Didier Drogba's 37th goal of the season won the FA Cup yesterday on a historic afternoon when Chelsea completed their first Double, Ashley Cole won his sixth Cup medal (a new record) and two players – Frank Lampard and Portsmouth's Kevin-Prince Boateng – failed from the penalty spot. Perhaps most remarkably of all, an eventful final was still goalless after a first half in which Chelsea struck the bar or post five times.
Amid all the celebrations, their captain, John Terry, described the troublesome Wembley pitch as the worst he had played on all season, adding: "The FA have to decide whether it's a football pitch or an events stadium." England have one more game to play on it, against Mexico a week tomorrow, before the World Cup.
All the England players involved came through without injury, and Chelsea's manager, Carlo Ancelotti, said Germany's Michael Ballack should be fit. Portsmouth's Avram Grant, who will leave the club unless a new buyer with financial clout arrives very soon, reiterated his fury that they have been denied a place in Europe next season.Reuse content