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Newz Forum: SOCCER: England cruise to 3-0 victory over the Ukraine

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posted on Aug, 18 2004 @ 04:04 PM
Shaun Wright-Phillips scored a brilliant debut goal as England cruised to victory against Ukraine. Manchester City's youngster, on as a substitute, crowned a solo run with a stunning finish after 71 minutes. It sealed England's win, set up by goals from the new Real Madrid pairing of David Beckham and Michael Owen.

David Beckham offered an answer to those who doubted his hunger at international level by inspiring England to a 3-0 win over Ukraine at St James' Park on Wednesday night.

After a shaky start from the home side, Beckham transformed the game on 26 minutes with his first international goal for 11 games and 11 months.

He then set up his new Real Madrid team-mate Michael Owen at the start of the second half and was back to his effervescent best as subsitute Shaun Wright-Phillips was inspired to score a marvellous solo effort late on.

However, one player who did not enjoy his evening was Kieron Dyer.

The Newcastle midfielder - dogged by controversy following a reported bust-up with club boss Sir Bobby Robson - was roundly heckled by his home crowd after being introduced as a second-half substitute.

England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson was delighted with the outcome after recent speculation surrounding his future.

England: James, Neville, Terry, King, Cole, Beckham, Butt, Lampard, Gerrard, Owen, Smith. Subs: Johnson, Robinson, Upson, Jenas, Carragher, Wright-Phillips, Hargreaves, Vassell, Dyer, Defoe, Kirkland.

Ukraine: Shovkovsky, Federov, Rusol, Yezerskyi, Nesmachny, Tymoschuk, Shelayev, Vorobey, Rotan, Husev, Shevchenko. Subs: Gusev, Rebrov, Voronin, Kormiltsev, Zakarliuka, Nazarenko, Radchenko, Matiukhin, Reva.

Referee: M McCurry (Scotland)

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