tries to make amends after being well found by Bale but he tries to curl one into the far corner and misses the target.

  12. 80

    Gunter pulls out a great save from Hart after Young slips and lets in the Welsh full-back. The whistle had gone though for either offside or a foul on Young. Not sure.

  13. 79

    That was Downing's last contribution and he is replaced by Adam Johnson.

  14. 78

    Downing gets away from Taylor down the right but his cross is too high for Rooney in the centre.

  15. 77

    Oh dear. Earnshaw misses a golden chance to make it 1-1 as he fires over the top of an empty net from two yards following a great cross by Blake.

  16. 76

    Smalling fouls again and this time it is on Collison.

  17. 75

    Bale lets fly and it clears the wall but also the crossbar.

  18. 75

    Free-kick to wales 30 yards out after a Smalling foul on Ramsey.

  19. 74

    More promise down the left between Ledley and Ramsey but the latter's back-heel in the England box finds no-one.

  20. 73

    Scott Parker on for England in place of Lampard.

  21. 71

    Wales guilty of overplaying in their own half and Lampard steals the ball. He finds Rooney on the edge of the Welsh box but a muscular challenge from Blake saves the day.

  22. 70

    Earnshaw's first contribution to the game is to be caught offside.

  23. 69

    Milner chases hard down the left against Gunther and the ball catapults of Milner's leg and goes behind for a Wales goal-kick.

  24. 67

    Bale takes the corner but Ramsey can't quite make contact with it. That is the last action for Morison tonight and Earnshaw is on.

  25. 67

    Wales win a cornmer after Gunther's cross is deflected behind off Ashley Cole.

  26. 66

    Wales look set to make change with Rob Earnshaw getting ready on the touchline.

  27. 64

    Downing cut down by Taylor on the right and it gives England a free-kick from a very good spot. Hennessy flaps at the centre then Cahill blasts high over the bar.

  28. 63

    The first corner is cleared behind then the second from Young is weak and headed clear comfortably.

  29. 63

    Milner tries his luck from just outside the box but his shot takes a deflection and goes behind for a corner.

  30. 61

    Lampard should have made it 2-0 to England after a great run from Barry. His shot from the edge of the box is scooped over the bar.

  31. 60

    Bale twists and turns past three England players but can't really nmake any progress. He opts for a shot from 30 yards but it is well wide of the target.

  32. 59

    Wales definitely in the hunt here for an equaliser if they can just find the right final pass or a decent finish.

  33. 58

    Corner for Wales is played back to midfield and Neil Taylor but his corss back into the box can't find a Welshteam-mate.

  34. 56

    Decent chance for Wales as Bale sets up Ramsey inside the England box but Barry is back to make a timely challenge.

  35. 55

    Smalling finds himself playing right wing after a good exchange with Downing but his cross is not great and is easily cleared.

  36. 54

    Poor pass down the left from Cole and Milner has no chance. Throw-in to Wales.

  37. 52

    Useful cross from the right by Rooney and Blake just about does enough to direct the patch of the ball with Young waiting menacingly in the box.

  38. 50

    Ramsey realeases Bale, who times his run perfectly and is in the clear and closing in on Hart but the whistle goes for offside when he was clearly three yards onside.

  39. 49

    Balls come forward from the back by Wales but Morison is isolated up front and is chasing a lot of lost causes.

  40. 48

    England quick out of the blocks in the second half and Wales yet to get out of their own half.

  41. 46

    Lampard finds Young after another slick move and his shot forces Hennessey into action.

  42. 46

    The second half starts with Wales in possession.

  43. England are 1/33 for the victory now at Sky Bet with Wales on offer at 66s and the draw is 12s. Next goalscorer betting sees Rooney at 11/4 with Young a 5/1 chance. If you think England will go on and win 4-0 that is a 6/1 chance.

  44. 45

    Rooney clipped by Crofts and gets a free-kick but there is no time to take it and the whistle goes for half-time.

  45. 43

    Morison fires a long ball across field towards Bale but the latter shoves Cole and England are awarded the free-kick.

