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Matchday: England-Mexico

England vs. Mexico at Wembley Stadium

England's lineup (4-3-3): Robert Green; Glen Johnson (right), Rio Ferdinand (center), Ledley King (center), Leighton Baines (left); Theo Walcott (right), Steven Gerrard (center), Michael Carrick (left); James Milner (right), Wayne Rooney (center), Peter Crouch (left). Subs: Hart for Green 46th, Carragher for Ferdinand 46th, Defoe for Crouch 46th, Huddlestone for Carrick 62nd, Lennon for Walcott 77th, A. Johnson for Milner 85th.

Mexico's lineup (4-4-2): Oscar Perez; Efrain Juarez (right), Francisco Rodriguez (center), Ricardo Osorio (center), Carlos Salcido (left); Paul Aguilar (right), Gerardo Torrado (center), Rafael Marquez (center), Giovani dos Santos (left); Guillermo Franco, Carlos Vela. Subs: Hernandez for Franco 46th, Barrera for Aguila 52nd, Guardado for Vela 62nd, Blanco for dos Santos 72nd.

Kickoff: 3 p.m. ET.
TV: Fox Soccer Channel, Telemundo.

17th minute: Gerrard corner kick, Crouch back-post header into middle, King header from six yards. 1-0 England.

29th: Green outstanding one-v-one save on Vela after cross from dos Santos.

31st: Salcido 19 yards off outside of right post. Mexico dominating possession, more dangerous side.

35th: Rooney's header, set by Gerrard, touched off the crossbar by Perez. From edge of goal line, Crouch knocks it in with body/arm(?). 2-0 England.

36th: Green another fine save, this time on Vela.

Added Time: In dying seconds, Franco pokes in shot after Baines clears Marquez's header off goal line. 2-1 England.

Halftime: El Tri with five high-quality scoring chances, superior possession and fluidity.

47th: Right back Johnson cuts across top of box unchallenged, curls left-footer into the upper far corner. 3-1 England.

Attendance: 88,638.

77th: Substitutions continue (see lineups above). Minor threats by Mexico, England bending but not breaking.

83rd: With Perez straying, Rodriguez clears Rooney's bid off the goal line.

Full time: 3-1 England.

By Steve Goff  |  May 24, 2010; 2:58 PM ET
Categories:  2010 World Cup , England , Mexico  | Tags: England, Mexico, World Cup  
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Go Lions

Posted by: OWNTF | May 24, 2010 3:08 PM | Report abuse

1 - 0 England. Goal by King.

Posted by: CrippledKeeper | May 24, 2010 3:23 PM | Report abuse

Goal England! Ledley King. He hasn't had a cap in 3 years and he scores before 20 minutes.

Posted by: harkes4ever | May 24, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

I scored?

Posted by: Reignking | May 24, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

There a live feed over at Terra via

Posted by: RM27 | May 24, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

Thanks RM27. Tuned in just in time to see that giant Peter Crouch make it 2-0. Mexico better almost every where on the field. But not on the screboard.

Posted by: harkes4ever | May 24, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Mexico looks really strong. They move the ball so well, I do not understand how we do so well against them. And I do wish we were playing as many friendlies as the Mexicans. They are taking this World Cup thing very seriously.

Posted by: glfrazier | May 24, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

All credit to England here, getting fairly well outplayed yet leading 2-0 as halftime approaches.

the itv commentator when looking back at a replay of Crouch's goal, saying "there were two issues here: he looks to be offside when Rooney shot initially, and he indeed did knock the ball in with his arm. but, other than that, it was a perfectly legitimate goal."

that's some excellent friendly commentary.

Franco makes it 2-1, as Rafa Marquez gets a free header off a corner, and Franco knocks in the rebound. Hopefully more goals for Mexico in the second half to give England something to get worried and upset about as they continue their preparations for Group C.

Posted by: tab5g1 | May 24, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Wow, crazy stat line so far...

