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Thursday, 15th June 2006
Rooney or Not To Be

Group B Match

England vs Trinidad & Tobago
Nürnberg

Previous Encounters:
Although most of the players in the Trinidad and Tobago World Cup squad play their football in England or Scotland, the two teams have never met before the Germany 2006 World Cup Finals.

The Match:
Japan's Toru Kamikawa became the first referee to officiate his second match at the 2006 World Cup Finals; during Poland vs Ecuador he only dished out three yellow cards.

The first chance for England came when Peter Crouch, on the left, pulled the ball back for Frank Lampard in the middle. Shaka Hislop couldn't hold the Chelsea midfielder's shot but Michael Owen wasn't alert enough to the rebound. 5 Minutes gone.

Ten minutes later, the Chelsea pair of Frank Lampard and Joe Cole combined together on the left, before Cole sent in a cross to Peter Crouch at the far post.  Crouch slid in to get to the ball before Hislop but his touch rolled wide.

After twenty minutes, with two yellow cards to their credit, Trinidad & Tobago decided to try and push forward and attack the England goal.

England fans sung a chorus of the National Anthem to try and lift their team.

Otherwise, a fairly non-eventful first half-hour; as Wayne Rooney warmed up on the touchline.

If England failed to get out of first gear against Paraguay, they were struggling to knock the lever out of neutral here.

Trinidad & Tobago didn't show the same early energy as they did against Sweden but as the half wore on, they started to feel they could get something out of the game; maybe not just a draw.

Just before half-time, John Terry had to do an overhead-kick to keep Trinidad & Tobago from going into the break one goal up.

Half-time: (0:0).

Finally, the moment all of England had been waiting for, apart form Sir Alex Ferguson (but he's Scottish); Wayne Rooney took a deep breath and entered the cauldron; just before the hour.

The first 'almost' world class move I've seen England put together, so far this tournament, happened in the 77th minute; when Peter Crouch chested the ball down to Wayne Rooney, on his left, who passed straight back. Crouch then flicked the ball into the box for Lampard to shoot; sadly, straight at Hislop.

Finally, with seven minutes left, Beckham's right-wing cross floated onto Peter Crouch's head. As a couple of defenders can testify, you don't have to do much for the goal to go into the net when 'Becks' gets the right spin on the ball.

In the last minute of the game, Steven Gerrard's left foot made the scoreline look respectable; although Stern John would still get a goal ruled out for offside.

Final Score:
England 2 - Trinidad & Tobago 0

Goalscorers Goalscorers:
1:0 Peter Crouch (83)
2:0 Steven Gerrard (90)

And the England Fans could sing with more conviction: "Football's Coming Home!"

Then of course, the national anthem to follow.

Teams

England: (Captain David Beckham)
1 Paul Robinson; 3 Ashley Cole, 5 Rio Ferdinand, 6 John Terry, 15 Jamie Carragher; 4 Steven Gerrard, 7 David Beckham, 8 Frank Lampard, 11 Joe Cole; 10 Michael Owen, 21 Peter Crouch.

Trinidad & Tobago: (Captain Dwight Yorke)
1 Shaka Hislop; 5 Brent Sancho, 6 Dennis Lawrence, 7 Christopher Birchall, 8 Cyd Gray; 9 Aurtis Whitley, 11 Carlos Edwards, 18 Densill Theobald, 19 Dwight Yorke; 14 Stern John, 15 Kenwyne Jones.

Referee:
Toru Kamikawa (Japan)

Substitutions Substitutions:
58 Mins (England) - 9 Wayne Rooney on for 10 Michael Owen
58 Mins (England) - 19 Aaron Lennon on for 15 Jamie Carragher
70 Mins (Trinidad) - 13 Cornell Glen on for 15 Kenwyne Jones
74 Mins (England) - 20 Stewart Downing on for 11 Joe Cole
85 Mins (Trinidad) - 16 Evans Wise in for 18 Densill Theobald

Yellow Cards 6 Yellow Cards:
18 Mins - Densill Theobald (Trindad & Tobago)
19 Mins - Aurtis Whitley (Trindad & Tobago)
45 Mins - Kenwyne Jones (Trindad & Tobago)
47 Mins - Shaka Hislop (Trindad & Tobago)
56 Mins - Cyd Gray (Trindad & Tobago)
64 Mins - Frank Lampard (England)

Red Cards 0 Red Cards.

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Friday, 9th June
Germany vs Costa Rica
Poland vs Ecuador

Saturday 10th June
Argentina vs Ivory Coast
England vs Paraguay
Trinidad vs Sweden

Sunday 11th June
Angola vs Portugal
Mexico vs Iran
Serbia vs Holland

Monday 12th June
Australia vs Japan
Italy vs Ghana
USA vs Czech Republic

Tuesday 13th June
Brazil vs Croatia
France vs Switzerland
South Korea vs Togo

Wednesday 14th June
Germany vs Poland
Spain vs Ukraine
Tunisia vs Saudi Arabia

Thursday 15th June
Ecuador vs Costa Rica
England vs Trinidad
Sweden vs Paraguay

Friday 16th June
Argentina vs Serbia
Holland vs Ivory Coast
Mexico vs Angola

Saturday 17th June
Czech Republic vs Ghana
Italy vs USA
Portugal vs Iran

Sunday 18th June
Brazil vs Australia
France vs South Korea
Japan vs Croatia

Monday 19th June
Saudi Arabia vs Ukraine
Spain vs Tunisia
Togo vs Switzerland

Tuesday 20th June
Costa Rica vs Poland
Ecuador vs Germany
Paraguay vs Trinidad
Sweden vs England

Wednesday 21st June
Holland vs Argentina
Iran vs Angola
Ivory Coast vs Serbia
Portugal vs Mexico

Thursday 22nd June
Croatia vs Australia
Czech Republic vs Italy
Ghana vs USA
Japan vs Brazil

Friday 23rd June
Saudi Arabia vs Spain
Switzerland vs South Korea
Togo vs France
Ukraine vs Tunisia

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Teams by Group

Group A
Costa Rica
Ecuador
Germany
Poland

Group B
England
Paraguay
Sweden
Trinidad and Tobago

Group C
Argentina
Côte d'Ivoire
Holland
Serbia and Montenegro

Group D
Angola
Iran
Mexico
Portugal

Group E
Czech Republic
Ghana
Italy
USA

Group F
Australia
Brazil
Croatia
Japan

Group G
France
South Korea
Switzerland
Togo

Group H
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Tunisia
Ukraine

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