- England cruise to a 2-0 friendly victory over the United States at Wembley
- Captain John Terry scores the first while Steven Gerrard adds the second goal
- Fabio Capello’s side face Trinidad in their final match this season on Saturday
(CNN) — Captain John Terry helped England produce their most impressive performance of the Fabio Capello era with the opening goal in a 2-0 friendly win against the United States at Wembley.
The Chelsea defender had something to smile about after his Champions League final penalty shoot-out agony when he headed Fabio Capello’s side into a 38th-minute lead.
There could have been no more fitting scorer than Terry, just one week after his spot-kick miss prevented Chelsea from victory in Moscow.
Steven Gerrard made sure of victory 14 minutes into the second half when he converted a slide-rule pass from substitute Gareth Barry.
The visitors had already survived one lucky escape when Gerrard slotted home David Beckham’s curling free-kick, only for the goal to be ruled out because England’s newest centurion had not waited for the whistle.
When Beckham picked Gerrard out with another free-kick, the midfielder’s shot seemed to be heading into the net until Clint Dempsey got his head to it, providing Frank Lampard with a chance from the rebound which he promptly volleyed wide.
Gerrard also set up Beckham and Jermain Defoe, eager to make an impression on his first England start for nearly two years, but neither man could locate the net.
Terry at least put a different complexion on proceedings, even if his fourth goal for his country could hardly make up for his misery at the Luzhniki Stadium.
Capello used up his maximum six substitutions in the second-half but man-of-the-match Gerrard stayed on the pitch and after scoring his goal, the Liverpool captain cushioned a header into Wayne Rooney’s path, only for the Manchester United striker to screw his shot wide.
Eddie Johnson wasted the visitors’ best chance, firing wide from the edge of the area when left in space by an England defense that, by-and-large, was given little trouble for the majority of the 90 minutes.
England will now travel to Trinidad & Tobago on Thursday for their final friendly match of the season, although Italian Capello is expected to leave his Manchester United and Chelsea players behind to give some squad players a chance to shine.