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Trinidad & Tobago 0-3 England

Trinidad & Tobago 0-3 England


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By Chris Bevan

0036: Right, I'm off to bed - although I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep after all that er, excitement. Thanks for your input tonight - no 606 but there were so many texts I hardly noticed. You should really get some sleep - Euro 2008 starts in about five days and six hours time so set your alarm for then. Good night, sleep tight, Bevo.

It certainly has been a night to remember for Gareth Barry. He scores his first international goal then captains his country for 45 minutes - and to cap it all he is also leading the way in our Player Rater with 7.76. Poor old Kern Cupid is a little further back on 2.96 so far. Still plenty of time to get involved though.
England Player Rater

0025: "You can only beat what is put in front of you and, let's be honest, Trinidad & Tobago were very poor tonight. But England's attitude was good and they got the job done when sometimes in games like this players are thinking about the beach."
BBC Sport football pundit Alan Shearer

0022: "It was comfortable but we made it like that because we started well. The manager told us to take it seriously and we had to put in a good performance. We did and we played some good football."
England midfielder David Beckham

0018: FULL TIME Trinidad & Tobago 0-3 England
It's all over in Port of Spain and it has been a bit of a walk in the park for England. Two nice goals for Jermain Defoe and a good night for Gareth Barry who gets a goal and the chance to wear the captain's armband. You can go to bed now.

0017: "Jermain Defoe may have bagged two, but England have scuffed so many chances. With Michaell Owen playing, it'd be 6-0 easily."
Anon, via text on 81111

0016: Theo Walcott is seeing plenty of the ball but does not have much support up front with him and is getting bustled out of it at the moment. Still, not long to go now.

0015: Ashley Young lets fly with a decent shot that is tipped wide by Clayton Ince. We will have three minutes of added time by the way.

0013: Hmmm, the way both sides are spurning opportunities I am not sure we are going to get another goal folks. T&T's turn to threaten sees Carlos Edwards tee up Aurtis Whitley but his shot is well wide of the target.

0012: A great chance for Theo Walcott to get off the mark for England but he wastes it, sadly. The Arsenal youngster nips in when Dennis Lawrence slips but his shot from the edge of the box is tame and straight at Clayton Ince.

0011: "Stephen Warnock's had an immense season for Blackburn this year, lets hope he can show it on the big stage. "
Mark, in Cumbria via text on 81111

0010: Another England change and another England debut - Stephen Warnock is on for Wayne Bridge at left-back. FACT: Like my goodself, Warnock has a titanium rod in his leg after breaking it badly as a youngster. Not sure if he is magnetic, like me, but he has done well to keep playing, let alone play for England.

0009: We almost had a goal to wrap things up. Ashley Young has his best moment of the night, whipping in a cross that flicks off Peter Crouch's head. Unlucky.

0008: Not sure what Clayton Ince is thinking as he comes out of his area to clear a long ball. He beats Theo Walcott to the ball but heads it straight up into the air. He gets away with it mind.

0007: The stadium announcer in Port of Spain is trying to liven things up with random bursts of music and the odd outburst. It hasn't really worked but I appreciate his efforts.

0005: "Ashley Young just hasn't stepped up tonight, Stewart Downing on the other hand has really impressed me."
Chris, in Manchester via text on 81111

Always going to be difficult for a substitute coming on in a game like this to have any impact. Young has been quiet though.

0003: Hopefully Dwight Yorke has got one last moment of magic left in him because this game is not exactly a thriller. We need some chances, and or goals, soon please.

0000: Another dangerous David Bentley ball into the box, another decent Peter Crouch header but no end product though. Dwight Yorke is on for T&T by the way and he gets quite a welcome from the home fans. I'm sure he will flash us that famous smile before the end of the game too - this is his farewell appearance in international football.

2358: "This is the best I've seen England play in a long time. We are fluent and in control. Good job Capello."
Matt, in Grantham via text on 81111

2357: Free-kick for England after a wild challenge on Steven Gerrard. David Bentley curls it in, Peter Crouch nods it down but Theo Walcott is not in the right place to knock it in. Shame.

