England Ease Through To Easy 2-0 Win Over Wales

England had an easy win over Wales at the Millennium Stadium this afternoon in the European Championships Group G match,  with the score hardly showing the difference in class between the two sides.

Darren Bent – after scoring England’s second goal on 15 minutes

It was important that England got off to a strong start in front of 74,000 fans in Cardiff and they did exactly that.

England started the game in control and it seemed difficult for Wales to even get any possession of the ball,  and the goal England really needed to quieten the patriotic crowd, came after only 7 minutes.

Aston Villa center-back James Collins, who hadn’t played since early February, slipped and his Villa team mate Ashley Young glided past him, only for the Welsh center-back to bring down Young in the penalty box.

And up stepped Frank Lampard in the 100th meeting between these two countries, to send Welsh goalkeeper Hennessey the wrong way, and easily put England 1-0 up.

And England has only to wait another 8 minutes before they were two up, as the England attack tore the Welsh defense apart with apparent ease.

Glen Johnson put Ashley Young through down the right wing with a beautiful clipped ball, and Young put in a nice right wing cross that former Sunderland striker and Young’s Aston Villa team mate Darren Bent clipped into the net. with predatory instinct and England were 2-0 up after just 15 minutes.

So the first two goals had a number of Aston Villa players involved with the goals, and England had started this game looking a very good side, and played really well in the first half,  as the play off the ball was first class, and looked a little like the way Barcelona play the beautiful game.

At half time it was 2-0 and all England.

Wales did try to come back in the second half, but that probably was due as much with England taking their foot off the pedal as anything else, but of course a goal by Wales at any point in the second half would have put some pressure on England.

But for all of Wales advancing on England in the second half  they had few chances, and England were able to see off what was a comparatively easy win for them, and puts them back at the top of Group G.

England have 10 points from their 4 games and are above Montenegro on goal difference (+8 against +3), and Wales are rock bottom with 4 defeats in their 4 matches.

For England, everybody played well in that first half,  but then England labored too much in the second half, with Wayne Rooney again looking a very ordinary player in this match.

Former Newcastle midfielder Scott Parker, who started the game with Jack Wilshire in central midfield, had an excellent game for England today as did the 19 year-old Arsenal whizkid Wilshire, who is going to be some player for England.

Andy Carroll, the former Newcastle United striker,  was on the England bench, but didn’t get any playing time, although former Newcastle winger James Milner did come on for the final 20 minutes.


Wales: 1-Wayne Hennessey; 2-Chris Gunter, 5-James Collins, 6-Ashley Williams, 3-Danny Collins; 11-Andy King (15-David Vaughan 65), 10-Aaron Ramsey, 7-Joe Ledley; 4-Andrew Crofts, 8-Craig Bellamy, 9-Steve Morison (18-Ched Evans 65)

England: 1-Joe Hart; 2-Glen Johnson, 5-Michael Dawson, 6-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole; 7-Frank Lampard, 4-Scott Parker (13-Phil Jagielka 88), 8-Jack Wilshere (16-Stewart Downing 82); 11-Ashley Young, 9-Darren Bent, 10-Wayne Rooney (15-James Milner 70)

Referee: Olegario Benquerenca (Portugal)

27 comments so far

  • marcos_nufc_rj

    Mar 26, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #1

    The match today showed the difference in terms of quality between the two sides. In my opinion the result was fair. The best Welsh player was Bellamy and this is one of the players I would like to see wearing the black and white shirt again. His performances are outstanding. He should return to St.James`Park.

  • The Power Ranger

    Mar 26, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Why is Lampard still in the side??????? can anyone answer that for me please because i want to know the reason that Capello keeps playing him when he picks players on ‘form’ and not ‘reputation’. That is Joey’s spot and Lump of Lard has taken his place. Could you imagine Wilshere, Parker and Barton?? Oh and why did we sell Parker????

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 26, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #3

    Judas never had a smell. Next game I’m watching is Germany v Kazakhstan.

    Howay the Kazaks… !

  • GeordieGerman

    Mar 26, 2011 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #4

    The Power Ranger. because Lampard’s bottom is still nice ‘n’ tight.

  • baro

    Mar 26, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #5

    With all these quality players on the England side I really think they should do a hell of a lot better each game. They have every piece to win every game.

  • baro

    Mar 26, 2011 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #6

    For Saturday vs Wolves since Tiote is out





  • supermacnumber9

    Mar 26, 2011 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #7

    baro – looks good to me, everyone capable of going forward with pace – only worry is getting back in defence
    should see then off 2-0
    subs? getting a bit thin on the ground
    in fact, should see wales off 2-0!

  • ganiyu

    Mar 26, 2011 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #8

    @ baro that is an unreaslistic starting eleven you know the truth but u dont want to face the reality that guthrie is going to play and ranger woul come from bench.dream well mate

  • baro

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #9

    I found this on the NUFC boards…….

    Newcastle will make Icelandic international striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson a target as they bid to bolster their striking options following the £35million sale of Andy Carroll.

    Toon chief scout Graham Carr has been scouring the Dutch scene since unearthing Cheik Tiote at FC Twente last summer and now has his sights on 21-year-old Sigthorsson, enjoying a productive campaign with AZ Alkmaar.

    The 6ft 1in Sigthorsson is a target man in the Carroll mould with good close control and a willingness to shoot from distance.

