Beckham plays in his 100th game for Brits

  • Follow Other sports

SAINT-DENIS, France --- David Beckham got a yellow card in his 100th international game for England and was taken off in the 62nd minute of his team's 1-0 loss at France.

David Beckham (right) became just the fifth player to compete in 100 international games for England. It came in an 1-0 exhibition loss to France on Wednesday in Saint-Denis, France.  Associated Press
Associated Press
David Beckham (right) became just the fifth player to compete in 100 international games for England. It came in an 1-0 exhibition loss to France on Wednesday in Saint-Denis, France.

Despite speculation the Los Angeles Galaxy midfielder would be on the bench, England coach Fabio Capello placed him in the starting lineup for Wednesday's exhibition match at the Stade de France.

"I was happy to start the game, but it was more about getting on the pitch, getting that 100th cap," said Beckham, who didn't have a shot on goal, made little impression with his trademark long passes and spent time covering for right back Wes Brown.

Beckham was overlooked for Capello's first game in charge, a 2-1 victory over Switzerland at Wembley in February, because the Major League Soccer season had finished and he was not playing any matches.

Goalkeeper Peter Shilton has played the most games for England with 125 in 1970-90. Next are Bobby Moore (108), Bobby Charlton (106) and Billy Wright (105).

UNITED STATES BLANKS POLAND : In Krakow, Poland, the United States capitalized on a corner and two free kicks to beat Poland 3-0 in one of the biggest upsets on a full day of international matches.

Landon Donovan's free kick was headed in by Carlos Bocanegra in the 12th minute and Donovan curled in a corner to Oguchi Onyewu 23 minutes later to put the Americans in control. Eddie Lewis added a goal from a left-footed free kick in the second half to give the Americans their second consecutive victory on European soil.

"We are pleased with the result," U.S. coach Bob Bradley said. "I thought it was a strong team effort and that's necessary to play in Europe and against a good team like Poland."

Bradley praised Bocanegra and Onyewu for their play in the U.S. backline that stymied Poland's attack, but also for the two players' savvy on the set pieces in Poland's box.

"Defenders are always hungry to get goals in these situations," Bradley said.

Poland manager Leo Beenhakker made four changes at halftime to wrest control of the match, but the United States continued to dominate possession and create scoring opportunities.


Search Augusta jobs