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Live Commentary: Estonia 0-1 England - as it happened

Relive England's slender Euro 2016 qualifying victory over 10-man Estonia in Tallinn, courtesy of Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates.

England travelled to Estonia on Sunday evening looking to continue their 100% start to Euro 2016 qualifying.

Roy Hodgson's side were far from convincing, but managed to eke out a 1-0 win thanks to Wayne Rooney's curling free kick.

Read Sports Mole's minute-by-minute updates below to relive how the action unfolded.

4.01pmGood afternoon folks! It's matchday three in the Euro 2016 qualifiers as England travel to Eastern Europe to face Estonia in Tallinn.

4.03pmThe team news is in from the A. Le Coq Arena so let's get straight to it...

4.04pmENGLAND XI: Hart; Chambers, Cahill, Jagielka, Baines; Wilshere, Henderson, Delph; Welbeck, Rooney, Lallana

4.05pmENGLAND SUBS: Forster, Foster, Clyne, Gibbs, Milner, Shelvey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Townsend, Sterling, Lambert

4.07pmOkey doke, that's three changes made by Hodgson from the side that started against San Marino on Thursday. Leighton Baines returns at left-back in place of Kieran Gibbs, while further forward it's James Milner and Raheem Sterling out, Fabian Delph and Adam Lallana in.

4.08pmIt's a little surprising to see Sterling benched given how well he has been playing this season, but perhaps he is a little jaded and it gives Liverpool teammate Lallana the chance to impress for the national side.

4.11pmAs for Delph, it's no surprise to see the Aston Villa midfielder back in the side. He was mightily impressive in last month's win in Switzerland and adds another box-to-box style midfielder to complement Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson. The visitors will expect to overrun Estonia in the middle.

Fabian Delph of England is tackled by Stephan Lichtsteiner of Switzerland during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group E qualifying match between Switzerland and England at St Jakob-Park on September 8, 2014© Getty Images

4.12pmAnd now for the home side...

4.12pmESTONIA XI: Pareiko; Morozov, Klavan, Jaager, Mets; Pikk, Vunk, Vassiljev, Antonov; Anier, Zenjov

4.15pmLike England, Estonia make three changes to their starting lineup. Out come Alo Barengrub, Ken Kallaste and Joel Lindpere and they are replaced by Igor Morosov, Artur Pikk and Konstantin Vassiljev.

4.17pmEstonia's main threats could be Ilja Antonov and Sergei Zenjov, but Hodgson will be expecting his team to pick up three points again today. Their record against Estonia is a good one...

4.21pmH2H: These two nations last met in qualifying for Euro 2008 and England won both games 3-0. Scorers in those matches? Michael Owen, Peter Crouch, Joe Cole, Shaun Wright-Phillips, Wayne Rooney and an own goal. The only man left of those lot is Mr Rooney.

Wayne Rooney of England gestures during the International friendly match between England and Norway at Wembley Stadium on September 3, 2014© Getty Images

4.24pmNow captain, Rooney is chasing down Sir Bobby Charlton as England's all-time record goalscorer. He now sits on 42 goals for the Three Lions, seven short of Charlton, and next on the list is Jimmy Greaves on 44.


4.30pmREFEREE WATCH! The man in charge for this game is Croatia's Marijo Strahonja. This is the first Euro 2016 qualifier that the 39-year-old has refereed.

4.32pmThis game is one of eight Euro qualifiers this evening. Click here to see the other matches on our live scores hub.

4.34pmThe other Group E match sees Lithuania host Slovenia in Vilnius. They are the two sides that Estonia have played so far in this group. They started their campaign with an impressive win over Slovenia, but were then beaten in Lithuania on Thursday.

4.36pmThe Blueshirts go into this game in fourth place in Group E. There are two sides on six points, two on three and two on none. Here are the standings:

1. England 6pts
2. Lithuania 6pts
3. Slovenia 3pts
4. Estonia 3pts
5. Switzerland 0pts
6. San Marino 0pts

4.38pmIt's really surprising to see Switzerland still pointless. They are ranked 10th in the world and suffered another disappointing result by losing in Slovenia after they lost to England on matchday one.

