A draw for Mancienne and England U-21

Michael Mancienne – Wolves player on loan from Chelsea – played the entire match when England U-21 accomplished to draw against Lithuania away tonight.

It was a frustrating game for the young squad who had hoped to close the year with a win to further secure a place in the finals. They managed, however to keep a clean sheet and the back four and Scott Loach between the posts should be pleased with themselves. Or five, because Kieran Gibbs, Arsenal, limped off after 20 minutes injured.

Daniel Sturridge had a couple of chances in the first ten but so did the Lithuanians who did shoot on distance a lot, according to the reports. And Andy Carroll fired twice but no luck.

Fabrice Muamba fired wide in the beginning of the second half and Caroll was closer when he hit the crossbar. Cleverley had a shout for goal later on but the Lithuanian keeper did his job. At the end Lansbury probably was worth a penalty when he went down in the area, but the referee was not impressed.

It will be interesting to see if McCarthy will follow Pearce’s managing and place Mancienne on the right in Wolves. But against Chelsea he will of course not be allowed to play.

Pearce has also told the press and Mancienne that it is vital that he plays every week to keep fit. If he doesn’t get in to the Wolves starting eleven he can very well be sent back to Chelsea in January to be loaned out to another team. But McCarthy’s decision should and will of course be based on what is best for Wolves.

Lithuania
1 Vytautas Cerniauskas, 2 Linas Klimavicius, 3 Mantas Fridrikas, 4 Karolis Urbaitis, 6 Povilas Krasnovskis, 7 Marius Papsys (c) (13 Karolis Chvedukas, 68), 8 Egidijus Vaitkunas, 9 Deivydas Matulevicius, 11 Tadas Eliosius, 15 Elvinas Zagurskas (14 Lukas Kochanauskas, 90), 18 Arvydas Novikovas (16 Paulius Janusauskas, 85)
Substitutes not used 12 Povilas Valincuis, 5 Audrius Rakus, 10 Ramunas Macezinskas, 17 Lukas Stiklakis

Coach Vitalijus Stankevicius

England
1 Scott Loach, 2 Michael Mancienne, 3 Kieran Gibbs (14 Ryan Bertrand, 21), 4 Fabrice Muamba (18 Zavon Hines, 64), 5 Micah Richards, 6 Chris Smalling, 7 Tom Cleverley, 8 Fabian Delph, 9 Andy Carroll, 10 Daniel Sturridge (16 Henri Lansbury, 79), 11 Danny Rose
Substitutes not used 12 Kyle Naughton, 13 Frank Fielding, 15 Dan Gosling, 17 Jack Cork

Coach Stuart Pearce

Referee Jiri Jech
Assistant Referees Patrik Filipek and Krystof Menci (all Czech Republic)

Mancienne - right back again tonight

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~ by paddytheflea on November 17, 2009.

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