2356: "Jimmy, off to bed now son, you've got to get up for school in the morning."
Chris, in Warwick via text on 81111

It is getting a bit late. I'm normally in my pyjamas by now myself.

2355: As expected, Theo Walcott is on for two-goal hero Jermain Defoe. A rare chance for the young Gunner to shine.

2354: Oops. Joe Hart comes out again for the resulting corner and his punch does not clear the edge of the area. Luckily T&T cannot find space for a shot but that was not a minute that the Manchester City keeper will want to remember.

2353: T&T are still enjoying a bit of pressure and Joe Hart is a lucky man. He comes to collect a header from a long throw but fails to collect and Phil Jagielka has to nod clear.

2352: Looks like Theo Walcott is going to be the next player coming on for England.

2351: "Gareth Barry - what a solid player! Why has he not been so prominent in the England set up untill recently? Barry should be PERMANENT captain."
Jimmy, from Birmingham via text on 81111

2350: "When Trinidad raise the tempo then they're not bad"
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Chris Waddle

2348: This is a bit better by T&T. They've kept the ball for at least 12 passes and Gareth Barry has to clear a Carlos Edwards cross. Barry is England captain right now by the way, so with his first international goal, it has been a great night for him.

2346: David Bentley very nearly gets on the scoresheet completely by accident. His cross from the right drifts over Clayton Ince and sails a few inches wide of goal. He probably would have claimed he meant it if it had gone in mind.

2344: Oops. You don't see that too often. The resulting corner comes out to Steven Gerrard on the edge of the area and you know what normally happens next - screamer into the top corner anyone? Not this time...the Liverpool midfielder misses his kick, completely.

2343: A lovely one-two on the edge of the area by Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe. Crouch is clean through but he scuffs his shot and Clayton Ince saves.

2342: Ashley Young is coming on for Stewart Downing - should keep a few of you happy! Not sure who is England's captain now David Beckham is off but I will let you know as soon as I find out.

2340: "Cant believe Deano's off. Can't Capello give him a bit of a chance? Half-time subs. Since when was that decided? What's wrong with the gaffer!?"
Hugh, via text on 81111

2339: A great chance for Jermain Defoe to complete his hat-trick but this time the Pompey striker is off target.

2338: Joe Hart is called into action when Khaleem Hyland lets fly from 25 yards out. The ball rolls wide but Hart is across to make sure.

2337: GOAL Trinidad & Tobago 0-3 England
A great cross by David Bentley and the ball is headed back across goal for Jermain Defoe to smash home from six yards out. Nice finish. Nice of Bentley to answer my criticism too...

2336: Peter Crouch is getting a bit of stick from the home fans. I think they remember he might have fouled Brent Sancho on his way to scoring against T&T in the 2006 World Cup. You probably remember that too.

2335: Slow start to this second half so far. David Bentley has had a bit of the ball but he has just gone backwards so far. The goal is the other way, Dave.

2334: "Hey Lizzie in Maidenhead, we're being made to look good by totally inept opposition. The simple fact is that in less than a week the 16 best national teams in Europe kick off Euro 2008, and we're not one of them."
Chris, in Warwick, via text on 81111

2333: The second-half has just started. Sorry, I was trying to keep up with all those substitutions...

2332: Joe Hart started his career with Shrewsbury Town in 2004 playing in what is now the Blue Square Premier. He is now an England international. Congratulations are in order - and fully deserved, he has been magnificent for Manchester City recently.

2330: Those substitutions have already started: David James, Rio Ferdinand, David Beckham and Dean Ashton are all off. Joe Hart, Phil Jagielka, David Bentley and Peter Crouch are all on.

2328: The players are on their way back out of the tunnel, we'll be back under way again soon. Not sure what track is being played at the Hasely Crawford Stadium right now but it is certainly LOUD.

2326: "Watchin T&T's defence in the first half reminded me of something, oh yes that's it - Derby's defence. I'm a Rams' season ticket holder, any pity going round?"
Ash, via text on 81111

C'mon Ash. T&T haven't been THAT bad.

