• Date: Mon 24 May 2010
  • Venue: Wembley
  • Ref: Toma, M
  • Attendance: 88,638
England

England

King (17)

Crouch (34)

Johnson, G (47)

3 - 1
Mexico

Mexico

Guillermo Franco (45)

England vs Mexico

Team Lineups

England

Robert Green (Joe Hart, 46)
Glen Johnson, G
Leighton Baines
Rio Ferdinand (Jamie Carragher, 46)
Ledley King
Michael Carrick (Tom Huddlestone, 62)
Theo Walcott (Aaron Lennon, 77)
Steven Gerrard
Peter Crouch (Jermain Defoe, 46)
Wayne Rooney
James Milner (Adam Johnson, A, 85)

Mexico

Oscar Perez
Efrain Juarez
Francisco Rodriguez
Ricardo Osorio
Carlos Salcido
Paul Aguilar (Pablo Barrera, 52)
Rafael Marquez
Gerardo Torrado
Dos Santos Giovani (Cuauhtemoc Blanco, 72)
Carlos Alberto Vela (Andres Guardado, 62)
Luis Guillermo Franco (Balcazar Javier Hernandez, 46)

Match Report
A superb Glen Johnson goal at the start of the second half was the highlight of England's 3-1 friendly international victory against Mexico at Wembley. However, it was an unimpressive display by Fabio Capello's men who were outplayed for long spells, particularly in the first period, by the very lively visitors. Glen Johnson's excellent strike appeared to deflate the Mexicans, who had pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time after England had earlier been fortunate to take a two-goal lead. England's penultimate warm-up game before they play the USA in 18 days' time in South Africa was a strange affair played on a balmy late May evening. Capello named a surprise line-up with Ledley King alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence while Michael Carrick started in midfield and Peter Crouch partnered Wayne Rooney in attack. Glen Johnson began the game at right-back rather than Jamie Carragher while Leighton Baines got the nod at left-back instead of Stephen Warnock. After Mexico had dominated the opening stages, England took the lead against the run of play in the 17th minute when Steven Gerrard's deep corner was headed back into the danger area by Crouch where an unmarked King was able to guide his header into the back of the net. Mexico's marking at the corner was dire as both Crouch and King had acres of space in which to work the opening. Undeterred, Mexico hit back, and, on the half-hour, Baines misjudged a bouncing ball allowing Giovani dos Santos to race through a static defence. The ball broke to Arsenal's Carlos Vela who seemed certain to score only for Robert Green to race off his line and smother the effort. Mexico went even closer to equalising minutes later when another good move ended with Carlos Salcido deceiving James Milner and then curling in a shot that beat Green only to come back off a post. Incredibly though England doubled their advantage in the 34th minute from another corner that was poorly defended. Rooney was allowed to get in a header that Oscar Perez somehow touched against the bar but Crouch was on the goal-line where he bundled the ball home. The visitors deservedly pulled a goal back on the stroke of half time although it was a scrappy affair. Poor defending at a corner forced Baines to clear Rafael Marquez's header off the line but Guillermo Franco was on hand to turn the ball home and make it 2-1 at the break. A raft of substitutions at half time and throughout the second half stopped the flow of the game although Mexico continued to dominate possession even after England had restored their two-goal advantage with a brilliant goal. Just two minutes into the second half Glen Johnson cut in from the right wing after combining well with Walcott and then carried on running before drilling a left-foot strike home from the edge of the penalty area. England were far more solid in a tight second period although they were happy to give possession to the visitors for long spells. Capello still has much to ponder before he cuts his squad down to 23 players next Tuesday, two days after his team play Japan in Austria.
Live Text Commentary
Full time
 

Full Time: ENGLAND 3-1 MEXICO.

90

There's still much for Capello to ponder before he cuts his squad down to 23 next Tuesday, two days after the final England warm-up game against Japan in Austria.

90

Adam Johnson blasts his free-kick straight into the Mexico wall.

90
Yellow Card
 

Lennon's pace takes him past Rodriguez who pulls him down just outside the area and is rightly booked.

87

Adam Johnson almost makes an instant impact combining well with Rooney before being unable to get in a dangerous cross.

85
Substitution
 

Milner makes way for Adam Johnson, as the Manchester City man comes on to make his England debut.

83

Rodriguez heads Rooney's lob off the line with Perez out of his goal after racing out of his area to deny Defoe.

81

Maybe it's all part of the master-plan but England, despite being much more solid in the second half, have been poor overall.

79

Andres Guardado's 30-yard free-kick flies harmlessly over Hart's goal as the match peters out.

77
Substitution
 

Another change by Capello as Aaron Lennon replaces Walcott for the last 13 minutes.

75

However, England continue to be content to let Mexico have most of the ball.

74

England are much tighter all over the pitch, Mexico are finding it far harder to work any openings.

72
Substitution
 

Mexico bring on Cuauhtemoc Blanco for Giovani, who has had a good game.

70

The second half is a much more even affair compared with the embarrassingly one-sided first 45 minutes.

68
Yellow Card
 

Giovani was booked for not retreating ten yards at the free-kick

68

If it hadn't been a friendly, Berrera would have seen red, but when the free-kick is eventually taken, Gerrard's effort is inches wide.

66
Yellow Card
 

Defoe and Rooney set up Gerrard who goes charging in on goal until he's upended by Berrera who is booked.

64

Interest in the match is waning as a Mexican Wave takes centre stage.

62
Substitution
 

Mexico also make a change with Vela making way for Andres Guardado.

62
Substitution
 

Capello brings Tom Huddlestone on for Carrick.

61

The pace of the match appears to have slackened as England look to see the game out.

