posted on Oct, 9 2004 @ 03:07 PM
A wonder strike from skipper David Beckham helped England claim a comfortable 2-0 victory over Wales in their World Cup Group Six qualifier at Old
Beckham curled the ball over Welsh keeper Paul Jones from 25 yards out with 14 minutes remaining to make the points safe.
It was no more than England deserved after they dominated the game from the moment Frank Lampard's shot was deflected in off Michael Owen to put them
1-0 ahead inside four minutes.
England created chance after chance - with Wayne Rooney in particular outstanding - but they found Jones in outstanding form in the Wales goal.
A little of the gloss was taken off Beckham's goal when he picked up a needless late booking which rules him out of Wednesday's clash with
Afterwards Owen claimed England's first goal and admitted: "After you've gone a while without a goal you often get one that comes off your
He added: "Frank is standing by me so I don't want an argument but initially I thought it just hit me and went more or less in the same path. Having
seen it again it has taken quite a big deflection.
"I'm very happy. The first 15-20 minutes we started like a house on fire. The diamond means we are trying to get Wayne [Rooney] on the ball as much as
"The system is meant to accommodate Wayne and bring out the best in him. In the second half we stopped getting him on the ball but I think 2-0 was a
bare minimum result."