  46. 41

    Some quickfire passing from England is let down when Cole fails to find Young on the left.

  47. 40

    Rooney nearly makes it two but just fails to get a touch with his head on Young's wicked cross.

  48. 39

    Long ball over the top towards Rooney and Hennessey commits at the edge of the area and makes the clearance.

  49. 38

    All of a sudden the Welsh are being pressed back and there is an extra spring in the step of the England players as they push for a second before the break.

  50. 37

    More good work down the right from Downing but his cross is cleared this time.

  51. 35

    GOAL ASHLEY YOUNG: Downing beats his man on the right to reach the byline and his cross is met by a fierce right-foot shot that gives Hennessey no chance from eight yards.

  52. 33

    Gunther robs Cole with a meaty challenge then charges forward. He weighs up his options and goes for a long-range shot. Then wished he hadn't as it sails miles wide.

  53. 31

    Smalling hits an optimistic ball down the right channel but it is far too strong for Milner.

  54. 30

    Better from England involving Rooney and Downing but Lampard just loses control of the ball on the edge of the Welsh area.

  55. 28

    Young teases Chris Gunther down the left and crosses just over the head of Rooney. Downing is waiting with a left-foot volley but it goes over the bar.

  56. 28

    Smalling escapes Joe Ledley on the right but Taylor gets back to make a good tackle.

  57. 27

    Bale continues to make hay down the right and wins a throw-in for Wales. Really good spell for the visitors.

  58. 26

    Gary Cahill manages to clear the corner with Morison lurking. Wales keep on the attack with another throw which Chris Smalling clears upfield.

  59. 25

    Corner to Wales on the right and plenty of pushing and shoving in the box.

  60. 24

    The free-kick is delivered and Ashley Williams heads up in the air for Hennessey to punch clear.

  61. 23

    High foot from Morison on Ashley Young and England get a free-kick midway inside the Welsh half.

  62. 21

    Aaron Ramsey picks out a lovely cross from the right but there are no red shirts in the England box.

  63. 20

    Electrifying bit of footwork from Bale down the right flank but James Milner hacks him down and gets the first caution of the evening.

  64. 19

    Another teasing cross from Downing and Rooney is lurking but Hennessey is off his line to pluck the ball out of the air.

  65. 18

    Rooney goes for an audacious chip from 25 yards but it never really threatens the Welsh goal.

  66. 17

    Downing gets the better of Neil Taylor down the right flank but his cross is a bit too deep. A second cross from Downing then just fails to pick out Rooney and Blake can head clear.

  67. 15

    Terry makes a mess of trying to fend of Steve Morison and the striker gets his shot away from a sharp angle but it is always going over the bar.

  68. 14

    Good spell of possession from the Welsh then a long ball towards Steve Morison is easily dealt with.

  69. 12

    Jack Collison makes a good run to the edge of the area but Terry is across to tackle well. A couple of shaky clearances follow from the home side and they don't look the most convincing.

  70. 11

    Free-kick well delivered into the England box by Bale and Ashley Williams just heads behind. Ashley Young then chases down a ball at the other end but Hennessey is off his line well to gather.

  71. 10

    Mis-control by Cole on the left and the ball goes out around halfway for another Welsh throw.

  72. 9

    Cole races free on the left again but a moderate cross is cleared with ease by Blake.

  73. 8

    Stewart Downing chases a loose ball on halfway but can't reel it in and it goes for a Welsh throw.

  74. 7

    Darcy Blake forced to concede the corner after a low cross from the left by Cole. John Terry hets his head to the corner under pressure and it goes wide of the upright.

  75. 7

    Lampard caught late by Andrew Crofts on halfway and a free-kick to England.

  76. 5

    Ashley Williams punts a long ball forward but Cole is able to guide the ball back to Joe Hart with a cushioned header.

  77. 4

    Lampard launches a long ball from the back and Wayne Rooney tries to muscle between two defenders but the ball goes right through to Wayne Hennessey.

  78. 3

    Nice burst from Neil Taylor but he runs into Frank Lampard in midfield and is felled - but no free-kick.

