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England enjoy emphatic victory

Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.50CET
England 3-0 Israel Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Owen and Micah Richards scored as England's recent revival continued.
England enjoy emphatic victory
Michael Owen is mobbed by team-mates ©Getty Images

Match statistics

EnglandIsrael

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target8
 
0
Attempts off target6
 
1
Corners6
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
12
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

Standings

Last updated: 27/06/2012 11:57 CET

Legend:

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Published: Sunday 9 September 2007, 0.50CET

England enjoy emphatic victory

England 3-0 Israel Shaun Wright-Phillips, Michael Owen and Micah Richards scored as England's recent revival continued.

England continued their Group E revival as Michael Owen and Micah Richards scored in the second period to add to a first-half Shaun Wright-Phillips strike which secured a comfortable home win against Israel.

Third straight win
A run of three games without a victory looked to have left England with an uphill task to qualify, but 3-0 victories against Andorra and Estonia got their campaign back on track and once Wright-Phillips had volleyed in the opener, Steve McClaren's team were always in charge against visitors who had lost only one of their previous 18 competitive fixtures. Owen eased any lingering doubts with a fine second goal four minutes into the second half, his 38th international strike, before Richards headed in his first for his country to round off a dominant display.

England on top
England had been beaten by Germany last month but McClaren's side were quickly into their stride at Wembley Stadium and could have been in front as early as the tenth minute, Emile Heskey – on his first appearance since UEFA EURO 2004™ – blazing Owen's lay-off over the bar. The hosts continued to press, however, and got their reward in the 20th minute when Wright-Phillips stole in at the far post to volley Joe Cole's left-wing cross into the net.

Mixed fortunes
England might have added to their advantage before half-time as they kept Israel penned inside their own half, Owen driving a shot straight at goalkeeper Dudu Awat and slashing the rebound high and wide. The Newcastle United FC striker made amends in style soon after the interval, turning on the edge of the Israel penalty area and drilling in an unstoppable half-volley. Richards rose highest to nod in a third from Gareth Barry's corner six minutes past the hour to ensure England will go into Wednesday's match against Russia, who are a point above them, in good heart. Israel have to wait until 17 October for their next game, against Croatia.

Last updated: 12/09/07 10.18CET

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Lineups

England

England

Israel

Israel

1
RobinsonPaul Robinson (GK)
1
AwatDudu Aouate (GK)
Yellow Card66
2
RichardsMicah Richards
Goal66
2
ShpunginYuval Shpungin
5
FerdinandRio Ferdinand
3
Ben Haim ITal Ben Haim I
6
TerryJohn Terry (C)
Yellow Card67
5
GershonShimon Gershon
Yellow Card15
3
A. ColeAshley Cole
14
ZivYoav Ziv
Yellow Card55
8
Wright-PhillipsShaun Wright-Phillips
Goal20
Substitution82
15
BenayounYossi Benayoun (C)
4
GerrardSteven Gerrard
Substitution70
10
BadierWalid Badier
7
BarryGareth Barry
4
BenadoArik Benado
Yellow Card45+1
Substitution57
11
J. ColeJoe Cole
11
TalIdan Tal
9
HeskeyEmile Heskey
Substitution70
20
KatanYaniv Katan
Substitution73
10
OwenMichael Owen
Goal50
9
ItzhakiBarak Itzhaki
Substitution46

Substitutes

12
BrownWes Brown
7
ZandbergMichael Zandberg
Substitution73
13
JamesDavid James (GK)
8
TamuzToto Tamuz
Substitution46
14
P. NevillePhil Neville
Substitution70
12
GolanOmer Golan
Substitution57
15
BentleyDavid Bentley
Substitution82
16
AntebiYgal Antebi
16
DowningStewart Downing
17
BaliliPini Balili
17
JohnsonAndrew Johnson
Substitution70
19
AlbermanGal Alberman
18
DefoeJermain Defoe
22
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)

Coach

Steve McClaren (ENG) Dror Kashtan (ISR)

Referee

Pieter Vink (NED)

Assistant referees

Adrianus Inia (NED), Hans Ten Hoove (NED)

Fourth official

Björn Kuipers (NED)

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  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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