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   Carroll, Noble, Bilic & Reid : Friday's news [24th Feb 2017]
   arrow   Zaza, Oxford, Brady & Bilic : Thursday's news [23rd Feb 2017]
   arrow   In brief - Wednesday's news round-up [22nd Feb 2017]
   arrow   Noble on Hunter [audio] [21st Feb 2017]
   arrow   Nobes,Slav, Carroll & Gold : Thursday's news [16th Feb 2017]
   arrow   Bilic and Noble face the music [15th Feb 2017]
   arrow   West Ham Utd 2-2 West Bromwich Albion [11th Feb 2017]
   arrow   In brief - Friday's news round-up [10th Feb 2017]
   arrow   Noble dismisses Payet 'WhatsApp' rumours [9th Feb 2017]
   arrow   Post-match press conference: Slaven Bilic vs Southampton [video] [4th Feb 2017]



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
Leo joins Colchester
Young West Ham full back Leo Chambers has joined League One strugglers Colc...more
Three Years Ago
Little by little
Sam Allardyce expects his team to finish in a similar position to last season - whilst urging them t...more
Five Years Ago
Group 'baffled' by Chairman's statement
Campaign group WHU's View say they are 'baffled' by comments made by co-chairman David Sullivan rega...more