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Saturday, 28 March 2009

England 4 Slovakia 0

England manage to pull a result from a match which saw three strikers taken off with injury, starting with Emile Heskey after he had scored from Rooney's cross after only 7 minutes of the game. Heskey was replaced by Carlton Cole who himself was taken off before the end of the first half making way for Peter Crouch.
In the meantime, Slovakia offered little resistance to England although when they did threaten, it was David James in goal who kept England in the lead, you have to observe that England's current defensive line up does not inspire confidence, and made mistakes tonight that would have been punished by a better side than Slovakia.
The second half saw David Beckham take the field to replace Aaron Lennon, this brings Beckham's tally of caps up to the magical 109 mark, leaving only Peter Shilton's record to aim at. Beckham was by no means a makeweight and made his presence felt by creating a second goal for Wayne Rooney to head into the net. Just minutes earlier he had created a chance for Crouch, which, if John Terry had not lunged at and poked in the back of the net from an offside position, would have seemingly crossed the line unaided.
England continued to dominate and Lampard made it three for England as Crouch limped off to be replaced by Carrick, allowing Rooney to take the striker's role. Rooney took it in his stride as he took the next goal in his stride picking up the ball in front of the goalie, and chipping it in with his left foot - as cool a strike as you will see at international level and leaving the observer wondering if England actually need any strikers?
Ukraine will no doubt prove more of a handful than the lack-lustre Slovakians, and Darren Bent has been called into the squad so that we have at least one legitimate striker fit enough to take the field on Wednesday.

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