World Cup Soccer Roundup
England, playing its first game since Kevin Keegan resigned, looked just as disorganized in a 0-0 tie with Finland on Wednesday as it did in its 1-0 loss to Germany.
Playing in Helsinki with fill-in coach Howard Wilkinson, England hardly threatened despite a lineup featuring attacking players in the World Cup qualifier.
Keegan, one of the greats of English soccer, resigned Saturday following the last game at venerable Wembley Stadium.
England’s best chance came in the 87th when Ray Parlour hammered a 14-yard shot that struck the underside of the crossbar and landed on the line. A TV replayed showed it may have crossed the line.
In the seventh minute, Teddy Sheringham seemed to have scored but the referee called it back and awarded a free kick. He ruled the Finland goalkeeper had taken Sheringham down outside the area before the shot.
England was ousted in the first round from this summer’s European championship.
Germany tops Group 9 with six points. Finland has four and England one.
In early results of 20 European World Cup qualifiers, it was: Russia 3, Luxembourg 0; Malta 0, Czech Republic 0; Azerbaijan 0, Turkey 1; Belarus 2, Armenia 1.