England 3 Mexico 1 Wembley friendly 24 May 2010
England waved goodbye to their fans at Wembley with a 3-1 win over Mexico.
Crouch headed a corner onto the head of Ledley King who put England ahead against the run of play in the 17th minute, and Robert Green made sure England hung onto their lead in the 29th minute when he came face to face with Vela but dived swiftly to his right to push away the Mexican's shot, but a minute later it was the post that rescued England when Salcido came close with a shot from the edge of the area. With 10 minutes of the half remaining Perez pushed a Rooney header against the bar and Peter Crouch forced it over the line to give England breathing space, but Mexico reduced the deficit just before the break when a poor off-the-line clearance from Baines kept out a Marquez header but allowed Franco to stab the ball in from close range. Two minutes into the 2nd half Johnson picked the ball up on the right and ran towards the box to unleash a spectacular shot into the top corner. Rooney almost got on the score-sheet in the 83rd minute when he attempted to lob Perez who had come hurtling off his line but the Mexican was quick to return to his goal-line. England will now travel to Austria where they face Japan before going on to the World Cup.
Crouch scoring for England
In other matches played during the week Portugal were held at home to a goalless draw by little Cape Verde while Argentina put 5 past the visiting Canadians without reply and Bulgaria drew 1-1 with hosts South Africa who later in the week beat Colombia 2-1 in the Soccer City stadium. Australia came from behind against New Zealand to win 2-1 with a last minute goal in Melbourne and South Korea enjoyed a 2-0 victory in Japan. Cameroon drew blanks in Georgia while Jong Tae se scored both goals for North Korea in their draw in Greece, and the USA were defeated 4-2 on home soil by the Czech Republic. Two days after the defeat to England, Mexico travelled to Freiburg in Germany where they fell 2-1 to the Netherlands with Robin van Persie netting a double for the Dutch. Alexis Sanchez also bagged a brace as Chile beat Zambia 3-0, while Uruguay eased past Israel 4-1 with Sebastian Abreu scoring twice for the hosts. The Republic of Ireland picked up 2 wins in 3 days against World Cup teams, beating Paraguay 2-1 and Algeria 3-0 in Dublin.
English boys lift Euro trophy
England 2 Spain 1 UEFA under 17 final (Vaduz 30 May 2010)
England won the European under 17 championships after coming from behind to beat Spain 2-1 in Liechtenstein. Gerard gave Spain a deserved lead in the 22nd minute when he fired the ball in with a deflection off Andre Wisdom who scored at the right end 8 minutes later with a header to level the score. Two minutes into the 2nd half, Connor Wickham picked up a long ball and exchanged passes with Keane before running into the box and drilling the winner into the bottom corner.