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Euro 2012: A history of England v Sweden

A history of England v Sweden



22:04 GMT, 14 June 2012

England 0, Sweden 0, Wembley, Oct 19, 1988.

This World Cup qualifier was England's first-ever tournament game against Sweden, and, as has happened so many times since, it ended in deadlock. Chris Waddle thought he had scored, only to be pulled up for a foul on Glenn Hysen, later of Liverpool, while Robert Prytz optimistically appealed for a penalty after diving theatrically over a Bryan Robson challenge. England might have snatched it in the second half, but for Gary Lineker steering a free header over the bar, from a John Barnes cross, then shooting wide, with just the keeper to beat.

England – Shilton; Stevens, Adams (Walker 64), Butcher, Pearce; Waddle, Webb, Robson, Barnes (Cottee 79); Beardsley, Lineker. Sweden – Ravelli; R.Nilsson (Schiller 77), Hysen, Ljung, Larsson; Prytz, Thern, Stromberg, Pettersson; J.Nilsson, Holmqvist (Ekstrom 63).

Att – 65,628.

Sweden 0, England 0, Rasunda Stadium, Stockholm, Sept 6, 1989.

Anyone notice a pattern developing Goalless again between Group Two's top two teams, but England still booked their place at Italia 90, as Terry Butcher stemmed the flow of Swedish attacks but not the flow of blood from a first-half clash of heads with Johnny Ekstrom. Patched up by the medical staff and sent back out with the cut stitched and bandaged, Butcher would insist on getting his head to one cross after another, opening up the wound each time and turning the dressing, and the front of his England shirt, crimson. The result was all that mattered, and he happily beamed for the cameras at the end.

Sweden – Ravelli; R.Nilsson, Hysen, Ljung, Larsson; Enqvist, Thern, Ingesson (Stromberg 72), Magnusson; J.Nilsson (Limpar 77), Ekstrom. England – Shilton; Stevens, Walker, Butcher, Pearce; Waddle, Webb (Gascoigne 72), McMahon, Barnes (Rocastle 76); Beardsley, Lineker.

Att – 38,558.

Sweden 2, England 1, Rasunda Stadium, June 17, 1992.

Sweden's Tomas Brolin the winner

England needed a win from their final European Championship group game and looked on course when David Platt converted a Gary Lineker cross after only three minutes. But it soon turned sour. And how. Gary Lineker was so dismayed at being substituted that he ended his international career there and then, on 80 caps and 48 goals, just one short of Bobby Charlton's scoring record. Jan Eriksson had already equalised, and when Tomas Brolin swopped passes with Martin Dahlin and fired home a late winner, Lineker wasn't the only one gunning for Graham Taylor. So were the headline writers, with Swedes 2, Turnips 1 the most scathing.

Sweden – Ravelli; R.Nilsson, Eriksson, Andersson, Schwarz; Ingesson, Bjorklund, Thern, Limpar (Ekstrom 46); Brolin, Dahlin. England – Woods; Palmer, Keown, Walker, Pearce; Daley, Batty, Platt, Webb, Sinton (Merson 79); Lineker (Smith 64).

Eriksson 51 Platt 3 Brolin 82

Att – 30,126.

Sweden 2, England 1, Rasunda Stadium, September 5, 1998

England could hardly have made a better start to this European Championship Group Five qualifier, after Alan Shearer fired a free-kick past Coventry City keeper Magnus Hedman after just 74 seconds. Once more, the initiative was surrendered, though, as Andreas Andersson levelled in the 32nd minute and Johan Mjallby punished a series of defensive howlers with what was to prove the winner soon after. To make matters worse, Paul Ince became only the sixth England player to receive his marching orders, after picking up a booking for a first-half foul and then testing Pierluigi Collina's patience once too often with a 67th-minute challenge on Henrik Larsson.

