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England 6 Andorra 0


By Carly Goodwill
June 11 2009

Englandís men made it seven wins out of seven on Wednesday evening, scoring six goals to beat Andorra at The Wembley Stadium, leaving them within touching distance of reaching the World Cup in South Africa in 2010.


England almost scored in the first three minutes of the game when Steven Gerrard passed to Rooney in the box, who then beat his man only for the ball to be saved by Kolo Alvarez who managed to flick it over the bar.  Rooney came even closer just a minute later when Glen Johnson chipped the ball into the box, which was collected by Theo Walcott, who fired in a low shot which was smacked away by Alvarez, the ball went straight to Rooney but his header only managed to hit the bar.
 
 
Rooney soon got the goal he was looking for when Johnson crossed the ball from the right, where Rooney was available at the far post to header the ball home and give the Lions the lead. Crouch had a chance to make it two when a free kick from David Beckham picked him out in the box but headed the ball over the bar after losing his marker.
 Gerrard had a go when he hit a low shot at goal from the edge of the area but Alvarez quickly scampered across the line to make a save.
 
Andorra managed to slow the game down for just under ten minutes after that, but in the 29th minute England managed a second goal, with the link-up between Johnson and Walcott working well on the right again, they traded passes into the area before Walcott pulled the ball back into the box for Lampard who hit the ball which went straight past the keeper into the back of the net.

Andorra had their first shot at goal in the 33rd minute, when Sergi Moreno struck a left footer from 30 yards which went just over the bar, although Robert Green was well positioned to have made a save if needed to anyway.

Six minutes later Rooney made it 3-0, when he went in front Ildefons Lima to connect  with Johnson’s ball and hit home his second of the night leaving England to start the second half with a comfortable lead.

Fabio Capello made two changes in the break taking off Rooney and Gerrard and replacing them with Jermaine Defoe and Ashley Young.

Defoe made an impact straight away when within four minutes, he shot over the box after gaining the ball from Walcotts cross. As the hour mark was approaching Crouch was unlucky when he managed to  control a pass from Beckham in the area only for the Andorran skipper, Oscar Sonejee to put the ball over the bar.

Walcott had a great chance in the 63rd minute, when Lampard’s shot was saved by Alvarez but went  straight to the Arsenal player, but his follow-up shot was under-hit and the opposition managed to clear the ball away.

Defoe made it 4-0 in the 73rd minute, when Beckham played a short corner to Johnson and the Spurs man headed the ball from six yards and sent it home.  It was only two minutes lter that Defoe got the ball from a free kick taken by Beckham and tapped it into the goal making it a 5-0 lead to England.

With only ten minutes left to go, Crouch finally got the goal he was after when Defoe’s misjudged shot deflected straight to him and he hit it past Alvarez from close range to make it 6-0 and a sure win for the Lions.

Alvarez, who was playing his last game for Andorra, must have been glad when he ws replaced by  Josep Antoni Gomes in the last minute but he was given a lovely reception by the home crowd.
 England now have the game with Croatia in September at Wembley, which if they win could see them confirmed as one of the teams making their way to South Africa next summer.

Full Time: England 6 Andorra 0

Rooney 4', 39'
Lampard 29'
Defoe 73', 75'
Crouch 80'
  

Official: Hendrikus Nijhuis 
 

Attendance: 57897

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England 6 Andorra 0
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St George
11/06/2009 14:31
Cheers Carly thumbs down

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St George
11/06/2009 14:31
Cheers Carly thumbs down

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World Cup Willie
11/06/2009 15:34
Top girlie for one so smelly.

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The England Wag
11/06/2009 15:56
lol no probs!



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World Cup Willie
11/06/2009 15:59
Hate to admit it, but you ay too bad at this.

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The England Wag
11/06/2009 16:00
ooohhh bet that hurt! lol



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World Cup Willie
11/06/2009 16:02
Iv'e been on me tablets so i do have an excuse.

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The England Wag
11/06/2009 16:04
that'll be it then!



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World Cup Willie
11/06/2009 16:05
Dam right .

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