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Two very young sides face each other in this all-British contest. Both England and Wales share good form and will thrive to win, despite this being just a friendly.

England have won all of the last five games with Wales and will expect to get to six after tonight. Edoardo Stella will be taking through the action as it happens.

Starting line-ups:

Two very young sides for both Gareth Southgate and Ryan Giggs. England’s starting line-up averages 25,7 years of age, whereas Wales’ is even lower with 24,8.

Welsh striker Kieffer Moore is the only player in the team to have scored an international goal, other than right-back Connor Roberts.
Twenty-year-old winger Rabbi Matondo will make his debut tonight.

In contrast, England’s Kieran Trippier is the only player on his team to have more than 10 senior caps.
Bukayo Saka and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are set to make their debut, whereas Jack Grealish, Kalvin Phillips and Conor Coady make their second appearance, following their debut in the previous game against Denmark.

19:55 England Team news: Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell and Jadon Sancho are excluded from the game, following the news they breached coronavirus regulations after attending a party on Saturday.
Raheem Sterling withdrew following an injury, as Chelsea full-back Reece James replaces him, getting his first England call-up.

19:58 Wales Team news: Wales found themselves without Hal Robson-Kanu, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, who together scored 13 of the last 30 team goals.

England’s team photo as the game is about to get underway.

1‘ Exciting start by Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who immediately gets up his confidence with some dribbling on the right-wing position

4′ After some static possession by both sides, Wales push forward and their first effort by Tyler Roberts is deflected wide after an initiative by Moore.

6′ Despite the lack of international experience, we are observing no fear by the English side, as Kalvin Phillips’s long pass gets Trippier free on the right wing. England win a corner.

8′ CALVERT-LEWIN! The Everton striker is very active, as he intercepts goalkeeper Hennessey’s pass, but the ball ends wide.

12′ CALVERT-LEWIN! Brilliant pass by Danny Ings, who finds Calvert-Lewin in front of the goalkeeper. The striker dribbles him, but finds himself in a very wide position and cannot finish. His weak effort is cleared by the defence.

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16′ Good initiative by Tyler Roberts, who gets a cross in after escaping on the right, but neither Moore, nor Matondo can get a good shot in.

18′ Static game thus far. Most chances have come from long balls, as Calvert-Lewin’s effort at the 12th minute is the closest a team has come to a goal.

20′ MOORE! The Welsh’s effort ends not far away from the post, as the striker tried to make the most from a poor clearance by debutant Bukayo Saka.

23′ Good catch by Nick Pope. The Burnley goalkeeper gets his firs action of the night, intercepting a cross that was reaching Moore.
He will be keen to impress, as Jordan Pickford’s place as England’s number one is being put to doubt, but it will be hard if Wales don’t start presenting a threat to his goal.

25′ GOOOAL!!! CALVERT-LEWIN! Great combination between Trippier and Grealish, as the Villa player crosses in a perfect ball the striker only needs to push in with a simple header! 1-0!!

29′ MOORE! The striker gets away from Coady, but Nick Pope stops his run, stealing the ball off his feet.

30′ Awesome start by Calvert-Lewin. He appears to be fully up for the contest so far, as he becomes the first debutant to score since Callum Wilson in November 2018!

33′ Kieran Trippier’s first start as a skipper is also quite promising, as the right-back had significant merit in finding Jack Grealish open during Calvert-Lewin’s goal.

37′ COADY! It’s an all centre-back combination, as a corner leads to Micheal Keane finding Conor Coady, but the Wolves defender can’t find the net from within the penalty box.
Not too much desperation from a player whose last competitive goal came at the end of the 2017/18 season.

39′ SUB! Troubles for Ryan Giggs, as Neco Williams needs to come on to substitute the injured Kieffer Moore.
Third international appearance from the Liverpool full-back, who scored the winner in his last game against Bulgaria.

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41′ YELLOW CARD! Quite unusual in an international friendly, as Conor Roberts’ late challenge on Bukayo Saka costs him a booking.

