A Blue Bird First

Jay Bothroyd, who made hist England debut as a second half substitute for fellow debutant Andy Carroll, is the first player from Cardiff to represent England in the club’s 111 year history. Bothroyd is the first Championship player since Preston’s David Nugent to play for England.

North London born Bothroyd started his career at Arsenal, but he never made it to the first team. The 28 year old striker’s career has spanned Coventry City, Italian club Perugia, Charlton, Wolves and now Cardiff City.

Watford’s 22 year old keeper, Scott Loach, was also on the bench.

Sunderland’s Jordan Henderson also won his first cap in the 1-2 friendly defeat for France at Wembley. Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema scored the opening goal in the 16th minute. Marseille midfielder Mathieu Valbuena doubled the lead in the 55th minute. Substitute Peter Crouch scored a late consolation goal, his 22nd for England.

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