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Joel Hufford's Nicky Shorey clockwatch

We set BBC Radio Berkshire's Reading FC commentator Joel Hufford the task of watching Nicky Shorey's every move on his England debut. Here's his verdict minute by minute.

Nicky Shorey against Brazil

1936 After prattling on about David Beckham, Gary Lineker and the Match of the Day boys finally get round to telling us who's in the England team. Of course, our Nicky is in it (as expected) at left-back.

1951 We get out first glimpse of Nicky as the teams emerge from the tunnel at the new Wembley. As ever he looks like "he's just been down the shops with his Mum", as ex-Reading boss Alan Pardew used to say.

Joel Hufford
Joel Hufford

1958 National anthem time. Unlike me Nicky knows all the words to "God save the Queen".

2000 The TV cameras focus on Nicky - and all the discussion is about the fact he's getting married tomorrow (Sat 2 June).

2001 A minute's silence (which turns into applause) is observed for the late Alan Ball.

2003 Kick off time! Don't worry about Kaka and Ronaldinho, Nicky - easy.

2003 (and 24 seconds). Nicky gets his first touch as he clears down the left wing.

2005 Nicky didn't know too much about his second touch: a block on the edge of the England box.

2007 Nicky doesn't dive in as Kaka shapes for a shot. Eventually the Brazilian's pass goes astray.

2014 Bit distracted by eating my tea, but Brazil are clearly the better team at the mo. Nicky is doing the simple things well (short passes here and there) but needs to be more ambitious.

2021 Nicky does well to hold off Robinho on the edge of England's box.

2022 Corner to Brazil. Gilberto Silva beats Nicky to the header to put the ball in the back of the net but the offside flag goes up.

2023 England on the attack. Nicky crosses but no-one there.

2028 Nicky gets into a good position deep in Brazil’s half and out wide but shanks the cross.

2032 Free kick to England in Beckham territory! JUST wide.

2037 Brazil free kick just outside England's box. Again, close but no cigar.

2048 Half time.

I hope Nicky enjoyed it more than I did. Not a great 45 minutes of football. No Reading goals in the "Goal Of The Season" competition. I am ashamed to work for the BBC.

2109 The buck toothed one (Ronaldinho) forces a save out of England goalie Paul Robinson.

2111 England's first corner! Comes to nothing though.

2127 John Terry scores! At last. Not much Shorey action.

2129 Nicky has his first touch in what seems like ages. Simple pass.

2151 Shock Brazil equaliser through Diego. Not Maradona, mind you. That would have been a real shock equaliser.

2153 Full time.

Nicky Shorey at full time (right)

The verdict: Well done to Nicky on his international debut. He didn't put a foot wrong but was not really tested. A shame really, as it would have been nice for him to show team boss Steve McClaren a bit more of what he can do.

Best of luck with the wedding...

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