  79. 2

    Gareth Bale leans into Ashley Cole and England win a free-kick deep in their own half.

  80. 1

    Early throw for Engkand down the left in Welsh territory taken by Ashley Cole. Quickly followed by a free-kick for Wales so they can clear their lines.

  81. 1

    England get us under way at Wembley.

  82. That was the National Anthems so get ready for kick-off next.

  83. Keep the comments rolling in and I will use as many as possible in the build-up to kick-off. Email is

  84. The latest odds from Sky Bet make England red-hot favourites at 1/8 with Wales 18/1 andf the draw 13/2. In-form wayne Rooney is unsurprisingly the market leader for First Goalscorer and he is 5/2 while Steve Morison is 16/1 to notch for the visitors.

  85. And the Welsh: Hennessey, Gunter, Williams, Blake, Taylor, Bale, Crofts, Collison, Ramsey, Ledley, Morison. Subs: Myhill, Danny Collins, James Collins, King, Allen, Robson-Kanu, Earnshaw.

  86. Here is the England team: Hart, Smalling, Terry, Cahill, Cole, Milner, Lampard, Barry, Downing, Young, Rooney. Subs: Stockdale, Jagielka, Lescott, Parker, Carroll, Johnson, Defoe.

  87. Teams to follow shortly. Any thoughts on tonight's game then drop me a line at

  88. Pre-match: England head coach Fabio Capello recalls midfielder Frank Lampard to the starting line-up for the Euro 2012 qualifier with Wales at Wembley. Lampard, left out of the side which won in Bulgaria on Friday, and James Milner are included in place of Scott Parker and the injured Theo Walcott. Wales are without the suspended duo of Craig Bellamy and David Vaughan and have brought Jack Collison and Andrew Crofts into their line-up.


  • European Championship Qualifying

    Tue 6th Sep - Group B
    Tue 6th Sep - Group A
    • Azerbaijan
      3 - 2
    • Austria
      0 - 0
    Tue 6th Sep - Group E
    Tue 6th Sep - Group F
    Tue 6th Sep - Group D
    Tue 6th Sep - Group H
    Tue 6th Sep - Group C
    Tue 6th Sep - Group G
    Tue 6th Sep - Group I
    • Scotland
      1 - 0
    • Spain
      6 - 0


European Championship Qualifying Group A

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Czech Republic 5 13
2 Iceland 5 12
3 Netherlands 5 7
4 Turkey 5 5
5 Latvia 5 3
6 Kazakhstan 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group B

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wales 5 11
2 Israel 4 9
3 Belgium 4 8
4 Cyprus 5 6
5 Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 5
6 Andorra 5 0

European Championship Qualifying Group C

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Slovakia 5 15
2 Spain 5 12
3 Ukraine 5 9
4 Belarus 5 4
5 Macedonia 5 3
6 Luxembourg 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group D

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Poland 4 10
2 Germany 5 10
3 Scotland 5 10
4 Republic of Ireland 4 7
5 Georgia 5 3
6 Gibraltar 5 0

European Championship Qualifying Group E

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 England 5 15
2 Slovenia 5 9
3 Switzerland 5 9
4 Lithuania 5 6
5 Estonia 5 4
6 San Marino 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group F

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Romania 5 13
2 Northern Ireland 5 12
3 Hungary 4 7
4 Finland 5 4
5 Faroe Islands 5 3
6 Greece 4 1

European Championship Qualifying Group G

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Austria 5 13
2 Sweden 5 9
3 Russia 4 5
4 Montenegro 4 5
5 Liechtenstein 5 4
6 Moldova 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group H

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Croatia 5 13
2 Italy 5 11
3 Norway 5 9
4 Bulgaria 5 5
5 Azerbaijan 5 3
6 Malta 5 1

European Championship Qualifying Group I

European Championship Qualifying
Pos Team P Pts
1 Denmark 4 7
2 Albania 4 7
3 Portugal 3 6
4 Serbia 3 1
5 Armenia 4 1