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Milner fires England forward

Published: Wednesday 6 February 2008, 0.08CET
England 3-0 Republic of Ireland James Milner was the catalyst as Stuart Pearce's side closed in on the play-offs with victory in Southampton.

Match statistics

EnglandRepublic of Ireland

Goals scored3
 
0
Attempts on target3
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards2
 
1
Red Cards0
 
0

Standings

Group 3: POR / ENG / BUL / IRL / MNE

PPts
England England719
Portugal Portugal510
Montenegro Montenegro66
Bulgaria Bulgaria53
Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland53
Last updated: 19/04/2013 11:24 CET

Legend:

P: Played   
Pts: Points   
Published: Wednesday 6 February 2008, 0.08CET

Milner fires England forward

England 3-0 Republic of Ireland James Milner was the catalyst as Stuart Pearce's side closed in on the play-offs with victory in Southampton.

England closed in on a play-off place in qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Championship after a 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton.

Milner impresses
Stephen O'Halloran's own goal followed by a James Milner strike mid-way through the second-half put England in control before Theo Walcott rounded out the scoring with eleven minutes to play. The result puts England in a commanding position in Group 3, nine points clear of second-placed Portugal, who cannot drop another point if they are to advance at England's expense.

Keogh miss
Milner was the catalyst of much of England's brightest play and came close to breaking the deadlock when his stinging shot was palmed away by Joe Lewis in the Republic of Ireland goal on 32 minutes. Ipswich Town FC's Owen Garvan showed flashes of excellence for the visiting side in difficult, wet conditions on the south coast and three minutes after the restart it was Ireland that should have struck first. Andy Keogh was sent clear of the England defence but shot straight at Joe Hart after bursting into the area.

Walcott strike
England seized the initiative soon after, going ahead on 60 minutes when O'Halloran deflected Milner's low shot into his own goal. The Newcastle United FC midfielder added the second eight minutes later, drilling a low strike in off the post, before Walcott, on his return to his former club Southampton FC, completed the scoring with a curling effort after cutting into the area from the left. Should Portugal drop a point at home to Bulgaria next month, England's place in the play-offs will be confirmed. For the Republic of Ireland it was a fourth defeat in five Group 3 games.

Last updated: 27/03/13 6.53CET

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Lineups

England

England

Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland

1
HartJoe Hart (GK)
1
RandolphDarren Randolph (GK)
8
HuddlestoneTom Huddlestone
Substitution79
5
O'DeaDarren O'Dea (C)
7
MilnerJames Milner
Goal59
Goal68
3
O'HalloranStephen O'Halloran
4
NobleMark Noble
Substitution85
2
NolanEddie Nolan
2
GardnerCraig Gardner
7
GarvanOwen Garvan
Yellow Card63
10
MuambaFabrice Muamba
10
StokesAnthony Stokes
Substitution87
5
TaylorSteven Taylor (C)
6
QuinnStephen Quinn
Substitution83
11
WalcottTheo Walcott
Goal79
Substitution85
4
O'CearuillJoe O'Cearuill
6
WheaterDavid Wheater
Yellow Card19
8
O'TooleJohn Joe O'Toole
3
MattockJoseph Mattock
9
KeoghAndrew Keogh
9
LennonAaron Lennon
11
ClarkeBilly Clarke
Substitution65

Substitutes

16
MooreLuke Moore
17
McFaulShane McFaul
15
JeromeCameron Jerome
Substitution79
12
KeoghRichard Keogh
14
A. JohnsonAdam Johnson
Substitution85
Yellow Card89
14
O'BrienJames O'Brien
Substitution87
17
SurmanAndrew Surman
Substitution85
18
RooneyAdam Rooney
Substitution65
12
MancienneMichael Mancienne
15
DennehyDarren Dennehy
13
LewisJoe Lewis (GK)
16
SuppleShane Supple (GK)
18
O'HaraJamie O'Hara
13
MorrisIan Morris
Substitution83

Coach

Stuart Pearce (ENG) Seán McCaffrey (IRL)

Referee

Jouni Hyytiä (FIN)

Assistant referees

Teijo Kotinurmi (FIN), Jouko Ikonen (FIN)

Fourth official

Mattias Gestranius (FIN)

Legend:

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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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