2324: Not sure that landslide of goals I predicted earlier is going to transpire. I have to warn you though, there is definitely going to be a landslide of substitutions. T&T and England have got special dispensation from Fifa to make up to SEVEN each tonight - I'd like to see Joe Hart come on myself, have you got any preferences?

2322: "David Beckham for captain more often if we play like this!"
Lizzie, in Maidenhead via text on 81111

Gareth Barry's first international goal will no doubt help him sleep soundly tonight. And there is more good news for the Aston Villa midfielder - he's leading our Player Rater with 7.54 - the only player to break the seven barrier. Carlos Edwards is Trinidad and Tobago's top man with 6.55. But there's not much love for Cupid, Kern Cupid that is. He's languishing on 4.00.
England Player Rater

2316: "Trinidad & Tobago have been chronic. They have broken every rule defensively but you still have to go out and play and England are doing that."
BBC Sport football pundit Alan Hansen

2315: HALF-TIME Trinidad & Tobago 0-2 England
All going well for England so far - two nice early goals by Gareth Barry and Jermain Defoe have put them well in control of this one, and you cannot really see T&T coming back into this now, can you?

2314: This game has gone a tiny bit flat as we approach half-time. England are not exactly pushing for more goals, T&T are but don't look capable of scoring, to be honest. We've got one extra minute of time to be added on by the way.

2313: "In patches England are looking great. Should they be only 2-0 up?"
Anon via text on 81111

2312: "If Trinidad get closer to England then they might start asking a few questions"
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Chris Waddle

2311: Dennis Lawrence is about twice the size of Jermain Defoe. He has just sent him flying down by the corner flag too. Clayton Ince collects the resulting free-kick with a bit of confidence though.

2310: Carlos Edwards is undoubtedly the home side's best player so far. He makes another good run down the right only to see his cross headed away by Rio Ferdinand. It was a dangerous delivery too.

2308: "Is it just me that thinks Jermain Defoe spurns too many chances for international football? It was the same against USA."
Anon via text on 81111

2307: The crowd go wild as Stern John lets fly with a shot that David James does well to beat away. A pity the linesman has his flag up for offside but it was still a good effort.

2306: Another slight sniff of a chance for Dean Ashton in front of goal but the ball is just not dropping for him at the moment.

2305: Their team may be getting torn apart but at least the T&T fans are enjoying themselves. There are about 23,000 inside the Hasely Crawford Stadium and they are having some party.

2304: At least England boss Fabio Capello is finding this amusing. Not sure what was so funny but the Italian was laughing his socks off at something - it might be T&T right-back Kern Cupid's defending, actually.

2303: But the home defence is still paper-thin and really Jermain Defoe should be celebrating his second goal of the game right now. The ball breaks to him on the edge of the six-yard box. It is from a tight-ish angle but the Portsmouth striker should have done better - he skied his shot miles over the bar.

2301: A decent effort, at last, from T&T. Some neat play down the left and the ball comes across to Darryl Roberts who has a pop from the edge of the box. David James makes a comfortable save but at least he has got his gloves warm.

2300: "Before we start praising Stewart Downing etc, perhaps we need to take a moment to remember who we are playing? The important stuff begins in September!"
Dan, in Croydon via text on 81111

Very true Dan. Croatia are a little bit better than this mob, from what I can remember.

2258: Steven Gerrard gets a yellow card for a trip on Khaleem Hyland...looked innocent enough to me but still. From the resulting free-kick, Carlos Edwards curls another cross in but the England defence clear their lines with ease.

2255: "Fabio had better get word on to the pitch - they're not allowed to score any more or it may damage our chances of getting the 2018 World Cup!"
Adie in Southampton via text on 81111

Ferdinand is back on the pitch by the way. Panic over.

2254: A bit of a scramble in the England six-yard box when the corner comes across. Not much danger but the bad news is Rio Ferdinand takes a kick to the back of his calf and he is receiving treatment. He should be OK though.

2253: A free-kick for T&T about 30 yards out. Carlos Edwards takes it but his effort deflects off Wayne Bridge and loops wide for a corner.

2252: Jermain Defoe has another crack from the edge of the area, this time Clayton Ince makes the save.