4.42pmIt's a long way to travel, but England fans always turn out in numbers and have done so again.

4.45pmThe two teams have just headed back to the dressing room with just 15 minutes until kickoff. Warm-ups done, now for the pre-match team talk.

4.47pmEven though England put five past San Marino on Thursday, Hodgson will want an improved performance from his side. It was the smallest margin of victory that England had ever had against the minnows and a bit of a flat display from the Three Lions.

4.50pmPREDICTION TIME! Ten minutes until the off now. England are expected to come out on top here and I can't see them getting anything other than three points. They've won their previous two games against the Blueshirts 3-0 and I am predicting the same scoreline again.

4.52pmRooney today makes his 22nd appearance in European Championship qualifying matches, more than any other England player.


4.55pmThe two teams are now out of the tunnel and it's time for the national anthems in Tallinn.

4.58pmThe A. Le Coq Arena has a capacity of around 10,000.

4.59pmEngland are in their away kit of red tops, white shorts and red socks, while Estonia don their home colours of blue tops, black shorts and white socks.

0 minKICKOFF! Former Man Utd teammates Welbeck and Rooney get us underway!

1 minSIDE-NETTING! England are almost stunned inside the first minute as Delph loses possession in the middle before Estonia streak down the other end. Zenjov has the ball on the left of the area and cuts inside onto his right foot before his shot takes a slight deflection and hits the side-netting. To be honest, it looked like a foul on Delph in the build-up so it would have been harsh on England.

2 minFrom the resulting corner, the ball isn't properly cleared and at the back post a blue shirt swipes at it and sends it miles over the bar. Unsteady start from England.

5 minFabulous ball in from the right by Chambers that is just too far ahead of Welbeck in the middle. Given that England are playing a narrow midfield diamond, Chambers and Baines will have to get forward whenever they can to maintain some width.

7 minLovely one-touch football from England around the Estonia area. Lallana collects the ball from Liverpool teammate Henderson in the area and tries to get off a left-footed shot, but it's blocked.

8 minMuted appeals for a penalty by the England players as Baines's free kick reaches Henderson at the back post. The Liverpool man tries to flash the ball across the six-yard box but it's blocked. It may have been the hand of the Estonian, but the Croatian referee wasn't interested.

10 minBaines's ball over the top is just right for Rooney, who brings the ball down before trying to find the run of Lallana. His pass is well read by the Estonia backline, though.

13 minWilshere gingerly gets back to his feet after a clattering that somehow wasn't given as a free kick. The referee certainly is a lenient one and you'd be surprised if there were many yellow cards.

15 minCLOSE! Almost a gorgeous opener from England as they ping the ball around before Wilshere clips it into Rooney, whose first-time volley flies just over the bar. It was a tough chance, but a player of Rooney's quality will have wanted to do better, especially as it was only about eight yards out.

17 minCHANCE! And another great chance for Rooney as Baines's low cross from the left finds the Man Utd man. He should slot it in, but completely misses the ball and Estonia survive.

18 minCahill gets man and ball with a nasty, high tackle. He certainly got the ball first, but it was probably higher than it needed to be.

20 minEngland are really knocking the ball about quite nicely at the moment. The pitch in Tallinn, unlike many others across Europe, is of a decent standard and the likes of Wilshere and Lallana are enjoying fizzing it around.

22 minEngland have had over 70% possession in the opening 20 minutes, but have only created two good chances. Both fell to Rooney, but he couldn't hit the target with either.

23 minAnother late challenge, this time from Mets on Wilshere. The contact is enough to take off Wilshere's boot and he looks up at the man in blue with a disdained look. He certainly wasn't pleased with the tackle and it was another that went unpunished by the referee.

24 minDelph lashes a shot high and wide after being teed up by Rooney. Still no shot on target from either side.

25 minLallana is furious with the referee after a goal kick is awarded. His hook goalwards definitely seemed to take a deflection and England can feel that they have been hard done by on a few decisions already.

