Taylor, Milner Help England Under-21s To Win

The England Under-21 side maintained their perfect record in qualifying games for the 2009 European Under-21 championships in Sweden when they beat Montenegro 1-0 on Friday night.

England won through a 20th minute goal by Matt Derbyshire of Blackburn Rovers.

The game was played at Walker’s Stadium in Leicester and both Taylor and Milner played the full 90 minutes for the England side.


England had almost gone ahead earlier in the game when captain Steven Taylor had a great header thump off the post. In addition to that effort, Newcastle’s Taylor got slightly underneath another header early in the game. Another chance was squandered by Matt Derbyshire, who had a free header but sent it weakly and straight at keeper Janjusevic, when he should really have scored.

It was a frustrating night for the England team because they couldn’t turn their superior play into goals – although they created enough chances, especially in the first half. England were even denied a penalty when Aleksandar Radovic clearly handled on 50 minutes, but it was one of those nights for Stuart Pearce’s side.

In the second half Newcastle’s James Milner had a good long-range drive tipped over by Janjusevic – it was a good effort from Milner. Even though the evening was a frustrating one for the home side England got the job done, and ground out the win to go top of Group 3. Previous leaders Portugal lost to Bulgaria 1-0 earlier in the day.

England now have 9 points from 3 games followed by Portugal with 6 points from 3 games. England have yet to concede a goal yet in the tournament. England’s next qualifying game is next Tuesday, 16th October against Ireland in Cork, with an 8pm kick-off. We’ll being you a report on that game too.

Here is England’s Group 3 Table after tonight’s games.


1 Joe Hart, 2 Martin Cranie, 3 Andrew Taylor, 4 Andrew Surman (14 Fabrice Muamba, 30), 5 Steven Taylor (c), 6 Nedum Onuoha, 7 James Milner, 8 Tom Huddlestone, 9 Matt Derbyshire (17 Cameron Jerome, 79), 10 Gabriel Agbonlahor (16 Michael Kightly, 83), 11 Theo Walcott.
Subs not used 12 David Wheater, 13 Ben Alnwick, 15 Adam Johnson, 18 Luke Moore

Coach: Stuart Pearce Bookings none

1 Ivan Janjusevic, 2 Aleksander Radovic, 3 Blazo Igumanovic, 5 Milko Novakovic, 6 Predrag Brnovic, 7 Darko Boskovic (17 Zijad Adrovic, 87), 8 Stevan Jovetic (c), 10 Marko Cetkovic (18 Goran Vujovic, 74), 14 Marko Vidovic, 20 Ivan Fatic, 22 Luka Tiodorovic (9 Krsto Zvicer, 90)
Subs not used 11 Petar Vukcevic, 12 Bojan Radanovic, 15 Mijusko Bojovic, 16 Miroje Jovanovic

Coach: Dusan Vlaisavljevic Bookings Aleksander Radovic, 85

Referee Anders Hermansen (Denmark). Assistant Referees Henrik Sonderby and Niels Hog (Denmark)
Fourth Official Michael Johansen (Denmark)

10 comments so far

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #1

    who scored?

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 12, 2007 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #2

    matt derbyshire sorry i see it now! lol

  • Hammy

    Oct 13, 2007 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #3

    Tum tee tum…………………are you having a lie in or early night Ed?
    hmmmn that’s a thing…….do you ever go out?….must be tricky running a popular Blog site and having a social life too.

    There’s a canny day of sport on the day boys, International match this afternoon and then the Rugby tonight. I’m not an egg chaser fan, but I canna stand the French, Zog doesn’t count as he now lives at the Toon and can say “alreet” so he’s been de-nationalised.

    More ramblings… we should have a where are they now blog, what are the ex-mags up to, I saw Des Hamilton the other week stocking shelves a Tesco’s in Kingston Park.


    Reet bloggers get goggling, Kudos to the greatest find and no fibs….

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 13, 2007 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #4

    Im not sure if u remember him but i work with Malcolm Allen he is a delivery driver for AVC in stevenage! i kid u not, Im not quite sure why he works there because he looks like he is still not short of a few bob, aybe he just wants to be working instead of sittin around doing nothing.

  • Hammy

    Oct 13, 2007 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Billy Whitehirst works on a Building site and trains whippets….nice one Billy

    Franz Carr…one of the best ever crossers of a ball at the toon has vanished into thin air although he was last seen running very fast….

    Darren Peacock has “retired” and lives in Portugal….

    TOON LEGEND PHILLIPE ALBERT WORKS AS A PUNDIT FOR BELGIAN TV……he also pops round to my house to do odd jobs now and again.

  • Hammy

    Oct 13, 2007 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Cockney Magpie…you pulling my leg with that one???
    Great stuff if true..

  • Cockney Magpie

    Oct 13, 2007 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #7

    I swear to ya, i couldnt believe it myself,I work in the warehouse part and my mate came up 2 me one day n said, ur a newcastle fan int ya? n i sed yer why? malcolm allen is out there and i looked and he werent lying, i was like what the hell is he doing here and my mate said he drives the delivery vans lol i couldnt believe it!! but 100% true story now i see him like everyday!

  • Hammy

    Oct 13, 2007 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Shoot on sight samba star Mirandinha now manages Brazilian club Centro Esportivo Nova Esperança, wor Mira best known for hitting the crossbar from the half way line against Liverpool…..Grobbs was crapping himself…..

    I’m just thinking…did Andy Hunt go to some rain forrest and turn into a tree hugger or something similar??

  • Sinead

    Oct 13, 2007 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #9

    Ireland England Turners Cross..that’ll be intersting. I think there’s still tickets left. I might go, I don’t know.

    We’d a 3-2 win over Sweden yesterday, not bad preperation.

  • leo

    Oct 14, 2007 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    on a different note, i would love to see Nedum Onuoha at newcastle. plays right back and centre back. perfect


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