England 3 Mexico 1

England beat Mexico 3-1 at Wembley this evening in their last home friendly before they head to South Africa later this week. The game provided the last chance for a number of fringe players to impress Fabio Capello before the England manager cuts the squad from 30 to 23.

Despite being outplayed for most of the first half England were leading 2-1 at the break thanks to goals from Ledley King and Peter Crouch. West Ham striker Guillermo Franco pulled a goal back for the visitors and it was no more than Mexico deserved.

England had struggled to control midfield with the James Milner and Michael Carrick partnership in central midfield failing to contain Mexico’s passing game.

However, when Capello switched Steven Gerrard and Milner England began to assert their dominance. Man of the match Glen Johnson made sure of the win with a brilliant individual effort just after half time capping off a solid performance at right back.

With time running out for Gareth Barry to prove his fitness both Carrick and Spurs’ Tom Huddlestone were given a chance to lay claim to the holding midfield berth, but neither player made an impression.

Manchester City’s Adam Johnson made his England debut fifteen minutes from time and made one brilliant run but it remains to be seen if the winger has done enough to cement a place in the final squad.

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