Lithuania v England, 17 November 2009

Score0-0
RefereeJiri Jech
CompetitionUEFA Under-21 Qualifying group 9
VenueVetra Stadium
Kick-Off: 5.00pm local (3.00pm GMT) WWW.FA.COM MATCH REPORT England held by resolute Lithuania Jamie Bradbury in Vilnius Tuesday, 17 November, 2009 England's Under-21s draw 0-0 in Vilnius It was a frustrating night in Lithuania as England Under-21s were held 0-0 in their Euro 2011 Qualifier. Stuart Pearce's side were buoyed by a one-goal victory over Portugal on Saturday and arrived in Vilnius in confident mood. But ulimately, The Three Lions will return home disappointed after a number of missed opportunties against a resolute Lithuanian back four. Daniel Sturridge had two chances in the opening ten minutes. The first from Kieran Gibbs' left-hand cross, Sturridge's first-time effort was blocked six yards out. Then, after Micah Ricards marauding run on the break, Danny Rose laid the Chelsea man in on his favoured left foot but he failed to hit the target. Lithuania weren't sitting back, though, and had a couple of decent shots from range through Tadas Eliosius and Karolis Urbaitis, but England legs diverted the danger. Andy Carroll was also presented with a golden opportunity to head the visitors in front, but the opportunity from Rose's delivery went wide. Moments later the Newcastle United man struck one from 20 yards, which narrowly missed the same post. Lithuania's shoot-on-sight policy continued when Eivinas Zagurkas fired in a vicious drive from 30 yards. Loach was behind it to block with his chest. The home side were certainly not overawed by their opponents as Arvydas Novikovas' positive run in behind England's midfield showed. He opened up for the shot, but it was snuffed out by the powerful Richards. Pearce's side were not having it all their own way, especially when Gibbs limped off after 20 minutes, but when they did switch up a gear they looked dangerous. Andy Carroll almost finished off a neat move just before half-time, volleying Rose's lofted pass across goal, but once again it evaded the upright. Fabrice Muamba came close to opening his England account just after the break, but his low, left-foot strike went narrowly wide, then Carroll came even closer. After Tom Cleverley's jinking run through the defence and into the box the ball found Carroll. He side-footed past the 'keeper, but the ball hit the bar and Lithuania cleared. Pearce made a tactical switch just after the hour, bringing on Zavon Hines for Muamba. The West Ham man moved to right midfield allowing Cleverley to go into the centre. And Cleverley had another of his runs soon after, this time firing at goal and forcing a powerful save from Cerniauskas. Substitute Henri Lansbury had a serious shout for a penalty late on, after being hauled down in the area following a one-two with Hines, but the referee waved away the appeal. A clean sheet will be one positive for Pearce and his players, but in the end it was the three points to end 2009 that they wanted more.

0  Lithuania

Manager: Vitalijus Stankevicius

0  England

Manager: Stuart Pearce

Starting lineup:

Defender Mantas Fridrikas
Defender Karolis Urbaitis
Midfielder Marius Papšys
Midfielder Eivinas Zagurskas
Forward Tadas Eliosius

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Scott Loach
Defender Micah Richards
Defender Chris Smalling
Defender/Midfielder Kieran Gibbs
Defender/Midfielder Michael Mancienne
Defender/Midfielder Danny Rose
Midfielder Tom Cleverley
Midfielder Fabian Delph
Midfielder Fabrice Muamba
Forward Andy Carroll

Substitutions:

Karolis Chvedukas for Marius Papšys 68
Paulius Janusauskas for Arvydas Novikovas 85
Lukas Kochanauskas for Eivinas Zagurskas 90

Substitutions:

Ryan Bertrand for Kieran Gibbs 21
Zavon Hines for Fabrice Muamba 64
Henri Lansbury for Daniel Sturridge 79

Cards:

Linas Klimavičius 32 Y
Arvydas Novikovas 71 Y

Cards:

Danny Rose 59 Y
Fabian Delph 61 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Povilas Valincius
Defender Audrius Rackus
Defender Lukas Stiklakis
Midfielder Karolis Chvedukas
Midfielder Paulius Janusauskas

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Frank Fielding
Defender/Midfielder Ryan Bertrand
Defender/Midfielder Jack Cork
Defender/Midfielder Dan Gosling
Defender/Midfielder Kyle Naughton
Midfielder Henri Lansbury
Midfielder/Forward Zavon Hines