Sweden – Hedman; R.Nilsson, Bjorklund, Kaamark (Lucic 82), P.Andersson; A.Andersson (D.Andersson 90), Mjallby, Schwarz, Pettersson; Ljungberg, Larsson. England – Seaman; Southgate, Adams, Campbell (Merson 75), Le Saux; Anderton (Lee 43), Ince, Redknapp, Scholes (Sheringham 87); Shearer, Owen.

A.Andersson 32, Shearer 2 Mjallby 33

Att – 35,394.

England 0, Sweden 0, Wembley, June 5, 1999.

England's David Beckham charges through

There was a minute's silence to mark the passing of 1966 World Cup winning manager Sir Alf Ramsey, but a sorry tally of one effort on target by shot-shy England scarcely counted as a fitting tribute, in a low-key Euro 2000 qualifier. Alan Shearer picked up his 50th cap, but there was a less distinguished entry into the record books for Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes. Two late tackles on ex-Arsenal midfielder Stefan Schwarz, in the 27th and 51st minutes, brought him two yellow cards and made him the first England player to be dismissed on home soil.

England – Seaman; P.Neville, Keown (Ferdinand 34), Campbell, Le Saux (Gray 46); Beckham (Parlour 75), Batty, Sherwood, Scholes; Cole, Shearer. Sweden – Hedman; R.Nilsson, Bjorklund, Kaamark, P.Andersson; K.Andersson, Mjallby (D.Andersson 82), Ljungberg, Schwarz; Mild (Alexandersson 69), Larsson (Svensson 6).

Att – 75,824.

England 1, Sweden 1, June 2, 2002.

England must have felt they were finally on track to end their Swedish hoodoo after Sol Campbell rose to plant an unstoppable header past Hedman from a David Beckham cross. But they had to settle for a point, in this World Cup Group F opener, after one-time Sheffield Wednesday winger Niclas Alexandersson pounced on hesitancy from Danny Mills to force home a second-half equaliser. Campbell's goal was his first for England, while Beckham was earning his 50th cap.

England – Seaman; Mills, Ferdinand, Campbell, A.Cole; Beckham (Dyer 63), Hargreaves, Scholes, Vassell (J.Cole 74); Owen, Heskey. Sweden – Hedman; Mjallby, Mellberg, Jakobsson, Lucic; Alexandersson, Linderoth, M.Svensson (A.Svensson 56), Allback (Andersson 80); Ljungberg, Larsson.

Campbell 24, Alexandersson 59 Saitama-shi, Japan

Att – 52,721.

England 2, Sweden 2, June 20, 2006.

Michael Owen of England lies injured on the ground

A sight almost as familiar as the final score disrupted England's plans in the opening minute, as Michael Owen ruptured a cruciate ligament and hobbled off, to be replaced three minutes later by Peter Crouch. England might have drawn inspiration from a stunning opening goal from Joe Cole, who controlled the ball on his chest near the left flank and unleashed a volley that flew into the top far corner. Instead, they allowed themselves to be pegged back twice, in this World Cup Group B game, Henrik Larsson's last-minute equaliser preserving a remarkable 38-year old unbeaten record against England for the Swedes.

England – Robinson; Carragher, Ferdinand (Campbell 56), Terry, A.Cole; Beckham, Hargreaves, Lampard, J.Cole; Rooney (Gerrard 69), Owen (Crouch 4). Sweden – Isaksson; Alexandersson, Mellberg, Lucic, Edman; Linderoth (D.Andersson 90), Kallstrom, Jonsson (Wilhelmsson 54), Ljungberg; Allback (Elmander 74), Larsson.

J.Cole 34 Allback 51 Gerrard 85 Larsson 90, Cologne

Att – 45,000.

Roberto Mancini will not do a Kevin Keegan, says Sir Alex Ferguson

Mancini will not make the same mistakes as Keegan, says Fergie



22:56 GMT, 11 May 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson does not expect
Manchester City to encounter the same problems staying at the Premier
League summit as Newcastle did under Kevin Keegan.

