Hitz off in Germany draw

Thomas Hitzlsperger captained Germany as they drew 2-2 away to Denmark in Copenhagen on Wednesday night.

The West Ham United midfielder was made skipper on his 52nd appearance for his country in Copenhagen as Germany let a two-goal lead slip at the hands of Denmark. Hitzlsperger set up Mario Gomez with a slide-rule pass through a crowded area for the opening goal. Patrick Helmes, on in the 66th minute for the West Ham man who had appeared to pick up a knock, doubled the advantage but, in the last 16 minutes, Dennis Rommedahl and Mads Junker secured a draw for the hosts.

Pablo Barrera came on at half-time of Mexico's 1-1 draw against Spain in Mexico City. Barrera replaced Manchester United forward Javier Hernandez, who had opened the scoring, and it looked like the North American side would seal a famous win against the world champions before a last-gasp equaliser from David Silva.

Elsewhere, Valon Behrami and Carlton Cole were unused substitutes as Switzerland and England were 1-0 and 2-1 winners against Austria and Hungary respectively. On Tuesday night, Jonathan Spector played the full 90 minutes as the United States lost 2-0 to Brazil in New Jersey while Tal Ben Haim has been with Israel on a three-day training camp.

At Under-21 level, Fabio Daprela, still only 19, played 45 minutes at left-back as Switzerland lost an Under-21 friendly at home against Greece. Perhaps the most telling performance of the day from a Hammer was 20-year-old Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson playing the full 90 minutes as Iceland kept alive their 2011 UEFA European U21 Championship dreams with a 4-1 demolition of Germany that eliminated the holders.