2251: "Dennis lawrence has been solid for Swansea City this season, but he's now 35 and I can see why he doesn't play in the Premier League."
Jon, Wales via text on 81111

2249: Only Sunderland's Carlos Edwards is making any inroads going forward for the home team. The former Wrexham and Luton man is not shy when it comes to running at the England defence but he is having to cut inside and has not got a decent cross, or shot, away yet.

2248: England still bossing this one. Completely. Plenty of possession and fully in control.

2247: David Beckham takes a corner for England and this time the T&T defence remember their job, which is to defend.

2246: "Again great play by Stewart Downing to set up Jermain Defoe. Might be time for some to eat their words!"
Paul, Manchester via text on 81111

2245: "I can see England scoring three, four, five - as many as they want."
BBC Radio 5 Live analyst Chris Waddle

2243: GOAL Trinidad & Tobago 0-2 England
Too easy. Stewart Downing releases Jermain Defoe and he has time to pick his spot in the far corner with a nicely scuffed finish. We could be looking at double figures at this rate...

2242: "Gareth Barry and Steven Gerrard celebrating together. Will we see that next season at Anfield? "
Paul, Wigan via text on 81111

2241: Hmmm. The T&T defending is not exactly top class is it? Nice finish by Gareth Barry though.

2240: GOAL Trinidad & Tobago 0-1 England
Stewart Downing frees Wayne Bridge down the left flank and he tees up Gareth Barry to score from close range with a sweet finish. Not the best marking by the home defence - but Barry won't mind - that is his first goal for England.

2238: Kenwyne Jones is not coming back on - so we have our first substitution of the game after 11 minutes. Darryl Roberts comes on instead.

2237: "There's only one Premier League 'Deano' who should be out there tonite and he plays for Hull City."
Anthony, Hull via text on 81111

The 'Dean Windass for England' campaign starts, and probably ends, here. He's got the same bleached blonde hairstyle as Dean Ashton though...

2235: Oh dear. A bit of confusion in the England defence between Rio Ferdinand and David James allows Kenwyne Jones to run through on goal. James challenges him and Jones goes to ground in some pain. He has just been stretchered off too - I'll keep you updated on that injury when I find out more.

2234: An early chance for England. David Beckham crosses from the right and Jermain Defoe meets the ball inside the six-yard box. It has got goal written all over it - but the ball flicks off his head and wide.

2233: First effort on goal by Dean Ashton. It does not worry his old team-mate Clayton Ince though - high, wide and not very handsome is probably the best way to describe it.

2232: Some untidy challenges from T&T players on the edge of the box and England have a free-kick in David Beckham territory. It is Beckham to take it too - but it does not clear the wall.

2230: It is nearly 90 degrees at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. Understandably, neither team have made a particularly frenetic start. Plenty of keep-ball so far.

2228: We are under way in Port of Spain.

2227: England skipper David Beckham is going round the pitch giving last-minute words of encouragement to his team-mates. He knows what being a captain is all about, clearly.

2225: If you didn't know England were in the Caribbean you do now. We are having steel drum versions of the national anthems - a nice touch.

"Im a lad from Crewe that saw Dean Ashton work his way up through the team. This has been a long time coming, I just hope he makes the most of it! And Downing deserves it - he carries Boro! Good luck Deano! "
Lewis, Crewe via text on 81111

You Crewe fans must be made up tonight - Clayton Ince may play for Walsall now but he made his name at Gresty Road didn't he? He is good mates with Dean Ashton too from their days playing for the Alex, from what I hear.

2224: "Hoping Downing has a good game tonight to prove other texters wrong. He's been great this season for Boro and deserves this chance under Capello."
Andy, Derby via text on 81111

"This is the match that Jack Warner, Fifa's vice-president, and effectively the 'Godfather' of T&T football, demanded to mark their federation's centenary. And yet again, for his federation, the man who has put T&T on the footballing map and orchestrated as many as five stadia in these islands has delivered."
Phil Wye, BBC Radio 5 Live in Port of Spain

2222: The teams coming out of the tunnel. We are 10 minutes or so away from kick-off. Are you getting excited yet?