The Magpies looked certain to clinch
the title in 1996 after Keegan brought in some of the most exciting
attacking players the Premier League had ever seen.

Rivals: Sir Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan

Rivals: Sir Alex Ferguson and Kevin Keegan

It was a flawed concept, though, as Newcastle defence was not up to the task of keeping the opposition out.

Manchester United eventually surged past them and just two years later they were down in 13th spot.

But Ferguson does not see City suffering in a similar manner, even if they fail to clinch their first championship since 1968 on Sunday.

Indeed, he does not think anyone views football in the same idealistic way as Keegan. 'Kevin was different,' said Ferguson. 'He was a romantic.

'He brought in so many attractive attacking forwards, (Les) Ferdinand, (Peter) Beardsley, (Faustino) Asprilla, (David) Ginola, (Philippe) Albert.

'It was a fantastic array of players.

'They were entertainers but that was Kevin.

'He wanted to win at Newcastle with the most exciting team of all time.

'I always remember when he went to Belgium and won 5-0 away from home in a European tie (at Royal Antwerp in 1994), he said afterwards: “We are invincible”. Dearie me.

'That was Kevin. He was such a romantic for the attacking part that Newcastle had at the time.'

Sir Alex Ferguson says "diver" tag is unfair on Ashley Young – Old Trafford Match Zone

Old Trafford Match Zone: Ferguson says 'diver' tag is so unfair on Ashley



21:30 GMT, 22 April 2012

Ashley Young, widely criticised for the manner in which he won two penalties in the last two home games, was left out in favour of Nani on Sunday but Sir Alex Ferguson used his programme notes to hit back at criticism of the England winger.

Reflecting on the win over Aston Villa, the United boss wrote: ‘It took another controversial moment to set us on our way with the media enjoying a field day…Ashley is in danger of being targeted as a diver.

'It doesn’t take much for the press to get a bandwagon rolling these days and in my view it’s quite unfair.’

Defence: Sir Alex Ferguson stood up for Ashley Young

Defence: Sir Alex Ferguson stood up for Ashley Young

Rooney two good

Wayne Rooney scored as many goals against Everton on Sunday as he has in all the meetings with his old club since leaving Goodison Park in 2004.

The equaliser was his first against Everton at Old Trafford, and his second made it four in total against David Moyes’ side.

Toffees' big haul

Only two other teams have scored four or more goals in a Premier League game at Old Trafford. Liverpool did it with a 4-1 win here in 2009 before Manchester City hit six this season.

Everton are also the third team in the PL era to avoid defeat here after going two goals behind.

Momentous: Steven Pienaar's goal put Everton among a select few teams

Momentous: Steven Pienaar's goal put Everton among a select few teams

Well, they were warned

United clearly have short memories when it comes to writing off Everton.

Only last season at Goodison Park, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side led 3-1 as the game moved into added time but were then pegged back in dramatic circumstances as Tim Cahill and Mikel Arteta struck for the Merseysiders.

United back problems

Everton may still be without a Premier League win at Old Trafford since the inaugural season 20 years ago when Peter Beardsley, Robert Warzycha and Mo Johnston scored, but the 4-4 draw means United have now conceded more goals at home than in any other Premier League campaign.

Provider: Tony Hibber (left) set up goals for his team-mates

Provider: Tony Hibber (left) set up goals for his team-mates

Hibbert chips in

Tony Hibbert has never scored for Everton but the full back turned into an unlikely goal provider yesterday with perfect crosses for Nikica Jelavic’s opener and Marouane Fellaini’s finely-taken volley to make it 3-2.


George Best
The legendary Belfast boy and Fifties great Dennis Viollet were surpassed by Wayne Rooney on the United list of all-time top scorers. Two goals put Rooney fourth on 180. Next target Jack Rowley on 211.

Sir Alex Ferguson
No titles for sartorial elegance, combining grey suit and smart overcoat with trainers to stop him slipping on wet surface.