45′ Confusing end to the half, which sums up most of the game so far. Sterile possession and inconsistent attempts at going forward from both sides.

48′ HALF-TIME! 1-0 at the end of the first half, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header brings the Three Lions ahead.
It’s a debut goal for the Everton striker.

20:57 Calm first half for Nick Pope, who is yet to concede a goal with the England shirt.
It’s his third appearance, following the one in the 4-0 win against Kosovo in November of 2019.

21:00 Can Wales turn it around? Odds go against the Dragons, who have only managed to win a single game at Wembley out of 17 they played in.

21:03 HALF-TIME SUBS! Wales take off Rodon and Morrell, replacing them with Cabango and Levitt.
It’s a debut for both Welsh players!

48‘ Static beginning of the second-half, which has began the same way the first one ended.

52′ Any substitutions coming? It’s clear Gareth Southgate will have his eyes onto Sunday’s game against Belgium, but some players will be very keen to make their debut, including Reece James and Harvey Barnes.

53′ GOOOAL!!! COADY! It’s the centre-back again! This time the Wolverhampton defender hits a spectacular cross from Kieran Trippier and does not miss. What a story! 2-0!

56′ It’s Coady’s second shot on the night.
He has had more shots tonight than in his last 156 appearances for Wolverhampton! (Source: Opta)
This means his first international goal has come before he is yet to have a shot in the Premier League!

57′ SUBS! Trippier, Calvert-Lewin and Gomez make way, as Mason Mount, Reece James and Tyrone Mings replace them.
It’s James’ debut with the England shirt.

60′ Conor Coady is the first Wolverhampton Wanderers player to score for England since Steve Bull against Tunisia in June 1990.

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63′ SUBS! Wales Ethan Ampadu, who was on a yellow card, is taken off for Will Vaulks.

63′ GOOOAL!!! INGS! It’s 3-0 for the Three Lions, as Mings’ lay off header from a corner lands straight for Ings, who, unmarked, scores with a spectacular bicycle-kick!

65′ GREALISH! His half-shot, half-cross is deflected to a corner by goalkeeper Hennessey. The Aston Villa winger is having a cracker and would deserve to end in the scoresheet.

It’s Danny Ings’ first goal for England, which comes on his third ever start for the National team.

67′ England look ever more likely to end Wales’ unbeaten run of eight games.

70′ SAKA! What a save from Wayne Hennessey! The Welsh goalkeeper intercepts a deflected shot from the Arsenal full-back.

73′ SUBS! Matthew Smith and Chris Gunter replace J.Williams and C.Roberts.

75′ SUBS! James Ward-Prowse, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Harvey Barnes come on for Saka, Grealish and Winks.
It’s the international debut for Leicester Harvey Barnes.

78′ Spectacular performance for Jack Grealish. A lot of personality shown by the winger, who also assisted the first goal.

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80′ Just about 10 minutes left for England to keep their sixth clean sheet in a row.

83′ Clear offensive struggles for the Dragons, as Bale’s and Ramsey’s absence is surely felt. They will need to step up their game if they want to get all three points against Ireland on Sunday.

85′ A lot of open spaces for England, but the Three Lions fail to threaten the Welsh goal with Maitland-Niles and Ings.

87′ Three minutes left of normal time, as the game is currently stopped, with Wales defender Chris Mepham down injured.

90′ Generous bit of play by Danny Ings, who returns a pass to Mason Mount instead of shooting. The defence clears in corner.


91′ WARD-PROWSE! Powerful low shot on the last kick of the game, but Hennessey denies him the joy of the first international goal.

92‘ 3-0!!! FULL TIME! IT’S OVER
It’s England’s sixth win in a row against Wales, as debut goals by Calvert-Lewin, Coady and Ings decide the game.

Not very bad faces for the Welsh team, but the Dragons will need to find different offensive solutions if they want to get a result in the following games.
At one point, the only player to have scored a goal for their shirt was Liverpool’s full back Neco Williams!

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