Fabio Capello had one eye on Everton defenders Leighton Baines and Phil Jagielka during this stalemate – and the other on the two American goalkeepers who are determined to derail England's World Cup hopes during the summer.
Wolves' Marcus Hahnemann had the busier day between the sticks, while his country's No 1, Tim Howard, was grateful for a quieter afternoon, particularly as he was carrying a thigh strain. With the international retirements of Brad Friedel and Kasey Keller, Hahnemann has moved up the rankings, and he has noticed the extra attention.
"I think Capello scouted me out on Tuesday night as well," he said. "Tim's carrying an injury and had someone else taking goal-kicks for him but he's still so important, taking crosses and making saves."
Hahnemann saved twice early on from Leon Osman before Louis Saha's rocket smacked off the cross bar during what was an eventful first half for him. Steven Pienaar also failed to get past the burly American, as did Dan Gosling, who collided with the goalkeeper in the final moments while trying to score and was forced to limp away. "It's what we do as goalies," Hahnemann smiled. "I've come off worse before. I've broken my hand [in 2006)] – two bones with 18 screws in two plates. It comes with the job."
Hanhemann's next target is increasing his number of international appearances: "I only have six or seven caps and I've only been to one World Cup before, so I'm still hungry".
He is quick to praise his predecessors for boosting the fortunes of American football. "Friedel and Keller broke ground for us. When I first came to Europe people would ask me, 'do you have gloves?' Now we have a really good reputation as keepers," he said.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (4-5-1): Hahnemann; Zubar, Craddock, Berra, Elokobi; Foley, Mancienne (Guedioura, 70), Henry, Jones, Jarvis (Ward, 89); Doyle (Iwelumo, 89.). Substitutes not used: Hennessey (gk), Ebanks-Blake, Keogh, Milijas.
Everton (4-4-1-1): Howard; Neville, Jagielka, Distin, Baines; Pienaar, Heitinga, Rodwell (Bilyaletdinov, 88), Osman (Gosling); Cahill; Saha (Yakubu, 76). Substitutes not used: Nash (gk), Hibbert, Yobo, Senderos.
Referee: M Jones (Cheshire).
Booked: Wolves Jones; Everton Piennar.
Man of the match: Hahnemann.
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