Gary Neville
The Sky pundit had to criticise younger brother Phil in the build-up to United’s equaliser. ‘Oh, Philip …’ groaned the elder Neville as he analysed an action replay.

John Barnes says Liverpool are lacking in quality

A distinct lack of quality! Barnes claims Liverpool need at least three world-class players



22:41 GMT, 29 March 2012

Liverpool legend John Barnes believes the club need three 'world-class' attacking players at least if they are to put themselves in the title frame next season.

The Reds' already disappointing Barclays Premier League campaign has run aground in the past two months with five defeats in the last six games.

In that time the club have won the Carling Cup but league form is threatening to take the shine off that achievement for some fans.

Good enough Liverpool and Stewart Downing have struggled this season

Good enough Liverpool and Stewart Downing have struggled this season

Barnes, speaking at the Soccerex forum in Manchester, said: 'How many of these Liverpool players would get in any of the other top teams I think they have a distinct lack of quality.

'For the last five or six years I have always said Liverpool need to buy players to go into the first team.

'Not squad players who you are going to rotate – I think we need three players, all attacking players who aren't going to be rotated.

'Three world-class players, shall we say, to go straight into the team and supplement (Steven) Gerrard and (Luis) Suarez.'

Barnes, however, is not critical of manager Kenny Dalglish and believes his former boss has been unlucky with some of his signings.

The 48-year-old, one of the flagship signings of Dalglish's first spell in charge, believes the Anfield chief identified some good players but has not seen them deliver.

Improvement: John Barnes knows Liverpool need better players for a shot at the title

Improvement: John Barnes knows Liverpool need better players for a shot at the title

Barnes said: 'When I went to Liverpool I had 30 England caps and six years at Watford. Peter Beardsley had five years at Newcastle and 25 England caps.

'It is not just Liverpool, but it seems these days you have one good season and then you are catapulted into a big team, who have to spend big money on you.

'Andy Carroll has had one year at Newcastle, Jordan Henderson one year at Sunderland. They are unproven.

'Hopefully in the future they will be consistent but at the moment the jury is out.

'It hasn't worked out but I am still hopeful for the future.'

Former Liverpool captain Phil Thompson, who was involved in the same discussion, is surprised more of the likes of Carroll, Henderson, Charlie Adam and Stewart Downing have not yet proved major successes.

Quality: Luis Suarez (centre) and Steven Gerrard (right) are good enough, according to Barnes

Quality: Luis Suarez (centre) and Steven Gerrard (right) are good enough, according to Barnes

The European Cup winner said: “Have all our signings done well No they haven't – and you wouldn't have imagined with all the players we signed, that so many would find it difficult to actually settle at the club.

'I don't think Kenny would have thought that, of all the signings he made, particularly last summer, the majority of them wouldn't have succeeded.

'He signed them all for the right reasons and I agree it is for the future, but you need most of it for now.

'Liverpool is different from other clubs because of the expectation week after week.

'To be a success you have to do it five out of six weeks and the lads haven't got into that mode yet.'

When asked how good the team were, Thompson said: 'Average. There are a lot of good players but they haven't done it.'

Mike Ashley deserves Newcastle credit, says Peter Beardsley

Lay off Ashley! Toon legend Beardsley says owner deserves credit for revival



16:34 GMT, 15 March 2012

Newcastle legend Peter Beardsley has called for owner Mike Ashley to be given the credit he deserves for resurrecting the club's fortunes.

The 51-year-old former England international, who enjoyed two hugely successful spells with his home-town club before joining the coaching staff, has been handed the task of identifying a new generation of stars in his role as football development manager.

However, he believes sportswear magnate Ashley, whose reign has been beset by controversy – the latest the decision to rename St James' Park as the Sports Direct Arena – is presiding over a bright new era on Tyneside.

