Craig Lindfield notched a fine brace as England came from 2-0 down to take a point from their match with Austria.
UEFA Preparatory Tournament
6pm, Monday 9 October 2006
England, Spain, Italy, Austria
Ried im Innskreis, Austria
Craig Lindfield scored a quickfire brace as England recovered from an early double blow to take a share of the spoils in their encounter with the hosts Austria.
The Young Lions could not have got off to a worse start as they conceded two early goals thanks to defensive errors that allowed first Marc Sand, and then Daniel Beichler to profit.
Liverpool striker Craig Lindfield, a Youth Cup winner last season, took his first goal extremely well as Brian Eastick's side looked to settle their nerves and impose themselves on proceedings.
13 minutes later England were on level terms as Lindfield pounced on an expertly delivered ball from Manchester United's Sam Hewson and headed home to make it 2-2.
Despite doing so well to peg Austria back so quickly, England were again the agents of their own downfall as they gifted the home side a third goal just before half time.
The Young Lions searched for an equaliser in the second period and they were rewarded when Paul Anderson levelled the scores for a second time, although it was not certain whether an Austrian defender may have got the decisive touch on the ball.
Brian Eastick was philosphical about the mistakes that were made, as he felt that England would learn a great deal from the experience of this preparatory tournament.
Eastick told TheFA.com: "We got off to a dreadful start with two poor errors at the back that gifted Austria a dream start to the game, and at international level you just can't afford to do that.
"All credit to the players though, they responded well and we managed to claw it back to 2-2. But just as it looked like we could push on, low and behold we made another mistake.
"It took a lot of character from the players to come back again and level the scores, and I think in the second half we had some chances to maybe even win the game 4-3. But in the end I think the result was a fair one.
"You can't give teams at this level a two goal start. In many ways this game was more exciting than Saturday against Spain, but that match certainly had more quality football."
Eastick was keen to look at the bigger picture after the match however as he prepares for the final game with Italy.
"I made seven changes from the match on Saturday because I felt it was important to give everyone a chance to start a match during this tournament," Eastick explained.
"It is a superb tournament for preparing these players for the European Championship Qualifiers. Looking ahead to next year myself and John Peacock need to know which players can play at this level with three games in quick succesion.
"The only way you find that out is by giving players a chance."
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England: 13 Luke Daniels (West Brom), 8 Rossi Jarvis (Norwich City) (11 Adam Hammill (Liverpool) 63), 16 Elliot Omozusi (Fulham), 5 Seb Hines (Middlesbrough), 6 Michael Mancienne (Chelsea), 17 Paul Anderson (Liverpool), 18 Adam Lallana (Southampton) (7 Giles Barnes (Derby County) 74), 12 Michael Johnson (Man City), 14 Sam Hewson (Man Utd), 9 Craig Lindfield (Liverpool) (3 Ryan Bertrand (Chelsea) 45), 15 Kelvin Etuhu (Man City)
Subs not used: 1 David Button (Tottenham Hotspur), 2 Mark Little (Wolverhampton Wanderers), 4 Fabrice Muamba (on loan to Birmingham City), 10 Hogan Ephraim (West Ham Utd)
Austria: 1 David Schartner, 2 Rene Seebacher, 5 Christian Ramsebner, 6 Julian Baumgartlinger, 7 Christioph Mattes (16 Philipp Hosiner 69), 8 Daniel Beichler, 9 Marc Sand, 12 Martin Schachl-Lughofer (4 Dominik Purcher 45), 13 Jan Riegler, 14 Mathias Koch, 15 Sandro Alicehati (11 Manuel Salomon 45)
Subs not used: 21 Ihsan Pokraz, 3 Jurgen Csandl, 10 Daniel Milic, 18 Oliver Wohlmuth