Adam Johnson’s goal for England topped off a decent night’s work for the City contingent on international duty on Friday.
Fabio Capello’s starting line up sported three Blues in the shape of Hart, Barry and Milner. Hart’s block from Angelov in the 62nd minute lead to England immediately breaking upfield and going two ahead through Jermain Defoe. Johnson was the other name on the score sheet at Wembley, driving the ball home nine minutes after coming on to replace Theo Walcott.
David Silva also scored as a substitute, bagging Spain’s final goal in their easy 4-0 victory over Liechtenstein. The Netherlands were similarly untroubled in their game against San Marino, but Nigel de Jong was not among those who contributed to the 5-0 scoreline and he was given some valuable rest by being substituted at the break with the Dutch already coasting at two-up.
Shay Given played his part in the Republic of Ireland’s hard-fought 1-0 win in Armenia, but it was not such a good night for Belgium. Vincent Kompany was booked in his country’s 1-0 defeat at home to Germany, while Dedryck Boyata and his Under 21 team mates threw away a two-goal lead to be 2-2 by Slovenia in their final qualifying match for next summer’s European Championship finals. Having completed their fixture programme, Belgium can only finish second at best in their group and will be sweating on the remaining results.