World Cup 2010
Match Reports

England 3-1 Mexico
Friendly
Wembley, London, England - Monday 24 May 2010


With Fabio Capello's provisional England squad announced on 11 May, the selected 30 players have two friendlies in which to impress the manager before he names his final sqaud for the World Cup on 1 June. Jamie Carragher has returned to the squad following retirement from international football, after the FA persuaded him to play once again due to injuries to other players. There were also a few other surprise call-ups to the squad, notably youngster Adam Johnson. The Chelsea players and David James, named in the provisional squad, were rested due to their involvement in the FA Cup Final.

With the game under way, it was England who were on the scoresheet first. In the 17th minute England were awarded a corner which was taken by Steven Gerrard. The Liverpool captain sent the ball towards the far post where Crouch was waiting. The Tottenham Hotspur player headed the ball on to Ledley King, who after a three year absence from the international scene (he has had a recurring injury) got his head on to the ball, sending it into the far left of the goal.

England extended their lead in the 35th minute after another set-play. Following a short corner, Gerrard took a shot which made contact with Rooney's head and forced Perez to make an excellent save. The save, whilst fantastic, did not avert danger for Mexico as the ball came down close to the goal-line where Peter Crouch was waiting. The on-fire striker for England made contact with the ball via his upper body or arm (which was down to his side) and the ball went into Perez's net.

Almost immediately Mexico mounted an attack, through Vela, on England's defence which prompted another fine save from Robert Green (he had made a previous good save from Vela earlier in the match). At this point in the match the score could have been 2-2. Two minutes into injury time in the first half, Mexico did claw a goal back. Leighton Baines had cleared the ball off the line but Franco was waiting to hit the ball past Green. This was Mexico's first away goal against England.

Having given up a goal late in the first half, and with World Cup places on the line, Capello made three changes at half-time. Captain, Ferdinand, was one of the players substituted and he handed the skipper's armband to Gerrard. Within two minutes of the re-start England went further ahead thanks to a wonderful run by Glen Johnson. He ran at Mexico's defence and made good ground before bending the ball into the far left of the goal. It was a lovely goal and was the first in his international career.

With five minutes of the match remaining, Adam Johnson made his debut and ignited Wembley with some good runs.

England left Wembley on a winning note as they get closer to their opening World Cup Finals match on 12 June against the US. They now return to Austria as they continue with their World Cup preparations, and their last friendly (on Sunday in Austria against Japan) before their first World Cup match.


Teams

ENGLAND:
Green #1 (Hart 46 mins - #12), King #6, Ferdinand #5 - Captain (Carragher 46 mins - #13), Baines #3, G Johnson #2, Carrick #8 (Huddlestone 62 mins - #19), Milner #11 (A Johnson 85 mins - #21), Gerrard #4 - Captain after Ferdinand left the field, Walcott #7 (Lennon 77 mins - #17), Crouch #9 (Defoe 46 mins - #23), Rooney #10.
Subs Not Used: James #24, Dawson #14, Upson #15, Warnock #16, Parker #18, Wright-Phillips #20, Heskey #22. (Full Squad)

MEXICO:
Perez #12, Rodriguez #2, Osorio #5, Salcido #3, Aguilar #13 (Barrera 52 mins - #7), Torrado #6, Marquez #4, Giovani #17 (Blanco 72 mins - #10), Juarez #16, Franco #9 (Hernandez 46 mins - #14), Vela #11 (Guardado 62 mins - #18).
Subs Not Used: Ochoa #1, Michel #23, Castro #8, Moreno #15, Magallon #19, Torres #20, Bautista #21, Medina #22, Jonathan #24.

Match Details

England Goals: King (17 mins), Crouch (34 mins), G Johnson (47 mins)
Mexico Goal: Franco (45 mins + 2 mins)

Mexico Cautions: Barrera (66 mins), Giovani (67 mins), Rodriguez (90 mins)

Referee: Masaaki Toma (Japan)

Attendance: 88,638