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Sunday, November 16, 1997 Published at 02:42 GMT


England beat Cameroon in Wembley friendly

Fowler puts England 2-0 up

England's preparations for next year's World Cup in France got off to a healthy start when they beat fellow finalists Cameroon 2-0 at Wembley.

[ image: England's goal scorers Scholes and Fowler celebrate]
England's goal scorers Scholes and Fowler celebrate
Paul Scholes and Robbie Fowler scored late in the first half to maintain England's unbeaten record against African opposition, although it took a while for England to settle in front of a two-thirds full Wembley.

Scholes chipped the keeper after good work by Paul Gascoigne while Fowler nodded the second moments later.

The team was markedly different from that which drew 0-0 in Italy last month to qualify for France 98. Tony Adams, Graeme Le Saux, Teddy Sheringham and Ian Wright were all out injured while David Seaman and David Batty were rested.

Andy Hinchcliffe, Phil Neville and Nigel Martyn came in at the back, while Fowler and Steve McManaman were playing for the first time in eight internationals.

The England coach, Glenn Hoddle, said the fixture provided the perfect start to England's six-match warm-up for the World Cup as he sorts out candidates for the 22-man squad he will take to France. The goals from Fowler and Scholes - voted man of the match - did their chances no harm.

Meanwhile, reports say football's world governing body Fifa has indicated England will not be one of the top seeds for the World Cup finals groups.

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