World Soccer -- England Reign in Port of Spain. Trinidad & Tobago 0 - 3 England

Martin HillCorrespondent IJune 1, 2008

Now I'm sure many people would like to be heading to the West Indies for their summer holidays and the England players got just that chance.

From the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Port of Spain, 28,000 fans filled the ground four hours before kick off to catch a glimpse of some of the biggest names in world football.

With the likes of Wayne Rooney and John Terry staying at home, fans were still left with many big names to watch, including Rio Ferdinand, Steven Gerrard and captain for the day David Beckham.

The first 20 minutes saw England take control of a very poor Trinidad side. Goals from Gareth Barry (his first international goal) and Jermain Defoe saw England take an early, comfortable lead giving the players a chance to start their summer vacations early.

Constant pressure on Trinidad right-back Kern Cupid left him thinking he should probably stick to match making rather than match playing, as he could not cope with the left sided strength of Wayne Bridge and Stuart Downing.

Even with constant pressure down the left, nothing much happened after the second goal and the first half fizzled out with very little to talk about, as England fluffed a couple of chances to increase their lead.

The second half saw the start of all the changes, as Crouch and Bentley came on for Dean Ashton and David Beckham. Fabio Capello handed debuts to Phil Jagielka and goalkeeper Joe Hart.

Four minutes into the second half, Defoe grabbed his second goal of the game as more poor defending left him one-on-one with Clayton Ince.

As expected, the game never really reached the levels of the first twenty minutes as both sides lacked any real attacking flair. The changes continued to break up the run of play.

One highlight for Trinidad was the second international comeback of Dwight Yorke, who made an appearance with 15 minutes remaining.

His appearance was at the request of FIFA Vice president Jack Warner. He also asked Falkirk player Russel Latapy, at the age of 40, to come back for a swan-song against England, though he politely declined.

While Fabio Capello can take very little from this game, it should prove to be a vital piece of the puzzle in gaining support for England's bid for the 2018 World Cup, as Jack Warner will be the CONCACAF decision maker regarding where the tournament should be held.