Anton and Nigel both lead the way

Nigel Reo-Coker and Anton Ferdinand both enjoyed the honour of captaining their country on Tuesday night, as the England under-21 side secured a 3-1 victory over Norway.

The Hammers pair were included in the starting line-up as Peter Taylor's young Lions took on the Scandinavians at Reading's Madejski Stadium.

Regular skipper Nigel led England out on a freezing night in Berkshire and, after being withdrawn at half-time as Taylor made wholesale changes to his team, handed over the captain's armband for the second half to his close friend and club-mate Anton, who was one of only two England players to complete a full 90 minutes on the night.

A first-half free-kick from Aston Villa winger Peter Whittingham set England on their way and a double strike from Blackburn's David Bentley sealed victory after Norway had grabbed an unexpected equaliser just after the break.

Both young Hammers gave a good account of themselves in front of the watching Sven-Goran Eriksson, and Ferdinand came within inches of claiming his first goal in an England shirt after just six minutes, but saw his close-range volley cannon back off the post.

Meanwhile, Shaka Hislop was in action for Trinidad and Tobago in their World Cup warm-up friendly against Iceland at Loftus Road. The Hammers goalkeeper played as two goals from Dwight Yorke sealed a 2-0 win for the Carribean nation.