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Beckham breaks record in England victory

Published: Saturday 28 March 2009, 23.44CET
England 4-0 Slovakia
Emile Heskey scored his first international goal in six years to set England on the path to victory as David Beckham won an outfield record 109th cap.
by Paul Saffer
from Wembley Stadium
Beckham breaks record in England victory
David Beckham (left) celebrates one of England's goals with Frank Lampard ©Getty Images

Published: Saturday 28 March 2009, 23.44CET

Beckham breaks record in England victory

England 4-0 Slovakia
Emile Heskey scored his first international goal in six years to set England on the path to victory as David Beckham won an outfield record 109th cap.

England 4-0 Slovakia
Emile Heskey lasted only 15 minutes of England's friendly against Slovakia at Wembley but in that time claimed his first international goal for six years to set his side on their way to victory.

Rooney clincher
Heskey seemed to hurt himself when forcing the ball into the Slovakia net, but his strike helped fire England in a meeting of two teams who ended 2008 on top of their respective FIFA World Cup qualifying groups. Record-breaker David Beckham provided Wayne Rooney with a second 19 minutes from time and the Manchester United FC forward scored again at the death after a Frank Lampard goal.

Early goal
England were ahead within eight minutes. Rooney combined superbly with Steven Gerrard on the left and the Liverpool FC captain cut back for former club-mate Heskey to bundle in off the post. There was nearly another soon after as he headed over a Rooney cross, but Heskey departed on the quarter-hour to be replaced by Carlton Cole.

Senecký saves
Slovakia eventually settled, Stanislav Šesták volleying over and Miroslav Karhan eliciting a diving David James save. Cole, meanwhile, followed Heskey as he hobbled off holding his groin, leaving Peter Crouch as England's third lone striker of the game. England kept probing, though, and Slovakia goalkeeper Štefan Senecký denied Aaron Lennon and Gerrard in quick succession.

Further strikes
Several half-time substitutions included the arrival of Beckham for his 109th cap, a new high for an England outfielder. And after some fine crossing, he created a goal when his chip was nodded in by Rooney. Crouch limped off, but Lampard slipped in a third with eight minutes left and Rooney's confident finish in added time put gloss on the win. England welcome Ukraine for a qualifier on Wednesday, when Slovakia are in the Czech Republic.

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