England's likely first choice team for their opening World Cup match warmed up for next month's finals with a 3-1 win over Hungary in a friendly Tuesday at Old Trafford. With Wayne Rooney on the sidelines through injury, Sven-Goran Eriksson employed Steven Gerrard just off Michael Owen, and the (Sources: BBC, BKP)
With just 11 days until
Gerrard was pushed forward into the spaces Rooney normally fills behind Michael Owen while his
Pal Dardai scored
"You must have patience against a team defending with nine men behind the ball. We had that and started the second half very well with two goals. I'm happy, and I'm sure we'll be playing even better at the World Cup."
Jamie Carragher played as a holding midfielder with David Beckham, Frank Lampard and Joe Cole completing the midfield behind Gerrard and Owen.
The first 40 minutes were largely uneventful, but the game burst into life five minutes before the break.
Owen headed Beckham's cross goalward, but Kiraly saved well. Then the goalkeeper made a name for him as he saved a penalty from Lampard after Csaba Feher was judged to have brought down Gerrard.
Owen headed the rebound from the penalty onto the crossbar, and Cole hit the post after a well-timed run.
But two minutes into the second half,
Dardai curled in a superb goal for
Peter Crouch, who replaced Gerrard after 65 minutes, fired home
With Wayne Rooney on the sidelines through injury, Sven-Goran Eriksson employed Steven Gerrard just off Michael Owen, and the
(Sources: BBC, BKP)