28 minVunk produces surely the worst shot of Euro 2016 qualifying so far with a first-time slice that swerves away and out for a throw-in down the England left.

29 minBOOKING! The first yellow card of the game is shown to Estonia skipper Klavan, who cynically bodychecked Welbeck, who had knocked the ball past him.

31 minWelbeck cleverly leaves the ball into the path of Lallana, who drives forward before shooting straight at an Estonian defender. He should have knocked it wide to Rooney, who was unmarked on the left and could have put in a dangerous cross.

32 min

33 minVassiljev has a pop from 25 yards out but drags it well wide of the target. Moments later Rooney gets in behind the Estonia defence but can't get away a shot as he is crowded out in the area with little help. Still, no shot on target.

35 minCLOSE! That's much better from Rooney, who picks out Welbeck at the back post with a deep cross. The Arsenal man beats one man on the left of the area before crossing low. It is deflected up off an Estonian boot and goes agonisingly over Lallana's head.

36 minSIDE-NETTING! Another shot misses the target as Wilshere surges forward from midfield. He shifts the ball onto his weaker right foot before shooting against the near side-netting.

39 minSomething to rouse the home fans as Jaager rattles Baines, who in truth pulled out of the tackle a little. England are all over Estonia in the middle of the park, but need to start testing Pareiko soon. Delph just crossed for Rooney, who could only head over.

42 minA quiet few minutes there, with England slowing down a little after that excellent 15-minute spell. It looks like they want a half-time break and a chance to refresh. There's been lots of neat footy, but little end product.

44 minSHOT! We have our first shot on target and it comes from Henderson, whose dipping volley from 25 yards is straight down the throat of Pareiko.

45+1 minBOOKING! Soon after one minute of added time is signalled, Baines is booked for a fair leap in the air. Not quite sure why he was cautioned there, it was a strong challenge from both men.


5.48pmAs expected, England have ran the show in midfield, but there has been a lack of cutting edge in attack. Rooney has had some openings, but his finishing has been suspect.

5.51pmIf you're just joining us and want a quick update on the opening 45, click here to read our half-time report.

5.54pmSo far, Wilshere has been the game's top performer. He, Delph and Henderson have been working together really well in midfield and in all honesty have been let down by the forwards, especially Rooney.

5.57pmFrom @WhoScored on Twitter: "Jack Wilshere and Jordan Henderson: Completed more passes (76) in the first half of #ESTvENG than Estonia managed as a whole (70)."

5.58pmYou can read our HT reports for all four 5pm kickoffs by heading this way to our live scores hub.

6pmBENCH WATCH:Hodgson will no doubt turn to his bench. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling would be the two players most likely to come on first, I think.

Subs: Forster, Foster, Clyne, Gibbs, Milner, Shelvey, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Townsend, Sterling, Lambert

6.02pmESTONIA SUB: A change from the home side as Lindpere replaces Vassiljev.

46 minKICKOFF! And we're back underway in Tallinn.

47 minChambers is sluggish on the ball and the ball ricochets Anier's way. He takes on Cahill and manages to dig out a cross, but there's no blue shirt in there to support him.


48 minThe Blueshirts' skipper receives a second yellow card for blatantly taking out Delph. He can have absolutely no complaints and now surely this game is England's for the taking.

50 minRooney finally takes the resulting free kick after Klavan took an age to leave the field. He gets it over the wall, but it was never going to come back down in time.

53 minBOOKING! Henderson becomes the second Englishman to be cautioned for tripping up substitute Lindpere in the middle.

55 minBest moment for England in the second half as Rooney dinks the ball into Henderson on the right of the area. The Liverpool man hits it across the area but Welbeck can't get on the end of it. For me, Hendo should have had a go there.

56 minCHANCE! The ball breaks for Wilshere and he has no-one in front of him but instead of hitting it early, tries to beat a man and ends up walking into traffic. Surely Hodgson will make a change soon, the second half has been much flatter than the first.

58 minBaines's free kick takes a nick off the top of the wall and goes out for a corner, from which Pareiko flaps at but manages to get away with it as Wilshere clips it straight back to him.

