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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 August, 2004, 20:34 GMT 21:34 UK
England 3-0 Ukraine
Shaun Wright-Phillips celebrates his goal with Jermain Defoe

Shaun Wright-Phillips scored a brilliant debut goal as England cruised to victory against Ukraine.

Manchester City's youngster, on as a substitute, crowned a solo run with a stunning finish after 71 minutes.

It sealed England's win, set up by goals from the new Real Madrid pairing of David Beckham and Michael Owen.

Beckham diverted in John Terry's cross after 28 minutes and Owen headed home a centre from the England captain five minutes after the interval.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was delighted with the outcome after recent speculation surrounding his future.

But it was Wright-Phillips who will grab the headlines, stealing the show in a low-key friendly at St James' Park.

England made a sluggish start and survived a scare after only three minutes, when goalkeeper David James fumbled a drive from Oleg Husev and was fortunate not to be punished.

Beckham did well, but he always does well for England
England's Sven-Goran Eriksson

And the visitors squandered another early opportunity when Andriy Shevchenko set up Ruslan Rotan, but he side-footed wastefully over the top.

Beckham was anxious to make headlines for the right reasons after his miserable summer at Euro 2004 in Portugal.

And he almost created the opener for Alan Smith with a cross that brought an over-head kick from the Manchester United which flew wide.

Beckham turned from creator to goalscorer after 28 minutes to put England ahead.

The goal owed much to a large slice of fortune, with Terry's misplaced cross landed at Beckham's feet at the far post for a simple finish.

England coach Eriksson made three substitutions at the interval, replacing Gary Neville, Steven Gerrard and Smith with Jermain Defoe, Glenn Johnson and Kieron Dyer.

Dyer received a hostile reception from his own fans, who jeered him after a reported bust-up with Newcastle manager Sir Bobby Robson.

It was the new Real Madrid pairing that doubled England's lead after 50 minutes, with Beckham crossing perfectly for Owen to head home from eight yards.

Eriksson decided it was time to send on Wright-Phillips for his debut - and he responded in style with a brilliant goal with 19 minutes left.

He ran from inside his own half before pulling a right-foot shot across Alexander Shovkovsky.


England: James, Neville (Johnson 45), Terry, King, Cole (Carragher 61), Beckham, Butt (Wright-Phillips 53), Lampard (Jenas 74), Gerrard (Dyer 45), Owen, Smith (Defoe 45).
Subs Not Used: Robinson, Upson, Hargreaves, Vassell, Kirkland.

Goals: Beckham 27, Owen 50, Wright-Phillips 72.

Ukraine: Shovkovsky, Federov, Rusol, Yezerskyi, Nesmachny (Radchenko 63), Tymoschuk, Shelayev, Vorobey, Rotan (Zakarliuka 67), Husev (Kormiltsev 63), Shevchenko (Voronin 53).
Subs Not Used: Gusev, Rebrov, Nazarenko, Matiukhin, Reva.

Booked: Rusol, Tymoschuk, Vorobey.

Att: 35,387

Ref: M McCurry (Scotland).






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