Newcastle defender Steven Taylor suffered his first defeat as England Under-21 captain last night night as an Ecuador eleven fought back from two goals down to claim a 3-2 victory in Malaga.
Steven Taylor – England Under-21 defeated 3-2 by Ecuador eleven
England had been undefeated for just over three years, and were comfortably ahead by two goals at half time before they let the opposition come back with three unanswered goals in the final 45 minutes.
England got an early lead as Middlesbrough’s Adam Johnson beat two defenders before volleying home for the opener in the 14th minute.
And then just before half-time Spurs’ striker Fraizer Campbell (on loan from Man United) finished off a quick breakaway with a nice low crisp finish into the bottom corner of the net.
But then Ecuador scored three goals in the second half to take the victory.
They scored two goals very quickly in the second half and were level within nine minutes of the restart.
And then just eight minutes from time, Manchester City’s Felipe Caicedo beat goalkeeper Tom Heaton (Cardiff City – on loan from Man United) after come excellent control inside the penalty area.
England were unlucky not to grab a late equalizer, first through debutant Danny Welbeck, then when Campbell’s goal was ruled out for offside.
Steven Taylor, who has had only a mediocre season at Newcastle, played the full 90 minutes in what was his 29th cap for the Under-21s.
1 Tom Heaton (13 Scott Loach, 88), 2 Steven Taylor (C), 3 Joe Mattock (14 Kieran Gibbs, 61), 4 Michael Mancienne, 5 Micah Richards (15 Jack Cork, 46), 6 Richard Stearman, 7 Michael Kightly (16 Craig Gardner, 61), 8 Tom Huddlestone, 9 Fraizer Campbell, 10 Lee Cattermole (12 Kyle Naughton, 76), 11 Adam Johnson (17 Danny Welbeck)
Coach: Stuart Pearce
1 Jose Cevallos (C), 2 Deison Mendez, 3 Segundo Matamba (17 Geovanny Espinoza, 71), 4 Paul Ambrosi (13 Christian Noboa, 51), 7 Joffre Guerrón, 8 Edison Mendez, 10 Felipe Caicedo (5 Fernando Roberto Hidalgo, 87), 11 Pablo Palacios (9 Felix Borja, 76), 14 Segundo Alejandro Castillo, 15 Walter Ayovi, 18 Neicer Reasco
Coach: Sixto Vizuete
Referee: Mario Melero Lopez (Spain)
Assistants: Felipe Gomez Ruiz and Raul Chavet Garcia (Spain)
Fourth Official: Ismael Pino Blanco (Spain)