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Monday, June 8 2009



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England U21 7 - 0 Azerbaijan U21
[ENG: Mancienne 1’,Sadiqov 26’ (o.g.),Gardner 31',Mammadov 54’ (o.g.),Gibbs 64’, 70’,Rodwell 90’]

Kieran Gibbs strikes twice as England Under-21s humiliate Azerbaijan

It is not too often that 12,020 fans are privy to an England training session. Stuart Pearce's Under-21s warmed up for the European Championship in Sweden next week with a mismatch against Azerbaijan that might have provided an injection of confidence but was little other than a routine work-out. Or, as Pearce wrote in his programme notes, an exercise "to help maintain the fluidity in the team".

England were without Nedum Onuoha, Micah Richards and Gabriel Agbonlahor through non-serious knocks and Theo Walcott and James Milner who are with the senior squad, meaning that opportunity knocked for others. It was difficult to say that anyone distinguished himself, not because of substandard work but because of the woeful standard of the opposition. On this evidence Azerbaijan would have been rolled over by a League Two team. The final humiliation came when Pearce sent on the Peterborough United goalkeeper Joe Lewis as a substitute striker.

"That was forced on us," said the manager, "because Lee Cattermole had a tight calf and we had used our outfield substitutes. The last thing we wanted to do was appear disrespectful. I just hope the opposition didn't realise Joe was a goalkeeper."

The serious business for England begins next Monday with their opening group tie of the finals against Finland. Then come Spain and Germany. Pearce has his sights fixed on victory and erasing the disappointment of two years ago, when his team lost a semi-final penalty shoot-out to Holland.

England took the lead after 48 seconds through Michael Mancienne and it did not take much longer for the yawning chasm in class to become apparent. They chased shadows and England played through them at will.

Azerbaijan's evening was summed up by the second goal. The captain Mark Noble's shot rebounded off a post on to the goalkeeper, Elchin Sadigov, and in. Craig Gardner, whose over-zealous tackling felt out of keeping with the occasion, lashed in the third from Kieran Gibbs's through-ball.

The scoreline would have been even heavier but for Sadigov, who made fine saves in the second half. He was beaten when his defender Nodar Mammadov kicked Cattermole's shot past him before Gibbs helped himself from Danny Rose assists. Jack Rodwell also scored with a deflected shot.


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Joe Lewis pon maen striker, nsib baik xgol (:D) ..xckup eeh 23 player for a game..it makes me wonder xle ke amik replacement kalu youth player snior squad amik?


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any United players were involved there?


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any United players were involved there?

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any United players were involved there?


Campbell soon to be ex-UNITED was playing..


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I watched the game.. and i kinda like it.. they were solid.. eventho it's just Azerbaijan as opponent.. but 7-0 scoreline did showed their ultimate dominance.. Mancienne kid is good.. can't wait for him to burst for the senior squad.. Gardner, Noble, Johnson & Nuamba.. i'm impressed with the English kids.. huhu..


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is the squad really consist by League Two players? looking at the line-up, they have Mancienne, Campbell, Hart, Cattermole there....only they seems didn't play regularly at their respective clubs, i think.


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is the squad really consist by League Two players? looking at the line-up, they have Mancienne, Campbell, Hart, Cattermole there....only they seems didn't play regularly at their respective clubs, i think.


well.. u only mentioned those who are playing in League Two, that's y u think only the League Two Players are playing.. it's a mixture of both.. some from the top flight.. they're all top-flight clubs' player but they're loaned out here & there.. but seriously think they have lots of potential..and plus, since when did the top club in English has that many English youngsters in their academy? which explains why they are not involved in the u-21 event..


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U21 International Friendlies RESULTS

Denmark U21 0-4 Italy U21
[ITA: Mario Balotelli 13', Robert Acquafresca 22', Daniele Dessena 47', Andrea Ranocchia 87']


Sweden U21 2-1 Estonia U21
[SWE: Pontus Wernblom 67', Joel Ekstrand 69' - EST: Ats Sillaste 59']

Belarus U21 2-2 Moldova U21
[BEL: Pavel Nekhaychik 4', Andrey Voronkov 49' - MOL: Dumitru Vornisel 63', 65']


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