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Thursday, 15 August 2013 17:27

England wins at Wembley

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The build up to the International Friendly between England and Scotland at Wembley was at bursting point by time the referee blew the whistle for the start of the game.

Expectations were high and the atmosphere in the stadium was electric, and the two teams did not disappoint. There was always an opportunity to bet online during the game, especially as the game was filled with goals and missed chances. In the end England and Roy Hodgson came out winners 3-2, with newcomer Rickie Lambert scoring a perfect header for the winning goal in the 70th minute.

The main talking before the game was all about Wayne Rooney and how he would perform. Roy would have been pleased with his performance considering this is his first competitive game for quite a while. Rooney was bright and would have been on the score sheet, from a brilliant pass from Gerrard, but was ruled wrongfully offside. The England striker was substituted in the 67th minute to a standing ovation from the supporters in Wembley, and hopefully the next time we see the young man it will be playing for Manchester United in the Premier League.

Scotland took the lead with a fierce shot through a crowd of English defenders from Morrison in the 11th minute. Defensively, the goal was a poor one, with defenders not closing down the Scottish player and Joe Hart should have done better. England came back to equalise with a great through ball from Clearverly to Walcott, who ran down the line and scored a superb individual effort.

Minutes after the second half started, Scotland was once again in the lead with another sublime effort from Miller, as he got the time and the space to turn and bury the ball into the corner of Joe Hart’s net. However, once again England came back from a set piece, a Gerrard free kick found Man of the Match Danny Welbeck and the Manchester United player headed in the equaliser in less than five minutes of Scotland taking the lead. Lambert then made a dream debut, after coming in for Wayne Rooney, by scoring the winning goal with his first touch of the ball, heading the ball into McGregor’s goal.

Scotland performed admirably, and no one expected them to score two goals at Wembley. If anything, even with England quickly bringing the scores level everytime Gordon Strachan’s team took the lead, Scotland’s resolve increased and fought hard till the end. From Roy Hodgson’s point of view, his team’s performance was not totally convincing, but he would have been able to learn a lot from an International Friendly which was not filled with loads of substitutes coming on at the start of the second half. Lets hope that England have gained some invaluable experience which will be able to see them through qualification to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.