England-Mexico: England Prevails in World Cup Tune-Up

Roberto Alvarez-GallosoChief Writer IMay 25, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 24: Rio Ferdinand of England in action during the International Friendly match between England and Mexico at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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England and Mexico faced each other in a matchup of teams looking to flex their muscles before the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

Played at Wembley Stadium before a crowd of more than 85,000 people, the game still came off as rather lethargic.

While both teams have seasoned players and a chance at winning the Cup, it appeared that neither team was up to the task.

England started the game with a timid, disorganized defense which nearly lulled the spectators to sleep. Their disorganization was evident, although Ledley King scored the first goal in 17 minutes, followed by a Peter Crouch score in 35 minutes.

Mexico, a disciplined team, was not afraid to take risks but came up short in exposing England's weaknesses. The Mexican team, also known as El Tri, scored their only goal of the game when Guillermo Franco put one in off the goalpost at the 45-minute mark.

The second half was a continuation of the sloppy first half, with England continuing to play an agonizing style of soccer and Mexico simply fizzling out.

The last goal of the game went to England, scored by Glen Johnson mere minutes into the second half.

The game itself then slipped. England was trying to reorganize itself while Mexico attempted to regain lost ground.

The whole game was like a slow motion train wreck—with England winning the symbolic victory and Rio Ferdinand making gestures nobody understood.