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England Easily Beat Estonia 3-0 – Owen OK

7:07 pm, Saturday, October 13th, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

England beat 127th ranked Estonia in a virtual canter today at Wembley with 3 goals in the first 33 minutes. The game was won before the break. To say the second half was lethargic and boring is to be too complimentary.

England played out the second half and will now concentrate on their important game in Russia on Wednesday. Owen played for 70 minutes and Alan Smith was not included in the substitutes.

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Before the match Steven Gerrard had talked about England’s lack of consistency but anything other than a win this afternoon would have been a monumental shock. In each of the Wembley games England have scored 3 times and won all three.

The only negative for England was that Ashley Cole was injured minutes into the second half after a collision involving the Estonia striker Kaimar Saag and Joleon Lescott of Everton, who was making his debut as a half-time replacement for Rio Ferdinand.

Cole must be a major doubt for Wednesday’s game against Russia.

The first goal was slotted through Mart Poom’s legs by Wright-Phillips – after good work by the overlapping Micah Richards, It was a good hard shot but really Poom should have saved it. It was good to see Wright-Phillips score again and he’s done really well this season so far – both for Chelsea and England.

England’s second, Wayne Rooney’s first competitive strike for his country since Euro 2004 came from a Joe Cole cross from the left that Rooney mis-hit but a deflection sent the ball into the bottom corner past keeper Poom. The third goal, coming 90 seconds later was an incredible own goal from midfielder Taavi Rahn. In attempting to head clear an Ashley Cole cross he headed the ball, from outside the area into the goal giving Poom no chance.

That was it 3 goals after 33 minutes and the game was won.

The midfield pairing of Steven Gerrard and Gareth Barry again looked competent and controlled the midfield for England throughout – these two play well together and complement each other unlike Gerrard and Lampard. Frank Lampard finally came on with 20 minutes to go replacing Michael Owen. Owen looked OK so it’s one down and one to go for Newcastle fans :D

After the game Manager McClaren talked about Cole:

“We’re assessing it.  It doesn’t look good at the moment,”

“It was vital we got the three points we did,”  “We wanted the tempo high in the first 20 minutes and we won it in the first 20 minutes.”

This was a result expected if only because Estonia are such a poor side. But 3 points and no goals conceded is good and a professional win by England. The real test comes at Russia on Wednesday on a plastic pitch. That’s when strikers Rooney and Owen will need to be at their best.

Teams:

England: Robinson, Richards, Campbell, Ferdinand (Lescott 46), Ashley Cole (Neville 49), Wright-Phillips, Gerrard, Barry, Joe Cole, Rooney, Owen (Lampard 70).
Subs Not Used: James, Bentley, Crouch, Defoe.

Goals: Wright-Phillips 11, Rooney 32, Rahn 33 og.

Estonia: Poom, Kruglov, Stepanov, Piiroja, Jaager, Rahn, Klavan, Dmitrijev, Lindpere, Kink (Viikmae 62), Saag.
Subs Not Used: Aksalu, Allas, Reim, Rooba, Barengrub, Terehhov.

Booked: Rahn, Lindpere.

Att: 86,655.

Ref: Nicolai Vollquartz (Denmark).



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hammy // Oct 13, 2007 at 8:22 PM

    I’ve never been so bored in my life…….oh I forgot some of the toon games from last season……can’t wait for Steve’s post match comments..zzzzzzzzzz

  • 2 Ashton // Oct 13, 2007 at 8:57 PM

    we should sign with Miguel Veloso in jan
    he is very talanted player and a good free kicker too
    6 ft tall with strong left foot

    Sounds perfect player for us
    comon sign with him fat sam

  • 3 Tom_Toon // Oct 13, 2007 at 9:48 PM

    20 mil and why do we want another defensive mid!

  • 4 Tom_Toon // Oct 13, 2007 at 9:50 PM

    why is everyone mentioning 6ft, that isnt exactly tall, my mate who is only just 16 is 6ft 7 and another is 6ft 4 most are over 6ft.

  • 5 Ashton // Oct 13, 2007 at 10:50 PM

    F*&k you Tom_Toon you f*&*^king FM tosser
    you are not mike ashley to decide who you want to sign with or not

    Veloso is a young talanted player and he will bee a massive player in epl and we need a good passer and free kicker
    so just sod off

  • 6 Ashton // Oct 13, 2007 at 10:51 PM

    F*%*k you Tom_Toon you f*%*ing FM tosser
    you are not mike ashley to decide who you want to sign with or not

    Veloso is a young talanted player and he will bee a massive player in epl and we need a good passer and free kicker
    so just sod off

  • 7 Tom_Toon // Oct 13, 2007 at 10:54 PM

    Im portugugese, ive seen him many times obv hes a good player but your saying 6ft is tall.

  • 8 Tom_Toon // Oct 13, 2007 at 10:55 PM

    sub standard passer aswell, you ever seen Miguel? take that as a no.

  • 9 Tom_Toon // Oct 13, 2007 at 10:56 PM

    Well for one Mike Ashley isnt going to decide and if i were id be thiking of more realistic targets than Veloso.

  • 10 ToonKing // Oct 13, 2007 at 11:22 PM

    Any news on Emre?? Hope he’s okay too….

  • 11 Ashton // Oct 13, 2007 at 11:28 PM

    Im no’t saying that 6 ft is tall , 6 ft is fat sam type
    and mike ashley is the guy with the money
    so it’s his decision

  • 12 geno toon // Oct 14, 2007 at 12:10 AM

    anyone post the highlights on youtube yet? I have not had a chance to see them yet.

  • 13 Bill F // Oct 14, 2007 at 1:11 AM

    So does ability come by the foot?

  • 14 Andy C // Oct 14, 2007 at 8:57 AM

    Owen should have been off at half time, Mclaren was blatantly trying to make a point and flex his muscles. Owen should have asked to come off.

    After everything that has been stirred up in the media that would have put it to bed and everyone including newcastle fans and management would have been happy.

    The game was effectivley over.




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