England Under-21s were able to get a crucial 3 points last night thanks to two goals from Newcastle striker And Carroll as they managed to beat Macedonia 6-3 in an exciting game at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry.
Andy Carroll – congratulated by Jack Wiltshire on second goal
There was a good 20,074 crowd at the Ricoh Arena and they saw a thrilling European Championship qualifier as England, ahead 3-1 at one stage were brought back to reality as Macedonia leveled the scores, only for England to pull away and win the game comfortably in the end.
In the first half Kieran Gibbs and Micah Richards put England in control before Muarem Muarem made it 2-1 at half time, and then the fireworks started.
There were 3 goals in the space of 6 minutes into the second half, with Macedonia scoring through Agim Ibraimi and a Gibbs own goal, and Geordie Andy Carroll scoring for England.
But another goal from Carroll, when he turned beautifully 12 yards out and smashed the ball into the net, and a couple from substitute Zavon Hines – on his debut – saw England through to a valuable 3 points.
Arsenal’s Theo Walcott returned to the team, but only lasted one half as he was forced to leave the game at the interval with a dead leg.
1 Scott Loach, 2 Micah Richards (c), 3 Kieran Gibbs, 4 Jack Rodwell, 5 James Tomkins, 6 Michael Mancienne, 7 Tom Cleverley, 8 Jack Wilshere, 9 Andy Carroll (18 Danny Welbeck, 90), 10 Theo Walcott (16 Zavon Hines, 46), 11 Danny Rose (14 Fabrice Muamba, 69)
Subs 12 Chris Smalling, 13 Frank Fielding, 15 Junior Stanislas, 17 Daniel Sturridge
Coach Stuart Pearce
Macedonia 1 Kristijan Naumovski, 2 Daniel Georgievski, 3 Aleksandar Lazevksi (18 Ilija Nestorovski, 72), 4 Dragan Stojkov, 5 Vladimir Dimitrovski (c), 6 Goran Bogdanovic, 7 Betim Aliju, 8 Muarem Muarem, 9 Mirko Ivanovski (14 Aleksandar Stankov, 90+3), 10 Agim Ibraimi, 11 Goran Siljanovski (16 Marko Kostencovski, 64)
Subs 12 Marko Jovanovski, 13 Jani Urdinov, 15 Stefan Spirovski, 17 Sedat Berisa
Coach Boban Babunski
Match Officials (all France)
Referee Fredy Fautrel
Assistant Referees Fredji Harchay and Cyril Gringore
Fourth Official Ruddy Buquet