Thumbs up: Peter Beardsley says Newcastle owner Mike Ashley deserves credit for the club's revival

Thumbs up: Peter Beardsley says Newcastle owner Mike Ashley deserves credit for the club's revival

The Magpies currently stand sixth in the Barclays Premier League table with manager Alan Pardew determined to do all he can to secure European qualification in their remaining 10 games of an already impressive campaign.

But while Pardew has received plenty of plaudits, Beardsley is convinced both Ashley and managing director Derek Llambias should be congratulated for their efforts too.

Beardsley said: 'He [Ashley] is different class, I have to say.

'Unfortunately, he hasn't been given the support he deserves, but now people are starting to realise the club is on an even keel and going in the right direction.

'I have to say – obviously I am biased and it will always be my club – the club is going in the right direction.

'We have got a brilliant owner, a brilliant managing director, a brilliant manager, and if you have got those three who are really positive, you must have a chance.'

Pardew himself arrived in the north-east under a cloud in the wake of Chris Hughton's surprising departure, and was swiftly dismissed by many as just another member of the so-called 'Cockney Mafia'.

'Cockney mafia': Ashley (left) and Derek Llambias (R) are not popular figures among most Newcastle fans

'Cockney mafia': Ashley (left) and Derek Llambias (R) are not popular figures among most Newcastle fans

However, having secured Premier League status during the second half of last season, Pardew has set about the task of building a team which can compete in the upper echelons of the table, and against all odds, they are managing to do that.

Asked if they can cap that by qualifying for Europe, a feat which would need results elsewhere to go in their favour, Beardsley said: 'That would be nice.

'The good thing is, that's not my problem, that's the manager's job. But to be fair, he has done an incredible job, he really has done an incredible job. Everybody around the place likes him.

'The Geordies, he would probably the first one to admit, they didn't want him initially, but they have been pleasantly surprised, and onwards and upwards.'

Ashley's efforts to make the club self-sufficient have not always been well received, but figures released last week showed they are close to breaking even.

Hitting the heights: Beardsley hopes manager Alan Pardew can steer the club to European football

Hitting the heights: Beardsley hopes manager Alan Pardew can steer the club to European football

With the days of marquee signings over, the emphasis on producing home-grown players to supplement the astute business conducted on the recommendations of chief scout Graham Carr has become increasingly important, and that is where Beardsley comes in.

Beardsley said: 'We had a big meeting about it yesterday, and the manager is incredibly positive towards young players.

'I see him every day. The great thing for me about Alan Pardew as a coach/football development manager is, I ask him a question and I get an answer. I don't have to go back in three weeks.

'Don't get me wrong, he doesn't always give me the answer I want, but he always gives me an answer, and he's very positive towards what we are trying to do.

'The manager has promoted a lot of youngsters this season and they have had a chance – and I wouldn't be surprised before the end of the season if one or two more get a chance.'

Beardsley's comments came as he performed the opening ceremony for a new 3G artificial grass pitch, part-funded by a 102,000 grant from the Football Foundation, at the city's Walker Technology College.

Brothers Shola and Sammy Ameobi played their early football in Walker, and Beardsley hopes the facility can only help youngsters to also fulfil their dreams.

Merseyside derby classics

A trip down memory lane… five of the most dramatic Merseyside derbies



23:55 GMT, 12 March 2012

The 217th Merseyside derby takes place on Wednesday night between Liverpool and Everton at Anfield, and here Sportsmail takes a look at some recent classic encounters.

Liverpool 3 Everton 1 FA Cup final, 1986

The first all-Merseyside FA Cup final saw the two clubs at the height of their power go head-to-head at Wembley, with Gary Lineker opening the scoring for Everton. However, Liverpool hit back in the second half with Ian Rush scoring twice either side of a goal for Craig Johnston.

Liverpool 3 Everton 2 FA Cup final, 1989

In a deeply emotional affair just five weeks after the Hillsborough disaster, the two clubs met at Wembley in what was billed the friendly final. John Aldridge's early goal looked like being the Liverpool winner until Everton's Stuart McCall struck just before the final whistle. Ian Rush put the Reds ahead again only for McCall to score a sensational second but moments later Rush grabbed his second to win the cup.