2220: Full teams Trinidad and Tobago v England
Trinidad and Tobago: Ince, Cupid, Lawrence, Hislop, Farrier, Carlos Edwards, Hyland, Whitley, Daniel, John, Jones. Subs: Phillip, Roberts, Telesford, Smith, Adams, Guerra, Tinto, Yorke.
England: James, Johnson, Ferdinand, Woodgate, Bridge, Beckham, Barry, Gerrard, Downing, Ashton, Defoe. Subs: Hart, Lewis, Warnock, Wheater, Jagielka, Bentley, Young, Huddlestone, Crouch, Walcott, Agbonlahor.

2215: It is 5.15pm in Port of Spain, the sun is high in the sky - and they have switched the floodlights on at the Hasely Crawford Stadium. I am still waiting for the T&T team by the way - but Dwight Yorke will play some part in the game apparently.

2213: "Peter Crouch will be a little bit disappointed that Dean Ashton has been picked ahead of him but this is Dean's chance to shine. Dean has got to play like he does at West Ham - he is not the quickest but he knows where the target is. I still think he is searching for full fitness though and he just needs to get through this match."
Chris Waddle on BBC Radio 5 Live

2210: "I'd take Shepherds Bush over Port Of Spain any day. It's soon to be the home of the Championship champions you know."
Darren, in Herts via text on 81111

Sorry Darren, you may be right about your prediction but I'd still take the Caribbean right now.

2206: And while I'm asking questions, is this game just about securing a vote for England's World Cup 2018 bid, or does it serve any other useful purpose? And should David Beckham be captain? Surely it should be either Rio or JT in the long-run anyhow...

2203: Lots of you texting in on 81111 seem a bit surprised/unhappy/angry/furious that Stewart Downing has got the nod ahead of Ashley Young on the left. Does anyone out there actually think the Boro man deserves his chance?

2200: Not many surprises in Capello's starting line-up but stand by for a raft of substitutions. I don't think Ashton will be the only man to make his debut tonight - but we shall see...

"Games like this are where we should be playing Joe Hart, Ashley Young, Theo Walcott etc. Glad to see Dean Ashton and Glen Johnson playing, but poor team selection otherwise."
Michael, in Exeter via text on 81111

2157: "Ashton has worked his socks off to get back and is the most natural finisher in the country behind Michael Owen. Fully deserved."
James Higgins via text on 81111

2153: England boss Fabio Capello is looking very cool in the hot sun in Port of Spain by the way. Sleeves rolled up and he looks like he means business. Let's hope his players are in similar mood.

"For once it's football - not cricket - which takes centre stage in Caribbean sport today. 'A score to settle' is how the local media are building this one up, for Trinibagonians recall that 2-0 World Cup defeat to Sven's men in 2006. This time, they tell us, "we're going to beat you!"
Phil Wye, BBC Radio 5 Live in Port of Spain

2152: "Chris, I'm a 14-year-old insomniac. Even if I could go to bed, I had my first kiss today and I'm just so excited. Hoping for a pulsating match to calm me. "
Anon via text on 81111

It is not only Dean Ashton who is going to remember this day for the rest of his life then?

2147: I'm sorry to say that because 606 shuts down at 2300 BST I won't be running a thread tonight. Believe me, my night will not be the same without your input, so it is even more important you text me your thoughts instead. Please. On 81111.

2146: Ashton is out on the pitch at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and warming up right now.

2145: So Dean Ashton will be making his England debut. Fully deserved as far as I'm concerned - but what do you think? Text your chat to 81111. That's 81111.

2144: England team just in: James, Johnson, Woodgate, Ferdinand, Bridge, Beckham, Gerrard, Barry, Downing, Defoe, Ashton.

2143: Ideally, I would be sat on a Caribbean beach as I write this - cocktail in one hand, typing away with the other, soaking up the pre-match atmosphere in Port of Spain. Sadly, I'm in Shepherds's not quite the same.

2140: Shouldn't you be in bed?

see also
Trinidad & Tobago 0-3 England
01 Jun 08 |  Internationals
Sunday's football photos
01 Jun 08 |  Football
Beckham handed England captaincy
31 May 08 |  Internationals

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