LITESPORT London Lite Wednesday, 12 August 2009 35 OWEN GOALS BREAKING NEWS... Rock bottom Ravi hits a new low for Essex ENGLANDS Alastair Cook and Ravi Bopara both fell cheaply at Lords on the second morning of Essexs LV County Championship match against Middlesex. The opener and No3, among several England players released to play for their counties, in search of runs or wickets before next weeks Ashes decider, managed only 10 of the former between them. Cook went lbw to Tim Murtagh for nine -- and then Bopara, under even more pressure after his double failure in Englands fourth-Test defeat at Headingley, made only one before falling to the same bowler to what became the final ball before lunch. HOLLAND v ENGLAND INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY AMSTERDAM ArenA LIVE ON ITV1 FROM 7.30PM (KICK-OFF: 7.45PM) Tonightsfixtures (7.45pmkick-offsunlessstated) CARLING CUP FIRST ROUND CoventryvHartlepool, Macclesfieldv Leicester, Nottm Forest vBradford. WORLD CUP EUROPEAN QUALIFIERS Group ThreeSloveniavSan Marino. Group FourAzerbaijanvGermany(5.00). Group SixBelarusv Croatia(7.15). Group Seven FaroeIslands vFrance(5.00). Group Nine Norwayv Scotland (6.00,BBC2). WORLD CUP CENTRAL AMERICAN/ CARIBBEAN QUALIFIER MexicovUSA(9.00). INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLIESArmeniav Moldova(4.00),AustriavCameroon(7.30), BulgariavLatvia(6.45),ColombiavVenezuela (11.30),CzechRepublicvBelgium(4.20), DenmarkvChile(7.15),EstoniavBrazil(6.15), FYRMacedoniavSpain(8.30),HollandvEngland (ITV1),HungaryvRomania(7.00),Icelandv Slovakia(8.00),LiechtensteinvPortugal(7.30), LuxembourgvLithuania(7.00),MaltavGeorgia (7.00),MontenegrovWales(7.30),Northern IrelandvIsrael(SS1),PolandvGreece(7.30), RepofIrelandvAustralia(7.30,SS2),Russia vArgentina(4.00),SouthKoreavParaguay (12.00),SwedenvFinland(7.00),Switzerlandv Italy,TunisiavIvoryCoast(7.10),UkrainevTurkey (7.00),OmanvSaudiArabia(7.00),SouthAfrica vSerbia(6.00). EUROPEAN UNDER-21 CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIERS Group TwoSwitzerlandvEstonia. Group ThreeWalesv Hungary (7.30). Group FiveIceland vCzech Rep. Group Seven Cyprusv Norway (7.00). Group TenBelarusv Austria. LATEST BETTING MATCH ODDS Holland 11-8, England 2-1, draw 23-10. FIRST GOALSCORER KJ Huntelaar 7-1, R van Persie 7-1, W Rooney 8-1, J Defoe 8-1, D Kuyt 10-1, E Heskey 10-1, C Cole 10-1, A Robben 11-1, W Sneijder 12-1, R van der Vaart 12-1, R Babel 12-1, T Walcott 12-1, D Beckham 16-1, A Young 18-1. LAST MEETING 15 NOVEMBER 2006 HOLLAND 1 ENGLAND 1 (FR) HIGH points during the inglorious reign of Steve McClaren arent easy to pinpoint, but a spirited draw in Amsterdam was as close to a crowning glory as Fabio Capellos predecessor ever got. Wayne Rooney (below) broke an international goalscoring drought which had lasted over two years to prod England in front, but Rafael van der Vaarts late left-footed lash denied the now FC Twente boss a morale boosting victory. REFEREE NICOLA RIZZOLI (ITA) HOLLAND 4-4-2 ENGLAND 4-4-2 Steklenburg Heitinga Braafheid OoijerMathijsen SneijderDe Zeeuw Robben Steklenburg RooneyHeskey FerdinandTerry Lampard Terry A Cole Johnson BeckhamYoung Van PersieKuyt KEY MEN ROBIN VAN PERSIE HOLLAND ARSENALS supremely gifted forward (left) is edging closer to shedding the tag of a scorer of great goals rather than a great goalscorer on last seasons evidence. He bagged a personal best 20 in all competitions and, just as significantly, avoided a major injury. For his national side he operates on the right of a three-man attack and is particularly dangerous when he cuts in on his venomous left foot and will, of course, be a danger from set-pieces. ASHLEY YOUNG ENGLAND STEVEN GERRARDS all too predictable withdrawal has presented the Villa flyer with an opportunity to convince Fabio Capello he merits serious consideration for World Cup inclusion. Like Shaun Wright- Phillips, David Bentley, Aaron Lennon and to an extent Theo Walcott, Youngs international cameos havent done justice the form he regularly exhibits for his club. Tonight he will face a stern test of his credentials up against Atletico Madrids rugged John Heitinga. Van der Vaart Green MATCH FACTS England have only won once in the past 10 meetings between the two sides. Alan Shearer and Teddy Sheringham scored two apiece in a 4-1 victory at Euro 96. England and Holland, along with Spain, are the only teams that boast 100 per cent World Cup qualifying records for South Africa 2010. ENGLAND boss Fabio Capello has revealed that he will not consider Arsenal shot-stopper Manuel Almunia as a solution to his goalkeeping problems. The Italian coach finds himself low on options due to Pompey star David James ongoing injury problems and Manchester Uniteds Ben Foster sidelined after recently picking up a minor knock in Sundays Community Shield defeat against Chelsea. Almunia has previously stated his intention to explore the possibility of representing England now he has gained British citizenship. The 32-year-old Almunia (right) is unlikely to find a spot in the Spanish squad ahead of Real Madrids Iker Casillas and Liverpools Pepe Reina. But Capello insists the country of his birth is the only team he should be eligible to play for in South Africa next summer. Almunia, for me, is Spanish. He is Spanish and he plays for the Arsenal team, said the England boss. While Joe Hart had been earmarked as a replacement for Foster, it appears that West Hams No1 Robert Green will be awarded his fifth cap against Holland this evening. Therell be no Spaniards in my England, says Italian Barry Bendtner puts it all on red 52 ARSENAL striker Nicklas Bendtner has offered to repay any fans who bought an Arsenal shirt with his name on the back, after he changed his squad number from 26 to 52. Bendtner is determined to make a better impression this season as he looks to cement his place in the Arsenal attack following the departure of Emmanuel Adebayor. He said:Before the season starts I wanted to change my squad number from 26 which Ive obviously had for a number of seasons now. I chose to move to 52 because its a special number to me personally, and I hope that it brings me good luck for the new season. It means a lot to see supporters wearing your name and number, and I want to ensure people arent going to be inconvenienced by the change. BY DAVID DIBBLE RAMPS LAST DANCE TO IMPRESS: PAGE 31 POSSIBLE LINE-UPS index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html