Everton 4 Liverpool 4, FA Cup fifth round 1991

Significant for being the last match before Kenny Dalglish stepped down after his first spell in charge. Peter Beardsley and Graeme Sharp traded two goals each to make it 2-2 before Ian Rush's header was cancelled out by Tony Cottee. John Barnes gave the Reds an extra-time lead only for Cottee to come back with another equaliser.

Everton 2 Liverpool 3, 2001

Emile Heskey gave the visitors the lead but Duncan Ferguson replied for Everton only for Markus Babbel to put the Reds in front just after half-time. Robbie Fowler then missed a penalty and David Unsworth scored one to make it 2-2 with seven minutes remaining before veteran midfielder Gary McAllister scored his famous 40-yard free-kick in the dying seconds.

Everton 3 Liverpool 0, 2006

Everton recorded their biggest win over their near-neighbours for 42 years and only their second victory in 14 derbies. Midfielder Tim Cahill gave the Toffees the lead midway through the first half and Andrew Johnson doubled the advantage before the interval. Liverpool had a penalty claim turned down late in the game before Jose Reina failed to deal with Lee Carsley's long-range strike and in trying to keep the ball out merely flicked it up for Johnson to nod in the third.

Michael Dawson out for season and Euro 2012

Dawson set to be latest England player ruled out of Euro 2012 after suffering ligament damage

Harry Redknapp said it will be a ‘miracle’ if Michael Dawson plays again this season after his injury against Stevenage.

The central defender fell awkwardly after going up for a header and being nudged by the visitors’ striker Chris Beardsley in the fifth minute.

He was carried off and taken to hospital with suspected ligament damage to his right knee and left ankle.

As well as a blow for Tottenham, it means Dawson has no chance of being ready for England as they head into Euro 2012.

Crocked: Michael Dawson has suffered another serious injury for Tottenham

Crocked: Michael Dawson has suffered another serious injury for Tottenham

Redknapp said: ‘It didn’t look good, it didn’t look right. It’s a pretty bad injury he’s got there. It would be a miracle if he’s not (out for the season).

‘It’s a big blow for Michael. He’s a great guy, fantastic professional. You want Michael in the team and around the place.’

Tottenham first-team coach Joe Jordan reacted angrily to the challenge but Redknapp did not have a clear view of the incident.

He added: ‘Maybe Joe saw something but he didn’t tell me. I just saw Michael on the floor.’

Aaron Lennon also went off in the 38th minute with a hamstring injury.

England debutants: Seven best uncut gems

Magnificent Seven! Bobby Charlton and England's other best uncut gems

Sportsmail remembers when England uncovered new talent in unlikely circumstances.

Brave: Two months after the Munich air disaster, Bobby Charlton made his England bow

Brave: Two months after the Munich air disaster, Bobby Charlton made his England bow

Bobby Charlton

Debut: April 1958, v Scotland

Little more than a month after the Munich air disaster, 20-year-old Charlton scored on his England debut in the first of the year’s Home International games, a 4-0 win against Scotland at Hampden Park.

It would be the first of a record 49 international goals in an England career spanning 12 years and 106 caps. Without doubt, one of the all-time greats.

Geoff Hurst

February 1966, v West Germany

stuff of legend. Hurst made his debut in a friendly against West
Germany as Alf Ramsey experimented up front ahead of the 1966 World Cup.
Five months later, he won his eighth cap in the final, scoring a
hat-trick against the same opponents.

He finished his England career with 49 caps and 24 goals. His final game, in April 1972, was also against West Germany.

Kevin Keegan

November 1972, v Wales

Joe Mercer recalled Keegan for the first game of the post-Sir Alf Ramsey era, with England in need of a lift having failed to qualify for the 1974 World Cup.

