Text  Larger | Smaller | Default

NewsNow

Plaudits for Noble as England stutter


Filed: Tuesday, 16th June 2009
By: Staff Writer


Mark Noble was named Man of the Match as England struggled to overcome Finland in their opening fixture of the European under-21 Championship in Halmstad last night.

The United midfielder, captaining Stuart Pearce's side helped his side limp over the finishing line by the slimmest of margins. The young Lions had been forced to play with ten men for the best part of an hour after Chelsea' Michael Mancienne was sent off for a first half professional foul.

Middlesbrough's Lee Cattermole opened the scoring early on before Mancienne's error led to a red card for him and a penalty for the Fins, which was duly despatched to level the scores. However a bullet header from Manchester City's Micah Richards midway through the second period was enough to get England off to a winning start.

Reflecting on the last night's victory, Noble told thefa.com:

"We worked really hard. No matter how you get the win the result is the most important. Now we have a tough game against Spain and we are going to have to prepare for that one. We are looking forward to it.

"I think the conditions were tough. We been playing on wet pitches for two weeks but the pitch was dry today and that suited them. But we have won the game and put some work in. We have grafted and deserved that."

James Tomkins made a brief appearance as an 89th minute substitute for goalscorer Rochards. The other game in England's group between favourites Spain and Germany ended in a 0-0 stalemate.





Related News

   arrow   Cresswell, Noble,Brady & Carroll: Tuesday's news [26th Jul 2016]
   arrow   Pearce backs Noble for England [25th Jul 2016]
   arrow   Allardyce named as new England boss [22nd Jul 2016]
   arrow   Allardyce, Noble, Bacca & Antonio: Friday's news [22nd Jul 2016]
   arrow   Valencia, Carroll, Sullivan & Sakho: Wednesday's news [20th Jul 2016]
   arrow   West Ham Utd 2-2 FC Slovacko [19th Jul 2016]
   arrow    Tore, Bacca, Payet & Bilic: Tuesday's news [12th Jul 2016]
   arrow   Thank you, West Ham family [11th Jul 2016]
   arrow   Sakho, Sullivan,Tevez & Lacazette: Friday's news [8th Jul 2016]
   arrow   Payet, Antonio, Noble & Bilic: Tuesday's news [5th Jul 2016]



Your Comments


Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
 
News Image




On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Dobson dumps Gunners for Hammers
West Ham have completed the signing of young Arsenal midfielder George Dobs...more
Three Years Ago
Cole has one eye on World Cup
Joe Cole has refused to rule out a return to the international stage, with the World Cup in Rio less...more
Five Years Ago
Royals ready for Long game
Reading have claimed that they are willing to sell star striker Shane Long - but only on their terms...more