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September 6, 2011
• Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: R. Schörgenhofer
• Attendance: 77128
A. Young 35'
90' + 2'
FULL TIME! Another win for England keeps them atop of Group G but oh how different it could have been had Robert Earnshaw finished that golden chance toward the end. Wales boss Gary Speed will still be pleased with the performance of his young side but tonight has given England coach Fabio Capello yet more food for thought.
90' + 1'
England looking to keep possession now and kill off the two minutes of added time to assure victory.
The man criticised for his lifestyle by Fabio Capello this week, Andy Carroll, comes on to replace Wayne Rooney.
Ashley Young is found on the left by Wayne Rooney but after a couple of neat stepovers can only drag his shot wide.
England have not won their last 4 fixtures at Wembley, do they have the mental strength to hold out here against a Wales side growing in confidence?
Wales dominating the closing exchanges here but Taylor illustrates the (admittedly negligible) gap in quality tonight by crossing poorly from the left to gift an under-pressure England a goal-kick.
Robert Earnshaw runs the channels well but after cutting in from the left past John Terry, he can only shoot over.
Another chance for Wales as Chris Gunter out-muscles Chris Smalling to get one-on-one with Joe Hart. Hart somehow manages to parry the shot wide as Gunter is pulled back for offside by the referee. Let the official's call take nothing away from what was a truly world-class save by Hart.
Robert Earnshaw's woeful miss only served to highlight the dangerous nature of the 1-0 scoreline and Fabio Capello will be hoping his charges can hold on now.
More fresh legs for England as the creator of their goal, Stewart Downing, is replaced by Adam Johnson.
A golden chance for Wales. Robert Earnshaw is the recipient of a cut back by Darcy in the box but with only five yards separating him and the open England goal he somehow contrives to send the ball over the bar. What a miss.
Gareth Bale stands ominously over a free kick at the edge of the England box but his strike never threatens Joe Hart's goal as it sails well over.
The man who took Frank Lampard's place in midfield against Bulgaria, Scott Parker, now replaces him here as Fabio Capello looks to ensure the visitors don't capitalise on the precarious scoreline.
Greg Stobart from Wembley: ""Shall we sing a song for you?" chant the Wales fans to my right, mocking the England fans for their lack of support for the hosts. As the game meanders along on the pitch, England have had little to cheer about and the atmosphere is rather flat, more akin to a school swimming gala than a blood-and-thunder international fixture."
Wales again keeping the ball solely in their own half and are almost punished as Frank Lampard nicks possession. Only a brilliant Ashley Williams challenge denies Wayne Rooney the space to release a shot.
Gary Speed hoping the fresh legs of Robert Earnshaw can give Wales added invention up front as the forward replaces Steve Morison.
England still probing but Wales remain resolute. Can they snatch the equaliser that will dent England's Euro 2012 hopes?
Stewart Downing, who is growing in stature as an England player with each game, does well to earn a free kick after tempting Ashley Williams into a late challenge. The Liverpool winger dusts himself off to take it and after Hennessey fails to collect the ball, Gary Cahill finds himself with an opportunity for a second England goal in as many games but cannot keep his shot under the bar.
James Milner gains England two successive corners as his long shots are blocked well by a committed Welsh defence. Unfortunately for the hosts, the corners come to nothing.
A fantastic surge forward by Gareth Barry ends in him cutting inside on the left hand side of the Wales box and squaring for Frank Lampard who can only shoot over under the attention of several Welsh defenders.
Bale, again. The Welsh winger beats Ashley Cole not once but twice but after creating space to get the shot off slices wildly wide.
Gareth Bale again the catalyst for the Wales attack. He cuts in from the left and almost finds Aaron Ramsey in the England box but the captain's touch is poor and allows the defence to recover.
Gareth Bale shrugs off two England challenges and looks ready to charge on at Joe Hart before a brilliant recovery tackle from James Milner halts his progress.
The tempo of the game has slowed down again early in this half and you feel that will suit Wales who at only 1-0 down are far from out of the game.
The Wales defence rife with miscommunication as Darcy Blake can only put the ball out of play after being presented with no passing options.
England looking to pick up exactly where they left off. Ashley Young has a shot beaten away well and Gareth Barry's ambitious follow up attempt clears the crossbar
Wales get us back under way against the inevitable back drop of empty corporate seats.
Greg Stobart from Wembley: "The half-time whistle goes and the players leave the pitch to little more than a smattering of applause with England 1-0 ahead at the break. The hosts created few chances of note in the opening 45 minutes but finally broke the deadlock thanks to some brilliant wing-play from Stewart Downing and a composed finish by Ashley Young. Wales have done a good job of frustrating the hosts, playing largely with 10 men behind the ball, but need to offer more in attack if they are to work their way back into this game."
HALF TIME! A poor start by England will have frustrated the onlooking Fabio Capello but they improved significantly toward the end and are deserving of their lead. Ashley Young's well worked goal was the beginning of an impressive period for the hosts and they will hope they can continue that into the second half. Wales matched England for much of the first half but will need to capitalise on their counter-attacking threat to get back in the game.
England playing with verve now as James Milner goes on a mazy run down the left hand side and is unfortunate to trip to send the ball out for a goalkick.
Greg Stobart from Wembley: "That England opener served as a signal for Fabio Capello to take his seat back in the the dugout and now it's Gary Speed who is on the touchline cajoling his players. England have not been at their best here but the deadlock was broken thanks to quality wing-play by Stewart Downing and an excellent finish from his former Aston Villa team-mate Ashley Young. The question now is whether Wales will change their approach to the game."
Should have been two to England. A well worked corner allows Ashley Young to play a a brilliant inswinging ball from the left. Unfortunately for England, Wayne Rooney cannot make adequate contact and it bounces wide of the post.
