Thursday, September 11, 2008

England Defeats Croatia 1-4, Theo Walcott the Hero

Theo Walcott hit a stunning hat-trick as England defeated Croatia in class in a World Cup qualifying tie in Zagreb. The 19-year-old got the nod to start ahead of David Beckham and he put England ahead, before Robert Kovac was sent off for an elbow on Joe Cole. Walcott grabbed a carbon-copy second and soon after the exceptional Wayne Rooney slotted in a brilliant third. Mario Mandzukic notched a consolation for Croatia, before Walcott collected Rooney's pass and rolled in his third.

Theo Walcott's gave England three goals (26", 59", 82")

It was a magnificent performance and more than coach Fabio Capello can have dreamed of. The victory puts England firmly in control of Group Six after two wins in five days. The only disappointment for England was a head injury to Joe Cole.

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