The 23-year-old Liverpool striker had made his debut against Wales two years earlier but failed to establish himself and Mercer awarded him his third cap, once again against Wales. Keegan scored in a 2-0 win at Ninian Park and ended up with 21 goals in 63 games.

Top stopper: Joe Hart made his debut in 2008 in a friendly

Top stopper: Joe Hart made his debut in 2008 in a friendly

Peter Beardsley

January 1986, v Egypt

Gary Lineker and Mark Hateley had played in 1986 World Cup qualifying but after no goals and one point from England’s first two games in Mexico, Bobby Robson gave 25-year-old Newcastle striker Beardsley his seventh appearance for the third game against Poland.

He clicked with Lineker, who scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 win. Beardsley finished with 59 caps, nine goals and many assists.

Gary Neville

June 1995, v Japan

Graham Taylor tried all sorts at right back — Paul Parker, Lee Dixon, Rob Jones, Earl Barrett, David Bardsley, Keith Curle and Andy Sinton — but Neville emerged in the nick of time for Terry Venables.

He was handed a debut at the age of 20 in the Umbro Trophy against Japan, 12 months ahead of Euro 96, and stayed in the team, going on to win 85 caps over the next 12 years.

Not left back in the changing room: Ashley Cole is closing in on 100 caps

Not left back in the changing room: Ashley Cole is closing in on 100 caps

Ashley Cole

March 2001, v Albania

Left back had become a problem position by the turn of the century. Kevin Keegan finished with Gareth Barry and Graeme Le Saux disputing the position after Phil Neville was jettisoned following Euro 2000.

Sven Goran Eriksson picked Chris Powell twice before turning to the 20-year-old Arsenal left back. Cole is still first choice, 93 caps and 11 years later.

Joe Hart

June 2008, v Trinidad and Tobago

England's goalkeeping department was in turmoil after the 2010 World Cup. Rob Green had lost the confidence of Fabio Capello after his error against the USA and David James was nearly 40.

Hart seemed the only hope and he had to respond to the challenge. He had made his debut in a friendly two years earlier, but his first start came against Hungary in August 2010, the first game after the World Cup. He has grown in stature since and the 24-year-old will go to Euro 2012 as undisputed No 1.

League One review: Charlton leave it late to beat Yeovil

League One review: Charlton leave it late to snatch win as Stevenage hit Colchester for six

Danny Green struck in stoppage time to give npower League One leaders Charlton a 3-2 win at Yeovil.

Jonathan Obika (8) headed the home side into an early lead, which was soon cancelled out by Danny Hollands” (15) close-range header from a corner.

The Addicks trailed again when Paul Huntington made it 2-1 at the start of the second half, but were level through on the hour from Yann Kermorgant”s 25-yard free-kick and secured a first win in three games when midfielder Green drilled home.

Stoppage time hero: Charlton

Stoppage time hero: Charlton”s Danny Green celebrates after the final whistle

Chris Powell”s men now lead Sheffield Wednesday by eight points after the Owls were beaten at Walsall by two injury-time goals.

Ryan Lowe”s goal on the hour looked to have set the visitors on course for victory, but Walsall levelled through a deflected effort from Claude Gnakpa.

There was still time for the Saddlers – who had not won in their last eight league matches – to grab a dramatic winner when Emmanuele Smith slotted home.

Stevenage moved into the play-off places with a 6-1 romp at Colchester.
Robin Shroot (9) and Chris Beardsley (25) gave the visitors a comfortable half-time lead.

Ian Henderson (51) pulled a goal back for the Us, but it proved to be a false dawn as goals from Michael Bostwick (64), Scott Laird (71), Luke Freeman (73) and Joel /12/26/article-2078766-0F46F7A300000578-78_468x286.jpg” width=”468″ height=”286″ alt=”Winning away: Charlton”s players celebrate with their fans after their last gasp victory at Yeovil” class=”blkBorder” />

Winning away: Charlton”s players celebrate with their fans after their last gasp victory at Yeovil

MK Dons are third, just a point behind Wednesday, after they won 3-0 at Leyton Orient in a lunchtime kick-off.