Posted by: Reignking | May 24, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Nah. I want England to win big and be overconfident.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 24, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

This game reminds me of when the US plays Mexico. Mexico get's all the stats, except the one that counts.

Capello cannot be happy with this performance, especially as better officiating would have disallowed Crouches offside + handball goal.

Posted by: Kosh2 | May 24, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

Somewhere Cristian Castillo is softly weeping

Posted by: Godfather_of_Goals | May 24, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

We're gonna need Gooch on the field at full jumping strength if En-ger-land starts Crouch on July 12th. Goodson could work too...but he's just as skinny as Crouch!

Posted by: soccerman | May 24, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

@ soccerman -no disrespect to Crouch but all of our defenders have size and are pretty good in the air. Mexico just fell asleep on those set plays, I mean Crouch and King were open on the first goal and Rooney was WIDE open on the second attempt that should not have stood.

Posted by: Kosh2 | May 24, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

i have no idea who i want to win this match. but i'm quite enjoying it so far.

Posted by: crocken | May 24, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

@ kosh2 - and I'm not trying to hype up Crouch, he is largely one dimensional. Our defense has been known to drift off occasionally (read Bornstein) so we'll need somebody with size & strength to neutralize that one dimension.

Posted by: soccerman | May 24, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Agreed soccerman, agreed.

Mexico has reverted to form here again. Capello adjusted and their dominance in the mid-field has been squashed. That was atrocious defending on goal number 3, they just let Johnson walk the ball in - to which Clark says, "yeah, I would have cut him in half 30 yards away".

Mexico's attack is so slow, they are allowing England to get back and set because they are not going at them with speed on the counter.

Posted by: Kosh2 | May 24, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Mex #14 megs the Ingles at the end line and send a swett low cross across the face, but no-one is there to meet it. Goes out for a throw-in.

Still don't get the girly headbands on some of the Mexican players. Is Goody one of the sponsors?

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 24, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Gotta love the Beeb:

2134: International football at the age of 37. Quality. Blanco strolls on and he doesn't look a day older than 35. Respect.

Posted by: BlackandRedRedDevil | May 24, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Can't believe Rooney is going the full 90...

Posted by: soccerman | May 24, 2010 4:54 PM | Report abuse

I am So pissed at Harry Redknapp. Without his players, this England side would be the same stilted, selfish, and boring squad it always is, capable of being beaten on a bad day. But Redknapp's boys come in, and they have chemistry and energy, and their heads aren't shoved up their @#%%'s. This is going to be a tough match.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | May 24, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Seattle invented Harry Redknapp.

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | May 24, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Here's hoping USA has one forward on June 12th who can strike as accurately with his right foot as England's right back can with his left.

Posted by: benonthehill | May 24, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

I would be pretty happy with the game, if not the result, if I were a Mexico fan.

Posted by: BooThisMan | May 24, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

I'm so excited about the world cup that I watched highlights of Australia-New Zealand. Check out the Aussies' incredibly dirty tackling, along with their coach's postgame reprimand of his players:

Posted by: hungrypug | May 24, 2010 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Any major injuries? Please?? PLEASE???!!!!

Posted by: Hoost | May 24, 2010 10:06 PM | Report abuse

What one England midfielder emeritus has been doing:

Posted by: universityandpark | May 24, 2010 10:40 PM | Report abuse

SO, looks like England can score off a set piece or two. Mental note, Mr. Bradley.

Posted by: carmines757 | May 25, 2010 2:01 AM | Report abuse

I hope the refs get talked to today. There should have been a penalty for Mexico when Guillermo Franco was about to take a shot & his jersey was CLEARLY pulled by either Glen Johnson or Ledley King (I can't remember which). The second goal by Crouch was both a hand ball & offsides & again the refs didn't call it.

Both teams looked really good, but the refs are not at the World Cup level.

Posted by: LadeM | May 25, 2010 9:52 AM | Report abuse

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