[Liveblog] England 3-0 Algeria

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Tuesday 11 June:

We asked and you answered, choosing England v Algeria for tonight’s livetweet match from the list of international friendlies. Four Dortmund players are in the German squad which takes on Tunisia tonight, but having not watched the English national side for RTFM began, we’re at Wembley to watch Ashley Cole win his 100th cap…

England 3-0 Algeria
Tuesday 11 June 2013, Wembley
Int. Friendly | Weather: Dry 12°C

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TEAMtalk: “I think England have enough to secure a win against world-ranked 19th Algeria.”

Livetweets from @realtimeFM:

England (4-4-2): Hart – Walker, Smalling, Dawson, Baines – Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lampard, Huddlestone, Cole – Rooney, Bent.

Algeria (4-5-1): M’Bolhi – Mostefa, Bougherra, Medjani, Ferradj – Lacen, Guédioura, Boudebouz, Feghouli, Yahia Cherif – Soudani.

On the bench for England: Carson, Carrick, Gerrard, Defoe, Glen Johnson, Lennon, Adam Johnson, Crouch, Ferdinand.

ERRATA: Rio Ferdinand starts ahead of Chris Smalling for England.

0′ We’re off at Wembley!

2′ Baines lifts the corner in but Lampard is penalised for a foul on the Algerian keeper.

2′ Frank Lampard booked for dissent. In a friendly. After 118 seconds.

6′ Ashley Cole is back on the field after leaving the field for treatment a couple of minutes ago.

8′ Darren Bent flicks a header past M’Bolhi and into the back of the net but the flag was up. Good work from Cole to provide the cross.

14′ Tom Huddlestone clatters through Guédioura and joins Lampard on a booking.

17′ GOAL ENGLAND! Darren Bent slots home from 10 yards. Cole peels away from marker, controls Baines’s cross, squares for Bent to nudge home.

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20′ First touch of the ball for Joe Hart as he comes to claim Boudebouz’s cross from the right.

22′ 2-0 ENGLAND! Bent turns provider, flicking ball on for Wayne Rooney who turns and smashes the ball home for a second:

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26′ Kyle Walker clips the outside of the post from 20 yards, latching onto a through ball from Lampard.

35′ Ten minutes of sustained England pressure, with a few speculative efforts at goal. Algeria haven’t threatened at all.

45′ GOAL! On the stroke of half-time, Lampard’s header from a corner is pushed away by the ‘keeper but only as far as Michael Dawson who lashes home from close range for 3-0.

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HALF TIME: England 3-0 Algeria (Bent 17, Rooney 22, Dawson 45). England comfortable if not clinical in this international friendly.

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46′ Second half! Gerrard replaced Cole at the break. Oxlade-Chamberlain switches to left wing. Gerrard on the right. Algeria made 3 changes.

49′ Gerrard curls a FK from 25 up and over the wall but its straight at the Algerian ‘keeper and well held.

52’ Mehdi Mostefa is cautioned for a foul on Leighton Baines.

60′ Hour played. Algeria having significantly more possession, but England look happy to lift the foot off the gas with the 3-goal cushion.

65′ It’s good work by Guédioura to create some space for a shot but its harmlessly wide from 20 yards.

65′ Algeria have made two changes: Bouzid and Djellabi for Ferradj and Mostefa.

67′ Glorious chance for an unmarked Gerrard but he gets his header all wrong from 6 yards.

68′ Five changes for England: Carrick, A.Johnson, G.Johnson, Crouch and Smalling replacing Dawson, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lampard, Huddlestone and Bent.

68′ Steven Gerrard is involved in a bit of a tussle with substitute Medjani and is cautioned.

70′ Stevie G clearly isn’t happy and is spoken to by the referee after he pulls back Medjani. Thin ice, lad. Calm down, calm down.

81′ Inside the final ten here and, predictably, the host of changes has killed any momentum the match had. Inspiration subbed off.

87′ Gerrard tries a dipping volley from 25 year which crashes back off the stantion. We all thought that was in.

90′ Carrick meets the corner with a powerful header which is nodded off the line, before Gerrard’s nod down is also hacked away. So close!

FULL TIME: England 3-0 Algeria. Game already over at HT, few chances in the second half.

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