Peter Crouch was on target at Anfield as England came from behind to defeat Uruguary 2-1 in Wednesday’s international friendly.
Crouch, a second half sub for Wayne Rooney, rose to head home Joe Cole’s left wing cross on 74 minutes. And it was Cole who grabbed the winner in extra time – the Chelsea man was England’s most impressive player on the night.
The South American’s though had taken the lead in the first half courtesy of an impressive volley from centre back Pouso.
Rio Ferdinand – fresh from winning his first Blue Peter badge for Man United, sorry, I mean the Mickey Mouse cup – was impressive at doing his best to show Erikkson he isn’t international standard with several mistakes. Although his team mate G. Neville (for some reason still sporting the ‘G.’ on the back of his shirt despite his ugly sister, Phil, not even being in the squad) was also poor in the first half.
Steven Gerrard came through the first 45 minutes thankfully unscathed, and Jamie Carragher replaced Wayne Bridge at left back after the Fulham man picked up a bad injury. Carragher could now become part of the starting line-up after Ashley Cole’s injury set-back this week.
Meanwhile, the Republic of Ireland recorded an impressive 3-0 win over Sweden – one of England’s opponents in the group stages in Germany this summer. It was Steve Staunton’s first game in charge and Damien Duff, Robbie Keane and Liam Miller scored at Landsdowne Road.