England U-21s Fail Leeds Test

Last updated : 08 October 2005 By Kevin Markey
Two second-half goals from Marc Janko gave Austria victory at Elland Road as a crowd of over 28,000 saw Austria thoroughly outplayed during the first half, which saw Chelsea's Carlton Cole open the scoring, but a defensive mistake gifted Janko an equaliser on 56 minutes, and he completed the recovery with a second goal 14 minutes from time.

Hitzel said: "I believe the atmosphere, the English atmosphere, was a help for us. We've seen it on TV week after week, and now we've had the chance to feel it. It helped my players.

"They may be disappointed but the England team is still a very good team. Nearly all of their players play in the Premier League, whereas only four or five of ours play in the Austrian first division.

"James Milner was a problem for us and so was Cole but our defenders played well. I'm very pleased."

Milner was one of the three former Leeds players who returned to Elland Road for the first since leaving the club, but he, Scott Carson and Aaron Lennon all endured a disappointing evening despite producing excellent performances.

Milner created England's goal while Lennon, who was making his U-21 debut, received the man of the match award.