In their 13th game against African countries England managed a welcome win, but were far from convincing as their preparation for the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa got underway. Against a skillful Egypt team fresh from their 7th victory in the African Cup Of Nations England failed to impress and went into the dressing room a goal down at half time.
Fabio Capello made some inspired changes at half time bringing on Peter Crouch and Michael Carrick and this turned the game with Crouch scoring the equaliser and England’s third.
A 3-1 win look convincing but had the linesman spotted that Peter Crouch was offside for one of his goals and the goalie made a better effort at stopping Shaun Wright-Phillips volley then things would have looked very different.
Still Fabio Capello will be happy with was England’s 500th win, even if he has lots to think about squad wise.
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