England 2-0 USA – 28 May 2008 – Friendly

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England were off the pace but managed to overwhelm and beat an even worse USA side. Seeing as the England team were coming off a full season and the US team were playing away from home, both teams could have done a lot better and will come away disappointed.


Liviu and Graham have done their match reports for each team:

England 2-0 USA – match report (Graham)
Mediocre US side disappoints at Wembley (Liviu).

Preview

England v USA
Wednesday, 28 May 2008, Wembley

England squad for the US and Trinidad & Tobago games (England play in Port of Spain on June 1) added at the end.

The USA will travel to London to play England in a friendly at Wembley on 28 May. Both teams will use the fixture as part of their preparations for their respective 2010 World Cup qualifying campaigns.

Both sides have placed an emphasis on playing against tough opposition in a bid to improve their international performances (arguably this is more of a test for the USA than England, but a good deal better than playing Trinidad & Tobago). The USA will be taking on Spain on 4 June 08 and Argentina on 8 June 08 as part of summer friendlies.

England take on Trinidad on June 1st and have also scheduled a friendly with the Czech Republic at Wembley on 20 August 08. The friendly will be the first game for the Czech Republic after June’s European Championship in Austria and Switzerland.

The last meeting between England and USA was played in Chicago in 2005, ending in a 2-1 win for England.

Seeing as England have just wrapped up their season while the USA are smack in the middle of their own MLS season, it’ll be interesting to see how much of a role fitness levels and fatigue play in determining the outcome of the game.

England Squad:

James (Portsmouth), Hart (Man City), Joe Lewis (Petersborough), Bridge (Chelsea), Brown (Man Utd), A Cole (Chelsea), Ferdinand (Man Utd), Jagielka (Everton), Johnson (Portsmouth), Terry (Chelsea), Warnock (Blackburn), Wheater (Middlesbrough), Woodgate (Tottenham), Barry (Aston Villa), Beckham (LA Galaxy), Bentley (Blackburn), J Cole (Chelsea), Downing (Middlesbrough), Hargreaves (Man Utd), Huddlestone (Tottenham), Gerrard (Liverpool), Lampard (Chelsea), Walcott (Arsenal), Young, Agbonlahor (both Aston Villa), Ashton (West Ham), Crouch (Liverpool), Defoe (Portsmouth), Rooney (Man Utd).

Also Read: Welcome to London, the capital of world football, and The USA will beat England – here’s why.