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Duo Feature In England Draw

Jagielka and Baines help Three Lions earn point against Ukraine.

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Phil Jagielka and Leighton Baines helped England come from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw with Ukraine on Tuesday.

The pair started the World Cup qualifier at Wembley - the first time two Everton players have featured from kick off in a competitive Three Lions game since Phil Neville and Andrew Johnson were selected for a goalless draw in Israel in March 2007.

Elsewhere, the battle between Nikica Jelavic's Croatia and the Belgium side of Marouane Fellaini and Kevin Mirallas also ended 1-1, while Seamus Coleman managed a full 90 minutes as the Republic of Ireland recorded a 4-1 friendly victory over Oman.

As expected, Baines retained his place in the England side following Friday's 5-0 thrashing of Moldova and the withdrawal through injury of Ashley Cole.

The 27-year-old was joined by his Everton teammate Jagielka, who came in for the also absent John Terry as Roy Hodgson's only change for the clash.

But the hosts fell behind on 39 minutes when Yevgeni Konoplianka found Joe Hart's top corner with an unstoppable effort from 25 yards.

Hodgson's side could rightly feel aggrieved having already seen a 'goal' from striker Jermain Defoe harshly ruled out for a foul, while Tom Cleverley had blown a glorious chance to put his country ahead.

Chasing an equaliser, Hodgson's decision, somewhat oddly, was to withdraw Baines on 73 minutes and replace him with another left-back, Ryan Bertrand.

Ultimately it was Bertrand's Chelsea clubmate Frank Lampard who came to the Three Lions' rescue, the midfielder slotting home from the penalty spot three minutes from time after Yevgen Khacherdi had handled in the box.

In Brussels, Jelavic started for Croatia but did not come up against his Everton teammates, both of whom had to settle for a place on the Belgian bench.

Jelavic departed the pitch on the hour with the game tied at 1-1, and that's how it finished despite Fellaini (67) and Mirallas (81) entering the fray as second-half substitutes.

At Hampden Park, Steven Naismith made a 13-minute cameo from the bench in Scotland's 1-1 draw with Macedonia, while John Heitinga had to settle for the role of spectator as the Netherlands strolled to a 4-1 win in Hungary.

Another player to miss out was goalkeeper Jan Mucha, the 6ft 2ins custodian overlooked as Slovakia earned a 2-0 home victory against Liechtenstein.

On the opposite side of the Atlantic, there were mixed fortunes for Tim Howard and Bryan Oviedo in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Howard's USA avenged last Friday's 2-1 reverse in Jamaica with a 1-0 win over the Reggae Boyz in Colombus, while Oviedo's Costa Rica slipped to a second successive defeat against Mexico, Manchester United's Javier Hernandez grabbing the game's only goal.

Alec WalkerThe papers were critical of Englands performance but I think our two players didn't put a foot wrong.

Wednesday 12th September 15:01 Report Comment
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