Barry pops up for England winner

Gareth Barry claimed England’s 2000th international goal, with the winner against Sweden at Wembley. At least, he claimed it until replays showed that the ball actually went in off the polished crown of the Sweden defender Daniel Majstorovic.

The historical statistic was a footnote to a game which was all about England’s future, as Fabio Capello looked to see how his young prospects would cope with international football.

Kyle Walker, Phil Jones and Jack Rodwell all impressed. Walker was assured in defence and adventurous coming forward, and won the man of the match award. Rodwell had two instinctive volleys in the penalty area blocked by Swedish defenders, and a glancing header that grazed the post. Jones, playing out of position in midfield, showed energy and mature positional sense, and really should have scored after making an aggressive surge into the Swedish box.

Fabio Capello was pleased with a win that meant England went through 2011 unbeaten. He was also enthusiastic about the new additions to his first-team options. "During these games I was looking for something new and I found it," he said. "I found three really interesting players. These three players are really good technically, really good physically and all three are fast. That is important in modern football."

The performances of the youngsters overshadowed the return of the captain John Terry. Terry, facing FA and police enquiries into alleged racism, will have been content to stay out of the spotlight. He had a quiet game, with the Swedes causing only sporadic threats.

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