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England side a very young starting XI with the overall caps of the team being less than Gareth Southgate himself. Gareth Southgate gives debuts to 2 players tonight also with Bukayo Saka and Dominic Calvert Lewin starting for the three lions. Gareth Southgate’s line-up is clearly based on the next fixture with Belgium the next game for them on Sunday.

Ryan Giggs also fields a slightly weakened team with the main stars missing. He will be looking for a good performance from his squad though as they look to go into their next fixture in Ireland strongly.

Starting lineups

England: Pope, Gomez, Coady, Keane, Trippier, Winks, Philips, Saka, Grealish, Ings, Calvert-Lewin

Subs: Henderson, Pickford, Mings, James, Ward-Prowse, Mount, Barnes, Maitland-Niles, Rashford, Alexander-Arnold, Maguire, Pickford, Rice

Wales: Hennessey, Roberts, Rodon, Mepham, Davis, Morrell, Ampadu, Matondo, Williams, Roberts, Moore

Subs: Gunter, Williams, Cabango, Levitt, Johnson, Ward, Norrington-Davies, Smith, James, Davies, Woodburn, Vaulks

FULL TIME! England 3-0 Wales – A solid England performance overall with 3 very good goals making the difference. Wales started well seeing a lot of the ball but will be disappointed to have lost their stride as the game went on. A debut goal for Dominic Calvert-Lewin, a goal for Conor Coady and finally a goal for Danny Ings have done it for England as they fly past Wales.

90″ A late chance for James Ward Prowse is no real test for Wayne Hennessey who makes a good save.

88″ Corner goes short for Wales and the ball comes in. England’s defence stood back and allowed Nick Pope to come over and make the catch. He will be delighted with his performance today, though quiet, especially if he manages a clean sheet by the end.

85″ Mepham hits the deck after a slight collision with Danny Ings. He has had issues with injuries in the past so it may be a concern for him and Wales moving forward

84″ Maitland Niles shows off his speed as he finds some space on the far side of the pitch. Nico Williams did enough to put him off and get the ball away.

82″ England get in to the Welsh box yet again with Maitland Niles. The ball falls for Danny Ings who forces another fantastic save from Wayne Hennessey. They certainly aren’t looking to slow down and sit back.

82″ Wales can’t seem to get on the ball anymore which is sure to frustrate Ryan Giggs on the touchline

76″ As Jack Grealish leaves the pitch he has been the player who has made one of the most amount of impact for England tonight and is clearly a fan favourite after his performance tonight.

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75″ 3 more substitutions for England. James Ward-Prowse, Harvey Barnes and Ainsley Maitland-Niles come on for Jack Grealish, Bukayo Saka and Harry Winks

72″ 2 substitutions for Wales. Connor Roberts comes off for Chris Gunter and Johnny Williams takes leave for Matthew Smith

70″ Wales break out and get in on goal. The ball ends up in the stands however as the shot flies over the bar.

69″ Another brilliant break for England as Grealish picks up the ball and breaks yet again. The ball eventually makes its way to Saka who was in plenty of space and forced a great save from Wayne Hennessey in the Wales net.

65″ A great bit of play for England again. Mason Mount works hard after just coming on. The ball finds its way to Grealish who ran through and pulled it back across goal. If anybody is there it surely ends in a goal.

62″ GOAL! England 3-0 Wales. Corner comes in towards the back post and Tyrone Mings nods it back across for a spectacular Danny Ings overhead kick. An outstanding goal for England and surely the game is won now.

61″ Wales substitution. Ampadu comes off clearly to prevent him from seeing red in this game.

60″ Yellow card for Dylan Levitt

57″ 3 substitutions for England. Tyrone Mings, Mason Mount and Reese James all come on with Kieran Trippier, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Joe Gomez coming off.

56″ Ethan Ampadu sees yellow after another foul on Jack Grealish.

54″ Wales got in behind with Matondo and his shot hits the post but he is called offside. Even though he is off Wales will gain a bit of confidence knowing they can definitely create good chances.

52″ GOAL! England 2-0 Wales – Conor Coady gets on the end of an outstanding cross from Trippier on the freekick. Conor Coady’s great finish increases England’s lead against Wales. The Wales manager Ryan Giggs will probably be frustrated with the defending on the cross as nobody was able to pick up the scorer at the back post.

50″ England have a bit of possession and clearly are looking to control the game more in this second half. Southgate must have made an impact in the changing rooms.

48″ A chance for Wales as Tyler Roberts manages to get the ball down and have a decent shot on goal. The ball goes wide however and doesn’t really trouble Pope in goal

Second Half Kicks Off

As the half time whistle blows there are positives and negatives to take from both sides performances. Both Gareth Southgate and Ryan Giggs are bound to make changes in an attempt to get further in front or to get back into the game respectively. As it stands Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s header is all that separates the teams.

HALF TIME – England 1 – 0 Wales

45+2″ A good ball in from the left hand side for Wales but just over the top of the players arriving in the box.

45″ England put a bit of pressure onto the Wales backline but yet again they can’t make a decent chance for themselves to score.

44″ Dominic Calvert Lewin goes down and play is stopped after a head collision. He appears to be fine and will look to add to the goal he already has today

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41″ Callum Roberts is the first to see yellow in this game after his late challenge on Saka.

39″ Moore goes down with an injury and is the first player to be taken off for Wales. Moore off, Woodburn on.

37″ The corner comes in and challenges Wales. Keane puts the ball back into the box after Wales struggle to clear their lines but they get away with it as Connor Coady’s chance goes over the top of the bar.

36″ Saka gets forward for the first time really in the game with an overlapping run on an England counter. He wins a corner.

30″ As the team go for the scheduled water breaks Gareth Southgate and Ryan Giggs will definitely need changes to try and get more into the game. Giggs will be happy with the possession Wales have had but changes will probably be needed to just get the ball in the back of the net and get the equaliser. As for Southgate, he will want more possession I am sure. They haven’t really been on the ball so will look to dominate in this second part of the half.

27″ Corner for Wales as they try and get straight back into the game. The ball comes in from Williams yet the header is easily caught by Pope

25″ GOAL! England 1-0 Wales – Dominic Calvert-Lewin gets a debut goal! Jack Grealish with a bit of skill on the right hand side and he puts an inch perfect cross into the box. A bit of poor defending from Chris Mepham allows Calvert-Lewin to easily get his head on the ball and to give England the lead.

23″ A good cross comes in for Wales but Pope can easily claim the cross. The first thing he has had to do in net for England in this game.

20″ Freekick comes in towards the back post and as the ball was crossed back in Saka needed to get there. It was a nervy showing from the youngster who headed the ball back into the box towards the Welsh attack. A close effort is missed and the young debutant gets away with his defensive error.

19″ Wales freekick after Kalvin Phillips fouls his Leeds teammate Tyler Roberts on the edge of the box.

18″ England are struggling to hold the ball in the Wales half. Wales seem comfortable but little to no chances are being created at the moment.

13″ Wales are controlling possession at the minute with the majority of the play being in England’s half. England have seemed dangerous on the counter attack however so it is bound to be a close encounter between the two sides.

11″ A long ball over the top towards Dominic Calvert Lewin stretches the Welsh defence. He made a great run but was unable to take the ball under control.

6″ Danny Ings shows off his enthusiasm to perform and give a good impression tonight putting pressure on the Welsh keeper

6″ – England’s first real chance of the game as a corner is won after a deflection. The Corner comes to no avail however missing everyone inside the box

KICK OFF!

The players take the knee to celebrate Black History Month.

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