Soccer: England beats Trinidad and Tobago, 3-0
By JAMES FULLER
By JAMES FULLER
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Gareth Barry scored his first England goal eight years after making his debut, helping England to a 3-0 friendly victory over Trinidad and Tobago today.
The Aston Villa midfielder volleyed over in the 12th minute and Jermain Defoe scored the other two goals. The Portsmouth striker had his first international goal since September 2006 in the 16th and added a third in the 49th.
It was a comfortable win for Fabio Capello's understrength side with Trinidad threatening little on the night celebrating the federation's centennial.
David Beckham captained England for the first time since the 2006 World Cup on his 102nd international appearance to help the party atmosphere.
"I was surprised and didn't expect it," Beckham said. "But I'll always answer the call and be available for my country and captain them as well — it was a surprise but I am honored to do so.
"It was the centenary game for them but they wanted to beat England and we had to put in a good performance and I think we did that."
Beckham floated in a cross in the 6th to Defoe, who failed to connect on a diving header.
Trinidad was forced into an early substitution when Sunderland forward Kenwyne Jones collided with England goalkeeper David James in the sixth. Daryl Roberts replaced the injured Jones.
Liverpool midfielder Steven Gerrard got a yellow card in the 30th for tripping Khaleem Hyland. The Soca Warriors took 33 minutes to force a save out of David James, when Roberts shot from the edge of the area straight at the Portsmouth goalkeeper.
The loudest cheer of the night was for former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke, who came off the bench in the 75th minute, despite having retired from international football.
The game had been billed as "A Score to Settle" after Trinidad's 2-0 defeat by England at the 2006 World Cup in Germany — their only previous meeting.
For three hours before the game, Trinidad's national stadium reverberated to the sound of soca and steelpan music in a celebratory atmosphere. The place was filled to capacity with 23,500 fans dressed mostly in white, matching the home team's uniform.
Trinidad's next competitive outings involve a World Cup qualifying doubleheader against Bermuda on June 15 and 22.
England plays the Czech Republic in a friendly in August before beginning World Cup qualifying in September.