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Crouch double secures England win over Egypt

Peter Crouch grabbed a second half double to secure a 3-1 win for England at Wembley.
Peter Crouch grabbed a second half double to secure a 3-1 win for England at Wembley.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • England beat African champions Egypt 3-1 in friendly international at Wembley
  • Peter Crouch with a double and Shaun Wright-Phillips score England goals in second half
  • Mohamed Zidan gave Egypt a shock first half lead with 23rd minute strike
  • Deposed England captain John Terry received a mixed reception from home crowd
RELATED TOPICS
  • Fabio Capello
  • John Terry
  • Egypt

(CNN) -- Second half goals from substitutes Peter Crouch and Shaun Wright-Phillips gave England a 3-1 victory over African champions Egypt in an entertaining friendly international at Wembley on Wednesday night.

It was initially a less than convincing performance by Fabio Capello's men and they fell behind to a fine goal from Mohamed Zidan in the 23rd minute.

But after the break England pepped up and were level when Crouch connected first time with a sharp Gareth Barry pass to level on 57 minutes.

The tireless Wayne Rooney flashed a shot wide before Wright-Phillips volleyed home the second in the 75th minute after another replacement James Milner saw his first time effort parried out by Essam El Hadary.

Wright-Phillips then turned provider to cross for Tottenham's Crouch to bag his second in the 80th minute, his 20th goal in 37 internationals.

It was the 500th win for England in internationals and will put them in good heart before their next set of warm-up matches ahead of the World Cup finals in South Africa in June.

Much of the pre-match emphasis surrounded deposed England captain John Terry and the Chelsea defender was barracked at the start by a large section of the 80,000 crowd.

But as England's fortunes improved in the second half, Terry received a more favorable reception.

After a bright start by the home side with Frank Lampard bringing out a fine El Hadary save after a cutback by recalled Theo Walcott, Egypt looked the more threatening side.

All I can do when given the chance is to take it and I've given the manager something to think about tonight
--Peter Crouch

England were indebted to a goal-line clearance from striker Jermain Defoe after a shot hit into the ground by Wael Gomaa.

But midway through the half it was a mistake by Terry's partner Matthew Upson which allowed Zidan to collect a through pass and score past Robert Green with a clinical finish.

Lampard and Defoe both had first half chances to level, but after the break it was all England as another substitute, Manchester United's Michael Carrick pulled the strings in midfield as Egypt tired.

Man of the match Crouch was happy to give Capello another reminder of his goalscoring talents as he bids for a place in the starting line-up for South Africa.

"All I can do when given the chance is to take it and I've given the manager something to think about tonight," he told ITV Sport.