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Friday, 25 May, 2001, 21:01 GMT 22:01 UK
Clockwatch: England 4-0 Mexico

Minute-by-minute action from England's friendly win over Mexico at Derby's Pride Park.

Full-time: England 4-0 Mexico. England step down a gear in the second-half but still emphatically beat their visitors.

Coach Eriksson and his team will be hugely confident as they prepare to take on Greece in a World Cup qualifier on 6 June.

92 mins: Mexico have their best chance of the game, with De Nigris side-footing marginally wide of the post from the edge of the six-yard box.

89 mins: Powell crosses from the left and Sheringham tests Mexican keeper Sanchez with a superb header from the edge of the area.

87 mins: Smith links up excellently with Cole in the area, but strikes straight at Sanchez from six yards with the goal at his mercy.

84 mins: Abundis, who earlier missed Mexico's penalty, strikes a brilliant 30-yard free-kick that James tips over.

80 mins: Smith spins well inside the area and shoots fiercely at Sanchez, who gathers at his second attempt.

74 mins: England 4-0 Mexico. Sheringham sends a sensational 30-yard free-kick wide of Sanchez's right hand after Cole was fouled.

66 mins: Leeds' defender Danny Mills comes on to win his first England cap. Heskey, who was beginning to look weary, is taken off.

65 mins: Heskey clumsily brings down Mexican substitute Osorno inside the area. The referee immediately awards a penalty and Mexico have the opportunity to score their first ever goal in England.

But Abundis screws the spot-kick wide of James's left-hand post.

64 mins: Jose Abundis takes a quick free-kick for Mexico and James athletically tips over his crossbar.

61 mins: Southgate clears a dangerous cross into the box after Heskey had given the ball away on the flank.

Mexico are enjoying their best spell of the match.

54 mins: Manchester United striker Teddy Sheringham comes on for goalscorer Fowler.

49 mins: Smith passes to Fowler inside the area and the Liverpool striker squares the ball to Cole. The West Ham midfielder shoots straight at Sanchez with his left foot.

45 mins: England coach Sven Goran Eriksson makes a glut of substitutions. Joe Cole, Michael Carrick and Alan Smith come on to win their first caps. David James, Nicky Butt, Jamie Carragher, Chris Powell and Gareth Southgate, as captain, also enter the fray.

Heskey, Phil Neville and Robbie Fowler are the only England players remaining from the first-half.

Half-time: England 3-0 Mexico. England go in with a deserved three goal lead after a vibrant and imaginative first-half performance.

45 mins: Beckham heads a Mexico corner away at the near post.

36 mins: Victor Ruiz strikes a 25-yard free-kick well, but unfortunately for him, straight at Martyn.

Fowler scores England's second goal
Fowler scores England's second goal
29 mins: England 3-0 Mexico. Owen is obstructed 25 yards out from goal and the referee awards a free-kick. England captain Beckham steps up to imperiously curl the ball past Sanchez and into the top right-hand corner of the goal.

26 mins: Beckham speeds down the right before sending a testing cross into the area. Fowler heads back across goal from the far post and Gerrard is just inches away from sending the ball into the net.

23 mins: Martyn reacts sharply to save from De Nigris.

19 mins: Owen contrives a header from 15 yards out. Sanchez manages to block and then clear from the onrushing Ashley Cole.

17 mins: Sanchez manages to turn a searing drive from Fowler round his left-hand post. England are rampant.

14 mins: England 2-0 Mexico. David Beckham plays a brilliant pass to release Gerrard down the right flank.

Gerrard crosses low into the area, where Fowler is on hand to side-foot past Sanchez.

Scholes celebrates his goal with Gerrard
Scholes celebrates his goal with Gerrard
11 mins: Martyn blocks a powerful 25-yard shot but cannot hold the ball. Yet he recovers well to punch the ball away from the onrushing Victor Ruiz.

10 mins: England keeper Nigel Martyn gets down well to save a deflected shot from Antonio De Nigris.

5 mins: Gerrard curls a cross in from the right and Sanchez comes quickly off his line to punch but misses. Fowler meets the ball with a cushioned header but sends it over the crossbar.

3 minutes: England 1-0 Mexico. Steven Gerrard feeds Paul Scholes, who hits a venomous right-footed shot first-time past Oswaldo Sanchez from 30 yards out.

2000 BST: Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen kick off for England.


Team news:

England coach Sven Goran Eriksson fields four Liverpool players in a strong-looking side.

Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler bring their club strike partnership onto the international stage for the first time and Emile Heskey plays on the left wing.

But there is no place for their Anfield team-mate Jamie Carragher, with Manchester United's Phil Neville preferred at right-back.

England: Martyn; Phil Neville, Ashley Cole, Ferdinand, Keown; Beckham, Scholes, Gerrard, Heskey; Fowler; Owen.

Mexico: Sanchez; Suarez, Beltran, Oteo, Coyote, Marco Ruiz, Victor Ruiz, Rodriguez, Abundis; De Nigris, Chavis.

Referee: Lucilio Batista (Portugal).

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