King, Crouch & Johnson (G) on target as unconvincing England see off Mexico; Argentina rout Canada; Portugal disappoint against Cape Verde; South Africa draw; South Korea & Australia win

  1. England 3 – Mexico 1 (International Friendly, May 24, 2010) (A YouTube video of all the goals can be seen here.) England struggled early on but Tottenham pair Peter Crouch and Ledley King combined from a Gerrard corner and the injury prone Spurs captain put the Three Lions in front. Mexico then went close on two occasions to equalising around the half hour, Salcido hit the post and Rob Green made a fine save from Arsenal forward Carlos Vela from a Dos Santos cut back – both chances on this video. On 33 Peter Crouch made El Tri pay with England’s second, following up after Rooney’s header had been superbly parried on to the bar by Perez. On the stroke of half-time Mexico got the goal they deserved, Guillermo Franco tapping home at the back post following yet more poor defending of set pieces. Two minutes after the restart Glen Johnson did his World Cup hopes the world of good with a fine run inside and an excellent left footed finish.

Post match interviews: Fabio Capello, Gerrard & King, Rooney & Ferdinand.

Argentina 5 – Canada 0 (International Friendly, May 24, 2010) Liverpool midfielder Maxi Rodriguez whipped in a free kick that missed everyone to put Diego Maradona’s side one-up in their home friendly with Canada. On 32 minutes Maxi Rodriguez claimed his second after Tevez had played him in. Five minutes later Angel Di Maria showed why he is reportedly wanted by Real Madrid with a fantastic goal with the outside of his left foot into the top corner. Carlos Tevez added the fourth from a Higuain cut back and Sergio Aguero claimed the fifth just seconds after coming on as a sub with a mazy run and excellent finish.

Portugal 0 – Cape Verde 0 (International Friendly, May 24, 2010) A Portugal side that included Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani put in poor display and could not break down the Cape Verde defence. A poor night was summed up by an injury to Tiago that meants Portugal played the last 10 minutes of the match with 10 men as all six subs had been used.

South Africa 1 – Bulgaria 1 (International Friendly, May 24, 2010) The World Cup hosts took a 20th minute lead thanks to a back stick header by Siyabonga Sangweni. Ten minutes later Valeri Bojinov equalised.

Japan 0 – South Korea 2 (International Friendly, May 24, 2010) South Korea needed just six minute to break the deadlock in Japan, Manchester United’s Park Ji-Sung (sporting a nifty new haircut) rode two challenges in midfield before drilling a low shot into the net from the edge of the box. The visitors’ wrapped up the morale boosting win with a second at the death as star striker Park Chu-Young bagged found the back of the net with a penalty.

Australia 2 – New Zealand 1 (International Friendly, May 24, 2010) New Zealand had gone ahead thanks to Chris Killen’s close-range strike after 16 minutes and they should have also had a man advantage at the break after a horror challenge by Everton’s Tim Cahill on Leo Bertos was met with only a yellow card. (First half highlights here.) It took a debut goal from young midfielder Dario Vidosic to bring Australia level after 57 minutes when he fired a low shot across Mark Paston. Substitute Brett Holman rescued the match for the Socceroos with the last kick of the game, the AZ Alkmaar forward coolly converted the winner in the third minute of added time.