England finished the season with a comfortable win against the home side last night. Two goals from Portsmouth’s Jermaine Defoe and a lovely volley from Gareth Barry made light work of sticky temperatures and a bouncy pitch.
England’s line took to the field in this commerative fixture to the T & T FA’s 100th birthday in front of an appreciative and boisterous crowd. Steel Drums, singing and dancing had been the order of the day with the ground full four hours before kick off. Regardless of not qualifying, Beckham, Gerrard and Ferdinand can still pull in the crowds.
T & T wanted to gain a bit of revenge after the last clash between these two sides when England struggled to break through their rearguard action for 83 minutes in Germany 2006. Those hopes were dashed at both ends of the field as firstly Sunderlands Kenwyn Jones was carried off after a nasty looking clash of legs with David James and then Barry and Defoe hit 2 goals in 4 minutes to make it 2-0. After that it was a case of England playing some fluid stuff and only bad finishing and some last ditch defending kept the score down to a respectable margin. The second half saw Bentley, Hart, Crouch and Jagielka replace Beckham, James, Ferdinand and Ashton and within 5 minutes Defoe had bagged his second following good work from Bentley.
T & T legend Dwight Yorke came on for the last 20 minutes to a rapturous reception from the home crowd and finished his international career (again!!) in front of his adoring fans. Young, Walcott and Warnock all came for England as the game ebbed towards the end and overall it was a very professional performance from Capello’s men.
England’s last friendly is at home to the Czech Republic on August 20th.
Goals: Barry 15, Defoe 18 & 47
Trinidad and Tobago: Ince, Cupid, Lawrence, Hislop, Farrier, Carlos Edwards, Hyland, Whitley, Daniel, John, Jones, Roberts. Subs: Phillip, Roberts, Telesford, Smith, Adams, Guerra, Tinto, Yorke, Forbes, Connell.
England: James (Hart 45), Johnson, Ferdinand (Jagielka 45), Woodgate, Bridge (Warnock 82), Beckham (Bentley 45), Barry, Gerrard, Downing (Young 45), Ashton (Crouch 45), Defoe (Walcott 75). Subs not used: Lewis, Wheater, Huddlestone, Agbonlahor.