59

Giovani whips in a teasing ball that has goal written all over it but no-one can get a decisive touch.

57

Rooney hurls some abuse at the referee when he isn't awarded a free-kick. He's not had a great game and his frustration is threatening to boil over.

56

Hart is forced to make a save, an easy one from Berrera.

54

England have tightened up considerably at the back. Capello must have had a quiet word with them at the interval!

52
Substitution
 

The Mexicans bring on Pablo Barrera for Paul Aguilar.

51

A good move by England, probably the best so far, ends with Walcott firing in a great cross that no-one can latch on to.

51

Hopefully that will settle England down as they have been very rusty so far.

49

It was an absolutely belter by the Liverpool man from just outside the penalty area.

47
Goal
 

ENGLAND 3-1 MEXICO. A brilliant goal by GLEN JOHNSON who cuts in from the right wing after combining with Walcott and then carries on running before drilling a left-foot strike home.

46
Substitution
 

Just one change for Mexico as Franco makes way for Javier Hernandez.

46
Substitution
 

Capello has brought on Carragher for Ferdinand, Jermain Defoe for Crouch and Joe Hart for Green.

Second half
 

England get the second half underway.

Half time
 

Half Time: ENGLAND 2-1 MEXICO.

45

ENGLAND 2-1 MEXICO. Poor defending at a corner forces Baines to clear Marquez's header off the line, but FRANCO is on hand to turn the ball home.

43

England have been poor frankly in the opening 45 minutes and it's unbelievable that they're two goals to the good.

41

Mexico defend the free-kick in a haphazard manner, but at least they don't concede another goal.

40

Walcott's blistering pace forces Salcido to bring him down as he concedes a free-kick in a dangerous position.

38

As has happened so often recently with England under Capello, the team is not playing very well but amazingly lead 2-0 as Green makes another good save to deny Vela.

36

The goal could easily have been disallowed for offside and handball but the referee is happy for it to stand.

34
Goal
 

ENGLAND 2-0 MEXICO. Another England corner and the Mexicans allow Rooney to get in a header that Oscar Perez somehow touches against the bar. CROUCH is on the goal-line and the ball brushes him and goes in although it may have been handball.

33

Quite how Mexico are losing is a mystery, they're all over England.

31

Mexico come again and a good move ends with Salcido deceiving James Milner and then curling in a shot that beats Green but then comes back off a post.

30

Baines misjudges a bouncing ball allowing dos Santos to race through a static England defence but when the ball breaks to Carlos Vela who seems certain to score, Green races off his line to smother the effort. Great save by the West Ham keeper.

29

Green is forced to make his first save although Salcido is flagged offside as he tries to head home a looping, deflected ball.

27

Another excellent Walcott run ends with the Arsenal man choosing the wrong option and playing a pass to Rooney who is standing in an offside position.

26

In sharp contrast to England's corner, Mexico's set-piece is dreadful and the home side clear their lines very comfortably.

25

Walcott is caught out of position, but Carlos Salcido's cross fails to find anyone in a Mexico shirt.

23

Rooney sprints clear down the left until a superb Francisco Rodriguez tackle, a la Booby Moore, stops the Manchester United man in his tracks.

22

Since the goal, the match has reverted to type with the Mexicans on the attack again while England remain on the back foot.

20

The goal was completely against the run of play as Mexico had dominated the opening stages.

19

It was all too easy for Capello's men. Mexico's marking at the corner was dire, both Crouch and King had acres of space in which to work the opening.

17
Goal
 

ENGLAND 1-0 MEXICO. Gerrard's deep corner is headed back into the danger area by Peter Crouch where an unmarked KING is able to guide his header into the back of the net.

16

England are gifted a cheap corner.

15

Gerrard re-enters the fray with his head heavily bandaged.

14

Wayne Rooney drops back deep into his own half in a bid to actually get hold of the ball.

13

Steven Gerrard is involved in a clash of heads and requires treatment for what appears to be a cut just above the eye.

11

England are all over the place as a cross goes along the six-yard area with no Mexico player on hand to turn it home.

10

A terrible pass by Carrick gifts possession to Mexico and Ferdinand is forced to deflect Dos Santos Giovani's shot away for a corner, that comes to nothing.

8

The Mexicans are piling men forward at every opportunity and have been the more cohesive team so far.

7

Mexico, looking lively in the opening stages, have done well to qualify for South Africa after making a dreadful start to their qualifying campaign under Sven-Goran Eriksson.

5

From the free-kick Franco beats King far too easily but then fires wide of the target when he should at the very least have forced Robert Green to make a save.

4

Johnson hacks down Guillermo Franco to the displeasure of the referee.

4

It sounds like a carnival atmosphere inside Wembley with many echoes of Euro 96.

3

Theo Walcott skips past a grounded Mexico defender but then, as is his wont, delivers a terrible cross to no-one in particular.

2

It's a packed house at Wembley - not bad for what is a largely meaningless encounter being played on a Monday evening with live terrestrial TV coverage.

1
Kickoff
 

Mexico get the match underway at a sultry Wembley.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Glen Johnson starts at right-back rather than Jamie Carragher while Leighton Baines gets the nod at left-back instead of Stephen Warnock.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

Fabio Capello has named a surprise starting eleven with Ledley King alongside Rio Ferdinand in central defence while Michael Carrick starts in midfield and Peter Crouch partners Wayne Rooney in attack.

Awaiting Kickoff
 

There's just 18 days to wait until England open their World Cup campaign with a game against the USA so tonight the much-maligned Wembley pitch sees the cream of English football take on Mexico in the penultimate warm-up game.