PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Gareth Barry scored his first England goal eight years after making his debut, helping England to a 3-0 friendly victory over Trinidad and Tobago today at the Hasely Crawford Stadium
The Aston Villa midfielder volleyed over in the 12th minute and Jermain Defoe scored the other two goals. The Portsmouth striker had his first international goal since September 2006 in the 16th and added a third in the 49th.
David Beckham captained England for the first time since the 2006 World Cup on his 102nd international appearance to help the party atmosphere.
"I was surprised and didn't expect it," Beckham said. "But I'll always answer the call and be available for my country and captain them as well — it was a surprise but I am honored to do so.
"It was the centenary game for them but they wanted to beat England and we had to put in a good performance and I think we did that."
Beckham floated in a cross in the 6th to Defoe, who failed to connect on a diving header.
Trinidad was forced into an early substitution when Sunderland forward Kenwyne Jones collided with England goalkeeper David James in the sixth. Daryl Roberts replaced the injured Jones.
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard got a yellow card in the 30th for tripping Khaleem Hyland. The Soca Warriors took 33 minutes to force a save out of David James, when Roberts shot from the edge of the area straight at the Portsmouth goalkeeper.
Beckham goes for goal.Photo/Sheldon Wood
Dwight Yorke also got a loud cheer from the fans when he appeared late in the second half. Other notable performances came from skipper Aurtis Whitley, young midfielder Khaleem Hyland and half time substitutes Osei Telesford and Kareem Smith. Keon Daniel also showed some spark on the left side while Stern John, though not getting any clear cut chances, held his own up front. holding the ball up well on a few occasions.
There was also a courageous showing from defender Dennis Lawrence who came back into the team after announcing his international retirement last year.
The game had been billed as "A Score to Settle" after Trinidad's 2-0 defeat by England at the 2006 World Cup in Germany — their only previous meeting.
Dafoe's first goal. Photo/Sheldon Wood
For three hours before the game, Trinidad's national stadium reverberated to the sound of soca and steelpan music in a celebratory atmosphere. The place was filled to capacity with 23,500 fans dressed mostly in white, matching the home team's uniform. (Photo shows Khaleem Hyland against Dean Ashton/PA Sport)
Trinidad & Tobago (4-4-2): Ince (Walsall); Cupid (W Connection), Lawrence (Swansea), M Hislop (United Petrotrin), Farrier (University of Southern Connecticut); Edwards (Sunderland), Hyland (unattached), Whitley (San Juan Jabloteh), Daniel (United Petrotrin); Jones (Sunderland), John (Southampton). Substitutes used: Roberts (unattached), for Jones, 11; Telesford (Puerto Rico Islanders) for Roberts, h-t; Smith (United Petrotrin) for Cupid, h-t; Forbes (United Petrotrin), for John, 74; Yorke (Sunderland) for Hyland, 76.
England (4-4-2): James (Portsmouth); Johnson (Portsmouth), Ferdinand (Manchester United), Woodgate (Tottenham), Bridge (Chelsea); Beckham (LA Galaxy), Gerrard (Liverpool), Barry (Aston Villa), Downing (Middlesbrough) Defoe (Portsmouth), Ashton (West Ham). Substitutes used: Hart (Manchester City) for James, h-t; Crouch (Liverpool) for Ashton, h-t; Bentley (Blackburn) for Beckham, h-t; Jagielka (Everton) for Ferdinand, h-t; Young (Aston Villa) for Downing, 57; Walcott (Arsenal) for Defoe, 69; Warnock (Blackburn) for Bridge, 84.
Referee: Eric Wingard (Surinam)