5/28/08

England beats US, 2-0 (Beckham's 101st cap)

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David Beckham's perfect curling ball set up John Terry for the go-ahead goal in the 38th minute, and England outclassed the United States 2-0 in an exhibition game at Wembley.

While England may not have been good enough to qualify for the 16-team European Championship next month, it easily dispatched the Americans on the world's most famous soccer field.

Steven Gerrard scored the second goal in the 59th minute off a through-ball from Gareth Barry that exposed the U.S. defense. With 10 minutes to go, England's long-suffering fans were belting out choruses of "God Save the Queen."David Beckham was pleased to play his part in England's 2-0 victory over USA.

"In the first half we found it tough to break then down and keep the ball but in the second half I think we passed it a lot better," Beckham told Sky Sports News.

"It is important that we win these games and keep performing but there is still a lot of disappointment that we are not in the European championships."

Terry missed a penalty in the UEFA Champions League final last week and Beckham was happy to see him score on a night when he also captained his country.

"It is something we have worked on all week. We know we have got players to score the goals and it is up to me or other players to deliver the free-kicks into the right positions," Beckham said of his assist.

"Everyone felt for him after the European Cup final but he has been upbeat this week and he will move on.

"He is one of the strongest characters that I've met in football.

"To get the captain's armband and to score will have meant a lot to him but he'll still be hurting and he'll still need a lot of support.

"But we were all pleased for him."

Beckham made his 101st appearance for England and before kick-off he was presented with a commemorative golden cap by Sir Bobby Charlton for reaching the milestone.

He commented: "I was proud to get the 100th cap and it was also a proud moment to receive something like that from Sir Bobby Charlton."

source skysports.com

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