60 minLallana with some neat footwork to get past his man down the right, but his cross is too close to Pareiko.

61 minENGLAND SUB: As predicted, Oxlade-Chamberlain comes on, replacing Delph in midfield. He will add more directness and pace to the England attack and that's exactly what they'll need with Estonia down to 10 men and starting to tire.

64 minENGLAND SUB: Hodgson really has gone very attacking here, taking off two of his central midfielders for the forward-thinking duo of Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling. The latter replaces Liverpool teammate Henderson.

65 minWeirdly, England enjoyed a lot more success in the first half when they were playing against 11 men. Since Estonia were reduced to 10 men, the Three Lions have really struggled.

66 minAlmost a one-on-one chance for the home side, but luckily for England Baines played the offside trap perfectly. It all came after Rooney took a poor free kick and was beaten down the left when trying to track back. The skipper has had a poor game today.

68 minBaines curls over a corner from the left and there's Cahill to meet it, but he can only head over the top.

69 minExcellent cross from the right by Chambers and arriving to head it is Oxlade-Chamberlain and he should do much, much better. He was unchallenged but didn't meet it with his forehead.

72 minNeedless foul from Vunk right on the edge of the Estonia area. Rooney will no doubt fancy taking it again, but will he shoot or cross. It's quite a long way left of centre, but only about 20 yards from goal.


73 minHe shoots, and scores! On his 99th England appearance, captain Wazza has his 43rd goal for the Three Lions. He clipped it over the wall and Pareiko was unable to claw it out.

77 minNow that Estonia's resolve has been broken, it would hardly be surprising to see England notch at least one more. Oxlade-Chamberlain and Sterling still have fresh legs and their pace should cause a load of problems for the Blueshirts.

80 minSUBS: Zenjov comes off for the hosts and is replaced by Ojamaa, while for England it's Welbeck off, Rickie Lambert on.

81 minWorrying signs for Arsenal fans as Welbeck trudges off with a bit of a limp. He goes straight to the dressing room to get looked at.

83 minESTONIA SUB: Both sides have now made all three of their substitutions as Kruglov replaces Vunk for the hosts.

84 minIt's hard to imagine any scenario where England will not win this game. Estonia are a man down and a class apart, but England have been far from their best today. It should still be enough for three points.

86 minRooney will dominate the back pages tomorrow as he closes to within one goal of Jimmy Greaves in the all-time top scorers list. However, he has had a poor game and for me not earned any more than a 5/10.

87 minBOOKING! Wilshere is cautioned for a cynical foul in the middle and from the resulting free kick a low shot dribbles all the way through to Hart. That's the hosts' first shot on target.

88 minSterling's shot from inside the box takes a deflection and pops up kindly for Pareiko. England are cruising in second gear.

90 minOxlade-Chamberlain's deep cross reaches Rooney, but he's at full-stretch and can only hook it harmlessly back across goal.

90+1 minFour minutes of added time have been signalled. Here's Rooney celebrating after netting his 43rd goal for England.

Wayne Rooney of England celebrates after scoring the opening goal from a free kick during the EURO 2016 Qualifier match between Estonia and England at A. Le Coq Arena on October 12, 2014© Getty Images

90+3 minSAVE! What a chance for Rooney to go level with Greaves! He's played through clear on goal by a pass from Wilshere but can't beat Pareiko with his dink. He should have rounded the Estonia keeper, who was on his bum and wouldn't have been able to stop him.


6.53pmIt's another win for the Three Lions, but it was far from convincing. In the end, Rooney's free kick is enough for victory but that will mask what was a sub-standard performance by the skipper and much of the England team.

6.56pmStill, a win's a win and England are now sitting pretty on top of the table with nine points out of nine. Lithuania could join them if they beat Slovenia a little later.

6.57pmThat's all we've got time for on this commentary, but stick around for plenty of reaction from Tallinn. Until next time, good evening!

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England's forward Wayne Rooney (R) celebrates after scoring past Uruguay's goalkeeper Fernando Muslera during the Group D football match on June 19, 2014
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