England v Slovenia, 05 September 2009

Score2-1 to England
RefereeJonas Eriksson
CompetitionInternational Friendly
VenueWembley Stadium
Attendance67,232
Kick-off: 5.30pm Match report from www.thefa.com Lampard and Defoe seal England victory Glenn Lavery at Wembley Stadium Saturday, 05 September, 2009 England beat Slovenia 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. England warmed up for their crucial World Cup Qualifier against Croatia with 2-1 victory over Slovenia at Wembley. On 31 minutes, Frank Lampard gave England the lead from the penalty spot before Jermain Defoe continued his international goalscoring exploits, firing home from the edge of the area on 63. Zlatan Ljubijankic pulled a goal back for Slovenia with five minutes remaining, but England held on comfortably for the win. With just four days between this match and the Croatia Qualifier, Fabio Capello took the opportunity to field six substitutes with a view to keeping his players fresh for Wednesday and the England Manager will be pleased by the nature of the victory, despite the minimal margin. Slovenia had an enthusiastic start to the match, putting together a few confident moves in England's half and they also had the first clear opportunity of the match. After seven minutes, Milivoje Novakovic broke into the box and rounded Robert Green, although the ‘keeper did get a hand to the ball, before curling his shot narrowly over the bar from an angle. John Terry and Matthew Upson were patrolling the line and would seemingly have cleared the danger had the effort been on target. England were attacking with greater pace in the opening exchanges despite not being able convert this threat into obvious chances. The hosts eventually grew into the game and midway through the first half they had two glorious opportunities to break the deadlock. On 22 minutes, an Emile Heskey flick-on found Rooney on the left side of the box. The bouncing ball may have hit Miso Brecko’s hand accidentally but Rooney cut back on to his right foot to better the angle. Brecko recovered well to deflect the forward’s effort over the bar. From the ensuing corner, Terry hit the bar with a thumping header. England were increasing the pressure on the Slovenian goal and they deservedly took the lead just after the half-hour mark. Steven Gerrard’s teasing centre led to a tangle between Bostjan Cesar and Rooney, resulting in the England penalty which Lampard crashed into the bottom right of Samir Handanovic’s goal. It was Lampard’s fourth goal in six internationals. The woodwork again came to Slovenia’s rescue when an Upson header from Gerrard’s corner found its way to Rooney, unmarked at the back post, but the forward’s left-foot effort came back off the post. Gerrard then bent a trademark effort just wide as England began to take total control. The first batch of England subs saw Jermain Defoe, Michael Carrick, James Milner and Aaron Lennon coming on after the interval and Defoe and Milner both went close at the start of the second half. Firstly, the Tottenham man arrived at the near post to meet a Glen Johnson cross, only for it to be deflected behind for a corner. Milner’s subsequent cross-cum-shot crept just wide of the post. England were looking increasingly comfortable and Rob Green hadn’t had an awful lot to do, but he was called upon in the 58th minute to claw away a Robert Koren free-kick from the left. Barely five minutes later however and Defoe had doubled the advantage. He received a square ball from Lennon on the 18-yard line and rifled a low, albeit slightly deflected, shot into the corner of the net. After his brace against Holland last month and his double against Andorra at the end of last season, it was the 26-year-old’s fifth goal in three England matches. Lennon looked bright and would have been buoyed by his hand in the goal, so it was no surprise to see him gallop down the right to provide a cross for Rooney, who turned the ball goalwards, but Matej Mavricrozic was on the line to block. It was to be Rooney’s last meaningful contribution as he was replaced by Carlton Cole soon after. Joleon Lescott also appeared from the bench, in place of Upson. Slovenia then silenced the Wembley crowd, pulling a goal back on 85 minutes and it was created by two substitutes of their own. Some neat footwork from Nejc Pecnik allowed him to get a cross in despite the attention from Johnson, and Ljubijankic beat Lescott to the ball at the near post to head home. With full-time approaching Carlton Cole could have restored England’s two-goal lead as he stole into the box, but Marko Suler was on-hand to clear. Croatia will surely provide a sterner test next week but Capello will be happy to have used his full quota of 17 players and he knows that if England can repeat this scoreline on Wednesday then they can book their flights to South Africa.

2  England

Manager: Fabio Capello

1  Slovenia

Manager: Matjaz Kek

Goals:

Frank Lampard penalty 31 P
Jermain Defoe 63 G

Goals:

Zlatan Ljubijankic 85 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Rob Green
Defender/Centre back John Terry (captain)
Defender/Centre back Matthew Upson
Defender/Full back Glen Johnson
Defender/Midfielder Gareth Barry
Defender/Left back Ashley Cole
Midfielder Steven Gerrard
Midfielder Frank Lampard
Midfielder/Forward Shaun Wright-Phillips
Forward Emile Heskey
Forward Wayne Rooney

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic
Defender Boštjan Cesar
Defender Marko Šuler
Defender/Midfielder Bojan Jokić
Defender/Midfielder Andraz Kirm
Midfielder Miso Brecko
Midfielder Robert Koren (captain)
Forward Valter Birsa
Forward Zlatko Dedic

Substitutions:

Michael Carrick for Frank Lampard 46
Jermain Defoe for Emile Heskey 46
Aaron Lennon for Shaun Wright-Phillips 46
James Milner for Steven Gerrard 46
Joleon Lescott for Matthew Upson 64
Carlton Cole for Wayne Rooney 80

Substitutions:

Matej Mavric for Boštjan Cesar 34
Zlatan Ljubijankic for Milivoje Novaković 55
Andrej Komac for Valter Birsa 65
Andrei Pecnik for Zlatko Dedic 71
Rene Krhin for Aleksander Radosavljevic 77
Dalibor Stevanovic for Rene Krhin 78

Cards:

Cards:

Andraz Kirm 19 Y
Boštjan Cesar 31 Y
Miso Brecko 73 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Ben Foster
Goalkeeper Paul Robinson
Defender Wes Brown
Defender/Centre back Gary Cahill
Defender/Centre back Joleon Lescott
Defender/Midfielder James Milner
Defender/Midfielder/Forward Ashley Young
Defender/Left back Wayne Bridge
Midfielder David Beckham
Midfielder Michael Carrick
Midfielder Aaron Lennon
Forward Carlton Cole
Forward Peter Crouch
Forward Jermain Defoe

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Aleskander Seliga
Defender Elvediin Dzinic
Defender Branko Ilic
Defender Matej Mavric
Defender Andrei Pecnik
Defender Marko Šuler
Midfielder Andrej Komac
Midfielder Rene Krhin