    And he made huge headlines in Holland in January when he became only the second foreign player in Eredivisie history to score five goals in a game in the 6-1 win over VVV-Venlo.

    I have to say i have never heard of this guy before but like everybody I looked at his youtube video where he scored 5 goals and he looks like a strong player with great accuracy. At the moment I’d have anybody over Lovenkrands Ameobi. I’m sure he will see how successful Tiote has done in England and want to follow him. We just need a couple of wins this season out of the remaining 8 games and is it just me or My god i just can’t wait for this summer TRANSFER MARKET!!!!
    Kolbeinn Sigthorsson
    Moussa Sow
    and a whole lot others to come to NUFC!

    35 million!! WHOAA!!!

  • baro

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Comment #10

    Also I see now that whenever Andy Carroll is playing for Liverpool all they seem to do is go to LONG BALL style! I’m glad we won’t be doing much of that anymore. Its so boring to watch Whoaff here from Gerrard and whoaff there from Lucas. I prefer the ground through ball tic-tac-toe speed style like Arsenal and Barcelona. Next year seeing Gervinho or the right wing Hatem Ben Arfa on the left wing! That would be just amazing! All we need is 2 top class strikers in the middle. Graham Carr is a Newcastle fan and is currently a Newcastle scout. I am loving the guy. He got Newcastle Tiote and Ben Arfa for less money then Dennis Wise got Xisco. And at the moment look at what Xisco has done if anything and look at the King Cheik Boom BOOM Tiote. Tiote was brought in by Carr for 3.5 million and Ben Arfa I think was 5.5-6 million total. THAT IS JUST AMAZING!
    All I’m trying to find out is who is next in the door?!!!

  • shearermania

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #11






    ohara, milijas, henry will be packing the midfied so we need to dominate the midfield and with nolans eye for goal, ireland and bartons through balls we should ovecome them….also javis and kightly/hamill are good players on either wing…needs to be closed down..

    only probem is can our players understand other tactics than a rigid 442

  • roy cropper

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:42 AM

    Comment #12


  • Bucks mag

    Mar 27, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #13

    Doyle got injured playing for Ireland, good news for us.

  • baro

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #14

    Bucks Mag

    Seriously?! Kevin Doyle got injured?

  • mikenotiades

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Comment #15

    Ganiyu.. nice point on Baro… The team put out never seems to be risky in favour of a win.. On another point, Ramsey… we might be able to get him, good player. While I’m dreaming, really hope we can get Dzeco from city, he’s not suited to them but perfectly suited for us… Tough run-in btw guys

  • baro

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #16


    Dzeko? Are you dreaming? They bought him for over 30 million and he hasn’t done crap in the premier league. For a player that a team would buy for that much there no need of giving him a couple of years to adapt to the English game. He should of already be that great striker no matter who its against and where its at. We got Ben Arfa under 6 million and he did more in about 3 games then Dzeko has done since at City and we got him for about 20-30 million less. Like Alan Pardew said, We will watch the players we are interested in on a number of occassoins and not just or 2 games because we cannot mess up one bit on a player even once. Just my point there….

  • mikenotiades

    Mar 27, 2011 at 2:34 AM

    Comment #17

    I probably am dreaming but the way they are spending I see them offloading players of his calibre qiute regularly over the next few years for a significant loss… In regards to your point, there are no guarantees, we might spend 10 mill or 2 and they still might not live up to the price tag.. I just feel Dzeco would love and be loved by the toon, The way City are shaping up, they are trying to be like Real Madrid, either succeed fast or warm the bench… That is why I feel my dreams might have some substance

  • baro

    Mar 27, 2011 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Both of our top targets scored last week.
    Gervinho first then Moussa Sow


  • RedMissionBells

    Mar 27, 2011 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #19

    I always felt Darren Bent is the most under rated English striker in recent years. He should have been on that flight to South Africa last year. In fact, he should have been in the first team for England in the World Cup as he was the only striker that was most likely to score. Heskey and Rooney could not score to save their lives then and even now.
    People are surprised that Villa paid 18 million for him. I think 18 Million is about right considering Carroll was valued at 30 million.

  • sweendog

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #20

    kevin doyle possibly out for the season .. we’ve no excuses for a good attacking display next week ..

  • ganiyu

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #21

    I really want to see what xisco and ranger could offer because they hardly get a chance.i thought that the plan was to groom our younger players?

    Tbh ashley wont spend more than 8million for any of your transfer fantasy,Majority on this site still live in wonderland

  • sweendog

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #22

    more paper rumours

    Icelandic international striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson is a target of Newcastle.

  • sweendog

    Mar 27, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #24

    bit similar to carroll .. would be good in my eyes if they got him in as a second striker to work off drogba 🙂 .. don’t believe the drogba rumours myself..

  • G

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #25

    According to F365 this morning, Glasgow Rangers want to sign Alan Smith. Shall we start a whip round for a national express coach ticket to Glasgow, and 8 cans of special brew?

  • lewman

    Mar 27, 2011 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #26

    i like the part in the mirror article about that player where they state that we are still set to record a negative balance even after slashing wages for the period up to july 2010.

    that was our championship season so is that not a bit obvious.

  • Davies

    Mar 28, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #27

    The gap between England and Wales was far more apparent in the first half. It looked like an international squad playing a pub team, however, I thought they were second best for large chunks of the second half. Don’t know if it’s because they took their foot off the gas, or because Speedy got the hairdryer out at half time.


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