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Qualified England march on with Estonia scalp

Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.30CET
England 2-0 Estonia
Goals from Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling secured a ninth Group E win for Roy Hodgson's team and left Estonia needing a miracle.
by Simon Hart
from Wembley

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Match statistics

EnglandEstonia

Goals scored2
 
0
Possession (%)61
 
39
Total attempts25
 
5
on target8
 
0
off target10
 
3
blocked7
 
2
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners10
 
3
Offsides1
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed8
 
14
Fouls suffered14
 
7

Standings

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Published: Friday 9 October 2015, 23.30CET

Qualified England march on with Estonia scalp

England 2-0 Estonia
Goals from Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling secured a ninth Group E win for Roy Hodgson's team and left Estonia needing a miracle.

  • Theo Walcott and Raheem Sterling score late in each half
  • Victory is England's ninth in a row in Group E
  • Defeat all but ends Estonia's hopes of snatching third place
  • Final qualifiers: Lithuania v England, Estonia v Switzerland (Monday)

England made it nine wins out of nine in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Group E with a 1-0 victory over Estonia at Wembley.

Theo Walcott broke the deadlock seconds before the interval with a close-range finish and Raheem Sterling added a late second to inflict a fifth defeat on the Baltic side and – all but arithmetically – end their outside hopes of reaching the UEFA EURO 2016 play-offs. They are three points behind third-placed Slovenia, who face San Marino in their final fixture on Monday.

England, already assured of their place in France next summer, dominated possession but the promise of an early Walcott shot, which was beaten away by Estonia goalkeeper Mihkel Aksalu, subsided as the well-organised visitors made life awkward for the home team.

Estonia had arrived in London with the group's second best defensive record yet they are also a side short on goals and got no closer to threatening Joe Hart than an effort from full-back Taijo Teniste which deflected away off the first defender.

Theo Walcott praises Ross Barkley

Wayne Rooney's injury meant his involvement was limited to a pitchside appearance before kick-off to collect a golden boot to mark his 50 England goals. Instead Harry Kane led the attack but it was Walcott who provided the main first-half menace. Having had a strike deflected behind five minutes before the break, the Arsenal attacker found the net in the 45th minute. England's final pass had been lacking but now Ross Barkley picked out Walcott's run behind the Estonia back line with a lovely pass through the legs of Karol Mets and Walcott tucked the ball past Aksalu from close range.

England might have added to their lead after half-time. Adam Lallana had a free-kick saved by Aksalu before the lively Barkley drove a shot across goal after bursting past two men. The Everton man, making his first Wembley start, came even closer in the 77th minute when his quick feet carried him past two blue shirts and he drew a flying save from Aksalu.

Instead it was Sterling who doubled the advantage, tapping in after being teed up by substitute Jamie Vardy.

Last updated: 12/10/15 19.32CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014033/postmatch/report/index.html#england+brush+estonia

Lineups

England

England

Estonia

Estonia

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
AksaluMihkel Aksalu (GK)
2
ClyneNathaniel Clyne
3
PikkArtur Pikk
Yellow Card73
3
BertrandRyan Bertrand
6
DmitrijevAleksandr Dmitrijev
Substitution70
4
MilnerJames Milner
9
PurjeAts Purje
Substitution70
5
CahillGary Cahill (C)
10
ZenjovSergei Zenjov
6
SmallingChris Smalling
14
VassiljevKonstantin Vassiljev
7
WalcottTheo Walcott
Goal45
Substitution82
15
KlavanRagnar Klavan (C)
8
BarkleyRoss Barkley
Substitution88
17
JäägerEnar Jääger
9
SterlingRaheem Sterling
Goal85
18
MetsKarol Mets
10
KaneHarry Kane
19
KallasteKen Kallaste
Substitution88
11
LallanaAdam Lallana
Substitution73
23
TenisteTaijo Teniste

Substitutes

22
HeatonTom Heaton (GK)
22
LondakPavel Londak (GK)
13
ButlandJack Butland (GK)
12
MeeritsMarko Meerits (GK)
12
WalkerKyle Walker
2
LindpereJoel Lindpere
Substitution70
14
JonesPhil Jones
4
BärengrubAlo Bärengrub
15
Oxlade-ChamberlainAlex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Substitution73
5
JürgensonMarkus Jürgenson
16
JagielkaPhil Jagielka
7
S. PuriSander Puri
Substitution70
17
TownsendAndros Townsend
8
GussevMaksim Gussev
18
ShelveyJonjo Shelvey
11
TeeverIngemar Teever
19
VardyJamie Vardy
Substitution82
13
LutsSiim Luts
Substitution88
20
AlliDele Alli
Substitution88
16
AntonovIlja Antonov
21
GibbsKieran Gibbs
20
KamsGert Kams
21
BaranovNikita Baranov

Coach

Roy Hodgson (ENG) Magnus Pehrsson (SWE)

Referee

István Vad (HUN)

Assistant referees

Istvan Albert (HUN), László Viszokai (HUN)

Fourth official

Zsolt Varga (HUN)

Additional assistant referees

Sandor Szabo (HUN), Jozsef Erdos (HUN)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution