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Sir Trevor Brooking criticises young English players

Too much, too young: Brooking insists England kids lack hunger, desire and enthusiasm because of big contracts

By
Andy James

PUBLISHED:

09:45 GMT, 17 January 2013

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UPDATED:

10:13 GMT, 17 January 2013

Critical: Brooking

Critical: Brooking

Sir Trevor Brooking has hit out at the money culture that surrounds some of England's top young footballers.

The former England international and current FA director of football argued that the size of the contracts being handed to some teenagers results in a lack of 'hunger, desire and enthusiasm'.

Speaking as the FA launched its 150th anniversary celebrations in London on Wednesday, Brooking used the example of the England Under-17 side which won the European Championships in 2010 to illustrate his point.

'Players get lots of money too young,' he said. 'It’s a big challenge for the clubs to work out how to deal with that.

'If you’re getting paid 20,000 a week at 18 years old it will affect your hunger, desire and enthusiasm.

'We had an Under-17 team that won the European Championship back in 2010 where they beat Spain and France and passed the ball as well as any other young side. We had hoped that one or two of them might come through into the main national side.

'A couple of them have got big contracts and, to be honest, have not kicked on as we were hoping.'

Slow progress: Connor Wickham starred for England Under-17s in 2010 but has scored just twice for Sunderland since an 8m move in July 2011

Slow progress: Connor Wickham starred for England Under-17s in 2010 but has scored just twice for Sunderland since an 8m move in July 2011

The likes of Chelsea's Josh McEachran and Sunderland's Connor Wickham both featured in that side but have failed to hold down regular first-team places at their clubs despite signing long-term deals.

Later, Brooking reiterated his point on talkSPORT, comparing today's climate to the one in which he broke through in back in the late 1960s.

'When I first started you got a basic wage when you broke into the first team, but a lot of the rest of my wages were made up with appearance fees and win bonuses, whereas now they try to lock in massive basics straight away,' he said.

All smiles: Brooking chats with former England boss Fabio Capello on Wednesday

All smiles: Brooking chats with former England boss Fabio Capello on Wednesday

'If you’re getting a basic wage for sitting on the bench or not performing then your club will be thinking, “I’ve signed this guy up for four years and he’s not playing well”. They’re getting too much, too soon.

'It’s one of the biggest problems, especially if you’re a young English player.

'We haven’t got as many of them as we should do and then clubs have to abide by this home-grown player rule within their squads.

'Sometimes an English youngster is included in the squad and you’ll end up paying a bit over the top to get X number of home-grown players whereas, in reality, they’re not worth the money that they’re paid.'

Southampton 0 Sunderland 1: Steven Fletcher pushes Black Cats away from danger zone

Southampton 0 Sunderland 1: Fletcher edges Black Cats away from danger zone

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16:51 GMT, 22 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:11 GMT, 22 December 2012

Steven Fletcher's strike proved the difference as Sunderland took all three points from their long trip to fellow strugglers Southampton.

The Scotland international's effort three minutes from the end of the first half proved the difference in an even encounter at St Mary's.

Only a point separated 16th-placed Sunderland and the hosts coming into the match, with Southampton also a place worse off than the north-east side.

The goalden touch: Top scorer Steven Fletcher sealed a precious away win for Sunderland

The goalden touch: Top scorer Steven Fletcher sealed a precious away win for Sunderland

The goalden touch: Top scorer Steven Fletcher sealed a precious away win for Sunderland

Match facts

Southampton: Kelvin Davis, Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Shaw, Puncheon (Do Prado 80), Cork, Schneiderlin (Steven Davis 59), Mayuka (De Ridder 55), Lambert, Ramirez. Subs not used: Boruc, Hooiveld, Rodriguez, Richardson.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, Cuellar, O'Shea, Rose, Johnson (Campbell 74), Colback, Larsson (Bardsley 70), McClean, Sessegnon (Vaughan 89), Fletcher. Subs not used: Westwood, Wickham, McFadden, Bramble.

Booked: Larsson, Johnson, Bardsley.

Goal: Fletcher 42.

Referee: Howard Webb.

Attendance: 31,275.

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Martin O'Neill's side had lost three
of four matches in December but looked dangerous from the outset, with
Stephane Sessegnon forcing an exquisite save from former Black Cats
goalkeeper Kelvin Davis in the opening minute.

A deflected Rickie Lambert free-kick
was the closest Saints came in a first half in which Fletcher swept the
opener home late on.

Saints pressed for a leveller
throughout the second period but looked devoid of ideas and were unable
to find a way past Sunderland, who held on for their second away win of
the season.

Fletcher, Adam Johnson and Danny Rose
all overcame knocks to start for the hosts, who came close in the
opening seconds as Davis superbly denied Sessegnon from 25 yards.

John O'Shea nodded over from the
resulting corner much to the relief of Southampton, who were jolted into
action by the Black Cats' explosive start.

Jason Puncheon saw a threatening prod
goalwards denied by Carlos Cuellar and, after a dangerous Morgan
Schneiderlin free-kick was dealt with, Lambert was inches away from the
opener.

Mixed emotions: Sunderland celebrate Steven Fletcher's opener, but it's doom and gloom for Southampton's Rickie Lambert

Mixed emotions: Sunderland celebrate Steven Fletcher's opener, but it's doom and gloom for Southampton's Rickie Lambert

After Craig Gardner brought down
Emmanuel Mayuka, making his first Premier League start, on the edge of
the box, the Saints striker's low driven free-kick was deflected just
wide of the far post.

Sebastian Larsson was denied by Davis
when Sunderland returned to the attack, before Fletcher directed a
Gardner cross just wide and James McClean saw a tame effort from
distance saved.

Going down: Southampton's Luke Shaw battles with Fraizer Campbell

Going down: Southampton's Luke Shaw battles with Fraizer Campbell

O'Neill's side were looking the bigger threat but record signing Gaston Ramirez was proving a thorn in their side.

Simon Mignolet did well to deal with
an awkward dipping effort from 20 yards before the Uruguay international
curled over from distance.

In a battle: Stephane Sessegnon skips away from Schneiderlin

In a battle: Stephane Sessegnon skips away from Schneiderlin

Both sides were playing cautiously in a bid to find the opener, with the defences dealing with any potential threats.

First Cuellar denied Lambert as he
prepared to break through on goal and then Maya Yoshida did well to stop
Fletcher meeting a driven Gardner cross from the right.

Off-balance: Sebastian Larsson and Morgan Schneiderlin compete for the ball at St Mary's

Off-balance: Sebastian Larsson and Morgan Schneiderlin compete for the ball at St Mary's

Puncheon saw a strike blocked by O'Shea as Saints looked to end the half on top, only for Fletcher to break the deadlock.

Johnson's low cross from the left was played on by Sessegnon for the Scotland international to sweep home a 42nd-minute opener.

Under pressure: Kelvin Davis clears from Sessegnon

Under pressure: Kelvin Davis clears from Sessegnon

Referee Howard Webb waved away
Mayuka's penalty appeals as the first half came to a close, with Lambert
firing just over 30 seconds after the restart.

Sunderland could have had a second
had somebody connected with a drilled Gardner effort before Johnson
fired over, leading Adkins to shuffle the pack.

Vital victory: Sunderland skipper John O'Shea hails the win

Vital victory: Sunderland skipper John O'Shea hails the win

Steve de Ridder, making his first Premier League appearance of the season, and Steven Davis came on for Mayuka and Schneiderlin.

De Ridder almost made an immediate
impression as he found Jose Fonte with a corner, but the Portuguese
defender could only nod wide.

Kicking every ball: Martin O'Neill and Nigel Adkins look on anxiously from the sidelines

Kicking every ball: Martin O'Neill and Nigel Adkins look on anxiously from the sidelines

Sunderland, though, were frustrating a Saints side lacking inspiration as the rain hammered down.
Puncheon was dispossessed as he ran through on goal and Steven Davis saw
a shot blocked by Jack Colback as the hosts desperately sought a
leveller.

Davis saved an audacious Gardner
free-kick from range, before Guly do Prado came on for Puncheon in a
final throw of the dice by the hosts.

However, Southampton had a late
penalty appeal waved away and Do Prado saw a stoppage-time shot blocked,
meaning the 1,814 travelling fans would leave happy.

Sunderland 3 Reading 0 match report: James McClean, Steven Fletcher, Stephane Sessegnon score

Sunderland 3 Reading 0: McClean, Fletcher and Sessegnon ease pressure on O'Neill

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Sunderland leapt out of the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three and eased any pressure on manager Martin O’Neill with their third win of the season.

Early goals from James McClean and top scorer Steven Fletcher and a late strike from Stephane Sessegnon secured a valuable win which took them within a point of local rivals Newcastle.

Just as O’Neill predicted, Sunderland comfortably won their game in hand to move a point clear of third-from-bottom Wigan and into 15th place.

Early strike: James McClean hit Sunderland's opener with a stunning effort

Early strike: James McClean hit Sunderland's opener with a stunning effort to ease the gloom surrounding the Stadium of Light

Letting fly: McClean lashes in the opener with a crisp left-foot effrot

Letting fly: McClean lashes in the opener with a crisp left-foot effrot

Match facts

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Colback, Johnson (Bardsley 46, (Bramble 75)), Rose (Vaughan 69), Larsson, McClean, Sessegnon, Fletcher. Subs not used: Westwood, Campbell, Wickham, Kilgallon.

Booked: Fletcher, Rose.

Goals: McClean 3, Fletcher 28, Sessegnon 90.

Reading: Federici, Cummings, Pearce, Mariappa, Shorey, McCleary (Samuel 72), Tabb, Leigertwood, McAnuff, Hunt, Le Fondre. Subs not used: Taylor, Gunter, Gorkss, Harte, Gunnarsson, Obita.

Booked: Mariappa.

Referee: Neil Swarbrick.

Attendance: 37,723.

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Sunderland owner Ellis Short appeared
in the press room before the game to give as good as a vote of
confidence. O’Neill, he assured his critics, is not under pressure.

But a victory against second-from-bottom Reading was the reassurance the supporters needed.
Within three minutes, when McClean lashed home his first league goal of
the season, fans were singing the name of O’Neill again.

It was the performance O’Neill needed and his players delivered.

The three shots they had in the first
six minutes were as many as they were managing in entire games shortly
after this fixture was postponed following an unexpected deluge of rain
in August.

McClean settled nerves, silenced the
discontented and set Sunderland on their way to their most valuable
victory in the year and a week that O’Neill has been in charge when the
Irish winger powered a low, left-foot shot into the Reading net after
the visitors had failed to clear an in-swinging Adam Johnson corner.

On target: Steven Fletcher converts from inside the sixyard box to double Sunderland's advantage

On target: Steven Fletcher converts from inside the sixyard box to double Sunderland's advantage

Wheeling away: Fletcher celebrates his strike after leaving Adam Federici helpless

Wheeling away: Fletcher celebrates his strike after leaving Adam Federici helpless

Sessegnon then tested Adam Federici
with a swirling shot from outside the area which the Reading keeper
clawed to safety.Johnson then drilled a shot into the sidenetting when
Federici had perhaps expect.

Not that everything the 10million
man hit went that close. After 12 minutes he was on the end of a
sweeping five-man move from left to right before he unleashed a shot
which flew out for a throw-in closer to fellow winger McClean than the
goal.

What pressure Martin O'Neill saw his side respond to two consecutive defeats with a vital victory

What pressure Martin O'Neill saw his side respond to two consecutive defeats with a vital victory

Despite Sunderland’s positive start,
and the luxury of the early goal, Reading still presented a threat and
almost equalised in the opening 10 minutes from a cleverly worked
free-kick.

Nicky Shorey, who also fired in a
fierce shot which deflected into Simon Mignolet’s arms, chipped the ball
neatly into a crowded penalty area, where centre back Alex Pearce added
the deft touch which only just bounced the wrong side of the Belgian
keeper’s post.

Called into action: Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet darts across his goal to pull off an acrobatic save

Called into action: Sunderland keeper Simon Mignolet darts across his goal to pull off an acrobatic save

That would have made Sunderland fans
anxious but, within minutes, they were almost celebrating a second goal
as Sessegnon drove a shot wide after another good passing move from the
home side.

They did get the second in the 28th
minute from Steven Fletcher, although it was a move that perhaps summed
up Sunderland’s season. Home supporters groaned twice during their
side’s long build-up from their own half, when players nearly lost
possession. Sessegnon, Jack Colback and Danny Rose were all urged to
shoot, only to keep the ball as they searched for the right opening.

Hands free: Stephane Sessegnon is under pressure from Reading's Mikele Leigertwood

Hands free: Stephane Sessegnon is under pressure from Reading's Mikele Leigertwood

Their patience paid off when Rose
delivered a teasing cross into the path of Fletcher and the Scotland
striker, with his back to goal, deceived Federici and Adrian Mariappa
with a wonderful flicked effort to score his seventh goal of the season.

Fletcher almost added to his tally
two minutes before half-time when he emerged from the melee at a Johnson
corner to head just over.

Long jump: reading's Adam Le Fondre hurdles Adam Johnson

Long jump: reading's Adam Le Fondre hurdles Adam Johnson

The presence of Sunderland’s top
scorer was a welcome boost for O’Neill and his side. Fletcher passed a
fitness test after missing the weekend defeat by Chelsea with an ankle
injury. O’Neill also dropped Phil Bardsley, restoring Craig Gardner at
right back, and kept Jack Colback and Seb Larsson in the middle. That
pair had arguably their most effective games of the season.

Reading fought hard after half-time and Mignolet made one fine from a Shorey free-kick.

Plenty to ponder: Reading boss Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their ninth defeat of the campaign

Plenty to ponder: Reading boss Brian McDermott saw his side sink to their ninth defeat of the campaign

The loss of Johnson at half-time
affected the home team but Sessegnon topped off the night in added time
with his third goal of the season racing on to Carlos Cuellar’s punt,
skipping past Federici and tapping into an empty net.

Sealing the deal: Sessegnon rounds Federici to complete the scoring

Sealing the deal: Sessegnon rounds Federici to complete the scoring

Martin O"Neill waits on Steven Fletcher fitness

O'Neill faces anxious wait on fitness of top goalscorer Fletcher for Chelsea visit

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22:30 GMT, 7 December 2012

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is sweating on top scorer Steven Fletcher being fit to face Chelsea on Saturday.

The Scotland international has been unable to train this week due to the ankle injury which forced him to miss the much improved second half performance at Norwich City last Sunday.

Fletcher, who has scored six goals since his 10million summer switch from Wolves, has seen a specialist in London, had a painkilling injection in his ankle and will have a late fitness test before the clash at the Stadium of Light.

Sweating: Steven Fletcher could be fit to face Chelsea

Sweating: Steven Fletcher could be fit to face Chelsea

Manager Martin O'Neill, who has confirmed skipper Lee Cattermole is out for at least two months after knee surgery, says Fletcher has a 50/50 chance of facing the European champions.

Defender John O'Shea, who has missed two games with a calf problem, could also return.

England Under 21 striker Connor Wickham, who made a rare and promising appearance at Carrow Road, is on stand-by to make his first start of the season.

O'Neill said: `Fletcher went down to see the specialist but he hasn't done anything yet in training so that's all I can tell you at the moment.

'We're doing a lot of work with Connor and the young players after training but the biggest thing for Connor is that he wants to do it and he wants to improve.

'He has the physique and natural attributes so it's really up to him.

'Don't start reading everything into a 45 minute performance. I thought he did really well in the Norwich game and he wants to show more aggression.

No chance: Lee Cattermole has been ruled out for at least two months

No chance: Lee Cattermole has been ruled out for at least two months

'Now's the time for him to start performing and getting something out of these games not just letting the minutes on the field pass him by.

'I've been here exactly a year and Connor played in my first game because Bendtner wasn't available.

'He came in and played in the next game and came off injured against Tottenham so he's found his career standing still, certainly at club level, but he's addressing it and that's the most important thing.'

Norwich 2 Sunderland 1: Match report

Norwich 2 Sunderland 1: Canaries flying high after escaping Black Cats' claws

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18:35 GMT, 2 December 2012

Norwich survived a second-half onslaught from Sunderland to secure their fourth straight home Barclays Premier League win and condemn the Black Cats to yet another defeat.

A second goal in eight days from former Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong and a smart finish from Anthony Pilkington gave the home side a well-deserved two-goal lead.

But Craig Gardner pulled one back just before the break for Sunderland, who then wasted numerous chances in a second half they dominated without managing to secure a much-needed result.

Doubling up: Anthony Pilkington makes it 2-0 to Norwich in the first half

Doubling up: Anthony Pilkington makes it 2-0 to Norwich in the first half

Match Facts:

Norwich: Bunn, Whittaker, Bassong, Ryan Bennett, Garrido, Snodgrass (Elliott Bennett 77), Tettey, Johnson, Pilkington, Hoolahan (Howson 88), Holt.

Subs Not Used: Rudd, Martin, Jackson, Morison, Barnett.

Goals: Bassong 8, Pilkington 37.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Kilgallon, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson, Gardner, Larsson (Vaughan 90), McClean (Campbell 85), Sessegnon, Fletcher (Wickham 46).

Subs Not Used: Westwood, McFadden, Colback, Bramble.

Booked: Kilgallon, Bardsley.

Goal: Gardner 44

Attendance: 26,228

Referee: Phil Dowd

The win moves the Canaries up to 12th
in the table, with Sunderland still only one place and one point above
the relegation zone.

The hosts dominated the opening
exchanges and looked much sharper in possession, with Sunderland
defender Matthew Kilgallon cautioned by referee Phil Dowd after just
three minutes for tugging at Norwich skipper Grant Holt as he turned
past him.

Another free-kick conceded five
minutes later led to the opening goal as Robert Snodgrass' set-piece was
flicked on by Bradley Johnson, the ball taking a deflection off the arm
of Carlos Cuellar before being bundled home from close range by
Bassong, with the borderline offside decision going in Norwich's favour.

Sunderland finally tested Mark Bunn
in the 28th minute as Sebastian Larsson pulled a corner back to the edge
of the box to Danny Rose, who fired in a low effort that the Norwich
goalkeeper did well to keep hold of. The game became a little scrappy as
the half progressed but the Canaries would double their lead eight
minutes before the break.

Bradley Johnson played a through ball
into the run of Pilkington, who was played onside by Kilgallon, and the
winger ran through on goal before rounding Cuellar and coolly slotting
past Simon Mignolet.

From distance: Pilkington sees his effort fly in

From distance: Pilkington sees his effort fly in

With just one minute remaining before half-time, Sunderland hauled themselves back into the game.
Adam Johnson skipped down the left flank and pulled the ball across to
Gardner who arrowed a low effort past Bunn, although the former
Blackburn goalkeeper may feel he could have kept it out.

Gardner's effort was the first goal
Norwich had conceded in the league at home since Liverpool's 5-2 victory
at Carrow Road at the end of September and it meant the Black Cats went
in at the break with renewed vigour ahead of the second period.

Sunderland boss Martin O'Neill
introduced striker Connor Wickham at half-time with Steven Fletcher
making way and the visitors started the second half brightly, with only a
clearance from Ryan Bennett stopping Wickham from tapping home to make
an immediate impact.

Going ahead: Sebastien Bassong scored an early header for Norwich

Going ahead: Sebastien Bassong scored an early header for Norwich

Where Norwich had looked calm and
assured in possession for the majority of the first half, Gardner's goal
seemed to knock them off their stride and they played a number of
lacklustre passes in the early stages of the second 45 minutes.

After weathering a Sunderland storm,
Chris Hughton's side started to reassert themselves on the game and only
a flying stop from Mignolet prevented Pilkington scoring his second
from just outside the box.

Back in the game: Craig Gardner celebrates scoring his side's goal

Back in the game: Craig Gardner celebrates scoring his side's goal

The heat is on: Sunderland manager Martin ONeill looks on as his side were beaten by Norwich

The heat is on: Sunderland manager Martin ONeill looks on as his side were beaten by Norwich

Sunderland should have been level
moments later as a rasping Gardner free-kick rattled the post and
Kilgallon turned the rebound over the bar from six yards out.

Bunn's goal continued to live a
charmed life as the goalkeeper's punched clearance from a Sunderland
corner fell straight to Gardner, whose effort was cleared off the line
by Javier Garrido.

Stephane Sessegnon was the next
Sunderland player to have a chance to level matters but he shot straight
at Bunn who had stayed on his feet.

Taking a fall: Connor Wickham goes to ground after a challenge from Bassong

Taking a fall: Connor Wickham goes to ground after a challenge from Bassong

Fight for the ball: Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and Norwich City's Alexander Tettey battle

Fight for the ball: Sunderland's Stephane Sessegnon and Norwich City's Alexander Tettey battle

The Benin international again came
close on 73 minutes when the Norwich defence allowed an innocuous ball
into their penalty area to bounce and Sessegnon's overhead kick flew
wide.
Wickham had the ball the back of the net with 13 minutes remaining after
Bunn spilled Rose's long-range effort, but the former Ipswich man was
flagged offside.

With his side still struggling to
contain the visitors Hughton introduced Elliott Bennett from the bench
in place of Snodgrass to offer more pace in attack.

Holding off: Wes Hoolahan fends off Matthew Kilgallon of Sunderland

Holding off: Wes Hoolahan fends off Matthew Kilgallon of Sunderland

Making a break: Ryan Bennett vies with Sunderland's Danny Rose

Making a break: Ryan Bennett vies with Sunderland's Danny Rose

Holt then had a great chance to
punish the profligacy of their visitors but a heavy touch after being
played through by Wes Hoolahan meant Mignolet could collect the loose
ball, before Elliott Bennett found Holt with a decent cross a minute
later only for the Canaries captain to blaze a difficult chance over the
bar.

O'Neill threw on Fraizer Campbell and
David Vaughan in the closing stages but Norwich held on to extend their
unbeaten league run to eight games and move six points ahead of
Sunderland in the table.

Vegard Forren wanted by Fulham, Manchester United and Everton

Fulham join Man United and Everton in race to sign Molde defender Forren

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Fulham are interested in Molde defender Vegard Forren, 24, who has been linked with Manchester United and Everton.

Meanwhile, Sunderland striker Connor Wickham is wanted by Sheffield Wednesday on loan.

Wanted: Forren (right) is being monitored by Fulham, Everton and United

Wanted: Forren (right) is being monitored by Fulham, Everton and United

David Moyes admits relief at Everton win

Moyes admits relief as O'Neill groans: We should have been out of sight

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18:24 GMT, 10 November 2012

Everton manager David Moyes admitted he did not think he would mark his 400th Premier League match with a victory but was not surprised by side's late turnaround.

Trailing to Sunderland winger Adam Johnson's first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time the Toffees struck twice in quick succession through Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic to clinch three points with 11 minutes to go.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It was Everton's first win in five
matches, keeping them in the top four, and ensured Moyes could end a
landmark game with a smile.

'I thought it was going to be one of
those days. It didn't look as if it was coming,' said the Scot. 'I
thought it looked like a 1-0 to Sunderland – but that was not for us not
trying to keep knocking at the door.

'In the end I think we got what we deserved because we kept at it.

'I thought we played quite well in the first half but found ourselves a goal down and a bit fortunate not to be two down.

'If that had been the case you would have to have said that was unjust.

'We didn't deserve that with our possession, we just hadn't created any clear-cut chances from our good play.

'We needed something because
Sunderland had the third-best defensive record in the Premier League and
they had showed that resilience and made it hard for us to score.

'I thought we kept going and the players showed great character to come from a goal behind.

'Maybe the amount of pressure we had told a little bit.'

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Sunderland were eventually unpicked
by the vision of Leon Osman and Fellaini. Osman, who received his first
England call-up at the age of 31 this week, twice linked up with
Fellaini, who turned and shot for the first before playing a cheeky
backheel through the legs of John O'Shea for Jelavic to score.

Asked whether Osman warranted a start
against Sweden on Wednesday Moyes said: 'Roy Hodgson picks that team. It is hard enough picking this Everton team without picking Roy's
team.'

The one downside to the afternoon was
an injury to Kevin Mirallas, probably Everton's best player in the
first half hour, which forced the Belgium international off.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

'It looks like he has a bit of a
hamstring injury and it was a miss because we were a bit stodgy after
that, we didn't flow as nicely as we had done,' added the Toffees boss.

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill,
who thought his side would end their 11-year win-less run against
Everton, was frustrated with the result.

'We should have been out of sight at
half-time. Instead of being one up we should have been three up,' he
said. 'Having said that, the players played brilliantly away from home
against a side who have a great chance of being in the Champions League.

'It was a great performance by the players. To be fair I thought we were exhilarating in the first half.

'We knew we would be under pressure in the second half but I always thought on the break we looked dangerous.

'The second goal epitomised a bit of luck and a bit of misfortune. We are obviously very disappointed.'

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Everton 2 Sunderland 1 – match report

Everton 2 Sunderland 1: Quick-fire Fellaini and Jelavic strikes ensure Black Cats' Goodison woe continues

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17:25 GMT, 10 November 2012

Everton produced a late rally to score twice in three minutes and maintain their remarkable 11-year unbeaten record against Sunderland.

Black Cats winger Adam Johnson scored his first goal for the club on the stroke of half-time and for a long time it looked like giving his side their first league win over the Toffees in 16 matches.

However, Marouane Fellaini and Nikica Jelavic swung the game decisively in Everton's favour with goals in quick succession in the last 15 minutes to ensure manager David Moyes' 400th Premier League match ended in victory.

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Topsy-turvy: Nikica Jelavic celebrates as Everton dumped the game on its head to delight the home fans

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

Back on track: Marouane Fellaini equalises for Everton to start the turnaround

MATCH FACTS

Everton: Howard, Coleman, Jagielka, Heitinga, Baines, Mirallas (Naismith 30), Osman, Neville (Vellios 73), Pienaar, Fellaini, Jelavic (Hitzlsperger 86).

Subs not used: Mucha, Oviedo, Distin, Gueye.

Booked: Heitinga

Goals: Fellaini 76, Jelavic 79

Sunderland: Mignolet, Gardner, O'Shea, Cuellar, Rose, Johnson (Vaughan 84), Larsson, Colback (Wickham 88), McClean, Fletcher (Saha 69), Sessegnon.

Subs: Westwood, McFadden, Kilgallon, Bramble.

Booked: Rose, Gardner, Vaughan

Goal: Johnson 45

Att: 35,999

Referee: Lee Mason (Lancashire)

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It also kept the Toffees in the top four as they stretched their current good run in 2012 to just one defeat in 20 league games.

Sunderland, who have not won away
since February, must have thought their luck was about to change against
their bogey side after Johnson's strike.

Not only was it his first goal since
joining from Manchester City for 10million in August it was the team's
first in eight hours 54 minutes of football in all competitions.

He became only the second Black Cats
player to score this season, with Steven Fletcher (five) the only other
as Newcastle striker Demba Ba's own goal had contributed to the paltry
tally of six in nine previous matches.

Going into the weekend Everton were
second only to defending champions Manchester City in terms of shots on
target but they struggled to live up to that billing as it was
Sunderland who posed all the early threats.

Jelavic, who had not scored for more
than a month after grabbing four in five games, had an early shout for
penalty turned down after John O'Shea's challenge before the visitors
had two chances to take the lead.

Stephane Sessegnon shrugged off Seamus
Coleman but should have done better as he closed in on goal but keeper
Tim Howard, watched by United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann, saved.

Fletcher came even closer when he beat
the American with an angled shot from a similar position only to see
the ball roll past the far post.

Everton's response saw the lively
Kevin Mirallas have a shot blocked by Danny Rose and Steven Pienaar
denied by Simon Mignolet before the Toffees were dealt a blow when the
former was forced off with a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by
Steven Naismith.

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Breakthrough: Adam Johnson celebrates opening the deadlock for Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Keeping it up: Tim Howard saw his side maintain their excellent record over Sunderland

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

Diving in: Steven Naismith tries to drag the ball away from the sliding Jack Colback

The hosts had got themselves back into
the game by this point and the sight of Phil Neville shooting from
distance, forcing Mignolet to palm away, highlighted the confidence
running currently through the team.

However, with virtually the last kick of the half Johnson struck with a neat volley.

Sebastian Larsson's corner was only
half headed clear by Jelavic and when Craig Gardner curled a cross
towards the far side of the penalty area the England international
pounced.

Johnson also found himself in the right position early in the second half as he cleared John Heitinga's header off the line.

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Effort: Hard workers James McClean and Seamus Coleman (left) vie for possession

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Well done: Players rush round Johnson to congratulate him on his first league goal

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Tucked away: Johnson fires his strike past Tim Howard

Substitute Apostolos Vellios, in his
first appearance of the season after replacing Neville, headed at
Mignolet but within minutes were ahead.

Leon Osman, named in an England squad for the first time this week at the age of 31, and Fellaini played a big part in both.

In the 76th minute Osman slid the ball
through to his midfield colleague on the edge of the penalty area and
the Belgium international turned before firing a low shot through a
crowd of players, across Mignolet and into the far corner.

The same two players then combined
again – Fellaini's cheeky backheel going through O'Shea's legs – to
allow Jelavic to clip home a first-time shot and clinch a sixth
successive Premier League home win against Sunderland.

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Tussle: Sunderland's Danny Rose and Everton's Naismith (behind) battle for the ball

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Respect: Everton players applauding for Remembrance Day before the game

Serbia FA want statements from those involved in England U21 match

Serbian FA demand statements from all involved in hate-filled U21 defeat to England

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All Serbia's players and staff involved in Tuesday night's hugely controversial UEFA Under 21 playoff against England have been asked to make formal statements.

The match, which England won 1-0 thanks to a last-minute goal from Connor Wickham to complete a 2-0 aggregate triumph, was marred by unsavoury scenes at the final whistle with scuffling on the pitch amid accusations of racism from the stands towards England left-back Danny Rose.

The Serbian federation (FSS) has announced its disciplinary committee held an extraordinary session this morning at which the request was made.

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Fury: Danny Rose (right) is separated from Serbian player Milos Ninkovic by England colleague Craig Dawson

Fury: Danny Rose (right) is separated from Serbian player Milos Ninkovic by England colleague Craig Dawson

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UEFA on Wednesday night announced
charges against both the FSS and the English Football Association for
the improper conduct of their players, and against the Serbs for
'alleged racist chanting' by fans.

The FSS has now revealed an internal investigation is also under way.

A statement on its official website
read: 'In Belgrade today, there was an extraordinary session of the
disciplinary committee of the Football Association of Serbia.

'It was decided to officially request
statements from all the players and members of the professional staff
of the under-21 Serbia national team who took part in the second leg of
the play-off on October 16 in Krusevac.

'The deadline for submission of these
statements is three days. The disciplinary committee will decide which
individuals will be subject to disciplinary proceedings.'

The war of words which has erupted
following the game continued today, with Serbia midfielder Nikola
Ninkovic claiming the aggression he showed towards Rose was caused by
his opponent's 'inappropriate gestures' towards the home supporters.

Rose was sent off after the game had
ended for kicking the ball away in anger at what he perceived was racist
abuse from the crowd.

Seeing red: Rose is sent off by referee Huseyin Gocek after kicking a ball into the crowd

Seeing red: Rose is sent off by referee Huseyin Gocek after kicking a ball into the crowd

Ninkovic claims Rose was the
instigator in the trouble, telling Serbian newspaper Novosti: 'The guy
three or four times made inappropriate gestures towards our fans.

'I was angered by his reaction so I
rushed over to explain to him that he should not do that. I did not mean
to hit him or insult him. I walked over to him and pushed him.

'A lot of his behaviour annoyed me but I know I was wrong and I know I will get a fine. I just hope it will not be too big.

'He received a red card and I got a yellow. That is probably an indication that his share of the story was significant.'

Serbian FA president Tomislav Karadzic has apologised for his players' involvement but claimed they were not solely to blame.

'We witnessed ugly and inappropriate
scenes after the match in Krusevac,' he said. 'I take this opportunity
to once again apologise to all fans of football and the English FA's
delegation.

Fracas: England and Serbia players clash after the final whistle

Fracas: England and Serbia players clash after the final whistle

'The incident saw a fight which included individual players and members of the coaching staffs from both teams

'I have sent an apology on behalf of our association as we hosted the match, not that I think it was only our fault.'

He added: 'There was unacceptable
behaviour from certain members of our team. Youth is not an excuse for
foul and unsportsmanlike conduct and cannot be an excuse for individuals
from the staff who clearly violated the rules.

'I am pleased that the members of the disciplinary committee met today and requested the necessary information.'

Karadzic dismissed the notion that racism was a problem in Serbia.

'The Serbian people have never been,
nor will be racist,' he said. 'Our history testifies to this and the
crowd's reaction to the defeat should not be confused with one of the
greatest evils of the modern era. We have great confidence in the
authorities and UEFA to implement the correct procedures.'

Enraged: Marvin Sordell erupts next to the players' tunnel

Enraged: Marvin Sordell erupts next to the players' tunnel

Fist of fury: Serbia goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic throws a punch

Fist of fury: Serbia goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic throws a punch

The English FA has sent UEFA a full
dossier of evidence, including video footage and a catalogue of
incidents which they reported to match officials during and after the
match.

And FA general secretary Alex Horne has questioned whether they will play matches in Serbia again.

Horne said in a statement: 'We were shocked and appalled by the disgraceful events that occurred in Serbia.

Peacemaker: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica attempts to keep players apart

Peacemaker: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica attempts to keep players apart

Under attack: England coach Steve Wigley is thrown to the ground by Serbian players

Under attack: England coach Steve Wigley is thrown to the ground by Serbian players

'Our players and staff were subjected
to racial abuse (and) violence as well as missiles being thrown at them
throughout the match. What occurred is inexcusable and not acceptable.

'It is also clear that we must defend Danny Rose, who was sent off due to the frustration of being a target of racial abuse.

'FA officials made UEFA officials
aware of racist abuse from sections of the crowd aimed at a number of
England's black players at half-time.

'No football team should be asked to
play in any environment where racial abuse, violence and threatening
behaviour is prevalent. We must question the validity of sending a team
to Serbia in the future.'

The cases will be dealt with at a meeting of UEFA's control and disciplinary body on November 22.

Video of the sickening monkey chants at the final whistle

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But Rio Ferdinand accused the FA of double standards in taking a tougher line against racism abroad than they do at home.

He tweeted: ‘Agreed, All jump on bandwagon when judging everyone else but all bottle merchants when it’s on home soil #DoubleStandards’.

The tweet was a reference to how Ferdinand believes he and his brother Anton were treated during the investigation into the racist comments aimed by John Terry at Anton during a game.

Serbia rap sheet

October 2000: Lazio’s Sinisa Mihajlovic, now Serbia’s coach, banned for two games for racially abusing Arsenal’s Patrick Vieira in Uefa Cup tie.

June 2007: Serbian FA fined 16,500 after England Under 21 players racially abused at European Championship.

July 2007: Partizan Belgrade kicked out of Uefa Cup after fans threw stones and fought with Zrinjski Mostar fans in Bosnia. Partizan also fined 25,000.

Sept 2009: French fan Brice Taton, 28, murdered by 30-strong group armed with iron bars and baseball bats ahead of Europa League match between Partizan and Toulouse. A Serbian court later jailed 14 men for a total of 240 years.

Oct 2010: Italy awarded 3-0 victory after Euro 2012 qualifier in Genoa against Serbia was abandoned after trouble from travelling hooligans. Game halted after six minutes, Serbs fined 104,000.

Serbia v England Under 21s: Danny Rose called for Serbia ban after mass brawl and racist abuse ruins night

Ban these racists! After suffering deplorable abuse, Rose
calls for Serbia to be kicked out (but UEFA don't even report it on website…)

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Danny Rose has demanded that Serbia be given a ban from international football after he was subjected to 90 minutes of racist abuse in Tuesday night's Under-21 European Championship play-off.

The England youngster said monkey chants were directed at him even during the warm-up in Krusevac and continued throughout the game.

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Reaction: Danny Rose (right) made a monkey gesture to the crowd after allegedly receiving racist abuse

Dismissed: Rose is shown a red card by referee Huseyin Gocek after kicking the ball into the crowd in reaction to being subjected to racist abuse

Dismissed: Rose is shown a red card by referee Huseyin Gocek after kicking the ball into the crowd in reaction to being subjected to racist abuse

Consoled: Jack Butland comforts Danny Rose as the England team leave the field

Consoled: Jack Butland comforts Danny Rose as the England team leave the field

Sportsmail Comment

How much longer do we have to put up with the sickening racism that accompanies so many of England’s games against eastern European opposition

The shameful scenes in Serbia were depressingly familiar – vile chants and racism from the fans and disgraceful provocation and punch-ups on the pitch.

The last time this happened to England’s Under 21s five years ago, Serbia were fined a pitiful 16,000 by a spineless UEFA. What a pathetic deterrent that turned out to be. This time, though, there has to be a punishment to fit the crime.

And that must mean expulsion from international football for Serbia. Nothing else will do if this night of shame is not to be repeated yet again.

Stuart Pearce's team won 1-0 on the
night courtesy of a stoppage time Conor Wickham goal and reached their
fourth consecutive European Championship finals.

But violence erupted at the final
whistle as Serbian players, coaching staff and supporters confronted the
England team in 'disgraceful' scenes.

Rose was sent off after the end of the
game for a second bookable offence after kicking the ball into the
crowd and he made gestures to the Serbian fans as he walked off.

The Tottenham Hotspur winger,
currently on loan at Sunderland, said he had been subjected to racist
abuse every time he went near the crowd.

Rose told Sky Sports News: 'They
started the monkey chanting straight away. I asked the lads if they
could hear it and they said they could hear it.

'Halfway through the warm-up I went to 'Wigs' [Steve Wigley], the assistant manager, and told him what was happening.

Video of the sickening monkey chants at the final whistle

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Brawl: The fight breaks out between England and Serbia Under 21s on Tuesday night

Brawl: The fight breaks out between England and Serbia Under 21s on Tuesday night

'He said I had to try my best to get through it and they would deal with it straight away after the game.

'Every time I went to get the ball for
a throw-in, the fans started monkey chants. I was hit in the head by
two stones thrown from the crowd.

'After 60 minutes, my mind wasn't really on the game. I was so angry and it was so hard to concentrate.

'I could have cost the lads the game by making mistakes through not concentrating.'

Disgraceful scenes: Players of both Serbia and England clash on the pitch after the final whistle

Disgraceful scenes: Players of both Serbia and England clash on the pitch after the final whistle

Rose said his emotions boiled over at
the final whistle, seconds after England has secured their passage to
the finals in Israel 2-0 on aggregate.

He added: 'We'd scored and after 90 minutes of racist abuse I just expressed my emotions when we scored.

'The next thing I know, the Serbian players have run over, surrounded me and they're pushing me.

'I remember getting slapped twice and then I got ushered away. I've kicked the
ball and he's sent me off even though the game has finished by then.

'As I walked off there was monkey chanting again. They have to be banned – I don't understand how they can run from it.'

But in an ominous sign, a UEFA website report of the match failed to mention either the racist abuse or the brawl at the final whistle.

Rose's dismissal was given a fleeting mention but the reason wasn't provided and quotes from Pearce didn't allude to the disgraceful events at all.

No mention: UEFA's official online match report didn't talk about the incidents at all

No mention: UEFA's official online match report didn't talk about the incidents at all

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In horrendous scenes at the end, a mass brawl erupted between players and coaches.

England goalkeeping coach Martin
Thomas was butted and assistant head coach Steve Wigley was kicked in
the stomach. England goalkeeper Jack Butland also had a seat thrown at
him.

The FA will demand
UEFA take action and head coach Pearce was appalled. He said: ‘It was
quite disgraceful. The scenes at the end were very sad.

Assault: England coach Martin Thomas is headbutted by a member of the Serbian coaching team (right) as Stuart Pearce looks on

Assault: England coach Martin Thomas is headbutted by a member of the Serbian coaching team (right) as Stuart Pearce looks on

Twitter reaction

RIO FERDINAND @rioferdy5
England and Man United defender

'Let's see if UEFA are serious or will they just treat this U21 incident as a minor… as they have before with their laughable punishments..'

ANTON FERDINAND @anton_ferdinand
QPR defender

'I wonder if Blatter is gonna say they should just shake hands!'

STAN COLLYMORE @StanCollymore
talkSPORT presenter

'Seen 3 runs of post match scenes in Serbia now. Verdict. Ban them from competitive football for 12 months,let them stew.Fines not working. A tournament ban would be acceptable.We know that won’t happen though. Expect Serbian FA to raid the shrapnel from their sofa for the fine.'

BENIK AFOBE @Afobe
Bolton striker

'Horrible scenes by Serbia players, staff and fans at the end of the England u21 game. Their nation should be ashamed. #Disgraceful'

JASON ROBERTS @JasonRoberts30
Reading striker

'DRose, well done! I propose next time everyone walks STRAIGHT OFF THE PITCH!!! Then we will see how quickly “authorities” take to sort it… I am FULLY condoning ALL Players picking up the ball and walking off the pitch..at ANY LEVEL..GAME DONE!! See how quickly things change…'

TITUS BRAMBLE @19tmb
Sunderland defender

'Its a disgrace the way the serbians have acted in the u21 game. Uefa will look into it and fine serbia virtually nothing. Its embarrassing'

'One
or two of the technical staff from the opposition, and I don't include
their manager in that, didn't cover themselves in glory on the pitch at
the end.

'Punches, headbutts were thrown, and God knows what else. We will let the authorities deal with this at UEFA.

'I’m very proud of the way my players
behaved. It got very volatile very quickly. But you could see the
collectiveness among the staff and the players in the way we all looked
out for each other.

'All we know is we have given a good
account of ourselves over two matches, we have won nine out of 10
matches in qualification and I am very proud of my team.'

Pearce added: 'It is very sad, but we are united as a team and a staff. A
lot is happening in our country with regard to stamping out racism and I
am very proud of the reaction of our players towards the end.

'It is a real shame because over two
ties, it was a really close game – two good teams going hammer and tongs
at each other.

'It is just a shame it was soured in the last few minutes
of the second leg of the tie.

'The important
thing, when the dust settles, is we are going to a championship because
we deserved to over two legs.

'Our players have put a lot of hard
effort and sweat to get there. There is a real collectiveness here. We
will let the authorities deal with this.'

An FA statement said: ‘The FA
condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final
whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme
provocation.

'The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to
UEFA. These were seemingly aimed at a number of England’s black players
by the crowd.’

The FA's stance was immediately supported by Kick It Out chairman Lord Herman Ouseley.

He said: 'First and foremost, the thoughts of everybody at Kick It Out are with the England under-21 players and coaching staff, and our colleagues at The FA, in Serbia.

'These are ambassadors for our game and to see them treated like this is a disgrace. Tonight's events must be acted upon and the campaign praises The FA for taking swift action in reporting a number of racist incidents to UEFA.

'It is now down to UEFA as the regulatory body governing this fixture to investigate the matter fully, and is an opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to ensuring incidents like this don't happen again.'

On Wednesday, Downing Street strongly condemned the ugly incidents and called for Serbia to face tough sanctions.

Sports Minister Robertson wrote directly to UEFA President Platini calling for action to be taken.

The minister said: 'The scenes at the end of the game last night were disgraceful. I have written to UEFA president Michel Platini, in support of the FA, urging them to investigate immediately.

'Racism in any form is unacceptable and must be stamped out. We would expect tough sanctions from UEFA on anyone found guilty of racist abuse.'

Prime Minister David Cameron was also 'appalled' by the ugly events.

A Number Ten Downing Street spokesman said: 'He was appalled by the scenes that we have seen in Serbia.

'We are determined to stamp out racism internationally and at home and we are giving our full backing to the FA's complaint on this issue.

'Clearly it is for UEFA to investigate this issue but we would expect tough sanctions. If we are going to stamp out racism from football, then it is no good giving derisory fines, as have been handed out in the past.

'It is not good enough to say that people should shake hands and forget about it.'

Ganging up: England coach Steve Wigley (centre) is thrown to the ground by Serbia players and coaches

Ganging up: England coach Steve Wigley (centre) is thrown to the ground by Serbia players and coaches

Turning ugly: Wigley fights back as the situation escalates at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac

Turning ugly: Wigley fights back as the situation escalates at the Mladost Stadium in Krusevac

If UEFA listen to the calls, they
would ban Serbia from the next Under 21 European Championship and
impose stringent sanctions available on their senior team, such as
making them play every home game for the next four years behind closed
doors.

This is not a knee-jerk reaction.
Serbia are repeat offenders. In 2007, when England and Serbia met at
this level at the finals in Holland, Nedum Onuoha was subjected to
racial abuse.

Serbia players also brawled with England at the final
whistle, charging at England’s bench when Matt Derbyshire had made it
2-0. What was the punishment A 16,000 fine. That sends out a message
that these thugs can continue regardless. And they do.

UEFA'S SOFT STANCE ON RACISM

The governing body has an awful track record when making a stand against racism.

In October 2002, the Slovakian football federation received a paltry 18,000 fine after Ashley Cole and Emile Heskey suffered abuse from supporters during a Euro 2004 qualifier in Bratislava.

Cole and Heskey were also abused in Macedonia later in the same qualification campaign, alongside Sol Campbell, but the fine was just 16,500.

When the Croatian FA were reprimanded after their fans were found guilty of racist abuse in a Euro 2008 quarter-final with Turkey, the fine was 10,000.

Racism surfaced once again on England's travels in Bulgaria in September 2011, the local FA received a 34,320 punishment. Ashley Young, Cole and Theo Walcott were targeted.

And at the finals in June, UEFA clamped down on both Russia and Spain for 'improper conduct' and racist abuse, but the combined fine was 40,335.

To put this into perspective, UEFA fined Nicklas Bendtner was fined 80,000 and banned for one match after revealing the logo of a betting company on his underwear while celebrating a goal at Euro 2012.

Trouble starts: A fireman removes a flare thrown onto the pitch by Serbian fans

Trouble starts: A fireman removes a flare thrown onto the pitch by Serbian fans

Tempers frayed: Serbia and England players come together in ugly scenes after the match

Tempers frayed: Serbia and England players come together in ugly scenes after the match

The FA's statement in full

'The FA
condemns both the scenes of racism and the confrontation at the final
whistle during which time our players and staff were under extreme
provocation.

'The FA has reported a number of incidents of racism to UEFA following the fixture.

'These were seemingly aimed at a number of England black players by the crowd. The matter is now with UEFA.'

Walking outside the stadium before
kick-off, this did not have the feel of a normal Under 21 game. Groups
of men prowled, casting suspicious, threatening glances at those who
were clearly not locals.

Inside, fireworks were frequently set
off after the game began and at one point, the stadium announcer made a
plea to the Serbian crowd ‘not to throw any more pyrotechnics’.

Still
they continued. Bangs here, little explosions there, they threw a seat,
lighters and coins at Butland and similar at Rose.

Worse would follow in the form of
racist chants. Marvin Sordell appeared to be subjected to them when he
went down for treatment towards the end of the first half and spoke with
referee Huseyin Gocek as he left the field at the break.

The FA reported unspecified
incidents of racism to UEFA at that point. None, it should be noted,
came from any of the Serbia players, just some of the morons in the
seats near to the touchline.

Sadly
it got worse. ‘There was a lot of racist abuse from the stands and a
lot going on after the game, which is hard to take,’ said England
captain Jordan Henderson. ‘It’s not nice but we kept our heads. I don’t
understand why Danny was sent off — I didn’t see he did anything wrong,
other than get abused.’

Fury: England striker Marvin Sordell (right) gives his Serbian counterparts a piece of his mind

Fury: England striker Marvin Sordell (right) gives his Serbian counterparts a piece of his mind

Peacemaker: Andros Townsend (centre) separates Danny Rose (left) from Sasa Markovic

Peacemaker: Andros Townsend (centre) separates Danny Rose (left) from Sasa Markovic

Wickham secured England’s passage,
tapping in to give England a 2-0 lead on aggregate. Serbia’s goalkeeper
Branimir Aleksic was up the other end of the field as his side chased
the goal that would have levelled the tie and Tom Ince broke to set up
Wickham.

Unable to take any more abuse, Rose
celebrated in front of Serbia’s fans at the final whistle. At that
point, all hell broke loose. Thomas and Wigley were attacked and punches
were thrown in England’s direction.

Former
England midfielder Paul Ince, father of Tom, fumed: ‘If it was me,
they would be kicked out for the next five tournaments. This takes us
back to the dark ages.’

Punch: Serbia goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic (centre) raises his fist during a scuffle

Punch: Serbia goalkeeping coach Srdjan Maksimovic (centre) raises his fist during a scuffle

Rage: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica (centre) attempts to keep the opposing players apart

Rage: Serbia assistant coach Dejan Govedarica (centre) attempts to keep the opposing players apart

Professional
Footballers' Association chairman Clarke Carlisle backed calls for
Serbia to receive a 'significant' international ban.

'You should not have to experience
those scenes in this day and age. It was utterly deplorable behaviour,'
Carlisle told BBC Radio Five.

'It's quite farcical. A guy is racially abused and then he gets punished for containing his reaction to that.

'We
saw how the whole debacle progressed into punching, kicking… We saw
photos of headbutts going on in the staff. But Danny Rose for kicking a
ball away ends up getting himself sent off. This is just wrong.

'UEFA
need to make a standpoint here and more importantly FIFA, I feel,
because it was a FIFA qualification tournament. The message has to come
from the top down that this behaviour will not be tolerated.

‘There were one or two other incidents
which were quite sad that came from the technical staff, not just the
players,’ said Pearce. ‘The authorities will deal with that hopefully.
The one thing I can do is be very proud of our players. Under
provocation, we held our dignity.’

After defending stoically on the field, it would have been easy for England to start swinging back when red shirts came charging. That they stood firm was to their credit. Amazingly Serbia Under 21 coach Aleksander Jankovic refused to accept his squad’s role in the brawl.

He said: ‘For a fight it takes two sides. It is a big question to say it was provoked from our bench. We will analyse it tomorrow. A riot on the pitch It looked a good game to me.’

Yet Pearce had praise for his opposite number. ‘I must commend (former Aston Villa striker and now Serbia technical director) Savo Milosevic, who came to our dressing room and apologised,’ said Pearce. ‘Their manager also conducted himself in a right and proper manner.’

Too few did not. To see Rose march from the pitch and make gestures to those who taunted him, out of sheer heartbreak and rage, was one of the saddest incidents this observer has ever witnessed.

Yet, until UEFA act, these events will continue. Rather than talk about re-jigging tournaments and wondering how much more money they can make, let’s see them take a stand. Do you think they will Draw your own conclusions.

VIDEO: Danny Rose gets sent off after the brawl…

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