Dean Bowditch (37) put the visitors ahead just before half-time, with a 30-yard effort from Adam Smith (57) and Charlie MacDonald (63) wrapping things up.

Fourth-placed Huddersfield also have 42 points after a first half goal from Jordan Rhodes (34) gave them a 1-0 home win over bottom club Chesterfield.

Jamie Douglas scored in injury time as Preston snatched a point in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Carlisle at Deepdale.

Lee Miller (20) put the visitors ahead with a penalty, but Iain Hume soon levelled with a free-kick.

Preston midfielder Paul Parry (31) made it 2-1 from the spot, only for the Cumbrians to level in first-half stoppage time through Francois Zoko after Carlisle striker Rory Loy had been taken to hospital with a suspected broken leg.

The visitors were ahead for a third time when James Berrett drilled in from 20 yards just after the hour.

However, Douglas snatched a point when he converted from close range after good work by midfielder Paul Coutts.

Back from the brink: Walsall fought back to beat Sheffield Wednesday

Back from the brink: Walsall fought back to beat Sheffield Wednesday

There was also late drama at Griffin Park, where play-off chasing Brentford earned a 1-1 draw with Bournemouth.

Cherries striker Charlie Sheringham – son of former England forward Teddy – gave the visitors the lead on 19 minutes, which looked to have been enough for all three points only for Leon Legge to head in a late, late equaliser.

On-loan Fulham striker Marcello Trotta netted a hat-trick as Wycombe beat fellow strugglers Exeter 3-1 to move out of the relegation zone.

The 19-year-old Italian turned in Anthony McNamee”s cross after just 35 seconds, but Danny Coles (23) equalised.

Trotta struck again five minutes before the break and, after Exeter striker Guillem Bauza had his penalty saved by Nikki Bull, completed his treble two minutes from full-time.

Scunthorpe remain in trouble after they went down 3-1 at home to Bury, despite taking an early lead through Shane Duffy (5).

The Shakers rallied after the break, and levelled through Peter Sweeney (50) before completing the turnaround with goals from Andy Bishop (69) and Efe Sodje (82).

Hartlepool won 1-0 at Oldham with a seventh-minute goal from James Poole.
Tranmere”s game against Rochdale was called off after wind caused damage to the Main Stand at Prenton Park.

Peter Beardsley goes to watch suspended Wilfried Zaha

Beardsley left red-faced after wasted trip to watch Crystal Palace”s Zaha

Newcastle scout Peter Beardsley was left red-faced on Monday night after making the 600-mile round trip to London to watch Wilfried Zaha – only to discover the Crystal Palace starlet was suspended.

Sportsmail revealed on Saturday that Magpies boss Alan Pardew intends to bid for the 10million-rated forward next month.

And Beardsley, who is Newcastle”s head of recruitment for their academy and development squads, made the trip down to south London with the intention of running the rule over the talented teenager against Birmingham.

Missing the target: Peter Beardsley was caught out by Wilfried Zaha

Missing the target: Peter Beardsley was caught out by Wilfried Zaha”s suspension

Toon target: Zaha (front)

Toon target: Zaha (front)

However, the former England international was left disappointed upon his arrival at Selhurst Park, with Zaha, 19, ruled out of the clash through suspension.

Beardsley instead turned his attention to Zaha”s team-mate Nathaniel Clyne who is also on the Magpies” radar.

Meanwhile, Palace boss Dougie Freedman has taunted Newcastle over their interest in Zaha, claiming they are not a big enough club to lure the England Under-19 forward.

He said: “Wilfried is better than a Newcastle. I know the chairman won”t accept four, five or six million pounds and that rules out a lot of clubs.

“If you”re talking eight, nine or 10 then who is going to pay that That is the top five or six in the Premier League.” Newcastle are not the only club chasing Zaha, with Liverpool, Stoke and Queens Park Rangers all interested.