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Wednesday, 31 May, 2000, 19:02 GMT 20:02 UK
Victorious farewell for England
England 2-0 Ukraine
England kept their Euro 2000 bandwagon on track with victory over a dangerous Ukraine side in their last home game before the finals.
Robbie Fowler put the seal on his place in the squad by firing England ahead just before half-time.
And Tony Adams doubled the advantage after the break as the Wembley crowd were treated to a second-half exhibition of flowing football.
Liverpool striker Fowler struck with half-time approaching, after England had struggled to break down the determined Ukrainians.
Shearer - who will retire after the finals - sent a header goalwards from David Beckham's corner and, when Ukranian keeper Viatcheslav Kernozenko failed to hold the ball, Fowler was on hand to slam it into the roof of the net.
Ukraine's brave effort was virtually extinguished midway through the second half when Adams scored - again from a corner.
After a stuttering start, England's performance gained in authority as the game progressed.
And by the closing stages, with a number of fringe players looking to catch the eye of manager Kevin Keegan, confidence was high and chances were carved out at regular intervals.
Emile Heskey should have made it 3-0 15 minutes from time but, after a neat through-ball from fellow substitute Nick Barmby had sent him clear on goal, his shot was blocked by the Ukraine keeper.
There were further chances for Heskey and the livewire Barmby, but Keegan will have been happy with the 2-0 scoreline.
Fowler off to finals
Fowler was arguably England's most impressive player in a first half in which they made inroads going forward but sometimes struggled to cope with an unfamiliar 3-5-2 formation.
Keegan showed how secure Fowler's place was in his squad when he replaced the goalscorer with his Anfield team-mate Heskey at half-time.
Despite England's regular forays forward, they did not always look quite so secure at the back.
And they would have equalised after the interval, had England keeper Nigel Martyn not won a personal duel with the visitors' star striker Andrei Shevchenko.
First, a minute after the break, the AC Milan forward sprinted past Sol Campbell and fired in a fierce shot, which Martyn was forced to parry.
Shevchenko, the top scorer in Serie A last season, was again denied by an athletic Martyn save when he powered a header towards the corner of the net.
England's second-choice keeper then made it three fine saves in a row when he tipped Shevchenko's fizzing free-kick over the bar.
England: Martyn, Southgate, Adams, Campbell, Beckham, Gerrard, Scholes, McManaman, P. Neville, Shearer, Fowler.
Subs: Dyer, Keown, Ferdinand, Barry, Barmby, Phillips, Heskey, Wright.
Ukraine: Kernozenko, Luzhny, Dimitrulin, Vaschuk, Timoshchyuk, Popov, Kandaurov, Holokov, Husin, Shevchenko, Rebrov.
Subs: Virt, Levytsky, Zubov, Morov, Mizin, Starostyak, Kovalov, Vorebey.
Referee: L Michel (Slovakia)
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