FOOTBALL NEWS

24/05/2010 20:28, Report by Adam Bostock

Mexican Red faces England

Wayne Rooney, Rio Ferdinand and Michael Carrick helped England to victory on Monday night, against a Mexico team featuring a future United team-mate.

Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez came on at the start of the second half at Wembley, replacing his side's goalscorer Franco, and was just feeling his way into the match when Glen Johnson made it 3-1 to the hosts. Despite this early blow, the young Mexican looked fairly lively in attack, firing one shot just wide and almost connecting with a dangerous low ball across the England box. Chicharito will no doubt be itching to get back on English soil in August - if United successfully gain his work permit. In the meantime, he could meet another Red, Patrice Evra, when Mexico face France in the World Cup.

Unfortunately Ferdinand didn't get the chance to see Chicharito at close quarters, as the England skipper came off at the break to allow Liverpool's Jamie Carragher a run-out. Carrick relinquished his midfield anchor role just after the hour mark, making way for Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone, but Rooney played the full 90 minutes. England's first-half goals came from two other Tottenham players - Ledley King, who started alongside Ferdinand at centre-back, and Peter Crouch.

Nani was also on international duty on Monday night, as Portugal were held to a shock 0-0 draw by Cape Verde Islands, ranked 117th in the world. The United winger was booked for a foul early in the second half but played the full game.

Ji-sung Park fared better, scoring in the 6th minute of Korea Republic's 2-0 win in Japan.

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