Wayne Hennessey shows great anticipation again to cut out Stewart Downing's long through ball to Wayne Rooney.
The home crowd is now in fine voice and England seem to be relishing their cries as they take up camp on the edge of the Wales box to probe for a second goal.
Assist Stewart Downing
Goal Ashley Young
GOAL! Finally a breakthrough for England. Stewart Downing gets one on one on the right hand side easily beating Joe Ledley and using the space to pull back to former Villa teammate Ashley Young who slots home.
Chris Gunter does well to tackle Ashley Cole but as he drives towards the England box he sees the headlines and drives poorly wide.
Wayne Rooney's floated pass finds Stewart Downing on the right but he is tackled well. England really struggling to find the spaces here.
Greg Stobart from Wembley: "Fabio Capello stands cross-armed in his technical area, barking instructions towards James Milner and Ashley Cole after watching Wales frustrate England for the first quarter of this match. The Italian seems to be worried about the threat being posed by Gareth Bale here - the visitors' star man playing in an unfamiliar position on the right but has looked dangerous on the counter-attack."
Ashley Young beats Chris Gunter well but Stewart Downings attempted acrobatic effort at the back post flies over the bar.
Wales enjoying all the possession here as England's plight is brilliantly illustrated by the isolated Wayne Rooney failing to control a long pass.
A Wales corner falls to the feet of Steve Morison but the Norwich striker can't get a shot off, it is cleared by England but they will certainly feel threatened by the visitors here.
Wayne Hennessey, who has looked dominant in his box so far, clears well again with a punch taking the ball away from Gary Cahill.
You feel that Wales manager Gary Speed will be happy with he's seen so far. England are yet to create a clear cut chance and their opposition's counter-attacking threat looks potent.
Yellow Card James Milner
James Milner is booked for a sliding challenge on Gareth Bale. The midfielder, who appears to be tasked with tracking the winger, must now be careful.
Downing again cutting in on his left tries to find Rooney but Wales keeper Wayne Hennessey arrives to pluck the ball out of the the air and away from the expectant striker.
Audacious attempt from Wayne Rooney who tries a lob from 25 yards which sails well over the Wales bar.
Stewart Downing does well to beat his man on the right but his right-footed cross is too strong and evades the onrushing England players. He gets a second chance, this time on his left foot, but it is well defended and away for a corner.
Some very tidy possession work by Wales but it is all in their own half and ends in a fruitless hoof forward to Steve Morison. You feel that they'll do little to damage the hosts using that tactic.
Ashley Cole gets in behind the Wales defence yet again but cannot collect the ball as it skids off the wet surface into the grateful arms of Wayne Hennessey. England having a lot of success down the left so far.
A piece of magic from Gareth Bale deceives Ashley Young on the right hand side of the England box and the Manchester United forward can only stop him illegally. The subsequent free kick is headed wide by Ashley Williams.
Ashley Cole finds space behind Wales right-back Gunter with a clever give-and-go but his cross is disappointing and cannot find one of the number of white shirts in the box.
Gilt-edged chance for John Terry. He finds himself free in the Wales box from a corner but can only head wide. On replay it appears that Wales defender Ashley Williams impeded the Chelsea captain.
Some nice link up play between Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey is wasted as the ball is played through to an offside Steve Morison.
Cagey start from both sides, Wales will need to maintain their shape well in order to suppress the hosts.
England look to have begun the match with inverted wingers, Stewart Downing taking up a position on the right with Ashley Young on the left.
Wales' danger man Gareth Bale gets an early chance to stretch his legs but is well tackled by Gareth Barry.
Rooney and Milner get the game underway for England.
Greg Stobart from Wembley: "Fabio Capello has warned in his programme notes that Wales will be a "danger" to his England side tonight but the number of empty seats at Wembley for this all-British derby suggests the home fans are expecting an easy ride. The Wales end, however, is jam-packed and the visitors' star man, Gareth Bale, looked like he meant business in the warm-up as he continually slammed balls into the top corner during shooting practice."
The players are lined up for the national anthems and it appears that Wembley is yet to fill due to the traffic chaos caused by the awful weather in London today. Will this affect England's start?
The players are in the tunnel ready to come out. Can Wales silence the England crowd at Wembley and pull off what would be a huge shock in Group G?
The suspended Craig Bellamy is a big miss for Wales tonight and they have opted to go with the more defensive 4-5-1 in his absence. Norwich's Steve Morison is the man charged with leading the line for the visitors and he must ensure he makes his present felt against a formidable pairing in John Terry and Gary Cahill.
There has been much speculation over Frank Lampard's position in the England setup after he was omitted from the side that defeated Bulgaria last week, however he makes an instant return to the 11 tonight. He replaces Spurs' Scott Parker who is one booking away from suspension which would rule him out of the next vital England clash against Montenegro.
Wales (4-5-1): Hennessey; Gunter, Williams, Blake, Taylor; Bale, Crofts, Collison, Ramsey, Ledley; Morison. Subs: Myhill, Danny Collins, James Collins, King, Allen, Robson-Kanu, Earnshaw.
England (4-4-1-1): Hart; Smalling, Terry, Cahill, Cole; Milner, Lampard, Barry, Downing; Young, Rooney. Subs: Stockdale, Jagielka, Lescott, Parker, Carroll, Johnson, Defoe.
Welcome to Goal.com's live commentary of England vs Wales at Wembley. The hosts will be hoping to cement their position at the top of Group G as Wales look to build on an impressive win over Montenegro this week. The visitors haven't won at Wembley in 34 years but with young stars Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey present they will be hoping to break that disappointing run.
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