England v Trinidad and Tobago, 15 June 2006

Score2-0 to England
RefereeToru Kamikawa
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Finals Group B
VenueFrankenstadion, Nurnberg
Attendance41,000
Kick-Off: 18:00 Local (17:00 BST) Assistant referees: Yoshikazu Hiroshima (Japan) Kim Dae-young (South Korea) Fourth official: Kevin Stott (United States) Fifth official: Chris Strickland (United States) Man of the Match: David Beckham (England) Peter Crouch and Steven Gerrard spared England's blushes with late goals against Trinidad & Tobago to book their place in the last 16 of the World Cup. Crouch, who had missed several chances, met David Beckham's right-wing cross to power a header past Shaka Hislop. Gerrard wrapped it up in stoppage time with a stunning left-foot drive after England made hard work of the contest. Wayne Rooney came on, but it was fellow subs Aaron Lennon and Stewart Downing who helped turn the game England's way. It had looked like being a major embarrassment for England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson, with his team short on ideas and confidence. They created plenty of chances without ever being in total control of the match and can count themselves fortunate to have got out of jail. This was the first 'A' international between England and Trinidad & Tobago. They had previously met at Under-18 level when Andrew Cole (later of Manchester United and Manchester City among others) scored twice in a 4-0 England win in Port of Spain on 25 March 2001.

2  England

Manager: Sven-Goran Eriksson

0  Trinidad and Tobago

Manager: Leo Beenhakker

Goals:

Peter Crouch 83 G
Steven Gerrard 90 G

Goals:

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Paul Robinson
Defender/Centre back Rio Ferdinand
Defender/Centre back John Terry
Defender/Midfielder Jamie Carragher
Defender/Left back Ashley Cole
Midfielder David Beckham (captain)
Midfielder Joe Cole
Midfielder Steven Gerrard
Midfielder Frank Lampard
Forward Peter Crouch
Forward Michael Owen

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Shaka Hislop
Defender Cyd Gray
Defender Brent Sancho
Defender/Centre back Dennis Lawrence
Defender/Midfielder Carlos Edwards
Midfielder Chris Birchall
Midfielder Densill Theobald
Midfielder Aurtis Whitley
Forward Stern John
Forward Kenwyne Jones
Forward Dwight Yorke (captain)

Substitutions:

Aaron Lennon for Jamie Carragher 58
Wayne Rooney for Michael Owen 58
Stewart Downing for Joe Cole 75

Substitutions:

Cornell Glen for Kenwyne Jones 70
Evans Wise for Densill Theobald 85

Cards:

Frank Lampard 64 Y

Cards:

Densill Theobald 18 Y
Aurtis Whitley 19 Y
Kenwyne Jones 45 Y
Shaka Hislop 47 Y
Cyd Gray 56 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Scott Carson
Goalkeeper David James
Defender/Right back Gary Neville
Defender/Centre back Sol Campbell
Defender/Midfielder Owen Hargreaves
Defender/Left back Wayne Bridge
Midfielder Michael Carrick
Midfielder Stewart Downing
Midfielder Jermaine Jenas
Midfielder Aaron Lennon
Midfielder/Forward Theo Walcott
Forward Wayne Rooney

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Clayton Ince
Goalkeeper Kelvin Jack
Defender/Centre back Marvin Andrews
Defender/Centre back Ian Cox
Defender/Midfielder Avery John
Midfielder Russell Latapy
Midfielder Anthony Wolfe
Forward Cornell Glen
Forward Collin Samuel
Forward Jason Scotland
Forward Evans Wise

Comments:

This win took England through to the knockout stages of the tournament with a game to spare. It is also the first time they've won their first two games in the World Cup finals since 1982. Since losing a World Cup qualifier in Northern Ireland in September 2005, England have now won eight consecutive matches - two games short of their all-time record. Peter Crouch has now scored six goals in his nine games for England, and England have won all nine games that he has been involved.

Comments:

With the draw against Sweden in their first match.Trinidad & Tobago were the only one of the six debutants at the 2006 World Cup to earn up a point. Aurtis Whitley, Densil Theobald and Cyd Gray were the only players in the Trinidad & Tobago starting line-up who hadn't played club football in England.