| David Beckham sits dejected during Englandís friendly against Australia at Upton Park in East London on Wednesday. (AP/PTI)
London: Australia sent England crashing to their most humiliating international defeat for 53 years on Wednesday with a 3-1 victory over their oldest sporting rivals at Upton Park.
Although England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson experimented by playing two completely different line-ups in the first and second halves, Australia were the better team for most of the 90 minutes and thoroughly deserved their first-ever soccer victory over England.
England were not the only big guns to suffer on a day of surprises in more than 30 internationals around the globe. Other former World Cup winners France, Argentina and Germany all lost.
Italy won 1-0 over Portugal in Genoa. France lost 0-2 in Paris to the Czech Republic, while Germany lost 1-3 to Spain in Mallorca where Raul scored twice, once from the penalty spot, to become Spainís highest-ever scorer with 31 goals.
Italy scored a morale-boosting success over Portugal in Genoa with a 62nd-minute goal by debutant Bernardo Corradi while The Netherlands beat Argentina 1-0 in Amsterdam with a stunning late strike from substitute Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.
Elsewhere, Ireland beat Scotland 2-0 in Glasgow in their first game under new manager Brian Kerr and Switzerland were the biggest winners anywhere, crushing Slovenia 5-1 in Ljubliana.
There were different degrees of success too for Azerbaijan, Israel, and Tunisia. In the nightís only Euro 2004 qualifier, Azerbaijan picked up the first point of their Group Nine qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw against Serbia and Montenegro.
World champions Brazil were held to a 0-0 draw by China.