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Crouch at double as Capello aims Obama jibe at Beckham

<strong>ENGLAND (3) </strong>vs<strong> BELARUS (0)<br /></strong>HEAD COACH Fabio Capello compared David Beckham to US President Barack Obama after the veteran midfielder&rsquo;s cameo helped England end their World Cup qualifying campaign in triumphant style.<br /><br />Tottenham striker Peter Crouch caught the eye with two goals, taking his tally to 18 England strikes from 17 starts, while Manchester City winger Shaun Wright-Phillips netted the other goal. But Beckham, who did not even come on until the 60th minute, was controversially awarded man of the match &ndash; a decision Capello compared to Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize last week.<br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s like Barack Obama having been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize after only eight months as President of the United States,&rdquo; said the Italian. &ldquo;David was on the pitch less than half an hour.&rdquo;<br /><br />Beckham, winning his 115th cap, admitted he was &ldquo;very surprised&rdquo; at his award, but toasted a victory that finished England&rsquo;s campaign on a positive note, having lost in Ukraine on Saturday. He added: &ldquo;Tonight it was important to get over the loss. We needed to end on a high.&rdquo;<br /><br />With top spot in Group Six long since assured, Capello had promised to experiment in his last competitive fixture before next summer&rsquo;s tournament. That meant Manchester United&rsquo;s Ben Foster in goal, Manchester City duo Wayne Bridge and Wright-Phillips on the left flank and a new-look strike pairing of Crouch and Aston Villa&rsquo;s Gabriel Agbonlahor. The frontmen took just three minutes to gel, Gareth Barry&rsquo;s slide-rule pass finding Agbonlahor, whose skip to the by-line and cut-back allowed Crouch to slide home with a tentacle-like leg.<br /><br />After a mid-match lull, the introduction of Beckham prompted the second goal, the midfielder&rsquo;s first action being a short corner to Wright-Phillips, who drilled low past Yuri Zhevnov from the edge of the box. Foster was then presented with a chance to answer his critics, and responded emphatically with a superb reflex save to keep out Sergei Omelyanchuk&rsquo;s rasping volley.<br /><br />Captain John Terry caused furrowed brows when he limped heavily after appearing to hurt his ankle, but concern soon turned to cheers when Crouch plundered a second. Another searching Barry pass found substitute Carlton Cole barely onside, and when the West Ham forward&rsquo;s low shot was spilled by the clumsy Zhevnov, Crouch snaffled the rebound.<br /><br /><strong>Becks: Milan loan deal is 95% done</strong><br />DAVID BECKHAM insisted his loan move to AC Milan was &ldquo;95 per cent done&rdquo; last night as he stepped up his claim for a World Cup place.<br /><br />The 115-cap star was man-of-the-match in the victory over Belarus but the LAGalaxy star knows a move to the San Siro is key to his selection. <br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s close, Beckham said. &ldquo;I always said I want to go back if they want me, and they&rsquo;re still saying they do. <br /><br />&ldquo;It&rsquo;s 95 per cent done &ndash; I don&rsquo;t see why it wouldn&rsquo;t happen.&rdquo;<br />