The Three Lions lost their first game of the World Championships when they went down 4-2 to Russia.
England 2-4 Russia
Amputee World Championships
Monday 12 November 2007
England suffered a setback in the opening game of their World Championship campaign in Turkey.
After going ahead to Russia, the runners-up in the last tournament, England conceded two late goals as they went down 4-2.
Having arrived in Turkey on Sunday evening, the Three Lions had little time to prepare for their first game which kicked off early the next day.
However, there were little signs of travel fatigue within the England squad as they took the lead on three minutes, captain Dave Tweed slotting home a free-kick that deceived the Russian keeper.
Tweed then hit the post but the Russians fought back and it was no surprise when, after a bout of sustained pressure, they equalised on 21 minutes following some smart work on the right flank.
Tweed continued to work his magic after the break, rattling the crossbar with a rasping shot from 20 yards.
Back came the Russians who went ahead on 37 minutes when England were caught out by a quick free-kick.
The see-saw game took another twist five minutes later as Tweed struck a low shot to pull England level at 2-2 after Micky Chambers, Steve Johnson and Lee Wolfenden linked well.
But England's hopes of an opening win were dashed in the dying minutes. Poor marking let Russia in for their third and with seconds left, England were caught pushing for an equaliser which allowed their opponents to net a fourth.